Just in time for Christmas, Bela Koe-Krompecher issued the following note regarding Anyway Records 20th anniversary celebration:
In celebration of 20 years of debt-making Anyway will host a two nights of shows at Ace Of Cups, December 21-22. Bands playing include: The New Bomb Turks, Moviola, Kyle Sowashes, Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, Connections, Obnox, Necropolis (covering Gaunt), Greenhorn, Belreve, Jenny Mae, St. Lennox, Orchestraville, Winter Makes Sailors, County Pharaohs and more. Proceeds from the show will go to three charities (Peloton, Columbus Music Co-Op and NAMI Ohio). On Saturday, there will be a free kids show starting at 6 PM. Admission will be $7.
We’ll have much more information as the shows get closer, but clear your calendars now, this is one (two) not to be missed.
It’s been three weeks since our friend Alix Reese was tragically shot in the neck while driving on the east side. Multiple fundraisers have taken place and the support for them has been and continues to be incredible. In yet another selfless effort to raise money for medical expenses, Jacob Wooten has gathered the help of 20 local businesses and musicians to release a special limited-edition record for Alix.
The album features 15 different singles, including unreleased tracks by Phantods, Winter Makes Sailors and Wing and Tusk. Only 500 copies will be made, and 100% of the sales will be contributed to the Reese family to help pay for medical bills. The album will be released July 2nd at KOBO. Bands on the album will be performing all night. Albums will also be sold Saturday July 3rd at Skully’s Music Dinner, with Mr. Fahrenheit and The Loverboys with special guest Phantods.
Other contributors to this album include The Compressions, Karate Coyote, Saturday Giant, Sleepers Awake, Way Yes, New City Gypsy, Maza Blaska, Stretch Lefty, LES Crew, Ghost Shirt, Old Worlds and Two Cow Garage.
I just wanted to share this video that my friend Mike Postalakis made for my song “Two States Away.” We took a trip across the country a couple of years ago and I played shows for gas money to help him move to California. He made this video with the footage.
Videos shot solely with tour footage can be hit and miss, but I think this one’s a hit.
Once again the Columbus Music Co-op are throwing a free party in the parking lot of Surly Girl Saloon in Columbus, OH. This event is a fundraiser for their musician’s assistance program and is always a great event – a sort of nice counterpoint to the monster-sized event that is Comfest.
The fine folks at the Columbus Music Co-op have had a busy winter with all kinds of happenings, but spring has sprung, the Parking Lot Blowout is on the distant horizon, and a few other events are emerging from the CMC winter chrysalis. First one is happening this Thursday the 30th at The Shelf, where they’ll be hosting a workshop titled “Legal Issues for Musicians” lead by attorney and co-owner of All Hail Records Tony Clark . You got questions about whether you should be signing with Universal or Sony? RIAA or ASCAP? Or maybe just about how to establish copyright and digital music distribution? I really have no idea if Tony is gonna help you out with your major deal, but I’m betting this is an awesome place to get some fabulous free info on legal matters large and small, and a few of your basic questions answered. The workshop is from 7-9 PM on Thursday- shoot ’em an email to let ’em know you’re coming.
As is the case with almost all the CMC events, this serious business is tempered with a healthy dose of fun. The evening will kick off just downstairs from The Shelf with a happy hour at the Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails, complete with the ladies of the CMC spinning a couple hours (5-7PM) of all local music. I swear a few Commit To Be Lit drinks will make all the legalese magically comprehensible. After the legal workshop, The Shelf space will transition from courtroom to concert hall as it is filled with the dulcet voices of Dan Spurgeon (Bush League All Stars) and Sean Gardner’s solo project Winter Makes Sailors. Music should go from about 9 to 11. If you didn’t get enough booze at Tip Top, bring your own to The Shelf for the show, along with a couple bucks for the performers.
Sean Gardner is Winter Makes Sailor. A one man outfit (sometimes two – with a trumpet player), he has been a part of some of my favorite bands during my stay in Columbus, namely Denovo and Kopaz.
While Kopaz and Denovo played on the edges of aggressive and angular post-punk, this new project goes in a completely different direction. Quiet, delicate and somber are some of the words that came to mind the first time I saw him perform the other day at the Metronome House. I’m really excited about this new musical direction and hope that Sean keeps it up.
On his website he’s got a bunch of demo MP3s you can download. I’ve included two here for your downloading pleasure.
Sean’s on the road:
28 Aug 2008 20:00
Dayton Dirt Collective w/ Ease the Medic Dayton, Ohio
29 Aug 2008 20:00
Musician’s Playground w/ Ease the Medic Tupelo, Mississippi
30 Aug 2008 19:00
The Warehouse w/ Ease the Medic Tuscaloosa, Alabama
31 Aug 2008 20:00
Warehouse w/ Ease the Medic East Ridge, Tennessee