Help me out, people: Should White Whale be considered a local band?
For those unfamiliar, White Whale came out of Lawrence at the end of last year and spumed right on to Merge Records, playing the label's showcase at SXSW in March. I was there, and I haven't seen them play since. Before that, the Whale did a few local shows -- CD-releases at the Granada and the Record Bar, but the band never seemed to work very hard at building a local following.
Matt Suggs, leader of Whale, had already released several albums on Merge -- both solo and with his band Butterglory -- so that's presumably why Merge harpooned his new project so quickly. Does that alone already disqualify him and White Whale from local status?
A label attached to a store (or rather, three stores: in NY, LA and Amsterdam, all of which Miles has visited), Fat Beats distributes independent hip-hop worldwide. Our own Love Garden, for instance, receives CDs and vinyl from Fat Beats.
"I am NOT ON Fat Beats, although they HAVE expressed interest on me being on Fat Beats records at some point," he told me today, via e-mail. "We'll see. It would have to be the right situation for both of us at that time. I'm in no rush."
Walk to glide, Miles baby, you're going worldwide.
BEHOLD THE BONNY: "Bucktown v2.0"
The American Jazz Museum just sent out the following press release:
Kansas City, MO. (December 7, 2006) — Jay McShann, the veteran pianist closely identified with the Kansas City tradition of jazz and blues, passed away today at the age of 90 at St. Luke's Hospital. A master of many styles, McShann established an evolutionary bridge between traditional Kansas City jazz, renowned for a swinging, rhythmic sensibility, and the more intuitive, improvisational bebop form of jazz.
McShann, who became known as "Hootie" among his contemporaries, was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma in 1916 and taught himself piano as a child. In 1936, he relocated to Kansas City and had organized his first big band by 1939, the Jay McShann Orchestra.
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Party with Pedro @ Voodoo Lounge
We're partying with Pedro, from Napoleon Dynamite! DJ Efren Ramirez will be spinning the hottest hits at Voodoo Lounge on December 16th! All of your wildest dreams will come true! Plus, one lucky party goer will be doing sweet jumps all day long after winning an autographed Sledgehammer! Free Party for Pedro T-shirts for advanced ticket purchases at ticketmaster.com or on-site at Toby Keith's retail counter.
For a minute there, I pictured someone jumping around with an autographed sledgehammer of the actual piece-of-wood-with-big-hunk-of-metal variety -- doing that as an expression of joy resulting from winning it at a party at Voodoo Lounge, that is -- and I was struck with awe and wonder, particularly at the thought of taking a sledgehammer to "Toby Keith's retail counter." Then again, it would be even more fun to see some drunk idiot try to ride the bike inside the club and take out a couple of ho-bags.
Alert readers will remember when the Night Ranger met Efren at Cactus Cafe. I was just telling Jen that since Pedro's ex-co-star's post-Dynamite steps have been career-suicidal, Efren should bust out a memorable role in an important indie film. Or with the music-selecting thing going, he could become the next Zach Braff (oh dear god no).
Then again, if Efren would merely prefer to be a club DJ -- provided that he continues making films -- he would become possibly the first celebrity actor DJ, like, ever. But if he does trance, then I personally will wreck his decks with my sledge.
The idea of Pitchforkmedia.com giving more attention to a band out of Springfield, MO, than, well, anyone else, would have been inconceivable if it hadn't already happened.
Audio-visuals fuckin' A after the jump.
There's a lot of good rock action this weekend, but I've heard some special buzz about two in particular. The first is tonight at the Hurricane, where locals Lovers in Transit and the Republic Tigers are joined by the Ultra Sonic Edukators. My sources have compared them with Blur, Supergrass and Teenage Fanclub -- to which I say OK THEN! Be forewarned: they play first tonight, so get there early, no later than 10, I'd say. And wear your finest peacock suit because the band might be filming a video for its awesome song "Salle Green."
Next, Jaq and Diane over at Sad Dog are barking up a storm about a Saturday show at Davey's Uptown featuring, well, a bunch of cool people. I'll just let the Dog speak:
Sad Dog and Spice of Life Productions presents a Holidaze Party & Rock and Roll Show!! @ DAVEY'S UPTOWN Featuring It's Over, Buffalo Saints, Andrew Duplantis & Fred Ramirez and Jon Stubblefield
Our friend Andrew Duplantis is braving the elements and headed from Austin, TX to the great Midwest. One of the hardest working musicians in Austin, Andrew has quite a resume. Most recently he has been found playing bass with Son Volt and Jon Dee Graham. Past credits include stints with Alejandro Escovedo, Meat Puppets, Richard Buckner, Bob Mould and Tia Carrera. He just came out with his new solo album, "Color Blind" with his band The Unfaithfuls and is on a Duo Tour with band member Fred Ramirez. Andrew takes the stage at 11:00 pm, and this is just the icing on the cake as we have the cream of the crop of KC bands / musicians on this bill as well.
10pm: Jon Stubblefield - Channeling the sounds of Outlaw Country, like he was raised by Waylon and Willie themselves. A man to make Hank Williams proud! And bonus, tonight is Jon's B-Day.
12am: Buffalo Saints - KC alt-country at it's finest. Their album "Walking the Dead" doesn't stray far from the disc player. [Extra exciting because these guys haven't played in, like, a year and a half. -- Ed.]
1am: It's Over - Wow!!! Wow!!! If you haven't caught the sounds of this 60's and 70's influenced, mid-eastern infused, high energy, make you dance your pants off group, you must take in the experience. We are proud to call these friends our friends! If you need a heavy dose of positive energy, this is the band for you!
Diana and I realized that this might be the one time this holiday that you will find us in the same room at the same time. We are busy ladies. So please join the ladies of Sad Dog and our friends Bill Sundahl and Wende Williamson of Spice of Life Productions (Crossroads Music Festival / Donkey Show), for a Holiday beverage and some kickin' live music!!!!!
Love those gals.
Let me encourage all y'all to check out the Pitch Music MySpace and befriend us if you haven't already. Right now, the same two or three bands are posting all the comment flyers and bulletins, and I'm tired of looking at them.
See you out'n'about. Don't drive drunk, and, please, don't comment on the cab driver's man breasts.
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