Clay: Guess the decade by the facial hair
Tomorrow marks the last of the late-summer music festivals, Independents’ Day, and it ain’t a bad way to end the season. You can check out the full lineup below. Everyone probably has a different must-see act, but as reunions go, Clay is the big name. I spoke to Jerry Dannemiller, who was responsible for booking Clay and about one-third of the ID lineup, and he had this to say about the band to put them in context:
“Clay held a special place in a certain period of time. A lot of people revered Clay. They were like a Midwestern Buzzcocks with a weird propensity for performance art. They were hilarious, extremely witty and really fun. They were one of the bands you didn’t want to miss when they played a show.”
Clay featured Guinea Worms’ Will Foster and put out a couple singles on Anyway Records. You can check out a whole bunch of the bands’ “shouttakes” as mp3s here, and Cringe also has a feature on the band along with mp3s of Clay’s unreleased album, Stories Of Kirk And His Fiat (And A Buffalo Grass Woman, Hester).
Here’s the lineup and schedule for all four stages tomorrow:
Reuniting for the first time in 20 years to celebrate the eighth year of Columbus Discount Records’ existence, the True Believers are:
I’ll spare you my own version of the True Believers’ back story and instead point you to a description (complete with Amrep corrections) here and a 2005 interview with Mike Rep. Suffice it to say, it’s a pretty big deal that these guys (and girl) are reuniting in two days. Leave it to CDR. Accompanying the True Believers will be the Guinea Worms, Unholy Two, Altered States of the United Snakes and Jeff Fernengel. The show starts at 10pm, and (like all Carabar shows) it’s free.
In related news, Nudge has his own YouTube channel and has been uploading all sorts of insane videos for your viewing pleasure, from an hour-long 1992 V3 show to Tommy Jay and Nudge (“JayFish”) in black hoodies covering “White Rabbit” for the video camera in 2007. You can subscribe and/or check out a sampling after the jump. According to this site, some of these videos will be part of a program at the upcoming Ohio Film+Music Festival. (ht Wumme)
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Tagged Altered States of the United Snakes, Carabar, CDR VIII, Columbus Discount Records, Guinea Worms, jeff fernengel, mike rep, Nudge Squidfish, Tommy Jay, True Believers, unholy two
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
Not too shabby for a Wednesday night, eh? Feel free to add any other noteworthy shows in the comments. Deets:
Strapping Fieldhands w/ Necropolis, Guinea Worms and The Ferals – Cafe Bourbon St., 2216 Summit St. (see video above)
Best Coast, Male Bonding w/ Tin Armor – The Summit, 2210 Summit St., $14 (This one will likely sell out by 8pm, so get on the ball early if you didn’t buy tix yet.)
Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s, The Lonely Forest, Cameron McGill & What Army – Circus, 1227 N. High Street, $12 (feat. hometown hero Erik Kang)
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Tagged Best Coast, Cameron McGill, Guinea Worms, Male Bonding, Margot and the Nuclear So and So's, Necropolis, Strapping Fieldhands, The Ferals, The Lonely Forest
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.
More information, conspiracy theories, and conjecture here.
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Tagged Carabar, Cheater Slicks, Columbus Discount Records, Dan Melchior und das Menace, Guinea Worms, mike rep, Outerspacist, ron house, Sandwitch, the summit, The Unholy Two, Times New Viking, Tommy Jay, Yuppies
Cool lineup, eh? Blackoutfest returns for the 15th time to The Union in Athens, OH. Tickets at the door or at Haffa’s Records (15 W Union St, Athens) in advance — $10 per night, 3-day pass for $25. And we’ve got a pair of 3-day passes to give away, too. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject BLACKOUTFEST to enter.
Full day-by-day schedule after the jump. Continue reading
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Tagged Blackoutfest, Buffalo Killers, Dead Meadow, Guinea Worms, Puffy Areolas, She Bears, Skeletonwitch, This Moment in Black History, Thomas Function, Tyvek
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?
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Tagged Benco Presents, Bourbon Street, Grafton, Guinea Worms, Righteous Buck and the Skull Scorchers, Strongest Man Alive, the summit, unholy two, Washington Beach Bums, We March
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
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Tagged Benco Presents, Don B., Frustrations, Guinea Worms, Kirk Kline, Margot and the Nuclear So and So's, super desserts, The Jellyhearts, unholy two, warpaint
Guinea Worms are having an event to highlight the release on their long desired album Sorcererers of Madness on Columbus Discount at Cafe Bourbon Street this evening.
I don’t know much about this band and I prefer to not write book reports.
Click on their name to read an educated opinion.
And i read some statistic on how this record’s national demand exceeded it’s supply so…listen to MP3 and evaluate your evening i suppose
If Jay Electronica or Get RIght isn’t your thing tonight.
The Flaming Lips@LC
Oh hey, remember this thingie? I know, it’s been a minute. Don’t wanna hear it. I bet you can only imagine that a ton of cool shit has happened since we last got up. For example, a weekend camping excursion with a bunch of dudes, guns and fireworks(in the streets) O.K. enough will the small talk. Oh man where do I even start, the older I get the less I remember.
In this issue of “How long is Robert Duffy gonna keep letting that jackass write this crap”, I saw some sicccckkkk psych rock via Subarachnoid Space, some weirdo noise band in luchador masks, some weirdo dude in a giant hamster ball, some weirdo dude hula hooping for a really long time and I went to that thingie down town that a bunch of bands played at.
If you’re really that bored at work today click the more thingie —–> Continue reading
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Tagged 120 hour hula hoop marathon, best wrapper alive, Blastronauts, church of the red museum, Dead Sea, Guinea Worms, Independents' Day, Moon High, OvO, Subarachnoid Space, The Flaming Lips, You're So Bossy