Contemplating summer days (Stir, Decemberists, etc.); New Jake Bellows videos; Orenda Fink tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , , — @ 1:49 pm February 11, 2015
Orenda Fink plays tonight at Reverb Lounge in Benson.

Orenda Fink plays tonight at Reverb Lounge in Benson.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

The news lull continues, which explains why updates have been spotty lately. When I don’t have something to write about, I’m not going to post an update, and lately there hasn’t been much to write about regarding local indie music. At least nothing definitive.

From a national indie perspective, one of the bigger announcements was the continuation of The Replacements reunion tour, with shows now slated for Denver April 19 and Chicago April 29 and 30. Why not Maha in August? You never know, though I don’t see it happening. I suspect we’ll be getting a Maha headliner announcement in the very near future.

I was a tad bit disappointed that Replacements won’t be in Austin for South by Southwest this year, mainly because I will, once again, be attending the annual confab / endurance test. Expect the usual coverage at thereader.com and (of course) right here.

And there very likely also will be a podcast from Austin, but more about podcasting later (I still have to figure out how to do it).

In other outdoor festival news, Stir Cove announced a slew of lackluster summer dates including Barenaked Ladies, Violent Femmes, Colin Hay of Men at Work, the godawful Hozier and novelty star Weird Al. Looks like my string of avoiding Stir Concert Cover shows will continue in 2015.

One outdoor concert I will be attending (in addition to Maha) is The Decemberists at Sumtur Amphitheater May 29.  Where the f*** is Sumtur? Way out in Papillion out by Walnut Creek Lake. Where’s that? It’s 20-some miles south of Dodge on 108th St. No opener named, yet. Decemberists have been touring with Alvvays, and two days before the Omaha date Decemberists are playing at Red Rocks with Courtney Barnett. Barnett alone is worth the 8-hour drive to Denver.

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Hey, here’s some news: Mouser just posted three new videos by Jake Bellows. You can see them all here or check out the YouTube embed below (which connects to the full playlist). Good ol’ Jake.

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Tonight at Reverb Lounge in Benson it’s Orenda Fink live and in concert. She is, in my opinion, the kind of artist perfectly suited for this very intimate venue. Expect a special performance. Opening is Thayer Sarrano & Mike Schlesinger. $8, 9 p.m.

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One word to describe Stir’s Summer Concert Series: Creed; House of Loom, Nada Surf, An Horse tonight; UUVVWWZ, Noah’s Ark; Lost in the Trees Saturday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 12:41 pm March 30, 2012

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

So I’ve come to the conclusion that no one is going to show up at my DJ thing at House of Loom from 5 to 8 tonight except Teresa, a couple stylish friends of mine, Brent and Dr. Sheehan and that’s fine. It’ll be a chill way to kick off the evening. If you’re looking for something to do after work and you’re dying to hear dance and/or rock music from the ’80s to the present in a finely decorated, uncrowded lounge or outside on the patio, at a place where you can enjoy some of the best craft drinks in the area or great beer on tap, then come on by. It’s free. The weather is supposed to be spectacular and you can join in on the conversation, which likely will center around yesterday’s announcement of the Stir Cove Summer Concert Series and how very lame it is.

creedIf you haven’t seen the announcement, it’s right here. The highlights are The Shins May 31 and The Avett Brothers July 3. Let’s be honest, the new Shins album is somewhat…lacking, and the band couldn’t be more boring live. Then there’s the Avett Brothers, who would be amazing in an intimate venue like Slowdown or even The Holland, but outside of a casino? No. The rest of the acts are a mish-mash of has-beens (Creed? Really? Michael Bolton? Well, they do need to cater to the high rollers who are throwing away their retirement checks one penny at a time). Acts like Chicago and George Thorogood just make sense when you consider the best thing your typical casino patron can hope for is to somehow make time stand still, or better yet, go backward. We’re talking about an audience who would enjoy nothing more than to relive their glory days driving around West Broadway in that fourth-hand Camaro with “Bad to the Bone” pounding out of the ol’ Spark-o-Matic 6 x 9s, smoking and drinking and waiting to die.

Relax, Harrah’s, I keed. In fact, Avett Bros. is a definite maybe. I think it might even sell out. And there’s a very good chance that I’ll end up getting loaded at Heart. Let it ride, baby…

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So, the weekend.

After you finish your hand-crafted cocktails at House of Loom tonight — and if you should decide to not stay there all night — there’s a  live music opportunity to consider — Nada Surf at The Waiting Room. Get there early to catch opening band, Brisbane’s An Horse (Mom + Pop Records). $18, 9 p.m.

Saturday night, our friends at Omahype.com are hosting Saddle Creek band UUVVWWZ at The Barley Street Tavern with the return of Noah’s Ark Was a Spaceship and Brother’s Family Temple. $5, 9 p.m.

The lucky-if-you’re-there performance of the weekend, however, is Lost in the Trees at Slowdown Jr. Saturday night. The band, who releases music on Anti-, is the epitome of intelligent, lush pop, and I mean lush. Check out the tunes in the soundcloud below and see why they’re compared to Sufjan Stevens by many and Tears for Fears by me. Gorgeous stuff. And get this — opening the show is Sub Pop artist Poor Moon. Poor Moon is Christian Wargo (Fleet Foxes, Crystal Skulls) and brothers Ian and Peter Murray (The Christmas Cards). Their new album, Illusion, was released this past Tuesday. Both bands, $10, small stage. What more could you want, except for maybe Michael Bolton?

Lost in the Trees, “Golden Eyelids”

 

Lost in the Trees, “Red”

 

Poor Moon, “People In Her Mind”:

 

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March Blandness; Stir Cove summer series announcement pending…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 2:25 pm March 29, 2012

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Stir

So is this the most boring week ever? There have been very few shows to speak of, and virtually no national shows scheduled. I took a look back at the last week of March 2011 just to see if this is an annual trend and discovered that we were: enjoying the return of It’s True, Lincoln Exposed was happening, a new band called New Lungs was debuting at O’Leaver’s, Landing on the Moon was playing at the Waiting Room and Old ’97s were playing at The Slowdown. Not a bad way to close out a March, and a helluva lot better that what we’ve been seeing here lately.

Ah, but despite yet another night of no shows, things are looking up for the weekend. And based on Stir Cove’s twitter feed, we’ll be hearing about this year’s Stir lineup this evening at 6:40 p.m. We already know that The Shins are playing at Harrah’s May 31 with The Antlers *yawn*. And the nightmarish “Last Summer On Earth Tour” takes over the Stir Cove Aug. 9, featuring soccer mom bands Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & the Monsters and Cracker. Ugh. I’ve got a sad, sick feeling that the Shins date may be the highlight of Stir schedule. Let’s hope not.

Think about how challenging it is to book a mid-level or higher indie band in Omaha these days, especially in the summer. There’s practically a different huge festival going on every week/weekend somewhere in the U.S., including our own MAHA Festival and Red Sky (though RS’s focus seems to be in the pop/country/legacy/shit realm rather than indie, so far). The casinos, who used to be more concerned about booking Vegas-style schlock, are now turning their attention to indie in a big way, with Black Keys last year and now The Shins and who knows who else. It would seem to put more pressure on our very own 1% Productions, who can already boast booking upcoming festival-worthy shows featuring Death Cab and Low (April 11, Music Hall), Heartless Bastards (May 27, TWR), St. Vincent (May 14, Slowdown), Best Coast (May 29, Slowdown), Son Volt (May 24, TWR), Deer Tick (May 20, TWR) and Sleigh Bells (April 14, Slowdown), among others. I’ll be surprised if Stir announces a date with any indie band of that caliber…

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