Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Hussy and How I Remembered Why I Go To Shows

Ever feel like you just go out either for the Hell of it (an expensive thing) or just to support your friends' bands (a good thing)? Those of us who miss the big festivals and rarely see shows out of town (as a spectator or performer) are prone to fall in that rut. This is not leading up to an anti-Cleveland rant, as this can happen anywhere. A much-needed boot-to-ass show that'll remind you of why you got into underground rock music in the first place comes around often enough to keep most of us going, even if it's due to a less established band and at an unexpected place.

My previous boot-to-ass experience was in Detroit last September (the 21st, to be exact) when I saw The Raincoats, a favorite since I was a teenager and a band I might have never seen if I had stayed in Atlanta. They were great and worth driving to a city with a bad reputation alone in a car that at the time was missing a window, even if I got lost downtown and it cost me another chance to see Grass Widow. Getting out of town briefly to see an international act should be a boot to the ass most of the time, like when I saw The Slits in Birmingham, Alabama several years ago.

So what city did I go to this time and which reunited group did I see? The answers this time were an open mic night in nearby Lakewood and, instead of favorites from my teenage years, a modern touring band from Wisconsin I've been in contact with since the 7 Inch Atlanta days. Because everywhere else was booked way in advance, Trio's hosted The Hussy last Tuesday during its usual open mic night. Though I had been in contact with guitarist Bobby Wegner since he mailed me a CDR of demos several years ago and he appeared on my radio show back when I was in graduate school, I had never met him or his bandmate Heather Sawyer in person. Meeting them and scoring a copy or two of their new Tic Tac Totally LP was a nice treat on what I expected to be yet another night out in Cleveland. Once they did what they were there to do, though, it was not just another stop during a night of bar-hopping. Their solid catalog of songs sounds great live, and both members are equally good at playing and performing. Everyone will remember Bobby setting his guitar on fire, but it's not like that was one moment out of a boring performance. There was not a dull moment and, just like on their records, there was not a weak song.

What is the point of this long-winded tale? You never know when going to see a band you like but have not seen live will provide the kind of boot-to-ass usually reserved for higher profile shows. After all, bands who share your passion can provide the same pick-me-up as more established groups, so this boot-to-ass concept I keep kicking around (ha!) might come into play the next time any of us have a show.

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Fans (featuring Kevin Dunn)

New wave musician/producer Kevin Dunn performed on this 1979 single by his earliest Atlanta outfit, The Fans. Ignore the line "Gay as Enola" and enjoy.

Dunn also had ties with Atlanta's DB Records (founded by Wax N Fax's Danny Beard), co-producing Pylon and The B-52's debut singles for the label and providing his own solo material, including this Chuck Berry cover which features The Brains' Tom Gray on synth:

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Closeout (for a month, at least) Sale!

The distro needs to be put on the backburner for about a month and a half or so, and, in the meantime, I need to make as much as I can off of what's left of my stock. That's why I am offering these deals for the month of April (and final days of March). Prices include shipping, and discounts can be sorted out of you buy multiple itms.

Email (robert.a.moore1982@gmail.com), leave a comment on here, or hit me up on Facebook if you want something. It's first come, first serve, so check on each item's availability so I can let you know where to send your cash. Thanks!

Filmstrip- Everything Can Change- $6
Mermaids- Tropcicle- $8
The N.E.C.- Pineapple- $8
The Visitors- Avenging the Visigoths- $6
Zebrassieres- Gooey Zoo- $6
Suppositories- Moments of Square Violence- $6

Bare Wires- Cheap Perfume- $8

Magnums I- $3
Finally Punk- Army of Bad Luck EP w/CDR- $5
Joliettes- “Girls Like Me” b/w “Quicksand”- $3
Splinters- Blood on My Hands- $5
2 Splinters- Carcass- $5
Bake Sale debut record- $5
Suspect Parts- “Change Your Mind” b/w “Then He Kissed Me”- $3
Barrakuda McMurder- Slow Crawl EP- $3
Ten Commandments picture disc - $3
Derek Lyn Plastic- Wombat Juice- $5
Step Dads- Deja Vu- $3
Mermaids- “Holiday” b/w “Whirlpool”- $3
Knaves Grave- I Don't Wanna Be Yr AARP w/ download code- $5
La La Vasquez- M'Lady's 7”- $3
Yellow Fever- Bermuda Triangle- $5
Loudmouths/Rocks split- $3
Fashion Fashion and the Image Boys- Pussy Stretcher- $5
Bass Drum of Death- Stain Stick Skin 7”- $3
Gaye Blades- I'd Brave Anything For You- $5
Coathangers- Never Wanted You- $5
Coathangers- Hard Candy- $5
The Hussy- Winter Daze- $5

Cowabunga Babez- Going Nowhere (Burger Records)- $3
Wooly Bullies- $3
Going Gaga Weekend 2 (double disc set)- $5

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

New Coathangers video: they just keep getting better

There's a new Coathangers video shot and edited by Atlanta's own Jason Travis. The song, "Go Away," is a cut from their Larceny and Old Lace album (Suicide Squeeze Records, 2011). With every new song, record, and video, the band continues to show that constant touring has over the years changed them from a party band to a much tighter unit.

Said party band was a good one that stood out in a city filled with creativity and talent:

The best thing about The Coathangers dating back to their earliest shows is that, live or on video, it is obvious that they are four best friends tackling the same adventure together. Most bands are not blessed with that dynamic.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Time is ticking on my Kickstarter project

With only 9 percent of my $2,500 goal reached and with only thirteen days to go, maybe I've made a misstep somewhere?

More than one person has suggested that I make a video to go along with my posting, but if I could afford to make something like that happen, then I would probably already have $2,500 to spend, right?

But seriously, the backbone of this project is a M.A. thesis I devoted two years of my life to finishing, including the time and effort it took to record and transcribe thirteen oral histories with Atlanta musicians. This book, whenever it does come out, should be a good one.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

"Dig Your Grave" by Pharmacy

This tune from Pharmacy's Kind Turkey Records 7" of the same name has been stuck in my head all day and it, chilling opening and all, should be crammed into your noggin, too.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Barreracuda roots

I'm not at SXSW, but if I was, I'd make it a point to see Barreracudas at least once. They had one of the best albums of 2011 in Nocturnal Missions (Douchemaster Records), and I think I appreciate them even more now that I'm in a city that, to my knowledge, does not have a comparable band.

First things first, watch this until the very end so you'll know how they got their name:

Before the 'Cudas, everyone but guitarist Warren Bailey was in the final Hiss lineup. An earlier Hiss lineup tasted some success earlier this century, sharing the stage with the White Stripes and working on their Loog Records debut with Oasis' producer-of-choice, Owen Morris. "Back on the Radio" was featured in video games and led to what was as much a mini-movie as a music video:

A slight change in direction and complete name change led to this, which I definitely prefer: