Congrats to OEAA winners; Sheehan returns to the stage; Maha announcement; Free Throw tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 1:44 pm January 18, 2016

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

I did not venture out into the blackness of the cold, cold night this weekend. Maybe all the touring indie bands are avoiding Omaha because they know how friggin’ cold it is here, and that lazy sots such as myself would never brave the wind chills for their performances. Maybe.

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Last night was the 10th Annual Omaha Entertainment and Arts Awards (OEAA) held somewhere downtown. Notable winners include See Through Dresses, John Klemmensen, Dan Brennan, Twinsmith, Dereck Higgins and BJ Huchtemann, who was honored for her years of carrying the torch for local blues in The Reader. You can See the full list of winners here. Congratulations to all!

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Though I wasn’t there, I saw via Facebook the return of former Digital Sex frontman Stephen Sheehan to the stage Friday night as part of a tribute to David Bowie at The Waiting Room. Digital Sex was a remarkable Nebraska band from the ’80s that also included OEAA winner Dereck Higgins whose sound epitomized the post-punk era. What will Sheehan do next?

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Last night a blizzard of social media posts announced the 2016 Maha Music Festival date — August 20, again at Stinson Park Aksarben Village. There had been some rumblings after last year’s sell-out success that Maha would expand to two days or at least do something the night before the day show, but that appears to not be the case. So how will they top last year? As one guy recently pointed out: Why do they need to top last year? Wouldn’t they be considered just as much of a success if they were to match last year’s attendance? Maybe, maybe…

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It’s a night of emo at Milk Run this evening when Nashville band Free Throw takes the stage. Joining them are Young & Heartless, Sinai Vessel and Bed Rest. $10, 8 p.m.

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Bloodcow, Uh Oh, Bowie tribute tonight; Montee Men, Omaha Zine Fest benefit Saturday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 1:43 pm January 15, 2016
Catching up on Netflix...

Catching up on Netflix…

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

One good thing about not having any touring indie rock bands playing in Omaha week after week — I’m catching up on my Netflix cue.

I’m up to episode 5 of Making a Murderer (and dreading the ending — how does something like this happen in our country?), and will be watching Mozart in the Jungle on Amazon Prime.

Needless to say, there are no touring indie bands coming through town again this weekend. In fact, I see nothing substantial on the horizon until the end of the month and into February.

That doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to do this weekend.

Tonight at fabulous O’Leaver’s the infamous Bloodcow returns. Expect much mayhem and the occasional Hail Xenu! Agronomo featuring Dereck Higgins opens the evening and the Big Al Band headlines. $5, 9:30 p.m.

Over at Barley Street Tavern Uh Oh headlines with Can’t Won’t, Getchasum and A Fight Within the Mastersleep. $5, 9 p.m.

Kansas City emo band SeaKings headlines at Reverb Lounge with Relax, It’s Science and No Getter. $5, 9 p.m.

And The Waiting Room is hosting a David Bowie tribute tonight performed by Bennie and the Gents. The Beatseekers opens. $8, 9 p.m.

Tomorrow night (Saturday) Montee Men take over the O’Leaver’s stage. With Jump the Tiger and The Brigadiers. $5, 9:30 p.m.

Also Saturday night, Milk Run is hosting a benefit for the Omaha Zine Fest, an event slated for March 12.  “Help us raise funds to offset the cost for local and regional zinesters to come to town and showcase their work.” Where does one find these ‘zines? Anyway, performing Saturday night are Bien Fang, Rogue Moon, Sean Pratt and the Sweats and Razors. $5 donation suggested. Show starts at 9:30.

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

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Matthew Sweet: New album could arrive this summer; new music from Damien Jurado, HÆLOS, The Thermals…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , , — @ 1:59 pm January 12, 2016
Matthew Sweet center stage at the 1200 Club March 28, 2015. Sweet gave an update on his upcoming album.

Matthew Sweet center stage at the 1200 Club March 28, 2015. Sweet gave an update on his upcoming album.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Did you participate in Matthew Sweet’s Kickstarter campaign back in the summer of 2014? Wondering where the new album is that had an estimated delivery date of April 2015?

Well, Sweet chimed in with an update yesterday to campaign contributors saying that recording has been completed, mostly.

“All the songs I recorded with Ric in October are sung and essentially finished,” he wrote. “Over the next few days, I’ll be writing the very last songs of the project. That’s right, there will be a final batch!…Looks like the final tally will be around 33 songs. Everyone should know I am working, listening and scheming all the time to make this extra special.”

Sweet said later this month The Bangles’ Debbi Peterson will be coming to Omaha to record the very last batch of drums. Other guest musicians for the record have included Greg Leisz, and Val McCallum (who have worked with Lucinda Williams, Eric Clapton and Jackson Browne), Darian Sahanaja (Brian Wilson, Zombies, the Wondermints) and Al Jardine of the Beach Boys. There are a ton more.

“This last batch (of recordings) should be done by April, and detail and guest work for the first 24 songs will also continue til then,” Sweet said. “Then I will be mixing the album in earnest into May. From experience I would say it is very likely the record and rewards will be delivered sometime this summer.”

Gotta love Kickstarter.

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New music is starting to take form for 2016.

Damien Jurado has a new album, Visions of Us on the Land, coming out March 18 on Secretly Canadian. Here’s the first single:

Matador announced that their recent signing, HÆLOS, will see their label debut, Full Circle, released March 18. Here’s the first single, “Oracle.” Very trippy.

And Saddle Creek act The Thermals announced their new album, We Disappear, comes out March 25. Here’s the first single, “Hey You”:

Much more to come…

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So long, David Bowie…

Category: Blog — Tags: — @ 1:43 pm January 11, 2016
David Bowie - 1947-2016

David Bowie – 1947-2016

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

I woke up and discovered that David Bowie had died of cancer at the age of 69. Did anyone see it coming? I’d read he’d been ill a few years ago, but then figured he’d recovered, what with the release of The Next Day in 2013 and Blackstar just last week. Now it appears Blackstar was his swan song and parting gift. Its reception was greeted with open arms — critics and fans love the album. Would the way it was received been skewed had we’d known he was dying? Probably. Instead, Bowie went out creatively on top, with people pointing to Blackstar as a triumphant return. And we’re all left wondering what just happened. Somewhere he and Lou Reed are laughing together and saying, “Just play the bloody albums.”

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Matt Whipkey, Low Long Signal tonight; Dumb Beach, Ocean Black, Eric in Outerspace Saturday…

Category: Blog — Tags: — @ 1:38 pm January 8, 2016
Matt Whipkey at Hear Omaha in the Old Market, June 4, 2015.

Matt Whipkey at Hear Omaha in the Old Market, June 4, 2015. Whipkey headlines tonight at The Waiting Room.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

It’s another in a series of all-local rock-show weekends to kick off 2016. No touring indie acts scheduled anywhere. Get used to it. It’s going to be a long, cold January.

Topping off this weekend’s festivities is Matt Whipkey at The Waiting Room. Not sure the configuration for this show, but hopefully he’ll have his band supporting him. The Hottman Sisters opens. $8, 9 p.m.

Also tonight, Low Long Signal headlines at Milk Run with Anthems, Alli and I, and The Jon Jerry Experiment. $5, 9 p.m.

And fabulous O’Leaver’s has Lineman’s Rodeo, Red Pins and Idlefox tonight. $5, 9:30 p.m.

It’s back to O’Leaver’s tomorrow night for an evening of heavy indie and sludge/stoner rock. The always entertaining Dumb Beach headlines. Ocean Black has the second slot — the band formerly known as Nightbird. Hag opens at 9:30 p.m. $5.

Finally, it’s a four-band bill at Milk Run Saturday night, headlined by Eric In Outerspace with Dirty Talker (members of Her Flyaway Manner), Lodgings (members of UUVVWWZ, Noah’s Ark, Sound of Rails) and Better Friend. $5, 9 p.m.

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

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2015 Nielsen Music Report: Will Adele save the music industry? Vinyl coming on strong…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 1:50 pm January 7, 2016
Nielsen declares 2015 "The Year of Adele."

Nielsen declares 2015 “The Year of Adele.”

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

The day after I post my 2016 music predictions (quoting mid-year album sales figures) a press release arrives from Nielsen, the music research and monitoring services for the entertainment industry, recapping 2015 album sales numbers. Nielsen’s airplay, sales and streaming data represents music consumers, and powers the Billboard charts,

Album sales declined in 2015.

Album sales declined in 2015.

Despite album sales continuing in a downward spiral, Nielsen sounded very optimistic about the industry’s future, including the future of vinyl sales. Here are some highlights:

— Total music consumption for 2015 — album sales plus track equivalent albums and streaming equivalent albums — increased more than 15% over 2014, led by the continued surge in streaming, Nielsen said. More than 317 billion songs were streamed on-demand in 2015 through audio and video platforms, an increase of 92.8% from 2014.

— Although album sales were down 6% in 2015, the decline was notably less than the 11% decline for 2014, Nielsen said. Vinyl album sales continued to grow, with sales up 30%, accounting for nearly 9% of total physical album sales.

Adele’s 25 was “by far and away the year’s biggest seller, with over 7.4 million year-to-date sales (in only six weeks), making it the biggest seller in a single year since 2004,” Nielsen said. In fact, Nielsen spent an entire page of their report recapping all of Adele’s sales records, declaring 2015 “The Year of Adele.”

Where we spent our music dollars in 2015.

Where we spent our music dollars in 2015.

Other interesting details from the report:

— Streaming continues its growth with audio on-demand streaming up 83% vs last year and video on-demand streaming up 102%. Back catalog continues to be the biggest share of on-demand streams, with songs more than 18 months old accounting for nearly 70% of all streaming volume.

— Vinyl LPs continued to set new all-time highs with nearly 12 million units sold in 2015. Independent record stores continue to be the biggest driver of vinyl LP sales, with more than 45% of vinyl LP sales coming from Independent stores.

— Rock is still the biggest genre for vinyl LPs with more than 68% of LP sales coming from rock titles. With strong sales of vinyl LPs by Adele/25 and Taylor Swift/1989, pop more than doubled its share of vinyl LP sales from 2014 (5.7% of total in 2015 vs. 2.8% of total in 2014).

Nearly 18% of all physical album sales for rock were vinyl LPs in 2015, up from 13.4% in 2014.

Where we discovered new music.

Where we discovered new music.

Biggest surprise to me was their radio numbers. According to Nielsen, radio reaches more Americans than any other device or platform, with 93 percent of adult consumers over 18 years of age using radio each week — more than TV (87%), smartphones (71%), PCs (54%), TV-connected devices (40%) and tablets (29%).

Top formats didn’t surprise me: Pop Contemporary Hit Radio was No. 1, followed by Country, Hot Adult Contemporary (AC), Urban Contemporary, Adult Contemporary, etc. Classic Rock, which seems to be a staple in Omaha radio, was ranked 9th.

Sadly, magazines were ranked dead last on the list of “how we discover music,” just below online music news — the two places where I discover a lot of new music. Radio — which I don’t listen to for music — was top of the list. Odd.

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Music Visions for 2016 (and a look back at 2015)…

Category: Blog,Column — Tags: , — @ 1:50 pm January 6, 2016
What would Tom Jones say?

What does the future hold?

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Here’s the one you’ve been waiting for: The annual Visions of 2016 Music Predictions. You can read the article in the January issue of The Reader monthly magazine, available at all the usual drop locations sometime this week. Or you can check it out right now online at TheReader.com, right here. Or, heck, just read the darn thing below…

Music Visions for 2016

So now you know what happened in 2015. Here’s what’s going to happen in 2016. But first, let’s score how well I did with last year’s predictions. My crystal ball must have been broken because I didn’t do so good.

2015 Prediction: An all-out Spotify rebellion will break out next year, and it won’t be coming from independent labels who are getting gutted by the service, but rather (ironically) from big name stars who make the most money off Spotify. And you’ll have Taylor Swift to thank.

Reality: Only a few stars joined Taylor and stayed off Spotify — Prince, Thom Yorke and Jason Aldean. The reason no one’s jumping off the streaming train — through mid-year 2015, music streaming has increased year-over-year by 92.3 percent, according to Nielsen Music. With the industry in shambles, who doesn’t want to ride that wave?

2015 Prediction: The vinyl craze will slow after a year that saw a 49 percent increase in U.S. vinyl sales vs. 2013 numbers. Younger music fans refuse to embrace a medium they see as an interesting but inconvenient gimmick that costs twice as much (or more) than what they pay to download the same album (if they pay at all).

Reality: As of July, vinyl sales climbed another 38 percent year-over-year in the U.S., with vinyl now comprising nearly 9 percent of all physical sales (up from 4 percent), according to Nielsen.

2015 Prediction: More record labels will be forced to follow record label Fat Possums’ lead and open their own vinyl pressing plants due to the shortage of vinyl manufacturing options.

Reality: Last month Third Man Records (founded by Jack White) announced it is opening a vinyl record pressing plant in Detroit, which will house eight brand new presses bought from a German pressing plant manufacturer.

2015 Prediction: Record labels will discover a way to add new value to CDs, either by offering better audio quality (hi-res audio), lower prices or new packaging options.

Reality: Didn’t happen. In fact, according to Nielsen CD sales were down 10 percent by mid-year 2015 versus the previous year.

2015 Prediction: A rock band will produce the first-ever Oculus Rift music video.

Reality: While artists such as Bjork and Squarepusher have produced 360-degree “virtual reality” videos, I’ve yet to see a band create something specifically for Oculus Rift or even Google Cardboard…yet.

2015 Prediction: Record labels will try to replicate Guardians of the Galaxy‘s success by releasing new albums consisting entirely of chart-topping oldies.

Reality: Nope.

2015 Prediction: A reunited ’90s band will release a new recording that will break into the mainstream in a big way. Will it be Sonic Youth, Buffalo Tom, Jane’s Addiction, Galaxy 500, The Grifters, R.E.M. or Commander Venus?

Reality: None of the above. Instead, ’90s alt rock is being regurgitated by today’s crop of indie bands.

2015 Prediction: Bands we’ll be talking about this time next year: Modest Mouse, Hop Along, U2, Desaparecidos, Low, Cursive, Prince, Savages, Lloyd Cole, The Mynabirds, The Replacements, The xx, The Rolling Stones, Tom Waits, For Against, PJ Harvey, Icky Blossoms.

Reality: Hop Along is a critic’s darling, U2 is going back on tour, Desaparecidos cancelled their tour, Low just played Reverb, and Prince released a new album in December.

2015 Prediction: Bands we won’t be talking about: Iggy Azalea, Madonna, Metallica, Bright Eyes, Sun Kil Moon, The War on Drugs, Swans, FKA Twigs, Kanye, Led Zeppelin.

Reality: Other than FKA Twigs, just about everyone else listed is MIA.

2015 Prediction: The Rolling Stones will be down one Stone.

Reality: Not only are they alive and kicking, but the Stones did a brief tour last summer, and Keith just released a new solo album.

2015 Prediction: Omaha’s bar-club bubble will burst as one or more local music venue/clubs will change hands and stop offering live music.

Reality: Well, Sweatshop has been dormant since it changed ownership.

2015 Prediction: Maha Music Festival organizers’ wish will finally come true and they’ll book “that band” that they’ve always wanted to play the festival.

Reality: They didn’t get “that band,” but they did get a sold out concert.

2015 Predication: We’ll experience the first wave of rock ‘n’ roll “retirements” as a number of long-time well-paid singers/songwriters/musicians/bands will announce they’re getting out of the music business because they can no longer make a living at it, thanks to declining album sales and streaming services.

Reality: Not only did no one retire, but Phil Collins said he’s coming back. Does anyone ever really leave the music business?

2015 Prediction: Look for a Kickstarter campaign from a former Billboard chart-topping act (and I’m not talking about Creed).

Reality: Other than De La Soul and TLC, successful pop acts have been avoiding Kickstarter.

2015 Prediction: While mainstream pop music becomes more sugar sweet, indie music will become more miserable. Depressing, dark acts like Pharmakon, Swans, Perfume Genius and Sun Kil Moon will be joined by even more miserable acts that will counter-balance pop’s bright banality.

Reality: Either the darkness has lifted or I’ve been ignoring the gloom.

2015 Prediction: With the continued popularity of music contest shows like The Voice and American Idol, it was only a matter of time until a network decided to revive American Bandstand.

Reality: Nope. In fact, this will be the final season for American Idol (or so they say).

2015 Prediction: Thanks to its airing on Palladia, someone will create an American version of Later… with Jools Holland.

Reality: We’re still waiting for something / someone like Jools in the U.S.

2015 Prediction: Look for the launch of yet another new FM radio station in the Omaha market that plays CMJ-style indie.

Reality: Not yet.

2015 Prediction: As the industry continues to crumble, more historically huge bands will sign deals with mid-level indie labels. Along those same lines, you’ll see more formerly “large” bands and performers self-releasing material as they turn their back on labels altogether.

Reality: Still not happening.

2015 Prediction: No local or Saddle Creek artist will make it to the SNL stage next year (duh), but one (other than a Conor band) will make it on national TV.

Reality: The only local to make it to the airwaves in 2015 was Desaparecidos.

If I really stretched, I was 5 for 20. Maybe I was trying too hard? This year I’m limiting predictions to just 10. Here we go:

2016 Prediction: In the old days, if you wanted your music to get heard by the biggest audience you sought out radio stations in hopes they’d add your single to their play lists. With music streaming replacing radio as the new music promotional model, the new target is getting songs added to streaming playlists that have the most followers. For example, if you happened to get your song added to Spotify’s “Today’s Top Hits” list, your music would be heard in more than 6 million pairs of ear buds. Spotify’s “New Music Friday” playlists boasts 855,000 followers, according to Billboard. Just as important is getting the attention of DJs, curators and social media “influencers” with large followings. Labels are now hiring reps that do just that.

2016 Prediction: Streaming live performances will become a thing. Apps like Periscope give anyone with a smartphone an opportunity to share a live performance, but more than that, clubs, venues and music halls will begin to upload their soundboard feeds directly to streaming services, sharing concerts as they happen, making it possible to catch sets by virtually any band on tour.

2016 Prediction: This is the year that vinyl crosses the line from interesting novelty to serious revenue stream, as it becomes second nature for labels and musicians to consistently produce vinyl versions for their latest albums. As a result we’ll see the beginning of a second record-store renaissance. More shops will open. In-store performance tours will become as common as book-signing tours. Record Store Day will expand beyond two days a year. Vinyl is here to stay.

2016 Prediction: Apple Music wasn’t the game changer everyone thought it would be, but it still managed to rack up more than 54 million users in 2015, according to Nielsen and was ranked as the No. 9 smartphone app. Watch as more services (including Facebook) get into the streaming music business, forcing Spotify and Apple to to figure out ways to gain bigger market share, ultimately cutting the price of premium streaming services in half (or lower). Free premium streaming may be just around the corner.

2016 Prediction: It’s not unusual that Tom Jones will take his final bow this year.

2016 Prediction: As costs continue to rise and income continues to shrink for record labels, watch as small and mid-sized indie labels begin to consolidate in an effort to share resources and broaden their reach. In this industry model, who would be a perfect suitor for Saddle Creek?

2016 Prediction: A long-time music reporter and Nebraska music scene fixture will either retire or get a new assignment.

2016 Prediction: When The Waiting Room and The Slowdown opened in 2007, those venues focused on booking indie shows. As interest in indie music dropped off in recent years, they’ve changed their course, only occasionally booking mid-sized to large indie rock show. That shift will continue in 2016 as more small and mid-sized indie shows will detour to small venues like Milk Run, Lookout Lounge and O’Leaver’s, who will become the de facto outlets for all things indie. With indie music headed back underground, is the rise in house shows and hall shows far behind?

2016 Prediction: Bands we’ll be talking about this time next year: My Bloody Valentine, Beck, PJ Harvey, Matthew Sweet, Green Day, The Arcade Fire, Stephen Malkmus/Pavement, The Faint, Warpaint and Spoon. Bands we won’t be talking about: Kendrick Lamar, Kanye, Taylor Swift, Drake, Kurt Vile, Adele, Beach House, Lana Del Rey and U2.

2016 Prediction: The next network appearance by a Nebraska performer will again involve Conor Oberst, as we welcome the return of Bright Eyes. Will Conor finally make it on SNL? Wait and see…

First published in The Reader, Jan. 6, 2016. Copyright © 2016 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.

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And the winners are…; Head of Femur, Xetas, Mint Wad Willy are Live@O’Leavers; Luke Polipnick tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 1:33 pm January 5, 2016

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Thanks to everyone who emailed, Tweeted and Facebooked an entry into the drawing for a copy of the Lazy-i Best of 2015 Comp CD. This was the largest number of entries received in years!

One winner was randomly picked from each entry format. And the winners are:

Paul Eicher, Omaha – email entry
Bo Anderson, Houston, MO, Twitter entry
Caroline Borolla, Los Angeles, Facebook entry

Your CDs will be in the mail in the coming days. Thanks for playing, and for reading Lazy-i.

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The latest batch of super-exclusive Live at O’Leaver’s recordings hit the internet this morning, headlined by Head of Femur, a smoking set recorded live back on Oct. 4. Also this week, Austin band Xetas and Mint Wad Willy — talk about your variety pack. Check it out below:

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Jazz dude Luke Polipnick says goodbye to Omaha tonight via a special concert by The Delve Trio at Pageturners. Where he’s going is anyone’s guess. The free show starts at 8 p.m.

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Tomorrow, we gaze into the crystal ball at 2016 music predictions!!! Don’t miss it.

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Comp CD giveaway deadline; How was Dolores Diaz? January releases; new Faint video (sort of)…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 1:40 pm January 4, 2016

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Let’s get this out of the way first.

Lazy-i Best of 2015!

Lazy-i Best of 2015!

Today is the last day to enter to win a copy of the Lazy-i Best of 2015 Comp CD. The collection includes my favorite indie tunes discovered last year as part of my tireless work as a music critic for Lazy-i. Among those represented: Courtney Barnett, Clarence Tilton, Simon Joyner, Beck, Freedy Johnston, Ceremony, John Klemmensen, Natalie Prass, Digital Leather, Belle & Sebastian, plus lots more. The full track listing is here. Entering to win is super-easy, either: 1. Send an email with your mailing address to tim.mcmahan@gmail.com, or 2) Write a comment on one of my Lazy-i related posts in Facebook, or 3) Retweet a Lazy-i tweet. You also can enter by sending me a direct message in Facebook or Twitter.

Contest deadline is midnight tonight! Don’t delay, enter right now.

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How was Dolores Diaz last night at O’Leaver’s? Well, I couldn’t tell you because I DNA’d — i.e., Did Not Attend. It being a school night. But good ol’ Kevin Coffey did, and here’s his review of the show. Also in attendance was Hear Nebraska, and here’s their photos and a brief write-up. And I’m told that the session was recorded, though there’s no guarantee it’ll end up posted at Live @ O’Leaver’s. Keep your fingers crossed. If you were there last night, post your review in the comments section.

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If you’re wondering (like me) what to look forward to in 2016, Album of the Year has you covered. Here’s the website’s list of January 2016 upcoming releases. From the list, I’m looking forward to hearing new stuff from Bowie, Savages, Tricky, Shearwater, Tindersticks, Suede, Eleanor Friedberger, Ty Segall… I assume there’s a few things missing from their list…

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The folks over at Nowness today released a never-before-posted video of The Faint’s “Desperate Guys” music video. Why this was never released back when Wet from Birth was released in 2004 remains a mystery.

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Simon Joyner, David Nance, Uh Oh tonight; Dolores Diaz (Conor Oberst and Co.) Sunday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 11:41 am January 2, 2016
Simon Joyner and The Ghosts at Slowdown Jr., April 4, 2015. The band plays tonight at Almost Music in Benson.

Simon Joyner and The Ghosts at Slowdown Jr., April 4, 2015. The band plays tonight at Almost Music in Benson.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Time for another very special Saturday edition of Lazy-i. Hope you had an eventful New Year’s Eve/Day.

Only Love Can Bring You Peace, Simon Joyner (Magic Helicopter, 2015)

Only Love Can Bring You Peace, Simon Joyner (Magic Helicopter, 2015)

Omaha’s unofficial poet laureate Simon Joyner celebrates the release of his book, Only Love Can Bring You Peace – Selected Lyrics (1990-2014) — published by Magic Helicopter Press, tonight (Saturday) at Almost Music in Benson. It’s the first selection of Simon’s lyrics (assembled and edited by Simon and his wife, Sara) to appear in book form, showcasing the images and characters of more than 15 albums, EPs, and rare releases, according to the website, where you can purchase your copy for $16 + s/h. But why spend more when you can buy your copy at the cover price tonight at Almost Music, and if you’re really nice, Simon might even sign it for you.

Joining Joyner and the Ghosts are L. Eugene Methe  and The David Nance Band. Your $6 cover charge can be applied to the cost of the book. In addition, Solid Jackson Books is offering 25% off any and all additional books when you buy a copy of Simon’s book. Music starts at 8 p.m.

Also tonight, Lincoln band No Tide headlines a show down at Slowdown Jr. Opening is one of Omaha’s big surprises for 2015, Uh Oh. The band’s 5-song EP, In the Glow, was a pleasant surprise — a mix of indie, pop-punk and sing-along anthems that’s sort of a throwback to a kinder/gentler time in Omaha’s alt rock past. Slacker-rockers Mint Wad Willy kicks things off at 9. $8.

Also tonight (Saturday) local punk rock legends The Shidiots play at O’Leaver’s with The Hemorrhoids and Megaton. $5, 9:30 p.m.

Then Sunday night is the big Dolores Diaz & the Standby Club show at fabulous O’Leaver’s.  The country cover band’s all-star line-up includes Matt Maginn (Cursive), Dan McCarthy (McCarthy Trenching), Ben Brodin, Phil Schaffart (Con Dios), Miwi La Lupa, Roger Lewis (The Good Life), Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes) and Conor Oberst. Of course the real mystery is: Who is Dolores Diaz? You’ll just have to find out Sunday night. Indie superstar Johnathan Rice opens along with Anthony D’Amato (New West Records), who has worked with Bon Iver and Megafauna, among others.

One assumes this will be a madhouse, but you never can tell. If you’re interested, I suggest you get there well before the 9 p.m. start time. Price of admission is the usual $5.

And thus ends the holidays, but not quite yet…

Lazy-i Best of 2015!

Lazy-i Best of 2015!

First, you must enter to win a copy of the Lazy-i Best of 2015 comp CD. The collection includes my favorite indie tunes I’ve come across throughout last year as part of my tireless work as a music critic for Lazy-i. Among those represented: Algiers, Sam Martin, Sufjan Stevens, Clarence Tilton, Beck, The Chemical Brothers, Freedy Johnston, The Mynabirds, and even the aforementioned Simon Joyner, plus lots more. The full track listing is here. Entering to win a copy couldn’t be easier, either: 1. Send an email with your mailing address to tim.mcmahan@gmail.com, or 2) Write a comment on one of my Lazy-i related posts in Facebook, or 3) Retweet a Lazy-i tweet. You also can enter by sending me a direct message in Facebook or Twitter. Hurry, contest deadline is midnight Jan. 4!

Have a great rest of the weekend…and 2016…and rest of your life!

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