February 6, 2012

The Conclusion – with a Twist

According to the calendar, it’s been over 7 months since my last post here at Dryvetyme Onlyne. To be honest with you, I’ve really enjoyed not writing music reviews on what seemed to be a perpetual basis. Have I missed writing them? Absolutely. Do I feel like working a full-time job and attempting to operate a D-List music blog on a nearly full-time basis on my own at the same time? Not in the slightest.

Thus, it is with a strangely happy heart that I have decided to close the door and shutter the windows of Dryvetyme Onlyne once and for all, but I do so while seeking out another aperture or two. It really boils down to this – since a 7-month hiatus is quite a long time in Internet “years,” I felt that making a return to this specific website wouldn’t be very interesting or worth my time. Sure, I might have over 5 years of fantastic content stored here, but if I were to attempt any sort of return to regular writing (whether it be music review, short stories, or anything else), I wanted it to be new, fresh, and as free from stress as possible.

Thus, I’m going to start penning record reviews again, but I will be posting them instead to my personal Tumblr site – aptly named Dryvetyme Onlyne. Simply put, the relaxed and whimsical feel of that platform greatly suits my attitude about the music review these days, and along with my Twitter feed, it presents a picture of my personality and worldview that is much more holistic in nature. I probably won’t post 4-6 reviews a week like I did in the good ol’ days; I think 1 a week or so will probably do the trick.

As usual, I also have several different ideas for books brewing, and maybe I’ll finally work up the courage and momentum to pursue one of those ideas to its proper conclusion. If I can succeed with If This Parking Lot Could Speak, I should feel confident enough to finish another book or two in my lifetime. Thus, I can’t chase down other literary dreams if all I’m doing is writing record reviews about whatever hip buzzbands happen to be occupying space in my inbox this week.

All in all, I’ve enjoyed my time operating this site. I might have not become the next well-known music critic, but I’ve met some great people and listened to some fantastic records. In the long run, that’s what I enjoy most about music as an art form – it has this curious ability to provide both the backing soundtrack and the driving impetus for an amazing time with your friends and family.

Thanks to everyone who has ever read a review, left a comment, or given me any sort of encouragement about Dryvetyme Onlyne. If you do happen to visit this site and are interested in submitting music for a potential review, please visit me at the “other” Dryvetyme Onlyne or follow me on Twitter – I’m much more interesting there.


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June 22, 2011

Gritsy 5th Anniversary Party

Simply by reading the reviews I post on this blog, most of you probably aren’t aware of my affinity to left-of-center electronic music. Specifically, I’ve grown rather fond of genres like dubstep and grime in the past three years, and like any good music critic and/or hipster, I liked the stuff before it was cool (much less over-hyped in certain quarters of the blogosphere).

Thus, I’m happy to help the fine folks at Gritsy announce their magnificent and massive :5th Anniversary Party, which is set to go down this Saturday, June 25th, 2011. Houston, TX doesn’t get much love in the overall music and culture press, but we’re doing a lot of good in this town, and Suraj K and his band of bassheads deserve a LOT of credit for for spreading the dubstep love in Houston for 5 years now. This monthly event has come a long way from when I attended my first show over three years ago: there were a couple dozen male music nerds upstairs at La Strada all nodding their heads to wobbly bass lines in the dark. Now, the show regularly sells out both sides of Warehouse Live, a good-sized music venue in Houston, TX that is a regular stop for national touring acts.

Judging by headlining act alone – Mala of UK-based Digital Mystikz – this night is set to be outrageous and packed with people who love bass, love dancing, and love a great night out on the town. Not only will there be other excellent DJs (including Houston, TX’s own Suraj K and Squincy Jones) who’ll be performing that night, but there will two other stages that night ready to blur all sorts of genre lines within the dance/techno/electro communities.

So, I would like to applaud Gritsy for all of the great work they’re doing to advance the cause of dubstep and forward-thinking, bass-heavy electro music. Happy 5th Anniversary from Dryvetyme Onlyne!

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June 21, 2011

Tin Horn Prayer – Get Busy Dying

Tin Horn Prayer
Get Busy Dying
Bermuda Mohawk; 2011

Guest Contributor: Michael Dallas Miller

Get Busy Dying, the debut record from used-to-do-the-punk-thing rockers Tin Horn Prayer, could be described as something else besides a beer-soaked mashing of unlikely styles, a sloppy-mud-mashing folking good time, or a cursing swing of amplified country. But it won’t let you do so, because that is what the album truly is. It is a record that wants to kick your desk speakers in the head and transform your room, your ear-phone meanderings, and your daily commute into a Friday night at the dirtiest bar you know. Then, Tin Horn Prayer wants to destroy that bar in a flurry of fuzzed-out blues guitar, brawling vocals, half-angry riffs that lead into pure folk-punk aggression, just to leave you stumbling and wishing for one more beer and one more encore.

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