Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Hey there, Wanna See My Seven Inches?

I just posted this video the other day. I decided to start going through my 7" vinyl singles. I grabbed a bunch at random and started talking about them. I think I'll be doing a few more volumes of these.

Monday, September 08, 2014

The Dark Stuff Podcast 116: Orenda Fink (Part One)

For episode 116, we have part one of my interview with Orenda Fink. Orenda has just released her third solo album, Blue Dream, on the Saddle Creek Records label, and is about to embark on her first tour in a few years.

Orenda's musical journey began when she met singer/songwriter Maria Taylor at a performing arts school in Alabama. The two began writing songs together, and eventually formed the band Little Red Rocket. LRR was signed by Geffen Records while Fink and Taylor were barely out of high school! Following some personal tragedy, LRR broke up, but Fink and Taylor stayed together and formed the band Azure Ray.

It was around this same time that Orenda became involved with the Omaha music scene, and Azure Ray was signed to Saddle Creek Records, which was home to Bright Eyes, The Faint, and Cursive, at the time. Orenda would eventually re-locate to Omaha, and marry Todd Fink, who is the lead singer of The Faint.

When Azure Ray went on an extended hiatus in 2004, Orenda Fink began her solo career with the 2005 album, The Invisible Ones. Her restless artistic spirit had her continuing to form new bands and collaborations, and she also recorded with Art In Manila, O + S, and toured as a member of Rilo Kiley.

In our interview, Orenda and I discuss the inspiration behind the new album, Blue Dream, as well as the making of the record and her upcoming tour. We then delve into Orenda's entire career, including the reunion of Azure Ray. Our discussion was pretty long, so I have decided to make this a two-part episode. Part Two will be episode #117.

This episode contains portions of the following songs: "Blue Dream," and "This Is a Part of Something Greater" by Orenda Fink, and "New Resolution" by Azure Ray. The music underneath my voice in the intro and outro is "Holy Holy" by Orenda Fink. All songs ©the artist.

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Friday, September 05, 2014

New Conor Oberst Video: "Common Knowledge"

This is the newest video from Conor Oberst's newest album, Upside Down Mountain. The track is called "Common Knowledge," and the video was directed by David Altobelli.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Free Orenda Fink Show + Podcast Posts Monday!!

Omaha readers: Orenda Fink will be performing songs from her new album, Blue Dream, tomorrow night (September 5) at the Saddle Creek Shop (721 N. 14th St). She will begin around 7 pm.

Remember, Orenda is my guest on the next episode of The Dark Stuff Podcast. Part one of her interview will be posted Monday, September 8. Make sure you're subscribed so you don't miss it!

The Afghan Whigs at Waiting Room Wrap-Up

So, I saw The Afghan Whigs last night, and the photo above should explain why I have no pictures of the band performing. I am really conflicted about bands requesting that people not take their photos during a concert. Technically, Afghan Whigs did not ban photography at the show. It was more of a polite suggestion. Lead singer Greg Dulli did yell at someone who was using a flash (which any idiot should know that you don't do), but that was completely understandable. After the first few songs, he then asked everyone to put away their phones and just enjoy the concert. 

I get it. Artists don't like poor quality (or really any quality) videos of their shows being posted on youtube. Also, I could imagine how annoying it would be to look out into the crowd and see a bunch of folks watching the show through their cell phones. But that is sort of the way of the world these days. I don't film shows precisely because I don't want to spend the whole concert looking through the lens of my phone. However, I do like taking a few pictures as personal mementos of the show. And, of course, I like posting them on Instagram and on this very site. An outright photo ban is lame, but a strong suggestion from an artist that they'd prefer if you didn't spend the whole night on your phone is acceptable. Either way, I didn't want to get up close and take pictures because I worried Dulli might yell at me! 

Instead, I stayed toward the back of The Waiting Room and just listened. A few quick thoughts on the show: the band sounded great. Greg Dulli's voice was in good form, and he was able to belt out the classics and the new stuff with equal intensity. Outside of Dulli, and maybe the bass player, I don't think anyone else on stage had ever been a member of Afghan Whigs prior to this current tour. That was a little weird, but they sounded great, so I guess I don't care. My last observation would be that by the end of the set, I was kind of getting bored. I'm not a musician, so maybe I am off base, but it seems to me that most every Afghan Whigs song is in the same key or something. They all started sounding the same after an hour or so. I've never noticed this before, but last night, I was definitely feeling that.

If Afghan Whigs comes to your town, I would recommend you go. Maybe you were a bigger fan of the band back in the day than I was. I always liked them, had a few records, but they were never one of "my bands." You know?

UPDATE: Hear Nebraska has a lengthier review and some actual photographs here.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

The Mafia Money Story Part 1

I've just begun work on a new project that will document the old record label I used to run called Mafia Money Records. I had the label from 1994-2000. I'm going to be making videos that talk about the label and the bands I worked with. I completed my first video over the long weekend, and it covers the first three releases on the label. All three were 7" singles. Here it goes:

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Orenda Fink Will Be the Next Guest on The Dark Stuff Podcast

Last night I interviewed the lovely and talented Orenda Fink for the podcast. Orenda has been a member of the bands Little Red Rocket, Azure Ray, Art In Manila, O + S, and has released three solo albums. Her newest album, Blue Dream, has just been released by Saddle Creek Records.

The episode will be posted September 8, and will likely be a two-part episode. We spoke for over 90 minutes and I would hate to leave any of it out. Your homework before the episode is posted is to buy Orenda's new album, Blue Dream. Here is the video for the first single, "Ace of Cups."
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Monday, August 25, 2014

The Dark Stuff Podcast 115: David Rosenheim

For episode #115, I interview Dave Rosenhiem, who is currently the singer for Bay Area indie band Winchester Revival. We discuss the new band and its new record, Eyes in the Canopy

Dave and I share some history, and we take a trip back to the 1990s to discuss his old band, Hugh. He and I met in the early 90s when I started an independent record label called Mafia Money Records. Hugh was the first signing, and together we released three CDs and two 7" singles. 

At the tail end of the 90s, Rosenheim transitioned from being an artist to creating an online music magazine and later to a website called MusicFans.com. Recently, he left the business world to lead an environmental non-profit called The Climate Registry

Winchester Revival's music can be found on their bandcamp page: http://winchesterrevival.bandcamp.com

This episode features the following music: Winchester Revival - "Chemical Yellow"; Winchester Revival - "Submarine Bell" (portion); Hugh - "Seeds"; Hugh - "Grapeviner"; Hugh - "Albuquerque". 

Underneath my voice during the intro and outro is "Ashtrayland" by Hugh

All songs ©the artist who performed them. 

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