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  • Self ascribed “Arizona Bummer Jams”, Merit came to my attention because I heard they were doing a searing cover of The Replacements  “Can’t Hardly Wait” on their last tour and they were and I was glad I got to hear it at the release show for The Riveras new album, where I also got to see them for the first time. They lay heavy reference on Emo influences, but maybe I just always saw that as gut pouring indie rock derived from punk anyway, so I don’t really know what that means. The guitars are goddamn great, crunchy, loud and...

    Merit – The Truth About The Twenties EP

    Self ascribed “Arizona Bummer Jams”, Merit came to my attention because I heard they were doing a searing cover of The Replacements  “Can’t Hardly Wait” on their last tour and they were and I was glad I got to hear it at the release show for The Riveras new album, where I also got to see them for the first time. They lay heavy reference on Emo influences, but maybe I just always saw that as gut pouring indie rock derived from punk anyway, so I don’t really know what that means. The guitars are goddamn great, crunchy, loud and…

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  • There is a lot of cool local live music going down around town this weekend. It’s exciting to me that there seems to be a fair amount of happenings in the Grand Avenue Arts District, which seems to be expanding with more and more businesses welcoming live music. The only sad news for the weekend is that this is one of those weekends where everything is happening on Saturday. The good news is that you can exhaust yourself completely between then and now and rest all day Sunday because nothing is happening then. So live like wild child for the...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    There is a lot of cool local live music going down around town this weekend. It’s exciting to me that there seems to be a fair amount of happenings in the Grand Avenue Arts District, which seems to be expanding with more and more businesses welcoming live music. The only sad news for the weekend is that this is one of those weekends where everything is happening on Saturday. The good news is that you can exhaust yourself completely between then and now and rest all day Sunday because nothing is happening then. So live like wild child for the…

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  • Well, there is no doubt that Sister Lip are quite a force to be reckoned with and last May they finally presented the world with their first studio recorded EP launching it with an amazing two day release show held at the Sail Inn. Thanks For The Mondays (a title that is a sweet send off to the now defunct Long Wong’s where they held a long standing residency on Monday nights). The EP is every bit as impressive as the live shows they crafted and cultivated across that very residency, it also plays out much like their set list...

    Sister Lip – Thanks For The Mondays EP (And Welcome Home!!!)

    Well, there is no doubt that Sister Lip are quite a force to be reckoned with and last May they finally presented the world with their first studio recorded EP launching it with an amazing two day release show held at the Sail Inn. Thanks For The Mondays (a title that is a sweet send off to the now defunct Long Wong’s where they held a long standing residency on Monday nights). The EP is every bit as impressive as the live shows they crafted and cultivated across that very residency, it also plays out much like their set list…

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  • I don’t usually write about bands beyond Arizona in these pages, but if I do, they are usually from LA and usually they have some sort of local connection. In this case Statues Of Cats are from LA and they do have a local connection: they are the only band on the 80/20 Records roster that is not local to AZ. Along with Fairy Bones, Captain Squeegee and Zero Zero, they fill out the four artist roll call at 80/20 and they happen to be coming to town this weekend, which gives me a good opportunity to write about their...

    Statues Of Cats – Memorabilia EP

    I don’t usually write about bands beyond Arizona in these pages, but if I do, they are usually from LA and usually they have some sort of local connection. In this case Statues Of Cats are from LA and they do have a local connection: they are the only band on the 80/20 Records roster that is not local to AZ. Along with Fairy Bones, Captain Squeegee and Zero Zero, they fill out the four artist roll call at 80/20 and they happen to be coming to town this weekend, which gives me a good opportunity to write about their…

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  • There is a hell of a lot going on this week and kicks into gear early on Wednesday night. I love this time of year, because the feeling of Satan dry humping the desert is abating and everyone is finally coming out of their air conditioned cubes to celebrate life and music and art and fun. It’s the simple things really. Plus, bands are coming out more and more to play for the same reasons. Usually around this time of year the shows start and it’s a non-stop run until May of power packed weekends, excellent week night shows and...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    There is a hell of a lot going on this week and kicks into gear early on Wednesday night. I love this time of year, because the feeling of Satan dry humping the desert is abating and everyone is finally coming out of their air conditioned cubes to celebrate life and music and art and fun. It’s the simple things really. Plus, bands are coming out more and more to play for the same reasons. Usually around this time of year the shows start and it’s a non-stop run until May of power packed weekends, excellent week night shows and…

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  • I’ve been meaning to write about all three of these videos for a bit and I’m just now getting around to it. I tend to listen to music a whole lot more often than watch videos for it, but these are the videos that have caught my attention in the past month or so.  They also happen to be from three of my favorite local bands: Fairy Bones, Emby Alexander, and Captain Squeegee. So with out further ado, let us get to the vids. Fairy Bones – “Waiting” “Waiting” is the first of two new singles released to promote Fairy...

    VideosAroundTown: Three Recent Faves!

    I’ve been meaning to write about all three of these videos for a bit and I’m just now getting around to it. I tend to listen to music a whole lot more often than watch videos for it, but these are the videos that have caught my attention in the past month or so.  They also happen to be from three of my favorite local bands: Fairy Bones, Emby Alexander, and Captain Squeegee. So with out further ado, let us get to the vids. Fairy Bones – “Waiting” “Waiting” is the first of two new singles released to promote Fairy…

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  • So this is an odd tale to tell here, but these were literally sounds around town and there is some music involved. I decided that I wanted to take the light rail to Phoenix to see the Emby Alexander/B.O.T.S/Genre show at The Lost Leaf. I used to do this all the time and I loved it, of course my Jeep was also incapacitated at that time. I wanted to do this for two reasons: 1) The ticket would be cheaper than the gas it took to get there and I’m broke and 2) There was a fairly serious threat of...

    Adventures on the Light Rail to and from The Lost Leaf…

    So this is an odd tale to tell here, but these were literally sounds around town and there is some music involved. I decided that I wanted to take the light rail to Phoenix to see the Emby Alexander/B.O.T.S/Genre show at The Lost Leaf. I used to do this all the time and I loved it, of course my Jeep was also incapacitated at that time. I wanted to do this for two reasons: 1) The ticket would be cheaper than the gas it took to get there and I’m broke and 2) There was a fairly serious threat of…

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  • I’m not sure if I found Man Hands or they found me or it happened at the same time, but damn I was happy I did. In July 2013 they released their second album in less than a year and the seven track Misadventures is just pure surf punk fun—think SST recordings from 1985 transferred from cassette to CD…maybe Blast First or Dischord, actually.  You see there was a time when, after the bloated studio perfection sought by musicians who had no feelings, but understood calculus in the 1970s that punks and indie artists recorded albums that sounded like they...

    Man Hands – “Misadventures” & Tour Kick Off!

    I’m not sure if I found Man Hands or they found me or it happened at the same time, but damn I was happy I did. In July 2013 they released their second album in less than a year and the seven track Misadventures is just pure surf punk fun—think SST recordings from 1985 transferred from cassette to CD…maybe Blast First or Dischord, actually.  You see there was a time when, after the bloated studio perfection sought by musicians who had no feelings, but understood calculus in the 1970s that punks and indie artists recorded albums that sounded like they…

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  • There is a bizarre formula to the quirky chamber pop that Emby Alexander produces. They are at once composing a nervous aesthetic that will amplify your anxiety while soothing your mindset, they prey on your mental illness and entice you to love them, they abuse your senses, but hold you tight long into the night. They have developed a unique ideal for their own brand of indie rock, composed of influences that evoke nightmares, orgasms, love affairs and obsessions, with a fierce attention to art and compositional genius, they approach their songs like pocket symphonies and deliver them like power...

    Enter The Weird: Emby Alexander’s Frontispiece

    There is a bizarre formula to the quirky chamber pop that Emby Alexander produces. They are at once composing a nervous aesthetic that will amplify your anxiety while soothing your mindset, they prey on your mental illness and entice you to love them, they abuse your senses, but hold you tight long into the night. They have developed a unique ideal for their own brand of indie rock, composed of influences that evoke nightmares, orgasms, love affairs and obsessions, with a fierce attention to art and compositional genius, they approach their songs like pocket symphonies and deliver them like power…

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  • Well, there is a hell of a lot going on this weekend and there are no shortage of choices going on here that’s for sure. Interestingly enough three events alone center on the celebration of local luminary P.C. hitting the half century mark. This man has been a legend around the scene for many years and you can spend up to three nights in a row celebrating his 50th birthday. There is lots of other stuff to do as well, so let’s check out what’s happening. Sensibly, because this is Labor Day weekend the shows just spill into next week...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    Well, there is a hell of a lot going on this weekend and there are no shortage of choices going on here that’s for sure. Interestingly enough three events alone center on the celebration of local luminary P.C. hitting the half century mark. This man has been a legend around the scene for many years and you can spend up to three nights in a row celebrating his 50th birthday. There is lots of other stuff to do as well, so let’s check out what’s happening. Sensibly, because this is Labor Day weekend the shows just spill into next week…

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  • It used to be that releases from the legendary band Small Leaks Sink Ships were far less frequent than their fairly rare stunningly apocalyptic performances. This year that might not be the case even though they moved to Oregon and have mentioned that they may actually be releasing two albums this year. The first is their parting gift to AZ, Living Room B-Sides is that gift.  The ten song collection culls the best of their Monday Minestrone online project and b-sides for their forthcoming brand new album to arrive later this year. According to Jim Mandel (Bass/Guitar) “Those songs on...

    Small Leaks Sink Ships – “The Living Room Sessions”

    It used to be that releases from the legendary band Small Leaks Sink Ships were far less frequent than their fairly rare stunningly apocalyptic performances. This year that might not be the case even though they moved to Oregon and have mentioned that they may actually be releasing two albums this year. The first is their parting gift to AZ, Living Room B-Sides is that gift.  The ten song collection culls the best of their Monday Minestrone online project and b-sides for their forthcoming brand new album to arrive later this year. According to Jim Mandel (Bass/Guitar) “Those songs on…

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  •   Anyone that has read my ramblings for the last couple years must realize that Fairy Bones is one of my favorites band around town. They were my favorite debut band of last year bar none and in fact if I go to long without seeing them, I experience “Fairy Bones Withdrawal.” Well, now Fairy Bones need your money so that you can have more music, which seems like a good exchange to me–they want to release Dramabot, their first full length album and they need your help to do it. They started this campaign on July 10th and it...

    Fairy Bones Need Your Money!!!

      Anyone that has read my ramblings for the last couple years must realize that Fairy Bones is one of my favorites band around town. They were my favorite debut band of last year bar none and in fact if I go to long without seeing them, I experience “Fairy Bones Withdrawal.” Well, now Fairy Bones need your money so that you can have more music, which seems like a good exchange to me–they want to release Dramabot, their first full length album and they need your help to do it. They started this campaign on July 10th and it…

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  • There is a lot of cool local live music going down around town this weekend. It’s exciting to me that there seems to be a fair amount of happenings in the Grand Avenue Arts District, which seems to be expanding with more and more businesses welcoming live music. The only sad news for the weekend is that this is one of those weekends where everything is happening on Saturday. The good news is that you can exhaust yourself completely between then and now and rest all day Sunday because nothing is happening then. So live like wild child for the...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    There is a lot of cool local live music going down around town this weekend. It’s exciting to me that there seems to be a fair amount of happenings in the Grand Avenue Arts District, which seems to be expanding with more and more businesses welcoming live music. The only sad news for the weekend is that this is one of those weekends where everything is happening on Saturday. The good news is that you can exhaust yourself completely between then and now and rest all day Sunday because nothing is happening then. So live like wild child for the...

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  • Well, there is no doubt that Sister Lip are quite a force to be reckoned with and last May they finally presented the world with their first studio recorded EP launching it with an amazing two day release show held at the Sail Inn. Thanks For The Mondays (a title that is a sweet send off to the now defunct Long Wong’s where they held a long standing residency on Monday nights). The EP is every bit as impressive as the live shows they crafted and cultivated across that very residency, it also plays out much like their set list...

    Sister Lip – Thanks For The Mondays EP (And Welcome Home!!!)

    Well, there is no doubt that Sister Lip are quite a force to be reckoned with and last May they finally presented the world with their first studio recorded EP launching it with an amazing two day release show held at the Sail Inn. Thanks For The Mondays (a title that is a sweet send off to the now defunct Long Wong’s where they held a long standing residency on Monday nights). The EP is every bit as impressive as the live shows they crafted and cultivated across that very residency, it also plays out much like their set list...

    Continue Reading...

  • I don’t usually write about bands beyond Arizona in these pages, but if I do, they are usually from LA and usually they have some sort of local connection. In this case Statues Of Cats are from LA and they do have a local connection: they are the only band on the 80/20 Records roster that is not local to AZ. Along with Fairy Bones, Captain Squeegee and Zero Zero, they fill out the four artist roll call at 80/20 and they happen to be coming to town this weekend, which gives me a good opportunity to write about their...

    Statues Of Cats – Memorabilia EP

    I don’t usually write about bands beyond Arizona in these pages, but if I do, they are usually from LA and usually they have some sort of local connection. In this case Statues Of Cats are from LA and they do have a local connection: they are the only band on the 80/20 Records roster that is not local to AZ. Along with Fairy Bones, Captain Squeegee and Zero Zero, they fill out the four artist roll call at 80/20 and they happen to be coming to town this weekend, which gives me a good opportunity to write about their...

    Continue Reading...

  • There is a hell of a lot going on this week and kicks into gear early on Wednesday night. I love this time of year, because the feeling of Satan dry humping the desert is abating and everyone is finally coming out of their air conditioned cubes to celebrate life and music and art and fun. It’s the simple things really. Plus, bands are coming out more and more to play for the same reasons. Usually around this time of year the shows start and it’s a non-stop run until May of power packed weekends, excellent week night shows and...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    There is a hell of a lot going on this week and kicks into gear early on Wednesday night. I love this time of year, because the feeling of Satan dry humping the desert is abating and everyone is finally coming out of their air conditioned cubes to celebrate life and music and art and fun. It’s the simple things really. Plus, bands are coming out more and more to play for the same reasons. Usually around this time of year the shows start and it’s a non-stop run until May of power packed weekends, excellent week night shows and...

    Continue Reading...

  • I’m not sure if I found Man Hands or they found me or it happened at the same time, but damn I was happy I did. In July 2013 they released their second album in less than a year and the seven track Misadventures is just pure surf punk fun—think SST recordings from 1985 transferred from cassette to CD…maybe Blast First or Dischord, actually.  You see there was a time when, after the bloated studio perfection sought by musicians who had no feelings, but understood calculus in the 1970s that punks and indie artists recorded albums that sounded like they...

    Man Hands – “Misadventures” & Tour Kick Off!

    I’m not sure if I found Man Hands or they found me or it happened at the same time, but damn I was happy I did. In July 2013 they released their second album in less than a year and the seven track Misadventures is just pure surf punk fun—think SST recordings from 1985 transferred from cassette to CD…maybe Blast First or Dischord, actually.  You see there was a time when, after the bloated studio perfection sought by musicians who had no feelings, but understood calculus in the 1970s that punks and indie artists recorded albums that sounded like they...

    Continue Reading...

  • There is a bizarre formula to the quirky chamber pop that Emby Alexander produces. They are at once composing a nervous aesthetic that will amplify your anxiety while soothing your mindset, they prey on your mental illness and entice you to love them, they abuse your senses, but hold you tight long into the night. They have developed a unique ideal for their own brand of indie rock, composed of influences that evoke nightmares, orgasms, love affairs and obsessions, with a fierce attention to art and compositional genius, they approach their songs like pocket symphonies and deliver them like power...

    Enter The Weird: Emby Alexander’s Frontispiece

    There is a bizarre formula to the quirky chamber pop that Emby Alexander produces. They are at once composing a nervous aesthetic that will amplify your anxiety while soothing your mindset, they prey on your mental illness and entice you to love them, they abuse your senses, but hold you tight long into the night. They have developed a unique ideal for their own brand of indie rock, composed of influences that evoke nightmares, orgasms, love affairs and obsessions, with a fierce attention to art and compositional genius, they approach their songs like pocket symphonies and deliver them like power...

    Continue Reading...

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