Charlie is the Director of Programming for 35 Denton and a really swell fella. You can generally find him working on some festival or event. Besides 35 Denton, he also devotes his time to I Love Math Records, Friends with Benefits and Best Little Brewfest in Texas. Charlie believes that the taco is the pinnacle of human invention and hopes that you will find him during the fest and share your recipes with him. He generally doesn’t care to write about himself in the third person, but has decided to let it slide this time.
Bloodhound Gang – My Dad Says That’s For Pussies
I’ve always been a fan of BHG. Most people dismiss it as just dick and fart jokes, but what’s really happening in their music is Jimmy Pop is working through a lot of childhood trauma and his own issues and perceived shortcomings in the only way he knows how; by using humor as a shield. This track from their latest album brings to the forefront the emasculation he experienced at the hands of his own father. Or he’s just a total asshole that really loves boobs.
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – Working My Way Back To You
That voice, you guys. I can’t even begin to describe the amazing power in that voice. There’s never been anyone else that even comes close to being able to make me want to smile and cry and laugh and sing and love the way Frankie Valli does. This song is one of my favorites, but honestly, his entire catalog is worth spending your day on.
Dirty Dishes – All of Me
This is one of my new favorite bands. The fuzzy, scuzzy sounds on this latest single make you feel like you’re going crazy, but in the best way possible. Something about this resonates with the 90s kid in me. They’re playing the fest this year, so check the schedule and plan accordingly.
Wu-Tang Clan – Da Mystery of Chessboxin’ / Bring Da Ruckus
At what point in anyone’s life is 36 Chambers not a go-to record? The beats, the rhymes, comic book references (before it was cool), kung fu movie samples… this record is a masterpiece from start to finish. Wu-Tang is for the children.
Purple – Mini Van
I first heard Purple when they opened for July Talk (check my playlist from 2015 if you don’t know this one) on my birthday last year and was fucking hooked. I ended up booking them for the 2016 fest and for one of the presale events, at which they played a bunch of new material and I fell for the band even harder. Mini Van is the first track they released from their upcoming album, Bodacious, and it is everything I could want in a rock song. Do. Not. Miss. This. And never underestimate the power of a sundress.
Dirt Nasty ft. Mickey Avalon – Too Sexy
Ok, maybe I do love dick and fart jokes. Sue me. My booking partner and hetero lifemate, Dallas Guill, and I often turn to Dirt and Mickey for a good laugh. And we may also do a version of this as a b-side for the upcoming Dong Patrol record. These two will be performing the weekend before the fest (with 35 Denton 2016 performer Wild Bill), so if you can’t wait to see me, you know where to find me.
Billy Joel – Keeping the Faith / Christie Lee
Billy Joel is easily in my Top 10 artists list. While booking for the fest, I’ve found myself turning to An Innocent Man every few days. Something about it is just so rock’n’roll. The entire album has an air of swagger about it. Keeping the Faith reminds me of my life and Christie Lee has that piano, so I had to include both on this list.
New Science Projects – Latest Looks / Church Curtains
NSP is hands down my all time favorite Denton band, and if you’re from around here, you’ll understand what a bold statement that really is. Dale Jones has the ability to cut deep with his subject matter and vocal delivery. When on stage, this band puts everything into their performance, so much so that you actually think they might die before it’s over. These two tracks are some crowd favorites at live shows, one newer and one older.
Biz Markie & The Beastie Boys – Benny and the Jets
We’re keeping our fingers crossed for Biz to do this song at the fest this year. He’s not bringing a band, but maybe he’ll figure something out.