Though they never went anywhere, it has now been a few years since Columbus’ Bottom Brick released a new album. After keeping busy with other projects in the meantime, the hip-hop trio now returns with their new EP Live Fast Or Die Slow.
In only 17 minutes of run-time, they succeed in producing a condensed package of classic-minded hip-hop that continues to evolve. Most of the tracks are produced by rapper/producer Seance, whose results range from the synthy, smoldering boom of lead single “Take It To The Top (On)” to the battle swagger of “Never Left,” featuring a masterfully cut-up hook from DJ Product. The menacing loop of opening track “Let’s Go!” provides a perfect backdrop for MC Adjust to burst out of the gates explosively. These five tracks are a great starting point to discover Bottom Brick’s material, and seem to predict more bangers to come.
Bottom Brick will celebrate the release of Live Fast Or Die Slow with a release party at Carabar Saturday night. Joining them on the bill are fellow local hip-hop heavyweights Zero Star (check the link for 3 free new joints), Stonecraft, and DJ Detox. Admission is free.
If you live in Columbus, then you have to love this video. Filmed at the Carabar, this is very familiar scenario for most artistic townies.
If you don’t live in Columbus…I’m sure there is booze and floozeys in your city.
KEEP BOUNCING is off Blueprint’s new album Adventures in Counter-Culture, due April 5th on Rhymesayers Entertainment. Cameos by Latimore Plattz, Envelope, Zerostar, Ill Poetic, Bridget, this girl that worked at Bento, Donnie, Kate, random black dyke, Intricate Sunz, Ron from the Carabar, and myself.
“I came here to kick it. Not to hear your shitty band”
Trevor from Montreal’s The High Dials contacted me a few weeks ago, asked if maybe I’d throw something up on Donewaiting about his band’s upcoming Columbus show. Though The High Dials have released four full-lengths since 2003, the name didn’t ring a bell to me, but I took Trevor up on his offer to send me a copy of Anthems for Doomed Youth.
Too bad I didn’t hear this thing earlier in this year as it would definitely have ended up on my year-end favorites list. I’m not sure about their past work, but on Anthems for Doomed Youth, The High Dials are an unadulterated, timeless power-pop band that write songs about broken relationships (“Teenage Love Made Me Insane”, “I’m Over You (I Hope It’s True)”, “What You Call Love is a Lie”).
There’s bits of Teenage Fanclub, Mike Viola and the Candybutchers, the Pernice Brothers and Fountains of Wayne in the dozen tracks and, not sure if this is a ringing endorsement or not, but my wife – who very rarely shows interest in what I’m listening to – asked me who I was listening to last week when I had this playing on the iPod boombox.
The High Dials join Dayton’s Lab Partners and Columbus’s The Main Street Gospel at Carabar on Monday night. As always, it’s a free show. Expect things to kick off at 10pm.
I stopped into Carabar to have a drink with Ron Barker. Someone on our message board had been taking shots at Ron and his bar, Carabar, this week. Ron requested that he could use our public forum to address his detractors, and beyond.
Copywrite’s “Tic Toc” (produced by RJD2) is from his sophomore album “Life and Times of Peter Nelson” which is now available digitally at iTunes and will see a retail release date of 11-30-2010 courtesy of Man Bites Dog Records.
Here is an interview I did with Copywrite for the Other Paper. Copywrite has a release party in Columbus at Carabar November 26. J-Rawls Trav Dave and Piakhan are also on the bill.
You fuck with Jesus’ Son, Drugstore Cowboy or any of those movie drug love stories? Well, Copywrite gets his Kurt & Courtney on with a dwarf. Not sure if its the same dwarf he had on stage at the Dead Prez show Life & Times of Peter Nelson now available on ITUNES. Release party at Carabar November 26 with J-Rawls, Trav Dave, Dominique LaRue, and Piakhan.
Album drops November 30th.
maybe i should’ve put this up for the staffers to critique.
It’s that time of year again, when grilling meat, arm wrestling, and indie rock somehow end up together in awkward sentences (like this one). This weekend is the seventh annual Columbus Discount Records BBQ, where the local label shares the wealth and gives you a wealth of local/international talent to gaze upon for as free as possible. This year’s version of the tradition entails two star-studded rock shows (Friday night at The Summit and Saturday night at Carabar) as well as a multi-faceted get-together Saturday afternoon at CDR HQ (corner of Oak and Parsons, just up the street from Carabar). Highlights:
Friday night at Summit: Sets from local Uggs-rock veterans the Guinea Worms and the most-successful, longest-lasting Rock Potluck band ever, Sandwitch (featuring Ron House), are those most likely to slay. Omaha’s Yuppies will play the part of the noisy visitors from out of town, and the night will be rounded out by intergalactic party Mormons Outer Spacist and the sheer spectacle of the Unholy Two. You will probably leave this show wearing beer.
Saturday afternoon BBQ: Obviously, free PBR and grilled eats would be a highlight of any day. However, this party also includes your chance for eternal glory with an arm-wrestling tournament! The male and female brackets are both sure to be tough, but you still have a couple days to train. If all of this is not enough, local legends the Cheater Slicks will play a set in the CDR studio around 5:30.
Saturday night at Carabar: This is where the big guns come out, so hopefully you are not drunk enough or drunk enough to enjoy it. Local wonders (and musical inspirations to Beck) Times New Viking will headline and close the festivities. I am excited for another visit from the prolific globetrotter Dan Melchior, who will surely entertain with whoever might be backing him up, and a set from Harrisburg, Ohio’s favorite sons, Mike Rep and Tommy Jay, will lend some tuneful and grizzled character to the proceedings.
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