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MP3: Jovan Karcic – “Ride the Wave”

MP3: Ride The Wave 9.22.10

Columbus people know Jovan Karcic from his stints in Gaunt, the Haynes Boys and Burn Barrel. Or maybe his contributions on the first Black Swans album. Or his current gig with the Alwood Sisters. Or maybe as Milan’s brother. Or maybe you just know him as the curly-haired guy behind the counter at coffee shop Yeah, Me Too, which he runs with Divine Fits’ Sam Brown.

What you may not know is that from May through November of 2010, Jovan holed up in his garage studio and made an album titled, appropriately, 2010. He played all the instruments himself, and it’s an engaging, fascinating listen, though tough to describe. “Ride the Wave,” above, is one example, but 2010 is meant to be heard as a full album. Some songs are mostly beats and keys. RJD2 could mess with this thing for hours, but it’s not just a “beat” album by a drummer. Heartfelt songs flow into each other, yet each retains its distinctiveness. As Jovan says on the back cover, “There’s a real thrill to walking into the garage with nothing and walking out with a song or an instrumental… This album represents a passage of time in the year 2010.”

Fitting his private, unassuming, DIY persona, Jovan quietly released 2010 last week on vinyl, mixed & mastered by himself and the Black Swans’ Keith Hanlon, with lacquers cut locally at Musicol and pressed by Cleveland’s Gotta Groove. It comes with a CD, too, which features some longer versions of the songs, and it’s the only place you’ll find the song titles (all of which end in the date on which the song was recorded).

Lost Weekend Records is the only store in town selling the record; look for the cover image above, a pattern cross-stitched by Jovan’s grandmother in 1982. Solo releases don’t get much more personal than this.

Video: Divine Fits – “Would That Not Be Nice”

Britt Daniel, Dan Boeckner and Sam Brown do their thing in the dark.

A Thing Called Divine Fits is out now on Merge, and $5.99 at Amazon.

Friday @ Ace of Cups: Fall-a-Thon

Some noteworthy Columbus and Cleveland musicians will gather Friday at Ace of Cups to play songs by postpunk legends The Fall. Just check out these one-off lineups:

* Rockin’ Records (Arturo De Leon, Chris Quickert, Jake Wyckoff, Will Foster, Bill Heingartner)
* Eye Candy (Shirley Tobias, Chris Nini, Paul Nini)
* Ribonucleic Oxide (Jeff Curtis + friends from CLE bands Iron Oxide & Ribosomes)
* C.R.E.E.P.S. (Ron House, Bob Petric, Adam Elliot)
* Nervosas (Nick Schuld, Mickey Mocnik, Jeff Kleinman)

Your $5 cover goes to the Clintonville/Beechwold Community Resource Center (CRC), which provides assistance to the community “through our food pantry, child and youth programs, senior services, and kinship care program.”

Sufjan Stevens announces new Christmas CD/LP boxset “Silver & Gold”

Great news from Asthmatic Kitty. Apparently all those Christmas teaser videos were a harbinger after all. (And no, it’s never too early for Christmas music.) Details:

“Happy Holidays! On November 13, 2012, Asthmatic Kitty Records will release (another!) Christmas box-set extravaganza by the implacable singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens—Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Vols. 6-10, a compilation of 5 EPs recorded between 2006 and 2010.

Expanding on the tradition of the first box-set (Songs for Christmas, Vols. 1-5 from 2006), Silver & Gold is a generous document of five more years of holly-jolly jubilee — Christmas caroling, sleigh-bell-ringing, collaborative songwriting — undertaken by Sufjan and his various musical cohorts. Originally intended as gifts for family and friends, these musical snapshots have been re-mixed and re-assembled for the public in an exquisitely-designed gift box containing all the Yuletide pleasures money can buy: Christmas stickers, temporary tattoos, lyric sheets and chord charts, a paper ornament, an apocalyptic pull-out poster, photos, illustrations, and extensive liner notes—a veritable Christmas feast for the eyes and ears.
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The National to play free show in Columbus on Wednesday

Ohio natives The National are partnering with Obama for America’s Ohio field offices “for a series of events to remind everyone how important it is to vote in the November 6th election.” The band will play a free show at the Newport in Columbus on Wednesday, then another freebie at the Emery Theater in Cincinnati on Thursday. Details on how to acquire tickets below:

“Securing tickets for the Ohio shows is a two step process. First, sign up online by following the link for the show you’d like to attend:

Newport Music Hall, Columbus, October 3rd:

https://my.barackobama.com/page/s/see-the-national-in-columbus

Emery Theater, Cincinnati, October 4th:

https://my.barackobama.com/page/s/see-the-national-in-cincinnati

Once you’ve signed up, you’ll receive ticket pick up information as follows:

10/3, Newport Music Hall Ticket Pickup:
Tuesday, October 2nd
10:00am until 7:30 pm or when tickets run out (first come, first served)
Ohio State University OFA-Campus Field Office
1570 N High Street
Columbus, OH 43201

10/4, Emery Theater Ticket Pickup:
Wednesday, October 3rd
10:00am until 7:30 pm or when tickets run out (first come, first served)
Over the Rhine OFA-Field Office
1130 Main Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

We’ll do our best to let you know via twitter (@The_National) when all tickets have been handed out. Hope to see some of you this week & please remember to vote!”

Video: Log – “Cause without the Rebel” (Ron House cover)

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As Chip mentioned, Used Kids Records celebrated its 26th anniversary this past weekend with pizza, record discounts and bands playing all day Saturday. Log, which was apparently playing its final show, ended the set with a Ron House cover.

Columbus concert calendar: October

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.

OCTOBER
Mon, 10/1:
Julia Holter, Hundred Waters @ Wexner
Langhorne Slim, River City Extension @ Ace of Cups
Hume, Comrade Question @ Kobo
Slug Guts, Pink Reason @ Double Happiness

Tue, 10/2:
The Aggrolites, Forest & the Evergreens, Matter of Planets @ Kobo
I Was Totally Destroying It, In Silent Movies @ Tree Bar

Wed, 10/3:
Bassnectar, Gramatik & Gladkill @ LC
Corin Tucker Band, R. Ring @ Wexner
Jack of Heart, Petula Clarck and Koonda Holaa @ Ace of Cups
The Ladybirds, Dag Nammits, Jag @ Double Happiness
Taj Mahal Trio @ Stuart’s
david leib hart, treasure fleet, tweenz @ Carabar
Indigenous @ Rumba
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Saturday @ Rumba: T.K. Webb’s Sundown returns

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When T.K. Webb came to town, he didn’t waste time forming a band. Sundown initially consisted of Webb, Moons’ Dusty White, Moon High’s Blake Pfister and TV Eye’s Grant Driskell. Then the rhythm section was switched out for Chris Pierce (Main Street Gospel, the Urns) and Vug Arakas (TV Eye, MSG, etc.)

Once Webb and White parted musical ways, Sundown appeared to be over. For all intents and purposes, it was. But after some time off, Webb teamed back up with Pierce and Urns bassist Mike Leach (also of Struck by Lightning). After practicing for more than a month at Pierce’s house in rural Orient, Ohio, Sundown is back with a more stripped-down sound they’ll debut Saturday at Rumba Cafe as a trio; it’s Webb’s first show with a band since May. Expect songs from the Spoonful Records 12-inch Mansion Burning — including “Life’s Too Long,” currently in rotation on CD102.5 — and some new stuff, too.

Red Feathers and Psychic Wheels open.

New band alert: Counter Intuits (Ron House & Times New Viking’s Jared Phillips)

Tuesday night at Cafe Bourbon St., Columbus friends and fans will say goodbye to Times New Viking guitarist Jared Phillips before he departs to Cleveland this weekend. Before leaving, though, Phillips partnered up with Ron House to record some songs for a new project they’re calling Counter Intuits. House said he plans to release an LP of the pair’s lo-fi recordings titled Sheets of Hits on his newly formed local label, Pyramid Scheme. Look for the release in early November.

Connections, Gamma World and Ron House will play tonight’s farewell show (9pm, $5), and House says he’s trying to convince Phillips to let him do karaoke versions of a couple Counter Intuits tunes before Connections take the stage.

Still no news, though, on a new guitarist for Psandwich, House’s other post-Great Plains/TJSA band.

Tonight: Magik Markers, Psychedelic Horseshit, Ryan Jewell @ Used Kids

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It’s never a bad idea to head to Used Kids for “vinyl Monday,” at which you get 20% off all used vinyl all day. And tonight there’s even more reason to go. Drag City alums Magik Markers will play a free in-store show. Hometown scuzzies Psychedelic Horseshit will open, along with Ryan Jewell. Things kick off about 5pm. BYOB, hunt for some records, listen to some good/loud music and be reminded of how lucky we are to have a place like Used Kids.