Clay Pendergrass | East Dallas Mix Tape

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East Dallas Mix Tape

by Clay Pendergrass

introducing clay pendergrass, an eclectic & highly collaborative musician . The music is influenced and inspired by prince,sly&robbie, willie nelson, miles davis, kruder & dorfmeister, early pink floyd, cole porter & the beach boys.
Genre: Pop: Psychedelic Pop
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1. T Docks(summertime)
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2. 2 Or 3 Chord Punk
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3. Dubliner
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4. Contracting
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5. Ode To Willie Nelson
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6. Front Porch
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7. Spanish Style Guitar
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8. On Repeat
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9. Green
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10. False Alarms
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11. Tell Me Why/Lockjaw
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12. Rick James On Parole
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13. How A Producer Gets Things Done
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14. Old Monk
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15. 1.30 Lullabye
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16. Evolution
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17. Ask A Rock Star For The Time
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18. Never 2 Old
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19. Black&white
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20. Sound Collage#3
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21. At 29
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22. U Were There
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CLAY PENDERGRASS - "East Dallas Mix Tape"

As I sit listening to this disc for the third time now I can't help but notice how much it has grown on me. The first time through I actually pre-empted a few cuts, hitting the skip button to travel to the next a bit quicker. But now, with the earphones on, I am hearing things that didn't translate to me that first time. Grooves and percussive noodling, moments of sheer musical goodness. Gemlike. Shiny and attractive. It's like Elvis Costello had grown up right here in the metroplex during the eighties and early nineties. You want to handle this disc carefully as it's full of so many hooks. This is a collection of songs that is sure to fuel a lot of local song writers for a while to come. For one thing it plays like a pick-and-choose single where you choose the A-side and then marvel at the B-side. Just pop it in and try it. Randomly pick a track and follow it with another picked at random as well. You'll quickly see what I mean. And the production... well, it's so lush and verdant. If you don't have a first rate sound system in the housing or transport arenas of your day-to-day existence then be sure that you experience this collection of songs via the straight-to-heart via headphones route. It's a narcotic. Clay Pendergrass has unleashed his pop demon and we are all invited to the sacrifice. There are alt-country inflected ditties like "Contracting" and "Front Porch", two tracks that evoke some of that good old Byrd's vibe. You've also got tracks like "Spanish Style Guitars" and "At 29" that have a very modern Bowie tint to them. There are even hints of funk and reggae. It"s all here spicing up this song stew. One of my very favorite numbers would have to be "Ever 2 Old", reminding me that Mark E. Smith sounded best when he was happy and that the first three Fall albums will always be this reviewers favorite. East Dallas Mix Tape is an amusement park of audio murals. It tells one musician's story in song. Clay goes a long way to preserve his histories within the matrix of this work having, himself, been a part of the musical happenings in D/FW over the last few years. I hope every record he puts out in the future is as 'all over the place' as this one. It*s like Joe Jackson and Bryan Ferry had started Guided By Voices over a few beers at some dive bar in Deep Ellum while listening to Stevie Wonder. At several points the disc feels a bit like a paean to tavern life in Dallas, which is completely understandable to anyone who's ever lifted glass to lip in the big D. All said this is by no means a work without flaws. Depending on your musical leanings the number of missteps you find may be far greater than those few I personally encountered. It is, after all, a pop record. It suffers from lightweight lyricism on a few songs, but those are the kind of songs that get stuck in your head and the ones you sing to yourself when you*re alone at night. This is the kind of disc that both you and your significant other will agree on and, if I'm not mistaken, there's quite a bit of 'make out' tunage on this record. So if you grew up listening to 80s pop (the good, mostly overseas, stuff - not that FM radio shit) or if you'd like to experience a fresh take on music from the metroplex then you must acquire this record, give it three spins, close your eyes and watch the story unfold.
-- J. Manriquez, SAMPLE Press


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sea level sylvia

good job clay, way to not ever let me down!
clay "East Dallas Mix Tape"

I have been away from the Sea Level for a couple of weeks and now that I am back I have a stack of cd's to listen to. However, due to my extreme loyalty to one of my oldest and dearest friends I opted for Clay's cd first. Clay Pendergrass is now and has been for many years one of Dallas' finest musicians. You may know him from such bands...Clambake, Reed Easterwood's many music projects, David Garza and the Lovebeads, Jackopierce, Vibrolux and I am sure many more that I do not either know about or just forgetting. Clay is one of those young fellas that make other musicians want to be better. He is quite simply awesome. That is why I was so excited and scared to listen to his new cd. When you respect someone so much it is difficult to be open and honest about their art.
Clay "East Dallas Mix Tape"
T Docks (summertime) opens up this record with a little bit of a funky feel that sets a really nice tone for the record. It is clear that Clay has influenced and been influenced from the different folks he has played with over the years. I can actually hear a bit of all of them, and a little bit of a Matthew Sweet/Wilco thing in there also. It is pretty amazing how much this record jumps around, I had to keep checking the cd player to make sure I was still listening to the same cd. Pretty impressive. This was a good thing and made me look forward to what the next song would be like. I know that it looks that I am gushing but I am just so happy with this record. Even the artwork rules. Good job Tori! I really miss getting to see Clay and Reed and Meredith at places like Club Dada. If you can do not deny yourself the chance to see any of these kids live while in Dallas.
I will have to give this record 4 1/2 stars out of 5!!!!!!
Good job Clay way to not ever let me down.
As far as I know this CD is available thru Clay's myspace.
Clay and Electronic Cowboys
Notable Tracks...
T Docks (summertime)
Dubliner
Ode To Willie Nelson
On Repeat (my favorite)
and Tell Me Why/Lockjaw was a really nice touch.

Check this youg fella out and give his music a listen. You will not be sorry.