On the fourth day of Christmas The Brick gave to me
Schwervon, The Black Creatures, and Casey Guest.
Rude and Reckless - the annual Joe Strummer charity tribute
concert - highlighted not only the punk of Strummer, but
his love of folk and reggae too.
Podcast #502 settles those new year jitters w/ Smithereens,
Peaness, Jetstream Pony, Just Joans, Ultimate Fakebook,
Midnite Snaxxx, Unjust, & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy.
Is the album dead? Maybe. I'll admit that some of these are just
lovely collections of singles, but there are some that are artistic
statements that prove the whole can be more important than its
components. I'll leave it to you to find out which is which. So, like
last year, here's my list. Thirty great albums. Ordered, but otherwise
presented without commentary.
see the full list
Another year distilled down to 35 songs. Unlike in years past, these
are actually the best songs and not just my favorite ones (though,
oddly, the two match up perfectly). So, to be clear, this is 100% and
unequivocally the best music created in 2019. Objectively. If you
disagree, I'm afraid you have some soul searching to do. Somethings
haven't changed since last year. Like last year, I've included three
tracks from 2018 that I just didn't hear in time to make last year's
list, but they definitely would have made the cut if I had.
see the full list
Podcast #501 in which we share our fav tracks of 2019 by
Potty Mouth, Juliana Hatfield, Frank Turner, Empty Moon,
The Whiffs, Bleached, & Fast Eddy.
Podcast #500 is the Christmas Spectacular! Break out the
Egg nog and listen to an hour of this year's best Christmas
Podcast #499 is punk AF thanks to The Whiffs, Mini
Meltdowns, Fea, The Chats, Gino and the Goons, Upset,
Giants Chair, & Ben Lee.
Us olds returned to KC for the holiday, left the kids with
grandma, and then headed straight for The Brick to see
Giants Chair, The String and Return, and Wonderful Moments.
A criminally small crowd came out to Minibar to see
Seattle's Lisa Prank with support from Stary and The Creepy
Jingles -- shame on KC.
Podcast #498 pairs herbal tea w/ Jeffrey Lewis, Jeff &
Laura, Juliana Hatfield, Macseal, Mess, Snail Mail, & Moana.
Touring bands coalesced at the Rino on Saturday for a night
of guitar driven indie rock. Click for my thoughts, pics,
and video of Mess, Hand Out, Salt Creek, & Kill Vargas.
The Rino's Saturday night bill featured music for and by a
particularly emo subset of Kansas City's music scene. Via
Luna capped off a night that also featured Jorge Arana Trio
and Tall Boys.
The second night of 2019's Apocalypse Meow featured a
cavalcade of bands raising money for musician's healthcare.
Apocalypse Meow 12 kicked off at Mills Records with the
DGAF primal rock of The Sluts and the bending blues rock of
Chris Meck & the Second Sons.
Podcast #497 is leather jacket music with tunes from
Happy Mondays, Baby Shakes, Wyldlife, White Reaper,
Headlight Rivals, Bambies, & Tall Boys.
It was nothing short of a rock 'n' roll blow out when The
Cowboys, The Whiffs, Fast Eddy, & Drugs & Attics packed
Colonial Club on 10/5.
Upcoming shows I care about:
1/17 Sarchasm @ Revolution 1/18 Slow Mass @ Farewell Transmission 1/18 HXXS @ Stray Cat 2/1 Anniversary @ Bottleneck 2/3 Arson Class @ Riot Room 2/5 Stary @ miniBar 2/12 New Pornographers @ Truman 2/23 Dashboard Confessional @ Truman 2/28 Destroyer @ Granada 2/29 Durand Jones @ Bottleneck 3/3 Screaming Females @ White Schoolhouse 3/5 Poguetry @ City Winery (BOS) 3/12 Too-Rye-Ay @ City Winery (BOS) 3/15 Ratboys @ Riot Room 3/19 Hot Water Music @ recordBar 3/20 Hot Water Music @ recordBar 4/1 Sturgill Simpson @ Silverstein 4/2 Slingshot Dakota @ Bottleneck 4/14 Subhumans @ recordBar 5/3 Adam Ant @ Uptown 5/5 Sheer Mag @ White Schoolhouse