Archive for August, 2008

Red Wanting Blue “These Magnificent Miles”

2008-08-27

The latest release from Columbus-based Red Wanting Blue, “These Magnificent Miles,” is like a visit from a old friend who brings along a friend of his you met once or twice before, you can’t quite recall. 

The old friend, of course, would be the four songs featured on their 2006 live CD/DVD  “The Warehouse Sessions” which featured our the recorded versions “You Are My Las Vegas,” “Where You Wanna Go,” “Finger In The Air” and “Space Time.”

The new guy is the other nine tracks on “These Magnificent Miles,” most of which have been played live in the two years since the release of” The Warehouse Sessions.” At first, it’s slightly strange, but after a few listens, you realize the new guy … he’s gonna be a friend for a long time, too.

Opening up with “Gravity” is a great way to go. I love when an CD takes you for a journey, right from the start.  The lyrics in this song show the range of Scott Terry’s gift of taking everything into the fold, painting a great set of images, and then letting you go off to visit. My favorite is the second verse:

“And I would vandalize outer space
Remake out constellations to spell our names
Like when we used to carve our names in the bark
Or write upon the windshield fog in the car
Sign autographs with sparklers in the dark
We’ll make graffiti out of stars.”

Great visuals, great lyrical structure, and the band behind him … just nails it.

While “Gravity” is the first outer-space themed song, it’s not the only. “The World Is Over” and “Space Time” also call out to the void, as does the bonus track at the end of “The Band” called “I Don’t Wanna Hear It.”  While it’s noticeable, it’s not overbearing.  In fact, “The World Is Over” briefly skims the topic in one of those upbeat “we’re all gonna die” songs with a great chorus that will have you singing along:

 “So beat that drum
Til we run out all of the air in our lungs
And kiss goodbye to lovers that we’ve loved
We can’t take them with us
The world is over”

despite the fact we’re screwed by various ways we all could die, such as hurricanes, tidal waves, UFO’s and weapons of mass destruction.

As for the rest of the release, “Where You Wanna Go,” “The Air I Breathe,” “Probably Nothing” and “The Band” show Terry’s romantic side; “Red Ryder” and the bonus song (“Caveman” maybe?) his nostalgic; and “You Are My Las Vegas.” “New Cool,” “U.S. Bumper Sticker” and “The World Is Over” show the playfulness.

The more time I spend with this CD, the more I realize how the change in personnel has allowed a new sound to come out of Red Wanting Blue. Drummer Mark Stepro left to tour the world with Ben Kweller; and guitarist John Kengla to tour the five boroughs of New York. Eddie Davis and Eric Hall, Jr., respectively, bring a slightly smoother and noticeably different sound noticed most on “Finger In The Air” where the guitar parts are very smooth and add much to the lyrics.

“These Magnificent Miles” is a well-rounded collection highlighting the band’s maturity, growth and the fun they have playing their music. That’s obvious at any live show, but hard to capture, even on live albums.

Red Wanting Blue’s tour kicks off on August 28th … for tour dates visit them on Myspace.  They’ll be playing The Lazy Chameleon in Powell on Saturday, August 30th.  

Track List for These Magnificent Miles (click to order direct from the band):

01 Gravity
02 You Are My Las Vegas
03 Where You Wanna Go
04 The World Is Over
05 Finger In The Air
06 Red Ryder
07 The Air I Breathe
08 New Cool
09 Probably Nothing
10 U.S. Bumper Sticker
11 Space Time
12 The Band
13 I Don’t Wanna Hear It

 

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Good Bands to See This Weekend

2008-08-21

Thursday, 8-21
The Sean Connerys – Champps at Easton
Nate McDonough – Adobe Gila’s at Easton
Phantods – Rumba Cafe

Friday, 8-22
The Filthy Habits – Rude Dog
Willie Phoenix – Slapsy Maxie’s

Saturday, 8-23
Stretch Lefty’s CD Release Party – Skully’s
El Jesus de Magico – Carabar
Given To Fly (a Pearl Jam coverband) – Lazy Chameleon

Sunday, 8-24
Alice Cooper – the LC Pavilion

August Musical Ramblings

2008-08-21

Red Wanting Blue‘s new album, These Magnificent Miles, is available on this website, where you can also get a limited edition, signed poster with your order, while they last (only 500 total). The album was officially released on August 19th, I got a copy today and will have a full review posted after a few more listens.

The track list features quite a few of the songs they’ve been playing live (click here for photos) for the last year, including You Are My Las Vegas, Gravity, Where You Wanna Go, The World Is Over, Finger In The Air, Spacetime, U.S. Bumper Sticker and a few others you might recognize.
 Red Wanting Blue is playing the Lazy Chameleon in Powell on August 30th with Nate McDonough who’s been on my list of people to see for a while … so I’m looking forward to that.


I rode to work the other day listening to 13th Star … the latest album by Fish, the former (and in my opinion, only) singer for Marillion. Upon my first listen back in June I said this would be one of my favorite albums of 2008 … so far, it still is. Dark Star is one of those great songs that will be in my playlist for a long time.


Semi Precious Weapons is playing at BoMA on August 31st … that should be a fun night. They are re-releasing “We Love You” on September 30th, this time on Razor and Tie Records. The songs are the same as on their independent release (on Justin’s own Fetty label) of “We Love You” with new artwork, and radio-friendly edits of “Her Hair Is On Fire” and “Magnetic Baby” … here’s the new cover:


Other things high on my iPod/iTunes playlist:

  • The Milwaukees – American Anthems Vol. 1
  • Green Day – American Idiot
  • Kathleen Edwards – Asking For Flowers
  • Guided By Voices – The Best Of
  • The Clarks – Fast Moving Cars

What are you listening to?

5 Questions With … Micah Schnabel (Two Cow Garage)

2008-08-11

Well, another Monday, another 5 Questions With … this time with the genius that is Micah Schnabel from Two Cow Garage.  I’m a HUGE fan of this band, and proud to be friends with Micah, Shane, Chris, Andy and Cody.

In this episode Micah and I discuss the new Two Cow Garage album, his songwriting style, best and worst cities to play, life on the road, his heroes and influences and life on the road … and when NOT on the road.’

Enjoy!

And here’s Micah from Two Cow Garage rocking out in one of my favorite photos of him I’ve taken:

Micah rocking on the stage at the Ravari Room

Micah rocking on the stage at the Ravari Room

JACOMB Out & About

2008-08-08

Before we start, word has it B.A. Baracus has broken up.  And that ain’t no jibba-jabba.

(Sorry, been wanting to make that joke forever. Hardly worth the anticipation. I hope Sean Casey lands a new gig somewhere soon. Dude can shred.)

Okay … here’s your weekend highlights. Sadly I won’t be attending anything … dealing with some car issues that have me pretty much home-bound (but I’m getting my exercise with a 6 mile bicycle ride to work, and six miles home, every weekday)

Friday:
Razorbliss at Slapsy Maxie’s or Miss Molly Winters at Espresso Yourself Music Cafe

Saturday Morning:
The amazing Willie Phoenix at North Market from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. (yes, those times are correct)

Saturday Night:
The best $5 show you’ll see at the Newport, featuring Ease The Medic with The Sailing, The Kyle Sowashes and The Nerve … or over to the Rumba Cafe for The Phantods, Jason Quicksall Band and The Lady Blues

Sunday Afternoon:
The Filthy Habits at Papa Boo’s in Buckeye Lake from 3 until 7 (those boys got nice ties, and great photos)

Sunday Night:
Keith Caputo (from Life of Agony) at Ravari with Fairmont, This Day Forever, Feast of the Monolith

Monday:
Bernadette with Micah and Shane from Two Cow Garage doing Cowtown Round at the Rumba.

Rumba Monday = Music Love

2008-08-05

So the Rumba is kicking the boring out of the phrase “Boring Monday” with a stellar lineup of singer-songwriters in August:

Last night was Victoria Vox, Jason Quicksall and Quinn Fallon. Amazing. My first exposure to Jason’s music. Football Song is not to be missed!  Quinn delivered a mix of some older solo stuff, some tunes from an album he’s working on, and dusted off “I’m From Ohio” based on my request

August 11 is Bernadette along with Shane and Micah from Two Cow Garage

August 18 is Megan Palmer

August 25 is Mark Rhodes and Friends

Thursdays are good too … both early and late

This Thursday – Colin Gawel from 6-9

5 Questions With … Colin Gawel

2008-08-02

Colin Gawel is what rock and roll is about – fun. His stage presence is unmatched, he’s toured all over the country with his band Watershed, made eight albums with the group and has his music played on various shows on MTV, VH1 and other cable networks, and currently featured in the State of Ohio’s Tourism campaign called “The Best Is Yet To Come” … after the closing tune on 2005 Watershed album “The 5th of July.”  In the 5 questions we talk about The League Bowlers, Colin’s solo CD, how the mere mention of it made my camera fall over (that’s the joke he makes about making things crash) and upcoming plans for Watershed.

So … enjoy 5 Questions with … Colin Gawel

JACOMB Out & About

2008-08-01

Friday, August 1 – The Thirsty Ear for The League Bowlers

Saturday, August 2 – Slapsy Maxie’s for Little Kids

Saturday, August 2 – Andyman’s Treehouse for TWO COW GARAGE

Sunday, August 3 – Ohio State Fair … no tunes, just foods.

Monday, August 4 – Rumba Cafe for Quinn Fallon, Jason Quicksall and Victoria Vox

Tuesda, August 5 – The Sean Connerys at Adobe Gila’s (Easton)

Wednesday, August 6 – The Filthy Habits at Quaker Steak & Lube (It’s Bike Night. I’m bringing my Schwinn.)