Conor goes online and in print; Bad Speler (Darren Keen), Family Picnic, The Benningtons tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 1:55 pm January 25, 2012

by Tim McMahan,

Not a whole helluva lot to report today.

A video of a couple songs from Conor Oberst’s solo performance at Krug Park last weekend went online today. You can watch it here (it’s a vimeocast). The tunes are “Lenders in the Temple” and “Laura Laurent.” It’s dark. It’s black & white. But the sound ain’t bad. I would have embedded it, but Vimeo doesn’t play nice with WordPress (or at least I can’t get it to).

Conor’s been busy around here lately. The OWH reported here that he and 16 other musicians signed a letter “calling on state lawmakers to pull the plug on a proposal that would ban Omaha and other communities from passing anti-discrimination ordinances.” At issue is Omaha City Councilman Ben Gray’s proposed ordinance to ban discrimination against homosexual and transgender people. As a result, State Sen. Beau McCoy of Omaha introduced Legislative Bill 912 that would bar cities from passing such ordinances. McCoy doesn’t want these bans handled on a city-by-city basis. So does that mean he supports a REAL statewide ban against such discrimination? The story doesn’t say. Others signers included members of The Faint, Big Harp, So So Sailors and Honeybee & Hers, the article said. It’s a complicated issue. Want to get involved? Check out

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Tonight at House of Loom, Bad Speler a.k.a. Darren Keen conducts his monthly evening of musical madness that he calls Good Speakers. Read more about the event here. It’s free and starts at 9.

Also tonight, local indie janglers Family Picnic, The Benningtons and Betsy Wells take the stage at Slowdown Jr. for a free show that starts at 9.

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Tomorrow: Remembering Dave

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