Thursday, April 28, 2011


One month from today, an epic show will go down at the Skihouse. THE SPITS are coming to town, all the way from Seattle. The Spits have been ruling it for over a decade now, and it is fucking awesome that we will have the chance to see them play in a basement in Carbondale, and for only $6 (you could see them headline Hozac Records Blackout Fest the day before for $20.. or in Memphis at the Hi-Tone the day after for $8.. we're getting lucky.) They've got 4 S/T LPs you should get familiar with, out on Thriftstore, Dirtnap, Slovenly, and Nickel & Dime Records (not to mention a split with NOFX on Fat Wreckchords..) and they are all pretty much killer. Word is the live show if off the chain, we can't wait to find out.

On top of that, Lafayette, Indiana's TV Ghost will be there too, bringing their Cramps meets Suicide shattered-creepy-post-punk rippers to the darkest corners of the basement. TV Ghost have not one, but two killer LPs out on In The Red Records, which should tell you all you need to know.

Local dudes Freedom Ride, who are getting so tight it is crazy, and The Shakes, who will have a new line-up, are playing too! Mark your calendar!

Saturday May 28th
+ TV Ghost
++ Freedom Ride
+++ The Shakes
@ Skihouse
10p, all-ages, $6

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Young Black Saturday

Look at that lil guy.

Saturday April 30th
+Black Fortys
++Kev-O & The Jewels
@ Hangar 9

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

Tonight is a Good Night

Tonight (weather permitting..) is the first of what will be a weekly Friday Night Fair at the Town Square Pavilion (btwn Longbranch, Tres, Thai Taste, ABC). The fair is a new event with the purpose of promoting local culture and community in Carbondale. It is always free, will have live music by different bands every week, local food vendors, a farmers market, arts & crafts, community info, and kids activities. Nighty Night & Rob Jacobs are playing tonight, Swamp Tigers will be playing the next one on May 6th, and you will see lots of other rad bands there in the future, like Wild Murphy, Giant City Slickers, Parlor, Young Loves, Black Fortys, and more..

Tonight's schedule:

Kid Tiger
plays @ 6p
Rob Jacobs plays @ 7p
Nighty Night plays @ 8p

Vendors will always be there from 6-9p

**The fair is still going to happen if it rains a little, it is under the pavilion! It will only be canceled if it is crazy/lightning.

Tonight is also the benefit show Rainforest Rescue Panama, to raise money for la Asociación Panamericana para la Conservación (APPC), a grassroots, not-for-profit organization involved in wildlife rescue and rainforest conservation projects in the Central American country of Panama. These shows are always SO good, they transform the Hangar into a rainforest, there is a great lineup of bands, and a lot of other goodies, all for a good cause. There will be an Art Auction, Date Auction, Live Art, DJs, Comedy, and a Raffle!

Here is a rough schedule of who is playing when:

8p - Love Chant (Jazz Trio)
830p - Swamp Tigers
10p - Autonomy
11p - Red-Winged Blackbird
1130p - Comedy by Ross Kelly
1145p - Nighty Night
1230p - Mr Free & The Satellite Freakout

@ Hangar 9 - $5 students, $7 non-students (we think..?)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Wild Murphy

Haven't you heard? Brad Cole sez that Josh Murphy of Black Fortys has a new project with Chris Goode of The Shakes, called Wild Murphy & The New Year. They just released a limited 5-song EP for Record Store Day, it was recorded all-live with no overdubs, straight to 1/2" analog tape in the Skihouse basement, engineered by Carey Neal (of Harmonious Grey Radio on WDBX) and David Allen (of Nighty Night). Wild Murphy is playing tonight at PKs (for free!), with Rob Jacobs opening up, so you should probably swing by and see if he has any more of the EPs left. Here are two tracks from the EP:

Wild Murphy & The New Year / Record Store Day EP by babiemecca

Speaking of WDBX.. they are having their Spring Pledge Drive right now. It is pretty awesome to have such a great community radio station here in Carbondale, so why dontcha support them by making a donation to help keep it going! You can donate by calling 618.457.3691 or clicking here.

Thursday April 21st
+ Rob Jacobs
@ PKs
10p, FREE, 21+

Some pics from the recording sesh:

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Live @ The Grand Ole Varsity

There is a pretty cool event happening this Thursday at the Varsity Theater. Here's the skinny straight from the horse's mouth, Curtis Conley describes it as "An evening of drinks and live music at the Varsity for the fist time ever. Bosco and Whiteford, Swamp Tigers, Giant City Slickers, and Stace England and Salt Kings will perform a 40-45 min set a piece with drinks during the intermission. Trying to start a new type of venue in Cdale. One where people can sit down and not have to stay up until 11 to hear. Come check out the theatre it looks really cool and could be our own little Grand Old Opry. While Technically and Legally speaking we cant call it a fundraiser, every single dollar of profit will be donated to the Varsity Center of Arts for the renovation of the big theatre. Matt Longville and I are working on this together and the Bands have been so kind to completely donate their time for this evening. Tickets will be $20 and there will be 150 of them available soon. We totally expect to sell out so stay tuned. Yes the have a beer/wine license so there will be drinks. So grab your sweetie for a night with some of the finest musicians in the area. Stay tuned!"

You can get tickets online here.

Monday, April 18, 2011


Tonight UZI RASH will be in town, all the way from the shining bay of Oakland CA. They're playing at Lost Cross, and in addition to having an awesome band name, word is they put on a KILLER show so you should prolly check it out. It Burns and Safeword will be there too, so it's lookin' like a pretttty good Monday night.

Monday April 18th
+ It Burns
++ Safeword
@ Lost Cross
10p, all-ages, $5 if u can do it

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Rekkerd Store Day

It's that time of year again.. and there are some sweet things going on tomorrow. We're not exactly sure of all the details, but both Plaza and PMac Records will have big sales, exclusive record store day releases, free live shows, and other goodies.

Word is:

Owls & Crows
Soul Glo
Wild Murphy
Free Ice Cream
@ Plaza Records

Rob Jacobs
Dalton Kennerly
Free Snax
@ Pmac Music



Friday, April 15, 2011

Catch Up..

Lots of stuff went down the past week we wanted to talk about.. but we've been really busy working on some big things for the next few months and couldn't get around to bloggin. Here is a little recap and some things to look forward to..

The Himalayas/Freedom Ride show last weekend at Skihaus was totally awesome, thanks to everyone who came out. We are definitely gonna miss Jef Hill and Himalayas big time, and Freedom Ride has got it GOIN ON. We went by their practice space a few days after the show to film a video because we just had to have more, so look for that soon. Two new Carbondale bands played their debut shows at Hangar last Thurs, The Dirt Choir and Kid Tiger, they were both pretty good and you should look forward to seeing a lot more from them in the future. The RZ awards went down at the Glove Factory.. congrats to our bro Philip Carrier, and everyone else involved.

Some upcoming shows that will RULE hard and you shouldn't miss..

Mon 04/18 UZI RASH, It Burns, Safeword @ Lost Cross

Thu 04/21 Live @ The Grand Ole Varsity w/ Stace England, Bosco Whiteford, & more

Fri 04/22 Friday Night Fair w/ Nighty Night, Han Ma & Camaros @ Town Square, 6pm

Fri 04/22 Rainforest Rescue Panama w/ Autonomy, Swamp Tigers, & more @ Hangar

Sat 05/07 Doom Town, Population, Autonomy, Staring Problem @ The Swamp

Sun 05/08 Bible Of The Devil, ZUUL, High Spirits @ Hangar 9

Thu 05/12 Wheels On Fire, Owls & Crows (cd release) @ Pks

Fri 05/20 Himalayas final show @ Hangar 9

Sat 05/28 THE SPITS, TV Ghost @ Skihaus

Plus a lot more... shows from outta town fav's like Wayne 'The Train' Handcock, PUJOL, Pokey LaFarge, JEFF The Brotherhood, Screaming Females, Chinese Telephones, D. Watusi, The Paperhead, & more & more..

Friday, April 8, 2011

Dry Them Tears Up

Himalayas second-to-last show:

Saturday April 9th
+ Freedom Ride
@ Skihouse
10p, all-ages

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


Out next week via Slumberland.


There is a really awesome show happening tonight (ie Wed 3/6) at Hangar.. if you're gonna go to anything this week, this is the one. Elliott BROOD from Canada, DES ARK from Philadelphia, Pygmylush from Virginia, and good ol' Wild Murphy rounding it out. Can't go wrong with any one of these bands, much less all 4 on the same stage on the same night.

Wednesday Apr. 6th
+ Des Ark
++ Pygmylush
+++ Wild Murphy
@ Hangar 9, part of MWMF 5
10p, 19+, $5

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


The 5th annual Midwest Music Fest, hosted by student-run Digital Dog Records, starts tomorrow. Here is the sched:

-Wednesday, 4/6-

TRES: DJ Nasty Nate, Prolific, Prelude To a Million.

HANGAR 9: Wild Murphey & the New Year, Pygmy Lush, Des Ark,
Elliott Brood.

-Thursday, 4/7–

PK's: Red Devil Radio, They Gypsies, Neighborhood Flavor.

TRES: The Shakes, Raw Flesh Eaters.

-Friday, 4/8-

HANGAR 9: The Boston Thieves, That's No Moon, Hotbed.

TRES: Soul Glow.

-Saturday, 4/9-

HANGAR 9: Owls and Crows, Crayolala, Stephen Paul Smoker.

TRES: Splatinum.


Facebook event here.


City elections for Mayor and City Council members are TODAY, so please go vote. If you saw how pathetic the turnout for the primary was (I think I've seen more people at a basement show..), you should understand that every vote will definitely count in this election, and making our voices and desires heard could really change a number of things about our city. Get out there and do it! And tell your friends too! And everyone you see! PLEASE!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Laugh It Off

What: Stand Up Comedy featuring Aaron Brooks and Nick Branson
When: Monday, April 4th at 9:00pm
Where: Hangar 9
Who: Carbondale Comedians
Admission: Only $3

Aaron Brooks
Nick Branson
Kyle Scanlan
David Sharp & Mike Garvin
T Murph
Ian Provence
Garrett Callender
Nathan Colombo
Emeric Brown
Ryan Lichtenstein
Dave Tabler
Eric Brown
Ross Kelly
Andrew Chandler
Rich Cason
Evan Halleck
and more!

Hosted by Kyle Scanlan

Should be pretty awesome!! More info on the faceboob

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Outside The Box

The Outside The Box new music festival is going on this week at SIU. It is not often you get the chance to see so many interesting and diverse performances by some very talented artists, we definitely suggest you check some of this out if you get the chance. You can get all the details at supposedly, although the space-age website is hard to figure out.. so here is a simple rundown of what's going on:


• Altgeld Chamber Players concert, 7:30 p.m., Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall.

This concert highlights several SIUC composers, including Kathleen Ginther, Frank Stemper and Eric Mandat, and other contemporary composers, including Lee Hyla and Mario Davidovsky.


• Master classes with the Tone Road Ramblers, 10 a.m., Altgeld Hall, rooms to be announced.

Classes are with Stephen Butters, percussion; Jon Fonville, flute; Ray Sasaki, trumpet; and Morgan Powell and Jim Staley, trombone.

• Improv workshop with Jim Staley, 1 p.m., Altgeld Hall, Room 112

• Composer Portrait Concert: Music of Morgan Powell with the Tone Road Ramblers and the Altgeld Chamber Players, 7:30 p.m., Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall

This concert features guest Dorothy Martirano, violinist. Martirano performs with the Tone Road Ramblers regularly, but she also performs all over the world on her own and with other groups. At present, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra is her home.


• Emerging Composers Concert, 7:30 p.m., Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall

It doesn’t get newer than this. SIUC is producing composers as well as musicians. The evening includes music by student composers Matt Clark, Jim Davis, Cody Foltz, Audra Fuhr and Brent Grapperhaus.


• New Arts Jazztet with the SIUC Studio Jazz Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Shryock Auditorium.

The New Arts Jazztet, a faculty ensemble, shares the stage with the SIUC Studio Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Tim Pitchford. The concert also features special guests from the Tone Road Ramblers, Morgan Powell on trombone and Ray Sasaki on trumpet.


• Composers Forum with Morgan Powell, 10 a.m., Altgeld Hall, Room 110

• Tone Road Ramblers concert, 7:30 p.m., Shryock Auditorium


• Film screening with live score by Paul Festa

Enjoy presentations of the award-winning film “Apparition of the Eternal Church,” a film about listening to music, and “The Glitter Emergency,” a silent film with live violin by Paul Festa.

School Girl

Before Apache Dropout left town after playing at the Skihouse last Thursday, they recorded a song with David Allen in the Skihouse basement. Here it is, pulled of the old analog 8-track. Hear that mono sound!

Apache Dropout / School Girl by babiemecca

You can scoop their new LP on Family-Vineyard here.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Skinny Saturday

Skinny Jim is playing at Hangar 9 tonight, and they'll have new bass dude Bob Shaw (It Burns, ZUUL) with them. Also playing is Rob Jacobs & his ensemble, if you didn't get the chance to see them play through the big 'ol PA when they played there last month, it is quite a treat. Also playing is those jazzy dudes with no band name yet, a last min addition.

Saturday Apr. 2nd
SKINNY JIM & #9 Blacktops
+ Rob Jacobs
++ Money Makin' Jam Boys
@ Hangar 9
10p, 19+, $5?

Friday, April 1, 2011

You Party?

Friday Apr. 1st
+ Ben Miller Band
++ Apache Dropout in the beergarden!!
@ Hangar 9

@ John Brown's (Marion)

@ Tres Hombres

Saturday Apr. 2nd
SKINNY JIM & #9 Blacktops
+ Rob Jacobs
@ Hangar 9