Last month, I had the good fortune to sit down with Ólöf Arnalds and her partner Davíð when they visited Columbus. If you unwisely chose not to treat yourself to her show at the Wex on October 15th, you now can now find their exclusive Electraplay session here, plus an exclusive live MP3 of “Surrender.” In-studio performances include “Crazy Car” above and “Innundir Skinni,” “Surrender” and “Madrid” below.
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Earlier this year a friend of mine told me about this incredible music video I just had to see. It combined the lovely sweetness of Etta James and the grand ear-filling boldness of Phil Spector. The kids behind this video were of course The Morning Benders and yes, they are kids. Quite talented and recently very successful kids.
I made my way to The Basement last Wednesday night to (once again) catch these guys in action. What resulted was a packed house of eager fans (both young and seasoned alike) and some serious tunes. Aside from the obviously enjoyable tracks, “Promises” and “Excuses”, The MB’s played an amazingly spot on rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams”, which wooed the crowd even more.
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While donewaiting is primarily your source for what’s happening in music, there are other events on occasion worth mentioning. Tonight in the Wex’s performance space, Austin-based theater company Rude Mechs (aka Rude Mechanicals) will open their four day run of The Method Gun. If you’ve ever studied acting or have close friends who do, you’re probably all too familiar with method acting.
Well, this show is a fictional biography of actress/actor-training guru Stella Burden who (before emigrating to South Africa) created a new theatrical teaching method called “the Approach.” This training melded Western techniques with various dangerous exercises, one of which (The Method Gun) lead to her demise. The production follows Burden’s left-behind colleagues through rehearsals of A Streetcar Named Desire. What develops is an interesting dissection of the well-known production and its characters.
This award-winning troupe has been performing this and other plays both nationally and internationally for 15 years now. Their unique, original approach to theater has deliberately turned “plays” into “performances.” Also, join the cast and crew after the show at your local watering hole and mine, Bodega, for “A Rude After Party with Rude Mechs“.
There has been so much folk music released over the last few years, but so much of it can be lacking in substance or just not seem quite sincere enough. Then along comes a gem like Ólöf Arnalds, who reminds you just why you appreciate the genre. She proves to be honest and brave while unveiling tales that are eloquently simple.
Arnalds (former member of Icelandic “folktronica” outfit múm) is currently touring on her second release, Innundir Skinni. It’s reinforced with some Icelandic magic courtesy of production by Sigur Rós’s Kjartan Sveinsson, and it also features a track with Björk. Her debut solo release Við Og Við was released in 2007 (only in Iceland) and has just reached the states this year. Arnalds is a well-trained musician, having studied both the violin and classical vocals for 14 years (almost half of her life). She’s truly set herself apart from the pack with her solo career. Imaginatively permeating and sweetly bewitching, she’s been compared to the likes of Joanna Newsom and Kate Bush.
It’s incredible that a music community as small as Iceland’s never ceases to produce music that is capable of transcending time. Satisfy your curiosity about this enchanting woman and her music as she adorns the Wexner’s Performance Space tonight at 8pm.
Ahmed Gallab image courtesy Full Frontal Fashion
Having seen Yeasayer a couple of times before, I knew what to expect to a certain degree. The words I would use are similar to those which describe their sound: psychedelic, heart-thumping rock music that teeters on the brink of insanity. This mood they create in their live set has to be part of the reason they’re so well liked by other current mega-indie acts like MGMT and Vampire Weekend. It’s music that makes you dance, drink, take drugs (or feel like you have)… a real experience. A performance that makes my imagination wander is the real test to how remarkable a band is live. Makes it easy to see why their music videos always seem to have escaped from a third dimension.
Perhaps the most refreshing aspect of the performance was Ahmed Gallab’s (aka Sinkane) public allegiance to the city of Columbus. Not only did he step back on stage before the encore and talk about his time spent here, but he kicked off their last song by stating “This is all for Daymon Dodson.” People like Ahmed are why I love the Columbus music community.
MP3: Yeasayer – O.N.E.
Tonight marks the return of Brooklyn-based Yeasayer (and our friend Ahmed Gallab aka Sinkane). It’s been over a year since their last show at Skully’s, but between a new record, constant touring of the world and television appearances, this comes as no surprise.
Odd Blood has received acclaim from multiple reviewers across the US and UK since February and supplied the demand of fans globally, including appearances at prominent festivals like Coachella, Splendour in the Grass, Reading and Latitude. Last month they also released new single “Madder Red,” which features yet another typically strange Yeasayer video. Check it out above.
Opening the show will be Georgian-based Washed Out (stage alias of Ernest Greene), whose chillwave sound has been gaining exposure over the last year. The Newport Music Hall will open its doors at 7pm.
London-based DIY rockers Male Bonding have been signed to Sup Pop for over a year now. If you’ve heard them, then I bet you’re looking forward to their return to Columbus next week. If you haven’t, consider this your fair warning to work in multiple listens to their record Nothing Hurts (clocking in just under thirty minutes) before then.
Last week I caught up with singer/guitarist John Webb, who discussed the record, the band’s recent collaboration with Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo and life as Male Bonding.
Everyone has influences when they start making music, but what kind of bands/artists continue to inspire you guys when coming up with new material?
Well, we recently recorded a song with Rivers Cuomo from Weezer. He got in contact with us a few months back and asked if we wanted to have a songwriting session when he was in London for the Reading Festival. We love Weezer, so we jumped at the chance. Anyway, watching Rivers work was very inspiring. That guy is a songwriting machine. He’s the king of melody. That whole experience was a dream come true.
I traveled to Cleveland this past Thursday to catch Danish band Efterklang at the Beachland Tavern. This was my third time seeing them, but my first outside of a festival setting. Though I’ve seen them in Austin and Wales, this Cleveland show took the cake. I can honestly say there was no where else I would have rather been after being treated like I was that night.
Though the room was just over half full and the Tavern is the smaller of the two Beachland venues, these guys may as well have been playing to thousands in their homeland. There was no pretentiousness, not a stitch of awkwardness, just an overwhelming sense of appreciation from the musicians and the crowd. Singer Casper Clausen and bassist Rasmus Stolberg animated the stage throughout the entire set and seemed to never tire of smiling. While they somehow fit seven people (and their equipment) on stage, the richness of the music made it sound like a dozen more were behind them. There is such a difference in seeing a band that truly loves playing music for people and one that does nothing to connect with their audience. (The crowd was even asked to start up a spontaneous “Happy Birthday” for Rasmus half way through the set.)
Efterklang is the real deal. They’re technical, they’re melodic… There’s something for everyone. I was able to sit down with Casper after the show and pick his brain a bit.
You began your own label (Rumraket) in 2000 and released your music from it in the beginning. Is this something you felt you had to do or is it how you wanted to go about distributing your music?
We just really liked the feeling of doing everything. We recorded it and then were able to put this Rumraket label on it and it made us feel good to know we had done it all.
If you follow the obscure and endearingly dark face of film, you may already know who Brent Green is. It’s also possible that you’ve seen him at some point downtown at Skylab. For the rest of us, Brent Green is a 26 year old filmmaker/animator who’s chosen a more humble location to create his art. Humble as in, he lives and works out of a barn in Cressona, Pennsylvania. Up to this point, he’s made quirky shorts that have been debuted in his barn where live bands (such as Califone, Sin Ropas and Brendan Canty of Fugazi) improvise the soundtracks and Green narrates.
His newest project is a feature-length film based on the life of a man who built a house to keep his wife from dying. Romantic indeed, but he went on to not only to lose his wife, but fall off the roof of the house and end up selling it to cover medical expenses. Green was able to tour the house before it was torn down and built a replica of it behind his barn in Pennsylvania. Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then premiers tomorrow night (Wednesday) at the Wex in the Film Theatre at 7pm.
Go here to visit Green’s blog.
Photos by Ed Luna
Though I was very much anticipating this show, it turned out I really had no idea what I was in store for. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a set of only piano music, but Rachel Grimes (of Rachel’s) effortlessly filled the Wexner Center‘s performance space with composed, emotional, divine music. Between donewaiting, Benco and events that I accidentally end up attending, I find myself seeing more live music than ever these days. Though more often than not they are bands I enjoy hearing in my free time, I can’t help but secretly wish for the sets to pass quickly when I’m in attendance. This may be due to my busybody nature, but in the case of Saturday night, I was dreading the end of the show. Grimes proved to be a truly exquisite composer and performer live and translated a sense of calmness very well from music to audience. Continue reading