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Friday, October 30, 2009

C-Notes Is on Vacation

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 9:00 AM

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C-Notes is taking a little vacation for the next few days.

We're actually gonna be working on our totally awesome Halloween costume (hint: You like sexy? You like Star Wars? You like costumes that make you ask, "What the fuck is that?" Then, you're gonna love what we're going as this year), so we really don't have time to do any real work.

So open a few beers and have a happy Halloween.

See you on Monday.

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What to Do This Weekend: Dysrhythmia

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 8:20 AM

Given the almost institutional level of ADHD afflicting most music listeners these days, it takes a bold band to cater to that scattered attention span. Philly’s Dysrhythmia fold emo-core, prog-jazz and thrashing metal into an instrumental miasma that delivers its message on a purely musical level. Dysrhythmia’s three members — guitarist Kevin Hufnagel, bassist Colin Marston and drummer Jeff Eber — operate with almost supernatural intuition; the band’s success is clearly a product of the trio’s ability to create structured chaos. This amazing talent is woven deep into the fabric of the group’s latest album, Psychic Maps, a metal/jazz/prog/indie rock excursion that juxtaposes noise and melodicism, simplicity and complexity, and eccentricity and accessibility in ways that would make Robert Fripp smile. Prepare to be amazed. Keelhaul, Sikhara, Stats and Clan of the Cave Bear open at 8 p.m. Saturday at Now That’s Class (11213 Detroit Ave., 216.221.8576, myspace.com/nowthatsclass). Tickets: $5. — Brian Baker

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What to Do This Weekend: Atticus Tour 2009

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 8:18 AM

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Here’s a Halloween tip: Don some black eyeliner, yank out a hair straightener and act like the bands on the annual Atticus Tour are good. It’s shocking that Finch are still around: Their screamy, gritty music wasn’t particularly fresh or interesting when their debut album came out in 2002. Drop Dead Gorgeous, a post-hardcore band from Denver that sounds a lot like Underoath, recently released The Hot N’ Heavy, which sounds like its past two albums. At least their live show is worth checking out. Meanwhile, Phoenix screamo band Blessthefall is still reeling from its singer calling it quits after the release of its debut album. Let’s Get It are also on the bill. This show is gonna be loud and heavy, especially down in the obligatory mosh pit. And we bet at least one band member will show up in a Michael Jackson costume when they play Peabody’s (2045 E. 21st St., 216.776.9999, peabodys.com) at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.Tickets: $15 advance, $17 day of show. — Emily Zemler

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

WCSB Hosts Free Halloween Concert

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 2:52 PM

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You want to be really scared on Halloween? What’s scarier than a bunch of college-radio DJs and their fans? OK, not really — but still, the “first annual” Halloween Masquerade Ball being thrown by Cleveland State radio station WCSB 89.23 FM at Cleveland Public Theater at 9 p.m. Saturday sounds like a lot of fun — and it’s free.

For that great price, you get a five-band lineup with station DJs spinning between sets. And these aren’t just “show host has a friend in a band” type bands either. Three diverse Cleveland bands — dark, ambient Fragments, smartass one-man act Mr. California (songs include “The Butt Song” and “Retard”) and raw, punk-driven alternative rockers Sun God — will be joined by Indianapolis ’80s punk legends Zero Boys, playing one of their occasional reunion gigs, and My Dad Is Dead, the long-running project of former WCSB DJ and local alternative-rock pioneer Mark Edwards.

Like so many Clevelanders, it seems, Edwards has now relocated to North Carolina. That’s where he recorded his new album, A New Clear Route, his 13th full-length in his 23-year recording career as MDID. With drummer Scott Pickering and bassist Billy Buckley backing him up, and Brian Paulson (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo, Beck, Dinosaur Jr.) handling production and engineering, Edwards offers 11 new songs in a style that will be familiar to longtime MDID fans — tense, dry, sinewy instrumentals topped by his aching, unvarnished vocals with lyrics that make it sound like he’s working out his thoughts for the first time while he’s singing.

Opening track “Carolina Blue” addresses his relocation. “I’ve had good friends in Cleveland town but I never felt quite right/I miss them now but then the sun comes laughing out of night/Cleveland, good old Cleveland,” he sings, and “Cleveland city of struggle and decay, Cleveland/I still think of you every day.” On “Manifest,” he sings, “America’s rising up from its slumber,” and it sounds like he’s grappling to identify the current national zeitgeist, as he picks his way through thickets of wiry guitar chords. On “Walls” and “Map in a Box,” he gropes in the same way to define his own motivations — familiar territory for him. New Clear Route makes the most of the directness and lack of affectation, coupled with a keen sense of rock dynamics, that MDID has always been known for.

Go to mydadisdead.com for more info. Go to wcsb.org for more information on the Halloween show. —Anastasia Pantsios

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Black Keys Playing Benefit Show Thanksgiving Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 2:18 PM

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The Black Keys will be playing a benefit show the day after Thanksgiving at their hometown's best music club, Musica.

Even though the Akron duo have been doing their separate things for most of 2009 — singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach released a solo album at the beginning of the year, and drummer Patrick Carney started Drummer with a bunch of local musicians — they'll get together to play a tribute show for Alfred McMoore, a friend who passed away last month.

Auerbach and Carney are calling the November 27 show the Wild World of Alfred McMoore: A Multimedia Retrospective to Benefit Community Support Services — a tribute to McMoore's artwork, which will also be on display that night.

McMoore had some mental illnesses and was supported by Community Services. The Black Keys' show will benefit the organization.

Tickets for the concert go on sale Saturday here. There will also be more expensive tickets available that include a signed CD, a T-shirt and a meet-and-greet with the band.

You can find more info about the concert here. —Michael Gallucci

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Danzig Days: Thrash Thursday, Chuck Biscuits RIP

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 2:00 PM

The Misfits’ controversial swan song, 1982’s Earth A.D./Wolfsblood mini-LP, was a seminal moment in the convergence of hardcore and metal. It’s popular — except with Misfits fans and the people who made it.

The Misfits recorded the album while the band was collapsing. The group tracked the songs after a gig one night, blitzing through them and recording with SST engineer spot while songwriter Danzig slept. Danzig later took the tracks and mixed the album into a tsunami of feedback and distortion.

Longtime fans felt burned by the band’s departure from singalong, melodic material. The album is full of crossover tunes like “Death Comes Ripping” (above), with a couple slower tracks like “Bloodfeast” whose poignant power was hard to deny, even for skeptics.

Original Danzig band drummer Chuck Biscuits passed away last week, succumbing to cancer. He was considered one of the better punk percussionists and had played with Black Flag, Social Distortion, DOA and the Circle Jerks. He also contributed drum parts to Run-DMC’s Tougher Than Leather. Biscuits’ beats were the bedrock of Danzig’s early records — click here for “The Hunter” from the self-titled album. And click here to see him in action, playing the Samhain version of “Horror Biz,” followed by “The Hunter” live.

He was also way into cereal. RIP. —D.X. Ferris

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Little Kids Love Songs About Heroin, Right?

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 1:00 PM

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A copy of Rockabye Baby! Lullabye Renditions of Guns N' Roses just landed on my desk.

And yes, "Mr. Brownstone" — a song about how cool heroin is — is on there.

What the fuck are these people thinking? The Rockabye Baby series turns familiar pop and rock tunes into kid-friendly lullabies. It's supposed to be a way for "cool" parents to turn their kids on to good music (instead of having them listen to the crap that passes for children's music).

In theory, it's not really a good idea. Why not just let your kids hear the Beatles, the Beach Boys and U2? Do they really need to listen to these — as Rockabye refers to its releases — "blanket-soft lullabies"?

In practice, it's an even worse idea. Some of the releases have been curios for music fans. Radiohead, Pink Floyd and even Coldplay made for some interesting, if not exactly enjoyable, listens.

But the Metallica, Ramones, Nirvana and Led Zeppelin outings showed just how ill-advised this whole series is.

Yet none of the past releases can prepare you for the GNR album, which comes out on November 10.

Songs include "Welcome to the Jungle" (about how Los Angeles turns everyone who goes there into sluts and junkies), "Paradise City" (about a mythical land where girls get naked, and the booze and drugs flow freely) and "Mr. Brownstone" (about heroin addiction sung from the point of view of someone who sees nothing wrong with shooting thousands of dollars worth of soul- and life-sucking junk into their veins).

Sweet dreams, kids! —Michael Gallucci

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