Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
I began this site in either March or April, as a way to just write about things, namely music: the bands I love, and all the concerts and festivals I've seen.
Fast forward to Summer of 2008
There's this music festival in Cincinnati called MidPoint. It's a three day music festival held in downtown Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, that generally falls on the last weekend of September, dating back to 2002.
I remember reading the amazing guides that Mike Breen of CityBeat has put together for past MidPoint's, and I thought to myself, "Hey, I'd like to do something like that." As my love for the local music scene was already brewing at that point, I began to do my homework for my own version of a MidPoint guide.
Sometime during the summer of 2008, bands were starting to be confirmed for the festival, and I was trying to stay on top of things as the news came.
I'll be honest though...I thought my MidPoint guide sucked bad. The main difference between my site and the CityBeat guide, was that my site offered up links online to the bands that were playing the festival, making it much easier to find out about these bands and discover some music for your ears.
The Birth of My Interest in Music Writing
For as long as I can remember, I've always had a deep love for music. But it was my brother Adam (who created CincyPunk), who was kind of like the firestarter, which led to me wanting to be an online music writer, which has now become something I would like to pursue as a career.
See, since I've listened to a lot of music in my short time, I feel like I know a lot about the bands I listen to. And that makes me want to tell the whole world about the bands I love. I'm also the artsy type of person, so I've always been that expressive, creative type.
I also owe credit to the aforementioned Breen and CinWeekly's Rich Shivener. Between my brother and these two guys, I feel inspired to hopefully one day become an educated music writer. They're all very passionate about the music they love as well, but the passion isn't exactly a problem with me. I've got that.
Kind Words From Strangers
I can't even tell you all of the nice things I heard about my site from a number of people I had never even met. One of the best things about the music scene here in Cincinnati is that it is a close knit community and everyone is very supportive of each other. It's like everyone wants to help everyone succeed. I'm happy I got to experience this first hand. Thanks everybody for the kind words and support. And thank you Mike for hooking me up with that Media Pass for MidPoint.
What Else Besides MidPoint?
Well, there were an unknown number of shows I saw this year. I'll try to go through them by going backwards in time.
For the month of December, The Seedy Seeds were the Artist-in-Residency at the Southgate House. I caught a couple of these shows, which also featured amazing guest artists such as Deastro, Stick Figures, and You, You're Awesome.
There was also the Ten Out of Tenn Christmas Tour featuring ten amazing male and female singer/songwriter's from Tennessee, who all performed original and traditional holiday songs as one huge band.
I witnessed mind-blowing/numbing Indie Rock at the Southgate House from bands I didn't know much about, much less even had heard about. This show was on December 10 and the bands were Ra Ra Riot, So Many Dynamos and Princeton.
During the month of November, our very own The Tillers performed in the lounge as the Artist-in-Residency.
I also happened to catch a few shows at the Madison Theater. Gov't Mule with Back Door Slam. Amos Lee. David Ford and Newton Faulkner.
The last day of November brought a variety of bands to the Southgate House Ball Room. Manchester Orchestra (not as impressed as I thought I'd be), Dead Confederate (probably the heaviest band I currently like) and Kevin Devine (whose lyrics speak so much truth that he may even make you cry, but not in a bad way).
At the beginning of November we had the Johnny Cash tribute, which served as a superjam of the man in black's material, featuring a number of Cincinnati's best musicians. That same night, in the lounge, they had the One More Girl on a Stage Series featuring several of the area's best and sexiest female musicians, including my fav, Beth Harris of The Hiders.
In October, I caught bluegrass jamband rockers, Railroad Earth, with our very own Magnolia Mountain as the openers. I saw Railroad Earth at Bonnaroo in 2007, but wasn't so impressed. I tell you what - there's something about the Southgate House, it's just the best venue to see a show at. And Railroad Earth blew me away that night.
The Seedy Seeds had their CD release party for Count the Days at the Southgate House with reunited friends Cam Cochran and Chris Haubner as The Sheds.
One of the area's best garage rock bands, The Lions Rampant, opened up for the weird/strange/odd hillbillies, The Legendary Shack Shakers. Their frontman is very odd...
80-something year old country legend Charlie Louvin opened up for Alt. Country legends, The Old 97's.
Possibly the best show I saw all year long was on October 3 at the Taft Theatre. I had 3rd row seats to the Ryan Adams & the Cardinals show, supporting the release of his one-thousandth album, Cardinology. Okay, I'm joking. The man releases a lot of music.
And that brings us to the end of September. MidPoint. On Thursday I caught Seabird, Ryan Adcock, Daniel Martin Moore, Why? and Ruckus Roboticus. Friday was my favorite night, as I saw The Hiders, Jake Speed, AA Bondy and the Felice Brothers. And the final night was pretty good as well - 500 Miles to Memphis, Ha Ha Tonka, Backyard Tire Fire and Radio 4.
A couple days before MidPoint I caught Stars and Bell X-1 at the Southgate House.
The only two shows I saw at Riverbend during the summertime were Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers with former Blind Faith/Traffic founder, Steve Winwood, and the Dave Matthews Band with Tim Reynold's band opening.
In April, my brother put on the most successful of all the CincyPunk Festivals. Look for this show at the Southgate House again in 2009. The lineup is currently being designed and the dates are set for April 10 and 11.
Earlier in the year I caught Bob Weir & Ratdog at the Madison Theater.
I also caught both Josh Ritter and Will Hoge at the Southgate House earlier in the year.
The only disappointment (music wise) I have of 2008, is not being able to catch Band of Horses sold-out show at the Southgate House.
Stay tuned for more as my memory comes back to me...
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Phish will be headlining on both Friday and Saturday nights, while Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (the band playing this year's SuperBowl, maybe you've heard of 'em!) will close out the festival on Sunday.
The festival is sure to please a lot of Phish-heads, hippies and old school Bonnaroo fans, by signing to biggest jamband next to the Grateful Dead, for a festival once dominated by jambands.
Phish broke up in 2004, after a near twenty-year career rise to fame, by succeeding in a very similar way to that of the Grateful Dead.
The members of Phish have stayed busy since the breakup, many of them playing with their own bands at previous Bonnaroo festivals.
So, for all you Phish-heads who said "Phish wouldn't play Bonnaroo, they could have their own festival" and "they've never been that kind of band, they've never done that sort of thing" - well, Bonnaroo got Phish. And not just one show...two. This may be the best Bonnaroo yet.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Note: the early bird ticket sale ends on Dec. 31, or when tickets sell out. There are only a limited number of these tickets.
Tickets are starting out at $209.50 plus the $23.10 ticket fee. After the early bird tickets are sold out, tickets will jump to $224.50, $234.50, and finally $249.50. All ticket prices have the same fee of $23.10, which includes a $6 facility fee, a $3 contribution to Coffee County, a $1 charity donation, and other service fees.
For those of you looking to spend a little at a time, they are once again offering a ticket payment plan. The only downside is, in the long run, you will be spending a little more money, but the fact that you have to pay a little at a time is quite tempting, that I think I may go with the payment plan option.
Here's how the payment plan will work:
Payment 1 (date of purchase) - $90.90, which includes all fees
Payment 2 (Feb. 10) - $50
Payment 3 (Mar. 3) - $50
Payment 4 (Apr. 7) - $50
Payment 5 (May 5) - $50
Take a virtual tour of the Bonnaroo farm (see what the farm looks like almost empty)
The lineup won't be out until late January/early February, but that doesn't mean the rumor mill is quiet this time of year. Some of the rumored bands include Phish, The Dead, AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen, Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Smashing Pumpkins.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Seabird is the first, of what I am expecting to be at least a few local bands that will play the festival in 2009.
Local bands that have played in previous years:
The Chocolate Horse
The Greenhornes (now partly The Raconteurs)
Over the Rhine
Thee Shams (who are now the Buffalo Killers)
Monday, November 24, 2008
Top Popular Bands on the Poll:
PHISH - rumored
THE DEAD - rumored
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - rumored
Another Rumored Artist, but not popular in the poll:
And One Confirmation:
THE LEAST POPULAR:
QUEEN WITH PAUL RODGERS
THE NEW LED ZEPPELIN PROJECT
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS
Bands That Fall in the Middle:
Nine Inch Nails
Dave Matthews Band
Rage Against the Machine
Blues - Sonny Moorman Group
Country - The Turkeys
Experimental/Electronica - Chick Pimp, Coke Dealer at a Bar
Folk/Americana - Jake Speed & the Freddies
Hard Rock/Metal - Foxy Shazam
Hip-Hop - Eclipse
Indie/Alternative - The Seedy Seeds
Jazz - The Faux Frenchmen
Punk/Post Punk/Hardcore - Knife the Symphony
R&B/Funk - Daughters & Sons
Rock - 500 Miles to Memphis
World Music/Reggae - Super Massive
Singer-Songwriter - Kim Taylor
Best Live Act - Foxy Shazam
Best Musical Ambassador for the City - Bootsy Collins
Best New Artist - Daniel Martin Moore
Album of the Year - The Sundresses, "Barkinghaus"
Artist of the Year - Seabird
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
It's a poll I created for who you want to headline in 2009. Obviously the fans have no say in who Superfly and AC Entertainment book, but I've created this list based on bands who seem likely to play the festival/bands that are still around that tour, that could more than likely end up playing the festival this year, or in the future.
Right now, as far as headliners go, there is a lot of talk/rumors going on that both Phish and The Dead will be there. Who knows though.
So, for those of you interested, stop by here, and cast your vote for who you think should headline in 2009.
I voted for Coldplay, Neil Young and Phish. But I'm sure that I'll be more than happy with whoever they get.
Past Bonnaroo headliners include Pearl Jam, Metallica, Widespread Panic, Tool, The Police, Radiohead, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Phil Lesh & Friends, Dave Matthews Band, Dave Matthews & Friends, Neil Young, The Dead and Trey Anastasio.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Seriously though, shut up. We don't care.
You're not the voice of this generation, or this decade, you're not the loudest voice. We do here you, but frankly, we could give two sh*ts.
I'm sorry you've had a tough year, with the passing of your mother. I can't even begin to imagine losing my mother, and how that must feel.
But as for you, crawl into a hole, and shut the f*ck up. I hate your music. I hate what you did to Bonnaroo this past year. I especially hate your arrogance. You're not THE MAN, you're more of a woman. So shove a tampon up your as* and just go away already.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I know the end was really when Jimi died in 1970, but that doesn't mean Mitchell wasn't great - he's was just overshadowed by Jimi's legendary status. Still, a sad story.
What do you think of the whole thing? Should we just wait and see what happens? Send me your thoughts on the situation.
I do enjoy looking at the list, but I don't think of it as truth in any sense.
100 Mary J. Blige
99 Steven Tyler
98 Stevie Nicks
97 Joe Cocker
96 B.B. King
95 Patti LaBelle
94 Karen Carpenter
93 Annie Lennox
91 Levon Helm
90 The Everly Brothers
89 Solomon Burke
88 Willie Nelson
87 Don Henley
86 Art Garfunkel
85 Sam Moore
84 Darlene Love
83 Patti Smith
82 Tom Waits
81 John Lee Hooker
80 Frankie Valli
79 Mariah Carey
78 Sly Stone
77 Merle Haggard
76 Steve Perry
75 Iggy Pop
74 James Taylor
73 Dolly Parton
72 John Fogerty
71 Toots Hibbert
70 Gregg Allman
69 Ronnie Spector
68 Wilson Pickett
67 Jerry Lee Lewis
66 Thom Yorke
65 David Ruffin
64 Axl Rose
62 Lou Reed
61 Roger Daltrey
60 Björk - I'm not really sure how Bjork ended up in this spot...
59 Rod Stewart
58 Christina Aguilera
57 Eric Bourdon
56 Mavis Staples
55 Paul Rodgers
54 Luther Vandross
53 Muddy Waters
52 Brian Wilson
51 Gladys Knight
50 Bonnie Raitt
49 Donny Hathaway
48 Buddy Holly
47 Jim Morrison
46 Patsy Cline
45 Kurt Cobain
44 Bobby "Blue" Bland
43 George Jones
42 Joni Mitchell
41 Chuck Berry
40 Curtis Mayfield
39 Jeff Buckley
38 Elton John
37 Neil Young
36 Bruce Springsteen
35 Dusty Sprinfield
34 Whitney Houston
33 Steve Winwood
31 Howlin' Wolf
29 Nina Simone
28 Janis Joplin
27 Hank Williams
26 Jackie Wilson
25 Michael Jackson
24 Van Morrison
23 David Bowie
22 Etta James
21 Johnny Cash
20 Smokey Robinson
19 Bob Marley
18 Freddie Mercury
17 Tina Turner
16 Mick Jagger
15 Robert Plant
14 Al Green
13 Roy Orbison
12 Little Richard
11 Paul McCartney
10 James Brown
09 Stevie Wonder
08 Otis Redding
07 Bob Dylan
06 Marvin Gaye
05 John Lennon
04 Sam Cooke
03 Elvis Presley
02 Ray Charles
01 Aretha Franklin
Have you had the pleasure of seeing any of these singers in person? That's probably the only thing I like about these lists - seeing where the one's I've seen in concert stack up - it makes me feel like I've witnessed a part of music history.
Who I've seen from this list:
98 Stevie Nicks - although I didn't see her with Fleetwood Mac, she was a part of Tom Petty's 2006 tour
70 Greg Allman
33 Steve Winwood
24 Van Morrison
07 Bob Dylan
Turns out, I really haven't seen many of them at all. I'd definitely like to add to my list, because time may be running out to witness some of them...
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
The Johnny Cash tribute show featured The StarDevils, who started off the night with some older Cash songs, and later went into their own material for their new album. They were followed by Ryan Malott (who played the part of the man in black) and Kelly Thomas (who played June) for a bunch of popular and not-so popular Cash songs including, as Ryan said, Cash's only metal song "Flesh and Blood", "It Ain't Me Babe" with Ryan even playing the harmonica and "Jackson". They also played a 500 Miles to Memphis Johnny Cash inspired song, "Darlin". Rumble Club ended the night in the ballroom with songs like "Ring of Fire" and my personal favorite of the night, "Long Black Veil". I didn't catch all of Rumble Club's set because I was going back and forth all night long from the ballroom to the lounge.
The beautiful women who graced us with their musical gifts in the lounge included Beth Harris of The Hiders, Sharon Udoh of The Newbees, Kristen Kreft, Wendy Oakley, Whitney Barricklow and Veronica Grim. The event was free, however, donations and tips were encouraged, with all proceeds going to the Dramakinetics organization, which fosters a performing arts program for children.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Gov't Mule - "John the Revelator"
Gov't Mule Setlist
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I figured The Tillers would still be playing in the lounge at the Southgate House, so I headed over to Newport. I'm not sure what I missed (they were scheduled to start around 9 pm) but they played till around 12:30 am, so I saw what I think was all their material from Ludlow Street Rag, plus a bunch of covers, including some Woody Guthrie songs, and even some songs dating back to the 1500's, which they noted. Their music gets my feet tapping and I accidently spilled one of their beer's, and the barkeep was kind enough to give me a replacement PBR for him.
The Tillers are one of my newer favorite local bands and if you live in the tristate and love live music you should definitely check them out. They're up for a CEA Award this year, and this month, they are the Southgate House's Artist in Residency every Wednesday beginning at 9 pm in the lounge. The shows are free and they'll be having some guests joining them for the remaining three shows they have. Next week they have Mark Utley and Magnolia Mountain opening for them. They also play the last Sunday of every month at the Northside Tavern.
Monday, November 3, 2008
I challenge you to find a better band. Go ahead. Try. It's impossible. Maybe I'm still coming off of the high I got by watching their set from the Austin City Limits television show that was just shown on KET.
I've been listening to them for a few years, I first saw them at Bogart's in 2005. And, it was through Bonnaroo in which I discovered them, which is where I've discovered most of the bands I listen to these days. I don't think they will ever play Bogart's again. Why? It's not big enough.
I don't know where they would or could play if they came back to Cincinnati, which is something they need to do. However, they are currently on a break, after injuries frontman Jim James sustained at a show weeks back in Idaho. Or was it Iowa? Apparently during the show, when the lights were out, he was stepping up on an amp or a box or something, and fell off the stage. Get better Jim! And when you do, please come back to Cincinnati. It's not really a home to you guys, but being from Louisville, it's close enough.
We love you here in Cincinnati, and we want you guys to come back. Maybe they'll get booked as the main act for MidPoint next year? Yeah, right.
But go ahead. Try to find a better rock band. Maybe they don't have the studio credentials to prove they are the greatest rock band. But go see them live. Try to find a better live band. You can't. A few years ago, The White Stripes were the biggest/newest (although they weren't that new) rock band. Now, it's My Morning Jacket's time (even though they aren't that new either).
One of the greatest things about them is that they don't have one particular sound, like most bands. Their most recent release has a lot of funk and R&B to it. Yeah, they're a rock band. But what band isn't. They're heavy, which makes you think they were influenced by bands like Metallica, not to mention they are one of James Hetfield's favorite bands right now. And Kirk Hammett did guest with them at Bonnaroo 2008. Metallica only wishes they could be as great as MMJ. Okay, there was a time when Metallica was fucking unbelievable. But the Black Album came out when I was in grade school, and it was basically all down hill after that.
MMJ is also slow and mellow, sometimes reminding you of a southern/alt country band, which would make you think they might be influenced by someone like Neil Young, or maybe even Wilco.
Loud. Quiet. Heavy. Soft. Rock and roll. Alternative Country. Funk. R&B. Gospel. They're the whole fucking package. They're the greatest rock band right now.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
The lows for the band, certainly outweighed the highs.
Back in May, just days before their summer tour was set to take off, keyboardist Butch Taylor left the band after ten years, citing personal reasons.
At the end of June, saxophonist and founding member LeRoi Moore was involved in an ATV accident. Sadly and tragically, and not even two months later, he had passed away.
The high points, or great things, that the year brought for the band, were the additions to the summer tour, of guitar mastermind Tim Reynolds and saxophonist/flutist Jeff Coffin, of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. But like I said, the lows outweighed the highs.
But before all of these things happened, the band was already hard at work on a new studio album, with producer Rob Cavallo, who is best known for his work with Green Day, the Goo Goo Dolls and My Chemical Romance.
Dave and company are reluctant to describe the sound for the follow-up release to 2005's Stand Up, but they have been saying that it's quite different from their previous albums.
Then one day, all of this stuff happened.
Luckily, for the band and its fans, the late Moore will be remembered one last time, with the band using as much of what he had already recorded.
The band has finished their 2008 tour, one of the most successful summer tours of the past fifteen plus years, and are taking a much needed break to focus on what is important in life.
Dave has said that in the past the band has tended to push the recording process, eager to get back on the road in time for summer.
But with everything that has happened, they have decided to take their "sweet time" with the new material, to pay respects to the legacy that LeRoi Moore left with the band and the fans.
Dear Dave Matthews Band,
As a DMB fan for nearly half of my life, you are what makes my summer's complete. I can hardly wait until the day, when the tourdates are announced and I decide on what shows to attend. I know it's been a rough year for you guys, and I know I speak for all the fans when I say: please, please, please take all the time in the world off that you need. There is no other band more deserving of a break, or in need of some time off, to spend with your families and loved ones.
To read a fuller, more detailed version of what's going on in the world of the Dave Matthews Band, please click here.
Friday, October 31, 2008
However, Robert Plant may/may not be a part of it. Rumor has it that the band has been rehearsing with both Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge.
The latest rumor is that, when Plant found out about a possible replacement for him, he just might be jumping onboard, to take back what is so rightfully his.
Rumor has it, that the whole Tyler/Kennedy thing, was a ploy to get Plant to do the tour. Plant was hoping to do another album with Alison Krauss, but who knows.
It's all just rumors and speculation at this point, so who knows what will happen.
If they really need a replacement, why don't they just hop on YouTube, like Foreigner, Journey and Yes did - (I should note, that I was being sarcastic in the previous line). Nothing is more pathetic than a band who has established their place in rock and roll, who searches for a new lead singer on YouTube.
All I can say is, if this tour does happen and Plant isn't there, neither am I.
Now that I think about it:
ROBERT PLANT CAN NEVER BE REPLACED. IF THIS ZEPPELIN TOUR DOES HAPPEN WITHOUT HIM, THERE IS ONLY ONE MAN WHO COULD FILL IN FOR ROBERT PLANT. THAT MAN IS WARREN HAYNES FROM GOV'T MULE AND THE ALLMAN BROTHERS. NOT STEVEN TYLER OR THE FRONTMAN FOR THE CREED SIDEPROJECT, ALTER BRIDGE.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
There are plenty of music festivals that take place during the summer concert season, so I'm hoping to make my third trip to the farm next summer.
There's a place on the internet, Inforoo, where the 'Roo addicts flock to, in the offseason (also known as the time of year that Bonnaroo isn't taking place, which would be 361 days out of the year).
The official artist lineup is usually released anywhere from the end of January, all the way up until mid-February, with artist additions usually lasting up until the end of May.
If you remember when I was putting together my coverage/guide for MidPoint, then I'll tell you that I'll most likely be doing a similar thing for Bonnaroo 2009. I'm a member on Inforoo, and for the past several years, I have followed the Bonnaroo rumors/confirmations year round, as information was leaked.
I even had some speculations of my own/a wishlist you could say, and for the past several years, I have guessed a few of the bands that ended up playing the festival. As a music lover who has studied all of the Bonnaroo lineups, it really doesn't seem to hard to guess some of (or the types of bands) that Bonnaroo books.
Anyways...rumors are starting to fly, and it's very possible that we have the first confirmed bands to play. Here's what's going on:
Bands "Apparently" Confirmed:
Red Hot Chili Peppers (oh god no...yuck!)
The Allman Brothers Band - they canceled last year due to Greg Allman's health, and a lot of people are speculating that they will be making up for that gig, in 2009
(I guarantee you right now, AT LEAST ONE of these bands will be playing Bonnaroo 2009):
Backyard Tire Fire
Band of Horses
Dave Matthews Band
Does It Offend You, Yeah?
Explosions in the Sky
Ha Ha Tonka
The Mars Volta
The Polyphonic Spree
1. The Hiders, The Cincinnati Suds, Ugly Stick - Northside Tavern
Sat. Nov. 1
1. 500 Miles to Memphis - Vinyl Release Party for Sunshine In A Shotglass - 20th Century Theatre - 8 pm - Free
2. Frontier Folk Nebraska, The Tillers, Mike Fair and the Adventure Seekers and The Bones Dupree Band - Mad Hatter - 8 pm - Tickets are $5
Tues. Nov. 4
1. Election Day - Use Your Right to Vote
Wed. Nov. 5
1. Amos Lee with Mutlu - Madison Theater - 8 pm - Tickets are $25/27
2. The Tillers - Southgate House (Lounge) - 9 pm - Free
Thu. Nov. 6
1. Gov't Mule with Back Door Slam - Madison Theater 7:30 pm - Tickets are $28/30
Fri. Nov. 7
1. Sam Bush with Tanner Hill - Madison Theater - 8 pm - Tickets are $20/25
2. Johnny Cash Tribute - Southgate House (Ballroom) - 9:30 pm - Tickets are $10 for 21+/$13 for everyone else - performers include The StarDevils, Rumble Club, Kelly Thomas and Ryan Malott of 500 Miles to Memphis
3. One More Girl On A Stage Series - Southgate House (Lounge) - 9 pm - Free - performers include Beth Harris of The Hiders, Sharon Udoh of The Newbees, Wendy Oakley, Whitney B. and Kristen Kreft of The J. Dorsey Blues Band
I've never played either because I grew out of the video game phase several years ago.
It's nothing like actually playing a real guitar! There are five buttons you hit, which take up an entire fret. Okay, so you can get practice moving your fingers from fret to fret, but what is it that makes these people think they can actually play?
And these buttons you hit, aren't even correct as to where to place your fingers in the actual songs you think you are playing.
The reason I won't play these video games is this: I prefer to play the REAL guitar! I may not be that great, but I don't suck. I'm trying and I'm trying to be more creative by learning an instrument and writing songs.
The creator's of this game are turning a generation into fool's to make them believe they have any speck of talent musically, when in fact, they don't.
So, to all of you who play this game, do yourself a favor: learn to play a REAL instrument.
Think of it like this:
1. Let's say there's a book. Any book you could or would read. Then, they make the movie version of it.
2. Now, take the guitar, or any instrument for that matter. Then, they make a video game to make you think you can play it, when the real truth is, you can't.
Guitar Hero and Rock Band are like the movie version of the book. It's just not the same.
Actually, it's nowhere near the same thing. It's a bit lazy, and it's for slackers.
Please do yourself a favor: learn to play a REAL instrument. Try to become a creative person. Being creative in life will benefit you so much more than sitting on your fat ass, eating chips, smoking pot all day, and playing video games. I know, because I was once there.
(with special guests Lightning Love, Chris Haubner and Cam Cochran (aka Paul Bunyan) of The Sheds and DJ Evan Scott)
The Seedy Seeds picture
The Seedy Seeds video: "Earned Average Dance America"
The Sheds: covering Bob Seger's "Mainstreet"
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
1. Born Into A Light
2. Go Easy
3. Fix It
6. Let Us Down Easy
7. Crossed Out Name
8. Natural Ghost
9. Sink Ships
11. Like Yesterday
Someone once told me that, as a musician, for every ten songs you write, chances are that only one of those songs will be good. An artist's life involves a constant creation/translation of personal feelings and emotions, and sometimes, an occasional block of creativity.
Years ago, Ryan Adams was known for releasing every line of every song he was writing at the time. In return, he was receiving a lot of flack from music critic's across the country, who were basically saying that you shouldn't release every single thing you write, but rather, an artist should take their time to master one project.
With Cardinology, we see only the second full album from Ryan and company, in the past two years. These past couple years have been clean and sober for Adams, and as far as his music goes, his maturity and growth as a person and songwriter is quite clear, resulting in quite possibly some of his best work yet.
Obviously I don't know Ryan personally, but if I had to say so, I would say that the Ryan Adams of 2008 is a much different Adams, say of the year 2000, when he released his first album, Heartbreaker, after leaving former band, Whiskeytown.
Cardinology is the next phase in his life, a road that may have seem somewhat expected, as the follow up to the very successful Easy Tiger of 2007.
As I previously mentioned, about critic's giving Adams flack, some will tell you that even his worst material is better than a lot of the music that is currently out there.
Cardinology may not be classic, old school Ryan Adams, but what it is, is a defining growth in his songwriting and vocals. 2008 brings a new look into the new life of Ryan Adams. Of course, his songs wouldn't be complete if it wasn't for his stellar backing band, The Cardinals, who perform at their very best on both the album and in concert.
After listening to this album a few times, I quickly caught onto the new songs. On the first few tracks, you'll hear some similar sounding, fairly catchy songs, both in melody and lyrics. His first single, Fix It, is everything you could hope for in a single: there's a nice mix of both flat out rock, but at the same there is enough for this song to make it on pop radio.
While the album may continue on with a similar feeling/vibe, Magick is where the album starts to break away from the three previous tracks. It remains catchy, but at the same time, there is more harder rock in it, with the distorted chords of Ryan's guitar and even a little country sound in the steel lap.
Cobwebs has often been used as the opening song of the current tour, and I couldn't think of a better song to start the show off with. It's a song that is driven by the pounding of the drums, and for nearly the first minute, it's an instrumental jam that just seems to build up into another catchy pop song.
The album starts to take a slightly different turn with Let Us Down Easy. It doesn't really sound like any of the previous tracks, and so far it has the most of their country sounding songs. I even feel that it offers up some of Ryan's best vocals of the entire album.
We then see a return to the overall album vibe with Crossed Out Name, which I think is more catchy musically, rather than lyrically. Natural Ghost goes back to the country feeling that Let Us Down Easy has. Sink Ships continues on with the country feel, but has possibly the strongest bridge out of any of the songs.
Evergreen has probably done the least for me out of all of the songs on the album, but it's still good. It's not as catchy as everything else, but I like the 1970's singer/songwriter feeling it gives me.
You wouldn't think this, but the Grateful Dead have played a big influence in Ryan's life, and Like Yesterday shows that occasionally, Ryan's guitar playing sounds much like Jerry Garcia is up there playing.
A lot of albums today wouldn't be complete without the ballad. A Ryan Adams album wouldn't be complete without a song that sounds very much like Neil Young. The ballad usually falls near or at the very end of an album, and Stop would be the ballad of Cardinology. It appears to be a song not about love between two people like a lot of ballads, but rather, it may be about Ryan's past substance abuses and the realization he has come to end that period of his life.
Monday, October 27, 2008
I've been to Irish pubs before, so I knew what to expect, as far as drinks go.
What I wasn't sure about, was how this "rather-small" venue would host a "not-so-small" concert like Joseph Arthur. Another "not-so-small" name, Justin Townes Earle, played here a little while back.
Needless to say, this place is one of my new favorites to catch a show in town (sorry, but you'll never beat out the Southgate House).
Molly Malone's third floor (where the shows are) reminded me of a much nicer and bigger York St. Cafe.
I'm not a huge fan of Joseph Arthur, I don't know all of his material by heart, but I love music and respect what he does, musically and artistically (at one time I was an artist myself, but I've been in a little bit of a creative block for some time).
It was the song, In the Sun, which made me an Arthur fan. I think I either heard it first on the tv show, Scrubs, or it may have been on NPR's World Cafe. So I wasn't really sure what his setlist would consist of (Arthur is also a writing machine much like Ryan Adams, releasing nearly every single thing he writes, which can be good in a way).
I was really intrigued by the opener, Jennifer O' Connor. She's perfect for fans of Over the Rhine and Kim Taylor, her angelic voice sounding as if she could be Kim's long lost sister.
1. Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, Cardinology - when I saw Ryan Adams at the Taft Theatre earlier this month, it seemed mostly like a "greatest hits" show, with a few new songs from the new album. I didn't discover Adams for myself, until just a couple years ago, but it didn't take long before I had his entire released collection. Some of those albums quickly grew on me, while others took a little more time. Easy Tiger was definitely what first made me a fan, but Demolition is probably my favorite album. The man writes a lot of tunes, some people saying that you shouldn't release every single thing you write. But the fact is, Ryan Adams "not best" material is still 100 times better than a lot of the crap out there today.
2. Jesse Malin, On Your Sleeve
3. Langhorne Slim, When the Sun's Gone Down
4. Hunter S. Thompson, The Gonzo Tapes: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
5. Rodrigo y Gabriela, Live in Japan (CD/DVD) - I saw these two on the first night of Bonnaroo 2007, and they were clearly one of the crowds favorites of that night, my personal favorite from that night (because I missed The National on the same night). Amazing what they can do, and how loud they can do it, with just two acoustic guitars. They're from Mexico but based out of Ireland, and although their influences include a lot of metal music, they play instrumental music on acoustic guitars, often beating on the wood of the guitar to create some bass, almost like having a drummer. You should get this DVD if you don't have the chance to see them live, but if you do get the chance to see them, you must go!
6. Deerhunter, Microcastle
7. The Cure, 4:13 Dream
8. Bloc Party, Intimacy
9. Kaiser Chiefs, Off With Their Heads
10. Susan Tedeschi, Back to the River
Friday, October 24, 2008
I will be catching Joseph Arthur for the first time, at Molly Malone's on Sunday night. Okay, so maybe I became a fan when I first heard his pop hit "In the Sun" on the tv show, Scrubs, but that's a damn good song, and even Michael Stipe of REM and Chris Martin of Coldplay couldn't recreate the song to be as good as the original. Totally psyched about this intimate, stripped down show that Arthur will be playing, probably a solo acoustic show or something. I don't think his band, the Lonely Astronauts, will be with him. Should be amazing.
The first song he played was Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and because of my more recent discovery of this song (didn't hear it until a couple years ago), I was beyond happy, and waiting to see what else he had in store. Amazing set man!
Downstairs in the ballroom, I caught one of Cincinnati's finest americana/bluegrass bands in Mark Utley and Magnolia Mountain. Later on, Railroad Earth would completely blow me away.
I saw a bit of Railroad Earth at Bonnaroo 2007, but for some reason I just wasn't feeling their set that day. I wasn't as into these types of music as I am today, so that may have played a factor.
What my second RRE show brought, was very unexpected, but I was quickly sold on what they were bringing this night.
During a number of times throughout the show, I told myself that this was one of the best live band's I've ever seen. I'm not sure what it is about bluegrass music, but it seems like the band's who put on the best live shows, are usually bluegrass/americana style.
Listening to Railroad Earth, I could hear bits of the Grateful Dead, Jethro Tull, String Cheese Incident and Leftover Salmon.
They've been quite a hit on the festival market the past few year's, and it won't be long until they're a staple act in that scene.
Earlier tonight, I caught Mike Fair and the Adventure Seekers killer (and free) set in a nearly empty lounge. At one point in the show, Jeff and Misty Perholtz, from The Newbees, came up on stage, replacing Mike Fair. Jeff was playing electric guitar, and his solo's seemed to me, that they fell somewhere in between Trey Anastasio and Tim Reynolds, if you can imagine either of those two playing classic rock songs.
Although The Newbees aren't a bluesy band, this husband and wife team possesses the musical skills to be whatever they want. The first song they played was "Me and Bobby McGee", and Misty showed the few of us there, that she has the vocal talent and range similar to Janis Joplin.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Many sported Obama gear, which included shirts, hats, buttons and stickers. The event also featured speeches from several local politicians and activists, and even the beautiful actress, Natalie Portman, made an appearance, giving about a five minute speech.
But the highlight for many seemed to be the music of The Breeders and The National. People packed the area near the stage for hours, despite the chilly winds that blew water from the fountain.
When I arrived, The Breeders were just finishing up their set, and I was impressed with the turnout.
But it wasn't all about music. In between bands, and aside from the guest speakers, there was a video collection of what seemed to be a never-ending list of celebrities, with their reasons for voting.
I've never been much into politics, but Obama secured my vote when he got the nomination. I'm not voting for him because many of my favorite bands are endorsing him, which some may think is why I'm choosing him. And I'm not choosing him because I'm a young man, and it would seem like the likely thing for someone my age to do.
I've only voted once in my life, the last election, and I went with the Kerry/Edwards campaign. We all know how that turned out or didn't turn out for that matter.
I haven't been watching any of the political coverage or debates, so I guess I'm not as up-to-date as I should or could be on the whole thing.
Basically Obama is getting my vote because of change. While some have said that he is still kind of too young or inexperienced to run our country, I say take a look at his track record, and you will see that this man is the best candidate we have had since Bill Clinton. And don't tell me that Clinton wasn't a good President because of the whole Monica Lewinsky thing. The fact is, that Clinton did wonderful things for the economy, unlike G.W., a former cocaine user.
Like a lot of Americans, I am fed up with the crap that we have seen over the past eight years, with Bush and his gang of heathens.
I have had friends who have fought in the unjust Iraq/Oil war, and luckily they have made it home safely. I grew up across the street from someone who was killed in the 9/11 attacks. These two things are the biggest reasons why G.W. angers me.
I could keep going on and on about my hatred towards Bush and how it seems as if he's trying to flush our country down the drain, but I won't.
What I will say is this: in a few weeks when Obama will more than likely be chosen as our next President, I really believe that he will be a man of his word. He appears to be trustworthy, and I feel that he is a man who truly cares for Joe Everyman, you and me, unlike Bush who seems to only care about himself. At the same time, Obama is still a politician, and for some reason, politicians seem to be a little different than you and I.
Anywho, enjoy some pics and footage below of last night's "Vote Early, Rock Late"
The National: "Squalor Victoria"
The National: "Daughters of the Soho Riots"
The National: "Fake Empire"
The National: "Mr. November" - song used in Obama Campaign, thus becoming his nickname - this is when vocalist Matt Berninger left the stage to get close to the crowd, having a couple members sing along
Thursday, October 16, 2008
For more details on this event, you can visit here, here or you can even cast your vote right here. You can also keep reading, to see my perspective on the whole thing.
Our music scene here in Cincinnati, grows stronger every year, with more talented bands popping out of the wood work. More and more bands from the tri-state are starting to make names for themselves, and are beginning to build fanbases across the country. The CEA's honor the best in every type of music genre you can think of, but even though there is only one winner, these categories are loaded with a great array of talent.
Here's what you, the public, gets to vote on:
And the nominees are...
Comet Bluegrass Allstars
Mt. Pleasant String Band
Rumpke Mountain Boys
J. Dorsey Blues Band
Dallas Moore Band
Dan Varner Band
The Bad Words
Dallas Moore Band
Dan Varner Band
Chick Pimp, Coke Dealer at a Bar
Eagle to Squirrel
C. Spencer Yeh
Daniel Martin Moore
Jeff Scott Roberson
Jake Speed & the Freddies
Mark Utley & Magnolia Mountain
Angels of Meth
The Chocolate Horse
The Seedy Seeds
The Faux Frenchmen
A Decade to Die For
The Frankl Project
Knife the Symphony
Daughters & Sons
Shades of J
Alone at 3AM
The Cincinnati Suds
Pete Dressman & the Soul Unified Nation
500 Miles to Memphis
The Lions Rampant
Wake the Bear (aka Scott Cunningham)
Daniel Martin Moore
Baoku & the Image Afro-Beat Band
duppy a jamba
Best Musical Ambassador for the City
Josh Hisle/Lost in Holland
Daniel Martin Moore
C. Spencer Yeh
Best Live Act
The Chocolate Horse
The Lions Rampant
Rumpke Mountain Boys
The Critical Achievement Awards (unfortunately, we cannot vote for these categories. The votes specifically come from a committee)
New Artist of the Year
Cut in the Hill Gang
The Flux Capacitors
The Koala Fires
Daniel Martin Moore
Album of the Year
Peter Adams: I Woke With Planets in My Face
Banderas: Beast Sounds and Parlour Tricks
Buffalo Killers: Let It Ride
The Faux Frenchmen: Oblivion
The Hiders: Penny Harvest Field
Pomegranates: Everything is Alive
Jeff Scott Roberson: Summer's Here
Seabird: 'Til We See the Shore
The Sundresses: Barkinghaus
Artist of the Year
Daniel Martin Moore
C. Spencer Yeh
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Ryan Adcock, an acoustic-folky, pop artist that fans of Dave Matthews, John Mayer and Rob Thomas would enjoy, will be playing a free show on Saturday, October 18 at the College Hill Coffee Company, located on Hamilton Avenue.
Over the years, Ryan has played over 600 shows, released five albums (with a sixth on the way), and won a number of awards (including CEA's, the Cammy's and the John Lennon Songwriting Contest). His music has also been featured in tv shows, movies, and he even played to 2.5 million listeners on Mitch Albom's Radio Show.
He has made quite a name for himself all over the midwest, and along the way, has made many friends in the local music community. Many of Cincinnati's best artist's and producer's have joined him in the creation and production of some of his album's, which only brings out the very best in what he is capable of.
Before the 2008 MidPoint Festival, I contacted Ryan about doing an interview, to let my reader's get to know who Ryan is as a person. You can read that interview by clicking here.
For nearly the first half of his career, Ryan played with an exceptional backing band, which included none other than the beautiful Kim Taylor on background vocals. The second half of his career, Ryan has been going at it alone, giving his live show a more intimate feeling, when you see one barefoot man alone onstage with his guitar.
Ryan has some special things planned for this anniversary show, so why would you want to miss one of Cincinnati's premiere storytelling songwriter's? Did I mention that this show is free?
All the voting will be done online this year, so make sure to stop by http://www.citybeat.com/ tomorrow, to cast your vote for the best of the best in local music.
Breen mentioned some of the artist's up for awards this year, and it reminded me of how strong the local music scene is, and that it just keeps getting better every year.
Up for New Artist of the Year we have Cash Flagg, The Chauncers, Cut in the Hill Gang, The Emeralds, The Flux Capacitors, The Harlequins, The Koala Fires, Daniel Martin Moore, Bosco Rossi or Wonky Tonk.
Album of the Year will go to one of the following: Peter Adams, Banderas, Buffalo Killers, The Faux Frenchmen, The Hiders, Pomegranates, Jeff Scott Roberson, Seabird, The Sundresses or Super-Massive.
Bringing home Artist of the Year will be either Bad Veins, Buffalo Killers, Eat Sugar, Daniel Martin Moore, Pomegranates, Kelly Richey, Seabird, The Sundresses, Wussy or C. Spencer Yeh.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
They're having a CD release party tonight at Northside Tavern for their new album, "World Come Clean"
Read Mike Breen's review of the album here.
Other Upcoming Shows:
Sun, Oct 12 - Black Walnut Festival at the Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve - Noon to 4 pm
Fri, Oct 17 - Jasper's - 8 pm
Sat, Oct 18 - McGlasson Farm - 1 to 4 pm - "Northern Kentucky's home for fresh fruits & vegetables" - Check out their Harvest Calender right here.
Sat, Oct 18 - Arnold's - 9 to 12 am
Friday, October 10, 2008
Who are they?
Glen Hansard (of The Frames) and Czech singer and pianist, Marketa Irglova. The name "The Swell Season" comes from Hansard's favorite novel by Josef Skvorecky, bearing the same name.
The Swell Season's rise to fame came about because of the 2007 film, "Once."
They won an Academy Award in 2008, for Best Original Song, with "Falling Slowly."
You may like them if...
you like The Frames, Damien Rice or bands with "a penchant for vocal harmonies and acoustic-based songcraft."