Category Archives: PHX music

Scott Biram, last night, Rhythm Room

I took video with a Blackberry Storm, kneeling down in front of the stage with a mosh pit starting to form behind me for Scott Biram, who kicked off his tour last night at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix. The guy was just amazingly talented. The Dirt Daubers (also) are touring with them and they completely smoked the place, as well. And when Colonel JD Wilkes isn’t making faces and hitting the hiiiigh notes, (his wife) Jessica can sing her ass off something beautiful. The band who led off were great, as well, but I’m going to screw up their name so I’m not even going to try. It took about 40 minutes to send this via uberTwitter, but it didn’t crash out. It worked.

(Probably wait for the whole thing to load then press play would be best.) Pics to come, as well … at Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, an online gallery near you

Tattoos, Stompers and The Underdog

Start with a place to create music, The Underdog Studios (their MySpace if you must, it just slows my computer down now)

Mix in a band, The Nadas, I keep on forgetting about who also happen to use the Internet well for livestreaming sessions. Which I’ve never watched. Can I take a few moments to say a band’s Web presence is something I never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever oh and ever think about. I find music I listen to it. Sure the occasional video, but just no. More of an observation of medium and how it really doesn’t have to all coagulate into one big mess all the time.

Multimedia is often just unnecessary sensory overload – a necessity to appeal to as many people as possible, who all respond better to the sound or the look or the visual aesthetics. Necessary for that but for music the sound, the straight skill and joyfulness of the sound, is most important.

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New Music – Bought At Stinkweeds

Last week I went crazy buying music. Overdue to find new music. Bought a few bands I’ve never heard of to keep the discovery edge on. I also bought locally at Stinkweeds, which as well as just being in the middle of so much used CDs and vinyl and new CDs just keeps the tax local.

Also bought with a local Arizona / Phoenix flavor.

Sarah McLachlan – Solace (USED gave as present)
White Rabbits – It’s Frightening (gave as present)
Raveonettes – In and Out of Control (gave as present)
Bright Eyes – Noise Floor (rarities 1998-2005)
Kinch – Advances (AZ)
Kinch – Collars and Sleeves (AZ)
Love Me Nots – Detroit (AZ)
Various – Americopa Mantle Volume 1 (AZ) (with Before Braille, The Ruby Lee, The Go Reflex, Black Feet, Awake & Alert, Rajiv Patel, Sweet Bleeders, Not Quite Bernadette, and Wonderful Wednesday) 16 tracks
Boys and Frogs – In Desperate Need of a Car Crash (AZ)
Barsuk Record Treats 2010 (free sampler from Seattle record label) (Blunt Mechanic, Phantogram, Rocky Votolato, Pearly Gate Music, David Bazan, Ramona Falls, Starlight Mints, Viva Voce, Mates of State, The Wooden Birds, Say Hi, and Ra Ra Riot) 17 tracks
The Meteors – Anagram Singles Collection
Various – Punk Goes Acoustic 2 (USED 2007) (with Jack’s Mannequin, The Audition, +44, Daphne Loves Derby, Say Anything, Alesana, All Time Low, Silverstein, The All-American Rejects, Mayday Parade, The Spill Canvas, Relient K, Anti-Flag, Sherwood, and Set Your Goals) (15 tracks)
Band of Skulls – baby darling doll face honey (great title ;-) )
Passion Pit – Manners
The Bravery – Stir the Blood
Lissie – Why You Runnin’
M.I.A. – Kala (USED) (gave as present)

My goal along the way changed from planning to burn songs on blank CDs to planning to burn them all to help fill up a Nano. … But 1 I started to do it late and then some CDs would not import easily or quickly. This is likely due to an overworked CD player in my iBook more than anything else.

I also have borrowed a 1 TB harddrive and so am keeping all music on there.

So many songs, so much music. I ended up with about 400 songs on the Nano from songs I already had. I was only able to burn the White Rabbits, Love Me Nots and Surfside IV (given to me by band member’s wife after show)

Legal Download – Music, Minibosses

I have a feeling some of these links may disappear quickly even though they ARE on the bands official site.

Minibosses– they are an active band that still tours and were at Modified Arts yesterday.