Nothin’ happenin’ here; For Against box set news; Conor storms Boston…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 2:40 pm December 11, 2012

by Tim McMahan,

You know it’s the holiday season when the music calendars for the week boast non-music events like pub quizzes, wine tastings and screenings of lame ’70s Christmas cartoons. Well, let’s just hope the holidays are the reason for this intense slowdown in shows. I have no room to complain as I missed both nights of fantastic shows this past weekend. I blame general holiday fatigue for my absence, and maybe that’s why the clubs are keeping the listings light — they know that people are pooped this time of year. Or maybe not… Anyway, the only show in Omaha tonight is a Christian-core act at TWR and it’s looking pretty light until Friday night’s sold-out Faint show at Sokol Aud…

The For Against box set.

The For Against box set.

What else is going on? Well, Captured Tracks announced that it’s reissuing the first three full lengths from seminal Lincoln post-punk trio For Against. Originally released by Independent Project between ’84 and ’90, these releases will see their first vinyl appearance in more than 20 years as part of a deluxe edition limited boxed set. The set features a bonus booklet and ephemera from the band’s early career. It won’t be available until January, according to the Capture Tracks website. As part of this release, will we see an onstage reunion of Harry Dingman III (last seen playing as part of The Millions reunion) with Jeff Runnings?  The last time I saw these guys play as For Against was way back in 2008.

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Boston University’s Daily Free Press has a review of last Thursday night’s Conor Oberst gig in Boston that’s a hint of what we’re going to get at his Dec. 21 show at Joslyn’s Witherspoon Hall with Whispertown. Sounds like ol’ Conor is playing an acoustic “best of Bright Eyes” set with some other morsels thrown in. Read the review here. Tix, by the way, are still available for $25 right here.

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1 Comment

  • I’ve never understood the holiday schedule lull. One venue/bar said, basically, that former Omaha folks are in town already and that shows aren’t necessary. “The entire month of December is mostly off-limits,” said another bar dude in charge of booking. I guess the people paying homage to their old stomping grounds is enough. Unless you’re a big “old Omaha” act (Faint, Oberst, etc.), expect to be sitting on the sidelines every December.

    Comment by Collin M. — December 12, 2012 @ 1:13 am

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