The New Basement Tapes — a supergroup composed of Elvis Costello, Jim James, Marcus Mumford and others — dropped by Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to play a few songs from Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes.
Three cheers to WMNF It’s the Music/AfterNooner host and sometime local music appreciator Amy Snider, who’s provided an intimate singer-songwriter showcase for rising talent and vets alike every Thursday evening for the past five years (250 shows total) at Tre Amici @ The Bunker in Ybor City. For her Singer-Songwriter Night Anniversary Soiree and Hootenanny, regular series performers – among them, Ronny Elliott, Harry Hayward, Crash Mitchell, Papos, Gary McDonald and Mike Donahue – deliver rapid-fire performances on the standing room stage while Dumb Blind Luck and The John Clark Band deliver longer sets that culminate in an all-star jam session hootenanny sing-along to Clark’s “Hope in Hard Times.” Door prizes, 2-for-1 sangria and extended hours make for a stirring evening in Ybor. Click here for full line-up and set times.
7-10 p.m., Tre Amici @ The Bunker, 1907 N. 19th St., Ybor City, free admission.
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Jellyfish Brothers at The Fuzz Factory Sat., Nov. 15, 2014
Amid the surge of alternative venue spaces that have materialized in the local scene over the past few years, The Fuzz Factory is a name that keeps coming up time and time again.
Co-founder John Freda grew up in Northern Pinellas, where he and his band Just Satellites started booking shows at cafés and houses around Tarpon Springs and Palm Harbor. Eventually, they shuffled south to St. Petersburg, setting up shop in the Warehouse Arts District in April of 2013 and welcoming other local and small indie touring acts to the space they’d formally christened The Fuzz Factory.
“We wanted to create a place where bands that play less traditional music could come and do their thing and not have to worry about people getting pissed off and leaving or complaining ‘cause it’s too loud or it’s too weird,” Freda told me in a recent interview. The idea was to remove the commercial element and foster an environment that catered to creativity, “a place purely for the art, not for the profit.”
Afternoons with less news and more music. That’s the gist of a SaintPetersBlog story detailing upcoming programming changes at WMNF 88.5 FM. The post cites a note distributed to interested programmers and other observers of the community station who were informed that locally produced afternoon news and talk shows like WMNF Drive-Time News and Last Call will be nixed in 2015. What’s certainly a bummer to lovers of the station’s homegrown coverage of state and local issues is a win for listeners hoping for a more long, deep, and continuous block of music in between 1 p.m. and WMNF’s already music-centric evening programming. There will still be three five-minute news segments in between 3 and 6 p.m, and Program Director Randy Wind seems to think the change will help boost afternoon listener numbers. “Our news can reach more listeners in short newscasts,” he told SPB. “Our loss of audience at 4 p.m. is dramatic.” Tell us your thoughts on the changes in the comments and read Curtis Ross’ recent feature on WMNF here.
After hearing about it for years, I finally got down to the Pegasus Lounge on a recent Wednesday for its infamous weekly Pornaoke night. CL has covered Pornaoke before, and even recognized it with a Best of the Bay award. On the surface, it’s a one-note joke and scandal-bait for prudes. But with around a decade of falsetto and fellatio under its belt (ahem), Pornaoke has become an underground Tampa Bay fixture, the haunt of artists, hipsters, and rockers alike – and even if you’re among the open minded, that’s worth taking a moment to think about.
David Z. Morris
The Pegasus Lounge
The Pornaoke concept is so simple it barely qualifies as a concept. DJ Laser Ray, who, in his fedora, mustache, and billowing button-down, looks like a hard-ridden version of Carlos Santana — plays hardcore porn DVDs (yes, actual DVDs) in the background as he runs an otherwise entirely standard-issue karaoke night. He has a pretty good book of tunes (though in the digital age that’s less of a distinction than it used to be), and the sound system is up to the task. There’s no particular pattern or vibe to the thing, except that a pretty lady is pulling a string of pearls out of her vagina while you sing “White Wedding.” Warning: NSFW content after the jump...
The “SpOILed Nation Tour” features the entire ThazDope Records roster as led by Cincinnati-based electro music maker Spankalicious, aka Kevin Moore, who lists “Psychedelic bounce” as his genre. He applies his background in drumline to a bass-bumpin’ mix of bounce and trap music that’s studded with all kinds of glitched-out samples and sounds. On this tour, he’s joined on stage by a live drummer, Galaxe, and also busts out his own beat-keeping moves, too. Vibrant color-saturated lights and visual projections provided by Lo Durr. Also performing: Bass Coma, Alejo, Lumagrove, DJs Casper & LeSage.
9 p.m. doors, Crowbar, Ybor City, $10.
Check out three videos put together in honor of this tour after the jump...
The albums below came out on Monday and today. There's a whole lot of vinyl reissues that I left off here because I had neither the time nor the patience to list them all. So, if you're really looking for something that came out once before, in its glorious re-issued format, go look it up, yo. Info and links for the ones you want to know about most below, plus some other ones you may not have heard of (but should know) – with audio & video for your listening and viewing pleasure. Click here to see releases from the past several weeks…
Exit Verse, Exit Verse (Ernest Jenning Co.)
A self-titled debut of angular rock n' roll from the new project of ex-Karate primary Geoff Farina. Check out first single "Seeds" below. Makes me want to hear the full album for sure, which is streaming here.
The Ghost Inside, Dear Youth (Epitaph)
The Los Angeles hardcore band presents a new album. Frontman Jonathan Vigil explained the album concept in a letter written to his younger self: "Dear Youth, I'm writing to you now because it seems I’ve lost my way. I can't pinpoint exactly when it started, but I know that it’s not like it was before. I’ve realized the more time that passes, the more we lose touch. It’s starting to feel like all I ever do now is lose touch with things. But not you, I never wanted to lose you. ... I wish I had something to blame it all on, but I don’t. One day I was there and the next I was here. As if I was dreaming and suddenly woken up. These days I'm always wondering if what I've done is enough. It’s getting harder and harder for me to shake this feeling of stagnance. ... So old friend I’m writing to ask you what it feels like to have the whole world in your hand? Where we could set out and do anything that we imagined. Endless possibilities way before complacence set in. To be honest with you, I’ve forgotten what that all feels like. There was a wonder about us that has long since faded. That sense of excitement, I miss it. ... Dear youth, will you show me again? I need to be reminded of those times, back before this began..." Deep. More releases after the jump...
After her cover of Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock" with folk group Darlingside (ala Mitchell and CSNY) was featured by the New York Times, Massachussetts pop-Americana songstress Heather Maloney enjoyed some time in the limelight that earned some extra exposure to her 2013 self-titled third album – her clear, bright, high-toned call touching on topics ranging from love to redemption to impermanence; a Woodstock EP with Darlingside followed this March and she ran a rather fruitful Kickstarter campaign that puts her in the studio with Bill Reynolds (Band of Horses) to record a fourth full-length to be dropped sometime next year. She performs on this date as part of the Club Jaeb series featuring noteworthy talents in roots music. RIYL: Ani DiFranco, Aimee Mann.
7:30 p.m., Jaeb Theater at the Straz Center for Performing Arts, Tampa, $28.50.
A jam-packed weekend of live music ranging from howling roots rock to nice n' easy R&B to pumping bass music, AC-friendly pop rock and cheeky-ass hip hop. More info below
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15
The Delta Saints
The Delta Saints Though The Delta Saints are based in Nashville, and their music sounds as if it were dredged straight from the dirty bayou muck of Louisiana, a blend of barn-burning bourbon-drinking roots rock and gospel-kicking Delta blues marked by howling choruses, riff-raging slide-drenched resonator guitar solos, wailing organ grooves and screaming tube-amped harmonica. Kickstarter-funded debut Death Letter Jubilee dropped last January and a concert LP, Live at Exit/In, followed this summer. (Orpheum, Ybor City)
Legends of the Bass 2 with DJ Scratch-D, Atnarko Bear, Brian Busto, Sharaz, Funk Lab, Screwface & many more The next electronic music blow-out at District 3 welcomes several big names in bass-pulsing music, with the Electro & Breaks room headed up by the dark, ominous breakbeats of DJ Scratch-D from famed West Palm Beach group Dynamix II and Miami’s so-called ‘godfather of bass’ Sharaz while Orlando-based Atnarko Bear and Brian Busto of Tampa’s own HPC lead the untz in the House room with disco, techno and retro-vibing sounds. (District 3, Tampa)
This Friday proves to be a big ol' doozie of live music. Everything you probably want to know about most is broken down below...
Rev. Horton Heat (center)
Rev. Horton Heat with New Cathedral Of all the -billy bands that have come surfing, swinging, boogieing and wheeling out of the 20th century rock scene, Jim "Reverend Horton" Heath is among the most venerable, talented and downright fun, his lazily drawling, lightly husky croon gliding through tunes like “It’s Martini Time” or howling in rowdy bursts ala “Psychobilly Freakout.” To date, Heat (who plays electric, baritone and acoustic guitars) has released 11 albums, the most recent this year’s REV. He and his band – upright bass thumper Jimbo Wallace and drummer Scott Churilla – roll through town in support. (Orpheum, Ybor City)