Check the first video from Columbus band Connections, featuring members of Times New Viking, 84 Nash and El Jesus de Magico. Directed and edited by Roly Chamber, the video was shot on location in Montevideo, Uruguay. It’s short, sweet and a little bloody.
You’ll find “Stuck Lung” on the band’s debut album, Private Airplane, due in October. If you happened to get the early jump on tickets, you can catch Connections opening a sold-out show with Divine Fits at Ace of Cups on Aug. 6
Here’s the good thing about Columbus music. While we’ll grieve the loss of Phantods, there are plenty of new bands in Columbus to lift our spirits. I’ve been digging WVWHite as of late. And, of course, there’s Connections, the new band with familiar faces we told you about in May: Kevin Elliott of 84 Nash on vocals, his brother Adam Elliott of Times New Viking on drums, Dave Capaldi of El Jesus de Magico on guitar, Andy Hampel of 84 Nash on guitar and Philip Kim of Andrew Graham & Swarming Branch on bass.
The Columbus supergroup didn’t disappoint when I caught their debut show at Kobo, and I was happy to hear the band is working on their debut full-length, Private Airplane, at Columbus Discount Recording. “Miller’s Grove,” above, is the first preview of Connections’ upcoming record. You can catch Connections Friday night at Ace of Cups. (And WVWhite Saturday at Ace of Cups.)
That flyer is for tonight’s debut show of Connections, a new Columbus band with a noteworthy lineup: Adam Elliott of Times New Viking, Kevin Elliott of 84 Nash, Dave Capaldi of El Jesus de Magico, Philip Kim of Andrew Graham & Swarming Branch and Andy Hampel of 84 Nash. Kevin Elliott posted some Connections songs on SoundCloud awhile back, but those have been taken down because, Elliott says, “They weren’t representative of what we are doing now. Until tonight, it’s somewhat a mystery as to what we sound like.”
Not content with just one debut show, Connections will play three in a row this week:
Wednesday (5/16) @ Kobo
W/ Francis Bacon Band
Thursday (5/17) @ Cafe Bourbon t.
W/ Washington Beach Bums
Live comedy from “Doin’ It Wrong”
Friday (5/18) @ Double Happiness
W/ Psychedelic Horseshit
Jeff Fernengel (Tree of Snakes) in the lounge
You can also catch Connections at Megacity Music Marathon June 9.
MP3: El Jesus de Magico – Bone Knife
It seems like a lifetime ago, but it was 2008 when I saw El Jesus de Magico at the Wexner Center with These New Puritans. It was an odd pairing, an empty show and El Jesus didn’t make a believer out of me. Maybe it was an off night for the band. Maybe it was the room that seemed cavernous with only a handful of people there. Or maybe I was just grumpy. But each time I’ve seen El Jesus since, the band’s psychedelic experiments (and a few pop nuggets) have won me over.
Just Deserts, released Tuesday (1/24) on Columbus Discount Records, is EJDM’s eighth release. According to the band’s Tumblr, these songs have been around for quite a while, “culled from the last sessions we did at the O’Shaughnessy Funeral Home and Columbus Discount from tapes & reels of varying fidelity.” “Bone Knife,” track 3 on Side A, is one of the more structured songs on the LP.
With organist (and LP compiler/mixer) Tony Allman now in New York, Columbus shows are few and far between, but you can catch El Jesus de Magico Friday at Ace of Cups with Psandwich, Guinea Worms and Unholy Two. All proceeds and donations go to the Letha Rodman Melchior Cancer Fund. 9 pm, $7. (RSVP)
And just for kicks, here’s a picture of Ahmed Gallab aka Sinkane buying EJDM’s Scalping the Guru while record shopping in Brooklyn (via Terrific Magazine): Continue reading
Wednesday night I hit up East London to catch the brilliant Dan Melchior perform songs from his latest record, Assemblage Blues (released by Siltbreeze). Aside from a keen interest in hearing his live show, I was proud to witness it feature two musicians well-known to the Columbus scene. Mat Bisaro (Guinea Worms, Necropolis) and Tony Allman (El Jesus de Magico) were chosen by Melchior for this ten date European tour through five countries.
I caught up with Mat and Tony for a bit after the show to chat about the tour and playing with Melchior.
DW: Did either of you work on Assemblage Blues?
Tony: He sent me stuff a long time ago, probably over a year ago now and some of it he’s gonna record hopefully with us at some point for and LP on Columbus Discount. One of the songs we played on was one of those. But normally he records everything himself.. the guitar, the vocals, the drums, the bass. So eventually we’re gonna try to do live recordings in Columbus.
DW: How did the two of you get hooked up with him to do this tour?
Mat: He put out two records with Adam and BJ on CDR and ended up being in town for their barbeque last year. Continue reading
Pictured: my name on a list@Ravari Room courtesy of Thee Mike O
This is anti-shitty band, death of the whatever kind of genre that includes the likes of brokeNCYDE, Millionaires, Attack Attack!, 3oh!3, et al. Look, I was a dumb kid once too and my musical taste to this day is most certainly questionable, but how in the world are people falling for this shit? Are the eight graders doing heroin these days? Fuuuuuuuuuuuuck. That said, if any of the aforementioned bands would like to be featured on a very influential music blog, hit me up, let’s party…Millionaires I’m looking at you.
In this episode of phalangic diarrhea i will relate hilarious anecdotes about the bands I saw and stuff I did, including but not limited to Jack White’s newest cash cow vanity project, some cougar “milf” lady that bought me and a few others some pizza, Cheater Slicks being good again, me being a lousy MC and Puerto Rican dudes liking tambourines. Also Mike O and Woody from Ravari Room oh man. Continue reading
Pictured: Necropolis guitar in mid air and drummer on floor
Seriously I have the worst camera possible and the oldest/slowest hard drive imaginable.
Also I would love to have this up sooner but i mean life happens
This week I saw The Moz, El Jesus De Magico, Necropolis, Day Creeper, Brainbow(againnnnn) and other bands I’m pretty sure.
Less is Continue reading
Columbus Ohio’s Cafe Bourbon Street is taking over the bar next to it and launching a seperate venue, The Summit. They’re starting things off with a bang:
FRIDAY SEPT 5
TREE OF FERN 9:15
MIKE REP & THE QUOTAS 10 PM
UNHOLY TWO 11:15
DEAD SEA 12:15
YOU’RE SO BOSSY 9:30
THE LINDSAY 10:15
SLIDE MACHINE 11PM
HUGS & KISSES 12:30
DON CABALLERO 1AM
SATURDAY SEPT 6
TIME & TEMPERATURE 9
MARY ANN’S 9:45
LARA YAZVAK 10:40
NIGHT OF PLEASURE 11:15
PSYCHEDELIC HORSESHIT 12MIDNIGHT
GOOD COMPANY 12:45
BLACK SWANS 9:15
EL JESUS DE MAGICO 10:45
CHEATER SLICKS 12:15
TIMES NEW VIKING 1AM
we will be selling tickets starting friday the 22nd at cafe bourbon street, 2216 summit. there will be a limited number of tickets (130) which will be good for both sides. the remaining tickets will be good for the summit ONLY. please contact the bar for details, 614-268-9377.
Local powerhouse label Columbus Discount Records has announced they’re starting a 7 inch singles club. Pretty impressive for a small but growing label (on the national scene). Details:
Columbus Discount Records is proud to announce CDR-SC-Y1! (Columbus Discount Records Singles Club Year One!). We’ve heard that some other grunge label is doing one of these things, but we been working real hard planning this for a long time now, so we ain’t gonna let that stop us. We’re mighty proud of it, and think you’ll probably like it, too.
Without further ado, here’s the roster for CDR-SC-Y1!, in no particular order:
El Jesus De Magico
The Harrisburg Players (A comp of archival recordings from Harrisburg, OH featuring Tommy Jay & co.!)
Dan Melchior und das Menace
Sandwitch (featuring Ron House of TJSA, Great Plains, Ego Summit infamy!)
The Unholy 2
Complete details on their website. If this works out, it will further cement their growing national reputation. I have faith…