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*Weekender subscribers learned yesterday that Fort Worth roots rockers The Orbans have finished recording a forthcoming, as-yet-untitled album produced by Adam Lasus, who has produced albums for Pitchfork darlings Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Indigo Girls’ Amy Ray, and L.A.-via-Austin-via-Fort Worth’s Pink Floyd-ian Oliver Future. The album could be out as soon as the beginning of April. “By all accounts,” said Orbans bassist Cliff Wright, “this is the best recording experience that any of us, including Adam, have ever had.”
(New Orbans material might be in the air on Saturday at Double Wide in Dallas, where The Orbans will headline a bill that includes The Lonely H and The Room Sounds. Cover is an awesome $5. Call 214-887-6510.)
**FN&B subscribers learned that Fred’s Texas Café’s co-owner/chef Terry Chandler will be putting the chuckwagon in “Park” and putting on his best dress cowboy boots to conduct a cooking class from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 24, at Central Market. Chandler will demonstrate his wild mushroom and goat cheese quesadilla app with guacamole, his cornmeal-encrusted red snapper with mango salsa, Central American red beans and poblano rice, and his sage-honey flan. Cost is $65. Make reservations now here.
***I got to listen to a rough mix of a new Orbans track. Awesome stuff. Jaunty ’80s-pop-rock rhythm and raw guitars, plus a chorus of multi-part harmonies. Imagine The Replacements trying to fight off being possessed by The Beach Boys’ surfin’, drag-racin’, Hawaiian-shirt-wearin’ demons. Unlike anything anyone’s probably ever heard before. Hella impressive.