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ha’fway 2012

4th Jul 12 (Wed) 3 comments

Happy 236th birthday, United States!

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So, here are my faves of the first half of 2012… and outside of the Top 5, it’s all kind of random order on how I feel today… it’s all bound to switch around by year’s end (click album art for sound samples):

Artist Album (style)

  1. OSI Fire Make Thunder (glitch prog)
  2. Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (jazzy pop)
  3. Peter Mulvey The Good Stuff (indie songwriter playing standards with a band)
  4. Damien Jurado Maraqopa (indie rock)
  5. Celldweller Wish Upon A Blackstar (electronica)
  6. Sigur Rós Valtari (ambient icelandic)
  7. Emily Wells Mama (chamber hip-pop)
  8. Floratone Floratone II (jazz)
  9. s/s/s (Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux, Serengeti) – Beak & Claw -EP- (interesting)
  10. Storm Corrosion (Steven Wilson & Mikael Akerfeldt) – Storm Corrosion (ethereal proggy departure)
  11. John Zorn The Gnostic Preludes (jazzy experimental)
  12. John Zorn’s Moonchild Trio (Mike Patton, Trevor Dunn & Joey Baron) with John Medeski – Templars (noise rock)
  13. Earth Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 2 (drone)
  14. The Chance Brothers Growing Concern (indie rock)
  15. Regina Spektor What We Saw From the Cheap Seats (pop)
  16. Ani DiFranco Which Side Are You On? (folk pop songwriter)
  17. Buckethead Electric Sea (gentler instrumental guitar)
  18. Bad Veins The Mess We’ve Made (indie rock)
  19. Cosa Brava (Fred Frith, Carla Kihlstedt, etc) – The Letter (rootsy jazz adventure)
  20. David Krakauer plays Masada Book Two Book of Angels, Vol. 18 (Pruflas) (klezmer jazz)

I didn’t get a few that already came out this year (yet) and whatever “et cetera” that the cool kids are listening to these days; but they may make it to the list at the end of the year.

The 2nd half of 2012 promises to bring some potential great ones, too… a few more from John Zorn, Mike Patton & Luciano Berio’s Laborintus II, Ben Folds Five’s reunion studio album, Ric Hordinski’s Arthurs Garden (physical CD, though the download came out a bit ago), the Dusted debut from Holy Fuck’s Brian Borcherdt, Erin McKeown’s kickstarter, and I’ve heard rumors of a new Nellie McKay disc for the Fall.

Favorite concerts of 2012 (so far):

  • Penn & Teller and Cirque’s Zumanity in Las Vegas, Jan 18th & 20th
  • Secret Chiefs 3 in Eugene & Portland, Feb 6th & 7th
  • Nellie McKay’s I Want To Live! in Eugene & Portland, Mar 2nd & 4th
  • Puscifer in Portland, Mar 14th
  • Seun Kuti & the Egypt 80 in Eugene, Mar 18th
  • Radiohead in Seattle, April 9th
  • Roger Waters presents Pink Floyd’s The Wall in Portland, May 22nd
  • Beck in Bend, May 27th
    (click pictures below for review links)

~Dan – np: CelldwellerWish Upon A Blackstar

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Bad Veins “Dancing on TV” (video premiere)

8th Feb 12 (Wed) Leave a comment

Secret Chiefs 3 & Dengue Fever reviews/setlists/photos from the Eugene & Portland gigs to be
posted tomorrow (Thursday 2/9).  Go here for a teaser… now on to some music news…

As previously mentioned, Cincinnati indie power-pop duo Bad Veins have a new album coming out soon… April 24th – The Mess We’ve Made (Modern Outsider Records).  They just released their video for “Dancing on TV,” featuring a quaint 70s retro vision and the Bad Veins signature move of girl-meets-boy and missed connections… ’tis quite cute:

Pre-order for The Mess We’ve Made is coming soon, per the label.  Bad Veins are not hitting my coast this time… but here are some of their spring tour dates:

Bad Veins 2012 Tour Dates
03/19 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive *

03/20 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room *
03/21 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater *
03/22 – Dekalb, IL @ The House *
03/23 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge *
03/24 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Lounge *
03/25 – Iowa City, IA @ The Blue Moose Tap *
03/27 – Bloomington, IN @ Bluebird Nightclub *
03/28 – Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s Music Hall *
03/29 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/ In *
03/30 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree *
03/31 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade *
04/02 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar *
04/03 – Miami, FL @ Bardot *
04/04 – Orlando, FL @ The Social *
04/05 – Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern *
04/07 – Durham, NC @ Motorco *
04/10 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar *
04/11 – Pawtucket, RI @ The Met Café *
04/12 –  Hamden, CT @ The Space *
04/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy
04/14 – Annapolis, MA @ The Whiskey
04/15 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
04/16 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
05/31 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues ^
06/01 – Austin, TX @ Stubbs BBQ ^
06/04 – Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater ^
06/05 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution ^
06/06 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz ^
06/10 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade ^
06/11 – Carrboro,NC @ Cat’s Cradle ^
06/12 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live! ^

* = w/ We Were Promised Jetpacks
^ = w/ Two Door Cinema Club

~Dan – np: Sean LennonRosencrantz & Guildenstern are Undead

Bad Veins – The Mess We’ve Made

25th Jan 12 (Wed) 1 comment

Bad Veins featured on ABC’s Amplified

3rd Aug 10 (Tue) Leave a comment

Cincinnati rock duo Bad Veins has been a favorite on this blog since their inception… they’ve been growing in audience, and just had a nice little feature on ABC‘s Amplified

Excellent exposure for Ben & Sebastien.  They’re heading out on a West Coast tour with Frightened Rabbit in October after a few Midwest dates with We Are Scientists in August…

August 12 2010 – Record Bar, Kansas City, MO – w/ We Are Scientists
August 13 2010 – The Old Rock House, St. Louis, MO – w/ We Are Scientists

August 14 2010 – The Basement, Columbus, OH – w/ We Are Scientists
August 15 2010 – Brillobox, Pittsburgh, PA – w/ We Are Scientists
August 20 2010 – Fountain Square, Cincinnati, OH – Indie Summer
October 07 2010 – Shadowbox at the Market, Seattle, WA – w/ Frightened Rabbit
October 08 2010 – Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, BC – w/ Frightened Rabbit
October 09 2010 – Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR – w/ Frightened Rabbit
October 10 2010 – The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA – w/ Frightened Rabbit
October 13 2010 – Mayan Theatre, Los Angeles, CA – w/ Frightened Rabbit
October 14 2010 – House of Blues, San Diego, CA – w/ Frightened Rabbit
October 15 2010 – House of Blues, Anaheim, CA – w/ Frightened Rabbit
October 16 2010 – Beauty Bar, Las Vegas, NV – w/ Frightened Rabbit
October 17 2010 – The Clubhouse, Tempe, AZ – w/ Frightened Rabbit
October 19 2010 – Loft @ Palladium, Dallas, TX – w/ Frightened Rabbit
October 20 2010 – Stubbs, Austin, TX – w/ Frightened Rabbit

Keep up with news at badveins.com or their twitter page…

~Dan – np: Bad VeinsOutliers EP

Bad Veins – Outliers EP

2nd Jun 10 (Wed) Leave a comment

According to their show at the Taste of Cincinnati this past weekend, Bad Veins are getting ready to release a 4 song EP called Outliers.  It features four brand new b-sides and will get a release on June 15th through Dangerbird Records…

  1. Fake Baby
  2. Devil Hides
  3. Blanket
  4. Good People

Here’s an exclusive listen of “Devil Hides” available (with permission from the band) at Each Note Secure’s Soundcloud page:

Stayed tuned for more info…

http://www.badveins.net/

~Dan – np: Holy FuckLatin

Bad Veins @ Extraneous Noise

8th Mar 10 (Mon) 1 comment

Check ’em out… Bad Veins doing “Falling Tide” on Extraneous Noise Music

Extraneous Noise Music also has videos by Royal Bangs, Hanne Hukkelberg, and more on their YouTube & Vimeo channels.  More to come… http://www.extraneousnoise.com/

~Dan – np: IncubusS.C.I.E.N.C.E.

REVIEW: Bad Veins @ Sam Bond’s (Eugene, OR – 10/16/09)

17th Oct 09 (Sat) Leave a comment

Rarely do elements of the Cincinnati music scene tromp through Oregon.  I got the opportunity to see Bad Veins about 5 weeks ago up in Portland, and now they’re back through Oregon, but this time in my lovely city of Eugene.  They received a nice write-up in the 10/15/09 Eugene Weekly, too…

We showed up late but before anyone started yet; so we moseyed over to One Cup for some delicious coffee.  On the way back to Sam Bond’s, we could hear the opener (Blue Horns from Portland) blaring through the door & windows… and we were about 2 blocks away.  “Oh, crap, I forgot my earplugs!”  Blue Horns were a good rock band.  Really loud, though (and I don’t think it was their fault).  They had a nice vibe, but it was hard to tell what the guy was singing most of the time.  Listening to them on MySpace now, they’re kinda jangly & bouncy indie rock.  Maybe I should write a letter to SB’s soundguy to turn it down from 17 to 11.  I mean, come on…  11 is enough.

Bad Veins got all set up and ready to go by 11pm… based on the poster (above), they seem to be the main band for this Daytrotter sponsored tour (I Daytrotter), yet they went on before The Subjects.  This was fine with me.  Nothing against The Subjects, but I was done after BV’s set.  Tired after a long week’s work and ears practically in tears.

Sebastien and Benjamin rocked us out for about a half hour.  As they like to say in the industry, Sebastien was “killing the fuck out of his drums.”  OK, maybe they don’t say that in the “industry.”  He was doing it regardless.  Maybe his drums slept with his girlfriend or ate the last breakfast burrito… or… or… both.  Regardless, he was going nuts. :)

After about the first song, we moved outside to help shelter our ears (again, Mr. Soundman… 11 is loud enough).  I was able to find a good spot on SB’s patio and watch through the window.  No pictures this show, as I rarely get any good shots at Sam Bond’s (even with a good camera).  For recent Bad Veins concert photos, check my last month’s review (click picture below)…

Setlist:

  • Found
  • Gold and Warm
  • Crosseyed
  • Afraid
  • Dry Out
  • Falling Tide
  • The Lie

Their set was identical to the time prior, and my wife made a good comment… “well, they use that reel-to-reel so they have to keep things in the same order.”  Duh on my part.  Anyway, it was still a really good set, despite the extreme loudness of it all.  I think Sam Bond’s is not the place to see rock music (prior to this, I’ve only seen Skerik/ jazz, Talkdemonic/ acoustic post-rock, and various singer-songwriters).  Hopefully The Subjects got better sound treatment.

The Appropriate Linkage:

~Dan – np: Foo FightersIn Your Honor

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