Thursday, May 18, 2017

Video Day #tzaupbeat

 !!! is reminding us that Dancing is the best revenge.  I’ve been really enjoying this new Goldfrapp album, and this Systemagic video fits right in.  Cassius has a great new split screen video for Go Up, feat. Cat Power and Pharrell!  

Bonus:  Bleachers are coming back with with the full cheese appeal with their video for Don’t Take the Money.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Article: The Winchester Music Tavern to open in Lakewood's Birdtown

The Winchester is back (again).  I’m intrigued… 

Greg Laswell (7/22/09)

"On Memorial Day, Shane Motolik will open the Winchester Music Tavern at 12112 Madison Ave., which just so happens to be the former location of the Winchester Music Hall.

Like its namesake, the new club's main focus will be on music. Opening weekend features an eclectic mix, with performances by local indie act Goodmorning Valentine and Dayton psych-rocker M Ross Perkins on Saturday night. Sunday will feature Cleveland alternative hip-hop act Case Barge.

'Having a part in the Cleveland music scene is kind of a dream come true,' says Motolik. 'Music's been the biggest part of my life - through the good, through the bad.'

A small food menu and bar snacks are planned. The front bar will feature cocktails, and craft brews will flow."

(Via The Winchester Music Tavern to open in Lakewood's Birdtown | cleveland.com.)

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Video Day #tzachill

Rostam finally has a new single out and video for Gwan, hopefully signaling  anew full length album soon!  Jeremy Messersmith hasn’t had anything new in a while, and this new track for Everything is Magical is oddly refreshing.  Nora Jones has slipped off my radar recently, but this new video has brought some new focus, with her political lyrics and new album on Blue Note.

 Bonus.  I’m not quite sure what’s going on in this video, but if it’s from Big Thief then you know it’s worth watching.  :-) 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Zippy and the Slow Tones (4/22/17)

This show wasn’t on my concert calendar for obvious reasons, but I stumbled upon this show when I was back home visiting family.  This bar is actually one that I frequented quite often (pre-21) when I was living back home and playing in pool leagues and tournaments.  That alone makes it fun to actually see a band performing there - especially a song that I often played on their jukebox back in the day (Dwight Yoakam's Little Sister!)

Zippy and the Slow Tones (4/22/17)

Zippy and the Slow Tones (4/22/17)

Article: In Music, DRM Is Back While Ownership Is Going Away

I understand the convenience, but I think this is unfortunate in the long run...

"An even more important indication of change is the shift in consumer preference from ownership to access models. This won’t come as a shock to those who have been watching the music industry evolve for a while, but it’s reality now: people have found that when music is available everywhere on any device, it’s not so important to own it anymore. As we’ll see, this is now music listeners’ majority view."

(Via In Music, DRM Is Back While Ownership Is Going Away | Copyright and Technology.)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Video Day #tzaupbeat

The Gossip’s Beth Ditto has finally emerged with a new video off her upcoming release Fake Sugar (out 6/16).  San Cisco, everyone’s favorite indie pop band from Australia, has a light, summery new video for Hey, Did I Do You Wrong.  Rubblebucket is back with a an out of body (and off the phone) experience for the If U C My Enemies video.

Bonus:  Hercules & Love Affair are BACK!!  This creepy new video for Controller brings me back to them.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Sondre Lerche (4/21/17)

Filling out the awesome Grog Shop schedule lately, Sondre Lerche performed there on Friday.  I’ll admit that this was just one of the stops on an packed night, so we weren’t quite as tuned into the music as I would normally be.  Still, Sondre put on a great show.  It did end a little early for the Grog Shop, but we all really appreciated the little dance party the band put on at the end of the night, with Sondre dancing with the crowd! 

Sondre Lerche (4/21/17)

Sondre Lerche (4/21/17)

David Dondero (4/19/17)

David Dondero has a great new album out and I was excited to see he was going to be on tour again.  I was intrigued and optimistic when I saw he would be performing at  BYOB art space in Akron called Hive Mind.  Once we found the space, it turned out to me a little more intimate than I was expecting.  Not a terrible thing I guess, but things felt a little awkward, but can’t quite put my finger on why… Still, David Dondero continues to be one of my favorite male songwriters and I’ll look forward to seeing him somewhere else next time. Maybe next time I should just host him in my living room!

David Dondero (4/19/17)

David Dondero (4/19/17)

The Octopus Project (4/17/17)

The Grog Shop has been on fire lately with these good shows.  The Octopus Project is one of those elusive bands that slowly put out an album every few years.  Their recorded stuff was intriguing, but I really had no idea how this would translate live.  I was impressed to see the crowd they drew, as well as the cool stage effects they packed into the Grog Shop!  This was definitely a trippy / party show that I would put up there with Animal Collective or Rubblebucket.

The Octopus Project (4/17/17)

The Octopus Project (4/17/17)
The Octopus Project (4/17/17)

Operators (4/13/17)

I feel like this show is the closest I’m going to be able to get to seeing Wolf Parade live again.  Still, Operators put on a really good show, highlighting Dan Boeckner’s distinct and familiar voice.  Check it out.

Operators (4/13/17)
Operators (4/13/17)

Operators (4/13/17)