Live Review: Orenda Fink, Domestica; Kasher track part of Polyvinyl singles club; Cully joins Beach Slang…

Category: Blog,Reviews — Tags: , , , , , , — @ 1:50 pm December 13, 2016
Orenda Fink at The Waiting Room, Dec. 9, 2016.

Orenda Fink at The Waiting Room, Dec. 9, 2016.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Nice crowd at last Friday night’s Mobilize Omaha event at The Waiting Room. Booths were set up throughout the club where local non-profit agencies told their stories and asked for volunteers. These are strange times we live in; uncertain times. No doubt non-profits will play a more important role if (or, more likely, when) the government turns its back on those in need.

Orenda Fink, who was the night’s final scheduled performer, talked about how important Planned Parenthood is not only for reproductive health services, but also as a provider of basic women’s health services. The agency is constantly under attack; and those attacks will only increase as our country turns a darker shade of red in the coming weeks. If you have the cash, by all means, give what you can to Planned Parenthood, who will likely see its funding cut-off as the new administration takes over the White House. Strange, sad times indeed.

It’s easy to forget that Orenda, who’s involved in a number of projects (High Up (who you can see Thursday night at Slowdown Jr.) and Closeness (with Todd Fink) immediately come to mind) is a one of the city’s hallmark solo performers. She proved that again Friday. Standing alone on stage with her electric guitar Orenda belted out a set of that included early solo material, Azure Ray songs, and a few covers including tunes by Harry Nilsson (“Everybody’s Talkin'”) and David Bowie (an aching version of “Lazarus”).

Domestica at The Waiting Room, Dec. 9, 2016.

Domestica at The Waiting Room, Dec. 9, 2016.

Like I said, Orenda was the last scheduled performer, to be followed by a “special guest.” Turns out that special guest was Lincoln power-punk trio Domestica. Heidi, Jon and Pawl took their places and proceeded to blow the crowd away.

Unfortunately, unaware that they would cap off an evening of mostly somber indie/folk music, my other half didn’t bring earplugs (whereas I never leave home without them). She pulled the hood of her winter coat over her head in a vain effort to block the thunderous power of Doemstica in full flight, but to avail, and we ended up leaving after their first anthem. Next time, Heidi and Co…

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These updates at Lazy-i may be a bit unpredictable for the next few weeks as I slog through a busy holiday season, which also happens to be a frantic year-end time at work. I’ll post whenever there’s a crack of light in my schedule.

A couple news bits:

Polyvinyl Records is launching another “Singles” series, wherein subscribers can receive a year’s worth of 7-inches mailed directly to their doors by the likes of Beach Slang, Japanese Breakfast, Modern Baseball, Twin Peaks, Joyce Manor, Jay Som, Diet Cig, Mothers, Owen, Ra Ra Riot, Sonny & The Sunsets and Saddle Creek Records artist Tim Kasher of Cursive and The Good Life fame.

All the singles were recorded on a 4-track Tascam cassette recorder to capture that classic, made-in-the-bedroom feeling. Subscribe here at the Polyvinyl site for a mere $120. You get some nice chochkes with your purchase.

BTW, I’ve been asking Saddle Creek to try doing one of these “singles-of-the-month” deals for years. I’d be the first in line. Come on, guys.

Speaking of Kasher and Cursive, Cully Symington, former Cursive drummer, has joined Beach Slang, according to SPIN. Cully has pulled drumming duties for a variety of bands including Afghan Whigs and Okkervil River.

Sounds like Beach Slang has been through the ringer this year, according to the SPIN article.

So who’s playing drums with Cursive when they inevitably get back together for another album? My vote is for Clint Schnase…

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Crooning for Kat tonight (Adam Hawkins, The Bruces, Filter Kings…); Cursive news (49’r dates, Cully’s new band, and…comedy?); Arcade Fire’s web magic…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 12:48 pm August 31, 2010

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

First and foremost, tonight at The Waiting Room is Crooning for Kat, a fund-raising benefit for Kat Smith. Kat sings and plays guitar in The Black Squirrels, and chances are if you’re a regular at rock shows in Omaha, you’ve seen her in the crowd (when she wasn’t on stage).

The story behind her recent medical problems is explained in detail here at the Crooning for Kat website. It’s sad and scary, and needless to say, Kat is one tough lady. But now she’s asking for help, and that’s where you come in.

Tonight’s benefit at TWR includes a silent auction that starts at 6 (goodies, listed here, include tickets, food, booze, artwork, fitness stuff, home & garden, fashion, beauty, and more), and live music starting at 7 from some of the area’s best musicians, including Kyle Harvey, Filter Kings, The Bruces (Alex McManus), McCarthy Trenching, Whipkey Zimmerman Sing, Outlaw Con Bandana, and Adam Hawkins (ex-It’s True). Cover is $10, with all proceeds going to Kat. It should be a fun night and a chance to help out a great lady with a great talent.

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There’s a boatload of Cursive news today. One Percent Productions mailed out their list of upcoming shows this morning. Among them are two Cursive dates at the soon-to-be-demolished 49’r Bar Sept. 19 and 20. Sayeth One Percent: “That’s right. Cursive wants to play The 49’r before it disappears.  And two shows at that. Can you blame them?  It’s an Omaha landmark.” That it is. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, Sept. 4.

One question that comes to mind is: Who will be playing drums for these Cursive gigs? It was announced today that Cully Symington, who played with Cursive last year, has joined My Jerusalem, an “indie supergroup” that also includes Jeff Klein, Dave Rosser (Twilight Singers), Ashley Dzerigian (Great Northern, Ed Harcourt) and Rick Nelson and Matt Bricker (both of Polyphonic Spree). The band’s debut, Gone for Good, will be released on Sony/RED Oct. 26.

Finally, a reliable source who’s active in the local stand-up comedy circuit tells me that Cursive fans may want to drop by the Sydney’s open mic comedy night Sept. 9. Those of you who were at the Fancy Party Comedy Show a couple weeks ago and saw local sketch troupe OKFMDOA know what I’m talking about. Is this a new career move by everyone’s favorite “Martyr” (or “Recluse” or “So-So Gigolo”…)?
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Lastly, the Arcade Fire yesterday released what some are calling a “ground breaking” online interactive video for the track “We Used to Wait.” You can see it here, but you have to have Google Chrome to really make it work. What’s it do? Well, you type in the address of your “childhood home” and it integrates Google Map and Google Streetview images into the video. Interesting idea. Unfortunately, where I grew up doesn’t have a street view available. In fact, a lot of locations around here don’t, and when I plug in my current address, it shows the next street over — which isn’t very compelling. Still, they get an “A” for effort, and it’s making me like that song just that much more.

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