Friday, December 16, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Wei Zongle

Catch them tonight at the H-9.


Monday, December 12, 2011

Tweak Bros

Tweak Brothers Bird are gettin' loose at Hangar tomorrow night, along with Wei Zhongle and a possible surprise guest. Word is Wei Zhongle will be debuting some new material, and Tweak Bird will have these sweet new T Shirts drawn by local artist (and Wei Zhongler/Freedom Rider) John McCowen:

Tuesday Dec. 13th
+ Wei Zhongle
@ Hangar 9
10p, 19+, $5

Friday, December 9, 2011

Cruddy Miami Dolphins

MIAMI DOLPHINS (frm Minneapolis)

CRUDDY (frm Austin)




MIAMI DOLPHINS just came out with a new album on Nov. 28th, Neon and Foam!!
Hear here:

Image by Patrick Larkin from MIAMI DOLPHINS

Monday, December 5, 2011

Tweak Time

FUCKING FINALLY Tweak Bird is playing Carbondale again.. it's been a damn year. Next Tuesday at Hangar 9 it's all going down. This will also be your first chance to see Wei Zhongle play on the big ol' stage, which should rule. Word is they'll have a bunch of new material. Word is also that this show may feature a special surprise... Gotta come to find out.

Tuesday Dec. 13th
+ Wei Zhongle
++ ?
@ Hangar 9
10p, 19+, $7?

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Voodoo Moon

Hopefully you caught Black Fortys at Hangar last night, they sounded awesome. If you haven't had a chance to get their new full-length, Voodoo Moon, we've got some tracks for you! The full album hasn't made it to the digital world yet, we imagine it will soon, but until then check these out! Josh Murphy is moving out to the West Coast for a while, boy are we going to miss having him around. Good luck out there Murphy!

Black Fortys - Sneaky Babies by babiemecca

Black Fortys - Luna by babiemecca

*Photo by Bridget Ryan!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Trip the Light Fantastic!!

Come out to Hangar 9 tonight to see the Black Fortys last performance in the area till late spring! If you're going to miss hearing them, be sure to pick up their new LP VOODOO MOON at tonight's show. Tonight will also be special as it's the first major performance for The Jewels - "lots of new material, guaranteed to bend minds!"

Saturday Dec. 3rd
+ Black Fortys
@ Hangar 9
10p, all-ages, $5

Help keep the lights on at the Big Muddy IMC! Real good things are happening with this space, let's keep it going! Come out and see your friends KID TIGER along with DEAD CATS DEAD RATS from Boston! It'll be a fun time! Starting early so you can get back to studying for finals if you need to - come unwind! Kid Tiger has been recording a new EP.. check out this teaser and look forward to more on that soon!

Sunday Dec. 4th
+ Dead Cats Dead Rats (Boston)
@ IMC (214 N. Washington)
9p, all-ages, $2-3 suggested donation

Thursday, December 1, 2011

'Tis The Season!

December is finally here! Don't let the weather get you down, we have loads of incredible shows lined up to ensure you don't have to spend your Friday night alone in your room wearing all the sweaters you own listening to Smog. Kicking things off, HUME from Washington, DC will be playing at Skihouse this Friday! Some of the most interesting music I've heard in awhile, so stoked for this show - they've been on the road for awhile already, heading all around the country for an 80 day tour, whoa!! You don't want to miss this!!!

"Hume kicked off five years ago, the constantly metamorphosing product of guitarist/bassist/
composer Britton Powell’s high school philosophy class daydreams and basement-recording sessions.

... In these early days, Hume was hard to pin down. One minute it was a solo-project, the next it was a group of free-form improvisers, then a string quartet, and finally a full-fledged band performing expansive prog-rock in a giant octopus-shaped sculpture. Whatever was going on, it was always interesting. The last touring line-up of the group featured two drummers, two basses, and three saxophones performing a single 30-minute composition that Powell wrote during a six-month trip to India.

But somewhere during the last two years, Powell decided that the constant line-up changes were not getting him where he wanted to go.

Inspired in equal parts by James Brown’s touring band and the prog-rock titans of yesteryear, Powell decided that it was time to buckle-down and get tight. He rallied the heads together--recruiting drummer and long time collaborator Wilson Kemp (Macaw), bassist/multi-instrumentalist Joey Doubek (Mass Movement of the Moth) and guitarist, Peter Tran . Months of rehearsals followed. The group dug in deep, cloistering themselves in a group house basement for rigorous practice sessions—trying to find the balance between composition and spontaneity, to figure out how to ride knotty prog-riffs into deep trasnplendent bliss-outs.

The band just released a new 7" with two tracks, 'Inverse Fireworks' and 'One Drug'. A follow up to last year's enigmatic EP, Penumbra, the 7" finds the band refining its sprawling sound with economy and focus."

SECONDARY MODERN will also be playing! I've lived in Carbondale for about three months now but I've managed to miss them every single time they've played so I'm really excited to finally be hearing them! They've been in the recording studio recently and we'll be sure to keep you informed as to when they make their release!

Friday Dec. 2nd
+ Secondary Modern
++ Dr. Responsible
@ Skihouse (317 W. Walnut)
10p, all-ages, $3-5 suggested donation

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

JD McPherson @ Hangar

Tuesday Nov. 29
+ Skinny Jim & #9 Blacktops
@ Hangar 9
10p, 19+, $5

Friday, November 25, 2011

Wild Murphy Tape Release

Wild Murphy & The New Year just put the finishing touches on a new 11-song album, which is being released on cassette tape (and CD too?) this Saturday at Hangar 9. You can download the whole damn thing for free on their bandcamp, right here.

Check out some of the tracks below, this album is one of our favorite things that Mr. Murphy has done yet. Black Fortys just finished a killer full length album as well, Voodoo Moon, so Mr. Murphy has been a busy man. Rumor is that he is heading out of town for a while, so catch Wild Murphy this Saturday and Black Fortys next Saturday, as it will be your last chance for quite some time.

Saturday Nov. 26th
WILD MURPHY & THE NEW YEAR (cd/tape release)
+ Macintosh & Hill
@ Hangar 9
10p, 19+, $5

Monday, November 21, 2011

Give Thanks 4 Rock N Roll

Kick your Thanksgiving break off with a bang! There is an awesome show at Skihouse tomorrow night.. Our pal NOBUNNY will be in town, all the way from the great state of California! Two of our Carby fav's will be there as well, PARLOR and Staring Problem. Super stoked to see Staring Problem.. we don't get to see as much of them as we would like to, now that the Lauren is living in Chicago. Thank goodness she will be in town for the holiday, they'll be playing this show, and recording new material for an upcoming 7" release!! That is what we're thankful for! How bout you?!?

Tuesday Nov. 22
+ Parlor
++ Staring Problem
@ Skihaus (317 w walnut st.)
10p, all-ages, $5

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Big Muddy IMC

Super excited for tomorrow night's show at the Big Muddy Independent Media Center (IMC) with Br'er and Wei Zhongle! It's been awhile since we've heard from Carbondale's own super-group, Wei Zhongle - their performance tomorrow will be a lovely way to start out the night (and they just might have some incredibly exciting news for us!! Stay tuned). Br'er have played in Carbondale twice before and have a true affinity for our town - their performances are captivating and intimate, and I believe the environment at the IMC will really suit them well. The IMC has long been a wonderful open space committed to providing the community with an outlet for creative programming, media, shows, etc. Many people have come together over the past year to fix several structural problems that the space had, including an extremely leaky roof. The space will be open on a more frequent basis now and everyone and anyone is welcome to come check the space out - there will be fair-trade coffee brewed throughout the day and cozy couches where you can sit and read various books & zines from our library! Tomorrow night's show is a welcoming event where you can find out more about the IMC and upcoming events; it will be an alcohol and drug free event to ensure that people of all ages can attend and to ensure a respectful environment - thank you!

Monday Nov. 21
BR'ER (Philadelphia)
+ Wei Zhongle
@ Big Muddy IMC (214 N. Washington St.)
8p, all-ages, $3-5 suggested donation


Man.. things have been busy and we haven't been bloggin' as much as we'd like.. but oh well, got stuff to get done! Hopefully you saw Th' Legendary Shack Shakers at Hangar 9 last night.. one off the best shows we've seen in Carby all year! So insane. Today marks the beginning of a 3-day stretch of killer DIY shows.. here's the deetz:

Sunday Nov. 20
+ Tight Bros. (OH)
++ Parlor
@ Lost Cross
10, all-ages, $3

Monday Nov. 21
+ Wei Zhongle
@ Big Muddy IMC (on Washington St.)
8p, all-ages, $3-5

Tuesday Nov 22
+ Parlor
++ Staring Problem
@ Skihaus (317 w walnut)
10p, all-ages, $5

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Siren Songs from VANCOUVER, BC are playing at Lost Cross tonight!! They're female-fronted "lefty-eyed dreamboat punk" - if you're like me and have no clue what that means, have a listen:

Tonight will also be Samata's first show! "Dark, noisy punk like UNWOUND or HAMMERHEAD. If you wish DISCHORD and AMREP were still active labels, you'll dig this." And also playing, Black On Brown - "Carbondale's own noise-sludge punk"!

+ Samata
++ Black On Brown
@ Lost Cross
10PM, all-ages, $3 suggested donation

"This is the one song everyone
would like to learn: the song
that is irresistable:
the song that forces men
to leap overboard in squadrons
even though they see the beached skulls
the song nobody knows
because anyone who has heard it
is dead, and the others can't remember
Shall I tell you the secret
and if I do, will you get me
out of this bird suit?
I don't enjoy it here
squatting on this island
looking picturesque and mythical
with these two feathery maniacs,
I don't enjoy singing
this trio, fatal and valuable.
I will tell the secret to you,
to you, only to you.
Come closer. This song
is a cry for help: Help me!
Only you, only you can,
you are unique

At last. Alas
it is a boring song
but it works every time."

— "Siren Song" by Margaret Atwood

Saturday, November 5, 2011


The Beach Boys long-lost album SMiLE is finally seeing the light of day in an official release, and Plaza Records is throwing a listening party tonight to celebrate. While we're definitely fans, we're no experts on this topic, so we checked in with our favorite Plaza employee (and Secondary Modern guitarist) David Brown, and this is what he had to say about it:

When I was a kid I didn't like the Beach Boys. Well, that's unfair. Every 5 year old likes "Kokomo". Every single one of them. When I was 17 I listened to Pet Sounds in its entirety for the first time. "Wouldn't It Be Nice" was on the same compilation that every home in the Midwest seemed to be required to have. It dawned on me there in my 17th year that I had never actually paid attention to its musicality. Is that an accordion? Those drums! Who plays bass like that? Suddenly I couldn't envision this band on the beach, innocently flirting with blondes while wearing striped shirts and chino pants. Why the hell didn't anybody tell me? The more I dug into this band the more I realized that this was not a sudden leap into deeper composition. Those surf songs had it too. Just who IS this Brian Wilson? I couldn't help but wonder.

I started looking for more and found bootlegs of the unfinished SMiLE sessions, the album meant to follow Pet Sounds which was abandoned in an extended fit of mental illness. There's not much I can say about it in a concise way. I have, without even noticing it happening, cornered people to rattle off my impressions of this recording too many times. Let's just put it this way: there are very few bands who can make me sit and stare at the wall in wonder while i listen to their unmixed, unfinished session tapes. The official release of this album--edited together to make the best version of the SMiLE album available--is more than just a little exciting to me.

This album is dense, but it is not just heavy. It is heavy and light and dark and absolutely silly. There is nothing like it and there will never be anything like it. If it had been released as planned in 1967 everything about pop music would be different. Here we are though. It's 2011. No matter. The historical context of this album melts away as soon as it begins. This is modern music.

Saturday Nov. 5th
@ Plaza Records
Free, All-ages, 7p

Friday, November 4, 2011

Fall Back

I've been sort of obsessed with Fat History Month since I first saw them two years ago - their live performance is mesmerizing, their music shifts beautifully and unexpectedly - they are the real deal. The duo from Boston released their latest album "Fucking Despair" from Sophomore Lounge Records, home to great bands such as Skimask and our friends State Champion. They're coming out to the Midwest for a mini-tour prior to their performance at the Cropped Out Music Festival next weekend in Louisville, KY featuring acts such as Scratch Acid and Sun Araw. We're also quite lucky to have Slow Walker from Milwaukee, WI stopping through our town while they're on a short weekend tour! And Carbondale's own Dan Sentighty! It'll be quite a night!

More Info:

"The chemistry between Mark (drums) and Sean (vox/guitar) puts most two-pieces to shame. The perfectly toned reverb is well set to a meticulous wave of drums and cymbal taps, creating a constant building and relieving of tension."
-- digBoston

Sunday Nov. 6th
+ Slow Walker
++ Dan Sentighty
@ The Swamp (417 W. Monroe)
9p, $3-5 suggested donation, all-ages

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

J.D. McPherson

Pretty seriously stoked that J.D. McPherson is coming to town, playing at Hangar 9 on Tuesday Nov. 29th for only $5! He has a record out on Chicago's HiSTYLE imprint, which has a lot of other cool retro-kinda stuff out as well, and they run a pretty awesome recording studio to make it all happen. Just like the good ol' days, check it out:

Tuesday Nov. 29th
+Swamp Tigers
@ Hangar 9
10p, $5, 19+

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Rob Jacobs Ensemble

Remember the Rob Jacobs Ensemble that existed from summer 2010 til summer 2011? They were one of the best bands to see live, and we were always wishing that they had recorded versions like they played them live, in addition to the studio versions of the songs that Rob did solo. Well, they popped into the studio recently and laid down 10 tracks, with everything done completely live, to document their time together. We're sad this band is around anymore, and we're so stoked to finally hear these recordings! Rob Jacobs has a lot of new stuff happening now, with both Wei Zhongle and Freedom Ride, and it is all pretty amazing. Rumor is he has more tricks up his sleeve that we will be hearing soon.. we hope that is true!

Check out the recordings, which you can download for free at the Rob Jacobs Bandcamp.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Night Of The Living Doug

Tonight there is a killer party/show going down at the Douglass Art Place in Murphysboro, and it will definitely be worth the short drive over there. It is a costume party, horror-themed art show, there will be snacks and kegs, and most importantly, 3 awesome bands! Dolphin Logic will be playing their 2nd show, Black Fortys will be there and have a whole bunch of awesome tricks up their sleeve (so we've heard..), and Moonbuggy Kids will be there doing a special acoustic performance. AND THE DOUG IS SO COOL! Also, Howard and James of Dolphin Logic will be on the 1's and 2's. Show starts at 8p, bands play from 9-11p, so get there early!

Speaking of Dolphin Logic.. they've just dropped a digital release, and it is totally sweet, and the artwork is amazing! Check it..

Friday Oct. 28th
+Dolphin Logic
++Moonbuggy Kids
@ Douglass School of Art (900 Douglas Street, Murphysboro)
8p, all-ages, $5 w/ costume, $7 w/o

Monday, October 24, 2011


Tuesday Oct. 25th
+ Underground Railroad To Candyland
++ Parlor
@ Hangar 9
10p, 19+, $6adv $8door

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Lost Cross In Video

Some of our fav moments from Lost Cross that have made it to the intertoob.. share yours if you've got more!

Friday, October 21, 2011


Well damn, hard to believe it but the almighty Lost Cross house began 25 years ago this weekend, and is still running strong. We'd have to say, some of the best shows we have ever seen period were at Lost Cross, and we sure are happy to have it be a part of our community. So it's time to celebrate, with 4 amazing shows going down in the next 5 days! Hopefully she'll make it through the whole party.. Thank you Lost Cross and everyone who has made it possible over the years!

Here's all the deetz, straight from the unicorn's mouth:

FRIDAY - 10/21 - 8 PM
The Copyrights
Fighting 407
Big Eyes (NYC)
Peer Precious (MN)
Hard Feelings (MN)

(This show will start at 8 (real time, not punk time), with the out of town bands opening to get people in the basement and warmed up. sets will be short and to the point, so come on time, or YOU WILL miss out. )

SATURDAY - 10/22 - 9 PM
Diet Christ
The Hangarounds
The Hateful Dead

(Again, this show will start at 9 real time. people are travelling for this, and if you want to be fashionably late be prepared to be fashionably disappointed. )

SUNDAY - 10/23 - 9 PM
It Burns
Planets (TX)

(Two bands, two bucks. its gonna be a long weekend, so this ones gonna be short and sweet.)

The Shakes
Staring Problem

(This show MUST be over by 10 PM. we want to get people out of the house and over to the Hangar for the Screaming Females/Underground Railroad to Candyland/Parlor show. its gonna be fun and casual, and the bands dont care if they play to no one. wouldnt be the first time. so try to come out. and dont forget to grill out!)


The house will be asking for $3-5 donations for the shows unless noted otherwise. While some of the money will go to out of town bands, it will also be going towards a new P.A./microphones/mic stands/cables for the house. No one will be turned away, and this is a true donation. More is cool, but if you don't want to pay, you don't have to. but you'd be cooler if you did. We ain't yer parents or bill collectors, so we ain't gonna hound ya.

DISCOUNT NOTICE! if you have ever lived at Lost Cross you get $1 off! if you have a Lost Cross tattoo (yes, a 407 counts!), you get $1 off! and yes, if youve ruined yourself enough to have done both, you will get $2 off.

All show lineups subject to change depending on mood, level of sobriety.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Cream Time

Stoked our bebes from Nashville in Heavy Cream are coming back soon! Thursday Nov. 10th @ Hangar, mark your calendar!

Thursday Nov. 10th
+ Deals Gone Bad
++ Ghost Town Sounds
@ Hangar 9
10p, 19+, $5

Thursday, October 13, 2011

In Photos

Our buddy Brad Krischel has been in town a few times over the last few weeks, and has snapped some pretty killer shots. Here are a few:

PUJOL @ Hangar 9

The Jewels @ Downtown Art & Wine Fair

Nighty Night @ Downtown Art & Wine Fair

Black Fortys @ Downtown Art & Wine Fair

Neverendless CAVE

Chicago's CAVE will be in town tonight, tearing us all a new one at the Skihaus. They're on tour for their new LP, Neverendless, which is out now on one of our fav Chicago labels, Drag City. This will be quite the show, Freedom Ride is playing, and if you haven't heard their new songs they are insane. Parlor is playing as well, and this will be their first show that we can remember in a long time. Jerusalem & The Starbaskets from Columbia MO will be playing as well. Check these sweet vids from the new CAVE album, one made by the infamous Miss Pussycat, and the other filmed on a the back of a truck driving through Chicago.

Thursday Oct. 13th
+ Parlor
++ Freedom Ride
+++ Jerusalem & Starbaskets
@ Skihaus (317 w walnut)
10p, $5, all-ages

Monday, October 3, 2011


Unless you'll be in another country you really ought to not miss YellowFever this Thursday (10/6) at Skihouse! The lovely duo from Austin, Texas have a sound of their own that's pretty hard to pin down in words - awhile back Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney reviewed their self-titled release and came up with "haunted-house surf music" and "minimalist opera." YellowFever is actually playing a bunch of shows in the next two weeks with Brownstein's new project Wild Flag so I guess she liked what she heard, and I think you will too!! YellowFever does not disappoint.

Thursday, Oct. 6th
+ Nighty Night
++ Wei Zhongle
Skihouse (317 w walnut)
10pm, all-ages, $5

Bermuda Triangle by YellowFever

Video: YellowFever playing "Psychedelic" at Handsome Fest last summer!

"Why won't you recognize how psychedelic I am? and love me, love me."

Sunday, October 2, 2011


Just got the last minute news that Bare Wires from Oakland CA are playing at Lost Cross tonight, with Autonomy, who are fresh off shows in Chicago and Milwaukee, and Pussy Collector. Should be sweet!

Sunday Oct. 2nd
+ Autonomy
++ Pussy Collector
@ Lost Cross
10p, all-ages

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Nashville Bros

Thursday Sept. 29th
+ Turbo Fruits
++ The Shakes
@ Hangar 9
10p, 19+, $5

Saturday, September 24, 2011


Catch one of Wild Murphy's last shows tonight, at Tres Hombres with Nashville's Diarrrhea Planet & Big Surr. Not sure the price but it is cheap.. $3 or 4 and will be awesome!

Wild Murphy & The New Year / Takes A Lot by babiemecca

Saturday Sept. 24th
+ Big Surr
++ Wild Murphy & The New Year
@ Tres Hombres
10p, 19+, $3!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Get Psyched

There is a pretty sweet psychedelic blowout happening at Hangar 9 on Thursday. Local fav's Freedom Ride will be blasting on the big stage for the first time, and we will have quite the treat of having both Denver's Woodsman and Philly's Arches in town, all on the same night. Woodsman has a slew of records out, including ones on hip labels like Mexican Summer and Lefese, and has received praise on both Pitchfork and Stereogum, among other places. Arches just self-released their debut LP, and have got love on Pitchfork as well and also on Altered Zones, Paste, etc.

Thursday Sept. 22nd
+ Woodsman
++ Arches
@ Hangar 9
10p. 19+, $5

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Loose Jewels

While we're on the topic of new releases.. Diarrhea Planet's debut LP Loose Jewels came out today via Infinity Cat Recordings. The Nashville boys and their 4 guitars will be in town over the weekend, they and their sister band Big Surr are both recording for new releases at the Skihouse, and they will both be playing a show at Tres Hombres with Wild Murphy & The New Year on Saturday. Come out and grab the new LP, DP never disappoints!

Saturday Sept. 24th
+ Big Surr
++ Wild Murphy & The New Year
@ Tres Hombres
10p, 19+, $3!

Ty Segall On The Move

Man I try not to talk about it because I feel like we've gushed enough.. but Ty Segall just keeps on killing it!! If you haven't got to hear his new LP, Goodbye Bread, which came out on Drag City a few months back, it is definitely one of the best jams of the summer. We've been trying to get him back to Carby for a while, but it keeps falling through. If you're like us though, you can't wait and maybe you should go see him play one of the two amazing shows he is playing close by this week! He is playing at Exit/In in Nashville tomorrow for only $6, with Heavy Cream and D. Watusi (who both rule), and then he is playing at Goner Fest 8 in Memphis on Thursday!

OH, and Mikal Cronin is playing both of those shows as well! THAT SHOULD SEAL THE DEAL!! He is the man behind Moonhearts (who you may remember blew us away last summer), has released albums with Ty, and just released his solo debut TODAY on one of our fav labels, Chicago's Trouble In Mind. Those shows will rule!

And I almost forgot the whole reason I wanted to make this post! I just heard that this year we will also see the release of Ty Segall - Singles 2007-2010 LP from Goner Records on November 22. I snagged this from him last summer on cassette via Psychic Snerts, and DAMN it is good. I am always scared I will wear the tape out, because it hass all the hard to find jams, but fear not, the vinyl version is coming! That makes 4, yes FOUR, 12" LP releases for Ty Segall in 2011. Almost keeping up with Thee Oh Sees..


Our Nashville pal Daniel Pujol recently inked a deal with Saddle Creek Records to release his new EP, which will be coming out on October 4th. One of the tracks was featured on NPR's All Songs Considered today, and it sounds pretty damn good! OH YEAH, he is playing at Hangar 9 next Thursday with Turbo Fruits and The Shakes, I'll bet he will even have the new EP! Can't wait.

Thursday Sept. 29th
+ Turbo Fruits
++ The Shakes
@ Hangar 9
10p, 19+, $5

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Thursday Sept. 15th
+ Wagons (australia!!)
++ Dirt Daubers
@ Hangar 9
10p, 19+, $10


Been working hard over here.. got a lot of killer shows coming to town soon. Tons of info all all of this stuff soon, but here is a heads up:

Thursday Sept. 29th
PUJOL (nashville)
+ Turbo Fruits (nashville)
++ The Shakes
@ Hangar 9
10p, 19+, $5

Thursday Oct. 6th
+ Nighty Night
++ Wei Zhongle
@ Skihaus
10p, all-ages, $5

Thursday Oct. 13th
CAVE (chicago)
+ Parlor
++ Freedom Ride
@ Skihaus
10p, all-ages, $5

Tuesday Oct. 25th
+ Underground Railroad To Candyland (oakland)
++ Parlor
@ Hangar 9
10p, 19+, $6/$8

Other good ones coming up too.. Woodsman + Arches 9/22, Diarrhea Planet + Big Surr 9/24, Heavy Cream 11/10, Lost Cross 25th Anniversary Celebration... Deetz soon.

Monday, September 12, 2011


YEAH THAT'S RIGHT. NOBUNNY is playing at Skihouse tomorrow night, and damn will it be the jam. If you aren't familiar with Nobunny, a quick google image search will give you a pretty decent idea, but he also has a string of jams out on gems like Goner Records, Burger Records, 1234GO!, Third Man, etc. Coming all the way from Oakland, CA, he is in the midwest to play Goner Fest 8 next weekend, and for a few tour dates with San Francisco's GIRLS. So stoked he is coming to Carby.. Thank you NOBUNNY!

Tuesday Sept. 13th
+ Autonomy
++ The Shakes
@ Skihaüs (317 w walnut)
10p, all-ages, $5

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Have You Heard??

THE SWAMP is back! And we're here to assure you that tomorrow will not be your typical Monday night. Three bands from Allston, Massachusetts will be invading our town & you don't want to miss them! PILE is one of my favorite bands & I cannot express how thrilled I am to have the chance to show them to you all!! HUNNIE BUNNIES and CHRONIC SPELLS have been touring together for the past few weeks and their unusual performance is certainly something to witness! We're also extremely lucky to have FREEDOM RIDE & WEI ZHONGLE playing for us! They're both from Carbondale but they don't play that often so now's your chance to see them!! I know many of you may be appalled by the 8PM start time but please come early because we have a lot of bands and we don't want to run too late and disturb the neighbors - we want to keep having shows throughout the year! Yeah! Hope to see you tomorrow - I'm new to town and would love to meet you all!!
-- Meaghan

MONDAY Sept. 12th
+ Hunnie Bunnies (MA)
++ Chronic Spells (MA)
+++ Freedom Ride
++++ Wei Zhongle
@ THE SWAMP (417 W. Monroe)
8 PM, all-ages, $3 suggested donation

Stay tuned for more shows in the future!!!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Wild Week

Better get your homework or whatever other responsibilities you have for the next week done today... cuz starting today there is pretty much an awesome show every day for the next week.

It's all starting tonight with the beginning of the Carbondale Rocks Revival festival, which is organized by our buddies Curtis & Matt (who book at PKs & Tres, respectively, and the Varsity Center for the Arts). You can check out the full schedule here, but the two shows we are most excited about are:

Thursday Sept. 8th
+ Secondary Modern
++ Pretty Little Empire
@ Hangar 9
10p, 19+, $4

Friday Sept. 9th
+ Brian Lee & His Orchestra
++ Kid Tiger
+++ Eric Stanley
@ Hangar 9
9p, 19+, $5

Then onward... First show at The Swamp 2.0 on Monday, NOBUNNY at Skihaus on Tuesday, Those Darlins at Hangar 9 on Thursday, and PTERODACTYL and more on Friday.. Get to work!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Airborne Nathan Sessions

Sunday, September 4, 2011


Tomorrow our buddy Daniel Francis Doyle will be coming to town, all the way from Austin, Texas. He played the Skihaus last fall with Flight from Mississippi and Himalayas, and he blew a lot of minds with his intense, no-nonsense 1-man show, which is probably the finest example of 1-man-band-itry we have ever seen. He has just started performing with two additional members, so this show will be one of the first chances anyone outside of Austin has had to experience the new lineup. Dan Senteighty and Dolphin Logic (a new synth duo comprised of Drunk Virago's Howard Steeley and James McKain) will finish out the night.

Monday Sept. 5th
+ Dan Senteighty
++ Dolphin Logic
@ Skihaus (317 w walnut)
10p, all-ages, $4

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Love 4 Young Loves

Boy we love Young Loves and they sure don't play as much as we would like to see them, so get your fix on Saturday at the Hangar 9. State Champion from Louisville/Chicago will be back again as well, and this lil' darlin will be with them:

Saturday Sept. 3rd
+ State Champion
++ Angel Olson
@ Hangar 9
10p. 19+ $5

Friday, August 26, 2011

Lost In The Voodoo Moon

Everybody should know this by now.. Lost In The Trees from North Carolina are making their epic return to Hangar 9 tonight. If you didn't see the show they played there with Nighty Night in January, it was definitely one of the most impressive shows to go down at the Hangar yet, and this one is sure to be even better. Black Fortys will close the show, and will have a few special pre-release copies of their new LP VOODOO MOON.. more on that later, but they will have a special 10+ person lineup tonight to recreate all the crazyness from the album. Should be awesome.

Friday August 26th
+ Black Fortys
++ Marin
@ Hangar 9
10p, 19+, $10

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Royal Baths

Super excited that one of our favorite bands, Royal Baths, are going to be coming through Carby on Saturday. They are from San Francisco, and their debut LP Litanies (out on Woodsist Records) was one of the best records to come out last year IMHO. Nighty Night will be playing as well, and a special supergroup with members of a lot of your fav bands.. don't miss it!

Saturday August 27th
ROYAL BATHS (san francisco)
+ Nighty Night
++ Special Guest
@ Skihaüs (317 w walnut)
10p. all-ages. $5

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Second Wave

Man, oh man, Secondary Modern sounded bitchin' at that show at PK's last night. Hopefully we will see them play a bunch more shows this fall, and maybe release some new recordings?? Come on dudes we wanna see it! Until then.. you can get a tiny taste:

Monday, August 8, 2011

Diarrhea Planetzzz

A whole bunch of rad friends from Nashville TN will be rolling through town on Wednesday. The 4-guitar party assault of Diarrhea Planet will be there, maybe you remember them from Handsome Fest 2010 or playing with JEFF The Brotherhood this spring. They've got a new 7" that just came out on JEFF's Infinity Cat imprint, and they've got a full length LP coming out this fall via the same folks. We got to hear it while we were in Nashville recently, and it is killer. Big Surr, the surfy sister band of DP, will be making their first trip to Carby as well. Secondary Modern will open the show, and if you haven't got a chance to see them lately, they have new material that is not to be missed. Kev-o & The Jewels will close it out.

Wed. August 10th
+ Big Surr
++ Secondary Modern
+++ Kev-O & The Jewels
@ PKs
10p, Free!, 21+

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Bye Bye Birdies

Tonight it is time to say bye-bye to everyone's favorite all-lady local band, Catholics & The Pill. Lizard and Lauren are both moving away ( inset :( here) so come party with them, and catch them one more time on their home turf at the Skihaus. Small Bones from NOLA and new local band Bob Sacramano will be there as well. Wahh!

Saturday August 6th
CATHOLICS & THE PILL (last show)
+ Small Bones (New Orleans)
++ Bob Sacramano
@ Skihaus
10p, all-ages,

Thursday, August 4, 2011


NIGHTY NIGHT: dreamy psychedelic-pop, reverberating fuzz rumble, fresh from a tour of the Eastern US, the release of a new EP, and the recording of new material.


WEI ZHONGLE : Rob Jacobs & His Ensemble, featuring John McCowen, Carly Lappin, Matt McGuire, Michael Lieghty, and Marcus Mader, perform pieces that delicately echo the Far East.

Tix $5 Advance / $7 Door / All-Ages

All Proceeds Benefit The Science Center Of Southern Illinois.

7:30p Doors
8:00p Wei Zhongle
8:45p Nighty Night

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Nighty Night Tour & Varsity Show

Our pals Nighty Night are currently in the middle of an East Coast tour, and when they return they will be playing at the Varsity Theater, giving you the first chance to see some local bands play in the awesome sounding room without having to pay $10+. The show is a benefit for The Science Center of Southern Illinois, so the $5 advance / $7 door ticket price is going to a good cause. Also playing is Wei Zhongle (aka Rob Jacobs Ensemble II, aka China Band), and if you haven't had a chance see them yet, they are amazing and are playing some of the most interesting music we've ever seen in Carbondale. Doors for the show open at 7:30p, and the show starts promptly at 8:oop. Advance tickets are available at Plaza Recs, P-mac, and the Practice Pad. More info here.

Here are the tour dates:

7/22 : Nashville TN @ The Parsonage (3803 Granny White Pike)
w/ Diarrhea Planet

7/23 : Asheville NC @ Broadways
w/ Ahleuchatistas

7/24 : Durham NC @ Motorco (free early show 2p)

7/25 : Richmond VA @ Sprout (free show)
w/ Erika Blatnik

7/26 : Philadelphia PA @ House Show (address tba)

7/27 : Brookyln NY @ Brooklyn Fireproof
w/ Beat People, Gytters, Moonmen On The Moon, Man

7/29 : Boston/Allston MA @ Problemhouse (11 Islington St)
w/ Doomstar!

7/30 : New Brunswick NJ @ The Alamo
w/ Eternal Fuzz

8/01 : Chicago IL @ Empty Bottle (free show)
w/ Slowdance & Tin Tin Can

8/04 : Carbondale IL @ Varsity Theater
w/ Wei Zhongle

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Australian Alps

It's not too often a band from a different country rolls through Carby.. but tonight one is coming from a different Continent.. A different Hemisphere!! And if that wasn't enough, they sound sweet too. ALPS from Australia will be playing at the Litterbox tonight.. go out and show them a good time!!

Also playing is newest incarnation of the Rob Jacobs Ensemble, Rob Jacobs Ensemble Presents : Wei Zhongle. If you missed them play at the Skihaus a few weeks back, they slayed everyone. It was awesome. AND Owls & Crows are playing too. To the Litterbox!

Wednesday July 13th
ALPS (Australia)
+ Wei Zhongle
++ Owls & Crows
@ Litterbox
10p, all-ages

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Useless Eaters

There's a badass show coming up in a week.. Useless Eaters from Nashville via Memphis are coming to town, we've been trying to make this happen for over a year now, so we're pretty stoked it is finally happening. They've got a string of killer 7"s out on a number of amazing labels, like Goner Records and Tic Tac Totally, and they are about to drop an LP on Southpaw later this summer. PARLOR and FREEDOM RIDE are playing too.. holy shit this is gonna be heavy.

Notice anyone familiar in that last vid??

Tuesday July 19th
+ Parlor
++ Freedom Ride
@ Skihaus (317 w walnut)
930p sharp!, all-ages


There are two awesome shows tonight!! You can't lose!

If yr feeling wild.. At the Litterbox you've got KRUXE.. one of the sweetest bands going in Memphis, MIAMI DOLPHINS.. total bebes getting weird from Minnesota, NETHERFRIENDS.. animal-collective channeling pitchfork alums from Chicago, and FREEDOM RIDE!!

If yr feeling classy.. At Hangar 9 you've got THEODORE.. who are from St Louis and are totally awesome, WILD MURPHY & THE NEW YEAR.. murphy lays it all down, and KEV-O & THE JEWELS.. letting out the jams!!


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Th Th Th Thursday

This Thursday our pals Nighty Night will release a new EP, which you can hear above. The new EP is material written over the last winter, and they holed up in a cabin for a weekend to record it on analog 8-track. The EP will be available on CD at shows, and will be available on cassette tape soon, as a split release with Rob Jacobs Ensemble. Nighty Night will be heading out on tour in late July, we'll have more about that soon, and word is they are already working on recording their next release, so hopefully we will keep hearing more new stuff soon! You can check out some pictures from the recording session and get some info about the tour on their blog.

Also playing the show is Nashville's PUJOL, who you may remember seeing play at the Skihaus last fall or at Handsome Fest last summer. PUJOL has been super busy since the last time he has been here, releasing a 7" and a live LP on Jack White's Third Man Records, as well as not 1 but 2 12" LPs (are they out yet? we can't even keep up Daniel...), and he has been touring like crazy. We love PUJOL, and Daniel is a sweetheart, it is gonna be awesome!

Rob Jacobs Ensemble (the original one, not the new one, for those of you paying attention) will also be playing, and word is this may be their last show in Carbondale, which we hope is not true and makes us really sad!! But you better not risk it and get there on time so you don't miss them, Rob Jacobs Ensemble is definitely one of our favorite things going on in Carby right now, and they keep getting more and more badass with every show. Word is they are about to head into the studio with David Allen before the band will dis-band, so hopefully that plus the tape mentioned above (which will only feature Rob & John McCowen, btw) will give you something sweet to remember them by.

Thursday June 30th
+ Pujol
++ Rob Jacobs Ensemble
@ Hangar 9
10p, 19+, $5

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


JEFF The Brotherhood's WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS is officially out today. They have been blowing up everywhere, I'm sure you've heard of that by now, but have you heard that they will be playing at Hangar 9 on Sunday July 3rd??!! Right before 4th of July, it is gonna be a huge party. Also playing at local greats The Heat Tape and Catholics & The Pill, plus the Generationals from New Orleans, and Cy Barkley also from Nashville!!! Holy shit!!

Sunday July 3rd
+ Generationals
++ The Heat Tape
+++ Cy Barkley
++++ Catholics & The Pill
@ Hangar 9
9p, 19+, $6adv /$8door

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Fitts Finale

Tonight Conniption Fitts will play their final show at the Litterbox, I'm gonna be in St. Louis w/ Nighty Night at the Schlafly Taproom.. and damn I'm pissed I will miss it!! BERETT HELLEEE will be playing Gitfiddle, and Jimmy from Sass Dragons will be playing skins!!

Also playing will be Street Eaters from California, and they rule!

Don't miss it!

Saturday June 18th
+Street Eaters
++Wide Angles
@ Litterbox

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Get In The Basement

So much stuff going on.. it's been hard to blog. Where all my amigos at??

Anyways.. There are like a billion house shows this week, and they are pretty much all ridiculously awesome. Maybe it doesn't feel like it cuz everybody likes to be pessimistic.. but it rules to live in Carby right now!! Check it:

Tues 6/13
NIGHTBIRDS (ex Ergs! & Hunchback)
+ Hospital Job
++ Dan Sentighty
@ Hanging Garden

Wed 6/14
+ Catholics & The Pill
++ The Shakes
@ Lost Cross

Fri 6/17
+ Orie Mars Orie (NY)
@ Litterbox

Sat 6/18
CONNIPTION FITTS (last show.. again?)
+ Street Eaters (CA)
++ Brickfight
+++ Wide Angles
@ Litterbox

Sun 6/19
+ Rob Jacobs
++ Kev-0 & The Jewels
+++ Kid Tiger
@ Skihaus