With the Best of Intentions: Harouki Zombi, Noah Sterba, Simon Joyner and a divided music scene (In the column)…

Category: Blog,Column — Tags: , , , — @ 1:41 pm November 13, 2017

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Before you read my column in this month’s issue of The Reader that briefly outlines the recent controversy surrounding Orenda Fink, Noah Sterba and Simon Joyner, this note: I was reticent about writing on this topic for fear that it would only stir the pot all over again.

In fact, I told Orenda Fink when the controversy surrounding Harouki Zombi flared up this past summer to keep a low profile and wait for it to pass. Now here I am writing about it. The reason I moved forward was because of  Joyner’s own lengthy defense of Sterba and Orenda (It’s linked within the column).

So without further ado, here’s the column, which you also can read in the November issue of The Reader, on newsstands now. More tomorrow, including comments from Joyner about his song “As Long As We’re in Danger,” the language he used, and its timing…

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Read Tim McMahan’s blog daily at Lazy-i.com — an online music magazine that includes feature interviews, reviews and news. The focus is on the national indie music scene with a special emphasis on the best original bands in the Omaha area. Copyright © 2017 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.


Orenda Fink’s Harouki Zombi (at rollingstone.com); The Shanks release lost track; A.A. Bondy tonight, Back When tomorrow, David Bazan Sunday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 12:53 pm November 4, 2011
Harouki Zombi

Harouki Zombi

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

A couple newsy items before we get to the weekend lineup…

Orenda Fink, who’s known for her work in Azure Ray, O+S, Art in Manila and her solo projects, has a new project called Harouki Zombi. “It’s a DJ/VJ/performance project of mine and Nina Barnes (Kevin from of Montreal’s wife),” Fink said in an email. “We just premiered our first original track and video on Rollingstone.com and have much more to come.”

The track is called “Swamp Theme,” and according to Barnes in Rolling Stone, the video “explores the mercurial quality in the female psychology as it enters the world of dreams, violence and beauty. It is a statement of the empowerment of the female bond, but also how this bond is taken to a dark place, making the sirens scream instead of sing.”

You can see the video online right here at the RS site. Pretty trippy stuff, massive beats…

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Everyone’s favorite band of miscreants, The Shanks, may be gone (for now) but their legend lives on, thanks to the ongoing release of material.

“We are releasing via free download the only left-unreleased Shanks song,’Down by the River,'” writes Shanks member Todd VonStup. “It was recorded by Steve Sampley in Dave Goldberg’s basement on 4-track cassette during the same time we recorded the Backstabber 7″ that Tic Tac Totally released.  We wrote this song on the spot wasted, and decided to record it.  Like always it came out great.”

That it did. This a must-download for any Shanks fan or punk fan. “Down By the River” was a centerpiece at the Shanks reunion show held this past summer. Find out why. Download it now, right here.

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Three nights of solid shows at The Waiting Room kind of makes things easy…

Tonight at The Waiting Room it’s the return of A.A. Bondy. You read my review of Bondy’s latest CD, Believers, yesterday. Now see him and his band perform it live. Opening is Seattle band Gold Leaves (Hardly Art Records). $12, 9 p.m.

Meanwhile, over at The Barley Street Tavern tonight it’s Everyday/Everynight with Honey & Darling and Betsy Wells. $5, 9 p.m.

Tomorrow night (Saturday) it’s a huge rock bill at The Waiting Room headlined by riff-metal masters Back When and featuring Landing On The Moon, Lincoln’s The Machete Archive and Lighting Bug. $7, 9 p.m. Hot.

Meanwhile, over at The Barley Street Saturday night it’s Blue Rosa with The War I Survived and the amazing Lincoln duo of Once a Pawn. $5, 9 p.m.

Also Saturday night, The Side Door Lounge (which is emerging as a new place to see shows even though they do the shittiest job of any venue in town of actually listing their shows (Come on, guys, get a website or something, or at least update your Facebook events page)) is hosting Mike Saklar (No Blood Orphan), Lincoln Dickison (ex-Putrasene), Colin Hotz and headliner John Paul Carmondy. 8 p.m. and free.

And if you know someone who goes to school at Creighton, maybe they can get you into the Ben Folds/Matt Pond PA show at Creighton’s Lied Center Saturday night. It’s free… but only for Creighton students. Starts at 9.

Finally, Sunday night it’s the return of David Bazan (Pedro the Lion) to the Waiting Room with Midwest Dilemma. $12, 9 p.m.

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Read Tim McMahan’s blog daily at Lazy-i.com — an online music magazine that includes feature interviews, reviews and news. The focus is on the national indie music scene with a special emphasis on the best original bands in the Omaha area. Copyright © 2011 Tim McMahan. All rights reserved.