Unexplained Death on cassette; new Love Drunk: Bogusman…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 12:22 pm September 18, 2019

The Unexplained Death cassette…

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

The debut recording of Matt Whipkey’s new poli-punk project, Unexplained Death, dropped last Friday in cassette and digital formats. I’m seeing more and more artists opt for cassette releases, I assume because it’s a physical format (other than CD) that artists can create themselves. The cassette is a run of 100, each with unique, hand-made cassette sleeves comprised of altered versions of classic ’80s album art. Just look what Matt did to Robert Plant.

The songs represent a sort of new direction for Whipkey. Though he’s known mostly as an Americana folk-rock guy, Matt always punctuated his albums with a few heavier rock songs. This collection is his take on punk — fast and hard and purposely distorted/low-fi — with lyrics about the current state of local and national politics. Whipkey said it was because of the songs’ timliness that he didn’t shop the recording to labels — he wants to get his message to the masses now.

The full album is being streamed here at Bandcamp, where you can order a copy of the cassette for $10 (comes with download key). And look for the band’s stage debut sometime next month…

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Love Drunk, the live one-take video project helmed by Django Greenblatt-Seay, is back and better than ever. Django dropped video #141 last Saturday. It features Lincoln punk band Bogusman performing “Magic Hands” at the VS. Arcade Bar in Lincoln. I’d heard of neither Bogusman nor VS. prior to this video and now I want to check ’em both out. Now maybe someone can get Bogusman to play in Omaha? Check it below.

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Remembering The Cars; Pinegrove tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 12:42 pm September 17, 2019

Ric Ocasek at the office.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

You never think that these people will one day be gone: Tom Petty, Eddie Money, Ric Ocasek. Just like you can’t remember a time when their music wasn’t around. But there was a time before The Cars. I know. I was alive then. The first record came out in 1978. Its music was plunked onto FM radio and was something totally different but at the same time very similar to the sounds that came before it.

To me, the primary ingredient was the band’s persona. They were cool and a little weird, part of the punk rock scene, but accessible to the masses. Their songs were insidiously dark, the opposite of cock rock, and they were songs sung by a bunch of nerds who were as strange and ugly as the rest of us who didn’t identify with the hair metal of the day. The Cars were cool because they looked and sounded different, and you just assumed that’s how they were, that they weren’t trying to be different.

I loved the band. Their music played a big role in my high school and college years. We all know how great their first two albums were, but Heartbeat City was just as cool and notable and probably spent more time in my cassette player than any of the others. There were rumors the album was as much about drugs as it was about love. I loved that mystery. I was lucky enough to have seen them live when they came to the Civic Auditorium on tour supporting that album in 1984. Wang Chung opened.

Anyway, The Cars always were there, even when they weren’t. And when they had a sort of comeback a few years ago (in 2011) with Move Like This, it made me wonder if they could repeat their success in the digital age without Ben Orr, who had passed away the year prior, but it ended up being a one-and-done event.

And now Ocasek’s gone and it’s hard to think of a world without The Cars. But here we are.

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Is there a band more opposite of The Cars than Pinegrove? I can’t think of one. The New Jersey indie band, which plays often somber indie folk music, headlines tonight at The Waiting Room. Their latest album, Marigold, was released this past March on Rough Trade. Stephen Steinbrink and Common Holly open at 8 p.m. $25.

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Matt Wilson and his Orchestra, STRFKR Saturday; Interpol at The Holland Sunday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 12:45 pm September 13, 2019

Matt Wilson and his Orchestra play at The Sydney in Benson Saturday night.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

It’s usually Saturday nights during Husker season that the clubs are one big wasteland when it comes to rock shows, but this weekend, tonight is the wasteland. 

I can’t find any shows worth a shit going on tonight. I suggest heading over to The Brothers and having a cold one while listening to the best jukebox in town (if for no other reason than because they’ll be closed 9/14 through 9/19). 

Tomorrow night’s big show, Matt Wilson of Trip Shakespeare and The Twilight Hours fame is bringing his harp and banjo orchestra to The Sydney in Benson. Bokr Tov opens at 9 p.m. $15.

Also Saturday night, Portland indie band STRFKR (Polyvinyl Records) plays at The Waiting Room with Das Kope. 9 p.m. start, $23 tix.

Meanwhile, over at fabulous O’Leaver’s Saturday night, Denver’s In the Whale headlines with The Natural States and Hussies. $5, 9 p.m. 

And then Sunday night it’s the big Interpol show at The Holland Performing Arts Center. I’ve seen Interpol a couple times and they never fail to satisfy, however I have to wonder how well they’ll “rock” playing in front of a seated audience in Omaha’s second most prestigious music hall. Opening is our very own See Through Dresses. Tickets are still available at ticketomaha.com ranging between $35 and $47. Start time is 7:30 p.m. Tux optional.

And that’s all I got. If I missed  your show, put it in the comments section. Have a great weekend. 

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New Cursive single; new Saddle Creek hip-hop single, Album of the Month features Mynabirds; Kristin Hersh Electric Trio tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , , — @ 12:50 pm September 12, 2019

Kristin Hersh Electric Trio plays tonight at Slowdown Jr.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Some tidbits that have been hanging out in my in-box:

Cursive released a new single today, the song “Barricades.” This isn’t on their most recent album, Vitriola. Rather, it apparently is just a straight-up single released just in time for their late summer/fall tour (that brings them to O’Leaver’s a week from Saturday, Sept. 21 (O’Leaversfest)). Check it below.

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Saddle Creek not only announced the next single in their Document series, but the label is now launching an Album of the Month.

First, the single — it’s by Richmond, Virginia, artist McKinley Dixon, entitled “Anansi, Anansi” b/w “Wit These.” I think this is the first hip-hop release by Saddle Creek (that I can remember). Check out the track below and order the single here.

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Also new from Saddle Creek is the launch of an Album of the Month feature, which “will spotlight one album each month from the SC catalog, extend exclusive offers on these albums, and hopefully help you find a favorite album you just might not have discovered yet.”

The kick-off album is The Mynabirds’s 2012 LP Generals. Saddle Creek is offering an exclusive Generals bundle as well as sale prices on the standard vinyl, CD and digital formats.

To celebrate, the original touring band for the album is getting back together for a small tour that includes a night at Reverb Lounge Sept. 25.

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Rest in Peace Daniel Johnston, who passed away yesterday after suffering a fatal heart attack. He was 58. Way back in 2008 Johnston played with Reagan and the Ray Guns as his backing band at The Slowdown, a band included Reagan Roeder, Kyle Harvey, Mike Friedman and drummer Scott “Zip” Zimmerman. It was a rather unique performance that ended with the audience serenading an absent Johnston with a sing-along rendition of “Devil Town.” Here’s hoping he’s singing it up in Angel Town…

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Tonight at Slowdown Jr., Kristin Hersh Electric Trio headlines. Hersh’s latest album is 2018’s Possible Dust Clouds (Fire Records). Joining the band is opener Fred Abong (Throwing Muses, Belly). $18, 8 p.m.

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Sheer Mag, Tweens, Dross, Bib tonight at The Slowdown; Night Moves (Domino Records) at Reverb Lounge…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 12:41 pm September 10, 2019

Sheer Mag plays tonight at Slowdown Jr.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Only got time to tell you about a couple shows tonight…

Over at Slowdown Jr. it’s Sheer Mag, one of the funner new bands out there, with a sound that combines indie with ’70s-style rock ‘n’ roll, fueled by firecracker lead singer Tina Halladay. Cincinnati trash-pop trio Tweens (Frenchkiss Records) opens along with our very one DROSS and one of Omaha’s hardest, Bib. That’s a lot of rock ‘n’ roll for $15. Starts at 8.

Also tonight… Domino Records act Night Moves’ new album, Can You Really Find Me, is a dreamy indie folk-rock album with some Big Star influence. The Minneapolis duo of Micky Alfano and John Pelant count Todd Rundgren and Neil Young among their influences. The music has a modern indie yacht-rock vibe a la Tame Impala, soothing, warm melodies shot through fog-covered lenses. Catch them tonight at Reverb Lounge. Steady Wells opens at 8. $14.

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Shadow Ridge Music Fest (Violent Femmes, Soul Asylum, Matthew Sweet), Digital Leather, Universe Contest, BFF tonight; Wagon Blasters Saturday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , , — @ 12:38 pm September 6, 2019

Digital Leather at The Sydney, April 6, 2018. The band returns to The Sydney tonight.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Yet another music fest is happening tonight — the second annual Shadow Ridge Music Festival at Shadow Ridge Country Club, located way out on 189th and Pacific St. The headliner is ’80s indie fossils Violent Femmes, with Soul Asylum, Omaha’s own Matthew Sweet and Lincoln legacy act The Millions, all for just $55. Ticket proceeds will benefit Elkhorn Athletic Association’s Future Outdoor Youth Sports Complex. Free parking at Elkhorn South High School with shuttle service. The Millions kick it off at 4 p.m. More info here.

Glancing at the calendar, it’s the first Friday of the month, which means Benson First Friday. If you’re in the neighborhood tonight, drop by The Little Gallery, 5901 Maple St. (the east bay in the bottom of the Masonic Lodge Building), and check out the opening for the late Robert Klein Engler. All artist proceeds will benefit the stained glass windows at St. Mary Magdalene Church in downtown Omaha. We’re there from 6 to 9 p.m.

Afterward, head over to The Sydney in Benson for the return of Digital Leather. The project, headed by Shawn Foree, released a full-length earlier this year on Stencil Trash Records, called Feeet, which is a comp of mainly tape-only released songs written and recorded between 2008 and 2018. Great stuff (as per usual). Joining them tonight is Tucson electronic act Mute Swan. $5, 10 p.m.

Also tonight, Lincoln indie prog act Universe Contest headlines at fabulous O’Leaver’s. Fellow Lincolnites Sweats and Iowa City’s Zuul also are on the card. $5, 10 p.m.

Tomorrow night it’s back to The Sydney for a rip-roarin’ set by Wagon Blasters (Speed! Nebraska Records). Gary Dean and the band will own the center slot, Vago is the headliner and Bull Nettles kicks it off at 9 p.m. $6.

And that’s all I got. If I missed your show, put it in the comments section. Have a great weekend.

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Success Hasn’t Spoiled Maha (Yet?)- The Reader; The Appleseed Cast, Squeeze tonight…

Category: Blog,Reviews — Tags: , , — @ 12:55 pm September 4, 2019

The obligatory crowd shot from Saturday night at Maha 2019.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Well, I’m back from Gotham City. Among the highlights was seeing “To Kill a Mockingbird” at the Shubert Theatre. Aaron Sorkin and Jeff Daniels together again. Seeing Federer and Serena at the U.S. Open wasn’t bad, either…

Anyway, the September issue of The Reader should be on the racks around town by now (though I haven’t seen it). Because of the timeliness of this month’s column — a look at the 2019 Maha Music Festival — I’ve already posted it at The Reader website. Read the column here or pick up a hard copy at your favorite bar, coffee shop of Hy-Vee…

I have to believe the Maha mind-trust already is putting together Maha 2020. If so, I’ve got my wish list ready for ’em…

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Two shows tonight. Over at Reverb Lounge, The Appleseed Cast headlines. The band is smack dab in the middle of a tour that began July 12 in support of their latest, The Fleeting Light of Impermanence (2019, Graveface). Says Ian Cohen in Pitchfork: “On their first new album in six years, the long-running emo outfit take ownership of their sound. Even the quietest moments sit with jagged nerves and lingering tension.” With Muscle Worship and Oquoa. $15, 8 p.m.

Also tonight, ‘70s legacy act Squeeze plays at The Holland Center. The “Difford And Tilbrook Songbook 2019” tour sees the UK legends play their extensive list of hits as well as rare, lesser-known gems from their back catalog and solo careers. Tickets are still available for prices ranging from $107 to $121. 7:30 start time.

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Big Apple bound and what I’m missing while I’m gone…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 12:35 pm August 29, 2019

Return to New York… and Central Park.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Well, it’s time for my annual trip to NYC — U.S. Open, Broadway, Yankees, you get the drift. So Lazy-i will be on a short hiatus until sometime next week.

What will I miss whilst I’m away?

— Well, tonight (Thursday, Aug. 29), Hovvdy plays at Reverb Lounge. I’m hurtin’ a little to be missing this one. This is as close as it gets in this day and age to the slow-core bands I grew up loving like Bedhead and Red House Painters. This is a “do not miss” production. The amazing Anna McClellan opens along with Lomelda. $14, 8 p.m.

— Friday night, Wovenhand (Sargent House Records), led by former 16 Horsepower frontman David Eugene Edwards, plays at Reverb with Lucy & Charlie. $18, 8 p.m.

— Satchel Grande brings the party to The Waiting Room Saturday night. Juke Butter featuring Allison Nash opens at 9. $8.

— Finally, Tuesday night (Sept. 3) Columbus, Ohio low-fi punkers Kneeling in Piss plays at fabulous O’Leaver’s. Hussies open at 9 p.m. $5.

If I missed your show, put it in the comments section. Have a great weekend.

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Concert picks for September (mark your calendars!); new Matt Whipkey; The Vibrators, David Bazan tonight…

Category: Blog — @ 12:38 pm August 28, 2019

David Bazan as Pedro the Lion, performing at Sokol Underground July 6, 2000. Bazan plays a solo living room show tonight.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

As August comes to an end, and I get ready to leave on my annual trip to Manhattan, let me share the list of music “picks” that I provided The Reader for their September issue. John Heaston, The Reader’s major domo, asked for some direction from my rather one-sided perspective. Someone at the paper will flesh these out with descriptions, etc.

Anyway, these are the shows that I’ll either be attending, writing about or dreaming about. There’s a lot going on. Plan your calendars accordingly, and pick up the September issue of The Reader for more data:

The Appleseed Cast w/Muscle Worship and Oquoa at Reverb, Sept. 4, 8 p.m. $15.

2nd Annual Shadow Ridge Music Festival featuring Violent Femmes, Soul Asylum, Matthew Sweet, The Millions and more, Sept. 6, 4 to 11 p.m. at Shadow Ridge Country Club. Tix are $45 – $90.

Mannequin Pussy with Destroy Boys and Ellis at The Slowdown, Sept. 9, 8 p.m. $12 Adv/$15 DOS

Sheer Mag with Tweens, Dross and Bib at The Slowdown, Sept. 10, 8 p.m. $13 Adv/$15 DOS

Kristen Hersh Electric Trio with Fred Abong at The Slowdown, Sept. 12, 8 p.m. $15 Adv/ $18 DOS

Matt Wilson and his Orchestra at The Sydney, Sept. 14, 9 p.m. $15.

Interpol at the Holland Performing Arts Center, Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m. $35-$47.

Pinegrove at The Waiting Room, Sept. 17, 8 p.m. $21 Adv/$25 DOS

Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears at O’Leaver’s, Sept. 17, 9 p.m. Tix are $15.

Lincoln Calling 2019 Sept. 18-22 throughout downtown Lincoln. Tix are $25 single day pass $40 three-day pass.

O’Leaversfest featuring Cursive, Meat Wave, Those Far Out Arrows, No Thanks and more, Sept. 20-22 at O’Leaver’s. Tix are $10 for Cursive, $8 for Meat Weave, $7 for Those Far Out Arrows.

The Melvins with Redd Kross at The Waiting Room, Sept. 23, 8 p.m. $20.

Fruit Bats with Sun June at The Slowdown, Sept. 23, 8 p.m. $17 Adv/$20 DOS

The Mynabirds at Reverb Lounge, Sept. 25, 8 p.m. $13 Adv/$15 DOS

Mike Watt & the Missingmen with David Nance Group at Reverb, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. $15.

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Matt Whipkey weighs in on the American gun wars (my term, not his) in his latest YouTube lyric release. “Gunfire, USA.” I insist nothing will ever happen with gun laws (and have been saying it for years). If they didn’t learn from Newtown, they never will. Matt is less of a pessimist. Check out the track below.

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Tonight London First-wave U.K. punk icons The Vibrators headline at The Brothers Lounge. Joining them are San Diego punk trio Some Kind of Nightmare and Omaha’s own Tiananman Squares. $10, 9 p.m.

Also tonight, another in a series of living room concerts, this time with Pedro the Lion’s David Bazan. The secret Dundee location of the show will be revealed after you buy your ticket (Don’t worry, something tells me it’s a nice place). Bazan is a can’t miss performer. $25, 8 p.m. Tickets here.

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Help Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney); New Benny Leather; New Oquoa drops Sept. 22; Cursive makes PunkNews list…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , , — @ 12:42 pm August 27, 2019

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Here are a few news bits on a quiet Tuesday…

Janet Weiss, the former drummer to Sleater-Kinney as well as a handful of other notable bands, was in a car accident in Portland Aug. 10. The damage was two broken legs and a broken collarbone. Docs say she’ll be OK, but she’ll be in a wheelchair for three months while mending. Her sister, Julie, set up a gofundme page to help raise money to cover medical expenses and other costs while she’s on the mend. You can donate right here.

I know Weiss isn’t a local, but I’ve loved all the projects she’s been involved in, not the least of which includes Bright Eyes.

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A hot new track by a hot new act has been brought to my attention. The act is named Benny Leather and includes members from Omaha and Belgium. Your guess is as good as mine who that Omaha member is (actually, it probably isn’t, since I know but I ain’t telling). Look for the full album release Oct. 25, and then all will be revealed…

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Oquoa, Timesquares (2019, self-release)

Omaha indie band Oquoa will release its new album, Timesquares, Sept. 22. The album what produced by the band and engineered by Matt Carroll of See Through Dresses. The band will tour with Cursive throughout September. BTW, the album release show Sept. 22 will be at O’Leaver’s as part of O’Leaversfest Day 3 BBQ.

And I’m told that show will be a “going away party” for one of the band members who is moving to Seattle…

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Speaking of Cursive…

Punknews.org published their list of the top 100 albums of 2000-2009, and making the cut was Cursive’s The Ugly Organ. Released by Saddle Creek Records in 2003, the album came in at No. 14. “I can’t think of an album aside from The Ugly Organ that actually gets self reflexive and explores the effect that emo songs have on the people they’re written about, let alone their effect on the person writing them,” said PunkNews. “It’s that self-reflection, which runs through the entire album, that makes The Ugly Organ a standout in Cursive’s already strong catalogue.”

In case you were wondering, The Lawrence Arms’ Oh! Calcutta was No. 1.

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