Dallas post-industrial band Awen appears on PBS Antiques Road Show

Long-running Dallas neofolk/post-industrial act Awen, who are on Dais Records, and who’re labelmates with Drab Majesty and Them Are Us Too,  appeared on PBS’ Antiques Road Show January 9, 2017. It presents a rare time a Dallas band has had national exposure. Grave City felt it had to be documented!

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The band had a Freethinker volume from the 1880s that was valued between $200 – $300. Freethinker was a radical 19th century periodical that presaged the 1910s-1930s free speech movement.

Awen have been around in the North Texas area for about 17 years now. They have tried to bring the occult spirit of Current 93 and Death in June to the Republic of Texas for many years.

You can read an interview of mine with Awen and Gabhar (later called Dying and Rising) here.

(Thank you Andrew Neal for the screen shots.)

Four Dallas Silent Film Stars – A Grave City Retrospective

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Dorothy Janis

This is a (mainly) photo essay about four Dallasites that made it big in silent film: Dorothy Janis (above), Bebe Daniels, Mary Brian, and James Hall. Brief biographical notes are also included.

Dorothy Janis

Although it wasn’t uncommon for her peers in the 1920s to appear in literally hundreds of movies (Dallas-born Bebe Daniels was in at least 230 films, for example), Dorothy Janis is remarkable because of how famous she became in spite of one of Hollywood’s shortest careers. She made only five films.

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Zorlac in Dallas: Skating’s Doomiest Brand – the Grave City Photo Essay

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In the late 70s and 1980s, Dallas was home to skateboarding’s punkest company: Zorlac. Jeff Newton started Zorlac Skateboards in Dallas in 1976, the same year — appropriately — that punk rock was making waves on both sides of the Atlantic. The early art and advertisements of Zorlac are creepy and classic; some of the best examples are presented in this photo essay of this punk-era Dallas institution.

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Newton’s Dallas company was poised for success when skating’s popularity rebounded by the mid-1980s from a late 70s lull: He had the help of bands like the Big Boys and even Metallica, and enlisted the unique psychedelic-doomy-gothic-stoner-punk-rock artistic talents of Brian Schroeder, aka Pushead, himself the frontman of Septic Death and a music critic for Thrasher Magazine (and thus sort of an inside man for the brand).

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