Builders and the Butchers played Columbus with Damion Suomi last week at the Summit. My favorite part of the show was that their tour lanyard had a photo of Gene Wilder on it (along with great music from both bands!).
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From the horses mouth–
In order to help out our friend Ben Hamilton we are making this saturday’s show a benefit. The show at Summit is also a birthday party for the salty old helmsman of the bar (yrs truly) with “performances” by some Ohio favorites… Guinea Worms, Unholy Two, We March, and Grafton. Strongest Man Alive, Righteous Buck and the Skull Scorchers, and Washington Beach Bums will be at Bobo. 5 bucks for both shows, pay at either door. the set times will be staggered out so you can stagger between them.
Also, just so you know, the kitchen at Cafe Bourbon Street is back in action, with tacos (yep, Dave was a ninja), hot dogs, empanandas, hamburgers, pepperoni rolls, and a whole lot more to keep you fueled up for beer fueling. Menu and schedule of Dollar specials to follow.
ps i hate when people call it CBS. anyone else?
In anticipation of their Columbus show this week at Outland, I caught up with Simon Balthazar, Amos Memon and Leon Beckenham of Fanfarlo while in Austin for SXSW. I must say it’s a bit intimidating walking into an interview being the face of Columbus to a group of musicians who are not only talented and finding success right now, but foreign to our Midwestern scene… quite literally. (Full disclosure: This is due to the fact that I both write for donewaiting and work for Benco.)
Donewaiting: How was Fanfarlo born and how has it developed into it’s current state?
Simon: Ok, so, the short story is.. Fanfarlo used to be a recording project and it kinda came about just before I moved to London [from Sweden]. We pretty much started releasing 7″ on friends labels [in London] straight away before there was really a band. From that recording project, I started meeting people and now it’s become this dysfunctional family of a band we are today.
DW: How long have you been playing together?
Amos: It’ll be the 4th year, later this year together. Originally we were 6, but now we’re 5 people.
S: For the last year, we’ve been playing with guest guitarists.
Leon: We’ve gone through about 6, haven’t we, in the last couple of years?
A: We’ve chewed them up, spit them out.
DW: London seems like a good place to make music, all things considered…
S: It is and it isn’t. It’s a really active scene, there’s all sorts of stuff going on. There’s a very quick turn around, things get old really quickly. And that’s a downside, I think. It’s good in the sense that there’s always something fresh to be excited about. But me personally, I’ve tried to stay a little bit out of the blog bands, you know buzz bands.
DW: In regards to your album Reservoir, how long did it take from start to finish to get out to the general public?
A: I think it was like 7 months.
S: We spent the first two months deliberating over the sequencing, the name and cover art. It’s funny, I mean we did put it out ourselves but I think if we would have had a label kinda whipping us into shape we would have gone through that quicker. I don’t know how interesting it is, you know, the way you sell a record. But for us it was interesting, it was really fun and encouraging to see how many people would get your record directly from you. Continue reading
Rebirth motherfucker! Yeah, here we go again. A TON of cool shit has happened since we last got together in this official capacity and I’m not gonna tell you anything about it! I will tell you that Duffy made me take some online journalism and creative writing and photography courses while I was on hiatus and as you’re about to see it did absolutely no good!
I will also tell you I picked a good week to decide to start doing this crap again. Super Desserts, Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, Guinea Worms, Warpaint, Don B, and of course, Mike O! If you are at all inclined to listen to a bitter, old, hateful, cynical and all around super cool and totally nice dude’s rant about, you know, stuff, you know what to do! Continue reading
(Poster by Alison Rose)
MP3: Magazine (from Live at Electrical Audio; original version on Pedro the Lion’s Control)
During David Bazan’s last full-band tour, he and his tourmates stopped at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio in Chicago and recorded some tunes live in the studio. The result, Live at Electrical Audio, is being released March 30 on CD and April 30 on vinyl. You can pre-order now, and all pre-orders come with an immediate download link.
Also, mark your calendars: David Bazan (w/ full band) and Headlights, March 28, for a Donewaiting.com/BenCo show at The Summit. Ticket giveaways, concert poster and all that jazz to come. Purchase tickets online here.
Track list and more album details after the jump. Continue reading
My own involvement with BenCo aside, I’m thrilled to announce that Fanfarlo will be coming to town to play The Summit on April 1st with Lawrence Arabia and Robert Francis supporting. (My previous thoughts on Fanfarlo here.)
From the press release:
Acclaimed U.K. five-piece Fanfarlo have announced more North American headlining dates for March and April with Lawrence Arabia and Robert Francis as support. The band whom are just finishing up a string of European headline shows will be back in America next week to make their national television debut on the Late Show with David Letterman Monday, February 15th.
Tickets go on sale Saturday. All tour dates, including SXSW appearances, after the jump. Continue reading
Donewaiting.com Presents Kurt Vile, Dec. 30 at The Summit in Columbus with Tommy Jay and Psychedelic Horseshit
Out of all the shows we’ve worked on with BenCo over the past few months, I’m most excited about this one. I can’t see how “Philly’s constant hitmaker” won’t end up in my top 10 of 2010. What’s great about Kurt Vile is how he makes the blending of noisy psychedelia and Neil Young-ish folk-rock sound so natural. I’m excited to see how that unfolds live, and to watch his musicianship in person. (As Vile told me in October, “I’ve been involved in playing music way more than just being a lo-fi punk or something.”)
We’ve got a pair to tickets to give away, of course. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject KURT VILE. A winner will be chosen on 12/29.
One other Columbus-related tidbit: Kurt Vile is a Psychedelic Horseshit fanboy. He sang their praises in that same October interview, saying they were his favorite band at SXSW in 2008, and adding, “They really mean it, they’re confident. Something about it, you just watch them, and it’s like, ‘Wow, this sounds, like, insane.’ But you just look at his face and you know he means every word.”
Should be a good way to wrap up the 2009 Donewaiting.com Presents series.
Pels ikke bjørnen før den er skudt. Or, don’t skin the bear before it’s been shot. That seems to be exactly what Jay Reatard’s old band members tried to do when they walked out on him in October. (But then again, that’s punk music, right?) Inconvenient timing (due to them being on tour at the time) seems to be the only downside from this situation as Danish band Cola Freaks are now officially on board the lo-fi garage punk project and have been trucking through Europe with him since. This seems to be a win-win situation, as he is finally visiting Columbus again (Sunday night at the Summit), now with a kick-ass European punch and seemingly quite happy about the new additions. He spent 10 days in October recording in the Freaks’ hometown of Aarhus and has gone on the record about it, saying, “It sounds exactly the way I wanted these songs to sound like live when I wrote them.” (Cue proverbial twisting of knife.) It’s a good time to be Danish, as Jay and the band will also be opening for The Pixies on their Doolittle tour that kicks off this weekend in Chicago. Oh, and now Reatard’s former rhythm section is apparently joining up with Wavves.
Reatard video and info on the Columbus openers after the jump. Continue reading
Free download of the new single, “Take it Upon Yourself,” at Sloanmusic.com.
Pictured: CDR Company Picnic
Whatever…if money grew on trees I would be a money tree farmer. So I pretty much don’t have much of an opening rant so I’m going to take this opportunity to plug the gay little website that my gay little brother is part of. It’s called find Fred and it’s basically a gay eharmony/myspace/facebook/adultfriendfinder. Feel free to become a member and/or tell your friends because the sooner he starts getting money, the sooner he can start giving it to me. Also, my brother from another mother and his wife just opened up a baby boutique in Clintonville called Lottie Da so go buy stuff from them if you aren’t gonna try to find Fred.
Oh man i did some runnin’. I bet you can’t wait to hear about it. There was Dungen, Dude Locker Fest, The Entrance Band, CDRBQVI and Mr. Dibbs and a whole buncha crap happened or something. More crap crap crap after the jump jump jump! Continue reading