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- Ate pizza for pretty much every meal.
- Drank roughly 4 troughs of Goose Island Beer, a brew out of Chicago but available in the Midwest.
- Stayed with my old friend Katie, who studies eyeballs but is very nice regardless. She was an excellent host.
- Visited Reckless Records, Intelligensia Coffee, and Nookie’s Diner.
- Saw two crazy boys jumping speed-bumps on a yellow moped, holding each other and giggling.
- Experienced Wrigleyville game-day madness (didn’t go to the game, though).
- Paid $10.95 for a pack of cloves.
- Visited a mega-bar called The Sheffield, and met crazy weirdos.
- Visited a comfy, worn-in dive bar called Nisei Lounge and did a Jager-Bomb with the bartender.
- Hung out with Doane pals Julia Worth and Brandon Anderson.
- Was spied on by window-men.
- Visited the lake, played the “t-shirt” game.
So, Howie (with contributions from friends) started Mr. Furious Records to write, record, and post our music all for free, with no advertisements or profit or anything. Ironically, both of our for-profit bands (weird!) are playing a show together tomorrow night (Saturday, August 12th, at the Chatterbox in Lincoln. All ages, 4 bones, 5:30 pm is when it starts).
Maybe “for profit” is the wrong phrase to use. Maybe I mean, “we try to break even on the money we spend on making CDs and stuff.” Although money can be a hassle, if it’s low on your priority list, it’s not too bad. It is kind of neat to have an actual pressed CD to hand out, although I think even MFR is going to press some in the future MAYBE for free give-away or maybe we give it away if you make a donation to sick penguins, like with the old Shacker/howie&scott CDs.
Unfortunately, I don’t think they mentioned FIVE STAR CRUSH, FAMOUS CELEBRITIES! And they called Jesse “Jeffe Hodges.” Which I happen to think is awesome.
Look for a Furious Instance track on MFR from R,CC!’s record, She Beeps. And it’s not one you’ve heard before, I bet! Or maybe, it is!
Have a good Friday! Hope to see you tomorrow!
It’s been a super long time since I wrote one of these bad boys, and whenever that happens I have a million little things that I want to write about, but I’ll see how cohesive I can make this nasty little elf-of-a-blog-post.
The first thing I wanted to briefly comment on was the Echoes mention on Pitchfork. At first, I was the most stoked because “HOLY SH*T THAT’S HOWIE THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT ON PITCHFORK I BET WE GET GOOGLED!” And then, I felt the most stoked because of a pride I collectively had for Mr Furious and its mission, because, “Hey! Someone else cares besides us!” But then, I became finally stoked (and the most stoked) on a part of it I didn’t really see at first, but Howie’s mention of “ripples” in the news update reminded me of it: this mention affirms our interconnectedness quite a bit. To me, Pitchfork is such a staple in the realm if indie-stardom that seeing a Mr. Furious artist’s name in it just seems unreal; My senior-high class photo might as well be painted on the moon. But if I can see a mention of Echoes in something on Pitchfork, it’s super-cool proof that the things we think are really far away are actually very close to us, and in fact, we are one in the same.
This weekend is going to be sickalicious, because I’m heading off to the Bay-Area for sister’s graduation and also garlic appreciation weekend with some friends who live there MIKE AND SHANNON w00t! Because of that, I am forced to miss out on a HUGE AWESOME CONCERT this weekend in Omaha. At first it might seem like I’m talking about the FREE Bright Eyes Concert this Saturday, the 17th at Memorial Park, but I’m actually talking about Ladyfinger (new Saddle Creek band, they are metal, they rule) and Ideal Cleaners (That’s not the fact of the matter) at the 49er in Omaha on the same night.
I can’t see this show, but Matt Wisecarver is doing sound for this show, so eff him for being so attractive and talented!
I just realize that Wisecarver is almost like a weird celebrity ghost on this website, since he was in the Remnants, he recorded some stuff on MFR, and he has an album named after him.
Anyway, the level of connectedness within the MFR community and the level of connectedness (I could use “connection” but guess what? no!) between MFR and the outside world is really showing itself these days. Just so cool to know that we’re not in a bubble!
Speaking of weird connectedness, one final thing:
Robot, Creep Closer!, Honorable Mention, and 10 O’Clock Scholars at Knickerbocker’s tonight at 9:30! BE THERE OR BE SOMEWHERE ELSE!
Oooooh, and R,CC!/5*C in NE on August 12th at the C-Box! Early show! More later!
San Francisco, Here I Come!
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1- Someone’s at my door / The eye of the needle
2- Separation is ok / A wind I can lean into
3- A wind I can lean into II / Requiem
4- Song for a motherless child
5- Where I’m calling from / Candles
6- My blood, my bones
7- The horror! Oh the horror!
8- Faked enthusiasm / I don’t feel so well
9- Heard you were sick
10- Dog sitting
11- I am young…
12- …and I am naive / This is where we die
My blogs always seem to be a bunch of crud smooshed together in the semblance of some sort of bigger, more important crud. With that in mind, I’m totally going to make this blog about a theoretical mix CD of MFR songs, and there’s going to be ten songs on the sucker. This is off the top of my head, because if it weren’t, it would take me forever to think of what I’d pick and why. Without further ado, here:
1. Bike, “He Came to Steal Your Children”
2. Sally Ride, “Headbone”
3. D-Rockets, “International Sign for Goodbye”
4. Echoes, “I Don’t Even Know how Right This Sounds”
5. Shacker, “Prove It”
6. Bike, “Eye of the Needle”
7. Echoes, “Open Columns”
8. Beach-Puppy, “Nature vs. Nurture”
9. Shacker, “Fully Okay”
10. Sally Ride, “The Last Song”
Wow, that was tough! And let me make it clear that it does not include awesome furious instances like “Lunch by Yourself” or 12-O’Clock Fence, or the X-Mas EP, or any of that. And also, pretend that there are two secret hidden tracks right before track 1 and after track 10, and those tracks are “As Seen from Side A” and “As Seen from Side B.” Because it would freak people out and really show them what MFR is all about (freaking people out).
Anyway, I’m all sweaty. Who else has a possible MFR mix CD? The only rules are, there has to be 10 songs, they have to be off of official MFR releases (or not; it’s just that too many options freaks ME out), and the track order is of the utmost importance. LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS!
Later, when I think of more crud to say, guess who’s gonna leave a comment explaining that crud? Exactly. My Dad.
Ever since I’ve been playing live music, I’ve have many different experiences as far as how the show’s been received. I’m sure Howie or Tucci or Nate or Derek or any other MFR artist can tell you the same thing.
Sometimes, there are b-loads of people at shows, and they’re loving it; other times, there are just a few people, most of which are friends who are being supportive.
You’d think that the correlation would run something like this: the better the songs/performance are, the more people show up, and the more people enjoy it. Conversely, if the songs aren’t that great and the performance is sloppy, you’d expect to see a small crowd. But these factors almost have nothing to do with how well a local band draws a crowd.
The key rests almost solely on these factors:
1. The age of your target audience.
2. How upbeat/dance-able your music is, and
3. How many friends you have.
First, let me talk about the target audience. Most music fans would agree that the majority of people who go to shows are usually under the age of 21 (described in this blog as “kids”), because it’s probably the most fun thing they can do on a given Friday or Saturday night. People who are older usually default to bars without live music, because they are old enough to drink, and because they’d rather not pay a cover to have a band drown them out when they’re trying to spit sloppy game.
That being said, the younger kids (remember, under 21) seem to like the rock music. Most show-goers in any city are kids, and most of those kids would rather listen to punk/rock/metal/etc. than folk/classic rock/jam bands/etc. If you’re playing indie-rock or folk rock, chances are your target audience is 21+, but remember, they don’t like going to shows as much as your 16-year-old sister.
Secondly, your music. Even if you have an all-ages show for the kids to come to, you HAVE to make sure you’re fun. It’s okay if the vocals suck, and it’s all right if the musicianship is a little off, but if you can get people in front of the stage, jumping up and down, singing along, and wiggling, then you’ve got them hooked. We all dance to rap songs that we know are stupid. BUT WE’RE DANCING, RIGHT!?
Third: a friend once told me that the most popular type of rock in any local scene is “friend rock.” This, of course, means that your audience will almost solely consist of friends and acquaintences of the band. If you have a lot of friends and you tell them about the show, they’ll probably show up even if you’re terrible, because they’re your friends, and they’re supportive. BUT! If you’ve got all the ingredients down (you do it for the kids, you have fun music, AND you have a decent amount of friends), your friends will show up, tell their friends, and sooner or later, you’ll be playing the Qwest Center (which is huge) with Green Day (who I like and am not making fun of).
Anyway, it’s a strange phenomenon. If you like playing shows for playing show’s sake, it might not matter. But it just reaffirms something that seemed obvious at first but got lost at some point: people want shows to be FUN, and while many can have great fun at a 21+ folk show, EVERYONE can have fun at an all-ages punk-rock show.