Wednesday, December 29, 2010


2010 has been a crazy one.. I don't know about you but I'm sure glad it is over. Here are some of our fav memories from 2010. See you doods in 2011!

Best shows I saw in C'dale in 2010 by DA
So many good ones.. my Top Ten were for sure (in chronological order):

JEFF The Brotherhood
@ skihouse 1/19

Drunk Virago
@ swamp 1/28

Davenport @ skihouse 2/16

MWMF Benefit w/ Himz, B-40s, STLT, Nighty Night @ gatsbys 2/19

@ sweet spring classic 5/8

Screaming Females
@ skihouse 5/23

Tweak Bird
@handsome fest 8/16

Apache Dropout
@ handsome fest day show 8/17

Young Loves
@ john browns 8/27

It Burns
@ skihouse lost cross benefit 9/2

Others that really stick out too were Mondo Drag @skihaustoberfest, Moonhearts @tres, Hippie Repellent @lost cross, Daniel Francis Doyle @skihouse, Prizzy Prizzy Please @danite, Pujol @skihouse, Yellowfever @handsomefest, State Champion @pks, Goodnight Loving @tres, Juiceboxxx @skihouse, Parlor @derbybenefit at tres, Alright Alreadies @skihouse, JEFF and Screamales both the 2nd times they played here, Near Death Experience @gatsbys, Dikes of Holland @pks, and Himalayas @IMC. I also feel like Jessi's pool parties deserve a mention..

And there are some shows I'm pissed I missed.. like The Hell reunion, Ray's Bday shows, Sprickets acoustic @ Lost Cross, Red Dons @ Plaza, Icarus Himself at least twice..

And of course I can't pick my own bands, but my top 5 favorite shows I played were:
3/6 @ Skihouse w/ Spokesmen
2/19 @ Gatsbys w/ Small Time London Thug
1/19 @ Skihouse w/ Nighty Night
6/28 @ Tres w/ Spokesmen
2/12 @ The Glove w/ Small Time London Thug

A good year for shows, for sure.

Bottom 10 things I ate in 2010 by tresadilla
(i made this list while riding in a car from nashville, tn, to carbondale. i started to get queazy while thinking of the foods, which was funny in itself, but then, the driver pulled over, suggesting i walk around to get some fresh air, and i SERIOUSLY YAKKED! it was unbelievable. this list made me barf. for real. fuck. it was crazy.)
10. cottage cheese @ jessi's house in carbondale, il
9. permanti bros. sandwich in pittsburgh, pa
8. dorito pizza in glens falls, ny
7. gas station tamale in texas
6. eggs in houma, la
5. chicken bone taco in aurora, il
4. hash browns @ "friend's" in ft. wayne, in
3. mock ribs @ the dubois center in dubois, il
2. cream cheese wrap in philadelphia, pa
1. cheesy broccoli potato thing @ wendy's in rhode island

20 favorite records of 2010 by DA
1. Royal Baths - Litanies (San Francisco, WZRD MNTN / Woodsist)
2. Ty Segall - Melted (San Francisco, Goner)
3. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today (LA, 4AD)
4. Women - Public Strain (Calgary, Flemish Eye / Jagjaguwar)
5. Grass Widow - Past Time (San Francisco, Kill Rock Stars)
6. The Night Beats - H-bomb EP (Seattle, Trouble In Mind)
7. Anika - S/T (Berlin, Stones Throw)
8. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest (Atlanta, 4AD)
9. Tweak Bird - S/T (LArbondale, Volcom)
10. Moonhearts - S/T (San Francisco, Tic Tac Totally)
11. Nite Jewel - Am I Real? (LA, Gloriette)
12. Thee Oh Sees - Warm Slime (San Francisco, In The Red)
13. Screaming Females - Castle Talk (New Brunswick, Don Giovanni)
14. White Fence - S/T (LA/San Fran, Woodsist / Make A Mess)
15. Heavy Cream - Danny (Nashville, Infinity Cat)
16. V/A - Afrobeat Airways (compilation by Analog Africa)
17. Black Tambourine - S/T (re-issue by Slumberland)
18. V/A - Alan Lomax's Southern Journey 1959-1960 (re-issue on 5 LPs by Mississippi Records)
19. The Psychedelic Aliens - Psycho African Beat (re-issue by Academy)
20. V/A - Fanajana: A Collection of Recordings and Photography from Madagasikara (compilation by Mississippi Records)

Fav records from 2010 by DVDG

Nite Jewel//Am I Real?

Ariel Pink// Before Today

Heavy Hawaii//HH


Trash Kit//self-titled

Fresh & Onlys//August In My Mind

LA Vampires and Zola Jesus//LA Vampires Meets Zola Jesus

Nu Sensae//TV Death and the Devil

Smith Westerns//Dye It Blonde


Fresh & Onlys//Vanishing Cream

Sea Ponys//Dreaming

Nude Boy//The Room/D.I. Dad

Dazzle Ships//Least Resistance

Top 10 of 2010 by King Mike
We told our buddy Mike (of Screaming Females) that we were making year end lists and he sent us over this:

Dear Babiemecca,

This was a really hard list to make. I am pretty out of touch with the current state of independent music. I tried my hardest...

1. Shellshag- Rumors in Disguise (Probably should be 2 through 10 as well)

2. Stoned At Heart- Party Tracks Vol. 1 (Listened to this on repeat for 2 months straight)

3. PUJOL- Live at Third Man Records (I didn't know this existed ‘til just a few weeks ago. I heart Daniel)

4. Dead Dog- Don't Touch Me (Athens via Brooklyn and New Jersey. Fuck Yea!)

5. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists- The Brutalist Bricks (Great record. Great dudes.)

6. Sass Dragons (RIP)- New Kids on the Bong (So sad to see these guys go after such an incredible record)

7. Prizzy Prizzy Please- Chroma Cannon (Magic the Gathering)

8. Japanther- Rock 'n' Roll Ice Cream (Just heard this the other’s that other Shellshag record that I wish came out this year)

9. Campo Formio- Spooky Fools (Puerto Rico. I'd try to describe it but I'd probably use the word angular and that's just dumb)

10. Silent Way- Less is Less (My annoying neighbors) ~OR~ Staring Problem, if that’s officially out yet...if not, 2011 for sure

It was a rad year for music in Carbondale.. a lot of killer bands came through, a few new Carbondale bands were formed and we've seen some rad shit from them already, Hangar 9 re-opened, the Swamp changed hands, people came together to help Lost Cross, Handsome Fest happened, and there were a lot of awesome local releases, from Parlor, Secondary Modern, Himalayas, Spokesmen, Young Loves, Black On Brown, Whistle Pigs, Sprickets, These Magnificent Tapeworms, and more. Good things are gonna happen in 2011, we're looking forward to it.

Oh and to take you out in style.. we've been sitting on this for most of the year, I guess it's time to let it out. For a brief moment the forces behind Spokesmen and Parlor merged to form Ooh Barracuda, wrote an album's worth of songs, and recorded these with Mike at Russian Recording in Bloomington, and were done with it. B Haley and A Leech on gee-tar, T Spray on bass, and DA on drums. Enjoy:
Ooh Barracuda by babiemecca

Fer YR Perusal...

Monday, December 27, 2010

Sprickets at Hangar

Sprickets were really awesome at the Raccoon Valley Xmas Party at Hangar 9 last week, it is finally starting to sound pretty good in there. You can check out videos of most of their set here.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Raccoon Valley Xmas

This Thursday the residents of Raccoon Valley are throwing a x-mas-eve-eve party at the Hangar 9, guaranteed to be a good time. Sprickets, The Heat Tape, and the Whistle Pigs will be playing, and the Whistle Pigs will be celebrating the release of their new full length album on Mudstomp Records. Who wants to see Zeke DJ the whole thing? We do...

Thursday Dec 23

Whistle Pigs
++The Heat Tape
@ Hangar 9
10p, 21+, $5?

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Bday Time

It's baby boy Nic's birthday today, and Shithawk is playing at Hangar 9 to celebrate, along with Copyrights and Old Capitol Square Dance Club from St. Louis. If it is anything like last night, should be crazy. They need to pump up that bass!

Sat. Dec. 18th
++Old Capitol Square Dance Club
@ Hangar 9

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Party Tonight

Hangar 9 is opening tonight at 7p, and we're gonna be there spinning some records, along with a few other friends. Come down and let's get down.

Swamp Tigers and Hobo Knife are playing tomorrow night, it's the first show and should be gooood. Then the weekend hits with Tweak Bird/Spokesmen/Birth on Friday and Shithawk/Copyrights on Saturday. Finals almost over, party all the time.

Good luck on them tests, etudiants.


Monday, December 13, 2010

Killer Friday

2010 has been a pretty good one, but if you're still trying to get in a little more action, there is what will probably be one of the best shows of the year about to happen this Friday. Tweak Bird, Birth (from Chicago but featuring local boys Timmy Beaty and Joshy Russell), and Spokesmen will be playing the first of many great shows at Hangar 9 to come. Should be quite a party, I'd get there early if you want to see Spokesmen and avoid waiting in line to get in.. remember that shit?

Friday Dec 17th
++ Spokesmen
@ Hangar 9
10p, 19+, $tba

Friday, December 10, 2010

Icarus Himself

Our buddies from the North, Icarus Himself, are coming through town tonight, playing at the Skihouse with Himalayas and a new band feat. members of Secondary Modern, Young Loves, Freedom Ride, and more. We're heading to Bloomington for the weekend, sad I'm gonna miss it so how bout you go and take some videos for me so I can see it? Sounds good? Good.

Friday Dec 10th
++ new band

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Staring Problem Tape

Staring Problem is going to have a very limited 8-song cassette coming out Dec 21st, better scoop one before they're gone. If you don't... well do you really want to leave it to chance? The songs are jams, check it:

Batman Returns..

Probably everyone has heard by now.. Hangar 9 is going to be open again in a matter of days. Despite the rumors, it won't be open this weekend, and the B-40s/Himalayas show that was supposed to be there unfortunately got canceled because construction isn't quite done yet. We got the chance to look around inside yesterday and it is going to be a seriously insane place to see shows. Should be pertty cool. We also got a chance to look at the list of shows happening there in the next few months and it is pretty damn good. Here are some of the highlights that are happening really soon:

12/17: TWEAK BIRD, Spokesmen, Birth

12/18: Copyrights, Shithawk

12/23: Raccoon Valley Showcase w/ Sprickets, Whistle Pigs, The Heat Tape

1/13: The Generationals (new orleans), Shithawk

1/28: Lost In The Trees (chapel hill), n_____ n____

I'm sure there will be a lot more than that.. in fact I've already heard of a lot more than that but I can't remember the dates.. Nic has been doing a killer job booking there, so look out cause things are gonna get crazy fast. We're working on getting some stuff in there this spring that will blow yo mindzzz.


Just remembered we never posted the other half of the Handsome Fest vids we had.. look for the rest soon.

Friday, December 3, 2010


Our usual man of the mecca mix has been kicking so much ass lately we decided to give him a week off and let a guest get in on the action. Wanting to keep close to tradition, we subbed in David Brown for David VDG and gave him free rein. This is what he had to say about it:

"I put together a comp this morning because I'm extremely nervous about my cat being at the vet all day. I needed something else to focus on. Pop music. It's not an all-inclusive compilation...that would be impossible. It's not really even an accurate overview. Things are missing. Some of my favorite bands/songs didn't even make the cut. Some of it's a bit obvious (but, damn it, I love the Beatles and this isn't a contest). Regardless, I think it does a fine job of exhibiting how pop music can be unassuming/ornate, uplifting/depressing, sweet/snotty, uninformed/hyper-intelligent... and on and on and on."

Thanks DB. His new band is going to be playing at the Skihouse next Friday with Icarus Himself from Madison and Himalayas.

1. Sloan - "I am the Cancer"

2. The Homosexuals - "Astral Glamour"
3. John Cale - "Paris 1919"
4. Guided by Voices - "Game of Pricks"
5. The Kinks - "Yes Sir, No Sir"
6. Van Dyke Parks - "Palm Desert"
7. David Bowie - "Sound and Vision"
8. The Beach Boys - "Girl Don't Tell Me"
9. The Minus 5 - "What I Don't Believe"
10. Joe Jackson - "Happy Loving Couples"
11. The Beatles - "What You're Doing"
12. Beat Happening - "Cast a Shadow"
13. R.E.M. - "(All I've Got to Do Is) Dream"
[Everly Bros. cover from the Athens, GA Inside Out soundtrack. Recorded in a dilapidated old chapel a bunch of Athens bands used to practice in. This performance is in the movie and it is worth seeing]
14. T. Rex - "Beltane Walk"
15. Wire - "Map Ref. 41 degrees N 93 degrees W"
16. The Baroques - "Rose Colored Glasses"
17. Olivia Tremor Control - "Black Foliage (Itself)"
18. XTC - "Respectable Street"

DOWNLOAD coming soon technical difficulties..

Al Scorch

Al Scorch's Country Soul Ensemble is playing at the Hanging Garden tonight along with Boilerman from Chicago. Should be fun! Our friends at Let's Pretend have put out some of Al's stuff it is crazy!

Al Scorch and The Country Soul Ensemble - This Lonesome World... by Al Scorch

Friday Dec. 3
@ Hanging Garden (on Cherry Court)

ps. If you're feeling wild our pals Heavy Cream are playing with MONOTONIX at the Gargoyle in STL tonight.. should be perrrtty wild.

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Thurs. Dec. 2nd

+Staring Problem
++++DJ DVDG & BB
@ Skihouse
10p, all ages, $donations


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

For Your Perusal...

Tourette's is a pre existing condition.

Staring Problem Traxxx

Staring Problem / Tegnology by babiemecca

Staring Problem just recorded 8 songs at the Skihouse, word is they will be poppin out on a tape very shortly, so keep your eyes and ears peeled. Sounds pretty killer, they will be part of an awesome show at the Skihouse tomorrow night so do yourself a favor and don't miss it!

Thurs. Dec. 2nd
++++DJ DVDG & BB
@ Skihouse
10p, all ages, $donations

Natalie Joy

Our gal pal Natalie lives in Portland now (we miss her) and makes amazing art, you have definitely seen her work around, she designed the nighty night 7" cover and t-shirts among many other things. She has just launched her jewelry line and it is pretty awesome, so if you're looking something special for that special someone (or yr self lets be real..) check it out at Natalie Joy Jewelry. Congrats Nat!