Since the debut of MP3 Monday in February, we've managed to post a new mp3 by a local band every week.* There are some real gems in here, and in the time since the tracks were posted, several of the bands have had changes of fortune and fame -- both good and bad -- which may offer a different context.
We greatly appreciate these Pittsburgh-based musicians' willingness to let us use their music, and to offer free downloads to our readers. If you enjoy something you've heard on MP3 Monday over the past year, chances are good you'll enjoy the rest of the performer's music, so don't be bashful. Thanks, and see you in 2010.
Abysme -- "Terminal Delirium"
*Note: OK, not actually every Monday, but pretty darn close.
Happy solstice! Your gift from us here at FFW>>? An MP3! From the Harlan Twins!
You may remember our Mike Shanley's piece on them this summer when they released their first album. For you now we have Coral Castle, a track from that album, a reverby, pretty ballad with a full rock ensemble sound underlying the band's signature Southern twang.
Local modern rock band Identity X released its album Perception is Reality in early November, but the band still has a busy schedule as we ride out the year. Identity X plays Mon., Dec. 21 (the first day of winter, incidentally) at Hard Rock Café with Xcalabra, and on Sun., Dec. 27 at Diesel with Doomsday Initiative.
On a somewhat weird note ... In my short review of Perception is Reality, I noted that one of the band's strongest attributes is vocalist David Toole, whose "versatile voice turns on a dime from Keenanesque mutters to clear melodies and full-throated screams, even the occasional hair-metal wail." But it's still a surprise to see that, according to the band's MySpace page, Toole's been cast in a production of Rent that opens at the Byham Theater in late January. If this is a joke, it's a pretty good one, unlike my unintentional Toole/Keenan/Tool joke above.
Download today's free mp3, "The Depth Perception," to see what we're talking about ... and why this development kinda makes sense.
Calling all juggalos: Hope you didn't already blow your last face paint and Faygo today, as inclement weather at their last show has Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J running a tad behind schedule. Fear not, though: ICP will be at Club Zoo tomorrow night -- Thu., Dec. 10 -- and your tickets will be accepted. That just leaves getting Friday off work, reapplying the face paint, and maybe finding a sitter for the lil' juggs.
If you're wondering what the hell we're talking about, former CP staffer Melissa Meinzer describes juggalos as "devotees in the cult of Insane Clown Posse, a pair of white-boy rappers from suburban Detroit who've earned hero status with self-identified outcasts the world over through hyper-violent lyrics and over-the-top stage shows." And Pittsburgh, it seems, is a hotbed for the scene. For more, just read "Juggalos Are Us," the paper's most-commented music feature ever.
Also on the bill for tomorrow's show are (HED)pe, The Dayton Family and Legally Insane. To quote Juggalette09, "keep it wicked fam!!! MMFCL!!"
Continuing our series of Shows That Were Happening But Aren't Anymore Because Someone Is Sick: the December 12 Loretta Lynn concert at the Carnegie Library of Homestead Music Hall has been canceled, as have her other December dates, as Loretta is apparently recovering from the flu. In more positive news, word has it Loretta is looking forward to the holidays. We are too, Loretta. We are too.
Refunds, according to poor Drusky Entertainment, which has borne the brunt of this flu season, are available at point of purchase.
Earlier this year, I mentioned in our Short List section that one of the finer bluegrass revival bands in the area, Mon River Ramblers, were releasing an album. It's from that album that we source this week's MP3 Monday: the lively track "One More Night," by Mon River Ramblers. If you like what you hear, check them out Sunday, December 20 at the Sunday Night Whiskey Social, the monthly event they host at Howler's in Bloomfield.
Here's a heads-up for you: a few months back, I did a fun interview with Slim Cessna -- frontman of Slim Cessna's Auto Club, and Polish Hill resident. At the time, SCAC were about to play the 31st Street Pub, and a side project of Slim's, Denver Broncos UK, was set to play at the Mattress Factory.
During the interview (in a part that didn't make it into the piece) Slim told me he was playing music with his son, George, and they were hoping to play out soon. That day has come, as Slim and George descend on Club Cafe this Friday night (the 4th of December) to play along with collaborator Rob Loveclutch. You can actually check out some video of Slim and Rob playing at CP Remixed earlier this year here.
The show's at 10:30 (doors at 10:00) and locals The Inseams are slated to open.
Just FYI: word came down yesterday that Saving Abel had to cancel the rest of their tour due to health problems for singer Jared Weeks (not to be confused with Grand Buffet dude Jarrod Weeks). Weeks apparently had to head to the hospital last week after the flu, combined with diabetic issues, gave him trouble. According to Drusky Entertainment, refunds for those who already bought tickets to tomorrow night's scheduled show are available at point of purchase. Get your money back then head to Brillobox for Do Make Say Think and The Happiness Project, eh?