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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Head of Femur, Twinsmith, Jake Bellows, Christopher the Conquered, Reagan Roeder tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 1:53 pm December 23, 2015
Head of Femur at O'Leaver's, Oct. 4, 2015. The band plays tonight at The Waiting Room.

Head of Femur at O’Leaver’s, Oct. 4, 2015. The band plays tonight at The Waiting Room.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

‘Twas the night before the night before Christmas and all through the club…

A couple shows worth catching tonight. At The Waiting Room Head of Femur does an encore reunion performance. The band played O’Leaver’s a couple months ago and was stellar. No doubt we’ll get a repeat tonight on the big stage. They’re opening for Saddle Creek Records band and local heroes Twinsmith, who had a pretty good year with a solid record and lots of touring. Good job, boys. Also on the bill are Fake Plants. $10, 9 p.m.

Meanwhile, another former local hero now El Lay dude Jake Bellows returns to Slowdown Jr. Bellows first made his mark in these parts as the frontman of Neva Dinova. Tonight he’ll be doing a solo gig, and if it’s like past gigs, expect lots of between-song fun. BTW, Jake’s latest recording, Help, is available in cassette form from your friends at Majestic Litter Records. Jake’s opening for Christopher the Conquered, who continues their Wednesday-night Slowdown residency. I caught one song from last week’s Chris/Conquered set and it was pretty durn good. Hip-hop duo BOTH opens the show at 9 p.m. $7.

Also tonight, welcome Reagan Roeder back to the O’Leaver’s stage (You might remember him from Reagan and the Rayguns and The Ointments). Joining him is Jessica Errett, CJ Mills and Turtle Dove, a rocking four-piece featuring Vern Fergesen, Colin Duckworth, Jacob Duncan and John Klemmensen playing Christmas music that’s “like a cross between Mannheim Streamroller and the Melvins.” The free show starts at 9 p.m.

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Live Review: Head of Femur; Trump (in the column); Serial Hawk tonight…

Category: Blog,Reviews — Tags: , , — @ 1:00 pm October 5, 2015
Head of Femur at O'Leaver's, Oct. 4, 2015.

Head of Femur at O’Leaver’s, Oct. 4, 2015.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Do they still make bands like Head of Femur?

I don’t think so. Son, Ambulance was sort of created in the same image; so was the first iteration of Eagle*Seagull. Beyond those examples there are few bands as big and sprawling and creatively ambitious as Head of Femur either back in the day or right now, seven years after the band escaped into an extended hiatus.

Last night we got the full Head of Femur experience. The band packed itself onto the “stage” space of O’Leaver’s, all eight of them lined up in two rows with the horns and strings in the back, the guitars and keys and vocals up front, led by the inimitable Matt Focht. They sounded as good — maybe even better — than I remember them back in the early 2000s.

They played a lot of their “hits” from the those fantastic early albums, songs you’d immediately recognize if you were a fan. Those dense, high-flying numbers with intricate arrangements, rhythms and lyrics, proggy and fun, celebratory in their execution. The kind of songs that makes you want to cheer after every number. There was an Eno cover in there, as well as a cover of Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel’s “Make Me Smile” that made me smile.

Musically, the comparatives don’t give Head of Femur the justice its due. I typed out on my iPhone during the set: “XTC meets early Joe Jackson meets Imperial Bedroom-era Elvis Costello,” which doesn’t take into account the band’s classic baroque-rock qualities. For that, a guy who’s been following them forever compared them to Mott the Hoople, whereas I’d lean more toward Procol Harum or Left Banke whereas modern fans might point toward Belle and Sebastian. None of that’s right, of course.

Let’s just say they are immensely entertaining. Focht’s voice remains as gorgeous as ever. The band was on point. The vets surrounded themselves with some new blood that represent some of the best talent in the region, but you’d expect nothing less from this band. It was special.

As Andrew Stellman highlighted in this Hear Nebraska story last week, we’ll be getting more of Femur. Focht said the new album will be coming out late this year. But is it possible to keep all that talent together for a support tour? Doubtful. But if you’re kicking yourself for missing last night’s show or last Friday night’s Lincoln Calling gig, put the boot away. Focht said the band will reunite again Dec. 23 at The Waiting Room. Make your plans now.

Also keep your eyes and ears peeled for Head of Femur’s Live at O’Leaver’s session. Sound engineer extraordinaire Ian Aeillo says the recording of last night’s show sounds awesome.

Speaking of awesome (and new records) Dan McCarthy and James Maakestad played a humdinger of an opening set last night before Femur. McCarthy mentioned on stage that he’s wrapped a new album as well. Can not wait…

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The October issue of The Reader is on news stands now. Pick it up, as it’s the very special Music Issue. More about that later. In this month’s Over the Edge column, my take on Trump and why you’re going to miss him when he’s gone (and believe me, he’ll be gone… eventually). Check it out in print or read it online right here.

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It’s a night of doom metal at O’Leaver’s tonight with Seattle sludge/doom trio Serial Hawk. Opening is Super Moon and Processions. $5, 9:30 p.m.

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Ghost Foot, Montee Men, BFF, Clarence Tilton tonight; Head of Femur, Cheap Girls, The Dodos Sunday; Lincoln Calling weekend…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 12:54 pm October 2, 2015
Head of Femur promo photo circa 2003. The band reunites tonight at Lincoln Calling and Sunday night at O'Leaver's.

Head of Femur promo photo circa 2003. The band reunites tonight at Lincoln Calling and Sunday night at O’Leaver’s.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

Not sure how it happened, but the weekend’s back-loaded with shows, with three happening  Sunday night. So call your boss, tell her/him you’re gonna be late in on Monday. Or just get your excuses in order over the weekend.

Of the trio of Sunday shows, Head of Femur at O’Leaver’s stands out. The band is reuniting for this show and tonight’s show as part of Lincoln Calling. Here’s some background on the band from back in the day, and here’s a current-day story from Hear Nebraska. Opening is the entrancing McCarthy Trenching. $7, 9 p.m.

While that’s happening Sunday night, downtown at Slowdown Jr. Michigan punk band Cheap Girls headlines. The band has been on a zillion labels including Asian Man, Suburban Home and Paper + Plastick. Openers are just as good: the mighty Lupines and Gordon. 8 p.m. $10 Adv. /$12 DOS.

Show No. 3 happening Sunday night is The Dodos at The Waiting Room. The San Francisco duo of Meric Long on guitar and Logan Kroeber on drums has music on FrenchKiss, Wichita and their latest album, Individ, was released this past January by Polyvinyl. Eklectica opens. $12, 9 p.m.

Yeah, that’s all great and all, but what about tonight?

Tonight (Friday) fabulous O’Leaver’s hosts the return of Ghost Foot. Opening is local super group Montee Men (featuring John Laughlin (Pro-Mangum), Chris Kelley (Back When) and Matt Baum (Desaparecidos)). and the return of Peace of Shit. $5, 9:30 p.m.

Also tonight is Benson First Friday — the usual art / bar crawl starts at 6 p.m. If you’re going, I beseech you to drop by and see the work of Omaha artistic legend Sidney Buchanan, who has a one-man show at The Little Gallery, the art gallery my wife and I run located right across the street from The Sydney. We’ll be hanging out ’til 9.

After checking out the Little Gallery, head on down to The Barley Street Tavern where Clarence Tilton is headlining tonight (Friday) with Denver’s King Cardinal and Omaha’s own Blue Bird. $5, 9 p.m.

Get your Benson fix in because you’ll want to avoid that stretch of Maple Street tomorrow (Saturday) when Benson becomes the playground for the annual Zombie Walk. Ugh. Have a good time.

Instead, head back to O’Leaver’s Saturday night for the return of everyone’s favorite electro-noise-leather-gimp Plack Blague. The one-man obscenity charge is headlining a show that’s sure to disturb, with openers Grab Ass, Ruby Block and Hag. $5, 9:30 p.m.

Also Saturday night Make Believe Records is hosting a showcase at The Slowdown. Practically the entire label roster is performing, including Conchance, BOTH, Sam Ayer & The Love Affair, Lightning Bug, Sam Martin, Third Eye Merchants, Black Jonny Quest, and ​Dojorok & Kethro. $7, 8 p.m.

And then, of course, it’s Sunday.

But lest we forget, Lincoln Calling is happening all weekend long, and as I mentioned the other day, tonight features perhaps the weekend’s best line-up. For your convenience, here’s the remaining Lincoln Calling line-up, taken from the event’s Facebook event listing.

Lincoln Calling

Friday, October 2

Bodega’s Alley
9:30 pm – 3 Son Green
11:45 pm – The Midland Band
$5, 21+

Bourbon Theatre
9 pm – The Renfields
10 pm – Oquoa
11 pm – Twinsmith
12 am – Head of Femur
$10, 18+

The Cask
9 pm – Alli and I
11 pm – Ro Hempel
no cover, 21+

Duffy’s Tavern
(early show)
6 pm Bloodhound (Kyle Henderson of Desert Noises solo)
7 pm McCarthy Trenching
8 pm Emily Bass Band
$5, 21+
(late show)
9:30 pm – Domestica
10:30 pm – See Through Dresses
11:30 pm – Bummer
12:30 am – Halfwit
$5, 21+

Knickerbockers
9 pm – Gordon
10 pm – Hyborian
11 pm – Desir Decir
12 am – Powers
$5, 18+

Single Barrel
9 pm – Belles and Whistles
10 pm – Matt Cox Band
11 pm – Dylan Bloom Band
$5, 19+

White Rabbit
5 pm – Emily Bass
no cover, 21+

Zoo Bar
(early show)
6 pm – Red Elvises
$10, 21+
NOTE: NOT INCLUDED WITH ALL ACCESS PASS
(late show)
9 pm – Laughing Falcon
10 pm – Rock Paper Dynamite
11 pm – American Pinup
12 am – FREAKABOUT
$6, 21+

Saturday, October 3

Bodega’s Alley
9:30 pm – A Ferocious Jungle Cat
11 pm – Pure Brown
12:45 am – Life is Cool
$5, 21+

Bourbon Theatre
9 pm – Sleep Sinatra
10 pm – The Undisco Kids
11 pm – Motion Trap
12 am – AZP
$5, 18+

The Cask
9:30 pm – Martini Tiny w/ Hana Zara and Jack Rodenberg
no cover, 21+

Duffy’s Tavern
8 pm – Jay Kutchma
9 pm – The Heather Berney Band
10 pm – blét
11 pm – Mike Semrad
12 am – The Allendales
1 am – Desert Noises
$6, 21+

Knickerbockers
9 pm – This Machine Kills Vibes
10 pm – Scruffy and the Janitors
11 pm – Westside Proletariat
12 am – Night Push
$5, 18+

Single Barrel
9:30 pm – Lazerwolfe
$5, 21+

White Rabbit
9 pm – Luke Polipnick w/ Max Stehr
no cover, 21+

Zoo Bar
(early show)
6 pm – Maria Muldaur
$15 adv, $20 dos, 21+
NOTE: NOT INCLUDED WITH ALL ACCESS PASS
(late show)
9 pm – Tie These Hands
10 pm – Ghost Foot
11 pm – Cupcake
12 am – Universe Contest
$6, 21+

Sunday, October 4

Tavern on the Square
12 pm – Brunch on the Square featuring Alison Hill Catering and Aaron Weaver with Amu Manu + White Rabbit
with music provided by Polar Bear, $pencelove and Dr. Zhivago
$10 per person includes a drink ticket and food, 21+
NOTE: NOT INCLUDED WITH ALL ACCESS PASS

Duffy’s Tavern
9 pm – Omni Arms
10 pm – Glo Worm
11 pm – State Disco
12 am – Powerful Science
$5, 21+

Zoo Bar
8 pm – Zoolarious featuring Ross Brockley, Brad Stewart, Audrey Farnham, Jordan Kleine, Grant Parsons, Drew Bohlke, Chris Hinkle, Corey Brewer and Ariel Sinha
$5, 18+

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

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#TBT: Head of Femur from 2003; Desaparecidos returns Nov. 22; The Mynabirds tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 12:59 pm September 17, 2015
Head of Femur at Sokol Underground, Sept. 11, 2003. #TBT

Head of Femur at Sokol Underground, Sept. 11, 2003. #TBT

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

This week’s #TBT Moment (above) is Head of Femur at Sokol Underground, Sept. 11, 2003. From the review:

You have to see this band to believe it. People who really dug the Bright Eyes orchestra last year will be the most entertained, although I think this ensemble is far superior. Bright Eyes thing was to create this dense, rhythmic experience (there was something like three percussionist in Oberst’s orchestra). Femur’s is more about creating an almost vaudeville-ian noise. I talked about their sound in the article, but the guy next to me put it more concisely. He turns to me, smiling, and yells “They sound like a 21st Century version of ELO.” Not bad. In fact, pretty damn close. Not quite the same melodies, but a similar intensity. Everyone is on top of each other during the songs, bouncing off one another both physically and musically, creating these large-scale, intricate pop songs that wander from different time signatures and keys and dynamics. For added effect and chaos, two small bubble machines haphazardly made bubbles during a few songs, sending glistening bits of soap around the band a la everyone’s favorite waltzmaster Lawrence Welk.–Lazy-i, Sept. 19, 2003.

If you missed that show, no worries. Head of Femur is scheduled to play at O’Leaver’s Oct. 4, just 12 years after the above show took place. I’m sure nothing has changed.

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You didn’t really think that was the last time you’d see Desaparecidos on an Omaha stage, did you? The band just announced one more gig, this time at fabulous O’Leaver’s Nov. 22 with So-So Glos and Digital Leather. All for a mere $20. I suggest you buy your tickets now to this very limited engagement.

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Tonight at The Slowdown (main stage) it’s the return of The Mynabirds, performing songs off their new album, Lovers Know (reviewed here). Opening is Minneapolis band Bad Bad Hats (Afternoon Records) and the amazing High Up. $10, 9 p.m. Expect a crowd.

Also tonight, Rock Paper Dynamite continues its month-long residency at O’Leaver’s. Opening for them tonight is Matt Cox and Sidewalkers. $5, 9:30 p.m.

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