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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Live Review: Tennis, Pure Bathing Culture; 3Q’14 Reviews (in the column); Oquoa, Dylan Ryan/Sand tonight…

Category: Column,Reviews — Tags: , , — @ 1:54 pm November 6, 2014
Tennis at The Waiting Room, Nov. 5, 2014.

Tennis at The Waiting Room, Nov. 5, 2014.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Tennis continues to grow. Every time the Denver band comes to Omaha the crowd gets bigger. No doubt the crowds will continue to grow as more people discover their new album, Ritual in Repeat (Communion), which hits a sweet spot between their usual airy indie songs and new rhythm-centered tracks.

In fact, the best songs of the night came from that new album. Three songs in, tiny frontwoman Alaina Moore coaxed the crowd to come closer to the stage before introducing the new material, highlighted by jump-beat track “Never Work for Free.” Moore’s voice is a cross between Harriet Wheeler of The Sundays and Olivia Newton John. Tennis’ lighter moments resemble The Sundays mellow rapture or Camera Obscura, while the upbeat numbers, like the disco-thump “I’m Callin'” are pure Xanadu, thanks in part to the subtle guitar funk of bandmate Patrick Riley, who if he wore a white V-neck T-shirt, could pass as Denver Dalley’s older brother.

These days it’s rare for bands to evolve past their first album, but Tennis has only improved with age. Their music certainly has gotten more interesting, and if Moore and Co. ever commit to a full-out dance party who knows how far they’d go. They’ve already come pretty far.

Pure Bathing Culture sans drummer at The Waiting Room Nov. 5, 2014.

Pure Bathing Culture sans drummer at The Waiting Room Nov. 5, 2014.

I’m not sure what was going on during Pure Bathing Culture’s set. The Portland band was without their drummer for reasons unknown. When the band acknowledged his absence, someone in the smallish crowd asked if he got fired. “No, but if he misses more shows…”

The trio sounded off-kilter, as if something was wrong with their tuning, and the whole performance listed under water, leaving me a tad bit seasick. The fill-in pre-programmed beats didn’t help matters, nor did the mud-quality mix which masked frontwoman Sarah Versprille’s vocals, making them undecipherable. Or maybe it was just me. I talked to one guy afterward who said he loved their short 20-minute set.

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In this week’s column, the 3rd Quarter 2014 Album Reviews Round-up, with reviews of new ones by The Gotobeds, The Heart Wants, Ty Segall, Josh Hoyer and the Shadowboxers, Twin Peaks and more. You can read it in the new issue of The Reader or online right here.

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Tonight at fabulous O’Leaver’s it’s the return of local indie super-group Oquoa, along with LA instrumental band Dylan Ryan / Sand and Hotlines. $5, 9:30 p.m.

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A brief political observation; Tennis, Pure Bathing Culture tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 1:51 pm November 5, 2014
Tennis at Slowdown Jr., Feb. 22, 2012.

Tennis at Slowdown Jr., Feb. 22, 2012. The band plays tonight at The Waiting Room.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

My one comment on last night’s election results (seeing as this is a music blog and not a political blog):

I won’t pretend I know anything about politics, but I thought I knew history. As a country, we’ve watched unemployment drop consistently over the past four years. The stock market is at record highs. Gasoline prices are below $3 a gallon for the first time in I don’t know how long. Historically, these issues have benefited the party in office, but President Obama’s approval ratings are at historic lows for any period during his presidency, and Republicans, as of last night, control both houses of Congress. My only observation is the same observation I made in this blog on Oct. 23.

But let me add one more comment to the mix, one that has implications that involve the Nebraska music scene: I believe one of the reasons quality musicians (who also are quality people) move away from Nebraska to places like Los Angeles and New York and Chicago and the Pacific Northwest is the political climate here. Nebraska politics are a natural repellant to anyone who values creativity over greed. If Nebraska faces a challenge in nurturing and keeping its talented “creative class,” it faces an even bigger challenge attracting those who look at our state from a distance, see who represents it, and wonder, “Why in the world would I want to live there?

Actually, after last night, you could say the same thing about the United States (except for the presidency, of course). Hilary is going to have her hands full when she takes over the office in 2016.

Anyway…

Tonight Tennis returns to Omaha, this time to The Waiting Room. The band’s new album, Ritual in Repeat (Communion), is a departure of sorts for a duo whose music has always been a bit too simplistic and run-of-the-mill for my tastes. Their new record is more eclectic, more upbeat, more interesting then their previous releases. So will their live show, which historically has been pretty dull, be more interesting as well? Find out tonight.

Opening is Pure Bathing Culture, who had a ton of buzz at this year’s South By Southwest music festival. I had to go to the Wayback Machine to see what I thought about their performance in Austin. From The Reader‘s website…

We emerged on 6th Street later than expected to catch PURE BATHING CULTURE, one of the most talked-about acts at this year’s SXSW. Seems everyone had caught their set and loved it. We found them at Hype Hotel, a makeshift club with an alley entrance that gave away sponsored drinks (Miller Fortune for me) and Taco Bell.

The Portland band’s music has been compared to Kate Bush and Cocteau Twins, two bands they don’t resemble. Instead, PBC strives for a Lilith stage with its feature-less music. They were amazingly boring, still people were nodding their heads to the streamlined, lite beats.

Ugh, now I remember. Maybe that was just a bad show? Get there early and see. $12, 9 p.m.

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Ritual Device, Cellophane Ceiling reunion show slated for Dec. 26…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , , — @ 1:43 pm November 3, 2014
Ritual Device circa 1994. The band will reunited Dec. 26 at The Waiting Room along with Cellophane Ceiling. Photo by Mike Malone.

Ritual Device circa 1994. The band will reunite Dec. 26 at The Waiting Room along with Cellophane Ceiling. Photo by Mike Malone.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

The secret can now be told, though many of you guessed it already:

Legendary Omaha ’90s punk bands Ritual Device and Cellophane Ceiling are both reuniting for a one-time-only show Dec, 26 at The Lifticket Lounge, er, I mean The Waiting Room. The event is a Main Vein Production. Main Vein was a promotion company run by Ritual Device frontman Tim Moss and Cellophane Ceiling frontman John Wolf back in the ’80s and ’90s. MV brought some classic bands to Omaha, including that famous Nirvana show at the Liftiicket Lounge in 1989.

“I always said if John Wolf put Cellophane back together, I would do it.” Moss said about a Ritual Device reunion.

The line-up for Ritual Device will be Tim Moss on vocals, Jerry Hug on bass, Mike Saklar on guitar and Eric Ebers on drums. The line-up for Cellophane is John Wolf on guitar and vocals and Chris Sterba on bass. Moss says original CC drummer Steve Coleman is unavailable, so I’m not sure who will be handling the sticks.

Is this a big deal? Yeah, for a lot of us, it is. Ritual Device was part of the golden era of Nebraska rock music that influenced the bands that would eventually form Saddle Creek Records. RD was among the first area bands that did extensive touring outside of Nebraska in the early ’90s, along with acts like Frontier Trust, Mercy Rule, Mousetrap and Sideshow.

Here’s how I described Ritual Device way back in ’97:

Ritual Device was a tortured, monolithic punk rock band whose sound had been aptly described as “gutter groove.” Ritual Device made perfect background music for your typical serial killing or perhaps high-speed chase through a bombed-out Beirut neighborhood. The closest comparison? Maybe the Jesus Lizard meets Ministry with a little Nine Inch Nails thrown in (without the synths, of course). It was violent music, scary.

Cellophane Ceiling was a precursor RD. “Cellophane was a bit older,” Moss said. “They bridged the gap between the band generations. They were my influence.”

Cellophane was just as brutal as Ritual Device, but their music was more rooted in traditional heavy rock. Some may remember John Wolf’s follow-up band, Bad Luck Charm. Moss and Wolf would also reunite in 2000 as The Men of Porn.

Check out this Cellophane Ceiling video from 1987 directed by Dickson Lebron.

And below is a video of Ritual Device from 1994, shot at the legendary Capitol Bar and Grill a few days after Tim Moss broke his collar bone. Moss is a bit restrained here, but you get the gist.

Moss said Main Vein has yet to determine who will open the Dec. 26 show, but there will indeed be a third band on the bill. More information to come.

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Tonight at The Waiting Room Conchance headlines with Black Jonny Quest, Kethro and Dojorok. $5, 9 p.m.

Also tonight, Homer’s Music takes over House of Loom. DJ Chris Aponick will spin three new albums in their entirety prior to their release tomorrow — The self-titled album by Clark (Warp Records); Deerhoof’s La Isla Bonita (Polyvinyl) and Arca’s Xen (Mute) — and he’ll be giving away a couple of the records. It’s free and starts at 9:30.

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Saddle Creek signs Philly band Hop Along, Twinsmith; Halloween w/ Noah’s Ark, See Through Dresses; Orenda Fink Saturday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 1:15 pm October 31, 2014
Hop Along joins the Saddle Creek Records stable...

Hop Along joins the Saddle Creek Records stable…

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

I was out of touch all day yesterday at meetings and stuff, but I did see the message from Saddle Creek that went out announcing the label signed Philly band Hop Along. I’m listening to the band now on Spotify (or at least I think I am). And I like what I’m hearing. Very indie-sounding. Almost post punk. Breathy female vocals. Kind of reminds me of Helium, Mary Timony’s old band, though it’s more upbeat. Not a hint of mandolin or pedal steel or anything that could be mistaken for alt-folk or alt-country. Like I said, me likee.

Let’s be honest, that alt-country/alt-folk label is more of a Nebraska thing than a Saddle Creek thing. Icky Blossoms, PUJOL, Twinsmith have nothing to do with alt country. Sure, Rural Alberta Advantage gets lumped in with the alt-country-folk thing but even they are far from country. (And I don’t want this to come off as me hating on alt-folk/alt-country/Americana, we just have a lot of it around here and most of it is pretty boring).

Data from Creek: “Hop Along will enter the studio this week to begin work on their Saddle Creek debut, which will be produced by John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., etc) and released in the Spring of 2015.”

The band’s last album, 2012’s Get Disowned, was released in the U.S. on Hot Green Records (It was apparently the label’s fourth release?) and overseas via East London label Big Scary Monsters Records, who counts among their roster Cursive.

More trivia: The band’s singer, Frances Quinlan joined Weezer on stage in Philadelphia at The Trocadero last weekend to sing “Go Away” with Rivers Cuomo and company.

It’s a pretty exciting signing for Saddle Creek and the first non-Omaha band that they’ve signed in years that I’m looking forward to hearing live. Hopefully they’ll come to Omaha some day.

Also announced yesterday was probably the local scene’s worst kept secret: That Twinsmith has been signed by Saddle Creek. Everyone knew this was a done deal for awhile.

Sayeth Creek: “This fall the band hit the studio with Brandon Darner and Luke Pettipoole of The Envy Corps to record their sophomore effort and first full-length on Saddle Creek. You’ll be able to hear the results in Spring of 2015.” Will rock stardom ensue? Time will tell…

Check out some Hop Along below:

I talk to people all the time who hate St. Patrick’s Day. They call it “amateur night” and so on, and that’s fine. I love St. Patrick’s Day, but what did you expect? Just look at my name.

Well the kind of venom people spew for St. Patty’s is what I feel for the adult-version of Halloween. I get how folks like to dress up and put on make-up, but costumes just ain’t my bag, and if you have to wear one to see the show, well, I guess I’m staying home.

But you shouldn’t. Especially considering who’s playing tonight.

Reverb’s got a first-clash bash happening tonight headlined by Noah’s Ark Was a Spaceship with See Through Dresses and the always entertaining Darren Keen. I’m hearing STDs are doing an all-cover set. No idea if this is a costume-optional gig (but it probably is). Who knows, I might drop in dressed as Painfully Awkward Robb Lowe. $8, 9 p.m.

Tonight’s gig at The Brothers, on the other hand, is a straight-up costume bash. On the bill is Omaha’s newest stoner rock sensations Nightbird along with Blowing Chunks and Lincoln’s Ron Wax (Ron Albertson ex-Mercy Rule, ex-Liars). $5, 9 p.m.

And of course the masquerade will be happening at fabulous O’Leaver’s tonight, hosted by Members of the Press, who go on at 11. $5.

November starts tomorrow. Celebrate with Orenda Fink as she headlines at The Slowdown. Joining her are New York band Matteah Baim And The LCs (Kobalt / Dream Drive) and our very own Anna McClellan. $8, 9 p.m.

Also Saturday night, 24 Hour Cardlock headlines at O’Leaver’s with The Pink Flamingos and Dirty River Ramblers (yee-haw!). $5, 9:30 p.m.

And Edge of Arbor (Jessica Errett’s band) is celebrating a CD release at Reverb Saturday night. Joining them are The Derby Birds and Tara Vaughan Band. $7, 9 p.m.

Have a happy Halloween…

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Ruby Fray, Sean Pratt and the Sweats tonight; searching for latte in North O (in the column)…

Category: Blog,Column — Tags: , , — @ 7:47 am October 30, 2014
Ruby Fray plays tonight at O'Leaver's....

Ruby Fray plays tonight at O’Leaver’s….

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Ah, K Records. Here’s a label that goes back, way back. Among the stereotypes for K was that it was a twee-pop label, that its bands focused on soft, sweet melodies. Bands like, well, The Softies and Lois and Kimya Dawson. But over the years, K has released stuff from a ton of acts that don’t fall into any category, such as Built to Spill, Beck, Bikini Kill, The Go Team, Calvin Johnson (the label’s owner), Adrian Orange, Pansy Division, Love as Laughter, Mecca Normal and so on. I guess if there’s a thread that runs through it all it’s a Pacific Northwest connection. After all, K Records is run out of Olympia, Washington.

I say all this because tonight K Records band Ruby Fray plays at fabulous O’Leaver’s. Frontwoman Emily Beanblossom is from Olympia and has recorded at Dub Narcotic Studio with Calvin Johnson, though these days she’s living in Austin. She’s got a new album called Grackle on K. She’s opening tonight for local boys Sean Pratt and the Sweats. 9:30 p.m. $5.

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In this week’s column, a drive through North Omaha, a neighborhood characterized by a politico as “one of the worst,” and the endless search for a cup of coffee. It’s in this week’s issue of The Reader or you can read it online right here.

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That is all… for now.

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