Little Brazil preps hard-rocking ‘Send the Wolves’; Ty Segall, See Through Dresses tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 1:49 pm March 10, 2016
Ty Segall at Sokol Underground, Feb. 10, 2013. Segall returns to The Waiting Room Saturday night.

Ty Segall at Sokol Underground, Feb. 10, 2013. Segall and his band plays The Waiting Room tonight.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Sounds like the time Landon Hedges has spent playing in Desparecidos over the past few years has had an impact on his own band, Little Brazil. At least judging from two tracks Hedges recently let me preview from the band’s forthcoming album, Send the Wolves.

Both songs — “Making a Mess” and “You” — sport that classic Little Brazil guitar-fueled bombast we’ve all come to expect after years of releases dating back to 2004’s self-titled EP. The “Desa difference” can be heard in the sheer power of the songs and the choices made with melodies. These songs sound unlike anything else Little Brazil has recorded, and are among their best.

Another difference in their sound could be due to the band’s new line-up. While Hedges and Danny Maxwell remain at the core of Little Brazil, veteran Matt Bowen (The Faint, Commander Venus, Lullaby for the Working Class, Race for Titles, The Third Men, to name a few) has taken over on drums while one of the city’s most talented guitarists, Mike Friedman (The Lupines, Simon Joyner) now handles leads.

Hedges says you’ll have to wait until this fall to get your copy of Send the Wolves. Little Brazil is working with old compadre Mike Jaworski, who is managing the band and helping shop the album to labels and booking agents. Jaworski released three previews Little Brazil albums on his own Mt. Fuji Records imprint.

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Get ready for the weird tonight at The Waiting Room when Ty Segall returns with his band the Muggers. Segall has been tearing up the TV lately with a number of appearances where he goes shit-crazy, usually wearing a creepy baby mask — a tie-in to his latest album, Emotional Mugger (Drag City, 2016). Expect the usual over-the-top garage rock mayhem. Feels and Oquoa open the show 9 p.m. show. $17.

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Also tonight, See Through Dresses warm up for their trip to this year’s South By Southwest Festival (it’s next week!) with a set tonight at fabulous O’Leaver’s. Opening the show tonight is Lincoln band Better Friend and Omaha trio The Sunks. $5, 9 p.m.

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Live Review: Fuzz and Walter at TWR; sleepy week ahead for shows…

Category: Blog,Reviews — Tags: , , — @ 2:09 pm November 23, 2015
Fuzz at The Waiting Room, Nov. 21, 2015.

Fuzz at The Waiting Room, Nov. 21, 2015.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

The last time Ty Segall came through town there was maybe 50 people at the show. Last Saturday night The Waiting Room was packed for his return in the guise of his heavy metal psych-rock trio Fuzz. Not sure what happened between that first Fuzz album and his second, but things have certainly blown up.

Walter at The Waiting Room, Nov. 21, 2015.

Walter at The Waiting Room, Nov. 21, 2015.

Right before Fuzz, fellow So Cal garage rockers Walter played a set of refined psych metal. Refined in that these guys were as tight as any touring blues or jazz band. Frontman Patrick Noland was an absolute beast on his left-handed Fender electric, effortlessly playing riffs and fills like the second coming of Stevie Ray Vaughan but with his own special brand of sass.

But like any great power trio, no one piece is stronger than the next. Bassist Misha Lindes was rock solid and drummer Ross Chait put on a clinic, right down to a Whiplash-quality drum solo toward the end of their set.

I went home afterward and downloaded Get Well Soon, the trio’s latest (available from the Bandcamp link below this entry). Great record but nowhere near as precise or powerful as what was heard on stage. It’s as if these So Cal garage bands go out of their way to make their recordings sound dirty, which I guess is exactly what they do, but in this case it merely blurred the lines when they should remain laser sharp. I left a fan.

Next came Fuzz. Before I go on, let me point out how much time went into their (and Walter’s) pre-set soundcheck, much more than most touring indie acts who walk up to their instruments, play a couple notes and give a thumbs up. Segall and Co. were meticulous, spending at least 10 minutes adjusting different things in their monitors, their mics, etc. And as ironic as it seems considering this is a heavy-metal garage band, it made perfect sense. They we’re going for a specific sound that required everything be just right to sound authentic.

More Fuzz.

More Fuzz.

In the end, the Fuzz’s futzing was worth it. The Waiting Room once again proved Saturday to be the best sounding rock concert room in Omaha. Fuzz blazed right out of the starting gate, blowing out a style of rock with a simple formula centered around Chad Ubovich’s rugged, bluesy bass lines made all the more majestic by Ubovich’s bronze face paint — he looked like a golden tin man beneath a shoulder-length shag. Despite guitarist/vocalist Charlie Moothart’s solid riffs or Segall’s blazing stickwork, it was those bass lines that mattered most with these songs.

From an old-school perspective I was reminded of Sabbath, Deep Purple and Robin Trower; modern-day comparisons include John Dwyer and the dreaded Jack White, two long-time garage-rock veterans who you must acknowledge whether (certainly in White’s case) you admit  liking their music or not.

By mid-set much head-banging ensued; there was even a small mosh pit in front of the stage and a few folks tried crowd-surfing. If there’s a downside to Fuzz music it’s that it all sounds very similar, especially when songs evolve into extended heavy-metal jams. But who gives a shit when you’re lost in the moment (or in the pit)?

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Thanksgiving week is always slow music-wise and this year is no different. There’s virtually nothing going on until See Through Dresses return to Reverb Lounge Wednesday night with La Guerre, and then Miwi La Lupa and Landon Hedges Thanksgiving night at fabulous O’Leaver’s. I guess it makes it that much easier to catch up with the relatives…

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Worried Mothers, The Derby Birds tonight; Fuzz, Lupines, Flight Metaphor Saturday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 2:17 pm November 20, 2015
Ty Segall at Sokol Underground, Feb. 10, 2013. His band Fuzz plays at The Waiting Room Saturday night.

Ty Segall at Sokol Underground, Feb. 10, 2013. His other band, Fuzz, plays at The Waiting Room Saturday night.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

We knew this f***ing weather had to arrive eventually, right? It was only a matter of time.

No doubt crappy weather will hamper this weekend’s musical festivities, of which there are many. Dig out your winter coat and your ice scraper and give one (or two) of these a shot.

Tonight at The New BLK at 1213 Jones St. it’s the Bigger than Beef Book Party. The event is essentially a book launch and signing for the book Omaha Food: Bigger Than Beef (The History Press/Arcadia Publishing, 2015) by Omaha’s very own Rachel Grace. I have not seen or read the book, but I’m making a guess that it focuses on Omaha food, something we’re all familiar with.

But even if you can’t read (which means you’re probably not reading this) you’ll want to drop in on this free event because the always unpredictable garage band Worried Mothers is playing, along with Dojorok and Black Jonny Quest. Plus free food (from Noli’s and Kitchen Table) and free booze from Brickway Brewery. Reception at 7 p.m., music at 8.

Also tonight, The Derby Birds headline at fabulous O’Leaver’s. Also on the fight card are Wichita band The Travel Guide and The Brigadiers. $5, 9:30 p.m.

Tomorrow night garage-rock kingpin Ty Segall returns to The Waiting Room in the guise of his psychedelic/stoner/garage band Fuzz. Their latest album, Fuzz II, came out last month on mighty In The Red Records. This will be a noise dreadnought. Opening is Walter and local heroes Sucettes. $12 today/$14 tomorrow, 9 p.m.

Also Saturday night, The Lupines return to O’Leaver’s. Joining them will be KC band Berwanger and Des Moines’ North of Grand. It’s a tri-city rumble! $7, 9:30 p.m.

Finally, down at Slowdown Jr., Flight Metaphor celebrates the release of their self-titled debut CD. Joining them are Rock Paper Dynamite, Through the Stone and Pelican Rodeo. $8 today, $10 tomorrow. Starts at 9.

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

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Live Review: Ty Segall, Digital Leather (with Todd Fink on synths)…

Category: Blog,Reviews — Tags: , , — @ 1:55 pm February 11, 2013
Ty Segall at Sokol Underground, Feb. 10, 2013.

Ty Segall at Sokol Underground, Feb. 10, 2013.

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Digital Leather frontman Shawn Foree confirmed the band’s line-up change about a week ago. I’d heard about it from someone who knows the guys in the band who e-mailed me simply to say that Todd Fink of The Faint had been practicing with DL in what would likely be a return of synthesizers to an act that had dropped them from their live performances years ago. Foree in the past has explained that his synth-driven recordings are a different animal than DL’s stage performances, which for the last few years has been a guitar-driven power trio.

Digital Leather, with Todd Fink, left, on synthesizer, Sokol Underground, Feb, 10, 2013.

Digital Leather, with Todd Fink behind the keyboards, Feb. 10, 2013.

Anyway, Foree confirmed the rumor, but said he wanted to keep it on the down low at least until this show. Sure enough, last night on stage this new version of Digital Leather was unveiled with Fink behind a keyboard. And the result was, to say the least, satisfying, but not a night-and-day difference from what we’ve been hearing from these guys for the past few years. DL is still fueled by the rhythm section of bassist Johnny Vrendenburg and drummer Jeff Lambelet — the best bass & drum duo in Omaha — as well as Foree’s voice and guitar (and his spleen-bleeding songs), but Fink’s keyboards add that element that’s been missing for a lot of the band’s fans — a sinister, other-worldly quality that underlies the neo-futuristic nature of DL music. They also sound pretty cool. Fink’s backing vocals were an added bonus.

So what’s this addition mean for future Digital Leather set lists? Well, for the most part, last night’s set wasn’t much different from the Nov. 28 set, when DL opened for King Khan at Slowdown. Both included a rousing version of fan favorite “Studs in Love” (well, at least it’s one of my favorites). That said, I don’t remember DL playing “Styrofoam” last November, a song in which the synths take the anthem to a whole ‘nother level.

Will DL now dig back to other early material where synths play a central role? Will we finally get to hear songs like “Modern Castles” and “Gold Hearts” (both from Warm Brother)?  I doubt it. It also will be interesting to hear if Fink will add anything to future DL recordings — a process that Foree has always commanded by himself. And what’s the lifespan for this collaboration now that The Faint are back together? Does it matter? Just enjoy it while you can, and that includes March 8, when Digital Leather is slated to return to one of their favorite stomping grounds — fabulous O’Leaver’s.

OK, what about the rest of the show? Opener, Memphis band Ex-Cult (formerly Sex Cult) was bad ass, a five piece that played a refined, aggressive indie garage punk that had a few kids in front of the stage shoving each other.

But the night’s centerpoint was Ty Segall and his band — a well-honed noise machine, easily the loudest thing I’ve heard on a stage in a few years. Playing songs off a number of his albums, including Twins and Slaughterhouse, Segall blazed through one monster rocker after another, leaving a wake of bleeding ears in front of the stacks. I stood on a chair along the wall and watched the crowd writhe in ecstasy to the knuckle-bleeding music.

You got a sense that you were seeing this guy at the height of his power, still flying under the radar, ready to explode. Something tells me in the next few years Segall could blow up to become as big as Jack White. If it happens, we’ll look back at this show and say “I saw him back when he played Sokol Underground.”

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Conchance, The F**king Party, Noah’s Ark tonight; New Lungs, Photo Atlas, UUVVWWZ Saturday; Ty Segall, Digital Leather Sunday…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 1:55 pm February 8, 2013

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Might as well just get right into the weekend.

Tonight at O’Leaver’s Noah’s Ark Was a Spaceship headlines a gig with Ego Death (the band formerly known as Sun Settings) and Killer Blow. $5, 9:30 p.m. Get there early for KB.

Also tonight, a special Slow Burn Productions $2 showcase at Slowdown Jr. headlined by Omaha hip-hop artist Conchance with The Fucking Party, La Brood and Radkey. All for just $2! I just listened to The FP’s 7-song debut EP again this morning. There is something inherently bleak and unsettling about this music. Let it disturb you. Show starts at 9.

Finally, over at The Barley Street Tavern, The Ground Tyrants headline tonight with Ft. Collins band SHEL and Daniel Christian. $5, 9 p.m.

Saturday night’s all right for CD release shows, and there are two to split your attention.

Over at O’Leaver’s, it’s a party for New Lungs’ debut 5-song EP You’re Not Gonna Recognize Me. New Lungs is Danny Maxwell (vocals, guitar), Craig Fort (bass), and Corey Broman (drums). The EP was recorded throughout the course of 2012; engineered and mixed by Matt Carroll at Little Machine, and tape/tube mastering was completed by Mike Saklar at Ant-Records. The band says they dial in their sound from the heyday of Archers of Loaf, Pavement, Dinosaur Jr. and Polvo, and I’d say that’s pretty right on. This is a fantastic debut. Headlining is our old friends The Photo Atlas. See Through Dresses rounds out the bill. $5, 9:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, over at The Waiting Room, UUVVWWZ celebrates the release of its sophomore Saddle Creek release The Trusted Language. You either get UU or you don’t. With the demise of Beep Beep, it’s easily the most challenging music on the Saddle Creek roster. That said, this new record is more accessible (and less dissonant) than their debut. Opening is The Renfields and Touch People (Darren Keen, formerly of The Show Is the Rainbow). $7, 9 p.m.

If Lungs’ indie/math/slacker rock and UU”s art rock ain’t your thing, check out the black-leather rock of Bullet Proof Hearts at The Brothers Saturday with Chromafrost. $5, 9 p.m.

Ty Segall, Twins (Drag City, 2012)

Ty Segall, Twins (Drag City, 2012)

And then comes Sunday and the show of the weekend (maybe the show of the year?): Ty Segall headlines at Sokol Underground. This show is part of Ty’s first full U.S. tour in support of Twins, his third full-length of 2012, which was released via Drag City last October. Check out Kyle Eustice’s interview with Segall in this week’s issue of The Reader or online right here.

Right before Segall, it’s Digital Leather as you’ve never seen or heard Digital Leather before. I have a feeling we’ll be talking about this set all next week. First band of the night is Micro Knife (members of Sun Settings and Capgun Coup), followed by Chicago thrash metal band ZATH (Captcha Records) and Goner Records garage heroes Ex-Cult, who have been on the road with Segall throughout this tour. Tickets are $13, show starts at 8.

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Will this Sunday’s Ty Segall show tank?; Red City Radio tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 1:58 pm February 6, 2013

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Have you heard about the Ty Segall show happening at Sokol Underground Sunday night? No? You’re not alone.

I’ve seen very little online about the show. The Reader will be publishing a feature in tomorrow’s issue, and I have no doubt that Kevin at The OWH also will put something together for The Go! about the show, but by then it could be an afterthought to fans who (like me) would have had to had made plans to go. Sunday night shows are a struggle for those who have to be up bright and early the next day for school or work or whatever.

I’m taking Monday morning off for this show. Ty Segall is one of the hottest garage/psych rock bands in the country, a guy who is continually putting out new and interesting music, and who is arguably at the height of his game. This show would be sold out already in a lot of other markets. As evidence, this from NYC Taper: “On Friday (Feb, 1), Ty Segall sold out Webster Hall. This was not a soft sell out — tickets prices were inflated five times over on various secondary markets for weeks before the show.” Of course, this means nothing in Omaha.

I point a long, crooked finger directly at Slow Burn Productions, the company bringing in Ty Segall and a number of other interesting shows, including last night’s Growlers/Jaill show at The Slowdown (which I didn’t attend) and tonight’s Red City Radio show. I’m guessing that these shows aren’t cheap to book. Tickets for Ty Segall are $16.59 after convenience fees (here at etix) — that’s pricey for a band that’s not well known in this market. You’d think that Slow Burn would be canvas-bombing every square inch of the Internet trying to drum up interest.

A music colleague pointed out another reason why this show is under the radar: It’s not a One Percent Production. One Percent does a pretty good job of getting the word out about their shows via Social Media and, of course, the One Percent Productions website, which is a go-to spot for a lot of local music fans searching for show info. For many of them, if it’s not listed at the One Percent website, it’s not happening.

Which begs the question: Where’s the Slow Burn Productions website? Why, it’s right here at slowburnomaha.com. Unfortunately, the first thing you see when you go there is a bunch of anonymous, unmarked photos instead of a clear, easy to read calendar (and why is every listing dated Nov. 8, 2012? Confusing).  And as a person who follows Slow Burn in Facebook, why haven’t they been blasting this show on their timeline/newsfeed? Simple shit that would make all the difference.

The reason I’m busting Slow Burn’s balls is because I want them to succeed. They’re bringing in some amazing shows — shows that One Percent either didn’t know about or passed on. Without them, we may not be getting to see bands like Ty Segall in Omaha. So come on, guys, get your shit together. I want this show to sell out.

One other thing about Sunday night’s show at Sokol Underground: I’m told that opening band Digital Leather has something very special up its sleeve for this performance. You won’t want to miss it. Get your tix now.

Here’s a taste of Ty Segall from last Friday night’s show at Webster Hall:

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As mentioned above, Oklahoma punk band Red City Radio plays tonight at The Slowdown with Broadway Calls, Silver Snakes and The Renfields. $10, 9 p.m.

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