#TBT: Lazy-i Review: Owen at The 49’r, Nov. 25, 2002…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 1:56 pm November 20, 2014

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

With nothing going on newswise and nothing going on tonight, and this being Throwback Thursday, I figured might as well dig into the ol’ Lazy-i vault and pull out something from around this time in 2002. I found this interview with Owen (a.k.a. Mike Kinsella) that was posted Nov. 19, 2002, but more entertaining was the review of the Owen show the article was written to support. I remember the night as if it were yesterday…

So lean back and enjoy this disturbing stroll down memory lane. Who knows, maybe you were there that night…

Owen / Sound of Rails
Nov. 25, 2002
The 49’r

Owen at The 49'r, Nov. 25, 2002.

Owen at The 49’r, Nov. 25, 2002.

Last night’s Owen show at The 49’r has to be a new low in terms of rude Omaha crowds. I’ve heard about how loud the chatter was at the recent Cowboy Junkies show at The Music Box. That couldn’t have come anywhere close to what happened last night.

The evening’s festivities began with an ear-piercingly loud set by Omaha’s Sound of Rails, a three-piece indie-art instrumental outfit in the Pele / Euphone / Sea and Cake / Tortoise style. They were so loud that you couldn’t really talk to the person standing next to you, which is to be expected from their style of post-punk rock. Not exactly a complimentary opening act for what was about to follow.

After their set ended, Owen, a.k.a. Mike Kinsella, took a seat and began strumming his acoustic guitar. Though the sound guy did as good a job as anyone could in those conditions, Kinsella’s quiet set was blanketed under the ocean of crowd noise — not chatter, not idle talking — out and out yelling, laughing, that sort of thing.

There was Kinsella, head down, looking at his shoes, playing some amazing guitar and singing his broken-hearted songs amidst a sea of noise akin to a college football crowd (it was no coincidence that the 49’rs/Eagles game was playing on a TV over the bar). I had a feeling this might happen (note the question about handling crowd noise in my Owen interview), especially having heard how inattentive the crowd is at the Niner’s acoustic nights.

It took about six songs before Kinsella began to crack. “Would you please be quiet?” he asked. Nothing. Someone yelled “No.”

“Who’s talking?” he asked while idly strumming his guitar. Someone in the crowd yelled “Me!”

“I’ll give you a dollar if you stop talking,” he said as he noodled absentmindedly. The crowd, however, continued to rumble. “If you be quiet I’ll sing you a song about my ex-girlfriend.” No response, no acknowledgment that he even said anything. No matter. Kinsella started playing “The Ghost of What Should Have Been,” but it was hopeless.

That was probably the breaking point. Kinsella gave up and began a night of covers that eventually turned into a karaoke free for all. He asked the crowd if they liked Bon Jovi. Whoops all around, clapping. He fiddled around until he found the chords to “Wanted Dead or Alive” and everyone went nuts, eventually singing along with him during the chorus. Kinsella had raised the white flag. What choice did he have?

I don’t know if that broke the tension or not. I can vouch that he was smiling and laughing at times from the stage, though I don’t know if he was laughing with or at the crowd. Regardless, the noise didn’t dissipate at all. “You guys like Oasis?” More whoops. Kinsella asked for someone from the crowd to come up and sing, and sure enough, up came Race for Titles’ drummer Matt Bowen along with a couple other people. Kinsella took one look at Bowen and began playing “Disarm” by Smashing Pumpkins. Someone else handled the vocal chores.

For the next 20 minutes or so, Kinsella accompanied 1) Bowen and company singing Oasis’ “Wonderwall,”, 2) Bowen doing an admirable Thom Yorke impression on “Fake Plastic Trees,” 3) Matt Whipkey singing Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire” (which, by the way, he dedicated to Timmymac). The medley ended with someone singing Jane’s Addiction’s “Jane Said.” And that was it, Kinsella put his guitar away.

Was it a disaster? Probably for any Owen fans who might have come to hear Kinsella play a quiet, introspective set of his own music. That wasn’t going to happen last night.

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Back to the present. I don’t know if Kinsella has played in Omaha since, though he’s still very active. According to Wikipedia: “In 2013, Kinsella released two EPs with his latest project, Their / They’re / There, featuring Evan Weiss of Into it. Over it. and Matthew Frank of Loose Lips Sink Ships.” Wiki goes on to say that Mike Kinsella continues to play with Joan of Arc, though I don’t think he was playing with them when the band played at O’Leaver’s Sept. 18, 2013…

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Live Review: Down Under with The Gotobeds, New Lungs…

Category: Blog,Reviews — Tags: , , — @ 1:48 pm November 19, 2014
The Gotobeds at The Down Under Lounge, Nov. 18, 2014.

The Gotobeds at The Down Under Lounge, Nov. 18, 2014.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Sometimes bars start booking live music as a way to get people in the door to check out the place. That’s what I have to believe is happening at The Down Under Lounge. The bar, located off 38th and Leavenworth, is not in any way designed for live music. You could say the same thing about O’Leaver’s, but through persistence, technology, investment, know-how and years of booking shows, O’Leaver’s has become recognized not only as a viable alternative for touring bands, but as one of the better sounding rooms in Omaha.

The Down Under has a long way to go before it gets to that level, if it every does. But if the goal was to get people to discover the place, job well done. With its nautical theme, low ceilings and round windows, the bar (which I’ve driven by for decades without stopping in) felt like being down in the hull of a boat… almost. Actually, it felt more like being in someone’s basement that’s been made to feel like being in the hull of a boat. The room is cozy, even though it has its share of neon signs, flat panel TV and Husker shit nailed to the wall.

What it doesn’t have is any sort of stage. The Gotobeds set up in a corner opposite the door and did their thing surrounded by a few dozen guys holding tallboys. The band’s music clearly was influenced by early Pavement but has an additional layer of abrasion supplied by duel guitars that trade riffs and other distorted noises. No idea where the bar got that PA, but it was as rustic as I’ve heard in any public gathering. The vocals sounded like they were being blown from a bullhorn, which in the case of this music, was oddly appropriate.

I got to the bar at the top of Gotobeds’ short set, apparently after some unintentional pyrotechnics involving that PA (I was told the speaker only smoked, no actual flames were emitted). The band played about a half-dozen songs including highlight “NY’s Alright.” The set ended with both guitarists on their backs, feet slid up one of the room’s support poles. Very rock and roll.

So as not to be “Omaha’d,” Gotobeds played second, making New Lungs the headliner. DMax and company riffed though a fun, heavy set. Moving Cory Broman over to a Korg keyboard was a good idea — the sounds he was making added a cool element, especially on a couple new songs (or at least ones I hadn’t heard before). Again, vocals were fuzz/mud/squelch quality.

Like I said, this isn’t the best place to see a show, at least not the way it was set up last night. But the Down Under definitely feels like a cool place to have a beer or three.

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Cursive streams remastered Ugly Organ; Higgins’ Murphy; The Gotobeds, New Lungs tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 2:12 pm November 18, 2014

uglyorganby Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Cursive is streaming its upcoming remastered, deluxe edition of the reissue of 2003’s The Ugly Organ here at AV Club. The 2xCD or 2xLP 180-gram vinyl hits store shelves Nov. 24, just in time for that down-home family Thanksgiving Day gathering. The release includes eight additional tracks written during the Ugly Organ sessions previously released as B-sides, in comps or as part of the ’02 split with Eastern Youth 8 Teeth to Eat You. The band hits the road in February and March supporting the release, including a March 21 gig at The Waiting Room (looks like they’re avoiding SXSW).

Speaking of new releases, Dereck Higgins’s latest vinyl project, Murphy, is now in stock at Almost Music, Drastic Plastic and Hopstop. Or you can buy it directly from Dereck right here. The limited edition release is $20.  Check out some tracks below:


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There’s a fantastic show happening tonight: Pittsburgh garage-punk band The Gotobeds plays at The Down Under Lounge, 3802 Leavenworth, with the amazing New Lungs (DMax from Little Brazil) and Little Ripple. Only $5, starts at 9.

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Lorde covers Bright Eyes; Kasher contributes to comp…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , , , — @ 1:56 pm November 17, 2014

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Lots of chatter on the interwebs about Lorde’s cover of Bright Eye’s “The Ladder Song” on the new Hunger Games movie soundtrack. Your enjoyment of her version will depend on your love of the original, Lorde and the films themselves, none of which have been on my radar.

That said, one would think the soundtrack could provide a massive windfall for Oberst, and may even be the beginning of something big if other artists get the wild idea of recording one of his songs. He is, after all, an impeccable songwriter, though much of his material feels too intensely personal to translate to another artist. But I suppose they said the same thing about Dylan.

Speaking of great songwriters, Tim Kasher has a track on the Old Point Light Records’ Fourward series. Fourward is a digital music project, with volumes released quarterly. Songs are recorded onto a Tascam four-track or any at-home studio. Some songs are rare B-sides, unreleased or demos, the label said. All proceeds are donated to the American Cancer Society and Johns Hopkins Myositis Center.

The comps’ track listings read like a list of bands that played Sokol Underground in the ’90s: Hot Water Music frontman Chuck Ragan, Travis Dopp of Small Brown Bike, Gordon Withers of Office of Future Plans, ex-Indian Summer duo Ghost Trees and more. More info here.

Kasher’s track, “This Again” appears on Volume 3 and can be downloaded right now for free here at Brooklyn Vegan, and the entire album also is being streamed at Spotify.

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Looks like slim pickin’s for shows this week…

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Lupines, North of Grand, Electroliners Friday; Record Swap, Empty Moon (x-4th of July) Saturday; James McMurtry Sunday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 2:06 pm November 14, 2014
The Bar Stool Record Swap is happening at The Brothers Saturday starting at 4 p.m.

The Bar Stool Record Swap is happening at The Brothers Saturday starting at 4 p.m.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

The fact that it’s 8 degrees outside kind of puts a damper on going to shows, at least for me. But it doesn’t stop shows from happening, and there’s plenty this weekend.

Let’s face it, they keep the heat up pretty high at fabulous O’Leaver’s, where tonight The Lupines return for a headlining engagement. Joining them will be Des Moines rockers North of Grand and Nanahara (a Lincoln/Omaha conglomerate consisting of Eric Ernst, drums; Chris Palmquist, bass, and Rich Higgins, guitar). That’s a lot of rock for $5. Starts at 9:30.

Also tonight, Omaha C&W band The Electroliners plays at The Sydney in Benson. Opening is The Janousek Bros. and Backwater Spawn. No price listed (Why do people forget to put the price down on these things?). Starts at 9.

And as mentioned yesterday, The Down Under is hosting a punk show tonight featuring Texas band Dead Words, our very own Cordial Spew and Blowing Chunks, This Is Whispering and Addiction 13. $5, 8 p.m.

Here’s a fun activity for Saturday afternoon: The Brothers Lounge is hosting the Bar Stool Record Swap from 4 to 7 p.m. According to the invite:

Several of Omaha’s record stores and record collectors will be taking over Brother’s Lounge to offer you a chance to pair vices — boozing and record buying! We’ll be bringing in primo stuff to sell and swap and encourage you to do the same! PLEASE don’t bring in large collections though. Vendors include:

Almost Music
Homer’s Music & Gifts
Hipstop record shop
Drastic Plastic

…and several of our favorite record show sellers too! Bring in your good stuff to sell or trade!

This is free and it’s a 21+ event (it’s a bar, stupid).

Saturday night it’s back to O’Leaver’s for Empty Moon, the solo project by Brendan Hangauer, formerly of Lawrence band Fourth of July. Headlining is Manic Pixie Dream Girls. Opening is Those Far Out Arrows. $5, 9:30 p.m.

Finally, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter James McMurtry plays the Sunday Roadhouse series at The Waiting Room Sunday afternoon. Opening is Jonny Burke. The 5 p.m. show is $20 today, $25 on Sunday.

That’s what I got. If I missed your show, put it in the comments section. Have a good weekend.

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Who is A-13 Productions? Film Streams redux (in the column); David Bazan, David Dondero, Nots, Digital Leather tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 2:25 pm November 13, 2014
Nots headline a show tonight at The Sweatshop Gallery that includes Digital Leather.

Memphis band Nots headline a show tonight at The Sweatshop Gallery that includes Digital Leather.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

So who’s been booking all those punk shows at the Down Under Lounge lately? The bar hosted shows Monday and Tuesday night this week with another show tomorrow night (featuring Texas punkers Dead Words and our very own Cordial Spew, among others).

The guy answering the inquiry at the A-13 Booking Facebook page was Rick Bennett of the band Addiction 13 (hence the A-13 moniker). Bennett said the punk show log jam was a matter of timing. “It’s not usually this many shows in such a short time, but I got hit up by several touring bands that needed shows this week,” he said.

A-13 isn’t the only company booking at The Down Under. Perpetual Nerves Productions, helmed by Chris Aponick, has booked indie/garage act The Gotobeds Tuesday, Nov 18, at The Down Under, with New Lungs and Little Ripple.

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In this week’s column, a comment on Film Streams in the wake of its Feature VI fund raiser. You can read it in this weeks issue of The Reader or online right here.

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Benson will be hopping tonight.

At The Waiting Room, indie-folkie David Bazan (of Pedro the Lion fame) performs alongside the Passenger String Quartet. Bazan and strings have a new album out, Volume 1, which features all new studio recordings of Pedro The Lion and Bazan solo songs. A familiar face opens tonight’s show: David Dondero. $20, 9 p.m.

Also tonight, Memphis garage band Nots headlines at The Sweatshop Gallery. The band’s new album, We Are Nots, came out Tuesday on Goner Records. Opening is the Omaha synth-fueled punk band Digital Leather (a personal favorite) and Coaxed. $7, 9:30 p.m. Remember, entrance is in the back and it’s BYOB.

Finally, Nashville psyche-blues band All Them Witches plays tonight at Reverb Lounge with The Well. $10, 9 p.m.

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Oberst on Kimmel; The Faint at TWR Dec. 28-29…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 1:50 pm November 12, 2014

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Remember when appearances by Bright Eyes or Conor Oberst on late night chat shows was a “big deal”? I still remember his TV debut in the form of Bright Eyes on Late Night with David Letterman way back in June 2003. That was an event. It was the first time a Saddle Creek artist — or any local artist from that era (except maybe Mannheim) — made it onto a national broadcast.

These days Conor performances on late night shows, like last night’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, are an afterthought, a “Hey, look, Conor’s on TV again” experience. But it’s still a gas. Here his is doing “Zigzagging Toward the Light,” from his latest release, Upside Down Mountain.

And here’s his network television debut from 2003. Get a load of Letterman joshing with Paul about the Lifted record album (“This is the way music used to be”). And get a load of those bangs.

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Speaking of golden era Saddle Creek bands, The Faint yesterday announced a two-night stand at The Waiting Room Sunday, Dec. 28, and Monday, Dec. 29. Opening acts have yet to be announced. The $20 tickets go on sale Friday morning at 10.

It’s going to be a big holiday season for shows, what with The Faint, Ritual Device/Cellophane Ceiling, The Good Life/Big Harp and Neva Dinova all playing in Omaha in late December.

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MC Payne and DJ Russell spin the hits at The Holland; Bye-bye Brendan (at O’Leaver’s); New Pornos, Pains Pure Heart, Charlie Siren tonight…

Album sleeve for the upcoming vinyl release of the American Hustle soundtrack.

Album sleeve for the upcoming vinyl release of the American Hustle soundtrack.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Went to Feature VI last night at the Holland Center, the fund-raiser for Film Streams featuring directors Alexander Payne and David O. Russell. I love all of DOR’s movies (and some of Payne’s). Among the highlights was Russell showing off a double-colored-vinyl release of the soundtrack to his last film, the sublime American Hustle, which isn’t available until Black Friday Record Store Day, Nov. 28.

The album will include some rare ELO material. According to Madison Gate Records and Legacy Recordings, who are issuing the vinyl, “American Hustle – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack premieres ‘Stream Of Stars,’ a previously-unreleased song from the legendary Jeff Lynne (Electric Light Orchestra, Traveling Wilburys) alongside ELO’s ‘Long Black Road,’ an ultra-rare track previously available only on the Japanese release of Zoom, ELO’s final studio album.”

Russell apparently was intimately involved in the production of the vinyl release “supplying hand-written excerpts from the script, unique imagery from the film and artwork to enhance the look and feel of the album’s gatefold and sleeve.”

It is indeed an impressive looking package, though someone has to teach these guys the proper way to treat vinyl. I cringed as Russell grabbed the colored vinyl from the sleeve and then began blowing/spitting on it and brushing it with his fingers. DJ Payne cued the tracks on a portable turntable, starting with a Duke Ellington number. Nice. But when he decided to change songs, he scraped the needle across the surface, dropping it over and over until he found the groove for an ELO song. Come on, man!

As Russell said with each Payne-induced scratch, “That’s part of the fun.” I don’t think a vinyl enthusiasts like, say, Dereck Higgins would agree…

Anyway, here’s the track listing for the record, below. I’ll be writing more about Feature VI in my column in The Reader Thursday, which is actually sort of a tribute to Film Streams…

American Hustle  Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

2LP Colored Vinyl

Side One
1. Jeep’s Blues | Duke Ellington
2. Dirty Work | Steely Dan *
3. A Horse With No Name | America
4. 10538 Overture | Electric Light Orchestra
5. I’ve Got Your Number | Jack Jones

Side Two
1. White Rabbit | Mayssa Karaa
2. I Feel Love | Donna Summer
3. Don’t Leave Me This Way | Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
4. Delilah | Tom Jones

Side Three
1. Live And Let Die | Wings
2. How Can You Mend A Broken Heart | Bee Gees
3. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road | Elton John
4. Papa Was A Rollin Stone | The Temptations *

Side Four
1. I Saw The Light Todd Rundgren *
2. Long Black Road | Electric Light Orchestra
3. The Jean Genie | David Bowie *
4. Stream Of Stars | Jeff Lynne
5. The Coffee Song (Theyve Got An Awful Lot Of Coffee In Brazil) | Frank Sinatra *
6. Its De-Lovely Ella Fitzgerald *
7. Irving Montage | Danny Elfman

* Songs not on CD release

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Yesterday we got word that Brendan Greene-Walsh, the long-serving booker and sound man at America’s favorite divebar / rockclub, O’Leaver’s, is hanging up the reins.

“...after over 10 years of booking shows, running sound and bartending my time at O’Leaver’s will come to a close at the end of November,” Brendan wrote. “I would like to thank you who receive these emails for all you do for music in the state of Nebraska. Whether it is posting events to calendars, writing features, reviews or interviews or simply going to shows, what you do to perpetuate culture is appreciated. The club will continue on booking great shows.

So why’s he leaving? Brendan said the club decided the position needed to be restructured to add marketing and PR responsibilities, as well as have someone who could be at the venue during shows. In case you didn’t know, Brendan already has a full-time job at UNO. So who will take over the reins? Whoever it is has some massive shoes to fill…

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Tonight at The Slowdown it’s the return of New Pornographers. Tonight’s line-up is stellar, featuring A.C. Newman, Neko Case and Dan Bejar. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, who would be a hot-selling ticket all by themselves, is opening. $28, 8 p.m.

Also tonight, The Down Under continues its recent streak of shows with punk bands Charlie Siren, Let Yourself Go, Buggy Lewis and the Rabbit Grenades, and Wake the Neighbors. $5, 7 p.m.

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Live Review: Junkfest, Ramon Speed, Josh Hoyer; Desa adds show, Whipkey Kickstarter; Sour Boy, Bitter Girl, High Ends tonight…

Ramon Speed at Junkstock #20 at Sweatshop Gallery, Nov. 8, 2014.

Ramon Speed at Junkstock #20 at Sweatshop Gallery, Nov. 8, 2014.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

It was a night of contrasts Saturday. The evening started out in Benson at Junkstock #20, the gala event hosted by Unread Records’ Chris Fischer featuring a number of artists from the exec’s famous tape label. I got there just in time to catch an amazing set by South Carolina songwriter Brantley Fletcher who goes by the name Plundershop. His story-telling style of acoustic balladry had a personal quality reminiscent of Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle, and equally as stark. The guy had a great voice that sounded sterling on the Sweatshop’s tiny PA.

This was my first show at Sweatshop, which is basically the garage in the back of the Sweatshop Gallery, located just south of The Barley Street Tavern in Benson. Entrance is in the back through a smokers-picnic area where people hung out on lawn chairs and drank from BYOB tall boys. Had I known it was a BYOB thing I would have picked up a can of Rolling Rock before I arrived.

The performance space is small; it looks like it could hold 50 or so comfortably in front of the “band space.” It’s a stand-around experience, though a couple people were seated here and there including near the doorway that led downstairs to the art gallery. It had the feel of a house show (or garage show).

Plundershop was followed by a guy who goes by the name Mean Spirited Robots, another acoustic songwriter who played his personal stories seated to a crowd of around 20.

Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers at The Slowdown, Nov. 8, 2014.

Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers at The Slowdown, Nov. 8, 2014.

After his set it was time for something completely different. I skedaddled down to The Slowdown for Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers’ CD release show. Hoyer filled the big stage with a pro team that included sax, trombone, guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and three backup singers, all necessary to fill out the funk/blues sound heard on his new album. Hoyer said he’d spent the time before his set resting his voice which “felt funny,” but you couldn’t hear a bit of hoarseness when he launched into his CD’s title track, “Living by the Minute.”

This is traditional blues/funk that borders on Steely Dan yacht rock played precisely by a team of instrumental craftsmen, but it’s Hoyer at the center — pounding out the keys and singing — that makes it all work. It was nice not being the oldest guy in the crowd of around 200, a crowd that looked a lot different than the usual indie audience I’ve seen at past Slowdown shows.

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Plundershop at The Sweatshop Gallery, Nov. 8, 2014.

Thirty or so minutes into the set and I headed back uptown to the Sweatshop, arriving just in time to see the last band of the evening, Ramon Speed. By then, the garage was jam packed and I began to understand why they call it the Sweatshop as I was sweating my ass off in my pea coat.

Ramon Speed has been around in one form or another since the ’90s, having released music on Sing! Eunuchs label, among others. The band’s personnel is George Peek on guitar and vocals, Brad Smith (of Almost Music) on bass, Mike Marasco on guitar, and Miah Sommer on drums.

This was my first time ’round with these guys and it was amazing — a hard, guttural punk rock sound, a throwback to the early Antiquarium days of the ’90s of bands like Solid Jackson and Culture Fire. The closest modern comparison would be one of Steve Micek’s bands (The Stay Awake) though RS’s sound is not nearly as technical. Great stuff. Too bad it was a one-off, as Peek doesn’t live around here, and the rest of the band is involved in other projects.

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A few newsy notes…

This morning One Percent Productions announced that Desaparecidos will be playing at The Waiting Room Nov. 25 with Digital Leather and BOTH. Not sure why this one popped up now, other than the band might be getting in some stage time while everyone’s in town for Thanksgiving (and they’re prepping to support an upcoming release on Epitaph?). $20 tix are on sale now.

Also, Matt Whipkey’s Kickstarter campaign is winding down and Matt’s still got a ways to go. He’s just under $3,000 with a goal of $5,250 and just three days left. So if you’re gonna help him out, better do it now.

There is a raft of shows going on tonight…

Over at the Down Under Lounge, 3802 Leavenworth, Ft. Collins band Sour Boy, Bitter Girl headlines with Micha Schnabel (Two Cow Garage), Anthems and Cooper Lakota Moon. 7 p.m., $5.

Indie hip-hop star Murs headlines at The Waiting Room tonight with Ces Cru. $20, 9 p.m.

The sneaky-good show of the night is High Ends at Reverb. Fronted by Jeff Innes of Yukon Blonde, the Vancouver band’s music has been compared to Destroyer and Jim James. Opening is One Eye White. $10, 9 p.m.

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Junkfest 20 weekend, Josh Hoyer/Shadowboxers CD release show Saturday; Ted Stevens Sunday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 2:00 pm November 7, 2014
Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers will be celebrating their CD release Saturday night at The Slowdown.

Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers will be celebrating their CD release Saturday night at The Slowdown.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Junkfest #20, brought to you by Unread Records (read all about the label and its founder, Chris Fischer, right here), is tonight and tomorrow at the Sweatshop Gallery in Benson. Yesterday, Simon Joyner published a new schedule for the event:

Friday

Nathan Ma & the Rosettes (9-9:30)
Razors (9:45-10:15)
I am the Lake of Fire (10:20-10:45)
Joe Kile (10:50-11:30)
Chauchat (11:35-12:20)
Church of Gravitron (12:30-end)

Saturday

Restaurnaut (9-9:30)
Plundershop (9:40-10:10)
Mean Spirited Robots (10:15-10:45)
L Eugene Methe (11:00-11:30)
Simon Joyner & the Ghosts (11:40-12:20)
Ramon Speed (12:30-end)

It’s $8 per night or $13 for both nights. And there’s a large art show going on in the gallery as well, just in time for Benson First Friday.

Also tonight (and part of BFF) Millions of Boys plays at the Parlour 1887 salon with LA’s Allison Weiss (No Sleep Records). Music starts at 8, and this one’s free.

Not part of BFF, Travelling Mercies headlines tonight at fabulous O’Leaver’s. Also on the bill is Kait Berreckman Band and Michael Wunder. $5, 9:30 p.m.

Also tonight, Mitch Gettmann opens for Texas singer/songwriter Israel Nash. $10, 9 p.m. at Reverb.

Saturday night is the big Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers CD release show at The Slowdown. My comments about Hoyer’s new record, from this column in The Reader:

Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers, Living by the Minute (Silver Street) — As I told Hoyer in a gush email, I don’t know anything about this genre of blues/funk other than what I learned from Sharon Jones + the Dap Kings, but he and his band do it as well or better than most of the bands in this category. Why he hasn’t been “discovered” yet is a mystery, though I’m told word is getting out about this Lincoln combo.

Opening is Funk Trek, Paa Know’s By All Means Band. $8, 9 p.m.

Finally Sunday night, Shreveport badasses Ghost Foot headline at O’Leaver’s. Opening is Omaha’s newest stoner/sludge rock combo Nightbird and Ted Stevens Unknown Project. $5, 9:30 p.m.

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

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