Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Deer Tick / The Weeks TONIGHT at Waiting Room

Deer Tick (above) and The Weeks (below)
I've been looking forward to tonight's show at Waiting Room ever since it was announced a few months ago. Deer Tick is one of the best rock bands to emerge in the last decade or so, and were great the two previous time I saw them perform. I've never seen The Weeks, but have been playing them on my radio show for a couple of years, and am looking forward to their live show.

Here are videos from both bands:
 Maybe I'll see you tonight. Tickets are still available at $17.

Monday, August 18, 2014

MAHA 2014 in Photos

Once again, I worked at the MAHA Music Festival. I was the stage manager for the Omaha Gives Stage, which I re-named the "OG Stage." Unfortunately, the heat this year proved to be a little too much for me and I succumbed to heat stroke, and nearly passed out. I was sent home right after the last band performed on the OG Stage. Therefore, I missed The Head and The Heart and Death Cab For Cutie. I got photos of pretty much all the other performances.
Matt Whipkey
Aimee Mann (The Both)
The Both
Aimee Mann (The Both)
Ted Leo (The Both)

The Both (Aimee Mann and Ted Leo)
Aimee Mann (The Both)
Local Natives
Local Natives

Friday, August 15, 2014

It Might Be a Wet One Tomorrow at MAHA

The forecast for tomorrow's MAHA Music Festival is calling for a high probability of rain. Hopefully, it won't dampen anyone's spirits too much. It will still be a good time. Fortunately, I have a pretty decent set of rain gear that I bought last year for the third night of Riot Fest in Chicago.

I will be managing the second stage this year, so if you're there, that's where I'll be. Say hi if you see me.

Me in 2013 at Riot Fest getting rained on
Last time I will be mentioning this, but here is the line-up of this year's festival: Death Cab For Cutie, Local Natives, The Head and The Heart, The Both (Aimee Mann + Ted Leo), Doomtree, Radkey, The Envy Corps, Icky Blossoms, Twinsmith, Domestica, Matt Whipkey, and M34N STR33T. For tickets and more information, go to MahaMusicFestival.com.

Get completely up-to-date on the Maha Festival and hear some music from the artists by listening to this episode of the Dark Stuff Podcast dedicated to the festival:

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Dark Stuff Podcast 114: Dereck Higgins (Part Two)

For episode 114, I bring you part two of the interview with Omaha music legend, Dereck Higgins. In part one, we went through Dereck's musical childhood, his earliest bands, and his time in bands Digital Sex and RAF. Part two picks up exactly right where the first one left off. 

We discuss Dereck's move into ambient and electronic music, the formation of his record label (DVH Recordings), his introduction to the online Vinyl Community, his collaborations with filmmaker/musician Nik Fackler, and all of his current projects. 

Remember that all of Dereck's music can be purchased through his bandcamp page: dereckhiggins.bandcamp.com.

This episode contains snippets of the following music: "War Statement" by Dereck Higgins, "Drebump" by Dereck Higgins (© Dereck Higgins), "Saw a Blind Dad" by In Dreama (© Team Love). The music embedded under my voice in the intro and outro of the podcast is "Passing Apparition" from Dereck's album Sonospheres (©2013 Dereck Higgins). 

Thanks for listening. Enjoy.

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Friday, August 08, 2014

St. Vincent To Lead Seth Myers 8G Band Next Week

Annie Clark aka St. Vincent will fill in for Fred Armisen next week for two nights as leader of Late Night with Seth Myers' 8G Band. Clark will fill in on Monday and Tuesday, August 11-12.

Make sure to check out my interview with St. Vincent from The Dark Stuff Podcast:

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Ace Frehley To Appear On the Tonight Show August 12

Former KISS guitarist, Ace Frehley, will be sitting in with The Roots on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday, August 12.

Ace's newest solo album, Space Invader, will be in stores August 19.

In the meantime, check out the Ace Frehley interview on the Dark Stuff Podcast:

NEW Orenda Fink Video "Ace of Cups"

"Ace of Cups" is the first single from the forthcoming Orenda Fink album, Blue Dream. The album will be released August 19th on Saddle Creek Records.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

I Learned A Lot About Marvin Gaye from the Doc "Final 24"

I've burned through so many shows lately on Netflix that I have been struggling to come up with something else decent to watch. I am beginning to get desperate. Last night, I stumbled onto a series I had never seen or heard of before called, The Final 24. This is an investigative show that looks into the last 24 hours in the lives of famous celebrities who died young (or at least not of natural causes).

I started with John Belushi because I basically already knew the story. I wanted to see if this show matched up to what I had read. It did, for the most part, and included interviews with people like Dan Akyroyd and Belushi's manager. Seemed legit.

Next I decided to watch the Marvin Gaye episode, because despite knowing roughly what had happened to him, I really knew very few details. I never knew, for example, that Gaye's father was a minister and strict disciplinarian. He was also a cross dresser who wore women's clothing around the house, and slept in a separate bedroom than his wife. The cross dressing thing was known throughout the neighborhood, and caused a great deal of bullying to be inflicted upon a young Marvin

Gaye's father was a violent man who demanded absolute obedience from his wife and children. He instilled fear in his entire family. When Marvin left home and pursued a career in music, his father did not approve of his choice to work in the secular world. Marvin's constant quest to get the approval of his father was a major motivator in his quest for fame. Except for a brief moment when Gaye's What's Goin On album won a number of awards, he never got that approval.

By the early 80s, Gaye's career had plateaued and he was a major cocaine addict. In 1984, he was living at home with his parents. He bought the family home which caused a rift between him and his father. In addition, Gaye frequently had drug dealers stop by the house to make deliveries. His father hated this, and his resentment and anger began to spiral out of control. Marvin and his father frequently got into shouting matches, and often ended with the father threatening violence if Marvin didn't change his behavior.

An interesting detail this documentary brought up was the jealousy Marvin's father had toward Marvin's relationship with his mother.He hated how close Marvin and his Mom were, and this caused him to feel disrespected. This ultimately led to Marvin's death.

The incident that caused Marvin's death began with a fight between Marvin and his father over the attention being paid to him by his mother. Marvin - who was doing so much cocaine he had become delusional - angrily struck his father, knocked him down on the ground, and kicked him a few times. His humiliated father went to his bedroom and stewed with anger. An hour or so later, he grabbed a gun, walked to Marvin's room and shot him twice. He did this in full view of his wife who was sitting next to Marvin.

When paramedics arrived, they refused to go inside because of the threat still posed by Marvin's father. Until his gun could be taken outside, the paramedics would not go in. More than 20 minutes after being shot, the paramedics finally went in and retrieved Marvin. He died on the way to the hospital.

The doc featured interviews with Marvin's sister, two of his brothers-in-law, and a number of family friends. It certainly seemed legit to me. What a fascinating and sad story. Most of the details I had never heard before. Looking forward to checking out more of the episodes.