01. The Legendary Kid Combo – Fight For Your Rights
02. Shooter Jennings – Outlaw You
03. Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside – I Swear
04. The Hackensaw Boys – Radio
05. Have Gun Will Travel – Ol’ Death Rattle
06. Frank Turner – Glory Hallelujah
07. Deer Tick – Miss K.
08. Black Oak Arkansas – Sweet Delta Water
Bold = Request
P.S.: If you like this show, do me a favor and post about it on your Facebook/Twitter/Blog. It’ll do a lot to help these bands reach new ears…and in the end, that’s what this is all about. It’ll also help bring the existence of the radio show to more people’s attention & the more people there are listening/paying attention to the show the more likely it is to stay on the air.
Every now and then a weekend comes along that just makes you shake your head at the awesome. If it weren’t for this being Sober February I’d be shaking my head wondering how I was gonna get through it both physically and financially. Anyhow, for the out of town readers, find an awesome show to go to this weekend and support live music. For my in town readers, I found your shows for you:
THURSDAY NIGHT @ THE ORPHEUM: GREENLAND IS MELTING & TIM BARRY ($10)
In what will be the highlight of the weekend; Tim Barry is coming to town Thursday night and he’s bringing Gainesville’s Greenland Is Melting with him. When I reviewed GiM’s album, Or Hearts Are Gold, Our Grass Is Blue, I said they “sound like what I wanted to hear the first time I heard The Avett Brothers” and I stand by that statement. Live, the fun they’re having is almost palpable and most certainly catching. In other words, this ain’t a show you wanna arrive late to. More to the point, it ain’t a show you wanna miss cause Mr. Barry is bringing his self-help sessions put to song version of acoustic folk rock to the stage. Like I said the other night on ninebullets radio, Tim proves that rock and roll ain’t gotta be fancy guitars, shiny clothes and a bag full of whizbang to captivate an audience. Every time I see him live, I walk away with my belief that a man with good songs and pure intentions can still do something in the music world. So come out, sing along and leave happy.
FRIDAY NIGHT @ THE RITZ ($15) / SATURDAY @ @ UNIVERSITY LANES ($30): LEBOWSKI FEST
In yet another sign that Tampa/St. Pete might actually be becoming a “real” city, we’ve gotten out own Lebowski Fest! Now, let’s hope like hell that people actually come out to it.
Friday night will feature music by Have Gun Will Travel and Ernie Locke’s (Nervous Turkey) new band, Lambasters with a screening of the movie afterwards. Friday will also feature a guest appearance by the real-life inspiration for The Dude, Jeff “The Dude” Dowd who’s filming a new documentary titled “The Dude.”
Saturday will feature Bowling, Costume, Trivia and other contests at University Lanes from 6-10pm and Jeff Dowd will be there as well.
So go out, imbibe and abide.
SATURDAY NIGHT @ DAVE’S AQUA LOUNGE: “ONE FOR THE ROAD” A FUNDRAISER FOR TAMPA/ST. PETE’S SxSW AUSTIN BOUND BANDS
The best way to directly support your local music scene this weekend is to come out to Dave’s Aqua Lounge for Bammo’s sixth annual “One For The Road” fundraiser. It’s expensive to take time off work, load up in the van and drive out to Austin and back. Sure, you can book shows out there and back if you can get enough time off work but here’s a dirty little secret a lot of people don’t know about SxSW; the bands don’t get paid for the shows they do there. That’s right, the bands will end up spending 4 days playing (sometimes) two shows a day and they’ll do it all for free. Some come out, see some of the best local bands in the area all in one location and do some good while you’re at it. The show starts at 7:00 and features; Sun Society, Ronny Elliott, Rebekah Pulley & TRP, Human Condition, Poetry N Lotion, Have Gun Will Travel & The Beauvilles. Admission is a suggested minumum donation of $10.00 (100% of donations go to the bands). There will also be raffles and all sorts of other funness.
In the hours after penning my little fuck you to the Tampa/St. Pete music fan base I got to thinking. There’s a line in the Outkast song, “Git Up, Git Out”, that says; “You need to git up, git out and git somethin / Cuz you and I got to do for you and I.” I started thinking, instead of bitching about how lazy the Bay Area music fan has become, instead of railing against the DJ culture of Tampa, instead of being a whiny bitch about it, why not try and help the people who are trying to change things in the area. And we’re going to. Just as soon as we finishthisother thing…. None of this has anything to do with the Thx Mgmt show Friday night @ New World Brewery except that they’re in the same spirit…
So, on with the show.
Following my rant, Shawn Beauville from the Beauvilles emailed me to inform me of a little tour his band was taking part in. The idea was to get a collection of bands together who can pull within their own markets and put them all on the road together with the “home band” headlining their respective market. In this case, the bands are; The Beauvilles (Tampa), Thomas Wynn & The Believers (Orlando) and Shawn Fisher and the Jukebox Gypsies (Jacksonville). Joining them on the Tampa date is The Junkyard Kings. Not only is the spirit of this show something I can get behind, but the lineup has something for everyone who likes their music played live and loud right in front of them. Seems Thx Mgmt might be coming to the same conclusions as I am, cause right on the tails of this show comes The Citrus Circuit Tour featuring a whole other slew of Florida bands. But more on that later this month.
Anyhow, come on, Tampa. Come on, St. Pete. Get out to New World on Friday night and celebrate/support your local musicians. Till then, here is a sampling of what you’ll hear:
A lot has come between me and this review. When Autopsy sent me the album to check out a couple months ago I had a chance to give it just a couple listens before my external hard drive (which had most of my digital music on it) took a poop. While scraping my music back together, I got this album back and put it on my ipod to listen to it some more, but then I got distracted by new music from Snow Patrol, Bloc Party, Shiny Toy Guns, The Dears and The KIllers. Still, even during this flurry of new music from bands I’ve known and loved for years, my ipod kept shuffling in The Beauvilles as if playing the role of my conscience telling me to pay attention to these guys.
Now to be completely honest, another reason I didn’t immediately put something together for this album is that my first listen was not instantly favorable. The notes I jotted down were that “Broad Side Dead” was 2 minutes too long and that “The Last Hymn of The Glorious” (which for some reason keeps evoking Buckley’s version of “Grace” whenever I hear it) was 2 minutes too short. The other thing that was kinda bugging me was the level of the vocals in some songs. I’m a total lyrics junkie, if a song has lyrics I want to know what they are, and on more than a couple of the songs the lyrics got smothered by the guitars. Plus, I’d read that this album is comprised of songs inspired by events that occurred while touring and I wanted to hear what stories were being told.
Fast forward to the BDH show @ Dave’s Aqua Lounge. I was on my second drink when the band took the stage and I was instantly impressed with their live sound. Not only do they have a great vocalist, but the rest of the band it excellent, as well, with well layered guitars and standout drumming. Then it happened three songs in. I realized that I was singing along to “Coming Apart” and I started to realize that I kinda sucked for not having written this album up yet.
Since then I’ve been listening to them more regularly instead of just when they get shuffled into my earbuds, and I’m surprised by how much this album has grown on me, even the songs where it sounds like Shawn is just a bit too far away for me to make out. I’d have to say my faves on the album are “Prom Dress” for the cool percussion and the sexy drunk and dreamy sound, the catchy “Coming Apart” with Shawn’s sincere and emotional singing punctuated by what sounds like the whole band singing/chanting on the chorus, and “The Revival” which I find to be a kinda sexy with its lyrical urgency and heavy, even beat. Hell, I don’t even know what I was talking about when I noted that “Broad Side Dead” was too long. It’s not a bad song at all, in fact it’s a great song, like most of the songs on the album…even if I still wish there was more of the gorgeously haunting and breathy “Last Hymn”.
This is a great album by a local band done good that gets better with every listen and you should definitely check these songs out.