Hearsay: Wednesday, August 13, 2003
Local Round Up

If, like HearSay, you occasionally find yourself wondering why you haven’t seen Flick frontman Brandin Lea on the scene, here’s the explanation: He and the rest of the band are in Chicago, recording a full-length with producer Keith Cleversley (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Hum). The band expects to release the disc by early 2004. An e.p. and DVD are just about finished, and the band plans on performing a release show at the Ridglea, Sept. 13. ... Also coming up next month will be a compilation disc of greatest hits by local long-hairs Pantera. The Best of Pantera: Far Beyond the Great Southern Cowboys’ Vulgar Hits! (Warner/Rhino) will also include a bonus DVD of 10 Pantera videos and live performance footage. Don’t expect to hear any of the band’s ’80s-era work — Vulgar Hits! will just include material released between 1990 and 2000, when the band had fully arrived at its alterna-metal sound. Chances of the band getting back together are slim: Frontman Phil Anselmo is way busy with side projects. Pantera junkies can get their fix for Texas thrash on Sept. 23. ... There’s another group that is getting back together. Readers might recall how the brass at 96.3/KSCS-FM freaked after the Weekly printed a cover story about DJ Nadine Bodett’s domestic woes (“On A Mission From Hank,” Aug. 23, 2001). Nadine said she was persecuted at work after a station manager deemed the story “too personal.” Nadine and the manager butted heads until she quit her job in dramatic fashion — while on the air. That broke up Nadine and Rebel’s noonday program and their Saturday night “5 & Dime” honkytonk show. Rebel remained at KSCS in a diminished role, while Nadine landed at 95.9/KFWR-FM. “We’re putting the team back together,” an excited Nadine told HearSay last week. The duo expects to resume their midday pairing sometime later this month, with Nadine in the studio and Rebel doing remotes. And once KFWR relocates to Sundance Square in September, expect Nadine and Rebel to resurrect “5 & Dime.” ... Here’s a failsafe way to spend a kick-ass weekend night seeing live local music — Nathan Brown. He played last week at Scooner’s, a TCU bar if ever there was one. Frat boys and sorority sistas all around. The Cowboys game on the telly. Pool table near the “stage.” With drummer extraordinaire Dave Karnes behind him, Brown, not nonplussed by the environs, cruised through a strong set of his R&B originals. The crowd was reticent at first, but once Brown’s grooves caught hold, the boys and girls were rockin’. Brown himself seemed entranced — he jammed on his keyb’s with his head up and his eyes closed, and he hit his falsetto notes perfectly. The fact that a “discerning” audience like the ballcap-wearing set would dig Brown’s shtick proves that he’s got something special. Good music is good music is good music, and Brown’s music is some of the best around. Yeah, we all need a flag waver, and if nobody else is gonna wave Brown’s flag, then HearSay’s ready to pick up the slack.

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