The Circle of 300 (in this week’s column); Spinto Band, Whispertown vids; Betties, Great American Desert tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 12:57 pm May 23, 2012

by Tim McMahan,

The premise of this week’s column: There are only 300 people in Omaha who really give a damn about indie music (or local music, for that matter), which means all of the various and sundry media that report on the scene are talking to the same 300 people. Talk about your echo chambers, but it’s the same in every city. Hey.. it’s just a theory, right? Check it out at, here, or pick up a copy of this week’s edition.

By the way, the column’s name this week is Over the Edge. I’m going to keep coming up with names until something sticks.

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A couple interesting locally produced videos went online today. First up is the latest installment from the Love Drunk Tour 2012. The crew has been back from their tour for a few days now and keep spitting out the videos, like this one from The Spinto Band for “The Living Things.” As videographer Brendan Greene-Walsh says at the beginning of the video, the Love Drunk team filmed this one just as Spinto’s keyboard player, Sam, crossed the finish line at the Delaware Marathon Running Festival. Had that been me crossing the finish like, I would have been immediately rushed to the nearest ER hooked up to an IV drip. Not Sam. He just plunks down on the pavement and starts playing. The video would have been funnier if he threw up at the end. Check it out.

Also online today,’s “Guest List” caught Whispertown doing “Blood from Wine” at Krug Park when the band was in town a couple weeks ago. That breathy voiced guy is, of course, good ol’ Jake Bellows of Neva Dinova fame. Me like-ee. Check it out here.

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Tonight at The Barley Street it’s The Betties with Todd Day Wait’s Pigpen. $5, 9 p.m.

Down at Slowdown Jr. it’s Great American Desert, a.k.a. Max Holmquist, with Desert Noises and Betsy Wells. $5, 9 p.m.

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  • Very Malcolm Gladwell-ish collumn.

    Comment by J. Mason — May 23, 2012 @ 9:08 pm

  • Tim, there are definitely more than 300 people interested in “indie rock” and “culture” in Omaha/Lincoln. It seems that there are only 300 with enough disposable income to donate to ever think about that? how many 20 somethings are scraping by just barely paying rent, car payment, bills, etc and they simply just don’t have an extra $10 to donate?? just playing the devil’s advocate here…I love lazy-i and all that you do for music Tim!

    Comment by LWW — May 24, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

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