Posts Tagged ‘pilot whale’

The Rugs return, with a new (old) member

August 24, 2009

rugs_promoIt’s not often that The Rugs get to play a show these days, what with lead singer Matt Dampier living in Kansas City and all, but the band has been able to put together a show this Saturday (August 29) at Lindberg’s together with Pilot Whale, The Tall Dark & Handsomes and Matthew Darkly, Dampier’s other Moodring Records music project. Good news, certainly, and worthy of mention, albeit perhaps not on its own, but there’s an added detail that changes that: According to guitarist Eric SchuchmannDonnie Thompson, The Rugs’ original drummer, is back in the lineup and will be playing the Lindberg’s show. Thompson, probably best known for his work on guitar with The Morells, The Skeletons and The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, bowed out of The Rugs a couple of years ago and was replaced by Brian Azevedo. To our knowledge, it’s the first time the group’s original lineup has performed together in more than two years. Now the question becomes: Permanent change or one-show-only switchover?

Pilot Whale’s “Tax Dance” video hits the interwebs

August 17, 2009


We loves us some Pilot Whale. We love his songs, his antics and his large assortment of costumes. J.R. has given us another gift…a video for famed song “Tax Dance.” Click through for linksies to watch the video.


The Show Report, 8/7: Put that Dirty Blonde wig on, baby. It’s a very sexy night.

August 7, 2009

Dirty Blondes at ArtWalk? Isn’t ArtWalk supposed to be a family-friendly, chill event? Oh, not tonight, chickadees. Tonight the four Dirty Blondes–namely Ranald Ives Cummings III, Renton Fallstaff, Nathan Mattney and Timmy Miano–take over ArtWalk night with the sexiest, sloppiest, most debaucherous show this side of a Tokyo sex show. (Well, it’s good horny punk rock, anyway.) It’s also the last night you’ll ever get to see said show happen, as the band says farewell on The Outland Ballroom’s stage tonight. Joining them will be The Disappointments, who are pulling the double-whammy of a CD release party and farewell show of their own; the immortal Pilot Whale, not seen since his set with Black Box Revue earlier this summer; and The Vagina Massacre, who win the prize for Best Band Name in Springfield and, we’re told, rock at the simulated-concert game Rock Band. They must, since they perform using the game. Expect one hell of a rock show… and, by the end of the night, one hell of a mess. But then, in the world of Dirty Blondes, messy is good.

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I Want My RanTV: The Top 5 Dirty Blondes Videos of All Time, Parts 1 & 2

August 4, 2009

dirtyblondesoutlandCall us fans of crazy ideas, and especially fans of local-musician enthusiasm.

I can think of a few other things, too…

Geez, someone hasn’t had their morning coffee. Anyway, when we got back from last night’s Primer 55 show at The Outland Ballroom we were greeted with a gem of a brainstorm sitting in our inbox courtesy of Ranald Ives Cummings III. You may know Cummings as the singer for the local punk rock group The Dirty Blondes, and you may also know the Blondes are playing their going-away show this Friday night at The Outland Ballroom with The Disappointments (also playing their last gig/CD release party) and Pilot Whale (who had better not be playing his last gig).

With the big show coming up, Cummings wrote us with the idea of a countdown of the five best Dirty Blondes Videos (aka DBVs; sort of like WMDs only the UN is more likely to find them) with #1 debuting Friday morning. Cummings even wrote them all out. Brilliant, yes? Well, he forgot one important detail: By sending it in overnight Monday, the countdown is set back a day. What’s the fun in playing the best-ever Dirty Blondes vid once the band no longer exists? Not ones to let a good plan go to waste, we’ve decided to get things back on track by giving you the bottom end of the countdown–i.e. the first two videos–on the same day, followed by the last three one at a time and ending on Friday as intended. So who’s ready to see some less-than-fully clothed, sometimes cross-dressing men play libido-infused punk rock?! Ran takes the reigns after the break.


The Dirty Blondes announce final show

July 23, 2009

The Dirty Blondes, The Outland,

It’s been known for some time now that local punk rock stalwarts The Dirty Blondes are splitting up–they even kind of cryptically danced around the subject on The FourFour Show–but in the almost two months since there has been no follow-up announcement. Now, Blondes fans, take solace; you’ll have one last chance to wave goodbye as you (and they) thrash around the room. The Blondes will play their farewell show August 7 at The Outland Ballroom with Pilot Whale, The Disappointments and Rock Band-based, er, rock band The Vagina Massacre. The show will also be the CD release party for The Disappointments, and, if the Blondes’ MySpace blog is to be believed, its farewell, too. Two endings, a new album, a dance party and an impromptu Rock Band showcase… would you want any more from a Dirty Blondes show? You know, besides another show after it?

The Show Report, 6/6: Rock it darkly

June 6, 2009

Tonight continues the debut weekend of the long-awaited semi-local rock group Matthew Darkly, a collaborative project between Rugs singer Matt Dampier and guitarist Eric Schuchmann. Also on the bill are Pilot Whale and The First Teenager Ever, all at Lindberg’s. You’ve been hearing the singles and EPs at the Moodring Records website for some time now; if you misssed the group’s first-ever show at Patton Alley Pub, now is your second chance.

Also playing tonight:


Reminder: Tonight @ 8, auction for the right to shave J.R. Top’s beard

May 12, 2009

In case you forgot, tonight’s the night. Be at Lindberg’s by 8 p.m. to see Sweetwater Abilene and Pilot Whale creator J.R. Top auction off the chance to shave off his beard onstage. All proceeds will go to the AIDS Project of the Ozarks. It’s not exactly a concert, but who cares? You can be a witness to history–sort of–instead.

The FourFour Show is having a whale of a good time this week

May 6, 2009

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Ladies and Gentleman, is proud to present the ninth episode of The FourFour Show with Kurtzender. Sit back, relax, and turn that noggin into mush with us.


De-beard J.R. Top for charity

April 29, 2009

jr-topIt’s been more than a year since anyone has seen J.R. Top‘s chin. When the frontman for Sweetwater Abilene and Pilot Whale (and theremin player for The BoogeyMen) stopped shaving below the chin he had no idea he would wind up with the wavy auburn facial mane he sports today. But grow, curl and wave it did, and the result is arguably the most distinctive feature in the Springfield Music Scene.

Now Mr. Top’s beard is coming off for a good cause, and you can be the one with shears in hand to do it. Find out how after the break.

Super Photo Post! Short Histories of The First Teenager who’s Pilot Whale is Like The Spider from a Greene Coast with Bottlefish where Matt Stell and Yeltsin were Dreaming of Tony Danza Tapdancing in a Dirty Old Towne with a Trust Company named Ha Ha Tonka

March 18, 2009

Now that’s the longest title ever, beating my previous record last week. That should give you the text preview.

For a quick image preview, click through and see the other half of this post…or hit our Flickr and take a look at all the photos.


World Premiere: The FourFour Show with guest JR Top

March 13, 2009


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Ladies and Gentleman, is proud to present the first episode of The FourFour Show with Kurtzender. Sit back, relax, and turn that noggin into mush with us.

J.R. Top goes solo… for a night

January 7, 2009

jrFresh–if a little sweaty–from his J.R.-A-Thon combo of Pilot Whale and Sweetwater Abilene concerts at The Outland Saturday night comes another chance to see Mr. Top perform: Thursday evening at the Park Central Branch library, a solo set this time around. Yes, J.R. will perform as just J.R.; no assumed names or funny costumes. This time it’s all about the songs, which to us means a chance to see one of the city’s most underestimated songwriters in action. The free show starts at 7 p.m.

It’s a local-music vlog

December 18, 2008

videoiconWe don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there has been a proliferation of videos coming from the local music scene lately. Promo videos for albums, single-song music videos… all covered. Being the fans of eye candy that we are, we’ve stockpiled those we can (sadly, we can’t embed MySpace TV vids) and are passing along the digital-vid goodness on to you. Think of it as FourFourTube. Click through and prepare to vege.


A Punk Rock Wednesday you can’t afford to miss

December 17, 2008

As we’ve said before, the holidays mean reunion time, and tonight is another one you can add to the list: The Dishwashers, former Adrenals bassist Christine Gaisser’s original band, reforms for a one-night-only show at that burgeoning Outland institution, Punk Rock Wednesday. The other punk acts on the bill include The Witz and the surf-rock-meets-horror-movie sounds of The Boogeymen.

Meanwhile, as John Cleese used to say, now for something completely different: The fourth act on the Punk Rock Wednesday lineup is none other than Pilot Whale (performing with a full backing band!), the electro-dance alter ego of Sweetwater Abilene architect J.R. Top and the force behind “Work Related Christmas Party,” already in the pantheon of great local-music holiday songs. Drop in early and be ready for a surprise. (We won’t spoil it.)