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Friday, December 23, 2011

Holiday hip hopera

Posted By on Fri, Dec 23, 2011 at 7:00 AM

Remember when we thought there would only be five chapters?
  • Remember when we thought there would only be five chapters?

NUVO Music is out for the holidays. Where are we? Cruising with R. Kelly. Okay, that was a bit misleading. I'm not actually cruising with R. Kelly, but you can. He'll be on the Love Letter Cruise, a private party featuring his first ever performance at sea. En route to the Bahamas and jamming to "Ignition (Remix)?" Sounds like a plan to me.

It's been a big week for R. Kelly, who announced just yesterday that he's written an additional 32 chapters to his magnum opus "Trapped in the Closet." He's currently searching for a financial backer, and then his glorious rhymes (including the absolutely astonishing cliffhanger ending to Chapter 9, "Now pause the movie cause what I'm about to say to y'all is so damn twisted/not only is there a man in his cabinet, but the man is a midget! Midget! Midget! Midget!)" can be set free.

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Don't Miss: Indy CD & Vinyl

Posted By on Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 1:28 PM

'Twas the week before Christmas, when all through the city
People still had to shop for their presents, oh what a pity

Excuse my extremely lame parody (and for a much better rendition, check out our cover story). Missed our Don't Miss feature last week? Never fear; Indy CD & Vinyl has crafted a holiday gift guide for the music lover in your life. Below, ten picks from the Broad Ripple store to make your holiday shopping a dream. All selections are from the Indy CD and Vinyl staff. Call them for holiday hours.

1. White Stripes Seven-inch Singles - “Third Man Records releases out of print White Stripes 7" singles including a cover version of Dolly Parton's "Jolene" and a special "Merry Christmas From...The White Stripes" which includes the b-side "Story Of The Magi/Silent Night." These 7" records make a perfect gift for Jack White/White Stripes/Dead Weather fans.”

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2. Beastie Boys Colored Seven-inch - “As recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, the Beastie Boys have issued several live and demo versions of songs on 7" vinyl from their classic album, Paul's Boutique. Many of these 7" records contain instrumental and remix versions of their anthems and would compliment any party.”

3. Clams Casino - Instrumentals LP - “Amazing new hip hop producer that has created beats for Soulja Boy and Lil B. The instrumentals are so dense that they stand strong without their vocal track accompaniment. After hearing these tracks, you'll no doubt understand the hype around this beat maker.”

4. Black Keys - El Camino - “The Black Keys issue their latest album just in time for the holidays, and this one is bound to make it on many year's end Best Of lists. This album is filled with signature guitar riffs and soul-drenched choruses. It has become hard to keep this album on the shelves, and deservedly so.”


5. Brand New - Your Favorite Weapon LP - “Brand New's debut album gets reissued for its 10th year anniversary on vinyl and makes the perfect gift for fans reminiscing the days of bitter breakups and post-relationship angst.”

6. Beatles Seven-inch Box Set - “Four picture sleeve vinyl singles including "Ticket To Ride," "Yellow Submarine," "Hey Jude" and "Something" come with this box set that also includes a 21" x 21" poster of the fab four and a 45 adapter. This Record Store Day box set is very limited and would be a great gift for any Beatle fanatic.”

7. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming - “M83's latest double album is chock-full of gorgeous and gripping tracks that Pitchfork described as a "transmission from a fantasy world." Current M83 fans will not be disappointed with this epic release while perking the ears of new fans.”

8. I Break Horses - Hearts - “A wonderful debut album from Swedish duo Maria Linden and Fredrick Balck that echoes the days of British shoegaze music. This genre continually celebrates hanging, whispered vocals and also adds elements of pulsating synths and driving beats.”

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9. Bob Dylan Seven-inch Box Set - “Four picture sleeve vinyl singles including "Subterranean Homesick Blues," "Like A Rolling Stone," "Positively 4th Street" and "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?" come with this box set that also includes a sticker. This Record Store Day box set is very limited and would make a great gift for any Dylan fan.”

10. Adele - Live At The Royal Albert Hall - “This two disc set includes a DVD and a CD of Adele's live performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London and includes behind the scenes footage. 2011 was a great year for Adele with her smash hit album 21, and this performance captures her rise to stardom.”

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Listen Up: New music from Jaecyn Bayne

Posted By on Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Jaecyn Bayne
  • Jaecyn Bayne

Jaecyn Bayne has dropped "Crack Music," a brand-new track from his upcoming album Audio Therapy: The Album.

With guests Fred the Godson, Styles P, Bronze Nazareth, Canibus and Keith Murray, along with producers Streetrunner, Bronze Nazareth, Seany D, J. French and more, expect a high-quality full-length from this master collaborator and Owl Studios artist.

I asked Bayne what listeners could expect from his upcoming release.

"[They can expect] relatable, real-life music, songs that the everyday person can identify with. Not everybody understands that hip-hop/rock-star lifestyle. And we artists don't live that life everyday. My album explains that - the civilian side of artistry."

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Super Bowl Village performers announced

Posted By on Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Thanks for coming, Bret.
  • Thanks for coming, Bret.

We'll keep this short and sweet, with a list of local, national and international performers (we're looking at you, Edwin McCain) that will grace our fair city. There will be two stages in the Super Bowl Village, which is a free, family-friendly area cordoned off downtown. Updates to the story are forthcoming.

Verizon Stage (Pennsylvania and Georgia Streets)

Big Head Todd and the Monsters
Bret Michaels
Corey Cox
Darius Rucker
Dierks Bentley
Edwin McCain
En Vogue
Fitz & the Tantrums
Here Come The Mummies
IU's Straight No Chaser
Morris Day and the Time
Patti LaBelle
Railroad Earth
Sixpence None the Richer
Umphrey's McGee
Will Hoge

Pepsi Stage (Meridian and Georgia Streets)

Bashiri Asad
Blackberry Jam
Born Again Floozies
Carson Diesing
Cynthia Layne
DJ Limelight
DJ Rusty
Gentleman Alphonse
Greta Speaks
Healing Sixes
Hero, Jr.
Hunter Smith Band
Indy's Legends of Doo Wop
Jenny DeVoe
John Spencer
Living Proof
Lynda Sayyah
Max Allen Band
Otis Gibbs
Red Wanting Blue
Stereo Deluxe
The Last Good Year
The Meatball Band
Twin Cats

Ah, Super Bowl planners. You have rounded up the weirdest group of performers. Cheers to all of the local people featured on both stages!

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A Barfly Christmas Carol

Posted By on Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 7:00 AM

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Barfly's adventure with Jesus takes him to Second Helpings and the Mousetrap, among other festive locations.

By Wayne Bertsch

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Some Very Standard Christmases

Posted By on Sat, Dec 17, 2011 at 7:00 AM

A Very Standard Christmas
  • A Very Standard Christmas

Let's all climb into our time machines and travel back to 2006, when we all weren't entirely fed up with Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You." Take a listen to Standard Recording's Christmas compilation (for free!) and travel back to a time when Mariah was queen. Luckily, (most of) these local bands are still around and just as merry.

1. BIGBIGCar - All I Want For Christmas (Is You)
2. Everything, Now! - Jesus Christ/Nuclear War
3. Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band - Plasma for Christmas
4. More Animals of the Arctic - I Tell Lies
5. Red Queen Hypothesis - Crockpot Barbeque
6. This Story - Themes From Christmas
7. Elephant Micah - Jesus Christ
8. Arrah and The Ferns - Merry Christmas, Not X-Mas
9. Harley Poe - It's Christmas Time Again
10. Everthus the Deadbeats - Deadbeat Christmas
11. Chad Serhal - When the First Snow Comes
12. Dean Plays Hardball - Little Retail Boy

Check out Standard Recording's other Christmas compilations as well.

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Friday, December 16, 2011

A Hometapes Christmas present

Posted By on Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Hometapes' holiday compilation
  • Hometapes' holiday compilation

I'll be posting about Christmas music (and cows, which are appropriate for all holidays) all day today. I just stumbled upon Portland-based label Hometapes' Christmas mixtape, which they are offering for free. If you feel like you should pay something for this majestic mix of holiday tracks from Hometapes' label, all proceeds go to Heifer International. Heifer International provides livestock or agricultural training to help end world hunger.

Tracks include:

1.Collections of Colonies of Bees - Jolly Olde St. Nicholas
2.Doug Paisley - Winter Days
3.Matt White - Mary Had A Baby
4.Zorch - Last Christmas
5.Ormonde - Angels We Have Heard On High
6.Ape School - Cold, Cold Christmas
7.Andrew Fitzpatrick - Toyland
8.CYNE - Boxing Day
9.Breathe Owl Breathe - Snow Blow
10.Roberto C. Lange - Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
11.Jon Mueller - Hallelujah
12.Slaraffenland - Feliz Navidad
13.The Caribbean - What Child Is This
14.Brad Laner & Lauren Kinney - Numen Lumen
15.Sunless - Here Come Those Bells
16.Oh! Pears - It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
17.Jon Minor & Jim Schoenecker - Happy Xmas (War Is Not Over)
18.Leverage Models - Celebrant
19.All Tiny Creatures - Deck The Halls (Mannheim Steamroller Cover) 04:49
20.Shedding - There's Always Tomorrow 02:00
21.Keith Sunset - Star Shepherds 05:31

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Jazz for cows

Posted By on Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 1:55 PM

If you watch one video today, please make it this absolutely delightful rendition of "When the Saints Go Marching In"... for cows. And let me tell you, they appreciate it: I've never seen such a rapt audience.

The players are from The New Hot 5, a New Orleans-style jazz band based in Utah.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Joyful Noise's flexi-disc series

Posted By on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Does everyone have their required Duran Duran flexi-disc?
  • Does everyone have their required Duran Duran flexi-disc?

Indianapolis label Joyful Noise wants you to join their club. Their flexi-disc club, that is. Their monthly flexi-disc subscription will get you an exclusive new release from (drumroll) Of Montreal, Deerhoof, Tortoise, Akron/Family, Lou Barlow, Richard Swift and many more. And (not to be overly sales-pitchy), the subscription is only $4 per month. I don't know about you, but I love getting mail (I even tweet the best things I get in the mail every day). Receiving these flexi-discs in my mailbox would be just delightful.

What is a flexi-disc, you may ask? It is a very thin, flexible vinyl record, manufactured in the pre-CD-R days. They were used for giveaways and often packaged with magazines or books. National Geographic gave a flexi-disc of whale noises away in 1979. The Beatles gave them to their fan club every Christmas. While almost all production of flexi-discs halted in the late '90s, they are recently being produced again. Decibel magazine includes one in their issues. And now, Joyful Noise (no stranger to unorthodox recording formats) is bringing them back.

So, join the JFR Flexi-Disc Series and hear brand-spankin' new tracks from some indie heavy hitters. Be warned:All releases have a strict limit of 500 copies, and these tracks will not be made available digitally.

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Jazz Notes: David Baker, Heather Ramsey, more

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Local legend David Baker turns 80 this month.
  • Local legend David Baker turns 80 this month.

'Tis the season. Jazz lovers will be offered a variety of holiday events this season at both ends of the social and financial spectrum.

The annual Indianapolis Jazz Foundation's Holiday Showcase is now at the Jazz Kitchen on Wednesday, December 14. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and music starts at 6:30 p.m., featuring Jesse Wittman Trio. One of the major events during the IJF's Holiday Showcase is its induction of local musicians into its Jazz Hall of Fame.

The 2011 inductees are Alan Burke, piano/organ; Carl Hines, piano; Gene Markiewicz, drums; Gary Walters, piano; and Steve Weakley, guitar.

"Celebrating the Indy Jazz Legends" will be the theme of this year's IJF Holiday Showcase with guest artists performing. Scholarships will be awarded to four outstanding college jazz studies music students. A silent auction will be held in the banquet room of the Jazz Kitchen, and food and drinks will be available from the Jazz Kitchen's award winning menu. Admission is $20.

On Saturday, December 17, the Crispus Attucks Museum invites the community to attend the Museum's year-end Holiday Jazz Celebration from 3 to 5 p.m. This event is free of charge and features legendary Indy jazz pianist Carl Hines with fresh interpretations of your holiday favorites and complimentary dining. An RSVP is required for this free and open to the public event due to limited seating.

The event is the Crispus Attucks Museum's way of saying "thank you" for a year of jazz celebration. To RSVP, call 317-226-2435.

On Sunday, December 18, the Buselli Wallarab Jazz Orchestra presents its holiday show featuring the rich baritone voice of Everett Greene at the Jazz Kitchen. The BWJO will perform selections from Duke Ellington's innovative rendition of the Nutcracker suite.

Shows are at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Admission is $25.

On Monday, December 19, some of Indy's finest gospel performers will perform an exciting Holiday Gospel Showcase at the Jazz Kitchen. The show is directed by jazz drummer Kenny Phelps. It features soulful modern gospel renditions of holiday favorites. Performances are at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Admission is $12.

On Wednesday, December 21, a special black tie event will be held at the Jazz Kitchen. The Indy Jazz Fest, Owl Studios, Maribeth Smith and Associates, The Indianapolis Jazz Foundation, American Pianist Association, Mark Sheldon and the jazz community will celebrate the 80th birthday of Indianapolis native and living jazz legend Dr. David Baker.

Dr. Baker, who founded and led Indiana University's Jazz Studies program to a prestigious national and international reputation, will be honored by generations of jazz musicians who studied under his tutelage. An evening of special music programs under the direction of Brent Wallarab will feature the compositions of Dr. Baker by the BWJO, The David Linard Trio and the American Pianist Association's finalist Zach Lapidus will perform.

The event requires an RSVP and black tie attire. Admission is $125 per person. The evening includes cocktail reception and a buffet dinner. Donations will be accepted for the IU Foundation for the inaugural David Baker Scholarship. Contact the Jazz Kitchen to RSVP.

The sounds of the season are superbly represented in vocalist Heather Ramsey's new holiday CD Peace Like a River. The collaborative efforts of Ramsey and Monika Herzig's piano and arrangements are scintillating. The title track of Amy Grant's "Peace Like a River" is a gospel rouser featuring a children's choir of Ramsey's students from her music school. Herzig's arrangements lift Ramsey to a soulful shouting performance. The musical textures are diverse, and include guest appearances by trumpeter Mark Buselli, violinist Carolyn Dutton, guitarist Peter Kniele and saxophonist Tom Clark. The tunes are holiday secular; Ramsey creates a responsive performance to Herzig's arrangements.

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Soundcheck: Ultraviolet Holiday Spectacular

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 10:54 AM

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It's the first full week of cold weather in Indianapolis, but there are plenty of warm, cozy venues to snuggle up in. So bundle up, grab a warm drink and see any of these awesome shows. We'll be at the Flannelgraph Records' Holiday Spectacular, but any of these are a sure bet for a great (warm) night.


Guns N' Roses
Aching for the '80s? Never fear — the hard rocking Hollywooders are coming to Conseco for one more head-bang. The performance will be their first Indiana appearance in 19 years. See our interview with Guns N' Roses for more.

Heather Ramsey
Since going solo in 2008, Heather Ramsey has succeeded in establishing herself as a gospel-tinged vo-jazz diva. The Grasscreek, In. native writes her own soulful ballads, and this season, Ramsey and her band are presenting work from her latest album, Peace Like A River. See our Jazz Notes for more.

Flannelgraph's Record Holiday Benefit Spectacular
This show features performances by Sleeping Bag, Wet Blankets, Drekka, She Does Is Magic, New Terrors, Tim Felton and Frank Schweikhardt. Flannelgraph has just released their second holiday compilation, entitled The Holidays Don't Have To Be So Rotten, Vol II. Proceeds from the show and sale of the album benefit Stepping Stones and the Monroe County Red Cross. Stepping Stones offers transitional housing for young adults in Bloomington, IN.


Melismatics and Vaudevileins
The Minnesotans Melismatics have just signed with Chicago indie label Pravda Records. They return to Indianapolis for the second time this year to play with the Vaudevileins, Chicagoans who mix prog and pop rock.

Gamma Pulse, Indian City Weather, Forevermore
The Alliance Agency presents a night of all ages music at the Hoosier Dome. Electronic hardcore group Gamma Pulse will be playing their last show of the year, as well as hosting an after party. Many of the bands on this bill have crossed genres and created their own unique sound combining metalcore, folk, indie, hip hop, and electronica. Those attending should plan to dance, mosh, and dance a bit more throughout the evening.

Eddie Brill
Warm-up comedian and talent coordinator of the Late Show with David Letterman, Brill most recently made a documentary film debut at the Heartland Film Festival's “Dying to Do Letterman.” He's received the MAC Award for Best Male Comedian in NYC three years running, but he doesn't just stay in the Big Apple. He tours worldwide frequently. Now, he's in Indy for the weekend to perform.

Chris Isaak
Chris Isak is rocking into his 50s. After his songs made appearances on multiple David Lynch soundtracks in the late '80s, Isak's fame began to escalate. Now, twenty years later, Isak has become an actor himself. He's made appearances in over twenty films and television shows.


Mash Up Monthly
Four See Entertainment and 8729 Records have joined forces to help unite the local music scene in Indianapolis. The two local companies, owned and operated mostly by members of the local hip-hop scene, have collaborated to bring all genres of music to the forefront of the community. This month's acts include The Martianz, Son of Thought, Grey Granite & Freddie Bunz, Soup or Villainz, Dying Breed and DJ Txtbook for an evening of genre-mixing and booty shaking. See our Don't Miss picks from FourSee Entertainment for more.

They've Shot Flanigan Release Party
They've Shot Flanigan is releasing The Outlaw and the $10 admission includes a complimentary copy of that album. Free beer and wine has been donated, compliments of sponsors Fountain Square Brewery and the Brass Ring Lounge. They've Shot Flanigan has been making music in Indy for almost a decade; this new record is a concept album about the life and death of gunslinging cowboy.

Community Drumming Circle
The Community Drumming Circle is a weekly event at the Eiteljorg Museum taught by Tony Showa. Come shake off the stress of the week with this sweat lodge and pow wow leader and drum maker. The only cost is admission to the museum.

Ultraviolet Hippopotamus
Progressive rockers Ultraviolet Hippopotamus are touring their third album, Square Peg Round Hole. Fellow musician Michael Travis of the String Cheese Incident said, of UH, “There are some wonderfully introspective and finely crafted songs that truly caught my ear and showed a wonderful depth of character and insightful song-writing sense.”


Fishbone? Fishbone! I think this show will drum up a bit of extra interest because of the recent Roots' cover/Michele Bachmann/Jimmy Fallon debacle. Nerdy music fact: John Cusack was actually blashing Fishbone out of the stereo in “Say Anything.” Peter Gabriel's “In Your Eyes” was added later. If it's good enough for John Cusack, it's good enough for me.


Alabama Shakes
This Athens, AL native band mix funk and soul to create their sound. The Alabama Shakes, who sound like they have been around for years, are a must see. See our feature on Alabama Shakes for more.

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Friday, December 2, 2011

One Shot: Laura K Balke

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Singer songwriter Laura K Balke
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  • Laura K Balke

Singer-songwriter Laura K Balke released her album Rumors & Legends at the Earth House on Nov. 19th.

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