Author Archives: Joel Oliphint

Video: Southeast Engine – “Old Oak Tree” (premiere)

Here’s the new video for “Old Oak Tree” from Athens/Columbus/Dayton band Southeast Engine’s new EP Canaanville, which is an appendix to last year’s full-length, Canary. Video directed by Tommy Britt.

Southeast Engine kicked off a string of November tour dates last night at the Tree Bar:
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Columbus concert calendar: November

Feel free to add any shows or openers I’ve missed in the comments. And don’t forget the Touring Bands coming to Ohio and Hype threads in the Friendship Farm. And head to the Columbus DIY Messageboard for info on lots of DIY shows coming up.

Thu, 11/1:
Green River Ordinance, Brendan James @ Basement
Rodriguez @ Wex
Southeast Engine, Charlie Wilmoth @ Tree Bar
Blood on the Dance Floor, Jeffree Star, Davey Suicide, New Years Day @ A&R
Tim Reynolds (TR3) @ Woodlands
The Girls!, Nervosas @ Ace of Cups
AS*US, State Champion @ Double Happiness
Winter Makes Sailors, Post Coma Network @ 4th Street Bar & Grill

Fri, 11/2:
Red Wanting Blue, Floorwalkers, Mike Wojniak @ Newport
Gov’t Mule @ LC
Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Wale, Machine Gun Kelly @ Schott
Family of the Year @ Basement
Orson Buggy (debut of new band w/ Matt Duckworth, Brett Burleson, Bill Heingartner) WV White, Lt. Dance @ Bourbon St.

Sat, 11/3:
Passion Pit @ LC (DJ set afterward @ A&R)
Theory of a Deadman, Last Vegas, Charm City Devils @ Newport
Saturday Giant, Receiver, Forest & the Evergreens @ Kobo
AP & the Howlin’ Moons @ Brothers Drake
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Video premiere(s): J.P. Olsen & Jerry DeCicca “You’ll Never See My Face in Kansas City”

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Last year we hinted at a project that Malefactors of Great Wealth’s main dude JP Olsen (also of Beetkeepers/Burn Barrel) was working on with the Black Swans’ Jerry DeCicca. The project, titled “You’ll Never See My Face in Kansas City,” has reached completion, and we’re proud to premiere the two resulting videos for each musician’s song.

You can read the full background at the project website, but the gist of it is, Olsen became fascinated by artist Chris Burden, who, as part of a 1971 performance art piece, wore a ski mask for several days in Kansas City without taking it off. Olsen called DeCicca and challenged him to write a song with the aforementioned title, and he Olsen said he’d do the same. You can watch these videos (more akin to short films) to hear the resultant songs — both striking and well worth your time — and you can also order a 7-inch or digital download from the website. Or even bundle the 7-inch with a custom-made replica of the mask that Burden wore.

Jon Spencer and Columbus go way back

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By this point, everyone knows about local musician Sam Brown sitting behind the kit in the indie-rock supergroup Divine Fits, who will return to town Wednesday at the Newport Music Hall. Less known, perhaps, is the Columbus connection of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, which was recently added to the Newport bill (moved from the Basement).

In the early ’90s, sometime around the dissolution of Spencer’s previous band Pussy Galore, he and wife Cristina Martinez joined an incarnation of the off-kilter country/blues/rock Columbus outfit Gibson Bros. with Don Howland (Bassholes) and Jeff Evans (’68 Comeback), who had recently relocated to Memphis. A couple years ago, Howland told me about playing an RL Burnside cassette for Spencer during a Gibson Bros. tour.

“He was stunned by it,” Howland said. “By the time we got to Memphis to record the last album, we were covering an RL Burnside song with Jon singing it.” Spencer went on to record and tour with Burnside, exposing the bluesman to an audience he’d never before reached.

Columbus folks also speak about the influence of Evans’s “twisted-Elvis” onstage persona, and how it shaped Spencer’s approach as a frontman. You know all those self-referential “Blues Explosion!” shout-outs? It was part of the Gibson Bros. schtick very early on. “Gibson Brothers, ladies and gentleman, Gibson Brothers!” Evans would exclaim like a snake oil salesman during live shows.
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Video: Dolfish – “I’d Rather Disappear than Stay the Same”

Via American Songwriter. Dolfish’s album of the same name is out 10/31 on Afternoon Records. You can stream it in full over at Paste.

Morrissey postpones four tour stops, including Columbus

According to Pitchfork, Morrissey has postponed four of his U.S. tour dates to attend to his mother, who was hospitalized in the UK. Wednesday’s stop at the LC in Columbus is one of those four. Apparently ticket holders should hold on to tickets and await word on rescheduled dates.

Fortunately, you have many other options for Columbus shows on Wednesday night, including Divine Fits/Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at the Newport, Tinariwen at Wexner Center, Richard Buckner at Rumba and others.

Morrissey tour dates:
10-23 Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Hall
10-24 Columbus, OH – LC Indoor Pavilion
10-26 Flint, MI – James H Whiting Auditorium
10-27 Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theater

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Thursday @ Wexner: Yo La Tengo soundtracks Sam Green documentary

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Any time Yo La Tengo comes to town it’s worth noting, but this is one of those special, Wexner Center-specific shows since Ira & Georgia & James will be soundtracking the live documentary The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller while Oscar-nominated director Sam Green narrates. I’ll have a full-length story about the endeavor in this week’s Other Paper, but here’s an Ira Kaplan quote about the film that I liked but didn’t make it into print in its fullest form:

It’s inspiring. (Buckminster Fuller’s) heyday would be the 1960s. It’s such a endlessly fascinating time for me. I was very young, so I have memories of it. It’s a time of so much turmoil and so many things going so horribly wrong. The Vietnam War, rioting in the cities, political leaders being assassinated. When you think of the things that pass for problems in 2012, they just pale compared to what was going on in the ’60s. And yet it was a time of such optimism. “We can create a better world.” I feel like that’s gone, too, and that seems like a real paradox. While the better world has been created, to such an extent, we’ve lost so much of the belief that it’s possible to do it, even though the evidence is to the contrary.

Tickets are still available for both the 7 and 9pm screenings.

In other YLT news, Kaplan said the band has a new album “in the proverbial can” and is scheduled for a January release. Artwork is currently being finalized.

Video: Divine Fits cover Frank Ocean’s “Lost”

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A week from today, Divine Fits return to Columbus after wowing the Ace of Cups crowd back in August. Tickets are still available for the Newport show. Not only that, but the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion show, previously scheduled at the Basement that same night, has been moved to the Newport, sharing the bill with Divine Fits, Cold Cave and People’s Temple.

This live video (with better audio/video quality than most shaky YouTube vids) of Divine Fits covering Frank Ocean comes via Stereogum. While you’re at it, check out the recent “+1” feature from, too, in which Sam Brown recounts a story from a 1991 Nirvana show:
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Video: Nick Tolford – “I Want to Be Ready” (Live at Spoonful)

We here at Donewaiting realize you have many options when considering what neo-soul acts to listen to, so we thank you in advance for your loyal patronage of Nick Tolford, who trumps them all.

I should also mention that this song is a Kool Blues cover; you can find the original on the very first Numero Group release, Eccentric Soul: The Capsoul Label. It’s fantastic.

Video recorded last Thursday by Reece Thompson at Brett Ruland’s downtown vinyl shop Spoonful Records.

Listen: Sinkane’s DFA debut “Mars” streaming at NPR

NPR wisely latched onto Sinkane’s new record, Mars, for its ongoing First Listen feature. Head over to spin this great album from Columbus/Kent ex-pat (and Donewaiting contributor) Ahmed Gallab.

Mars is out Oct. 23 on James Murphy’s DFA Records. Preorder a signed LP here.