Before we start plowing through the year-end minutia that will be inundating us for the next month and a half, here are some "newsy" items that have been dying to get squeezed into the column before they fall between the cracks.
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Gus & Call (former members of Bear Country) announcing that they will have a residency at Slowdown throughout the month of December was, by itself, a big deal. Add to that the band’s announcement that the first night of its residency, Dec. 1, will also be a CD release show for Will Wait ‘Til the Weather Breaks, their debut album recorded and mixed by AJ Mogis at ARC Studios in spring 2011. But if that wasn’t enough, the band’s residency will actually be a weekly concert series curated by Gus & Call, featuring some of the best bands in the area. Each night will have a different theme, which will influence Gus & Call’s set. Here’s the schedule:
Dec. 1: Gus & Call CD release show, featuring InDreama and Honeybee & Hers.
Dec. 8: Surf & Sand, featuring Gus & Call with Capgun Coup and Sun Settings.
Dec. 15: Carmina Novum, featuring Gus & Call, Dim Light, Laura Burhenn (of The Mynabirds) and Howard.
Dec. 22: Light it Up, featuring Gus & Call, Ladyfinger, UUVVWWZ and a comedy showcase.
Dec. 29: By the Hearth & Vocalise, featuring Gus & Call, Simon Joyner & The Parachutes and one more TBA band.
And if that still wasn’t enough, world famous DJ Tyrone Storm will be on hand every evening to fill the void when the stage is empty.
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A couple weeks ago, the folks at MAHA announced on their Facebook page that they’ve booked Stinson Park at Aksarben Village for the 2012 MAHA Music Festival, scheduled for Aug. 11. In fact, MAHA organizer Tre Brashear said they’ve already started sorting through the bands they’d like to book for the festival.
"We've got a tentative list started (always subject to change)," Brashear said, adding that the promoter will begin contacting the bands' agents later this month. "(We're) going to tell them, 'Hey, we’d like to have you, so please let us know when you're ready to start lining up your summer schedule.' (We) want to get our interest established earlier than January, which is when we’ve started the last two years. Doesn't mean we’ll be able to afford everyone on our wish list, but don’t know pricing or availability until you ask."
Among the bands on their "wish list": Death Cab for Cutie, Feist, Regina Spektor and Wilco, who would be the ultimate get. There are a lot of Wilco fans 'round these parts, and competition to get the band is going to be fierce.
Brashear said using Stinson Park again in 2012 was an "easy decision" because fan response to the venue last summer was so overwhelmingly positive. Stinson Park is hands-down a better venue than Lewis & Clark Landing for a myriad of reasons, not the least of which are its central location and overall comfort -- I’d much rather sit in grass than sit on pavement.
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A sharp-eyed vinyl-loving Lazy-i reader wrote in to say that the next Capgun Coup album will be coming out on Org Records. What’s Org? According to Org’s Facebook page, "Org Music is signed to Warner Bros Records and distributed through WEA (Warner Elektra Atlantic) and ADA (Alternative Distribution Alliance). We are the official special projects label of the international Record Store Day campaign. We have a variety of marketing & sales, licensing & publishing, promotion & tour, manufacturing & distribution partners worldwide. We offer traditional multi format record deals with active artists, label services and distribution for artist related imprints as well as special project related joint ventures. We are also a catalog support label, having released the most important catalogs in modern music from label groups such as Warner Music Group, Sony Music, EMI, Beggars Banquet and the Universal Music Group."
Org’s business includes vinyl reissues from bands such as Nirvana, The Replacements, Failure, Sonic Youth, Teenage Fanclub and Beck, but they also do new releases from bands like 400 Blows (who are playing at The Brothers Nov. 16) and New York’s Caveman.
Shortly after posting the above info at Lazy-i.com, Andrew Rossiter at Org Music confirmed the news. "It’s absolutely true, and we couldn’t be more excited to have them," Rossiter said. "Details about the new album release are still being confirmed, but it will definitely be out in 2012, and it’s fantastic."
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Who else heard the snippet of Cursive’s “The Radiator Hums” during this week's NBC’s Sunday Night Football? The song came on as Al Michaels was going to commercial; I had to "rewind it" on my DVR a few times before I figured out what I was hearing. Something like that probably means nothing if it were to happen to a Bieber, Gaga or American Idol winner (loser), but for a band like Cursive and its fans, the five-second snippet is a very big deal indeed.
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Finally, the fine folks at The Slowdown are looking for bands that dig The Replacements as much as they do to perform after a screening of Color Me Obsessed: A Film About the Replacements, which is happening at Slowdown Nov. 30. The evening will start with a screening of the film followed by a brief Q&A with its director, Gorman Bechard. After that, a number of local bands will take The Slowdown's small stage to perform their favorite Replacements tunes.
The only things missing from this grand scheme are the actual bands.
You got a band? Do they love The Replacements? Then The Slowdown wants you. If interested in performing Nov. 30, send a quick email to email@example.com with your band's name and the two or three Replacements tunes that you want to play. The folks at The Slowdown will sort out the rest. What will you get for playing beyond the dying admiration of everyone in the audience? I'll leave that for you to negotiate with the club (though in true Replacements fashion, it'll probably involve free booze).
Bonus points for the band that plays "Die Within Your Reach."
Lazy-i is a weekly column by Reader senior contributing writer Tim McMahan focused on the Omaha music scene. Check out Tim's daily music news updates at his website, lazy-i.com, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.