Posts Tagged ‘cd’

The Show Report, 8/20: A Fond Farewell by any other name…

August 20, 2009

Imagine this scenario: You’re in a band (woo!), you record your debut album in a day at a very good studio (damn we’re efficient!) and even send it out for some early reviews (free publicity rules!). From there, all hell breaks loose. You discover your band name is shared with another band… in Germany (seriously?!), and that said band just signed a record deal and wants you to vacate its band name (sigh). Then you run into glitches (i.e. money crunch) in the CD release process, meaning the record you recorded in a day took longer to get to the public than some other bands take to record and release theirs (good grief). Such is the plight of Sunrise Cassette, formerly known as A Fond Farewell and presently releasing its album Deal With It with a concert at Nathan P. Murphy’s tonight with openers Anthony Narvaez, Busted Kid and My Politic. Hopefully that puts an end to the twists and turns for a while, though it’s been a mini-soap opera in the meantime, even if it didn’t have brain tumors, evil twins or any of this.  

Also on tonight’s episode of As Your Music Scene Turns:

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The Show Report, 7/11: CDReleaseapalooza, Day Two: Get your boots on

July 11, 2009

We promised you more CD release party madness tonight, and, oh, are you getting it. The Bootheel is finally ready to present its six-song EP Gold Tops (album review coming shortly) to the masses tonight, and it does so with a shindig at The Outland Ballroom with Cooter Brown and Washington Irving. As if a show with that three-band package deal isn’t reason enough to brave the Ballroom heat, let’s expound on a couple of other details:

1. There is a fresh batch of Bootheel BBQ Sauce ready for sale at tonight’s show. See if this rings a bell:

2. You’re running out of chances to see Washington Irving in concert, so friggin’ do it already. Seriously. We just deployed the word “friggin'” for emphasis. Nineties-tinged indie rock is in your midst and going away soon. Get out and enjoy it.

That’s not even close to all that’s happening tonight:

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Bootheel readies CD release show July 11

June 22, 2009
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From left: Singer/guitarist Todd Balisle, drummer Warren Sandwell, guitarist Brandon Hebbert and bassist Dillon Rudder

Earlier this spring the members of local indie-meets-Southern rock group Bootheel traveled to Chicago for a recording session at The Electrical Audio, owned by recording legend Steve Albini. Great, but what came of the tracks? A handful were put up on the band’s MySpace page for public consumption, but we now receive word that more is on the way. The band has scheduled a CD release party at The Outland Ballroom with fellow performers Washington Irving and Cooter Brown. Not too many details yet regarding the album itself, but given the wild nature of the band’s shows we anticipate one helluva good time when this show goes down.

***UPDATED*** The Show Report, 6/19: One more time…

June 19, 2009

Tonight marks the last concert at The Warehouse (728 W. Wall St.) for a while, we’re told, and those in charge of it are sending it on to hiatus in style. For the room’s goodbye-for-now sendoff, The Short Histories of Powerful Nations host their CD release show in the room with Falcon Punch, Colorado group runfasterscared, Jazzercise, Glass Bottom Boat Ride and Kudzu. Music begins at 9, but there will be a pre-show barbecue with the bands starting at 7. There is no official cover charge, but a donation is suggested for runfasterscared to help with the cost of their travel to and from Springfield.

Elsewhere in your music scene:

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Album Review: A Brief Treatise on Land Ownership Vol. 1, by The Short Histories of Powerful Nations

June 18, 2009

CD101_out [Converted]Say what you will about the sheer long-windedness of the band’s name and album title; The Short Histories of Powerful Nations have a lot on their minds and, frankly, aren’t interested in pleasing the masses. A Brief Treatise On Land Ownership Vol. 1 is hard rock as high art, a three-song revisionist history lesson not afraid to point fingers or blow speakers. Doc Brown is taking you on a metaphorical DeLorean ride through the muck of greed and failure, and you had better have your five-point harness strapped tightly.

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Musical, um, bands: Glass Bottom Boat Ride back on SHOPN CD release show

June 15, 2009
Fr rlz this time... definitely. We think. Maybe. Yes. Yes? Yes.

Fr rlz this time... definitely. We think. Maybe. Yes. Yes? Yes.

It’s okay; our heads are spinning, too. When The Short Histories of Powerful Nations released the list of bands joining them for their CD release party Friday, June 19, the group included Falcon Punch, runfasterscared and Jazzercise. Fellow local hard-rock group Glass Bottom Boat Ride was mentioned, too. First, we were told they might play, then that they would play, then that they wouldn’t play… Now, once again, the band is on the show lineup. Apparently, GBBR put playing ahead of its schedule issues (some of the members are supposed to work that night) and, as a result, the show lineup is back up to five acts. Make that six; local group Kudzu is now on the lineup, as well. Hopefully all six bands wind up taking the stage Friday night at The Warehouse. We’re running out of minutes for last-minute changes.

Album Review: Black Lungs & Bitter Tongues, by Iseah

June 12, 2009

Iseah- Black Lungs & Bitter TonguesIseah‘s EP Black Lungs & Bitter Tongues brings an intensity so unusually sharp it should come with a warning label of some kind. Perhaps Do not listen to unless other modern hard-rock bands bore you would be appropriate. In a genre that has become the new least-common-denominator form of rock music–let’s face it, it’s easier to scream than sing and easier to look cool playing guitars in drop chords–Iseah distinguishes itself by being a band that plays with genuine ability–and genuine aggression. Without intending to resort to rock cliche, every instrument sounds weapon-like.

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Glass Bottom Boat Ride taken off of SHOPN CD release show lineup

June 10, 2009

The concert countdown is in full swing for The Short Histories of Powerful Nations‘ CD release concert at The Warehouse Friday, June 19, but just as soon as the full band lineup–SHOPN, Falcon Punch, Colorado group runfasterscared, Jazzercise and Glass Bottom Boat Ride–was announced, things hit a snag. Scheduling conflicts (damn jobs) will prevent GBBR from being able to play at the show, after all, and an attempt to substitute The First Teenager Ever on the bill fizzled as well. The show is still a little more than a week away, so there remains a possibility of seeing another act added to the concert in time to be ready, but the odds get longer with each passing day. Still, the four-band lineup in place is a pretty killer show. We’ll keep you posted on any new developments.

UPDATED 6/9: GBBR no longer added, First Teenager Ever added to SHOPN CD release lineup

June 5, 2009

shopnflyer2As we announced earlier this week, The Short Histories of Powerful Nations is readying a CD release show at The Warehouse (728 W. Wall St.) in a couple of weeks–Friday, June 19, to be exact. Even at the time of the initial announcement we were warned of the possibility of more surprises in store. Today comes the news that Glass Botton Boat Ride is now off the show and The First Teenager Ever will be joining the already-announced lineup of SHOPN, Falcon Punch, runfasterscared and Jazzercise. It’s a tough group of bands to match for intensity, to be sure, but The First Teenager Ever should be up to the challenge. Keep an eye out for more details as they come in.

The Show Report, 6/4: The Storyline continues

June 4, 2009

Like sands through the hourglass… wait, that’s a little too soap-opera for this occasion. It’s a big night for Storyline, but not a night for melodrama. Instead, the local power-pop band plays The Outland Ballroom tonight for its CD release party, along with opening act Escape From Maya. (If you haven’t heard the band’s new EP Welcome Home, by the way, it’s quite the enjoyable listen.) The rest of your live-music Thursday, of course, is after the break.

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Album Review: Welcome Home, by Storyline

June 2, 2009

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Though it’s really only 50% new–three tracks appeared on the band’s previously distributed demo–Welcome Home is a, ahem, welcome step forward for Storyline, and further proof that the band is not One Star Story Mach II.

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Time for your history lesson: The Short Histories of Powerful Nations CD release @ The Warehouse 6/19

June 2, 2009

the-short-histories-of-powerful-nations-the-underground-42509-by-thefourfourcom-springfields-music-blogThank God this show is a little more than two weeks away. We need psych-up time. Lately The Short Histories of Powerful Nations have been putting on some of the most intense concerts we’ve seen in Springfield in quite some time, mixing heavy, fast music with wild, flailing performance art. In short, it’s like watching hardcore on speed and having every band member do his best Jim-Morrison-if-Morrison-played-an-instrument impersonation… with an occasional horn interlude. It’s fantastically chaotic stuff; it also hasn’t been committed to record–until now. The band finally has its EP, A Brief Treatise on Land Ownership Vol. 1, ready for public consumption, and a killer CD release concert ready to roll June 19 to celebrate. We’ll tell you more about it after the break.

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Matt Stell & The Crashers CD release May 9

April 23, 2009

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Matt Stell

For weeks before we saw them we heard the buzz around Matt Stell & The Crashers, and we finally caught a set at Tommy Leo’s on a wild St. Patrick’s Day night and saw what people were talking about. Now the group is preparing to take the next step up with a CD release party for its newly completed album, The Sound and the Story, at The Outland Ballroom May 9 with opening act The Josh Davis Band. The show forms part of the band’s trek through Missouri, Kansas and Texas, a tour that includes a return trip to the Ballroom May 30 to perform with Brian Lumley & Red Dirt Underground, all in support of the album’s nationwide release. Could a nationwide tour be next?

HeartPunch booking second gig, recording

April 22, 2009

The thing with supergroups is you almost never can confine them to just one show. It’s often a meeting of talents too good to deny more opportunity, and such appears to be the case with local-music conglomerate HeartPunch. Frontman Yankton Sothern’s cathartic side project (he usually drums for Bottlefish and still plays guitar when Fullers Earth gets together) brought together Steve Newman of The Domino Kings, Lou Whitney of The Skeletons and The Morells and Ritchie Allen of BringYourGreenHat for a show so well received that Sothern says it’s planning a second show at Lindberg’s in May; no word on the official show date yet. The group is also working on coordinating schedules to lay down Sothern’s tracks for an upcoming album release. It may never become a regularly performing band–the members are all involved in far too many projects to make that seem feasible–but another show with the quartet together should give those at the original High Life Live show something to look forward to, as well as a second chance for those who missed it.

Take the GMAs Best Bands home with you on a compilation CD

April 9, 2009

GMA_2009LOGOThe GO Music Awards Best Band showcase is a little more than a week away, but even after it’s over you can take a quick-hit version of the day’s musical events home with you. GO Magazine has teamed up with the five finalists to bring you the ultimate Best Band 2009 album. It’s a sweet introduction to the bands for those who come to Rock ‘n’ Ribs uninitiated, or a keepsake for those familiar with the acts. We’ve got the playlist after the break.

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