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26Nov/100

Fountain Square Music This Weekend

No shows at Radio Radio this weekend, so head over to the Vollrath tonight for The Brothers Gross, Biters, The Non-Believers, and The Downtown Struts tonight. Tomorrow, take in the Vibrating Velvet-Tones reunion with the Dockers. Otherwise, enjoy live jazz at Maria's Pizza tonight, live acoustic music at the Red Lion Grog House tomorrow, and live lounge music at the Brass Ring all weekend long.

25Nov/100

New IMN Podcast and Rev. Peyton Tickets

The new IMN podcast is up - download it or listen at the site or on WFYI HD2, Thursdays at 4pm and 10pm.

By the way, depending on when you read this post, you might still have a chance to win tickets to see the Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band tomorrow. Even though they lack a bassist, they're good folks. 🙂 Check out indianapolismusic.net for details.

19Nov/100

Fountain Square Music This Weekend

I could probably just stop the whole blog post with Tonic Ball tonight. Seriously - Radio Radio and the Fountain Square Theater, 33 or so acts, covering the Beatles for a good cause.

In fact, I think I will stop here.

Wait, there's Saturday, too. So might as well cover it all.

If you're not going to drink the Tonic tonight, check out Devil To Pay, Lo-Pan, Bulletwolf, and Devils of Belgrade tonight at the Vollrath. Tomorrow, there's Kenny Howes and Rotovox.

Radio Radio has Free Energy and Hollerado tomorrow.

And, of course, there's live jazz at Maria's Pizza tonight, live acoustic music at Red Lion Grog House tomorrow, and live lounge music at the Brass Ring all weekend long. Enjoy.

18Nov/100

New IMN Podcast – Plus More Podcasty Goodness!

The new IMN podcast is up - download it or listen at the site or on WFYI HD2, Thursdays at 4pm and 10pm.

Also in podcasty news, check out Vernon Reid talking with Ernie Isley about Jimi Hendrink right here. The Experience Hendrix tour wraps up with these folks in Indianapolis tomorrow, and this is a fascinating discussion. Download it two times.

16Nov/100

The Beatles on iTunes

I'm terribly glad the Beatles are finally on iTunes (just in time to pique interest in said music for Tonic Ball 9 in Fountain Square this Friday!)

So we can stop talking about it.

It's not like the Beatles weren't available to digital platforms before. You just ripped your CDs. And more CDs. Or bought a cute USB trinket and moved the files from there. Or even ripped that rare mono mix from a record and put it on whatever it is you wanted.

Seriously, this band has the most cultural penetration since certain unnamed deities. It's not like you couldn't get your fix. And it's all the same recordings - no new stuff or anything.

So it's more convenient now. Thank you. Those of you who want to buy, have at it, and good on you. But is this really going to more people to the iTunes platform? Probably not. The people who didn't want to go PROBABLY HAVE ALREADY HEARD ABOUT THE BEATLES. And used one of the MANY, MANY other outlets for music to get them.

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12Nov/100

Fountain Square Music This Weekend

Radio Radio has a huge weekend this weekend, and you should go to there. Tonight, check out Katie Todd, Carl Ray and the Loaners, and Amanda Lucas & Audrey Cecil. Tomorrow, there's a rare Vulgar Boatmen appearance with Marmoset. And finally, Sunday brings the Santorini Greek Kitchen Benefit featuring Born Again Floozies and Five Year Mission. Said benefit helps out the employees left temporarily jobless by the fire at the restaurant last month.

The Vollrath has a huge lineup this weekend, too. Things start off with The Kemps, Hero Jr., and Vacation Club tonight. Tomorrow, there's Veseria, Pleasure Loves Company, and Jethro Easyfields. Finally, Sunday brings in State Champion, Learner Dancer, and When We Might.

There's NOISE! pianoke at the White Rabbit Cabaret and live jazz at Maria's Pizza tonight, in addition to Swing Night at the Fountain Square Theater. Saturday, take in live acoustic music at the Red Lion Grog House. And there's live lounge music at the Brass Ring Lounge all weekend long. Enjoy!

11Nov/100

New IMN Podcast and the Future of Bass Guitar

The new IMN podcast is up - download it or listen at the site or on WFYI HD2, Thursdays at 4pm and 10pm.

I mentioned earlier my recent mass purchase of strings, and it looks like I bought too many, too soon. You see, they're going to be out-of-date soon. Gotta keep up with technology, and that means . . . plutonium bass strings. I, for one, welcome this brave new future and the radiation suits said future brings. I've been playing a lot of Fallout: New Vegas recently, so I'm sure I know how to handle the stuff with no problem. What could go wrong?

5Nov/100

Fountain Square Music This Weekend

Folks at Radio Radio are flinging CDs to the masses this weekend. Tonight, Tonos Triad celebrates their latest release with special guests Accordions. They're acoustic gypsy-jazz-folk. Andy D is not, so he celebrates the release of his new CD on Saturday with Beta Male and Gray Granite, who fall in line much better with his indie-party-rap stylings.

The Vollrath has Christian Taylor and Homeschool, Mamby Pamby, Hanz Bronze, Evanennis, and DJ Liarmouth tonight. Tomorrow, open stage. On Saturday. Yeah, I said it.

Big Car Gallery stages a huge benefit for Second Story's writing program with Freedy f'n Johnson Saturday night. That's a must-see, and it's for a good cause.

The White Rabbit Cabaret puts together a weekend full of music, kicking off this evening with Portland's March 4th Marching Band. Tomorrow, the more low-key Jascha, Three Vessels, and This City of Takers take the stage. Although, to be fair, it's terribly difficult to NOT be low-key compared to a marching band.

And of course, there's live jazz at Maria's Pizza tonight, live acoustic music at the Red Lion Grog House tomorrow, and live lounge music all weekend at the Brass Ring Lounge. Enjoy!

4Nov/102

New IMN Podcast and An Interesting Note on Buying Strings

The new IMN podcast is up - download it or listen at the site or on WFYI HD2, Thursdays at 4pm and 10pm.

So I dropped a ton of money on strings last weekend at a local shop, as I'm prone to do - like the shop (About Music in Broad Ripple, Indianapolis), like the owner, and I prefer to shop local whenever possible. Also, please note that does not mean that I'll ever be returning to a certain centrally-located music outlet, even if it has a "local" location. Yet, I always thought I was paying a bit of a premium going local when the Interwebs can return so many more deals and value from different sources. So, just out of curiosity, I priced my orders at three other online sources. Comparable results all around - one string-only retailer managed to come in about $10 less (before I factored in shipping, mind you), but the other two came in about $10 over (again, before shipping, if any). Just an anecdotal point that shopping local doesn't necessarily mean paying a premium. Shop around!

And the best part, of course, is putting the new strings on the bass. That plus some tweaks put my Jazz in PERFECT set-up. Pure joy.

3Nov/102

Setting Bass Pedal World Records

This is goofy fun - Owen Biddle of the Roots sets the world's record for most wah pedals used on a bass. At 2 - a bad cable prevented all 6 from being used. I'm sure that, at some point in the past, Doug Wimbish or Bootsy Collins may have unwittingly broken that mark, but the Universal Records Database was not there to verify. Therefore, let the arms race begin - let's start the chaining together of ever-more pedals. The end result? More effects for everyone! Not a bad thing.