Junior Boys dig Omaha; Bright Eyes brings the strings; Clayface reunion tonight…

Category: Blog — @ 12:43 pm April 26, 2007

Just placed online, a profile/interview with Junior Boys (read it here). Jeremy Greenspan, one-half of the duo that also includes Matt Didemus, chatted from Seattle via cell about his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, and how it resembles Omaha and inspires his music, about shunning NYC and the DJ lifestyle, and the making of their most recent album, So This Is Goodbye.

What didn’t make it into the article was our discussion about their just-released Dead Horses EP, a 5-song collection that includes remixes by such well-known artists as Hot Chip, Kode 9 and Carl Craig. Greenspan said the EP was their record label’s (Domino) idea. “The record label knew we were going to tour some more,” he said, adding that So This Is Goodbye‘s sales are a slow-burn process, “not a massive explosion. From the label’s perspective, we need to be visible as long as possible, and that means touring a lot. So it’s a good idea to get new things out there.”

Since Greenspan and Didemus are a product of the DJ culture, they had no problem coming up with their list of remixers on their own. “Kode 9 and Hot Chip are both personal friends of ours,” Greenspan said. “Carl Craig is a legend in the world of dance music, so that was a no-brainer. The others are up-and-comers who we don’t know personally, but heard and were excited about the music they were doing. It was a way to showcase new talent.”

There is one drawback of having your music remixed, however. “It’s somewhat unpleasant when what they’ve done is better than the original song,” Greenspan said. “We’ve had that happen countless times.” Tickets to Junior Boys show next Wednesday are still available from the One Percent Productions website.

So are tickets to tonight’s Bright Eyes concert at The Holland Performing Arts Center. The $30 price tag may have scared a few people away from this show, which is a shame because fans will never see the band locally on a better stage. It’s certainly worth a few more bucks to hear Oberst and his crew in a venue that is renowned for its acoustics. The line-up tonight is Bright Eyes full-time members Mike Mogis and Nate Walcott, along with Andy Lemaster (Now It’s Overhead), Janet Weiss (ex-Sleater-Kinney), drummer Rachel Blumberg (M. Ward), violinist Anton Patzner and a small strings and woodwinds ensemble. The show starts at 8 p.m. with McCarthy Trenching and Oakley Hall.

It’s not the only landmark show this evening. Tonight at The Waiting Room there’s a reunion of Omaha hardcore music heroes Clayface. From the insert to their 4-song single, “Regular,” released on Corn Pie Records and recorded in March 1994: “In March, we went to our friend’s house, Jim (Bogensberger), and recorded this record on an eight-track he has set up in his basement.” Listed as “Clayface Regular” were Jeff, Kelley, Kirk, Robert, Ross and William. I believe Jeff was Jeff Heater, Will was William Thornton and Robert was Bob Thornton. I’m not sure of the rest of the lineup on this single, but I’m sure someone can fill in the blanks (here). They’ll probably all be there tonight, along with a large contingent of characters from Omaha’s mid-’90s golden age. Also on the bill are Race for Titles and Bombardment Society. $7, 9 p.m. Bring your earplugs!

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