Dallas Guill spreads his time between graduate school at UNT, 35 Denton, Thin Line Film Fest, I Love Math Records, Friends With Benefits and other organizations in the North Texas area. He also serves on the Distinguished Lecture Series committee at UNT.
Writer. Guitarist. Drummer. Avid Netflix viewer. Cat enthusiast.
And now here is stuff he listens to:
Jump into the Fire – LCD Soundsystem
Every playlist, every mix CD, every anything will include a song from this band. So you can only imagine how excited I was to hear about their reunion this year. Jump into the Fire (a Harry Nilsson cover) is a great example of how James Murphy and the gang can put such interesting spins on their covers, but still retain the foundation of the originals.
Electric – Bass Drum of Death
This high energy album opener was my first introduction to the band and I was even fortunate enough to see them open for Royal Blood last year in Dallas, TX. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them pop up at 35 Denton here before too long.
Keep Me in My Plane – WhoMadeWho
I don’t even remember how I discovered WhoMadeWho but I think I annoyed the hell out of my sister (who was my roommate at the time) playing this so much. I’m also never comfortable on plane rides and play it every time to help ease myself a bit. I think a greater appreciation of the song also comes from seeing the video.
Echo of the Whoos – Calliope Musicals
I had the pleasure of working with this band last year during Free Week at Rubber Gloves and was a fan from the first song of their set. They were one my short list from the beginning for this year’s 35 Denton. Hint: Expect lots of confetti.
Breakfast in America – Supertramp
One of the greatest classic rock albums and one of the first I learned to play on my drums. Also, just throwing this one out there, but I think Supertramp is definitely underrated as a band.
Why Is It So Hard – Charles Bradley
Go Google search this song right now. One of the first results will be a live recording. That video was my first experience with Charles Bradley and I was blown away as soon as he started singing. In 2011, 35 Denton (known as 35 Conferette at the time) hosted Mavis Staples and she just killed it; by far one of my favorite shows in my six years of working with the festival. I look forward to bringing soul music back downtown again and creating yet another incredible show that people talk about for years to come.
Seraphese – Morly
I’m a sucker for piano. This is by far my favorite track of hers. I love how the first minute kind of builds the suspense, then gives you a piano piece that sounds so familiar and yet new at the same time… if that makes any sense? Overall, I think it’s a beautiful piece.
Keepsake – State Radio
The most personal song on my playlist. That’s all you get on that one…
Hightimes – The Big Pink
Until last year, I honestly thought this band just broke up at some point. And then they dropped this single. This new track of theirs has me interested to see what the next album (which features a different lineup) ends up sounding like.
Thrill of Life – AV The Great
No playlist would be complete without a song from Denton’s own AV The Great. I’ve been fortunate enough to work alongside AV during Thin Line Film Fest and I can honestly say there are few musicians in town as humble and sincere as him. He’s also headlining on one of our outdoor stages this year, so don’t miss out!
Ghetto Pop Life – Dangermouse & Jemini
I know every single word by heart.
Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby – Cigarettes After Sex
No words for this one. Just listen.