Thick Paint added to Big Thief show; NOmaha alerts (but Beck plays CB); Esme Patterson tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 12:47 pm July 12, 2017

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Thick Paint has been named as the opener to tomorrow night’s Big Thief show at fabulous O’Leaver’s. If you remember, Big Thief was slated to open for Conor Oberst outdoors in Benson (on Military Ave.) but the show got nixed by the City who said no more outdoor shows during the week.

Conor cancelled but Big Thief was rescheduled at The Club. I understand there was some competition for this opening slot. Congrats to Thick Paint for nabbing it. I’m also told that this show will sell out, so you may want to get your tickets today.

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This week in NOmaha Alerts; tours have been announced by Gillian Welch, Protomartyr and Matt Pond PA. None are headed to Omaha.

Gillian Welch has some local connections and no doubt would do well here. On the other hand Protomartyr and Matt Pond PA both played here recently. Still, I’d love to see both again. Protomartyr, who got their start on Hardly Art Records, just signed with Domino for their next album, A Private Understanding, which comes out Sept 29.

BTW, this morning Oh Sees shared a new track off their upcoming Castle Face release, Orc. Still no Omaha date on the tour list. Come on, promoters!

Outweighing that dreary news is the fact that Beck has been scheduled to play Stir Cove Sept. 9. Beck is sort of a bucket-list band for me, and it looks like I might finally have a reason to check out Stir Cove, which I’ve managed to avoid all these years. Pre-sale for Beck started today with the promo code DREAMS; it continues tomorrow at 10 a.m. with code WOW2017; general ticket sales start 10 a.m. Friday. Pre-sale GA tickets are priced at $60 and some change, including fees, via Ticketmaster.

It should be interesting to see how well this one does. Sell out? BTW, Beck is opening for U2 on their fall stadium tour.

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Tonight Esme Patterson returns to The Waiting Room. She was just there in March with Lucero.  The Hottman Sisters open tonight’s show, which starts at 9 and costs $14.

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On Grammy’s and indie music; Beach Slang, Taboo tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 1:50 pm February 9, 2015
Beach Slang plays tonight at Slowdown Jr.

Beach Slang plays tonight at Slowdown Jr.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Thoughts on the Grammy’s… Morning Phase to me was merely a sequel to Beck’s far superior (and out of the blue) Sea Change album from 2002, so the fact that it won Album of the Year is really a testament to his earlier, better release. At least that’s how I see it. The whole deal with Kanye rushing the stage — a publicity stunt. In fact, most of Kanye’s career is a publicity stunt. At least that’s how I see it.

As for the rest of the Grammy’s, well, as I said last night on Facebook, the Grammy’s have always sucked. Look back to the history of the awards and you’ll see they’ve been consistent in honoring the most commercial, flavorless pablum released in the prior year, because that’s what the public wants. Even Beck’s victory is nothing more than a rehash of something he did before.

Needless to say, none of my favorite records from 2014 received accolades last night. Imagine if they had. Imagine if, say, Mark Kozelek had been nominated — or had won — a televised Grammy. It would have been surreal, since virtually no one in the audience has ever heard of Sun Kil Moon or Kozelek. Would I/we really want to see that? Do I/we really need our tastes validated by Grammy voters? The only thing I’d want to see is Kozelek giving Kanye a beat-down if/when he tried to grab his mic.

An aside: I recently heard on the Dan Patrick Radio Show a conversation about pop music, where Patrick lauded the qualities of Taylor Swift because she “writes her own music.” In fact, Swift does have writing credits on all the tracks on 1989, along with a stable of co-writers. You can’t blame Patrick for not knowing how modern pop music is created, with all the producers involved.

But Patrick went onto compliment Swift by saying no one writes their own music anymore. “They used to call them singer/songwriters.” Today’s pop stars are performers, not songwriters. Patrick points to people like Bieber, who is a media star as much as a pop star. That hasn’t changed much over the years, but if you look at the history of the Grammy’s pre-2000 a lot of the top-tier nominees wrote their own music — for better or worse. And certainly Beck wrote Morning Phase.

Patrick ignores (as most people do) the entire sub genre of indie music, where the material is almost always written by the performers rather than created in a production lab. Those folks who really enjoy The Grammy’s have never heard of indie music and never will and that’s the way it’ll always be. The Grammy’s and the music they recognize are a business, whereas indie music is a way of life, an often thankless one that involves holding down a couple jobs and walking away when it comes time to raise a family. So be it.

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We have a few things going on this week. Orenda Fink is Wednesday night at Reverb. Will she sell out? Maybe, maybe… Sleater-Kinney, which is Friday at Slowdown, sold out weeks ago.

Tonight, Cursive tour mates Beach Slang plays a headline show at Slowdown Jr. The Philly punk trio, which released an EP last September on Tiny Engines, joins Cursive on tour Feb. 10 in Denver and hangs with them until March 16. Telepathy Problems and Timecat open tonight’s 8 p.m. show. Tix are $8.

Also tonight, Maine goth/noise band Taboo (they’ve been compared to Throbbing Gristle and Royal Trux) plays at fabulous O’Leaver’s with Ruby Block and Hag. $5, 9:30 p.m.

Lots to do for a Monday…

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Random Notes: The first Xmas comp of 2012; Beck launches Song Reader project; New Faint interview; Delicate Steve, UUVVWWZ tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 1:53 pm November 14, 2012

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

XO For the Holidays, Vol. 5 (2012)

XO For the Holidays, Vol. 5 (2012)

Get a jump on your Christmas music with the XO for the Holidays Vol. 5 compilation. XO is a publicist whose stable includes Blue Skies for Black Hearts, Piney Gir and The Winter Sounds. They’ve been putting out Christmas music comps by their artists for five years, and the content has been consistently good. The best part — the download is absolutely free and available right here (along with downloads for vol. 1-4). Ho ho ho.

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An illustration from Beck's Song Reader.

An illustration from Beck’s Song Reader.

By now you’ve heard of Beck’s Song Reader project — instead of recording his latest batch of songs, he’s published them as sheet music. The Song Reader is available for presale now for $34, but Beck has made the first pages of sheet music available for free download for the tune “Old Shanghai” and is asking people to record their own version of the song, upload it to YouTube and link link it at Beck’s songreader.net website. A few contribution are already online, along with versions of Song Reader song “Do We? We Do.” Very savvy marketing gimmick. Here’s a chance for your band to get the attention of arguably one of the most innovative pop musicians in the past two decades.

“Do We? We Do” Bradley Dean Whyte

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There’s a new Q&A with Todd Fink at Oregon Music News. Among the topics, playing Media live (“For whatever reason, I just don’t ever want to play those songs.”). Wonder why. Read it here.

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Pere Ubu is back. Lady from Shanghai, their first release in three years, comes out Jan.7 on Fire Records. Check out the first song, “Free White,” via NPR here.

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Luaka Bop recording artist Delicate Steve is playing tonight at Slowdown Jr. This morning I listened to his latest album, Positive Force, on Spotify (That’s right, Steve, that 1/4 of 1 penny in your Spotify royalties check next month comes from me). There’s an ocean breeze that runs through this electronic, mostly instrumental music. Modern surf? Maybe, maybe. With Dana Buoy (Lefse Records), UUVVWWZ (Saddle Creek records) and Sun Settings. $13, 9 p.m.

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