Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review: Dum Dum Girls @ Waiting Room 10/20/14

Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls 10/20/14
As anticipated yesterday, I hit last night's Dum Dum Girls show at Waiting Room. This was my third time checking out DDG, and my first with them as a headliner. 

I wanted to get to the show a little earlier than normal because I wanted to try and get some of my records signed by Dee Dee. Fortunately, she was behind the merch booth chatting with fans, and I got her to sign my LP of Too True. In addition, I bought a 7" that I didn't have and had her sign that, too. We chatted briefly about her other band, Haunted Hearts, and about her husband's band, Crocodiles. I was hoping to get her to commit to coming to Omaha with a double bill of Dum Dum Girls and Crocodiles. I guess she'll take it under advisement. Dee Dee was very nice, but it was hard to have a real conversation with the loud music of the openers, and with her being inundated with autograph requests. Oh well, the life of a rock star!

There were two openers last night: Yes You Are and Ex Cops. YYA features a former member of Tilly and the Wall, so many old school Omaha scenesters were in attendance. To me, YYA sounded like a modern take on Linda Ronstadt. I don't mean that to sound negative, that's just my initial impression. Next up was Ex Cops, who were running very late and had a myriad of technical issues. I spent most of their set in the back and couldn't hear much. Asking around, I got mixed reviews as to the quality of their set.

Dum Dum Girls hit the stage sometime around 11 and proceeded to play the entire Too True album from start to finish. As a rule, I don't like it when bands play their entire new album in concert. If I wanted to listen to the record in order, I'd just stay home and play it, you know?

I could have handled the whole new album thing better if the band played with a little more...spunk. Or energy. Or enthusiasm. Something. 

For all practical purposes, Dee Dee is the band. She writes the songs, she sings the songs, and she decides who plays on the albums. For the most part, the rest of the "band" has been consistent over the last few years, but last night there was a change. Rather than sing and play guitar, Dee Dee gave up the guitar and just sang. She brought in a new guitar player to play her parts. I don't know if that was the problem or not, but last night, the band played quite lifelessly. 

This is a band that I love, performing an album that I love, and yet I was bored. Every band has off nights, and this seemed like one to me. Everyone played their parts, but they didn't seem to be playing together. Dee Dee's voice sounded great, but she was being backed poorly last night. I ended up leaving early! WTF.

The last two times I saw Dum Dum Girls they were amazing live. Last night, however, they were just off. Maybe I am being too nit-picky, perhaps; because a listener of my radio show emailed from the concert thanking me for turning him on to this band and saying how much he loved the show. I'm glad he had a good time, but I was a little disappointed.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Dum Dum Girls TONIGHT at Waiting Room

LA's Dum Dum Girls return to Omaha tonight for a show at Waiting Room. The girls are on the tail end of their tour in support of their third album, Too True. It's been a while since I've seen Dum Dum Girls. The last time, I believe, was at the MAHA Music Festival in 2012.

Few people remember the time before that when DDG opened for Girls at Waiting Room on their first tour. They blew Girls off the stage, and have been a favorite of mine since then. Tonight's show should be quite good, even though it's a Monday night.

Opening the show will be Ex Cops and Yes You Are. Tickets are still available for $15.

Friday, October 17, 2014

My Newest Video - New Additions to the Collection

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

J Mascis and Lulac TONIGHT at Waiting Room

Alternative rock legend J Mascis is performing tonight at Waiting Room here in Omaha. J performs solo tonight - without his band Dinosaur Jr. - in support of his newest album, Tied To a Star. Opening the show is the Australian folk duo Lulac.

Both J and Lulac record for the Sub Pop label, and both have new albums out. Obviously, I'm going to see Mr. Mascis. Dinosaur Jr. is one of my favorite bands ever, and I never miss an opportunity to see Mascis perform.

J last appeared in Omaha as a solo artist at the MAHA Music Festival in 2011. He came through with Dinosaur Jr. in 2012.

Here is J's most recent video for "Every Morning":
See you there tonight!

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

The Dark Stuff Podcast 118: Rick Galusha

For episode 118, I interview Rick Galusha. Rick has been a fixture in the Omaha music community for decades. For around 25 years, Rick worked for the Homer's Record Store chain. He began as a clerk behind the counter at the chain's first store, and worked his way up to being president of the company. 

Homer's began in Omaha with one store in 1971. By the 1990s, Homer's had 17 locations in Nebraska and Iowa, and had bought out its two local competitors. As the fate of the music industry began to turn in the late 90s, so did that of Homer's. As of the time of this posting, Homer's is down to one location in downtown Omaha. Rick Galusha saw it all firsthand. 

In the interview, we discuss the origins of Homer's and how Rick first became consumed by music. The conversation then veers into a general discussion about the decline of the music industry and of the record store. 

Somewhere around 2005, Rick said goodbye to the record business and moved on to a different career. He still keeps one toe in the musical waters, if you will, by hosting a weekly radio show called Pacific Street Blues and Americana. The show airs Sunday mornings from 9am-noon (Central Standard Time) on KIWR, 89.7 The River. The station streams at 897theriver.com, and Rick archives the show at kiwrblues.podomatic.com

Thanks for listening. Enjoy.

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Friday, October 03, 2014

Drakes Hotel Live Tonight at Barley Street Tavern

Omaha band, Drakes Hotel, is performing tonight at The Barley Street Tavern (2735 N. 62nd St). This is a rare Omaha appearance from the band, who have been playing out less lately.

I got word from the band that they will be playing first, so their set should start around 9pm.

Before hitting the show, make sure to check out Drakes Hotel's appearance on The Dark Stuff Podcast #108:

Thursday, October 02, 2014