What You Do For Money Honey

Thursday, December 9, 2010

What You Do For Money Honey: Billy Brimblecom of Blackpool Lights

Posted By on Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 6:07 AM

How does Brimblecom pay the bills?
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What You Do For Money Honey takes us beyond the music and into the cubicles, behind the desks, and on top of what local musicians do to pay the bills.

Billy Brimblecom used to drum around town on the reg until he moved to Nashville a few years back. He was back in Kansas City this Friday with his reunited band Blackpool Lights. After we interviewed him for the paper last week, we were all, "What do you do for your money, honey, Billy Brimblecom?"

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Hey, Mark Lowrey: Where does your money come from?

Posted By on Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 7:30 AM

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What You Do For Money Honey takes us beyond the music and into the cubicles, restaurants and storefronts that allow local musicians to pay the bills.

Local pianist Mark Lowrey is a productive dude. He's gigging somewhere around town nearly every night of the week, either solo, or with Trio ALL, or with one of a seemingly endless number of projects. Is it enough to pay the bills? We report!


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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tom Johnson gives a lesson in balance

Posted By on Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 7:00 AM

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What You Do For Money Honey takes us beyond the music and into the cubicles, behind the desks, and on top of what local musicians do to pay the bills.

Tom Johnson is a busy, busy man. He plays in three bands -- Yuca Roots, the Shop, and Son Venezuela -- in addition to his duties as general manager of KJHK 90.7FM and live music advisor for the University of Kansas' Student Union Activities. How does the man balance so many things?

While I'm not the best at balancing everything going on in my life on a weekly basis, I unabashedly enjoy all the jobs and activities I do...caring about everything in its own way is what makes me try to fit everything into a busy schedule, and respecting what I get out of different activities keeps things in line most of the time. I might also forcefully add that I have incredible support from the people around me. So the simplest answer to "How do you do it all?" is "I try to do what I care about, so I have to do it all."

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Shawn Reynolds of Iron Guts Kelly on policing your neighborhood vs. policing the scene

Posted By on Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 4:00 PM

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What You Do For Money Honey takes us beyond the music and into the cubicles, behind the desks, and on top of what local musicians do to pay the bills.

Shawn Reynolds, bass player for old school hardcore act Iron Guts Kelly, is in an interesting position in the punk scene: he's a cop. Considering the metric ton of anti-cop punk rock songs (to say nothing of the band Millions of Dead Cops), Reynolds occasionally finds himself in an odd position. He spoke to us regarding the whole "cops vs. punks" thing, as well as his time in the scene.

I've been a cop for 16 years but I've been listening to hardcore for 25 years. I've also always been straight edge. I got harassed by the cops as a young hardcore kid. I decided a long time ago I wanted to help people and defend and protect those who can't defend themselves. That's how I approach my job. It's not that different from how people in the hardcore family take care of each other.

A lot of punk/hardcore kids have turned their backs and talked shit on our band because two of us are cops. [guitarist Josh Leon is also a police officer - ed.] Aren't those are the same type of prejudices that these kids don't want the cops to have? It makes no sense. It's all about respect. Being a cop can be a roller coaster of adrenaline and emotions -- both physical and mental. Much like playing or going to a hardcore show, you never know what to expect.

Iron Guts Kelly return from a nearly six month hiatus on Friday, May 14, for a show that is combination 40th birthday party for Reynolds and a hearty "FUCK YOU!" to the oral cancer that has had him enduring chemo since February. The show's at the Replay in Lawrence with Circle of Trust.

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Scary Manilow of the Spook Lights

Posted By on Thu, Apr 1, 2010 at 7:00 AM

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Scary Manilow of the Spook Lights is one of the area's most entertaining frontmen. The garage-rockabilly four-piece releases their debut 7" for "Teenage Maniac" tonight at a Replay Lounge show with openers the Mouth Breathers. Thus, we felt it worthwhile to ask Mr. Manilow to explain the legths to which he goes in order to live a life as a rock 'n' roll god.

When I'm not onstage blessing an audience with my musical gifts, I'm clouding their minds with drinks at the Replay Lounge. When I'm not flexing my bartending muscles, I'm sacrificing my health for science at the Quintiles Clinical Research facility. For the past fourteen and a half years, Quintiles has afforded me the luxury of pursuing a more worldly lifestyle. In exchange for my blood, urine, sweat, feces, spare time, free will, and preference for a regular, balanced diet, Quintiles grants me a check (or "honorarium" as they call it-- how noble!) to the tune of $175 dollars a day... sometimes more!

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

What You Do For Money Honey: Tony Ladesich

Posted By on Thu, Mar 25, 2010 at 4:00 PM

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What You Do For Money Honey takes us beyond the music and into the cubicles, behind the desks, and on top of what local musicians do to pay the bills.

In addition to his time as a solo performer and frontman for Sandoval and Pendergast, Tony Ladesich works as a filmmaker for Mile Deep Films & Television. His short film, "Such Subtle Beauty," about Hammerpress, was included with the DVD in the VIP subscriber edition of Paste this month. He was kind enough to explain to Wayward Blog's readers the similarities between songwriting and filmmaking.

I pay my bills as a filmmaker and video person. I have worked in TV stations and production houses and at the moment I work freelance for some really amazing clients. I direct, shoot and edit whatever needs to be shot and cut and I love doing it. It can be quite stressful and nerve wracking but it's also really rewarding.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

What You Do For Money Honey: William Malott

Posted By on Thu, Mar 18, 2010 at 7:00 AM

What You Do For Money Honey takes us beyond the music and into the cubicles, behind the desks, and on top of what local musicians do to pay the bills.

William Malott of Bent Left is a busy man. In addition to playing in the pop-punk trio, he and bandmate Josh Nelson run Recycled Rockstar Industries, a company devoted to promoting musicians in as many ways as possible. However, it's Malott's day job about which we're concerned today. He works for the Kansas City school district, and spoke with Wayward Blog about it via e-mail last week:

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I just got home from coaching the Varsity Girl's soccer team after a day spent on Constitutional principles, South American Revolutions, and how to recognize context clues while reading. Last night, we played with Cobra Skulls and Dead To Me in Lawrence and I drove us home around 2am. 6am came early today.

I enjoy my job, but it can be a juggling act. I feel bad when I take time off to tour and I hate having to lie to the kids about what I'm doing. However, something about traveling around playing shitty punk rock just seems like it would undermine my credibility as an educator.

I do get to blend my lives in a few small ways. I give bass lessons during lunch once a week and have introduced some of the more curious students to a handful of great bands. Bent Left likes to address societal issues and what better way to know what you're talking about than to immerse in one of our most troubled institutions.

To clarify I am a paraprofessional, not a teacher. I basically co-teach in English as a Second Language classrooms.

Bent Left is currently in Austin, playing the Midwasteland Takeover. For those of you at SXSW, they play the Canvas Bar at 5th and Brazos tonight at 8:45 p.m.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

What You Do For Money Honey: Martinez Hillard

Posted By on Thu, Mar 11, 2010 at 7:00 AM

What You Do For Money Honey takes us beyond the music and into the cubicles, behind the desks, and on top of what local musicians do to pay the bills.

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In addition to playing in the excellent Cowboy Indian Bear, Martinez Hillard puts on shows with his Oh!mr. Those Oh!mr shows bring together artists one wouldn't normally think of sharing a bill, as in the case of the upcoming "Marty Turns 47: Part III - Slumber Marty" showcase featuring Sam Billen, Stik Figa, and Jabee. That showcase is at the Bottleneck on March 27, just a week after CIB returns from SXSW.

So, what do you do when not making music, so as to pay the bills?

I am an administrative assistant at Black Hills Energy. I provide direct assistance to the senior administrative assistant in our Lawrence, KS office. I collect and compile data in reference to our scholarship program, schedule and coordinate meetings in and out of state, and package and distribute mail for the office.

Read Elke Mermis' feature on Hillard from back in January to learn more about the man.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

What You Do For Money Honey: Eric Melin

Posted By on Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 7:00 AM

What You Do For Money Honey takes us beyond the music and into the cubicles, behind the desks, and on top of what local musicians do to pay the bills.

Eric Melin has been the drummer for quite a few notable local pop rock outfits, all of whom have made a major impact on the scene: Truck Stop Love, Ultimate Fakebook, and now the Dead Girls. In addition, his movie reviews are found on Scene-Stealers, as well as in the Lawrence Journal-World.

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You've many irons in the fire: the Dead Girls, Scene-Stealers, "Mean" Melin airaoke...how do you pay the bills, sir?

Well, I didn't learn how to be a social media guru just by blogging about movies and my band. I am actually the communications guy for Spiral16. We are a tech firm based out of Overland Park that offers companies a web-based platform to listen, measure, and visualize their brand's online presence. If you want to find out who's talking about you online and what they're saying, we can help. The software scours the Internet and spits out all this crazy useful information in charts and graphs and 3D visual maps so you can see how everything people are saying on the Web is connected. Once you know who's saying what, you can start engaging them and doing crisis management, customer service, or whatever. It's pretty awesome.

You can hear Melin tomorrow on Kansas Public Radio during Morning Edition as he discusses this year's Academy Awards with Laura Lorson.

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