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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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REVIEW: Skerik & McTuff @ Sam Bond’s (Eugene, OR – 7/8/09)

9th Jul 09 (Thu) 3 comments

The Joe Doria led McTuff hit the stage at Sam Bond’s last night around 10pm.  While Joe is the bandleader (and quite awesome), a large part of the draw seems to be for tenor saxophonist Skerik.  The entire band is fantastic, and really put out a great groove last night.  We stayed for a little over an hour, and caught “Seven Bullets,” “Arrow Tip,” Michael Jackson‘s “Human Nature” (identified by my wife) and some other unannounced songs/jams.  The 3rd or 4th song (“Seven Bullets”) had some very klezmer-sounding melodies to me.

Last time I saw them, it seemed to be much more organ & sax (or maybe that’s just my poor recollection).  This time, the guitarist (Andy Coe) also seemed to really break out.  It was nice to hear him take some leads.  Drummer D’vonne Lewis was also killin’ it.  Great groove all around from the band.  I’m glad they come around a couple times a year.

They’ve got their first record out, McTuff Volume 1, which I picked up last night.  Check them out on the MySpaces: http://www.myspace.com/mctuffmusic

~Dan – np: Derek WebbStockholm Syndrome

REVIEW: Skerik’s McTuff @ Sam Bond’s (Eugene, OR – – 10/26/08)

27th Oct 08 (Mon) 3 comments

I saw Skerik and his Maelstrom Trio for the first time back in May (review here Skerik’s Maelstrom Trio & Stebmo).  Since Skerik’s from Seattle, it seems like he comes through Eugene more than occasionally, which is more than a-OK with me.  This time was with a groovier, organ-and-sax infused jazz project, McTuff, led by organist Joe Doria.  Think if Medeski Martin & Wood had a saxophonist, added more bop, swapped the bass for a guitar, and kept going with it… OK, maybe it’s not like MMW, but it’s in the same vein at least.

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There was no opener… I walked in right as they were starting (nice!).  McTuff features Joe Doria on Hammond B-3 organ, Skerik on tenor sax, Alan Coe on guitar, and D’vonne Lewis on drums.  All four guys cut loose on the songs, but Skerik stole the show for me.  I’m not too familiar with the McTuff band, but I like Skerik quite a bit.  He sat by while the band jammed a lot, and then busted in usually after a few minutes on a jam.  It’s was nice to hear the sax in this groove-oriented jazz band.  It kind of makes me pine for the Bobby Previte’s Coalition of the Willing show that I missed in Columbus (OH) in 2006 (or 07?)…

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Also, rarely do you leave Sam Bond’s Garage at 10:30pm and still be able to say that you just saw an hour and half of great music… usually it starts later and ends later.  So, this tired guy is glad he got a get earful before heading home and to bed.  They were going to go on for a 2nd set, but I had to head back home in order to get up early to go to Portland for work.

Here’s hoping Skerik makes it through Eugene a few more times before I’m too old to stay up past 10pm. ;)

The Appropriate Linkage:

Now off on a work-scursion to lovely Portland…

~Dan – np: Medeski Martin & WoodRadiolarians I

REVIEW: Stebmo & Skerik’s Maelstrom Trio @ Sam Bond’s Garage (Eugene, OR – – 5/31/08)

1st Jun 08 (Sun) 8 comments

Well, last night started out with a stuffed helping of veg food from our mostly monthly Veggie Supper Club here in Eugene. No FBI agents were in attendance… or were they… hmmm… we made biscotti, sweet potato gnocchi with mondo bizarro sauce. They was also fine wine, eggplant tapenade, flatbread pizzas, a nice chard dish, polenta lasagna, and a freakin’ amazing chocolate dessert. Oh no, my stomach a’splode!

Anyway, I hobbled/waddled over to Sam Bond’s Garage for a night of jazz afterwards. Good thing I was full, too… Sam Bond’s got some killer veggie grub (surprisingly killer for bar food). Before the show I picked up Stebmo’s self-titled CD (with Eyvind Kang, Matt Chamberlain, Tucker Martine, Todd Sickafoose, etc) and one of Skerik’s CDs (with Eyvind Kang, Tim Young, etc). Skerik, running the merch at that time, noticed my Secret Chiefs 3 shirt. \m/

Stebmo (aka Steve Moore) started the night around 10pm. I had heard some of his samples from CDBaby; so I knew a little about his sound. Apparently he’s also played in recent live versions of Sunn O))) & worked with Sufjan Stevens & Bill Frisell… or so says his bio. Though he also plays trombone, his set was comprised of keyboards and electronics/loops. He played 40 minutes and had a good mix of experimental and groove-oriented pieces. Perhaps a bit like the organic/melodic elements of the Album Leaf mixed with the building nature of an Explosions in the Sky set mixed with a heaping handful of electronic jots & tittles like those that may have hit the Kid A cutting room floor. I found his set thoroughly enjoyable, as did most of the packed house (80-100 people is my guess).

Stebmo

Skerik’s Maelstrom Trio is Skerik on tenor sax (from Seattle), Brian Coogan on Hammond B-3 Organ & Simon Lott on drums/trumpet (both from Baton Rouge). I’ve heard of Skerik many times via various NYC downtown scene musicians. The Trio went on around 11pm… I stayed for over an hour of their set (12:15am or so). I wish I could have stayed, but I was BEAT.

Anyway, they started out in the experimental / free jazz realm, but didn’t stay there the whole night. Their set was a plethora of sounds… much of it very groove oriented (probably due to the Hammond B-3 throughout). They seemed to be having fun playing together, too – – which ain’t bad to see. :)

Simon (on drums) was fun to watch… he worked well in both the groove and grooveless/experimental compositions. He also pulled out a tiny trumpet for one of the songs which mixed well with Skerik’s sax. Skerik’s sax sound was nice a full (I guess I’m more familiar with alto sax), and he (again) played a good mix of groove and free jazz. On one of the songs he played what I think was a talk box through his sax which was unique to my concert going experiences thus far. Many a guitar talk box, but nary a sax talk box. Fun stuff…

(not from last night’s show)
Skerik's Maelstrom Trio

Great show! I’m glad they stopped by, and I hope they stop by again in some form or another.

Where they’re heading next?

Jun 3 2008 Lion’s Lair [Stebmo opens] Denver, Colorado
Jun 4 2008 Trilogy Wine Bar [Stebmo opens] Boulder, Colorado
Jun 5 2008 Aggie Theatre [Stebmo opens] Fort Collins, Colorado
Jun 6 2008 Telluride Jazz Festival (Fly Me to the Moon Saloon) Telluride, Colorado
Jun 7 2008 Telluride Jazz Festival (McCoy Tyner Stage) Telluride, Colorado
Jun 7 2008 Telluride Jazz Festival (Fly Me to the Moon Saloon) Telluride, Colorado
Jun 10 2008 The Mint [opening for Rebirth Brass Band] Los Angeles, California
Jun 11 2008 The Mint [opening for Rebirth Brass Band] Los Angeles, California
Jun 12 2008 Kuumbwa Jazz Center [Stebmo/Trey Spruance (Secret Chiefs 3) also on bill] Santa Cruz, California
Jun 13 2008 Boom Boom Room [Stebmo opens] San Francisco, California
Jun 14 2008 Hopmonk Brewery [Stebmo opens] Sebastopol, California
Jun 15 2008 Red Fox Tavern [Stebmo opens] Eureka, California

The appropriate linkage:

Upcoming shows: Or Not to Be (Hamlet Zombies), Jude Christodal in PDX, Bill Frisell/Eyvind Kang/Royston in Eugene… and maybe a JoFederigo jazz show (I’ve got a free dessert coupon; so why not?)…

~Dan – pp: The Book ShowEpisode 14 with Richard Dawkins
np: Bar Kokhba SextetMasada Book Two: Lucifer

PS- this was posted to Skerik’s MySpace:
Kickin it with Origami Barack Mandela!! from Tomo in Eugene!!

REVIEW: Talkdemonic @ Sam Bond’s Garage (Eugene, OR – – 2/9/08)

11th Feb 08 (Mon) Leave a comment

Sam Bond’s Garage is a small venue with good pizza and beer on tap. Small venue meant having to show up early (ugh). I showed up at around 8:30 for the 9:30 show. Alas, the band, Talkdemonic, was all set-up and ready to go. Score!

Then… around 9pm three guys walk in, talk to the guy up front, and then go tell Talkdemonic that they are the opener and need to set up. So, Talkdemonic need to move their stuff from the stage so this other band (Heavenly Oceans) can set-up. Unscore?

By 9:50 or so the Heavenly Oceans were playing. They are a three-piece instrumental band from Eugene… guitar, drummer, and percussion/ blowy-toy-piano guy. Kind of a surf-rock-meets-exotica band. To explain (as my wife didn’t know what I was talking about, I figure others won’t either), “exotica” can be easily called “spy movie music” (Ennio Morricone, et al).

Anyway, I dug (the) Heavenly Oceans a-plenty. They sell these their vinyl albums with these things called “compact discs” in them… which is a nice treat for an audiophile who also wants to be able to rip the music to an iPod. :) Alas, I didn’t pick up their record on Saturday (I was short on cash), but I shall hunt it down sometime in the near future… so, not unscoreScore!

Talkdemonic, went on next… I got into them while browsing the racks at Gem City Music in Dayton, Ohio, a few years ago. Talkdemonic is a two-person band from Portland, Oregon. It’s Lisa Molinaro on viola and Kevin O’Connor on drums. They also have a laptop with pre-recorded beats, banjo, whatnot. They also busted out a blowy-toy-piano (what the hell’s it called?). Antithetical to their naming, they are instrumental (not talky) and quite delightful (not demonic*). They play what might be called electroacoustic chamber rock, or post-rock.

They were much rockier than expected… I even had to bust out the earplugs due to scoring such a close seat. :-) I’m horrible with their song names (as I am with most other post-rock outfits). I do know that they played “Final Russian” and “Manhattan ’81.” I also think they played “White Gymnasium” and “Cascade Locks.” They played a great mix of songs, regardless of my knowledge of names (*blush*). They also played some new songs from their forthcoming third record (due out later this year). Seeing as Eugene’s only 1.5-2 hours away from their homebase, I hope I’ll see more of Talkdemonic in the future.

*- assuming a standard definition of “demonic,” mind you… some people do indeed find demonic music delightful. I may even be considered one of those people from time to time.

The required linkage:
http://www.myspace.com/talkdemonicmusicmaking
http://www.myspace.com/heavenlyoceans

Next shows:
* Ornette Coleman @ PDX Jazz Fest, 2/15
* SFJazz Collective (with Dave Douglas, etc) @ PDX Jazz Fest, 2/15
* Glen Phillips (of Toad the Wet Sprocket) @ WOW Hall, 2/21
* Belà Fleck, the Flecktones, and the Oregon Symphony Orchestra @ PDX Jazz Fest, 2/23

word,
Dan – np: Ornette Colemanthe Pulitzer Prize winning Sound Grammar

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