Life can change in an instant. Last July, I asked an old friend of mine, Brian Hake (Kopaz singer/guitarist), and his Van Halen cover band (Van Haken), to perform at my 40th birthday bash. The band blew the roof off KOBO putting on a show that some might argue was better than the real thing.
Then, in January, life got real – Brian was diagnosed with Leukemia. By enduring multiple chemotherapy treatments at the James Cancer Center at Ohio State Univerisity, Brian’s cancer is now in remission and he’s continuing to be proactive in his fight.
I invite you, Donewaiting readers, to join me for the second annual Chip Midnight 40th birthday bash, at KOBO (2590 N. High St.) which is not only an excuse to get together a bunch of bands I really dig to cover songs I really like, but, more importantly, is an opportunity to help raise money for the Hake-n-Roll Pelotonia team which will be riding 100 miles earlier that day to support the James Cancer Center at the Ohio State University. A portion of each $7 cover will be donated to the Hake-n-Roll team. Continue reading →
Last winter when I interviewed Lydia Loveless for Columbus Monthly, she was already thinking about her next album, saying, “I was thinking like a Chris Isaak-type album…. I have this plot to get [guitarist] James Wilsey. He did all the Wicked Game guitar parts. Now he just plays weird, instrumental desert music. I think that would be pretty awesome.”
Well, guitarist Todd May (Lilybandits, Mooncussers) is still in tow, but apparently Loveless still has Isaak on the brain. Here’s a new tune she and her band have been road-testing. This performance comes from a Sound Opinions session on Chicago’s WBEZ. And unlike “Steve Earle,” “Chris Isaak” isn’t a tongue-in-cheek stalker song. Give it a listen.
As we’ve noted, and as you’re likely aware, Saturday is Record Store Day. Here’s everything you should need to navigate RSD in Columbus. Feel free to add any additional relevant info in the comments.
Columbus RSD releases: Lydia Loveless has an official RSD exclusive 7-inch release on Bloodshot featuring “Bad Way to Go” from Indestructible Machine backed with a cover of Elvis Costello’s “Alison” (750 copies nationwide). Moviola is releasing a split 7-inch with North Carolina’s Hiss Golden Messenger (ex-Court and Spark members). It’ll have Moviola’s “Yankee Road” b/w HGM’s “Shiloh Town” (by Tim Hardin); 200 copies available at Used Kids, Lost Weekend and the Wexner Center store. The first release of Lost Weekend Records’ new label of the same name is a 7-inch featuring The Guinea Worms’ Will Foster doing “G-A-u,n,t GAUNT” and indie filmmaker Nasli Hovsepian doing “Reba’s Face” (more background and info on this release, plus some RSD background, in The Other Paper); 150 black, 130 purple and 15 tie-dyed available only at Lost Weekend on Saturday. Athens orchestral-folk act The Ridges is also releasing “The Insomniac’s Song (Live with The Sleepless Singers)” — “a limited run, LP-sized, 12″x12,” hand-screened printed poster that comes with a download code,” available locally at Magnolia Thunderpussy.
And here’s the skinny on all Columbus record stores, including address and any extended Saturday hours, live band/DJ performances, whether or not the store ordered RSD exclusives, store discounts for RSD and any other extras the shops are offering (Update: Added Endangered Species in Delaware):
It seems hometown girl Lydia Loveless turned even more heads this year at SXSW. SPIN named her one of its “Best of SXSW,” saying she’s “one of the most badass country or Americana or rootsy-fartsy songwriters working today. Her Red Eyed Fly set at the Bloodshot Records showcase was a revelation…. Loveless may not even be a household murmur right now, but she’ll get hers soon enough, and the old alt-country guard better look out.” Greg Kot at the Chicago Tribune was similarly complimentary, and the LA Timescalled her Saturday night set a “high-energy, don’t-mess-with-me take from a rising young should-be-star with an outlaw bent…. [“More Like Them”] is equally relentless and stubborn, indicative of an artist who isn’t interested in hearing your advice. With songs like these, she doesn’t need it.”
Sounds like the Donewaiting fave did all right for herself. Check out the above video of Loveless and Ben Lamb doing an acoustic version of “Back on the Bottle” at SXSW for the Rhapsody “Stripped Down by the River” series.
The folks at Sleepover Shows shot this video of Lydia Loveless doing “Learn to Say No” inside the unnamed statue at MIT. Check out the rest of the session for “More Like Them” and “Bad Way to Go.”
Loveless will stop in Columbus Friday at the Rumba Cafe with Shane Sweeney of Two Cow Garage, Lost Revival and 10 High (featuring Chris McCoy and Sean Beal). Then on Saturday, it’s Stuart’s Opera House’s all-Ohio Cabin Fever Festival with Loveless, Nick Tolford & Co., Buffalo Killers (Cincinnati), The Sundresses (Cincinnati), Sportfishing USA (Yellow Springs/Athens) and J.D. Hutchison (Athens). Tickets $12.
The biggest struggle when putting together this list is how to rank the albums. What exactly is the difference between a #1 and a #2 album? Without doubt, Viva Brother’s “Darling Buds of May” was the song I listened to the most in 2011 and the album it comes from is pretty damn good. But is it my favorite album as a whole? The Damnwells have consistently put out great material and I’m sure I listened to No One Listens to the Band Anymore more, front to back, than any album on the list but did I do that because it’s the best album of the year or because I know the guys personally and listening to them makes me happy?
So, I decided the best way to do it is to list the albums alphabetically, showing no favoritism and not being forced to rank anything. A few comebacks, a few previous favorites, a couple of new UK bands, some metal, some country, some hair metal. Pretty typical for me.
AA Bondy – Believers (Fat Possum)
Not as barebones as early solo material, not as scuzzy as his ‘90s alt-rock band Verbena, AA Bondy split the difference on this moody, late night listen. Listen: “The Heart is Willing”
Anthrax – Worship Music (Megaforce)
The legendary NYC thrashers pick up where they left off the last time Joey Belladonna sang lead vocals (1990’s Persistence of Time) on 2011’s best (and most surprising considering some internal issues Anthrax had with short-timer vocalist Dan Nelson) metal album. Listen: “In the End”
AWOLNATION – Megalithic Symphony (Red Bull Records)
I would never have checked out this band had my old friend Christopher Thorn (Blind Melon) not been playing guitar. A complete 180 from Blind Melon’s sound, AWOLNATION’s slickly-produced techno-soul-pop shows a wide range of diversity from one track to the next. Listen: “Soul Wars” Continue reading →
This year’s list of favorites is fairly sedate (even for me), with just a little ruckus here and there. Lots of morning-coffee music, which I guess says something about my 2011. But music’s strength is its pliability. It can be whatever you need it to be at the moment, especially when we have instant access to virtually any song ever recorded, often for free. Judging by this list, I needed music to be a salve more than a release valve this year.
I also never expected my favorite album to come from someone who held the spot previously, but the iTunes “most played” playlist doesn’t lie. It’s a divisive one, but people who like it really like it.
I picked 15 favorites and several honorable mentions, plus a Favorite Columbus Albums list below — separate but equal in enjoyment and quality. As usual, I limit my lists to albums, so some EPs and 7”s I liked (e.g. Envelope, Sundown, Malefactors of Great Wealth, Dolfish) aren’t listed.
As Chip said about Wussy’s Chuck Cleaver, “One wouldn’t expect the heavily tattooed Cincinnati songwriter to produce his best collection of songs this late in his already highly-prolific career, but that’s exactly what he’s done.”
The Andyman-A-Thon is a Holiday tradition that is entering it 19th year. The late Andyman Davis would stay on his radio station’s airwaves, awake for 48 hours straight to raise money for children’s charties in Columbus.CD102.5 Listeners were encouraged to call in to request songs and donate money.
The Andyman-A-thon will take place December 16-18th this year.
The 2nd annual Andyman-a-thon Benefit Concert is this Wednesday (Nov. 23) at the LC. Watershed, Nick Tolford & Company, Lydia Loveless, and The Phantods will perform. Check out the event video below.
Black Keys fans will be stoked to know that the Keys will be on Saturday Night Live December 3rd. Steve Buscemi is the host. Continue reading →
She sings, “Being good is killing me inside,” and it makes sense that she can’t stand that inner death happening so she changes it. She shuffles the deck and makes sure that she’s not going to get beat down much more than she can take, or much more than she can handle. For being so young, Loveless has already honed a sassiness, a sexiness and the sharpest of personalities as a woman and as a songwriter. She’s salty and she’s willing to get into the details, never pulling punches, but singing it the way that it needs to be sung. Her sorry stories about the bullshit that happens to her over and over need to come out with the piss in them, with the he momentary lapses in decorum or ladylike behavior.
You can download Lydia Loveless’ 5-song Daytrotter session here.
Not exactly a CD release party for a CD that’s been available to purchase both physically and digitally for a few weeks, Lydia Loveless plays Columbus on Saturday night for the first time since her badass twang-rocker Indestructible Machine was released by Bloodshot Records on September 13.
While Josh Krajcik put Columbus in the national spotlight due to his 7-minutes (so far) of fame on the X-Factor (one of Loveless’s first shows was with Krajcik), glowing reviews have been piling up for Loveless, the introverted (at least when she’s not on stage) singer whose biographical tales of local stalkers, woebegone relationships with both bad boys and alcohol, and the reality of everyday life have struck a chord with music listeners worldwide.
Welcome Lydia Loveless back to Columbus on Friday night when she makes an appearance at Rumba Cafe along with The Mooncussers and a solo set from Two Cow Garage’s Shane Sweeney. Copies of Indestructible Machine will be available at the show though you all certainly own it by now!