New video for “Hair Trigger”

The Dead Girls

– Hair Trigger Music Video compilation of true air guitar moments on 2/25/11. Meet Mean Melin, Peter “Stiff” Dickens, Pork Sword, and Das Auto Bomb as they guide you behind the scenes of true airmanship Inflatable Boat! Edited by JoJo Longbottom. From the album “Out of Earshot.” Enjoy!

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Video from Auntie Mae’s: NEW SONG!

Well, this was the first time we ever played “The Beast Inside Me,” but Russell Behrends’ video is so cool (from Auntie Mae‘s in Manhattan last Friday) that we thought we’d share it anyway. It was probably change significantly between now and any recording of it, but at least this document exists!! Thanks to The ACBs, who were amazing that night! Enjoy!

Photo by Amber Jacobs, PunkFrogPhotography

The Beast Inside Me by The Dead Girls live in Manhattan, KS 2.18.2011

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Record Geek Heaven: Deerhunter "Halcyon Digest"

4AD 2010

In 2008, Deerhunter released not one, but two of that year’s most revered albums. Only one was scheduled for release—Microcastle. But when it leaked to the internet, singer/songwriter Bradford Cox (also of Atlas Sound) decided to release an entirely different album to be included with retail versions. This new album was called Weird Era Continued. Though both are very different records, they have seen equal amounts of celebration in the indie rock community since their release, and not just because of the quality of the music itself. It was a move made by Cox to raise incentive to actually go out to a record store and buy a record, and whether or not it worked is a moot point. The intention was well-appreciated by music lovers everywhere.

With Halcyon Digest, Cox and his crew have made their anti-internet sentiments even more clear. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Record Geek Heaven Joint Review: Superchunk "Majesty Shredding" and The Posies "Blood/Candy"

Merge 2010

So far, 2010 has been a pretty stellar year for rock and roll. It started off a little hairy, with slews of cover albums and a tapering off of 2009’s polished mediocrity. But in its wake, 2010 should be remembered as the year of the comebacks that mattered. In recent years, it seems every band from Dinosaur Jr to Mission of Burma to Superdrag to Killing Joke has reunited to give things another go-round, and in most cases, the resulting new albums are a little underwhelming.

Rykodisc 2010

Fortunately, some people still understand what a comeback is supposed to mean. Ideally, a comeback should come from a band that has been around for a long time and seen a hiatus. But, it’s only a truly successful comeback album if the record is as good as or better than anything previously released in the band’s discography. Judging from these parameters, it seems that two of my favorite bands from back in my high school days—Superchunk and The Posies—have released the best comeback albums of the last decade. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Record Geek Heaven: Why Vinyl is Saving Music

My enabler

I’ve spent the better part of two weeks without a stereo. It’s been hell. Granted, I have the little computer speakers and a beyond-fully-loaded iTunes, but those can’t hold a candle to my RSM-90 studio monitors, brand new turntable and quickly growing vinyl collection.

Yes, I’m a vinyl nerd. I’m one of those guys. But if you were to visit Love Garden Sounds, one of 1 ½ surviving local record stores in Lawrence (there used to be 5 on Mass Street alone), you would understand my predicament. Continue reading

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Aggiefest: Turning Aggieville from Bar Purgatory to Live Music Mecca

Dead Girls rock Triangle Park

The third annual Aggiefest happened in my hometown of Manhattan last weekend, and The Dead Girls were fortunate enough to be able to headline the last night of the festival. Along with us, over 100 bands participated in the event. For the duration of last weekend, Aggieville became a venue powerhouse—live music poured out of almost every bar we passed as we were walking around. The area already has more bars per square mile than any location in America, or something like that. Aggiefest gives Aggieville the opportunity to take advantage of this in the best way possible—by supplying copious amounts of live music and good fun for the community. It truly is a cultural event, and let’s face it folks—in Kansas, we have to hold onto those things with a Kung Fu grip. Continue reading

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Record Geek Heaven's In My Head: The Clientele "Never Anyone But You"

from the 2009 Merge release "Bonfires on the Heath"

This was the first song I ever got into by The Clientele, one of those bands that make really great records yet are ignored by most of the American music listening public because they sound “too British”. And it’s not British in that Kooks-ish or Kaiser Chiefs-ish sort of way where it’s really OBVIOUSLY British, like a foreigner who gets all the attention from American girls because of his accent. The Clientele don’t play any obvious games like that, but they do write the sort of no-frills, Nick Drake-ish morning dream pop that tends to work its way into these wee small hours. “Never Anyone But You” is as close to perfect this band has gotten (that is, until they released their latest EP, “Minotaur”–that title track is tits). The sparse, airy guitars seem to carry Alasdair MacLean’s shoestring vocals like a wind lightly pushing along a piece of paper, but the Clientele never waste any time getting to the hooks. Have a good morning with this one–it woke me up nice.

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Record Geek Heaven: The National "High Violet"

Beggars Banquet 2010

I realize this is coming a bit late, but I have reasons for waiting to discuss “High Violet” with anyone in any way. One big reason is sometimes, I have the tendency to spout things off without thinking and regret it later, and I really didn’t want to say anything like that about this record because—and this is the second reason—I really like The National. As far as mainstream-ish music goes, they might be the only band I really love or appreciate enough to think that anything they put out deserves a fair chance. Read the rest of this entry >>

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The Dead Girls and Erik Voeks Live at The Brick 9/4/2010

Here is a recently uploaded YouTube video of The Dead Girls backing up Erik Voeks, creator of the 1993 power pop classic Sand Box (I posted a link to the album on this blog–find it here.) The show took place last Saturday at The Brick and was part of the Indie Pop Alliance series, which is becoming a very cool thing all around. We did three songs with Voeks (“pronounced VAKES, like SHAKE and BAKE”):

“Throw Me Out A Line”, from a single released on Bus Top Records.

“My Dentist” and “Finger-Painted Cat” from Sand Box.

A big thanks to Erik Voeks for letting us do this, and for making such great music. Cheers!

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Dead Girls to Back Up Power Pop Prince Erik Voeks at The Brick Tomorrow Night!

Rockville 1993

In 1993, Erik Voeks released an album called Sand Box. (Read my review of it here.) It’s one of those many great records that slipped through the cracks over the years, but has remained championed by a small and fortunate few. Fortunate enough to hear it, that is. Voeks recorded the album in St. Louis, the city in which he used to live, and it features some stellar guitar work from the late, legendary Jay Bennett (Wilco, Titanic Love Affair).

Since then, Voeks has relocated to Kansas City. In addition to a variety of projects that include a meticulously faithful Guided by Voices tribute band, he also started his own band, Miss America. My friend Randy Paske turned me on to Sand Box, and I was like “Who IS this guy?”, and Randy told me the story, while also throwing in the fact that Voeks is an appreciator of my band, The Dead Girls. Right away, I started thinking, “Man, some of those Sand Box tunes would be really fun to play live…”

Now, in partial thanks to Randy, Jesse Kates of the Sexy Accident and Indie Pop Alliance, and Voeks himself, this little party is coming to fruition tomorrow night at the Brick for the next Indie Pop Alliance show. Along with Atlantic Fadeout, Making Movies, and the Sexy Accident, Erik Voeks will perform songs from Sand Box with The Dead Girls as his backing band. Voeks will also be performing solo as well.

If you haven’t been fortunate enough to hear Voeks yet, I am doing you all a favor—here is a download of Sand Box. Please, listen to it, love it, and come out tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 4) to hear some of these songs live, Voeks/Dead Girls style!

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