* With less than a week to go, Matt Whipkey has met his fundraising goal on the crowdfunding webiste Kickstarter.com. The more than $4,000 raised will go towards production and manufacturing cost on Whipkey's new ambitious double-album vinyl release of Penny Park: Omaha, NE: Summer 1989, Whipkey's ode to love, summer and Omaha's most famous defunct amusement park, Peony Park.
* The best cover song to ever be recorded by an Omaha band now exists. Thank you, The F**king Party and may your righteous cover of Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Getting Back Together" ring out from every corner of every van filled with every dude downing every beer. The song comes as a sort of preview to the boozy punk band's next album, which was just tracked locally at ARC Studios. Frontman Paul Hansen posted the YouTube video of the cover song on Facebook along with his own commentary, stating ""Do you have five minutes to waste? T. Swift, what a babe, or whatever. Six pack none-the-richer she'll never know my name and that is at the very essence of the Bummer. At least I was able to pay Her homage."
* Minneapolis band Now, Now brought a heavier, smokier groove than found on their 2012 indie-pop album Threads when they took the stage at the Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St., Friday, April 12th. It was a welcome insight to what the band is capable of and its a sound well-worth tapping into the next time they hit the studio. Labelmates the Lonely Forest seemed to be a perfect fit for being on the Trans Records imprint, which is ran by Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla. The band's guitar-led indie pop was filled with hooks that could have emanated from the very same era that birthed Death Cab, though Lonely Forest singer John Van Deusen carries more of a soaring vocal quality than the understated winsomeness favored by Death Cab's Ben Gibbard.
* Don't forget to celebrate Record Store Day this Saturday, April 20th by visiting your favorite brick-and-mortar music retailer. Stores in both Omaha and Lincoln will take part. Omaha participants include Drastic Plastic Records, 1209 Howard St.; Saddle Creek Shop, 721 North 14th St.; and Homer's Music, 1210 Howard St. All shops are currently slated to open their regular hours, though Drastic Plastic has opened at 10 a.m. on previous Record Store Days. Homer's Music will greet customers with free coffee and donuts at 8 a.m., two hours prior to opening and at 9 a.m., Boston band Pretty & Nice will play outside for those waiting in line in the Old Market.