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Notes on the 5 Year Anniversary

Some thoughts on the two record breaking events we had this weekend to celebrate the 5 year.

MIKE SHIFLET – really interesting stuff. loved the band. he mentioned in our interview with him that he’s hoping to do more shows with a band and i hope he follows up. it’s the making of something really cool.

MIRANDA SOUND – love the new stuff. i like when they play it a little heavier, something they don’t always do…. i think it adds a great extra layer to their music.

EL JESUS DE MAGICO – four years ago if you would have told me that i would have El Jesus play my 5 year party I would have laughed in your face. Things change, and I’m really happy that they did. Set was fucking FIERCE. can’t wait to hear their new album.

BRAINBOW/BLUEPRINT – I had intentionally stayed away from the rehersals because I wanted to experience the show for the first time with the crowd. And put it quite simply, I was stunned. Look, I love music, but this was seriously mind blowing. I felt something that I haven’t felt in a long time.

Instead of Brainbow trying to recreate the music of Blueprint, they approached it from their own point of view. It was Blueprint. It was Brainbow. Neither band sacrificed their integrity or created some sort of Frankenstein rock/rap thing that was only a novelty. I say this with all seriousness, it was epic! When Print said it was their last song, I was heartbroken! I could have used 5 more songs. I didn’t want it to end, and that’s a sign of a good set. Leave us wanting more….

I know it took a lot of time for Print and Brainbow to practice for this event, and I am really thankful that they did. It means so much that they took on this experiment for the 5 year anniversary of the site, and I can’t show my appreciation enough.

PS: Bob Ray Starker and Leslie Jankowski (from Church of the Red Museum) added a horn section in two of the songs. What a nice touch! Oh man. So good.

We did bill this as a one time only thing, and I hope they consider maybe doing it again in the future. Or maybe not. Maybe in this internet age when everything is recorded, Youtubed, and distributed to the world, it’s nice to have a “YOU HAD TO BE THERE” thing. I’d be happy either way.

This was the biggest crowd we’ve ever had for a single event. It was great.

Update: Youtubed! This is Brainbow/Blueprint performing “Liberated”. Picture quality is dark but it’s the music that matters.

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GRAVE BLANKETS – first time seeing them, won’t be my last. Really good sound. The recorded material they’ve put out there doesn’t do them justice…. they are a great live band.

SINKANE – Ahmed has always been one of my favorite musicians in Columbus and it looks like he’s finally firmed up his vision of Sinkane. Their set was hypnotic. Really cool. And with a solid indie label putting their album out later this year, things are gonna explode! Can’t wait! AHMED I WANT A PICTURE DISC RECORD.

THIS MOMENT IN BLACK HISTORY – haven’t seen them since they opened up for YEah Yeah Yeahs in Cleveland a few years back. Good set, liked the energy. First mosh pit ever at a donewaiting event.

DEATHLY FIGHTER – I am a believer.

This Moment in Black History Video from the Show
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Donewaiting Five Year Saturday Preview: Blueprint

Y’know the Blueprint/Brainbow combination is fierce because it’s the first time an upper echelon rapper and an artistic-minded band from Columbus have gone the collab route that worked for De La Soul & Teenage Fanclub, The Roots, and pretty much no one else. Who remembers Sir Mixalot’s corny line on the Judgement Night Sountrack, “I Want to Put You In the Mud-honey?” We don’t need to even get into Limp Bisquit and all that other stuff that is the worst of the terrible.

So given that the locals in Columbus love to tell the story again and again about how diverse the music scene is. And how it’s prolly the only place in country where pretty much the most talented and successful in the city in all music forms from Noise to Hip Hop hang out in the same places, and support each other. It’s interesting that this is the first time this has happened.

We love to ride for how Daymon Dodson, 3cbsa, Thought Set, Weightless, CDR, Print/Black Keys at the Newport, Scotty, The Apes/Meta4ce, Killed In Action and Przm/Fonosluts changed the game forever with next ups like Triceratops, IGLU, PBJ, DJ Detox and Milk Bar’s DCKareem watching in the crowd . Who can forget the famous El Jesus Alive cover that solidified Daymon as the Mac Dre of this movement? I could site examples forever. Sweetheart’s crowd. Skylab. Carabar. Beat Lounge. Most Weightless bills. TNV’s support of a mourning Hip Hop scene. It’s embedded.

If you are in Columbus, you prolly already know what I am talking about.

Point being, cats shared spaces and bills for long enough that you can call it culture. But this show is a first. No one was dumb ever enough to do a wack some rap/rock jump-off just because people were friends. So you know this Bluebow thing is supposed to happen. And it will be epic. I caught up with Print and spoke to him about the perils of the live band/Hip Hop problem. He explained to me how Brainbow, and himself were able to prepare something that is locally historic and musically sound.

Hip Hop with a live band is always a very thorny endeavor. What common mistakes do people make?

Blueprint: The main mistake I think people make when they pair up with a band is to base it completely around what they’ve already heard so it comes out sounding like terrible imitations of what’s already out there. Or they just get a bunch of random musicians who love the edge of hip-hop but just want to jam out, so the results sound like a hip-hop jam band; the music goes on and on for 10-minutes at a time and the end up freestyling or rapping about complete nonsense.

What have Brainbow and yourself done to avoid these errors?

Blueprint: The most important thing to both of us is to avoid compromising the integrity of what we’ve done already. And I think the best way to do that is to make it about the songs. The arrangements and the spirit of the songs should be the first thing that determines how you present that music. Some hip-hop songs work perfectly as chopped-up samples, but they lose their effectiveness when they’re played out by musicians. At the same time, there are some hip-hop arrangements that translate extremely well live, and those are the arrangements you want to focus on. For example, the production work I’ve done that’s more layered, and spacey tends to translate better than sparse minimalistic stuff. Nobody in a band wants to be playing the exact same riff for 5 minutes straight anymore than i want to hear them play the same riff for 5-minutes straight. So before we ever met up to rehearse i sat down and brainstormed about what songs I had in my catalog that could translate well in terms of arrangement; songs with intros, verses, choruses, and outros, etc.. Then i sent them to Brainbow to see what they felt could work. Just by approaching it like that i think we eliminated a lot of the problems other people may have when they try to do this. Now, I’m not saying that we’re any better than anybody else because we have yet to play the show yet, but I do feel confident that nobody will leave the show saying that we sounded exactly like they expected us to sound, and I also think we sound like something brand new.

Brainbow and Blueprint will be playing with Miranda Sound, Mike Shiflet, and El Jesus de Magico Saturday at Skully’s. For more information, click here.

Donewaiting Year Five Friday Preview: Deathly Fighter


MP3: Bloody Cup

Of all the bands on the current Columbus landscape, Deathly Fighter are the most difficult to pin down. Their first show sounded like an SPK groove on repeat. It was a fairly well-received set considering the number of ideas brought forth (1). Their next show was more distorted and antagonistic, clearing the room at Bourbon St. in about ten minutes. Their recordings explore an assortment of black and white sounds from early Hardcore to Industrial, classic Dub to Dubstep to House, without ever fully committing to a single genre. And then there’s the Deathly Fighter aesthetic, which may be more clearly defined than the music itself, with themes of sadomasochism, violence, cassette culture and DIY appearing in their graphic design and general presence. Though it is unclear exactly where Smoke, Christian and Mike will take Deathly Fighter next, one thing is certain: those looking for the same old rock will be disappointed. In the words of Zachery Allen Starkey, “I like Deathly Fighter”.

Deathly Fighter are playing one of the two 5 Year Anniversary Shows. They’ll be at the Friday show at Carabar with Sinkane, Grave Blankets, and This Moment in Black History. For more details, click here.

Donewaiting Year Five Friday Preview: Sinkane


To say that Sinkane mastermind Ahmed Gallab is ready to bust out in 2008 is an understatement. As he maps out a year’s worth of tour dates for his debut album, Color Voice – out on Emergency Umbrella Records in May, including a vinyl run that will feature picture discs – you kind of get a calm before the storm feeling from him. But then again Ahmed is always pretty chill. The album finds Gallab confidently in-control of the genres he truly loves: Chicago jazz-rock, afro-beat, a bit of shimmering post-hardcore, all pulled together with a touch of modern drone. His live show features a full ensemble of locals to flesh out his sound and has been turning heads the past few months around Columbus, as it’s unlike anything else you will find in this city.

Sinkane are playing one of the two 5 Year Anniversary Shows. They’ll be at the Friday show at Carabar with Deathly Fighter, Grave Blankets, and This Moment in Black History. For more details, click here.

Donewaiting Year Five Saturday Preview: Miranda Sound

Would be what it is without Miranda Sound? Doubtful. The band that made me fall in love with Columbus music is more or less embedded into the DNA, having played every anniversary show including our launch show five long years ago.

I had the pleasure of releasing the band’s last record, Western Reserve, on the record label two years ago. With a little luck, we’ll be putting out their new album before the summer hits.

Here’s a track from the new, as of yet released album. It’s not fully mastered, sorta demo-y and all that. But it’s still really goooooood.

MP3: Sleepfighting

Donewaiting Year Five Saturday Preview: El Jesus de Magico



What does Magnet Magazine say about El Jesus de Magico?

Don’t fuck with El Jesus. First of all, I presume it’d be a little bit over your head to assert that El Jesus De Magico is easily the best band from Columbus since Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments. So to dumb it down a little, what you have with this five-piece is a band that restores some dignity to overused rock-critic keywords such as “lo-fi” and “garage.” El Jesus is well-schooled in both classic Ohio punk (see: Electric Eels) and ’90s trash rock (see: Royal Trux). I’m sorry if the loud noises are upsetting you. Can I get you a pamprin?

I’ve also invited the band to play our SXSW showcase next month. YESSSSS.

El Jesus de Magico are playing with Mike Shiflet, Miranda Sound and Blueprint + Brainbow Saturday at Skullys. Click here for complete details.

Donewaiting Year Five Saturday Preview: Mike Shiflet


MP3: Version Belize

Musician Mike Shiflet is also the brains behind GMBY Records, an experimental/noise label based out of Columbus OH. After spending an extended period of time in Japan with his lady, Mike returned to the Buckeye state last summer and is slowly integrating back into American culture.

For his performance at the anniversary show on Saturday, he’s put together a really interesting band:

Joe Panzner (Scenic Railroads)
Kate Folmar (The Black Canary)
Jerry Dannemiller (Moviola)
Shane McKenzie (Lambsbread)

I sent Mike over some questions so you could get to know him better.

You’ve been releasing records for over ten years via your label, GMBY Records. How would you sum up the body of work?

Mike: The albums themselves were all over the place, but the artists who worked with the label were all pretty much on the same page personally. Some were internationally known in the experimental music world, some were just friends who no one had heard of, but the quality of their work was always high. The average music fan might not be able to tell the difference between a well-executed and a sloppy noise album – nor ever want to – but I’m really proud of the quality control over the years.

Recommended highlights from the catalog?

I’ve always loved the “Last Kiss Amatuer Frequencies” 7″ by Ashtray Navigations (British Siltbreeze artist from back in the day) and “Columbus, Ohio” by Kapotte Muziek, which was recorded at a festival I curated at the BLD in 2002. On a more local/regional level, the CDR “Sarira” by Bowling Green native Jason Zeh offers blissed out tape manipulation. These are all sold out but are most likely on your file-sharing network of choice.

What are some of the best/worst/strangest adjectives people have used to describe your music?

My favorite is a running faux-insult “broken radiator,” by Spencer Yeh of Burning Star Core. He recently upgraded it to “two broken radiators” which was oddly endearing. Besides that, there aren’t any good ones that come to mind.

Your last solo record was released on Thurston Moore’s Ecstatic Peace label. How’d that come about?

He’d been buying things from my label for a couple years was interested in working with both myself and the 16 Bitch Pile-Up. The girls and I had been talking for some time about doing a split LP, so when we finally got around to it we just approached him and asked if that was an idea he’d be into. Everything just kind of fell into place.

Tell me a little about the band you’ve assembled for Saturday’s show and what people should (or shouldn’t) expect.

I pulled a few people from local bands who had an understanding of what I do and were sympathetic to experimental music. The idea is to take something that is usually a rather messy electronic affair and translate it into something more musical and approachable. It could come across like Rachel’s covering Sword Heaven, maybe “avant-twee.” It should be a nice transition from Friday night’s raucous affair to the sets lined up afterward.

Mike Shiflet and Band will be performing with Miranda Sound, Brainbow and Blueprint, and El Jesus de Magico Saturday at Skullys. Click here for complete details.

Donewaiting Year Five Friday Preview: TMiBH


photo courtesy Scott Shaw/Cleveland Plain Dealer

This Moment in Black History are to Cleveland what an institution like Used Kids is to Columbus: the glue that holds a scene together and a no-nonsense monument to what is great about the city. Or better yet, TMiBH are to Cleveland what Leon Black is to Larry David on season six of Curb Your Enthusiasm: a watchdog to help keep things real, willing to both “get in that ass” and “bring the ruckus to the ladies”. At least they’re what I think of when I look back on the last ten years of Cleveland rock. From Bim Thomas’ pummeling drum lessons to Chris Kulcsar’s high-energy, cheap beer antics, This Moment bring it home both live and on record. Their latest LP, It Takes a Nation of Assholes to Hold Us Back, has been overlooked by far too many, at least in my circle of friends. Let’s not let that happen anymore people.

This Moment in Black History are playing one of the two 5 Year Anniversary Shows. They’ll be at the Friday show at Carabar with Deathly Fighter, Grave Blankets, and Sinkane. For more details, click here.

Donewaiting Year Five Saturday Preview: Brainbow


When I was assembling the five year anniversary events, I I wanted to have some sort of special centerpiece to it all. Something a little extraordinary, something that we might not see anywhere else or ever again.

This was right after the time Brainbow decided to cover a whole bunch of Lord of the Rings music for a Halloween show. I figured if a band could dedicate themselves to doing something like that, maybe they’d be up for doing something for the five year. I knew the band was good friends with Blueprint, and thought that maybe combining the music of Brainbow with the lyrics and rapping of Blueprint could create something truly unique. You’ll be able to find out Saturday night!

I asked Will Fugman about the collaboration, and here’s what he said.

What can people expect from the Blueprint/Brainbow collaboration Saturday?

Will: Well, there’s kinda going to be a little bit of everything. First, as some people have been asking, there won’t be a bunch of Brainbow songs with Blueprint rapping over top of them. We have been approaching this as a collaboration, so we wanted it to be as much of that as possible, with the time constraints we had to work under. We (Brainbow) just started trying to play like we normally would, but with more emphasis on beats, or beats that lend themselves to hip-hop specifically. This was before Al (Blueprint) even came over, and we were just sort of trying to get into that mindset, and see if we could find some sort of compromise that could take both of our sounds, which are pretty different, and put them together.

That’s kinda what we’re going for, but the most important part of the mix, in our opinion, is the vocal element, which is something we’ve never dealt with before. Pretty much everything we’ve done was to work around the framework of Blueprint’s words, verses, choruses, etc. With the exception of one instrumental, which was written by Print, and then brainbowtized by us, you can expect to hear some mellow, some heavy, some funkier stuff (though that sounds a lot scarier than it actually is), some more psyche oriented stuff, as well as a few things that are more aligned with what you might think of when you think of Blueprint.

How has the process been working with Blueprint, an outsider to the band?

Sweet. It’s always a little horrifying to work with new people… We have our own way of working on things, which could be pretty annoying to an outside person. I would imagine it’s even more annoying to a vocalist, but Print knows what’s up with writing music so it wasn’t too bad. He started sending me some stuff over email, some things he thought would lend themselves well to what we’re doing, and we started with those as a skeleton. We took the overall feel of what he had, with the beats and the lyrics, and tried to throw a little of ourselves into it and see what happened. Al’s been really cool about us trying things out, or changing things around a little, which was great.

That’s usually a tricky subject, you know, someone gives you a recording and then you go and try to put your grubby hands all over it, and you’re worried that they won’t like it, or they’ll be offended, or whatever. Al’s been great about being there, being constructive, and being a really big part of the whole thing…which is all everyone could have hoped for. It’s cool, because we’ve shot the shit about doing something like this in the past, so it’s great to actually see what the hell it is we can do together, and it’s been a pretty positive, as well as difficult, experience.


Brainbow and Blueprint will be playing with Miranda Sound, Mike Shiflet, and El Jesus de Magico Saturday at Skully’s. For more information, click here.

Donewaiting Year Five Friday Preview: Grave Blankets

photo by April Novak

MP3: Your Injured Ways

Chances are you’ve seen the Grave Blankets in one form or another over the last two years. Seems like they’ve played a variety of bills in every venue in town, laying under the radar despite releasing two excellent singles (technically one and a half) in 2007. Much like their peers in the Cheater Slicks, the husband-wife duo of Nick and Lula Perry (with a rotating cast of drummers) have found warmer receptions outside of Columbus, pulling together a few short tours and generating the interest of a handful of labels. With a national spotlight shining brightly on our capitol city, the GB’s may be Columbus’ best kept secret. Their constantly evolving sound has found them implementing keys and streamlining their songs into a fiery ball of brimstone rock. Look for 2008 to be a big year for them, as they hope to release another duo of singles and a debut full-length by the end of the year.

Grave Blankets are playing one of the two 5 Year Anniversary Shows. They’ll be at the Friday show at Carabar with Deathly Fighter, This Moment in Black History, and Sinkane. For more details, click here.