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I really need a cloning device...

Oh St. Louis, when it rains it definitely pours here. You really should not have an issue finding something to entertain you musically this week in the Lou. Here is a quick rundown where I will be and where I wish I could send a clone of myself to not miss a thing. Get on out this week and hear some tunes!

Wednesday, August 7

Where I will be: Okay, due to some surprise Cardinals tickets, I will be at the Cards game for a little while. It IS Star Wars night at Busch, so I am excited that I got some tickets as a surprise, but there are shows to go to dangit! The show of choice for me this night will be Tim Barry and Cory Branan at The Demo. These two guys individually put on great shows, so seeing them on the same bill is going to be amazing. Bryan McPherson opens. Doors are at 7:30/show starts at 8:30, 18+, $12. Tickets available here.

Where I would send my clone: Opening night of the Open Highway Music Festival at Off Broadway. The first night of the fest showcasing the Wild Rovers Tour featuring Cory Chisel, The Candles, Adriel Denae, Space Woman, and a very special guest. (Read these articles here and here on a pretty good hint as to who the special guest is. Edit: Just as I was about to post this, this story popped up.) This is going to be an absolutely amazing show and I will be kicking myself for not going to it, but that really is how much I love Tim Barry and Cory Branan. Doors are at 7:30/show starts at 8:30, $15 for folks 21+, $18 for folks 21-. Tickets available here.

Thursday, August 8

Where I will be: Night Two of the Open Highway Music Festival. I really should not have to say anything other than Lucero for you to know why this is a do not miss show. Add in the fact that Kentucky Knife Fight and Jesse Irwin are opening and you have a candidate for show of the year. Seriously folks get there early, you will not want to miss any of the acts. This show is going to be absolutely ridiculous amounts of fun. Come out and raise a tallboy of Stag or PBR and join in on the debauchery. Doors are at 7/ show starts at 7:30, $20 for folks 21+, $23 for folks 21-. Tickets available here.

Where I would send my clone: Hemmingbirds, brotherfather, Wildeyed, and We Should Leave This Tree at Plush. To be honest, I am not familiar with most of the bands on this lineup. I can tell you however that brotherfather are more than worth heading to this show even though I am not familiar with the other bands. You may have checked out our first podcast featuring John Krane, singer, guitarist, songwriter of brotherfather. If you have not, give it a listen to get a taste of brotherfather as well as some of John's solo material. John has a great voice, writes extremely solid songs, and has an equally solid band in brotherfather. Doors are at 8, 18+, $5 at the door.

Friday, August 9 and Saturday August 10

Where I will be: Little Rock, Arkansas. Okay, so this is supposed to be about shows in the Lou, but I will be heading out-of-town for the weekend. And yes, this has to do with Lucero. The Lucero Family Picnic will be taking place in Little Rock this year and I just cannot make myself miss it. I won't go into the details of the show, but it is definitely something not to be missed for diehard Lucero fans. I will also be spending Friday night before the show at the wonderful White Water Tavern. I am predicting too much fun for any one person to handle, but I am willing to tempt it.

Where I would send my clone: Nights Three and Four of the Open Highway Music Festival at Off Broadway. Last year was the first year for the Open Highway Fest and it was a hell of a fun time with a great lineup. The lineup this year is even more impressive and promises to be even more fun. It really does bum me out that I am going to miss the last two nights due to being in Little Rock. (Yeah, yeah, yeah, poor me, I know.) Night Three on Friday, August 9 features Those Darlins, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, and Via Dove. Night Four on Saturday, August 10 features Murder By Death, Otis Gibbs, and Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra. Both nights promise great nationally touring bands mixed with a couple of the finest the Lou has to offer. Doors are at 7/ show starts at 7:30, $15 for folks 21+, $18 for folks 21- on both nights. Tickets available here.

Those are my choices for the week, what are yours? Let us know in the comments. Get out and see some amazing bands this week, cheers!

Record Spin Playlist - December 2012

Nearly each month we are lucky enough to spin our vinyl and plug in our iPods for a few hours at The Royale in South St. Louis to provide the soundtrack for the evening. Here’s our playlist for December 2012.

Record Spin Playlist – The Royale, St. Louis, MO – 12/27/12 with Scott Allen, Bart Darnell, Jeff Fields and Lauren Smalley

Cat Power - Cherokee
Now, Now - Thread
Gossip - Love and Let Love
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Thrift Shop
* LCD Soundsystem - Daft Punk is Playing at my House
* Sleigh Bells - A/B Machine
Foxy Shazam - I Wanna Be Yours
Japandroids - Evil's Sway
* The Gay Blades - Bob Dylan's 115th Nightmare
Titus Andronicus - In A Big City
The Gaslight Anthem - Biloxi Parrish
Butch Walker - Synthesizers
Delta Spirit - Trashcan
The dB's - That Time Is Gone
The Rolling Stones - Can't You Hear Me Knocking
Lucero - Sounds of the City
Alejandro Escovedo - Evening Gown
Beck - Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
Lee Baines III & The Glory Fires - Magic City Stomp
JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound - To Love Someone (That Don't Love You)
Fontella Bass - Soul of a Man
Fontella Bass - Brown-Eyed Handsome Man (Chuck Berry cover)
Fontella Bass - You'll Miss Me (When I'm Gone)
Freddie King - Palace of the King
Wilson Pickett - In The Midnight Hour
Ike & Tina Turner - A Fool in Love
Eddie Floyd - I'll Take Her
Barbara Lewis - Baby I'm Yours
Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours
Aretha Franklin - Don't Play That Song (You Lied)
J.D. McPherson - North Side Gal
John Paul Keith & The One Four Fives - I Think I Fell In Love Today
Justin Townes Earle - Baby's Got A Bad Idea
Buddy Holly - Not Fade Away
Alabama Shakes - Be Mine
Craig Finn - No Future
Wanda Jackson - Tore Down
Langhorne Slim - Cinderella
David Bowie - Suffragette City
T. Rex - Baby Strange
The Jam - Art School
The Clash - Spanish Bombs
Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn'tve)
The Menzingers - I Was Born
Uncle Tupelo - Postcard
Black Flag - Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie
Wire - Pink Flag
Morphine - Thursday
Big Black - Bad Penny
Fairweather - If They Move...Kill Them
Torche - Kicking
Title Tracks - Every Little Bit Hurts
Small Brown Bike/Casket Lottery - Under Pressure
Cory Chisel - Never Meant To Love You

* = Dings on the bell from the bartenders

Also see playlists for April 2012May 2012, July 2012, September 2012 and November 2012.

Record Spin Playlist - November 2012

Nearly each month we are lucky enough to spin our vinyl and plug in our iPods for a few hours at The Royale in South St. Louis to provide the soundtrack for the evening. Here’s our playlist for November 2012.

Record Spin Playlist – The Royale, St. Louis, MO – 11/15/12 with Scott Allen, Bart Darnell, and Jeff Fields

Japandroids - The House That Heaven Built
Bob Mould - Star Machine
The Ramones - Rockaway Beach
Hot Snakes - LAX
Pylon - K
White Rabbits - Heavy Metal
AC Newman - I'm Not Talking
David Bazan - When We Fell
Cat Power - Sun
Now, Now - Prehistoric
Seam - Get Higher
Minus The Bear - Lies and Eyes
Grand Archives - Torn Blue Foam Couch
Brian Eno & David Byrne - Mea Culpa
Pink Floyd - Astronomy Domine
Blake Fleming - Street Corner Throwdown
Rockets - Oh Well (Fleetwood Mac cover)
Rye Coalition - Paradise By The Marlboro Light
The Plimsouls - A Million Miles Away
The Beatles - I've Got A Feeling
Otis Redding - Satisfaction (Rolling Stones cover)
Alabama Shakes - Be Mine
William Bell - You Don't Miss Your Water
The Bottle Rockets - Come On
John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives - I Think I Fell In Love Today
J.D. McPherson - Wolf Teeth
Man In Black - Ringo Del Fuego
Old '97s - 4 Leaf Clover
Steve Earle - Sweet Little '66
Lucero - Juniper
Benjamin Gibbard/Jay Farrar - California Zephyr
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Even Heroes Have To Die
Russian Cirles - Re-Enter
Jimi Hendrix Experience - I Don't Live Today
June of 44 - Sanctioned in a Birdcage
Devo - Girl U Want
So Many Dynamos - New Bones
Patti Smith - Till Victory
Make Believe - Armscardic A
Ben Folds Five - Draw A Crowd
Jack White - I'm Shakin'
The Heavy - How You Like Me Now
Robert Plant and the Band of Joy - Angel Dance
The Supremes - Love Is Here and Now You're Gone
Edwin Starr - 25 Miles
Little Milton - Grits Ain't Groceries
Jimmy Castor Bunch - Sad Leroy
Herbie Hancock - Hang Up Your Hang Ups
Meters - Funky Miracle
Stevie Wonder - Maybe Your Baby
DAG - Sweet Little Lass

Also see playlists for April 2012May 2012, July 2012, and September 2012.

Record Spin Playlist - September 2012

Nearly each month we are lucky enough to spin our vinyl and plug in our iPods for a few hours at The Royale in South St. Louis to provide the soundtrack for the evening. Here’s our playlist for December 2012.

Record Spin Playlist – The Royale, St. Louis, MO – 9/27/12 with Scott Allen, Bart Darnell and Jeff Fields

Alejandro Escovedo - Chelsea Hotel '78
Drive-By Truckers - Self Destructive Zones
Willie Nelson - Cowboys are Frequently Fond of Each Other
Wanda Jackson - California Stars (Billy Bragg & Wilco cover)
Justin Townes Earle - Can't Hardly Wait (The Replacements cover)
Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker, and Yim Yames - No Fear
Robyn Hitchcock - All I Wanna Do is Fall in Love
Lucero - She's Just That Kind of Girl
The Stone Roses - Love Spreads
The Black Keys - Money Maker
AC/DC - Rocker
Drive Like Jehu - Golden Brown
Jawbreaker - Do You Still Hate Me?
Hot Water Music - It's Hard To Know
Quicksand - Omission
Japandroids - Continuous Thunder
Triple Fast Action - American City World
Minus The Bear - Lies & Eyes
R.E.M. - It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
Dramarama - Don't Feel Like Doing Drugs
Foo Fighters - Dear Rosemary
The dB's - That Time Is Gone
The Hold Steady - Most People Are DJs
Archers of Loaf - Harnessed In Slums
Superchunk - Why Do You Have To Put A Date On Everything
Mercy Rule - Hey Now
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of The Dead - It Was There I Saw You
The Breeders - Happiness Is A Warm Gun (Beatles cover)
Braid - Do You Love Coffee?
Shiner - The Egg
Joe Jackson - Happy Loving Couple
Madness - House of Fun
The Hives - Hate To Say I Told You So
Teenage Fanclub - About You
Fig Dish - Pretty Never Hurts
Sunny Day Real Estate - 8
The Replacements - Bastards of Young
Two Cow Garage - Skinny Legged Girl
The Jesus Lizard - Dancing Naked Ladies
The Stooges - Real Cool Time
Kentucky Knife Fight - Misshapen Love
White Rabbits - Percussion Gun
Sam & Dave - Broke Down Piece of Man
Ray Charles - Shake Your Tail Feather
Dr. John - Revolution
Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels - Little Latin Lupe Lu
John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives - Anyone Can Do It
Black Joe Lewis - Living In The Jungle
Jackie Wilson - I Get The Sweetest Feeling
Amy LaVere - Candle Mambo (Captain Beefheart cover)
Otis Redding & Carla Thomas - Tramp
Ben E. King - Stand By Me
Bob Dylan - Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You
The Band - The Weight
Percy Sledge - When A Man Loves A Woman
Bruce Springsteen - Blinded By The Light
Ryan Adams - Nutshell (Alice In Chains cover)
The Bulletproof Tiger - Our Band Name Sucks
Junior Battles - Seventeen

Also see playlists for April 2012May 2012 and July 2012

Record Spin Playlist - July 2012

Nearly each month we are lucky enough to spin our vinyl and plug in our iPods for a few hours at The Royale in South St. Louis to provide the soundtrack for the evening. Here’s our playlist for July 2012.

Record Spin Playlist – The Royale, St. Louis, MO – 7/26/12 with Scott Allen, Bart Darnell and Jeff Fields

North Side Gal – J.D. McPherson
Green Onions – King Curtis
Boss of the Blues – Dave Alvin
Bitch, I Love You – Black Joe Lewis
How Does It Feel – Bob Dylan
40 Miler – Tim Barry
Heavy Chevy – Alabama Shakes
Brand New Cadillac – The Clash *
Never Could Say No – John Paul Keith & the 145’s
Kate – Ben Folds Five *
Ob-la-di Ob-la-da – The Beatles
Mama’s Pearl – Robbie Fulks
50ft. Queenie – PJ Harvey
Never Talking to You Again – Husker Du
Good Enough For Rock n’ Roll – Chuck Ragan
The Rover – Led Zeppelin
Castanets – Alejandro Escovedo
Lonely Is a Town – Glossary
Emerald – Thin Lizzy
Badlands – Bruce Springsteen
45 – Gaslight Anthem
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Goin’ Back to Cali – LL Cool J
Coochie – BlakRoc
Peter Piper – RUN DMC
Paul Revere – Beastie Boys
Oh My God! – A Tribe Called Quest
I’m With You – Sam & Dave
Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) – Otis Redding
25 Miles – Edwin Starr
Shotgun – Junior Walker & the All-Stars
Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
Red Headed Stepchild – Golden Smog
In My Mind – Johnny Polonsky
Just – Radiohead *
So. Central Rain – R.E.M.
The Plan – Built to Spill *
Bull Black Nova – Wilco
Kizza Me – Big Star
Behold the Hurricane – Horrible Crowes
Bug Stomp – Piglet
Never Will Come For Us – Braid
No Division – Hot Water Music
Fire’s Highway – Japandroids
Southtown Girls – Hold Steady
Bikeriders – Lucero
Blue Blood Blues – The Dead Weather
Money Maker – The Black Keys
No Surrender – Two Cow Garage

* = Dings on the bell from the bartenders

Also see playlists for April 2012 and May 2012.

Record Spin Playlist - May 2012

Nearly each month we are lucky enough to spin our vinyl and plug in our iPods for a few hours at The Royale in South St. Louis to provide the soundtrack for the evening. Here’s our playlist for May 2012.

Record Spin Playlist – The Royale, St. Louis, MO – 5/30/12 with Scott Allen, Bart Darnell and Jeff Fields

Trouble Won’t Last Always – Glossary
You’re So Fine – Wilson Pickett
Rise to the Sun – Alabama Shakes
Centreville – Lee Baines III & the Glory Fires
Like Lightning – Lucero
Nights of Wine and Roses – Japandroids
Mainline – Hot Water Music
Southtown Girls – Hold Steady *
Hey Jane – Spiritualized
Feel the Pain – Dinosaur Jr. *
Just Like Heaven – The Cure
Shrine – Dambuilders
Movie Star – Cracker
Castanets – Alejandro Escovedo
Graveyard Shift – Uncle Tupelo
I’ll Be Coming Around – Bottle Rockets
Spinning Wheel – John Henry & the Engine
Debra – Beck
Sunshine – Atmosphere
My Adidas – RUN DMC
Doowatchyalike – Digital Underground
Magic Number – De La Soul
Can’t Be Still – Booker T & the M.G.’s
Uptight (Everything’s Alright) – Stevie Wonder
Funky Miracle – The Meters
She’ll Dance to Anything – John Paul Keith
Stuck in the Middle With You – Stealer’s Wheel
Whole Lotta Love – King Curtis
Cut Like a Buffalo – Dead Weather
Bad Ass Fucker – Muckafurgason
Run to You – Lou Barlow
Cut Your Hair – Pavement
Game of Pricks – Jimmy Eat World
Terminal Void – Bunnygrunt
Straight American Slave – Rocket From the Crypt
Forever Got Shorter – Braid
For Apples – Casket Lottery
I Believe in a Thing Called Love – The Darkness *
Yesterday (Circa Summer 80 Somethin) – Corey Branan
Dark Side – Eddie and the Cruisers
Bang a Gong – T.Rex *
No Future – Craig Finn
Wasted Time – Kings of Leon
No, Not Now – Hot Hot Heat
Our Lips Are Sealed – The Go Go’s
Heroes – David Bowie
Spanish Bombs – The Clash
Radio Radio – Elvis Costello *
On the DL – Caviar
Wouldn’t It Be Nice – The Beach Boys *
Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting – Elton John
Rosie – Bruce Springsteen
No Matter What – Badfinger
Pattern Against User – At the Drive In *
Trusty Chords – Hot Water Music *
Love – Poster Children
The Pod – Hum
Love Gun – Kiss *
Raspberry Beret – The Derailers
Six Days on the Road – Dave Dudley
Gimme Little Sign – Brenton Wood

* = Dings on the bell from the bartenders

A Weekend at Coachella - Part 1 [Live Review]

Editor's Note: Obviously the people who write in this space love music. Conversely, we have friends that also love music and go to see great shows. Our correspondent Lauren Smalley had another music loving friend who attended the Coachella festival in California a couple of weeks ago. Please welcome Shelia Moore as she checks in with her thoughts of the festival's first weekend.  - Scott

By Shelia Moore

My experience at Coachella 2012 can really be summed up with three words: Refused. Hologram Tupac.  But I’ll get to that a little later.

Walking into Coachella on the first day I was both excited and nervous. While getting through security proved be a trying experience - one in which I was forced to throw out my Excedrin, walk half a mile through the campgrounds only to have to go through another security check - we managed to find our way to main festival grounds. Although it was a little rainy and quite chilly - low 60s during the day - there was no shortage of shirtless bros, girls sporting high-waisted super short shorts (showing under-butt, no less) paired with shirts that appeared to be made from their grandmother’s doilies, and the occasional group of girls who laughed in the face of pneumonia with their bikini-clad bodies leaving little to the imagination. We were officially out of Illinois and in some weird hipster realm where showing as much skin as possible and smoking a joint in front of security was the norm.

Having attended multiple music festivals, my husband and I have become pseudo professionals in navigating the multiple stages, overlapping performances, where to stand for the best view, finding the quickest route to food/drinks/bathrooms, and most importantly, not losing each other in the process. When we first arrived to the festival grounds we checked out the lay of the land and got our bearings. We had one mission for the day: get a good spot for the Refused performance - which wasn’t until 11:20 that night. For the next several hours on that chilly afternoon we meandered around checking out all the stages and catching a few performances.  We quickly learned that the tent covered stages were where almost all of the DJs were performing and to steer clear of the area - unless we wanted to be swept up in an ecstasy fueled dance party accompanied by seizure inducing light displays. Not really our scene.

We caught the end of Yuck’s set- which I rather enjoyed. I was not the biggest fan before the festival but hearing the last few songs “The Base of a Dream is Empty” and “Rubber” I was impressed and made a note to listen to their album when I got home. We walked over to the Main Stage in time to watch the Arctic Monkeys. My husband is a new-found fan after seeing them at Lollapalooza last year and was excited to see them again. Opening with the fast-paced, raucous “Brainstorm” off Favourite Worst Nightmare they immediately got the crowds’ attention. Even though it was obvious not everyone in the crowd was familiar with their songs they still managed to get everyone bobbing their hands and clapping along. Halfway through their set broke into the hit “I bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor” to jubilant cheers. After their 50 minute set the air was still buzzing with excitement from new and old fans.  

Making our way through the crowd we were able to catch most of M. Ward’s set. Who, if you ever have a chance, go see him even if you don’t know his music. He has worked with a slew of respected musicians and was impressive live. After M. Ward we decided to start scoping out a place to stand for Refused. We still had a few hours before they went on but in our experience it is best to claim a spot early for the bands you really want to see. We got to the Outdoor Stage for Mazzy Star’s set- which we found boring and dreadful. It probably didn’t help that we were tired and didn’t know any of their music but I also think it speaks volumes about a band if they can’t win over non-fans during a stage performance. Explosions in the Sky was up next and while I’m not really into strictly instrumental music I was truly impressed and found them engaging.

After hours of waiting, one of the reasons we flew to California was finally happening. The fucking REFUSED. I can’t even begin to explain the anticipation we were feeling as  the intro to “The Shape of Punk to Come” started. The band had it recorded so it was playing in a loop before the members came on-stage. The lead singer, Dennis Lyxzén, came out first and started in with “Hey baby! you never felt this good” after a few seconds the rest of the band ran on stage and started in with the pulse-pounding drum and guitar parts. It was truly amazing to see them play with the precision and energy that many young bands find hard to muster. I could not wipe the smile off my face hearing how good the vocals and music  sounded given that they haven’t played a Refused show in 14 years. The set list was exactly what you would expect - most of the songs were off The Shape of Punk to Come with just a few off Songs To Fan the Flames of Discontent. I would like to say that the crowd went apeshit and people starting moshing, I probably would have joined in, but everyone I could see from where I was standing was surprisingly nonplussed. Maybe everyone was just taking it in. Lyxzén was charismatic telling the crowd how they wanted to start a punk, anti-capitalist revolution when they started back in the 90s. He was sincere and overwhelmed by fans’ support saying that they helped make the reunion possible. At one point an older gentleman - probably in his 50s - walked up to an equally older gentlemen and said “I don’t know these guys, but they are great!” Indeed sir, indeed.

Record Spin Playlist - April 2012

Nearly each month we are lucky enough to spin our vinyl and plug in our iPods for a few hours at The Royale in South St. Louis to provide the soundtrack for the evening. Here's our playlist for April 2012.

Record Spin Playlist - The Royale, St. Louis, MO - 4/26/12 with Scott Allen and Bart Darnell

I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) – Otis Redding
Look Out Cleveland – The Band
634-5789 – Wilson Pickett
Lookin’ For a Thrill – John Paul Keith & the 145’s
(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes – Elvis Costello
So You Think You’re in Love – Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians
Lawyers, Guns & Money – Warren Zevon
She’s the One (Live) – Bruce Springsteen
Not Fade Away – Buddy Holly
Big River – Johnny Cash & the Tennessee Two
Dang Me – Roger Miller
Can’t Hardly Wait – Justin Townes Earle
Kiss the Bottle – Lucero
Baba O’Reilly – The Waco Brothers
Rocket Man – Me First & the Gimme Gimme’s *
Rockaway Beach – The Ramones
True Believers – Hot Water Music
A More Perfect Union – Titus Andronicus
Punk Rock Girl – The Dead Milkmen *
Greek Town’s in Flames – The Starkweathers
Never Kissed a Girl – Woodbox Gang
Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival *
Squeezebox – The Who *
Dixie Chicken – Little Feat
Down Home Girl – Rolling Stones
Satisfaction – Otis Redding
Roll Over Beethoven – Chuck Berry
Let Them Knock – Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
I Need You Baby – Jesse James
Groove Me – King Floyd
Baby’s Got Sauce – G Love & Special Sauce *
Cold Sweat – James Brown *
Magic Number – De La Soul
Peter Piper – RUN DMC *
Say Shhh – Atmosphere *
Just Aint Gonna Work Out – Mayer Hawthorne
Walk on the Wild Side – Lou Reed
Mr. & Mrs. Untrue – Candi Staton
Keep It Coming – Glossary
Driver 8 – R.E.M.
The Wanton Song – Led Zeppelin *
Guitar Man Upstairs – Drive By Truckers
Southern Girls – Cheap Trick
Glad Girls – Guided By Voices
American Girl – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Cleveland Rocks – Presidents of the United States of America
Do Anything You Wanna Do – Eddie & the Hot Rods
Pretty Never Hurts – Fig Dish
Light Sleepers – Title Tracks
Bottled Up in Cork – Ted Leo
There Is a Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths
Ocean – Sebadoh *
Spanish Bombs – The Clash
Green – Suicide Machines
Mean to Me – Ben Kweller
Me & Julio Down By the Schoolyard – Me First & the Gimme Gimme’s
Yakety Sax – Boots Randolph

* = Dings on the bell from the bartenders

Preview: Cory Branan/Dave Hause to play Cicero's 12/20/2011

Not much to say other than get your booty to this show, you will not be disappointed. I first became familiar with Cory Branan's music when I saw him play at the Lucero Family Picnic a few years back. Mr. Branan is great at writing songs that will make you laugh your ass off, and yet can be so completely endearing. I have heard him say before that John Prine is a hero, and you can definitely hear the influence in Branan's songs. On top of being a great songwriter, Branan can unleash some tasty licks on the guitar as well. It has been a while since the Cory Branan/Jon Snodgrass split EP was released, and the promise of a new full length will hopefully be fulfilled in 2012.

I was introduced to the music of Dave Hause when I got to see the Loved Ones open for Less Than Jake back in 2006 at the legendary venue, Mississippi Nights. My first impression of hearing the Loved Ones live made me think of the iconic band, Lifetime. I was not surprised to hear that Hause was from the Philly/Jersey area scene. The Loved Ones 2006 record, Keep Your Heart became an instant favorite of mine. The follow up, Build & Burn, showed that the band had a wider range of influences and pushed the boundaries of being a punk band. Mr. Hause released his first solo album, Resolutions, this year and showed that no matter what the genre, he is a great songwriter. He is also a huge fan of Hot Water Music, so he has to be awesome. (I would not normally go to a show and request someone play a cover, but I would be really happy if he played his version of "Trusty Chords".)

It has been really fun to watch a lot of the singers/songwriters of some of my favorite punk bands put out projects that dwell in the folk/acoustic genres. Just goes to show that a good song is a good song, no matter the genre. Come on out Tuesday, December 20 and see a night a jam packed with amazing songs. Cicero's. 8PM. $10. 18+. Don't miss this one folks.

Shameless plug alert: If you are looking for something to do after the show, swing on over to the Royale where our very own Scott Allen and Jeff Fields will be spinning some vinyl, playing some 1's and 0's, and drinking some beverages from 10PM-close. Maybe if I ask nice they will let me play a few songs too. :)

Cory Branan - "Bad Man"


Dave Hause - "Time Will Tell"