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Photos: Donewaiting.com 6 Year Anniversary


Click here to see all of Cassie’s photos from the night.

Also, if some random dude took your photo, chances are you can find it here. There were a lot of good looking people at this show (present company excluded).

Reminder: Donewaiting 6 Year Anniversary January 24 in Columbus

This is going to be fun, assuming the modern ice age hasn’t overtaken.

Get to know your bands with these MP3s:
Envelope: Straight Up (featuring Hugs and Kisses)
Two Cow Garage: Your Humble Narrator
Moon High: Gathering Song
Adulture: Selfish Minimix 2

Feel good about yourself and RSVP on Facebook. (Poster by Reno of course)

Favorite Albums, Songs and Concerts of 2008 by Robert Duffy

Florence and the Machine 3
(Florence and the Machine)

While looking back at 2008’s year in music, I decided that for the first time I didn’t want to make a list of just albums. Now that most of the money I spend on music is either via vinyl or mp3s, it didn’t make sense to keep it that limited. So far that reason, I’ve mixed up albums, singles and live performances into one list. Equal ranking, no handicaps.

Another first in this list is the addition of a lot of Columbus music to my overall picks. Previous years there might have been one or two locals that made appearances, but this time around there’s a total of 5 Columbus hits out of 13. I was never was good at math but I think that’s like 123.b3%. It’s a great time to be a fan of music and living in Columbus.

With each entry you’ll find buy/video/mp3 and stream links. Give ’em a click and maybe you’ll find a new favorite too.

1. Florence and the Machine, Live @ SXSW & Kiss With a Fist (single)
It’s been nine months since SXSW, and Florence and the Machine’s performance still echoes in my brain. It was a demonstration of fire and energy, of putting all of your soul out there and giving the audience something to remember. Click here to see a video of the show.

Kiss With a Fist is a perfect song of rage and revenge without apology. Florence’s voice reminds me Dorothy Love filtered through Karen O’s artistis sensibility and goddamn if this song isn’t catchy as hell. I think I read on the BBC website that in parts of London you can actually not be charged with assault if you tell the police that you were inspired by this song.

While other albums that came out this year certainly were amazing, nothing could beat this single song as my top choice of the year.
Buy Vinyl on Amazon | Buy from Label

Kiss With a Fist Video

2. The Dodos, Visiter (album)
Visiter is such a rich album to listen to, it’s hard for me to do anything else while playing it on my headphones. It’s rare that I actually notice the drums or banjo or backup vocals in beautiful detail, and that’s what helps makes this album such a standout.
MP3: Red and Purple | Buy on Amazon

3. Times New Viking, Rip it Off (album)
The first time I saw Times New Viking was when they opened up for The Arcade Fire in Columbus. (To put it in perspective, the show wasn’t even halfway sold out of a 400 capacity venue). My initial impressions were “okay i don’t get it.” Everything started to make much more sense as time passed and I was able to see them live more. Songs are fuzzy and distorted and recorded on equipment that might have been recovered from a basement flood, but they have enough kick in them to fill an arena. These damaged pop songs make up one of the most important albums in recent Columbus history. I can’t wait to hear what they do next.
MP3: Drop Out | Buy on Amazon | Donewaiting.com Interview

4. Gnarls Barkley, The Odd Couple (album)
It would have been easy for Gnarls Barkley to try and recreate the success of “Crazy”, but instead they took an artistic and far more interesting turn. I love the slow burn of this noiry lounge album. Cee Lo’s voice still goes down nice and smooth and Danger Mouse knows how to assemble the right beats and instruments to wrap around it. Don Draper approves.

Buy on Amazon | Youtube

5. Los Campesinos!, Hold On Now, Youngster and We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed (albums)
It’s not fair to other bands when one band comes around and puts out two amazing records in the same year. The nerve! Anyway, both are a logical extension of the modern Belle and Sebastian discography but with more distortion and just slightly more energy. See…. music can be fun and challenging at the same time.
MP3: Don’t Tell Me to Do The Math(s) | Buy on Amazon

6. Columbus Discount Records, The Columbus Discount Singles Club Year 1
You’ve got to have a lot of confidence (and a twinge of insanity) to be a small label and decide to commit to a year-long vinyl singles club (run of 250 each). The gamble paid off both financially (the club sold out within weeks) and musically, with bands like El Jesus de Magico releasing some of their finest work. Still to come in the series: The Unholy Two, Psychedelic Horseshit, Mike Rep and many more. Forget trying to create bullshit slogans like “Indie Art Capital of the World,” Columbus Discount Records should be looked upon as a true banner of inspiration to the entire arts community in Columbus.
Message Board Discussion | Buy Online — sold out!!

7. Langhorne Slim, Langhorne Slim (album)
When I was relistening to this album as a primer for the list writing, I finally realized that most of the songs on this album hover around the 2 and 3 minutes mark. It struck me as interesting because in each short song an incredibly detailed picture is painted with Slim’s lyrics. Call it hit and run songwriting maybe. This album is a great example of a band living in the Americana genre but not sounding completely cliche.
MP3: Hello Sunshine | Buy on Amazon | On Letterman

8. Alina Simone, Everyone is Crying Out to Me, Beware (album)
I can just imagine Alina’s pitch… “Okay, here’s my idea… I am going to do an album of all covers. And they’re songs written by a Russian musician. And yeah, I am going to sing all the songs completely in Russian…. Oh and I am going to put her photo on the cover and not mine.” While this album may be sung completely in Russian, it only enhances the impact. Desperation and longing and hope pour out of Alina’s voice with each song, making it one of the most emotional albums released this year.
MP3: Half My Kingdom | Buy on Amazon

9. Two Cow Garage, Speaking in Cursive (album)
On Two Cow Garage’s fourth album, they’ve finally hit their side. You can hear the confidence in their songwriting and singing. Always on the road, in both Europe and the US of A, chances are Two Cow Garage is playing your home town this weekend. People need to throw away their Kings of Leon albums and listen to this instead.
MP3: Your Humble Narrator | Donewaiting.com Interview | Buy on Amazon

10. Envelope, Shark Bolt (album)
Blueprint reigns supreme over the Columbus hip hop scene, but Envelope has quietly slid into the #2 spot. With the release of his second album, this blue collar rapper has shown he’s got what it takes to mix it up in the big leagues. The national press are starting to take notice and things are coming up Envelope in 2009.
MP3: Straight Up (featuring Hugs and Kisses) | Buy on Amazon

11. Vivian Girls, Vivian Girls (album)
This album makes me want to go drag racing and get tattoos and road trip to Austin TX and find those vampires from that one Tarantino movie and stab them in their undead, vampire hearts. While all the locals thank me for taking care of their vampire problem, the Vivian Girls will be blairing out of my vintage Mustang.

Buy on Amazon

12. The Hold Steady, Stay Positive (album)
Craig Finn’s cast of characters are back in more episodes of discouragement, dead ends and hopeful dreams. I’ve totally bought into the world he’s created. I want to know everything about the people he sings about and would pay at least $20 for a companion book that expanded upon the songs. And man, there’s so many lyrics casually tossed off that just stick around my thoughts for a real long time.

Buy on Amazon

13. Moon High, Moon High (album)
If you didn’t know that Moon High was from Ohio, you might think they make their music somewhere on a secluded California beach, dividing time between recording and exploring the rock formations in the ocean. There’s a casual beauty that sweeps the entire record that feels warm and breezy. A perfect album to get us through the winter.
MP3: Gathering Song | Buy Album

Road trippin’ with Two Cow Garage

Two Cow Garage

No use in reinventing the wheel. Two Cow Garage has gotten as much love on Donewaiting as just about any band short of Miranda Sound or Ted Leo so I’m not going to waste my time with a historical background or even a song-by-song analysis of the new record, Speaking in Cursive, the band’s first for what has quickly become one of my favorite labels, Suburban Home. What I will say – in way of an intro – is that just as with previous Two Cow CDs, it took me a few listens to really get into the songs, probably (no, not probably, DEFINITELY) because I have yet to hear these songs played live.  But after a few spins, the CD has really, really grown on me.

The Two Cow live experience – all the blood, sweat and tears – is as fine better than 99.9% of the other bands out there trying to make it by relentless touring. Even despite some potential line-up setbacks (read Deville’s cover story in the Alive), Two Cow soldiers on without letting it effect what they give back to the audience, regardless of size, hundreds of nights a year.

MP3: Brass Ring
MP3: Your Humble Narrator

Having just wrapped up a few weeks of tour dates, Two Cow Garage returns home for Saturday night’s Skully’s 7th Anniversary blowout where they’ll hit the stage at 9:20 (this show also serves as an official CD release party for Speaking in Cursive). Somewhere between Austin, Texas and Columbus, the fellas (Micah Schnabel, Shane Sweeney, Chris Flint, Andy Schell, and Cody Smith) answered questions I sent them via email about life on the road.

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New Two Cow Garage Song From New Album

MP3: Your Humble Narrator

We’ve always been in love with Two Cow Garage, and every time they put out a new album we know it’s gonna be good as hell. My first spin with the new one and I can say the boys are better than ever.

Upcoming tour:

9/11/08 – Auntie Mae’s Parlor – Manhattan, KS
9/12/08 – 3 Kings Tavern – Denver, CO
9/13/08 – Triple Nickel Tavern – Colorado Springs, CO
9/14/08 – Surfside Seven – Fort Collins, CO
10/04/08 – Valentine’s – Albany, NY
10/10/08 – Bone Island Grill – Jackson, MI
10/11/08 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
10/31/08 – Will’s Pub – Orlando, FL
11/01/08 – Cafe Bohemia – St. Petersburg, FL
11/02/08 – The Fest @ Common Grounds – Gainesville, FL
11/08/08 – Off Broadway (CD RELEASE SHOW) w/ Glossary – St. Louis, MO

The new album, “Speaking in Cursive,” comes out September 23. I’ve heard some vinyl rumors but can’t confirm yet.

Previously: Two Cow Garage Donewaiting.com European Tour Diary

Benefit for Haiku Hit and Run Victims Saturday in Columbus

On the evening of May 15, Rachel Widomski was seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver outside of Haiku restaurant. Rachel’s severe spinal cord injuries will leave her paralyzed for life. Please join us in a city-wide fundraising effort to help support Rachel and her family during her long road to recovery.

Benefit Concert
Saturday, June 7 5:30pm – 11:00pm
Corner of North High St. & Hubbard St. (next to Haiku)
Round out your Gallery Hop evening with a free outdoor concert featuring local music acts. Volunteers will be on hand to accept donations to Rachel’s fund.

5:30 pm – DJ True Skills
6:00 pm – Bob Ray Starker
7:00 pm – Megan Palmer
8:00 pm – Karate Coyote
9:00 pm – Paper Airplane
10:00 pm – Two Cow Garage

Click here for complete details.

Two Cow Garage European Tour 2008

Columbus’ Two Cow Garage are heading East for their second European tour. Lots of dates, lots of countries. If you’re in the area, do yourself a favor and check them out.

MP3: Should’ve California

Jan 23 2008 1:00PM Plato (Deventer, Netherlands) In-Store
Jan 23 2008 8:00PM Burgerweeshuis (Deventer, Netherlands)
Jan 24 2008 5:00PM Parkhof TBC (Alkmaar, Netherlands) Radio
Jan 24 2008 8:00PM Studio 6 (Hilversum, Netherlands)
Jan 25 2008 12:00PM Sounds Poptotaalzaak TBC (Venlo, Netherlands)
Jan 25 2008 10:00PM Perron 55 (Venlo, Nehterlands)
Jan 27 2008 8:00PM Paradiso w/ Iron And Wine (Amsterdam,Netherlands)
Jan 29 2008 8:00PM HUB (Exeter, UK)
Jan 30 2008 8:00PM Prince Albert (Brighton, UK)
Jan 31 2008 8:00PM Windmill (Brixton, UK)
Feb 1 2008 8:00PM Dirty Water Club (London, UK)
Feb 4 2008 8:00PM Savoy Club (Gijon, Spain)
Feb 5 2008 8:00PM Gruta ’77 (Madrid, Spain)
Feb 9 2008 8:00PM Elvis et Moi (Fribourg, Switzerland)
Feb 10 2008 8:00PM Arci Tunnel Club (Reggio Emilia, Italy)
Feb 11 2008 @ SKC (Belgrade, Serbia)
Feb 13 2008 @ KSET (Zagreb, Croatia)
Feb 14 2008 8:00PM Subway to Peter (Chemnitz, Germany)
Feb 15 2008 8:00PM Real Music Club (Lauchhammer, Germany)
Feb 17 2008 8:00PM 013 (Tilburg, Netherlands)