Category Archives: Music

Video: Saintseneca – “Only the Young Die Good”

Courtesy the folkies at Folk to Folk. If you haven’t picked up Saintseneca’s Last, you should.

Video: P. Blackk & J. Rawls – “Coming Of Age”

P. Blackk’s new video for “Coming of Age” off his upcoming album with J.Rawls “Contemporary Nostalgia” is everything that is right about the world.

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One has to love the completeness of the whole thing.

The Taylor Nawrocki directed clip starts off with Rawls’ kids in his home. The kids open a door to a studio session with the old schooler, J.Rawls and the most freshest,  beloved young rapper P.Blackk getting busy. Then P.Blackk pearls around town with his DJ, Bruni.  This all while local Hip Hop legend DJ O-Sharp supplies the cuts. While I am sucker for true culture; the main reason why this example of culture works is because the song is good.

P. Blackk’s & J. Rawls ”Contemporary Nostalgia” drops December 30th.

Review: Scott Walker – “Bisch Bosch”

“Nothing clears a room like removing a brain…”- Corps De Blah

In my years of working music retail I can 100% ascertain that nothing clears a store like a Scott Walker album and that is a compliment of the highest order. Difficult listening? I’ve spent the past month trying to digest Scott Walker’s new album, Bisch Bosch, and a month is not enough. It is difficult listening but there are rewards to be reaped. At times, it’s lush, sparse, swinging and some songs resemble Morphine. It’s varied and doesn’t rely solely on standard instruments in the production. Machetes, whoopie cushions and something that sounds like dogs barking are utilized. Sounds creep in and out, synths stab and drop out like the evening being disrupted by a sole scream and overall left me with a feeling of nervousness. There are many moments where Bisch Bosch eerily sulks around and leaps out of the shadows to startle listeners.

Lyrically, imagine seeing a Broadway production starring legitimate scoundrels (Nicolae Ceau?escu- Romanian Communist politician who was executed on Christmas Day- subject of “The Day The Conducator Died (An Xmas Song)), freaks (Zercon- the jester for Attilla The Hun) and knaves. The lead is an unassuming man who revels in being surrounded by the dredge of society who has assembled a historical Legion of Doom to ruin your day.

Bisch Bosch is easily the most harrowing and bizarre musical journey of the year. Fittingly, a near Christmas release for possibly the years most fucked up album for the most fucked up season. Buy for Mitt Romney supporters, anyone who received special gifts from President Obama, your cousin who wants the new Swans/ GSYBE records or anyone heavy into acid. While you’re at it, watch 30th Century Man to try and understand the most out there Ohioan expat.

Bisch Bosch is out now on 4AD Records.

Thursday @ Woodlands: Souljazz Orchestra

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Columbus gets a rare treat as Toronto’s Souljazz Orchestra comes to Woodlands Tavern on Thursday night. After multiple Canadian and World tours, the 10-year old band is wrapping up its second American tour, in support of their recently released fourth full-length album Solidarity. This, their second album on Strut Records, sees the band continuing to expand its Afrobeat sound, a path begun on 2010′s Rising Sun. While that album was a more subdued, spiritual affair, however, the new record feels like a marriage of their increased musical base with the intensity of their earlier albums.

Featuring a wide range of collaborators from the diverse Toronto music scene, Solidarity brings forth a fiery mixture of Afrobeat, jazz, soul, tropical, and reggae stylings. Opener “Bibinay” sets a strong Afrobeat base for the proceedings, but the album then takes a hard left turn on “Kelen Ati Leen,” which is one of many Afro-latin hybrid smokers on the album. The horn-laden breakbeat funk of “Conquering Lion” is a highlight here, as well as the sultry singalong “Kingpin.” The tempo only really slows down for album finale “Nijaay,” leaving behind a trail of sweat and a destroyed dance floor. The horn and rhythm sections do plenty of work here, but the “vintage keyboards” of Pierre Chrétien are also a cornerstone of the band’s sound, driving songs like the Latin burner “Ya Basta.”

Opening Thursday’s show is Brooklyn Afrobeat band Zongo Junction (click the link for a download of their new single). The band draws on inspiration from Fela, but also acts like the Talking Heads and Sun Ra. Their debut Thieves was released in 2010, and a new album is planned for 2013.

Doors for this internationally funky double bill are at 9pm, and the cover is $10.

Listen to/download Souljazz Orchestra’s “Cartao Postal” below and stay tuned after the jump for more videos of both groups.

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Wilco headling 2013 Nelsonville Music Festival

Each year this festival seems to be getting bigger and bigger bands to perform. They continue to not disappoint.

Stuart’s Opera House presents the 9th annual Nelsonville Music Festival on May 30th -June 2nd, 2013 at Robbins Crossing on the campus of Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. The first round of announcements for this years lineup includes one of the biggest bands in rock and roll, Wilco who will headline the festival on Saturday, June 1 and folk legend John Prine will close the festival out on Sunday, June 2nd. Described by Andrew Bird from stage in 2012 as being “a hell of a lot better than Coachella”, the Nelsonville Music Festival continues to be one of the best in the region and one of the most unique music festivals in the country. Set in the beautiful, rolling hills of Southeast Ohio, this small and intimate festival continues to gain fans who want a music festival with a more personal experience.

Other acts currently announced include Reigning Sound, Cotton Jones, Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Nick Tolford and Company, The D-Rays, and The County Pharaohs with many, many more to still be announced. The 9th annual Nelsonville Music Festival will feature 4 days of music featuring over 40 bands on multiple stages all weekend long along with camping, kids activities, local artisan vendors, food, a beer garden, and much more. Weekend passes for all four days will go on sale to the public on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 10:00am for $90, the price will raise from there until the gate price the weekend of the festival of $130 for a weekend pass. Earlybird tickets are currently available for Members of Stuart’s Opera House by calling (740) 753-1924. Tickets and more information can be found nelsonvillefest.org or by calling (740) 753-1924.

Watch: Andrew W.K. & Danny Brown’s Guide to Surviving Vice Parties

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I think the title says it. I guess it should be mentioned that this is at Vice UK’s 10th anniversary.

Video: Envelope & Jacoti Sommes – “We’re All Gonna Die Together” Ft. The Catalyst

Envelope & Jacoti Sommes’s ode to the bonding upside of the impending apocalypse, “We’re All Gonna Die Together” featuring The Catalyst is a classic Columbus record. It has a been a crowd favorite for a few years. And today we have a….

Video Premiere:

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Fortunately, the Reichard Bros. decided to produce a wonderful video for “We’re All Gonna Die Together” that depicts what the apocalypse would look like locally here in Columbus, Egypt and outerpace. If you live in Bustown that you have to love the inclusion of the Southside Drive-in. Also love the Claymation Biggie doing the hook.

“We Are All Gonna Together” is on Envelope & Jacoti Sommes “This Could Go Either Way” Ep is available digitally on I-Tunes and in select record stores on vinyl,

Envelope & DJ Detox are throwing a NYE Show on NYE. Triceratops, Good Company, and A.S. U.S are also on the bill. DJ Detox, and George Brazil will play music between acts. Admission is $5.oo.

More info on the Reichard Bros who made this outstanding clip after the jump.

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Saturday: A Night at The Bluestone (A Queen tribute benefitting Project: Zero Hero)

Listen, I know this benefit show at The Bluestone is for a good cause – a portion of the proceeds from the concert will benefit Project: Zero Ohio, a local HIV/AIDS non-profit that strives to assure that local HIV/AIDS patients receive the medical care that they need – and I’m happy to do my part to help out, but the real draw is the amazing night of music show organizers have put together.

Headlining is Mr. Fahrenheit & The Loverboys, the Queen tribute band who will be celebrating the life of Freddie Mercury (who passed away 21 years ago) by performing all the Queen hits people know and love. But the tribute fun doesn’t end there – =Van Haken=, the city’s best (and only?) David Lee Roth-era Van Halen tribute band will be making us all forget that the real band canceled their Columbus date earlier this year.

The full schedule of events can be found after the jump – bands/set times/etc.
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Tuesday @ Ace of Cups: King Khan & BBQ Show

Though Mark Sultan‘s June Columbus show was plenty entertaining, Mr. Sultan’s return on Tuesday promises even more rock ‘n roll value as he reprises his role in the King Khan & BBQ Show!  Canadian legends Sultan (aka BBQ) and King Khan have reunited to conjure another garage/punk/doowop/etc party and have set out on a late fall jaunt through the Midwest and East.   No new music is available yet, but if the above video is any indication, these two are ready to make beautiful magic together again.

Contributing to their Columbus shindig will be local openers Day Creeper and Tight Bros.  Admission is $10 at the door and here.

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Watch: Flying Lotus – “Tiny Totures” Video Starring Elijah Wood

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The Flying Lotus album “Until The Quiet Comes” is a  thoroughly transformative and enjoyable listen.

Looks like  Elijah Wood feels the same way because he stars in this surreal  David Lenandowsky directed video for “Tiny Toture” that Lotus premiered via his website today..

Last Live dates of 2012

Dec 9 – Miami, FL (Grand Central) -
Dec 12 – Atlanta, GA (Trinumeral @ King Plow Arts Center) -