Jake Bellows gets kudos from Paste, Interview magazines…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , — @ 12:49 pm August 12, 2013
Bellows photo from Interview Magazine

Bellows photo from Interview Magazine

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

My weekend report: The only live music I heard was a band playing Johnny Cash covers at the Cass County Fair in Weeping Water Friday night. Not bad at all…

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Of the recent spate of new local-themed releases, Jake Bellows’ Saddle Creek debut, New Ocean, is getting the most notice, and the most press.

Jake was featured in Interview magazine last week. Read it here.

And now comes this massive 8.1 rating and review in Paste Magazine, which concluded with this accolade:

“It’s clear after a listen to the first song that Bellows’ brief sidestep into blue-collar anonymity was not where he belonged. In fact, New Ocean sounds like a surging rebirth to one of underground rock’s most overlooked songwriters. Welcome back.”

Welcome back indeed. It’s high time the national music taste-makers discover what the rest of us have known all along…

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Lot’s o’ stuff happening.

This is Maha Music Festival week. As such, I’ll be posting a rather extensive interview with Bob Mould Wednesday or Thursday. Not associated with Maha is the Mousetrap reunion show Friday night at The Waiting Room. This week’s column is an interview with that seminal Omaha band, which will be online probably Thursday.

The show calendar is looking pretty thin up ’til Friday. Talking Mountain has a free show at Slowdown Wednesday. And I might have to check out a flick tomorrow night. More about that tomorrow…

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  • Thursday, OK Party Comedy brings indie comedy back to the Slowdown. We have a monthly show that is never a straight forward “stand up” show. We wanted to showcase comedians and comedy that our city’s comedy club would never take a chance on…and not because it’s “edgy” in a filthy way, but because it’s not meant for people that are more interested in eating chicken strips and saying “wooo!” every time their hometown gets a mention. This month, we’re doing a show called “Roast Yourself”. A comedian does a stand up set, and while they’re performing, a panel of writers jot down notes…anything from additions to the set to making fun of the performer. At the end of the set, the comedian reads the jokes that were written about them to the audience…essentially roasting them self. It’s been one of our most popular shows. http://theslowdown.com/event/explosivo/

    By the way, if you’re unfamiliar with the comedy scene that is happening in our city, check out The Globe tent at MAHA. OK Party Comedy and Louder than a Bomb will have an air conditioned tent with performers on stage from 2 – 6:30. It’s awesome that MAHA is taking the next step in festivalhood, and we’re honored to be part of their expansion.

    Comment by Mike — August 12, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

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