The slow season; Alessi update; Bad Speler download…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 2:01 pm November 9, 2010

by Tim McMahan,

Not a good week for shows in the Omaha area. In fact, nothing stands out until Masses and Lightning Bug on Saturday at Slowdown, and then Tim Kasher Nov. 19. Egad is this the slow season or am I just overlooking something? It can’t last forever, can it?

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It seems like only yesterday that Alessi Laurent-Marke — or just Alessi as she was known back in the day — was playing gigs at The Waiting Room and wandering around Benson with Jake Bellows. But in fact it’s been more than a couple years since I wrote this goodbye column to Alessi as she headed back over the waters to her home in England. Then out of the blue I hear about a show she’s playing in Portland, and discover she no longer is with Virgin Records, and hasn’t been since January. Alessi is now with Bella Union (Cocteau Twins’ old label, whose roster includes Beach House, Explosions in the Sky and Dirty Three), who just released her new EP Soul Proprietor. Maybe we can get her back to Omaha while she’s on tour.

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As I type this, I’m listening “Bitch Boyz Like It Rough,” a track off Bad Speler’s second mix collection now available for download at “The new mix is called Bill$ Gate and his Michael Soft Umpire PRESENT : The Babble iFad,” said Bad Speler mastermind Darren Keen. “It is a lot faster, smoother, and almost has a European breakcore influence. mos def something very different for the Midwest, for better or worse. trust me, our grandchildren are gonna love this band!” I’m sure they will, Darren. The mix collection is a pay-what-you-want endeavor, so go to the site, download, and pay what you think it’s worth — now there’s one possible future business model for the music industry. But we’ll talk more about that in this week’s column, which goes online tomorrow.

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  • There’s Girl Talk at the Sokol on November 12, but it’s sold out.

    Comment by J. Mason — November 9, 2010 @ 5:23 pm

  • Ah yes, I forgot all about that. It hasn’t been getting much hype, and if it’s sold out, it doesn’t really need to…

    Comment by tim-mcmahan — November 9, 2010 @ 5:46 pm


    Noah’s Ark Was a Spaceship, Yuppies, High Diving Ponies (KC), Hominoid

    Saturday, November 13 · 9:00pm

    The Sandbox (2406 Leavenworth) $5

    Comment by Bob Gray — November 9, 2010 @ 8:55 pm

  • Nov 10 – Gwar & The Casualties @ the Bourbon
    Nov 11 – the Expendables @ the Waiting Room
    Nov 11 – the Rev. Horton Heat @ the Slowdown
    Nov 13 – the Aquabats & Reel Big Fish @ the Slowdown
    Nov 13 – Masses, Lightning Bug @ the Slowdown
    Nov 15 – Pretty Lights @ Sokol
    Nov 16 – the Hold Steady @ the Bourbon
    Nov 17 – the Koffin Kats, th’Empires @ the Slowdown
    Nov 19 – Mother Pile, Roller @ the Manor
    Nov 19 – Super Invader, Big Elephant @ the Slowdown
    Nov 20 – (OEAA Nominated) Life of A Scarecrow @ the Slowdown

    Comment by sassy sally — November 9, 2010 @ 9:24 pm

  • Thanks Bob. Didn’t know about that one. I did know about all of your shows, Sassy. I don’t usually mention Lincoln shows, and the rest are out of my area of interest.

    Comment by tim-mcmahan — November 9, 2010 @ 9:58 pm

  • maybe you should broaden your musical horizons then 😉

    also I got those shows from
    i forgot to mention:
    Nov 23: Margot & the Nuclear So & So’s @ the Waiting Room
    Nov 26: Little Brazil, Noah’s Ark @ the Slowdown
    Nov 27: the Berg Sans Nipple, Bear Country, Noah Streba @ the Slowdown
    Nov 27: the Envy Corps @ the Waiting Room
    Dec 2: Dredg @ the Waiting Room
    Dec 17: the Nadas @ the Waiting Room

    but yeah….things are getting slow. i know what ya mean.

    Comment by sassy sally — November 10, 2010 @ 1:08 pm

  • Eat & Sleep at Daily Grub.
    An evening of food and music featuring performances by: Conchance, Bear Country, Simon Joyner, Talking Mountain, Sam Martin, Sean Pratt, Thunder Power, Alex McManus (the Bruces), and Honeybee.

    Saturday, Nov. 13th.
    Dinner at 7
    Show at 9

    Purchase tickets at or at Daily Grub.

    Comment by Slumber Party Records — November 11, 2010 @ 1:13 pm

  • T-Mac just got owned

    Comment by Tiny Tim — November 11, 2010 @ 7:55 pm

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