Archive for August, 2006


Decibully & Gentleman Auction House

August 29, 2006

Gentleman Auction House at The Lot/photo: Jim Courrier

It’s no secret that I have much love for Gentleman Auction House, who played a great set at The Lot last weekend and are playing with Milwaukee’s Decibully at the Hi-Pointe tonight, which will also serve as one of your last opportunities to go to the Hi-Pointe, which is closing next weekend (see previous post). During their performance at the Lot (I will have lots of pictures of it for you in the near future), GAH told the crowd that their debut EP will be coming out in the next month or so. In the meantime, here is an mp3 of the one song that they have widely circulated, and a few from Decibully:

Gentleman Auction House – Everyone Has Taken Their Hat Off But You (Speak Up)
Decibully – Penny, Look Down
Decibully – Tables Turn


R.I.P. The Hi-Pointe

August 25, 2006

According to about five myspace bulletins in the last four minutes, the wonderful Hi-Pointe is closing its doors next weekend.

In their words:

Hi folks,

We’re sorry to report that the Hi-Pointe Cafe will be closing its doors forever after Labor Day weekend due to the recent sale of the building. Unless something changes, the last night we will be open will be Sunday September 3rd.

From Lisa Andris:
‘When I fell into the crazy world of the Hi-Pointe (just four months after its inception and transformation from an “old school” old man bookie joint, to a late ’80s post-new wave hangout) my beloved son Brian had just gotten his first tooth. It is a bittersweet irony that I bid the Hi-Pointe adieu the same week that I dropped that amazing young man off at college. Both journeys (raising my boy and being fortunate enough to have been the matron of madness at the Hi-Pointe for just shy of two decades) have transformed and enriched my life more than I could ever express. Where in the world does one begin where saying goodbye to the Hi-Pointe is concerned?! To all of the thousands of bands that have graced our stage both local and national we thank you and feel honored to have been a part of your sojourn through the sometimes frustrating but always impassioned rock and roll experience. From the fried chicken-flinging Southern Culture on the Skids (my personal fave) to the moving, angst-ridden beauty of Queens of the Stone Age, to the oftentimes once-reheased “barely out of the garage” eighth grade four piece band, we thank and salute you. To the Monday Night Hip Hop crew who livened up the night of the week most likely to be mundane and humdrum (tell a friend to tell a friend), we thank you. Bonnie and Phil will surely miss serving up those 22 oz. Coronas! To the thousands of colorful characters that have drifted through the front door, whether just once to see a friend’s band or those of you that were family, that came in night after night, you will be missed more than you will ever be able to imagine. Much love and thanks to the happy hour coots who held down the fort and kept it real night after night and put me in my place when I DARED to replace a clock, change a wall color or do anything that could’ve changed that funky, divey vibe everyone grew to love. To those of you who fell in love at the bar, met your lifelong soul mate at the bar, got engaged at the bar, had your wedding party at the bar, thank you and keep us in your hearts always. To Beatle Bob, love him or hate him, thanks for the memories and for the hundreds of shows you attended. For those of you that tracked through snow, rain, or power outages just to share a laugh and a brew with us, thank you. To a few regulars and one former employee who left this world way too early were glad you shared your time in the universe with us. To Brian Henneman for 7 or 8 (we’ve all lost track) consecutive Christmas nights that will hold a special place in my heart forever, thank you. To all of the music agents and independent promoters who took a leap of faith in our less-than-perfect venue, thank you. For all of the soundmen who have surely lost hearing and or mental stability trying to mix that abominable concrete echo chamber, we thank you. To the ghosts and spirits that have scared and delighted us with their hauntings and antics we will miss you too (no, I’m not kidding!). And now here comes the hard part, the employees. I will never ever be able to express how much you’ve all enriched my life. From 1987 to the present, I have met some of the most amazing and interesting people imaginable. The amount of talent, humor, intellect, spirit, courage, charm and individuality of the couple of hundred people I’ve been lucky enough to employ over the years is something I will never be able to fully describe or duplicate in this lifetime. Thank you for your talents, passion and commitment to the time you spent at the Hi-Pointe. I am honored to have been in your company. Where my present staff is concerned, I love you and always will and for what it’s worth you’ll always be my family (a bit dysfunctional perhaps, but what the hell!). So it is with great sadness and gratitude that I wish you all a very heartfelt goodbye, it’s been the most amazing ride ever and one that I don’t expect to duplicate in this lifetime. Oh and by the way, “WE STILL DON’T CARE WHAT YOU WANT TO HEAR!”

Love and Kisses forever,
Lisa Andris’

Now, the real question is – where’s the Man Man show going to take place?

This is just ridiculous — in the past year and a half three of the coolest places for live music in St. Louis have shut down – the Hi-Pointe, Frederick’s Music Lounge, and the Rocket Bar. Throw in the Creep Crawl moving from it’s classic Tucker locale and into a sterilized, bad sounding room and the fact that the majority of “cool” bars that have opened recently and appeal to the rock’n’roll crowd – The Royale and the new Atomic Cowboy – do not feature live music, we have a problem. I guess Off Broadway and The Way Out Club are really going to have to pick up the slack.

Or I could open my dream bar. If you fund it, I’ll run it. Deal?


The Lot

August 25, 2006

The day is finally here! Tomorrow is the 2006 Lot Music Festival. For the second year in a row, I am involved with this event and this year, I picked about 90% of this year’s performers (notice the wiggle room I left myself in case you don’t like one of them?). We have expanded the lineup this year to include 8 mainstage bands from last year’s 6. I may be a little biased, but I think this year’s lineup is the best one we’ve had yet.

The event takes place from 4:00 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. on Saturday August 26, 2006 (that’s tomorrow!) in the Schlafly Tap Room parking lot in downtown St. Louis, on Locust, between 21st and 22nd streets.

The event is FREE and ALL AGES.

We’ve gotten some nice press, too – read about it here and here.

Here’s the lineup:

Also appearing will be: Mound City Benders, Rebecca Ryan, Typewriter Tim, Aalim Belly Dancers, Capoeira Brasil of St. Louis, Firethrowers and Joia.

You can listen to music from these bands at the Lot myspage. Or you could just download them right here, so you can memorize all the lyrics and sing along with all the bands at the event tomorrow.

Gentleman Auction House – Everyone Has Taken Their Hat Off But You (Speak Up)
Magnolia Summer – Habitrail
Magnolia Summer – Once in a While
Magnolia Summer – Sink or Swim
Tight Pants Syndrome – Your Buzz Is Safe With Me
Tight Pants Syndrome – Your Love Is Hot
Tight Pants Syndrome – Seducer
Shame Club – Rivas Gunna
Mound City Benders – Saddle Up


Split Lip Rayfield

August 24, 2006

Split Lip Rayfield is playing at Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room tonight with St. Louis’ very own The Monads. This will likely be Split Lip Rayfield’s final St. louis show, as their guitarist has cancer and, having given up on chemo, decided to go out swinging, doing the thing he loves most – playing live music. The Wichita band’s music could be best described as bluegrass punk; they feature a guitar, banjo and one string, gas tank bass guitar strung with weed whacker line, for God’s sake.

This is from the band’s press release:
“For those not familiar with this ill-fated turn of events, Kirk Rundstrom, the guitar player for the aggressive bluegrass outfit Split Lip Rayfield, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer this past February ( or for further information). Although his treatment has unfortunately been unsuccessful thus far and thecancer has spread, Kirk has decided that music is what makes him truly happyand wants to head out to do a few last tours in SLR’s key markets – [St. Louis] being one of them. He’s opted to quit doing chemo since doctors don’texpect it to cure him and also because it ultimately makes him feel worse. However, he is still trying alternative therapies and is not giving up thefight. Since quitting chemo, he actually feels better and stronger, has been exercising and practicing regularly with Jeff, Eric and Wayne and he and the boys are excited to put everything they’ve got into these last shows. If you are familiar with Split Lip Rayfield, you’ll know that Wayne coming back for these last dates is a pretty big deal as well. Despite the harsh reality of this situation, Kirk wants his fans to know the truth and really wants to blow these tours out of the water if it’s the last thing he does by getting the word out that these are their final tours.”

So there you go. You have to go.

Here are some mp3’s to sweeten the deal:

Split Lip Rayfield – Never Make It Home
Split Lip Rayfield – Love Please Come Home
Split Lip Rayfield – All I Got
The Monads – Not Quite Dead


Man Man

August 23, 2006

Philadelphia band Man Man is playing at the Hi-Pointe on September 20, 2006 with fellow Philadelphians Coyote. Man Man’s performances are not to be missed– they played a set at last month’s Pitchfork Festival that received great reviews. The most common musical comparison to Man Man is Captain Beefheart, but you can make your own conclusions after listening the mp3’s below and watching some video of one of their live performances.

Man Man – 10lb Moustache
Coyote – Half the Time
Coyote – White Fox

This is Man Man performing “Zebra.” The sound quality isn’t great, but it gives you an idea of what their live performances are like.


Tapes ‘n Tapes

August 21, 2006

WHOA, Hot Damn! Tapes ‘n Tapes are playing at the Creepy Crawl on Wednesday, October 20. It’s about time these blog dahlings made their way through St. Louis. You will definitely want to check them out. Their song, “Insistor” is currently safely among my top 5 songs of 2006.

Tapes ‘n Tapes – Insistor
Tapes ‘n Tapes – Cowbell
Tapes ‘n Tapes – Omaha
Tapes ‘n Tapes – Beachgirls
Tapes ‘n Tapes – 50’s Parking
Tapes ‘n Tapes – Icedbergs

Here’s their video for “Insistor”:


Kings of Leon & The Stills

August 18, 2006

Kings of Leon

The Stills

I completely missed the fact that Kings of Leon are playing at Pop’s with the The Stills on Thursday, September 7. They are limiting tickets to 200 sold, though, so get on it. Tickets went on sale today.

Kings of Leon – The Bucket
Kings of Leon – Molly’s Chambers

You can download The Stills’ performance from NPR’s World Cafe at B(oot)log


Walkie Talkie USA

August 15, 2006

Walkie Talkie USA is the new band from Jason Hutto (ex-Phonocaptors, Sexicolor), Jimmy Griffin (ex-Nadine), Bryan Hoskins, Jordan Heimburger, and Joe Meyer. They got a great write-up in the Riverfront Times and have gotten mentions on other St. Louis blogs (here). The band is playing its first show TONIGHT at Off Broadway with Bunnygrunt and Sex Robots (see my recent post on them here).

Walkie Talkie U.S.A. – Devil Dogs
Walkie Talkie U.S.A. – Shoot Me Down
Walkie Talkie U.S.A. – Earth to You
Bunnygrunt – Me and My Vampire Friends


Of Montreal

August 14, 2006

Of Montreal is playing at Mississippi Nights tonight with The Minders. The show promises to be a blast. I saw them last March (or was it February?) at the Gargoyle, and it was a sold-out night of completely high energy, costume-changing, cover-song goodness. You don’t even have to know Of Montreal’s songs to enjoy one of their shows.

Here’s some footage of them covering Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy”, which is apparently the hip new thing for the kids to do this summer:

Even though you’ll have fun without knowing their songs, here are some MP3’s so you can be well prepared:

Of Montreal – Requiem for O.M.M.2
Of Montreal – Wraith Pinned To The Mist (and other games)
Of Montreal – Disconnect the Dots
Of Montreal – Lysergic Bliss
Of Montreal – Know Your Onion (Shins cover)
Of Montreal – Penelope

The band is also releasing Satanic Twins, a limited release album featuring remixes of six songs from their latest CD, The Sunlandic Twins and remixes of six songs from Satanic Panic in the Attic on August 22. The release will be limited to digital downloads and 2000 copies of it on vinyl. You can stream the entire album here.


So Many Dynamos

August 10, 2006

St. Louis’ very own palindrome-happy So Many Dynamos (see their myspace page here) got a great review from the mighty windy-city tastemakers at Pitchfork earlier this week for their upcoming album, Flashlights.

I’ve been a fan of this band since their debut EP, Are We Not Drawn Onward To New Era?. It was evident then that SMD followed the Dismemberment Plan step by step, but they did it so well and with such conviction, as evidenced on such songs as “Airtight” and “This Can Be Useful In Rocketry,” that it was OK. In a town of Uncle Tupelo knock-offs and Nuggets-worshippers, this was a nice change of pace.

With the release of 2005’s When I Explode, the band expanded their sound a little, but the Dismemberment plan/Q and Not U/Les Savy Fav comparisons were still too obvious to ignore. There was something about that album that held it back from holding my attention as well as the EP had – was it the dry production values, the excessive use of noise for noise’s sake, or the fact that the band seemed extremely self-conscious of its position in its chosen genre? I don’t know.

…But I do know that their new CD, Flashlights, sounds just great. Their sound has opened up considerably and the production is much warmer. The band is monster touring machine — something only a few St. Louis-based bands can boast of — so they are likely to come through your town in the coming months. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like they have any St. Louis shows lined up anytime soon, so you’ll just have to do with these mp3’s:

From Flashlights:
So Many Dynamos – Search Party
So Many Dynamos – In Every Direction
So Many Dynamos – In Our Sleep

From When I Explode:
So Many Dynamos – Heat/Humidity

From Are We Not Drawn Onward To New Era?:
So Many Dynamos – Airtight
So Many Dynamos – This Can Be seful In Rocketry

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