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+