How To Start a Record Collection, Part III (Record Store Day Edition)

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Death Waltz Recording Co.
I thought it would be a private relationship between me and my record player. Music collections, no matter what they are made of, can be so intimate they border on embarrassing. Not sure what to buy, I clicked on review after review, talking myself into and out of nearly every purchase. But the thing about a collection is you have to start collecting, and what I thought would be a solitary indulgence quickly became an absorbing bridge to new communities, new conversations and new weirdos.

My old records, dumped in a purge to shed an old skin and gain a new perspective, wasn't exactly a thoughtful curation. Its size, which may have looked impressive on the shelf, was mostly due to inheritance and not intention. Still, I probably should have held onto those early Cosby recordings or Mama's entire collection of Paul McCartney and the Wings. But sometimes you have to let go.

See also:
-How To Start a Record Collection, Part One by Deb Doing Dallas
-How To Start a Record Collection, Part Two by Audra Schroder

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The Problem with "Support Local"

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Our city deserves more than cheerleaders.

"How does anyone even get to Dallas?"

It wasn't a question my friend was asking over dinner. It came across more like a statement. It doesn't feel transient here to me, but as I start to mentally take inventory of my social circle, I realize how many are from California, or Florida, or Nevada or Houston.

As someone who has dwelled in these North Texas plains for most of my time on earth, I forget that so many of you came for work or love or for a supposedly growing economy. The latter, especially, makes our city a unique melting pot of the very practical. Many of us are employees of companies who can afford to move staff across the country and wanderers who find reasonable rent appealing. Big fishes who hope to make splashes in our growing pond.

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Why SXSW is Worth it, Even if You Have No Plans and No Access

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Marco Torres
Because you never know.

Every year something happens that nearly prevents me from going to South by Southwest. This year was no different. A professional obligation on Thursday was threatening my travel plans, and I was considering giving it all up, joining in the chorus, of "It's too crowded," or whatever and staying in Dallas.

But then something absurd happened, like it does every year, and my need for the three hour tour to Austin only became more urgent. With one show announcement, Red Bull Sound Select's Thursday Master P performance, I decided to figure it out.

See also:
-There's an App to Get You Laid at SXSW, But You Absolutely Don't Need the Help
-The 50 Commandments of SXSW
-What You're Missing at SXSW: Missed Connections and Crappy Free Crap
-The Five Biggest Sellouts at SXSW
-50 Important SXSW Music Questions

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A Chance Encounter at the Airport Bar

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Flickr/Dustin Askins
Have you ever seen Dallas from a DC9 at night?
A friend picked me up to take me to the airport. She cracked the window, lit a cigarette and turned down the music. I was chatty, the pre-vacation adrenaline already swirling through my veins. It was just a long weekend, not quite the escape of a European sabbatical. But dreams of someone else's favorite restaurants and bars and best most favorite coffee, dessert, sushi and views were already dancing in my head.

"You're gonna write about sitting in that airport bar, aren't you?" I have been vocal about my distaste for predictability, but in that moment I felt known. And predictably, I do love an airport bar.


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How to Talk to Strangers

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Danny Hurley
Oak Cliff Mardi Gras Parade. Slideshow.

She worked the room with a certain kind of magic. A blonde, tiny slip of a thing, she walked from table to table greeting each guest. Sometimes offering a small token, sometimes complimenting a patron, and generally just being effusively charming. I knew she didn't own the place because she couldn't have been more than five years old or three feet tall. It was hard to tell who she belonged to, because she slipped through the brunch crowd like it was a cocktail party being thrown just for her.


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Wishes Come True in Dallas

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Roderick Pullum
Who says wishes don't come true? Last year, as I thought what could I do more of in this town in the new year, a few things came to mind. A Riff Raff live performance. Check, thank to March's South by So What bill. A late-night coffee option where I could pretend to get a little work done. Well, look no further than East Dallas' charming new town square, Mudsmith on Greenville Avenue. And I wanted some more things I can hold in my hands, more things that you wonderful people have made.

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Welcome to Little Big D, Where You Can Still Know Everyone

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Deb Doing Dallas

Those end of the weekend blues. As the sun sets on a Sunday night, a Super Bowl Sunday in this case, you take inventory of your successes and failures at the 48 hours of free time you may have been granted this week. Maybe there was a birthday, or a nice dinner or some other landmark that must be noted with pictures and hashtags and group hugs.

And on Sunday as I try to recount the highs and lows, I realize that though the after-parties get a lot of love here at The Overserved, the other 22 hours in the day sometimes come with their own adventures.


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What to Do When it All Happens on One Night in Dallas: End Your Night in A Hip-Hop Video

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Deb Doing Dallas
Deb's last stop on Saturday night.
Some weekends are just an exercise in multiplicity. When the raining turns to pouring there is really only one decision to make: stay in and away from water or jump right in the puddle? In 2013, if we are to keep Dallas excessive, we might have to jump in more puddles.

The trick to a menu like last Saturday is time management and, with open bars like the one at the Dallas Observer's, Artopia, a fast cab connect. Jumping from spot to spot you must, unfortunately, trade the lingering conversations and connections you can make when you stay planted for a collection of moments.

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DJs Are the New Dallas Rock Stars

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Rondo Estrello
The walk up to It'll Do is always a part of the experience. Events like Red Bull Thre3Style Dallas Qualifier fill up quickly; Friday found the club at capacity by 9:45 p.m. Which means the nearby parking is gone, at 11:00 the valets won't consider a bribe and you are parking deep into the East Dallas residential neighborhood that surrounds the club. Walking down Carroll, we pass a church and I wonder, "What would Jesus tow?"


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How to Leave Your Comfort Zone: Trust the Four-Eyes and Ask for Butch

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Deb Doing Dallas
Jencey Keeton and Ryan Hamilton from Smile Smile
The invitation said the party would be at The Old Bike Shop off Empire Central, which meant that all the Dallas kids would have to leave their bubble for a night if they wanted to see what Warby Parker and House of Plates had up their sleeves.

Warby Parker, a unique eyeglasses outfit with a philanthropic scope, has a buzzy brand, and they promised that you didn't have to be a four-eyes to come out and enjoy the Dallas stop of their class trip around the country. Although the four-eyes were looking very dapper.


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