Posts Tagged ‘the rugs’

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?

Matthew Darkly breaks free of the studio. Shows coming in June.

April 30, 2009

md-brokendownorgansUntil now, Moodring Records artist Matthew Darkly was an on-record-only group, releasing a slew of demos that you can listen to or download on the Moodring Records site. However, in recent months Rugs singer Matt Dampier–the brains behind Matthew Darkly–has worked closely with Rugs guitarist/co-songwriter/Moodring honcho Eric Schuchmann to both record a full-length album and prepare the Matthew Darkly project for live performance. The time has come to take the group out of the studio, and we’ll tell you where and when you can finally see it after the break.


The FourFour Show is back with Lou Whitney at The Studio

March 27, 2009


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

The Seed signs with Lemon Drop Records

March 12, 2009


Local reggae faves, The Seed (previously known as Lance Sitton and The Seed) have just signed with local record label Lemon Drop Records. Lemon Drop is home to locals such as The Verbs [Redux], The Spacetones and more. We’ve got the info on their two upcoming albums, cd release shows and more after the jump…


The Rugs to begin recording new album in August

February 26, 2009

Schuchmann (left) and Dampier (right)

We recently received word from Eric Schuchmann, guitarist and co-songwriter for The Rugs, that the group will finally head back into the studio in August to begin recording a new album. Why August? Schuchmann says the band wants to wait until after singer Matt Dampier’s wedding, which is certainly noble reasoning. There’s no official word yet on a release date, but given schedule differences, distance (singer Dampier lives in Kansas City, while the rest of the group is in Springfield) and the group’s it’s-done-when-we’re-happy-with-it nature, we wouldn’t expect a pressed copy before late 2009 or early ’10.

The band’s last release was the single “Magic 8 Ball,” released last November on Moodring Records. The last full album was 2008’s Vacuum.

Rock Talk (1/25/09) Speakeasy, My31Tv, The Rugs, High Strung Music, and The Seed

January 28, 2009


Whew! We had quote a packed show this week. First we have special guests Speakeasy in to talk about their upcoming show, jam an acoustic track, and shoot the shizzle. We also had a very special guest in the studio…My31 TV, yeah, the TV station. Pretty cool we thinks (we’ll have air times for that as soon as we have them). We talked to Liz Valentine about what’s up with the station, her music past, what she does now…and a bit about Rock Talk for the tv portion of the show. We’re not even half way done!

After that, we had The Rugs come in and rap about what they’re up to, as well as Moodring Records and all the awesome free stuff they’re always bringing. Then John from High Strung Music came in to talk about their open jam session and new concert series coming to the store (yeah a concert series and jam at a local music store…Hellz Yeayah!). Then lastly, we ended the show on a mellow note with Springfield’s Reggae/cool vibes act, The Seed. They’re recording home dubs and want to share them with you. Not only that, but they’ll be having a double CD release show soon and a tons of shows between.

Wow! What a show! Tons of music and TONS of great things going on from shows, to recording, to TV! Yeah, this is a good one. Listen in after the break.

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