Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Grab Your Grimmett

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2007 at 5:17 PM

Alert Pitch staffer Justin Kendall alerted me to a YouTube leaking of Garmin Int'l's Super Bowl ad, which features a Godzilla-like action-hero faceoff with a campy hard rock soundtrack provided by a band led by Steve Grimmett of '80s hair bands Grim Reaper, Lionsheart and Onslaught.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Dan the Automated

Posted By on Tue, Jan 30, 2007 at 1:18 PM

Our regular Spin Cycle columnist, Chris Milbourn, attended a promotional event last Thursday in Lawrence featuring Dan the Automator. Here's his report:

Dan the Automator, best known as a producer and arranger for projects with the Gorillaz, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Dr. Octagon and the classic Deltron 3030 was to play a DJ set sponsored by Bacardi on the night of January 28th at Club Liquid in Lawrence.

When people showed their IDs at the door of Club Liquid to gain entry, they were asked to take a picture for a cameraman. "Why not, it'll probably end up on the internet sooner or later," I heard one girl say outside in the freezing cold. Bacardi was out in full force. It seemed as though half the people inside the club had Bacardi shirts on, handing out black top hats and shots of liquor.

Dan the Automator just wants to be loved.

Sure enough, the pictures taken at the door were rotated on TV screens around the bar in a slideshow so everyone could see themselves. Bacardi girls, dressed in scanty black outfits danced on all the illuminated, elevated platforms they could get their heels on. At times, it seemed the Aqua-drummer and Bacardi dancers were in a coordinated rhythm with the beats delivered from the DJs. Not just during the middle of a song, but even while one beat was mixed into another.

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Friday, January 26, 2007

Shiner to re-release Making Love

Posted By on Fri, Jan 26, 2007 at 5:57 PM

I was just about to go home and start making love (to a cocktail), when this landed in my inbox:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: After nearly ten years, Shiner readies to re-release their hidden gem — Making Love — on Anondyne Records.

March 13, 2007

Anondyne Records

In the mid- and late nineties, Midwestern indie rock was at its peak, and Kansas City played a major part it its development. Born in 1992 out of the Kansas City, Missouri outskirts, Shiner originally comprised of Allen Epley (guitar/ vocals), Jeff Brown (drums) and Shawn Sherrill (bass), before Tim Down took over on the skins a year later. With this line up, the band found themselves sharing the stage with Season To Risk, Sunny Day Real Estate, The Jesus Lizard, Girls Against Boys and Jawbox among others before DeSoto Records released their debut EP "Brooks" b/w "Released" 7" in 1993.

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Calling All Makeout Kings

Posted By on Fri, Jan 26, 2007 at 5:10 PM

For concert suggestions this weekend, Sad Dog really is your one-stop shop. Not only do they have a kickass schedule for this weekend, they've highlighted a freaking awesome song in Eleni Mandell's "Salt Truck." I've been gazing out the window wistfully to that song at least once a night since the skies and ground got all messy this winter.

I also dig "Makeout King," for which there's now a video. Downright healing stuff after that Donnie Davies bullshit (see two entries ago). But if that's too soft for you, here's something heavy and evil.

Because it takes all kinds, folks. Remember that as you go into the weekend not to drive drunk but merely-- as the ever-happy sad dog says -- to keep your nose to the rock 'n' roll ground. (Oh, but they didn't mention this show.)


Posted By on Fri, Jan 26, 2007 at 4:56 PM

Yesterday, John Kreicbergs, proprietor of, sent me a letter in response to this week's Wayward Son that presents the KC jazz problem better than I ever could have. With his permission, I reprint it here:

RE: Haddix's response

I too respect Chuck -- who doesn't -- but it's hard to respect a scene that doesn't respect itself.

I've been hitting the jazz clubs in KC since I was wee high school lad, humbled by the fact that places like the Phoenix and the Plaza III at the time would look me over with a suspicious eye, take my cover money, and shoot me a "try to order liquor and you'll be out of here faster than Bird looking for his next fix" look. This arrangement allowed me to catch live jazz on a regular basis as an aspiring high school jazz hack that needed more than dusty records and reissues to get a better appreciation and understanding of the art.

But I digress...

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The Donnie Davies Caper

Posted By on Fri, Jan 26, 2007 at 11:17 AM

Anyone who spends too much time on the Internets has probably already heard of this, but since I idly posted an entry about alleged reformed gay turned gay-basher Donnie Davies the other day and all these people emailed me about it, I guess I should turn your attention to this, the latest in a series of entries on the Stranger's Slog blog, which has been investigating this Davies thing. Be sure to watch Davies' music video, if you haven't already. I really hope it's a hoax. If so, it's genius. If not, it's sickening.

John Bersuch of Bacon Shoe and Minds Under Cover and also the new band Trees told me yesterday that he e-mailed Davies a list of all his friend DJ Clem's bands to be added to the Gay Bands list, including Mr. Marco's V7 and Wood Roses. For more good-natured Clem baiting, visit this gallery of images Bersuch made using Clem's head and various small animals. If you care.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Dude, Your Band's Gay.

Posted By on Wed, Jan 24, 2007 at 5:37 PM

Reader Scott H. alerted me to Love God's Way, some kooky Christian organization that, among other things, compiles a list of "Gay Bands." Well, they're right about a couple, but, man, this is just hilarious. Jay-Z, Kansas, Motorhead, Audioslave... bunch a' fairies.

Note that they also describe Oscar Wilde as a "reformed homosexual." Priceless.

And now it's our turn to take action!

Wilco: Look, they're kissing!

"If you know of a band that is Gay or propogating a Gay message please e-mail us so we can update. Donnie is handling this his email is:"

Let's see if we can't get a few choice capital-g Gay Kansas City bands on the list. I dare you to e-mail ol' Donnie with a list of local offenders. My suggestions:

This Is My Condition

The Roman Numerals


The Get Up Kids


The New Tragedies

I Don't Do Gentlemen

Jon Yeager


Forrest Whitlow

Rex Hobart & the Misery Boys

In fact, why not just declare the entire music scene Gay? If Tech N9ne's a homo, then so are we all.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Heads Up, Impersonators

Posted By on Tue, Jan 23, 2007 at 4:14 PM

Your favorite Billy Ray Cyrus lookalike may have to reroute his tour to bypass Branson. Or just use his real name.

State Rep. Juanita Head Walton, D-Florissant, is proposing a bill that would forbid impersonators to use the same names as the celebrities they impersonate. Read about it in the Springfield News-Leader.

I get the sense that this is the kind of bill that only a person with the middle name "Head" would propose. I don't know why that is, but it is. Maybe it's because of that guitarist from Korn, Brian "Head" Welch, who quit the band in order to "Head to Christ" and then tried to save 50 Cent.

So, the lesson here: Don't name your children things like Nicole Kidman or Head.

Little Hits, the Label

Posted By on Tue, Jan 23, 2007 at 11:48 AM

Sometime around a year ago, around when I wrote this column, our dear Jon Harrison intimated to me that he wanted to start a label-offshoot-type-thing from his Little Hits blog in order to release 45s. It seemed like the perfect project for a man whose life is so definied by a love for beautiful and forgotten pop singles.

And now, the project has reached fruition with a band close to his heart, Lawrence's the Shebangs. Now, in order to have a permanent copy of the band's first single, you don't have to buy the record that Jon & crew worked so hard over the past year to make. You can just visit Little Hits to download the Shebangs' sweet and lowdown "Maybe Yes, Maybe No."

But why would you want to do that when you can send a check for only $3.50 to Jon (e-mail him at for info) and have a delicious slice of local music history mailed to you? And how's he going to cut another seven-inch gem if we all just cop the free download off his blog?

Help make this single Little Hits' first little hit.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Good Customers

Posted By on Fri, Jan 19, 2007 at 3:43 PM

More breaking news about awesome upcoming concerts! The Junior Boys are playing the Record Bar on April 17! The last time Junior Boys came through -- back in my wilder days -- hardly anyone was there. This time will be different because you. Will. Not. Fucking. Miss. It.

Junior Boys will bring that knowing smile back to KC this April.

If you're out tonight, check out In the Pines and Kirsten Paludan at Californo's in Westport -- a venue that hardly ever hosts concerts but is a sweet place to have a cocktail. The theme there tonight: cozy yet harrowing. Lonely hearts should make a beeline.

Elsewhere, the Rich Boys storm the Brick with No Man No; there's a punk show at the Record Bar starring the F-Bombs; and Davey's hosts the Water Winta ... no ... Waka Winter Classic.

Saturday at Davey's, catch two of mighty rock woman Heather Lofflin's bands, Whiskey Boots and the brand-new Diamond Heart Club (featuring Mark Hennessey of legendary local grunge band Paw), along with the gut-stomping Federation of Horsepower.

Find out what Ghosty's been up to lately Saturday at the Record Bar, when they play with Conner and Animals with Armour. Murmurings of new Ghosty material have carried a high degree of favorability. In fact, that new track on their Web site's audio player -- "A Good Customer" from the upcoming new album No Nothing, evidently -- sounds promising.

Sunday, my heroes the Pink Socks are playing with The Terminals at Fred P. Ott's on the Plaza. There's not much real rock and roll to be found live-and-in-person these days. Be reminded of how it sounds, looks and shamalams at this show.

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