Archive for January, 2014

  • It was a moment of happiness when Toby Fatzinger came to the rescue about a fifth video for this week (yes, I sort of cheated yesterday, but so what). He sent me a message about the new video for Former Friends of Young Americans for “Sea & The Land” the lead off track from their amazing eleventh hour album of 2013 Dives Like A Fool, Swims Like The Dead. This was my feature album in the January 2014 issue of JAVA Magazine, and one of a few of my favorite albums from last year that I didn’t get to write about...

    VideosAroundTown: Former Friends of Young Americans “Sea & The Land”

    It was a moment of happiness when Toby Fatzinger came to the rescue about a fifth video for this week (yes, I sort of cheated yesterday, but so what). He sent me a message about the new video for Former Friends of Young Americans for “Sea & The Land” the lead off track from their amazing eleventh hour album of 2013 Dives Like A Fool, Swims Like The Dead. This was my feature album in the January 2014 issue of JAVA Magazine, and one of a few of my favorite albums from last year that I didn’t get to write about...

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  • (Author’s Note: About a month or so ago I found out that two of the most talented people I know would be moving to LA, I’ve met this kind of news before with a certain sadness mainly because I loathe LA. In this case it happens to be two of the founding members of one of my top five bands in town, Eric Palmer and Tristan Dede of Future Loves Past. I know this week I’ve been showcasing only videos, do not fear there is a video below, but due to timing and a “sort of” going away show tomorrow...

    All The Pretty Things…

    (Author’s Note: About a month or so ago I found out that two of the most talented people I know would be moving to LA, I’ve met this kind of news before with a certain sadness mainly because I loathe LA. In this case it happens to be two of the founding members of one of my top five bands in town, Eric Palmer and Tristan Dede of Future Loves Past. I know this week I’ve been showcasing only videos, do not fear there is a video below, but due to timing and a “sort of” going away show tomorrow...

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  • It occurred to me that I’ve been following Sundressed since the start and at first, honestly they came off a little folky for my tastes, but there has that hint of grit that kept me watching, kept me listening. I was subtly impressed by their debut EP, then subsequently blown away by last years Whiskey With Milk and most recently, I have been stunned by the two new recordings they contributed to a split tape on Rubber Brother Records with Days of Light Gravity. Over the years they’ve gotten louder, angrier, faster and edgier, that bit of grit I saw...

    VideosAroundTown: Sundressed “Hold Your Head Up High”

    It occurred to me that I’ve been following Sundressed since the start and at first, honestly they came off a little folky for my tastes, but there has that hint of grit that kept me watching, kept me listening. I was subtly impressed by their debut EP, then subsequently blown away by last years Whiskey With Milk and most recently, I have been stunned by the two new recordings they contributed to a split tape on Rubber Brother Records with Days of Light Gravity. Over the years they’ve gotten louder, angrier, faster and edgier, that bit of grit I saw...

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  • I make no bones about it (see what I did there?), Fairy Bones is one of my favorite bands around town and they were definitely the top debut of 2013 in the local scene.  So far their entire musical output is a four song ep and a holiday song, but it’s their live show where they truly shine as the songs that will become the forthcoming Dramabot evolve, gaining momentum and character with every performance. The charismatic Chelsey Louise is a goddamned dynamo and the band is at her service–and they support her damn well.  “Anything” released on video today...

    VideosAroundTown: Fairy Bones “Anything”

    I make no bones about it (see what I did there?), Fairy Bones is one of my favorite bands around town and they were definitely the top debut of 2013 in the local scene.  So far their entire musical output is a four song ep and a holiday song, but it’s their live show where they truly shine as the songs that will become the forthcoming Dramabot evolve, gaining momentum and character with every performance. The charismatic Chelsey Louise is a goddamned dynamo and the band is at her service–and they support her damn well.  “Anything” released on video today...

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  • I can’t believe that anything is going to top this as video of the year in my book. First of all, I’m a sucker for claymation, secondly I adore anything apocalyptic and finally, Captains Squeegee’s To The Bardos! was one of my favorite albums of 2013. Combine those all together and you have the makings of a hell of a video. It also makes me want a little claymation version of myself that I can glorify and or decapitate upon my whim. This video really does have it all: mitosis, the emergence of amphibious life onto the land, dinosaurs and...

    VideosAroundTown: Captain Squeegee’s Claypocalypse!

    I can’t believe that anything is going to top this as video of the year in my book. First of all, I’m a sucker for claymation, secondly I adore anything apocalyptic and finally, Captains Squeegee’s To The Bardos! was one of my favorite albums of 2013. Combine those all together and you have the makings of a hell of a video. It also makes me want a little claymation version of myself that I can glorify and or decapitate upon my whim. This video really does have it all: mitosis, the emergence of amphibious life onto the land, dinosaurs and...

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  • Alright, this happens more often than I like. Really, this post is just for me, because no one reads blogs on Saturdays. It also struck me as curious that none of my other allies in supporting the local scene picked up on either of these shows in their “Concert Picks For The Week”, so I thought I’d talk about them here, where no one would read it. Usually when I have a show vs. show conflict it’s Crescent vs. Last Exit Live or Rogue vs. Sail Inn, but this time it’s a house show vs. the super secret Parliament. And...

    Two Amazing Shows, Same Time, Saturday

    Alright, this happens more often than I like. Really, this post is just for me, because no one reads blogs on Saturdays. It also struck me as curious that none of my other allies in supporting the local scene picked up on either of these shows in their “Concert Picks For The Week”, so I thought I’d talk about them here, where no one would read it. Usually when I have a show vs. show conflict it’s Crescent vs. Last Exit Live or Rogue vs. Sail Inn, but this time it’s a house show vs. the super secret Parliament. And...

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  •     Though I had been writing about the local music scene for nearly a year and a half, at a time when truly great things seemed to be few and far between, it was Dry River Yacht Club that finally sealed the deal for me. They were my fifth full length feature on a local band in JAVA Magazine, but they were the first in which I invested my complete energy, my time and my effort to see them live before writing the article that changed everything. Dry River Yacht Club and writing about them was a turning point...

    DRYC’s All Souls Procession Video for “The Legend of El Tigre”

        Though I had been writing about the local music scene for nearly a year and a half, at a time when truly great things seemed to be few and far between, it was Dry River Yacht Club that finally sealed the deal for me. They were my fifth full length feature on a local band in JAVA Magazine, but they were the first in which I invested my complete energy, my time and my effort to see them live before writing the article that changed everything. Dry River Yacht Club and writing about them was a turning point...

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  • I suppose one of life’s hardest lessons is that all things must pass. We’ve learned that around this town recently, either with the passing of friends or with the dissolution of some of our favorite bands. One of the bands I hold in the highest esteem is finally calling it quits after nearly five years of aural bliss that I can recall. At least they are doing it in style and having one final send off at Crescent Ballroom this Saturday, joined by There Is Danger and Dry River Yacht Club. That lineup alone should make Crescent your destination for...

    Whisperlights Final Show

    I suppose one of life’s hardest lessons is that all things must pass. We’ve learned that around this town recently, either with the passing of friends or with the dissolution of some of our favorite bands. One of the bands I hold in the highest esteem is finally calling it quits after nearly five years of aural bliss that I can recall. At least they are doing it in style and having one final send off at Crescent Ballroom this Saturday, joined by There Is Danger and Dry River Yacht Club. That lineup alone should make Crescent your destination for...

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  • One thing that has become clear to me over the last year is that I love the local labels that are brewing up some goddamned tasty tunes in this town. In this case, I am clearly referring to the prolific and much beloved cassette collective Rubber Brother Records. I wasn’t even aware of the depths of my affection for them until the November 2013 issue of JAVA Magazine when I inadvertently featured four of their bands in one issue (to my credit, Celebration Guns was added to the roster after the issue was published, but still it would have been...

    Rubber Brother Records Takes The Crescent!

    One thing that has become clear to me over the last year is that I love the local labels that are brewing up some goddamned tasty tunes in this town. In this case, I am clearly referring to the prolific and much beloved cassette collective Rubber Brother Records. I wasn’t even aware of the depths of my affection for them until the November 2013 issue of JAVA Magazine when I inadvertently featured four of their bands in one issue (to my credit, Celebration Guns was added to the roster after the issue was published, but still it would have been...

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  • Well, hell it’s been a damned rocky road to get to 2014. I feel like last year I was trucking along full speed and killing it with unbreakable momentum. The fact that I haven’t posted in over a month proves that I hit a roadblock. I apologize for ducking out for an unplanned hiatus. Hey, I’m only one guy–I don’t have a staff and only occasionally do I have other contributors, mostly this is a one man show. A show I intend to get back on the road. The main problem for me began in October when there was a...

    Out with 2013, In with 2014!!!

    Well, hell it’s been a damned rocky road to get to 2014. I feel like last year I was trucking along full speed and killing it with unbreakable momentum. The fact that I haven’t posted in over a month proves that I hit a roadblock. I apologize for ducking out for an unplanned hiatus. Hey, I’m only one guy–I don’t have a staff and only occasionally do I have other contributors, mostly this is a one man show. A show I intend to get back on the road. The main problem for me began in October when there was a...

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