New Good Life video (via Love Drunk); Brian Jonestown Massacre, Brian Wilson dates announced…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 1:49 pm January 26, 2016

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

After last week’s barrage of news I’m scraping to fill an update this week.

Let’s start with this new Love Drunk video featuring The Good Life performing “Flotsam Locked Into a Groove” of the band’s last album, Everybody’s Coming Down. The video was shot on Slowdown’s big stage last November. This info comes courtesy of Roger Lewis, who says he’s in Iceland (presumably visiting Bjork?) before heading to Europe to start the band’s next tour alongside Big Harp. It just never ends.

What else…

One Percent Productions came out with their weekly shows announcement. Notable among the new listings are Foxing March 3 at Slowdown, Kurt Vile and the Violators April 9 at The Waiting Room and Brian Jonestown Massacre May 15 at The Waiting Room.

Brooklyn Vegan reported that Anton Newcombe and Co. are spending a month stateside including an appearance at Levitation Festival in Austin April 29-May 1. Perhaps an alternative to SXSW?

Also playing Levitation is the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, performing Pet Sounds, and it just so happens that Mr. Wilson also will be rolling through our area, playing Stir Cove July 17. Tix go on sale Friday.

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Love Drunk showcase tonight; Bloodcow, The Queers, Sean Pratt & The Sweats Saturday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 1:48 pm March 6, 2015

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Time for the weekend.

Tonight (Friday) there’s a special Love Drunk Music Video Showcase at an Airbnb Pop-up Shop at 12th and Jackson (I have no idea what building it’s actually in. Look for signs!). Love Drunk, in case you didn’t know, is a one-take video project helmed by Django Greenblatt-Seay. Django’s shot 128 of these one shot videos (which you can see here) including for two folks who will be performing at tonight’s showcase — singer/songwriter Patrick Mainelli and James Maakestad, who you might remember from Bear country and Gus & Call. This one starts at 6. Free entry. Free booze.

By the way, it’s Benson First Friday.

Saturday night Bloodcow headlines at The Reverb Lounge in Benson. No, this is not the band’s album release party for Crystals & Lasers — that’s not until next month. This is just another reason to blow off some metal steam. Also on the bill are All Young Girls Are Machine Guns and Lincoln art rockers Universe Contest. $7, 9 p.m.

Also Saturday night 1980s-era punk band The Queers play at The Hideout on South 72nd. I’m told The Hideout is now under new management! Also on the bill are Masked Intruder, Direct Hit and The Ridgeways. Tickets are $12 in Adv., $15 DOS. The show starts at 8 p.m.

Meanwhile, over at Fabulous O’Leaver’s its a full bill headlined by Sean Pratt and the Sweats with Annalibera, Mike Schlesinger, and Manic Pixie Dream Girls. $5, 9:30 p.m.

Did I forget your show? Put it in the comments section. Have a great weekend!

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The Faint’s new album Doom Abuse out April 8 on SQE; Cursive plays an old oldie (but a goodie)…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 1:48 pm February 25, 2014
The Faint, circa now.

The Faint, circa now.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

I read it early this morning on Faintbook: The Faint have a new album coming out. Titled Doom Abuse, the new record hits the streets April 8 on SQE Music, home to CSS, Johnathan Rice, Desert Noises, among others.

According to the SQE website: “In the spring of 2013, The Faint existed again. Anxious to make new music the band recorded a 4-song white label 12” they referred to as ‘Preversions.’ That music, primal and punk rock in its approach, became the unplanned blueprint for Doom Abuse.  The band booked time with longtime collaborator Mike Mogis to mix the album before even really having songs written.

The entire album took three months to make, according to SQE. “Since much of Fasciinatiion was made sitting behind computers, the musicians wanted to embrace a live sensibility and collective rawness. A lot of the record was created live in the room, with first takes and first ideas taking precedent.”

Read the whole SQE write-up here.  Fans can pre-order the record right now on iTunes for $7.99 and can immediately buy and download the first single, “Help in the Head.” Needless to say, a tour will follow.

I guess we kind of knew this was coming all the way back in 2011 when this article came out (followed by this article). Everything seemed to be in place for the band to continue on without Joel Peteresen, and thankfully it has. So can The Faint pick up where they left off six years ago? And what about Digital Leather, Todd Fink’s other band, which is scheduled to perform at SXSW in a few weeks (at at O’Leaver’s this Friday night)? And finally, is there a place in The Faint’s future for Saddle Creek Records, the band’s original label? It seems unlikely, but you never know…

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Speaking of old-time Saddle Creek acts, Cursive just released a new live performance video of Ugly Organ staple “A Gentleman Caller,” via LoveDrunk. The video was shot around the same time as the December trio of live shows at The Waiting Room. Take a look:

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Live Review: See Through Dresses; new Kasher Love Drunk; later this week…

Category: Blog,Reviews — Tags: , , , — @ 1:46 pm December 2, 2013
See Through Dresses at The Waiting Room, Nov. 30, 2013.

See Through Dresses at The Waiting Room, Nov. 30, 2013.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

I guess I should have bought a copy of See Through Dresses’ debut album at last Saturday night’s CD release show because I can’t find it online anywhere. Their Bandcamp page doesn’t offer downloads or even album streaming (except for two songs). And they don’t have a “proper website” (fewer and fewer bands do these days). Savvy marketing? Maybe (though I’m probably just missing the link).

Without a copy of the record to relive the memory of Saturday night’s show at The Waiting Room, I’ll just have to listen to Dinosaur Jr. and the most recent Thurston Moore solo album. Or maybe pull out dusty records by The Church or Dream Academy — all bands that STD’s sound resembles.

The band isn’t exactly bashful about their influences. Co-frontperson Sara Bertuldo introduced one song by saying (and I’m paraphrasing here), “Here’s one that will remind you of the mid-2000s,” and two more by saying “These ones sound like the ’80s, a time when I just barely existed and Nate didn’t exist at all.” Or something like that.

No doubt rock music by its very nature constantly eats itself. For about a year every new local band sounded like the second coming of The Cure or Pavement. Recently Sonic Youth has (again) become a favorite for emulation. The difference is that STD doesn’t sound like any one band, but rather like a band influenced by an era, which makes their music both unique and familiar. Their heroes are easy to spot, though See Through Dresses’ sound is purely their own.

And it rocks. Most of the vocals are handled by Matt Carroll, who has a soothing croon that lies somewhere between Thurston and J. Mascis. It’s countered by Bertuldo’s twee, childlike voice that’s straight out of K Records territory. It’s easy to bury Sara in the mix, but the sound Saturday night was pristine enough so that the (estimated) crowd of around 120 could catch every note. Nate Van Fleet’s throaty drumming was another highlight, as was Robert Little’s bass work (a little bird tells me Little is leaving the band).

Now if I could only get a copy of their CD…

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Speaking of Bertuldo, that’s her on bass in this just-released Love Drunk video for Tim Kasher song “A Raincloud Is a Raincloud,” shot (ironically?) at Countryside Community Church.

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The early head’s up for this week’s shows:

John Klemmensen and friends Wednesday at The Waiting Room.

Cursive Thursday at The Waiting Room.

OEAA Showcase Friday in Benson.

So-So Sailors and Brad Hoshaw Friday at O’Leaver’s.

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Love Drunk fundraiser (Honeybee, Bazooka), merch collection tonight; Django’s labor of love (in this week’s column); The Pines, Millions of Boys…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 12:31 pm May 3, 2012

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Love Drunk Tour 2012The Love Drunk storm team is spending one last night in Omaha before the crew heads to the East Coast for their 2012 Tour. In addition to Tuesday’s announcement, you can read all about the tour and its fearless leader, Django Greenblatt-Seay, in my column in this week’s issue of The Reader, or read it online at The Reader‘s website, right here.

Before they hit the road, The Sydney in Benson is hosting a fundraiser tonight to help cover some of the tour’s costs. Featured bands are Honeybee and Hers, Jasong Mountain (Talking Mountain) and Bazooka Shootout. $5, 9 p.m. More info here.

And as part of this last day in Omaha, Love Drunk also is asking local bands and businesses to donate CDs, T-shirts and other promo material that they can distribute to each band they shoot on the tour, “providing just one more reason to add Nebraska cities to their tour schedule, and helping to build ties across the country.”

Bands and businesses can drop their shit off at The Sydney tonight after 6 p.m. More info about the merch collection here.

The fundraiser isn’t the only thing going on tonight.

Down at Slowdown Jr., Red House Records artist The Pines plays with Midwest Dilemma and Matt Cox. $8, 9 p.m.

Meanwhile, over at The Barley Street Tavern, Millions of Boys plays with The ACBs and Ghosty. $5, 9 p.m.

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