March 2004 – Saw The Dears at SXSW. My first year there, my first experience with the band. Somebody said, before we saw them, that they are like “The Smiths meet Pink Floyd”. We all leave Emo’s impressed.
March 2006 (I think) – Make it a point to see The Dears at SXSW again even though they are playing my least favorite club. They aren’t scheduled to go on until 1am but I figure I’ll tough it out. They start soundchecking about 5 ’til 1 and continue on for about 10 minutes. Then they proceed to open with an instrumental that felt like it lasted another 10 minutes. I left, totally disappointed.
Sunday, May 10, 2009 – I feel like The Dears owe me one. This is their chance to make it up and, truthfully, I’m not too worried. The new CD, Missles, is a good one even though it originally was supposed to be a Murray Lightburn solo CD from what I’ve read.
Great Northern (read my fresh-off-the-presses interview with them) and Eulogies (read my Dec.’08 interview) open the EARLY show at Skully’s (doors at 6:30, show done around 10pm).
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The above video is for New York, New York by the Dogg Pound Gangstaz. THis video used to make me so mad. It was filmed during the height of the East Coast West Coast conflict. Basically Deathow DPG comes through NYC and crushes. At the time, I was like….how dare these permed out West Coast cats comes thru and knock our buildings down?
Someone in New York shot at DPGz during the video shoot.
Mobb Deep, CNN, & Tragedy dropped a white label L.A.L.A.// which I copped immeadetly.
The irony of these records is that the Crip. lo-lo dropping DPGz made a lyrical diss record, and the New York Muslim cats made a thug record.
Even dumber that some of us in Ohio were bothered by West Coast rappers telling New Yorkers to get off their high-horse.
(Pat Carney of Drummer & Chris Lutsko of the Unholy Two of pose for a picture after the Black Keys show at Skullys. I lied to them and said it was for a men of Ohio indie rock calender that the proceeds would benefit upcoming victims of the Swine Flu. Jared Phillips declined to be in the nonexistant calender.)
I had to work before the show so I didn’t get a chance to get to see the opening act. I work at Magnolia Thunderpussy next to Skullys. So what I did observe was a line that started at 4pm which wrapped well past the Milk Bar and all the way down 5th.
I think every single person that picked up free ticket showed up.
Outside of a club rap show, I don’t think I have seen this much excitement around one band.
Ohio loves TBK.
I got there around 945 right when the Black Keys went on. Seeing a band as large as the Keys in a small venue like this is always amazing. Doods busted out “10 Am Automatic”, “Strange Times” & “Psycotic Girl”.
I don’t recall every song cause I spent the bulk of my time trying to convince girls to buy both DJ Detox and I drinks.
I would tell them Detox was sad because it was his birthday and no one remembered it. Then the girls would ask him about it.
He would tell them he didn’t know what the fuck they were talking about, that was I was lieing to them and look bewildered.
For some reason the girls would still buy us drinks.
After getting the drinks, the next move was trying to ditch the girls which was difficult because the room was so packed and no one wants to move out of the way when they are watching their favorite band.
So you then would just have to act like the conversation never happened.
Jolly goodtime. Amusing oneself while The Black Keys play loudly in an esctatic, intimate setting is perhaps the best way to spend an evening.
Pat shot the shit with us for awhile but declined going to Hendocs with us because the engine of his car had just exploded so he needed to get to Akron.
800 people paid 12-20 dollars to see Diplo in Columbus,Ohio.
For good reason. He invented anything that matters currently in the world of dancing. I mean…do I need to point out how before Diplo it was either James Brown or staying home because nerds wanted to play drum n bass?
I mean he made all of us ex-backpackers or hardcore kids into club goers kinda.
Anyway, after the jump I will recap the show.
Pictures by Danielle Kline may vary due the fact that she took 423 of them. But they are all better then the ones I took on my cellphone camera Continue reading →
I have been an avid fan of you for many years now. I too like manatee’s. The Columbus Zoo has a really nice manatee exhibit.
I suggest you have Schoolboy take you there in Skully’s PT Cruiser before the show.
But, as you may guessed, I am not writing you to discuss zoology.
I am writing to request that you play “Santana’s Town” by the Harlem Diplomats or “I Used to Get it in Ohio” by Killer Camron Giles.
By no means am I unfamilar with your oeuvre.
I consider you to be an intuitive socialogist that operates well above what many call hipster because you are constantly honing in on the fun within organic cultures and streamling them in a manner that makes sense and doesn’t seem forced.
Cleveland Hip Hop looks like it might just make some power moves this year. Mick Boogie been going strong. Kid Cudi is all over Kanye’s new record. Now Chip the Ripper is starting to branch out and do shows all over the place.
Not sure if he can get away with just mouthing his lyrics here, yet.
Chip the Ripper at Skullys tonight.
CJ Townsend is on the bill as well.(CJ I know you check donewaiting only to see if you are mentioned.)
I’ve been looking forward to this show for a long time. Bodies of Water is playing Skully’s tonight with Tulsa and Port O’Brien. I’ve had one of the longest weekends ever, with Miranda Sound’s final shows and a bunch of pre-wedding stuff, but I think I’ve got a bit in my tank left for tonight.
Cuz seriously, the new album by Bodies of Water is shaping up to be one of my favorites of the year. I am a sucker for male/female vocal harmonies done right, and Bodies of Water knock it out of the park. I read someone describe their music as prog gospel, and that sort of gives you an idea of what to expect
Columbus rapper Envelope dropped a cd recently called Sharkbolt. You should buy it. It’s not a very costly entertainment expense. The theme of the album is that as long as you do drugs, or drink you will be able to bond with your friends. 17 dollars should get you a cd, a square meal, and a 40. Does 30 dollars still get you a ten strip these days?
On getting back to the Washington Beach area, our party remained in the road because because Thought Set and Cashola were sparking an L on the corner of Medary and ?????. (Even though I don’t smoke weed, I still can’t recall the intersection.) My completely ancient ringtone that has Jim Jones yelling at me to “pick up the phone stupid” screamed on me at about 3:45 am . After answering my phone to quiet the Capo, on other end was an angry Envelope wanting us to come help him fight. Weed makes people peaceful we didn’t make it there. So Envelope came to us.
Envelope shows up with a bloody hand from punching out a car window. He was obviously upset, so Cashola goes inside his home and finds a computer to break in the residential area’s street. Continue reading →
When I was assembling the five year anniversary events, I I wanted to have some sort of special centerpiece to it all. Something a little extraordinary, something that we might not see anywhere else or ever again.
This was right after the time Brainbow decided to cover a whole bunch of Lord of the Rings music for a Halloween show. I figured if a band could dedicate themselves to doing something like that, maybe they’d be up for doing something for the five year. I knew the band was good friends with Blueprint, and thought that maybe combining the music of Brainbow with the lyrics and rapping of Blueprint could create something truly unique. You’ll be able to find out Saturday night!
I asked Will Fugman about the collaboration, and here’s what he said.
What can people expect from the Blueprint/Brainbow collaboration Saturday?
Will: Well, there’s kinda going to be a little bit of everything. First, as some people have been asking, there won’t be a bunch of Brainbow songs with Blueprint rapping over top of them. We have been approaching this as a collaboration, so we wanted it to be as much of that as possible, with the time constraints we had to work under. We (Brainbow) just started trying to play like we normally would, but with more emphasis on beats, or beats that lend themselves to hip-hop specifically. This was before Al (Blueprint) even came over, and we were just sort of trying to get into that mindset, and see if we could find some sort of compromise that could take both of our sounds, which are pretty different, and put them together.
That’s kinda what we’re going for, but the most important part of the mix, in our opinion, is the vocal element, which is something we’ve never dealt with before. Pretty much everything we’ve done was to work around the framework of Blueprint’s words, verses, choruses, etc. With the exception of one instrumental, which was written by Print, and then brainbowtized by us, you can expect to hear some mellow, some heavy, some funkier stuff (though that sounds a lot scarier than it actually is), some more psyche oriented stuff, as well as a few things that are more aligned with what you might think of when you think of Blueprint.
How has the process been working with Blueprint, an outsider to the band?
Sweet. It’s always a little horrifying to work with new people… We have our own way of working on things, which could be pretty annoying to an outside person. I would imagine it’s even more annoying to a vocalist, but Print knows what’s up with writing music so it wasn’t too bad. He started sending me some stuff over email, some things he thought would lend themselves well to what we’re doing, and we started with those as a skeleton. We took the overall feel of what he had, with the beats and the lyrics, and tried to throw a little of ourselves into it and see what happened. Al’s been really cool about us trying things out, or changing things around a little, which was great.
That’s usually a tricky subject, you know, someone gives you a recording and then you go and try to put your grubby hands all over it, and you’re worried that they won’t like it, or they’ll be offended, or whatever. Al’s been great about being there, being constructive, and being a really big part of the whole thing…which is all everyone could have hoped for. It’s cool, because we’ve shot the shit about doing something like this in the past, so it’s great to actually see what the hell it is we can do together, and it’s been a pretty positive, as well as difficult, experience.
Brainbow and Blueprint will be playing with Miranda Sound, Mike Shiflet, and El Jesus de Magico Saturday at Skully’s. For more information, click here.
This show is awesome 500 different ways, but the thing that you will probably never see again is Rhymesayers/Weightless/Soul Position rapper Blueprint performing his music in collaboration with music by Brainbow.