Happy Halloween!

31 10 2008

Happy Halloween, everyone!  On this (one of my favorite holidays), I give you a SWEET video from my favorite scary Chicago punk band, Hot Lips Messiah.

By the way, if you’d like to check them out yourself, Hot Lips Messiah will be playing the Reeling Film Fest’s, Eat Your Brains Gay Zombie Night party on November 9, at the Lakeshore Theatre.

Posted by Garvey


An Horse, The Abbey Pub, 10.28.08

30 10 2008

This last Tuesday, I had the pleasure of seeing Australia’s An Horse perform at The Abbey Pub in Chicago.  Americans got their first equine experience when An Horse toured with Tegan and Sara last spring on their EP, Not Really Scared.  Since then, they have signed with new boutique label, Mom & Pop, and last week released their debut full length album, Rearrange Beds.  Currently they are touring across the country with Ohio Indie rocker, Jessica Lea Mayfield, and are converting American show-goers to horse lovers one show at a time.


Kate Cooper and Damon Cox rocked The Abbey Pub, to put it simply.  The unassuming pair bring an almost surprising energy to the stage when they play and their hilarious banter between songs helped to create a fun, comfortable environment.  Cooper is tiny in stature, but as soon as she hits the first note, her presence engulfs the stage.  I love their new album (will be reviewing it soon) and I love, love, love the lyrics that Kate Cooper writes.  By the end of the show, I was harboring a secret desire to sit down one on one with Cooper and hear her thoughts on everything in the world.  Instead, I went home and went to bed.




The only complaint that I had was that An Horse’s set was just too short.  I would’ve liked for them to play all night long, but when you only have 10 songs to your name, I guess that limits your show length.  They are touring with Mayfield through the end of November.  Definitely check them out if they hit a city near you (schedule below).





Oct. 30, 2008  8:00 PM   Mad Hatter           Covington, Kentucky

Nov. 1, 2008   8:00 PM   The Basement     Nashville, Tennessee

Nov. 2, 2008   8:00 PM   Local 506                Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Nov. 5, 2008   8:00 PM   Opolis                      Norman, Oklahoma

Nov. 6, 2008   8:00 PM   Rudyard’s               Houston, Texas

Nov. 7, 2008   8:00 PM   Hailey’s                    Denton, Texas

Nov. 11, 2008 8:00 PM  The Echo                 Los Angeles, California

Nov. 12, 2008 8:00 PM   The Independent   San Francisco, California

Nov. 14, 2008 8:00 PM   Kilby Court              Salt Lake City, Utah

Nov. 19, 2008 8:00 PM   Diesel                       Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Nov. 20, 2008 8:00 PM   The Wonder Bar   Asbury Park, New Jersey

Nov. 21, 2008 8:00 PM   Maxwell’s                Hoboken, New Jersey

Nov. 22, 2008 8:00 PM   The Bell House      Brooklyn, New York

 Posted by Garvey

Tom Gabel, Heart Burns

29 10 2008


Against Me! founder, front man, and songwriter Tom Gabel released his first solo album, Heart Burns, yesterday on Sire Records.  This seven song EP is a return to the folk-punk early days of Gabel and Against Me!, and the open honesty and passion in Gabel’s lyrics make this album one of my favorites of the year.  The glaringly overriding theme of the music is our current political and cultural climate and he writes with a combination of hope and frustration that actually moved me when listening.  One day into obsessively listening to this EP, my favorite tracks are Random Hearts, Cowards Sing At Night, Amputations, and 100 Years Of War.  Check it out, you will not be disappointed.


Posted by Garvey

MixTape Showdown: Week Two – Halloween!

27 10 2008

Week two of the MixTape Showdown features ghoulish Halloween mixes to terrify you, give you nightmares, and possibly make you pee your pants!!! Muwah ha ha ha ha!!!! Okay, not really. Just our version of Halloween music. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite! Loser has to eat skinned grapes, cold wet noodles, and raw pumpkin innards while blindfolded (we’re hardcore here at earbudz).

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MixTape Final Week One

26 10 2008

The polls have officially closed and our final numbers are in. Winning MixTape Showdown Week One by a very narrow margin…. (drum roll please)…. Garvey!!!!!!! On her win, Ms. Garvey had to say, “I have no idea what happened. I’m guessing some sort of hanging chads error…”

As previously stated, for losing the MixTape Showdown Week One, Cooper had to shotgun a beer and run down Halsted Street naked. It was a miraculous site. Here is a clip to give you an idea…

The mouse that is changing dance music.

26 10 2008

No it’s not Mickey or Danger, the genius behind the Grey album. It is Joel Zimmerman from Canada. The 27 year old goes by Deadmau5, pronounced dead mouse. In the course 18 months, he has changed a breed of music that has not had much new except the progression from vinyl to cds to computers. He says the age of the DJ is dying, but DJ’s from all genres love and drop his tunes, along with universal accolades. His tracks are called progressive house, trance, techno, electro, minimalist. It doesn’t matter what category you put them into, because his songs fill up the dance floor and make you bop your head.

He is not a DJ. He is a performer, donning a huge mouse head with strobe light eyes. He is a producer, remixing everyone from Kaskade to Daft Punk and recently released his first artist album, Random Album Title. He is a computer geek that works on complex algorithms to allow a platform to create his beats.

You can hear his style being copied by artists everywhere. Fueled by cases of regular Coke, he credits his crazy rate of production and progression from the drive to not be the same. Beatport.com lists dozens of tracks and remixes in a time span of less than two years. It was his tune Faxing Berlin, that has been downloaded more than any other track in the website’s history (over 30,000 times) that initially started the buzz that would lead him towards being named the artist and producer of the year for two years running.

Random Album Title (hmmm wonder if the acronym RAT is intentional?) is a smattering of his works and includes his two biggest singles to date, Faxing Berlin and Not Exactly, plus a song he did with Kaskade, I Remember. It is a nice package, but I recommend finding the singles you like and paying by the slice. His track Brazil (second edit) is a nice example of his progression.

I love electronica!!! My first forray into dance music was with BT and Everything But the Girl, in the middle 90’s. Admittedly, the stylings have not changed much, although Mr. BT was always a step ahead.  Deadmau5 seems to be the next generation. The first time I heard Faxing Berlin I was hooked. Some called his style 1/8th note, because it adds an extra bop. Whatever it is, dance music being turned on it’s big mau5 ear. 

On a sidenote: Deadmau5 is debuting a special Halloween version of the head, black with orange eyes. He is wrapping up the North American part of his tour in November. Set a trap and catch him if you can.  



posted by: cooper

Melissa Ferrick FWOL (fifty words or less)

26 10 2008

Caffeinated. Talented. Feisty, fidgety, fast strummer. Appreciates and advocates alliteration. Not as angry anymore. Has some great lyrics, but needs to talk less. Tiny body, big experiences. Recovering. Brave. Wish she could get her dream band together to give her more dimension and spread out her energy.


posted by: cooper