* The Faint are preparing a deluxe, remastered edition of their 2001 album Danse Macabre, due out Tuesday, October 30th on Saddle Creek Records. The triple-disc reissue will feature a disc of bonus tracks from the era, including live favorite “Take Me To the Hospital”. The package will also include a DVD, featuring archival footage of the band, projection videos used during the shows on the band’s Danse Macabre tour and the music video for “Agenda Suicide”. The band will also release the package on a double LP. The CD will be limited to 5,000 copies and the LP package will be limited to 3,000 copies. To celebrate the re-release, the band will embark on a full tour with their current four-piece line-up. That tour will end Friday, December 14th at the Sokol Auditorium, 2234 South 13th St. The band will be joined by Icky Blossoms and Canadian goth-dance act Trust.
* Yeasayer brought a groove-based midtempo shuffle to its biggest Omaha crowd yet, as they returned to the Slowdown, 729 North 14th St., Saturday, August 25th. The band’s biggest dance-rock moments, particularly “Ambling Alp”, were coupled with many relaxed, Eastern-music tinged detours, though the devoted throngs of the band still paid rapt attention when the beats were less than enthusiastically danceable. Still, the live show and the band’s latest album, the just-released Fragrant World, show that Yeasayer is a band caught between heady, hippie-fied world music ruminations and the pure, effervescent release of ecstatic dance-rock.
* The OM Center, 1216 Howard St., brought together Omaha musical history for a reunion Sunday, August 26th and Monday, August 27th. Arno Lucas, Leslie Smith, Lester Abrams, Ron Cooley and Rick Chudacoff joined together from the late 60s through the late 70s in various soul, funk and rock ensembles, going from the Les Smith Soul Band to L.A. Carnival before finally evolving in Crackin’. The two-day reunion served as a storytelling retrospective in both word and song, as they were joined on stage by other former band mates and other collaborators like Robbie Dupree. The night began with the band unleashed their versions of classic 60s soul hits before fixing on their smooth-glidin’ 70s pop-funk originals. Both nights packed the OM Center and ended with fans dancing in the aisles alongside Smith and Lucas.