Sunday, September 28, 2008

Introducing Matt Schwartz, The Man Behind Pacifico


When I was a senior in high school, I went to go see Calibretto (formerly Calibretto 13) in Marietta, GA (a suburb of Atlanta) at this venue Swayze’s. I had just fallen in love with shooting and editing videos, and when I heard the local opener, Pacifico, I knew I wanted to do a music video for them. Nearly five years later, I’m now interviewing one of the members.

Perry Farrell

 

Save the Complaints For a Party Conversation, Cause We Dont Want to Pay For It 

When I caught up with The more I’ve talked to bands over the years, the more I hear that they hate the road. I’ve had bands tell me touring loses its appeal when it becomes your job and not just a passion you have to supplement with forty hours a week of waiting tables to support. As a touring musician, that’s a hard thing for me to believe, though I’ve always been on the other side of the tracks. But, if anyone would know about the difference between being poor and on the road and being a rather prosperous touring artist, Perry Farrell would. When I caught up with him backstage last week, he shared his thoughts on touring; the early days in Los Angeles, and a unique insight on what it took to get him where he is today.him backstage last week, he shared his thoughts on touring; the early days in Los Angeles, and a unique insight on what it took to get him where he is today.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Perry Farrell Interview

 

Save the Complaints For a Party Conversation, Cause We Dont Want to Pay For It 

When I caught up with The more I’ve talked to bands over the years, the more I hear that they hate the road. I’ve had bands tell me touring loses its appeal when it becomes your job and not just a passion you have to supplement with forty hours a week of waiting tables to support. As a touring musician, that’s a hard thing for me to believe, though I’ve always been on the other side of the tracks. But, if anyone would know about the difference between being poor and on the road and being a rather prosperous touring artist, Perry Farrell would. When I caught up with him backstage last week, he shared his thoughts on touring; the early days in Los Angeles, and a unique insight on what it took to get him where he is today.him backstage last week, he shared his thoughts on touring; the early days in Los Angeles, and a unique insight on what it took to get him where he is today.

Shameless Marketing

Dear “urban” AT&T commercial,
Dang, y’all some ballers! Keepin’ that shit gully for real! My new DSL is gonna be the shiz for my new biz, G! For $19.95 a month, I’ll let yo parody of black people just slow roll on by and straight kick it on that new “inet” connection like rollin’ on some chrome twenty-fo’s, biatch! Yeah, and the racist stereotype that some lily white cupcake on Wall Street concocted, well, I’ll just let that bounce off like the glow of this TV commercial bouncing off my gold tooth. 
Columbia City Paper

Columbia's Talent Buyers



Chris McLane is Columbia born and bred. His mom got him guitar lessons when he was 12. He’s played in countless bands since he was 15. You may not know Chris McLane by name, but there is a good chance you’ve heard of his band Stretch Arm Strong.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Medicine Veteran | Sept 30th | New Brookland Tavern

 


Medicine Veteran is a newer band starting to play around Columbia, SC. Their lead singer and guitar player, Devon Vlcek, has been playing around Columbia for a few years now as a solo acoustic artist. Ever since I have known her, she has always been full of determination. You could say I rummaged through her computer (it’s not as creepy as it sounds), and what I found was a variety of great musical influences and diary of show critiques she made for herself. She has always been critical of not only her songs but her performances, and it has helped her fine-tune her craft.

 

So Many Dynamos Should Be Your New Favorite Band

 


Whenever you get a chance to go to a show, regardless of genre (in most cases), take your chances. I was broke, tired and not that stoked about going out, but my roommates were going to go see HORSE The Band the other day and I was on the fence about it. I’d seen HORSE The Band a couple times, and they always put on a great show. For some reason I just wasn’t in the mood to go out.

 

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

New Found Glory Signs to Epitaph

 

Pop-punk legends New Found Glory have signed with Epitaph, and will be releasing their seventh studio album, produced by Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 fame, in Spring of 2009.

Monday, September 15, 2008

The Brotherhood of the Traveling Loved Ones


I was a very awkward child, especially in middle school. I didn’t know what to wear, my mom gave me haircuts and my large glasses and braces didn’t help much. Women paid me no mind, and I don’t blame them. I’m wearing a basketball jersey over a white shirt in my 7th grade yearbook picture. I was trying to find my where I belonged, who I would look up to and what I would associate myself with.

Gym Class Heroes' The Guilt Review


Gym Class Heroes just released their fourth album The Quilt on Decaydance September 9, 2008. Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy fame produced half of the 14 track album and even provided some back up tracks for a number of the songs. The other tracks were produced by either hip-hop producing duo Cool & Dre, Tricky Stewart (remember that “Umbrella” song) or Allstar.

 

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Bring Me The Horizon on Epitaph



Sheffield, England metalcore outfit Bring Me the Horizon will release their sophomore album, Suicide Season, on November 18 on Epitaph Records.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Austin City Limits Artists Hit Columbia

If you listen to music then there is a good chance you’ve heard of Austin City Limits Music Festival. If you haven’t heard of it, shame on you. But, we all make mistakes, and we all can learn from them, so go to www.aclfestival.com. The festival this year runs from September 26-28, featuring 8 stages.

This year features names as big as Foo Fighters, Beck, Mars Volta, N.E.R.D., South Carolina’s Iron & Wine and Band of Horses. Those names aside, there are some great bands playing that you should add to your list of bands to check out and support.

Drive-By Truckers

The Higher Hits the Studio and the Road



Pop-punk, dance fans should be excited to hear that The Higher from Las Vegas, NV will be hitting the studio and the road.

Matt Duke's Kingdom Underground Review

MATT DUKE KINGDOM UNDERGROUND


Matt Duke, a singer-songwriter from New Jeresy will be releasing his second full length album Kingdom Underground on September 23, 2008. He started out playing piano at seven, and eventually picked up his mom’s guitar to teach himself how to play.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Vocal Booth- SC Hip Hop 9/10

  Peace and blessings! Congrats to the entire freshmen class who made it through the first few weeks of ‘Higher Learning.’ Hope you got your game plan down to a science. Back with another edition of the Vocal Booth, much love to everyone for all of the comments and critiques. Be on the lookout to the dedication to the DJ coming real soon. You definitely won’t be disappointed. Until then though, let’s get right to the matter at hand.

Brightford

BRIGHTFORD | DAKOTA SLINGSHOT | YOUNG TOM FURY

NEW BROOKLAND TAVERN | SEPT 13, 2008


 

If you’ve hit up open mic night at New Brookland Tavern recently, you might have caught singer-songwriter Brightford. The first thing I noticed about her was her soulful voice, and not in that strung out Winehouse way, but in a more subtlly-crooning style.

Many of the songs remind me of a song you’d see featured at the conclusion of and up-and-coming dramatic sitcom that begs to become popular among the music snobs by using appropriate yet under-the-radar songs and artists. The scene might feature a montage, recapping all the destruction. Perhaps it would be an intimate first kiss between the out-of-luck protagonist and his life long crush. Regardless of the situation, the point is that they are trying to make that end scene make you tune in next week, and if I had a scene like that, I just might exploit Brightford’s talents.

Slingshot Dakota, a 2-piece outfit from Brooklyn will be joining her at NBT. They carry a solid backbeat and a piano that does a great job of going from pretty to dirty. You can hear the passion, the sound is minimal and charmingly darker than most female-fronted bands.

Young Tom Fury from Rock Hill will open the night, carrying catchy punk tunes with some flare. It is by no means pop-punk, they simply utilize dynamics to bring a unique quality to a style that is stereotypically repetitive.

 

Worse than Buffett


The only thing worse than Buffett are the people who play his songs at parties.

The tragedy of an acoustic show is that people assume it will be boring. I have often been hesitant myself, unsure of how entertaining one guy with one guitar (and an acoustic no less) could really be. The more I began to think about it, the more I was curious as to why I had any apprehension. I have come to the conclusion that the people that ruin the reputation of acoustic shows are the kids who insist to search for a guitar at a house party to serenade everyone with “classic” tunes. You know you’re in for it when they bring their own guitar to the party with all those tablature sheets coming out of their guitar case.

That being said, it is our responsibility to the music scene to make this end. Please don’t encourage these people with Dave Matthews and OAR requests. Jack Johnson isn’t much better. Unless you’re creating some sort of supergroup jam session involving at least 73 percent of the people at said party, no one wants to party while Joe RockStar from down the hall belts out “Your Body Is a Wonderland.”

Road Trip

Upcoming shows at venues like the Shoreline Ballroom Hilton Head and The Orange Peel in Asheville.

Soundboard 9/11-9/24

Music Calendar Sept. 11-Sept. 24

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Dear cop on a Segway,


Dear Columbia cop on a Segway,

 We’re trying not to laugh, officer, honestly. It’s just that, were it not for the uniform, we’d have thought a Hollywood talent agent was wheeling down Main St. for a latte. Well, some guys down at the station have got to be happy about it. After all, for the first time in the history of law enforcement, there is now a guy on the force dorkier than bicycle cops.
Columbia City Paper

Glitter on my Cocks Jersey

Pregame on the Savannah’s party bus 

Tailgating is a relative term. To some it means tossing the Gamecock Nerf with Junior while Martha rubs zinc on her nose and turns the hotdogs under an RV awning; to others it simply describes a gaggle of zitty Freshmen getting tanked in the bed of an F-150, while girls with spray-on tans in black dresses try to hold their plastic garnet beads out of the toilet as they puke in the Porta-Johns before kickoff. Yes, there are many ways to spend the long hours before a USC home game, some wholesome... some not so much. Speaking to the latter, a new option involves spending your time in the company of topless women, a pursuit that generally ranks just under beer, football and spicy meat dishes (in that order).  

Rice and gravy

 

Sorry to open this installment on a down note, but I can’t help but get into the Gamecock mix. All due respect to Spurrier, I think old Lou may have had more success in his first four years here. In my opinion, the loss to Vanderbilt was due to coaching. There’s just no way that Vandy has more talent than South Carolina. The Gamecocks will probably play Georgia pretty well, seeing as the Bulldogs have essentially only played televised scrimmage games for the past two weeks. But, don’t get excited; we’ll probably only finish the season 5-7. We will get demolished by Florida and Tennessee and Clemson will likely beat us on a last-second play, like usual. I’m all for just throwing the season away and pulling for Garcia to get the start the rest of the season.  Spurrier bet the farm on this guy so he might as well let it ride. Speaking of betting the farm...