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Interview: GGOOLLDD

November 16, 2016
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GGOOLLDD live at the RecordBar, 11/11/16

I recently did a quick live interview with two members of the up-and-coming indie group GGOOLLDD. The Wisconsin-based band played Sound Machine, an event at the RecordBar curated by Kansas City label The Record Machine.

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GGOOLLD at the RecordBar, 11/11/16

Check out my interview and the video for “Boyz” below:

An Interview with CHERUB.

October 27, 2016

CHERUB is a Nashville-based duo. They are playing Liberty Hall October 27th. Jason Huber and Jordan Kelley recently discussed their creative process, lyrical inspiration and favorite producers.

Did you come from a musical family? Were your parents musical? 

Jason: I come from a family of music lovers, but neither of my parents are musical. You should hear my dad sing along to Shaggy.

What was your earliest musical memory?

Jason: Recording mixtapes while I listened to the radio doing my homework so I could bring all the new songs to the carpool.

How did CHERUB first come together?

Jason: We all met freshman year of college.

What is your creative approach when crafting a song?

Jason: It’s really all about throwing spaghetti up against the wall and seeing what sticks.

Who are some of your favorite producers and why?

Jason: Butchvig- the way he layers guitars has always been really inspiring to me. Some of his records have been the most inspiring in my life. And Adam Baker from the Annuals because there aren’t any bands that mean enough to me to get a tattoo.

What inspires you lyrically?

Jordan: Life inspires me lyrically. That’s why there’s so many moods on our albums. You go through so many feels throughout a day. It would be hard for me to write an album that stuck with one emotional theme, to be honest.

How did “Doses & Mimosas” come together?

Jason: The funny thing about that song is we never picked it as a single when we were releasing the album, but it’s really grown legs and taken on a life of its own.

Bleed Gold, Piss Excellence is your new album. What was the first song written for Bleed Gold, Piss Excellence?

Jason: Technically it’s “Traveling Blues.” It was written about 3 years ago for another album, but instead spent some time in the vaults and is now getting to see the light of day.

What have been the biggest challenges you’ve had to overcome in your career?

Jason: My fear of microphone grills. Especially the grill part of microphones. They’re very hard and they’ll knock a tooth out if you get too excited. I already knocked my tooth out with a microphone once while singing karaoke in Tokyo. 

What advice would you give to musicians just starting out?

Jason: Be your own biggest fan. Because if you’re not, then who else would want to be?

Be Funkier Today!

April 23, 2016

Just a friendly reminder that funk isn’t just a genre of music, it is a lifestyle decision. Funk can be the way you carry yourself through life. Being square is for, well, squares. Dig within and tap into the trippy joy within you. Every day, it can be helpful to ask yourself, “What can I do to be funkier today?” Listen to that internal voice and let it guide you to a different view of yourself.

International Women’s Day.

March 9, 2016

Yesterday was International Women’s Day. Shouldn’t every day be International Women’s Day? Women are at the top of the mountain of life. Shout out to all of the inspiring women that are beasting it hardcore everyday.

Playlist for Upcoming Shows at the Bottleneck.

March 9, 2016

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I recently made a playlist featuring artists playing upcoming shows at the Bottleneck. You can listen to the playlist here.

Hooping at the Indie Rock Show.

February 14, 2016

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Hooping isn’t just limited to raves and jam band shows anymore. Many white people enjoy hooping in diverse scenarios During indie rock band Marian Hill‘s set in Kansas City on Friday, a fan tried to hoop to the sax-laced tunes. Some music is not easy for hooping. A+ for effort though. A nice change of pace from most fans at indie shows that just look at their feet and try to act unimpressed.

Udder Mayhem at the Floozies.

February 14, 2016

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Holy cow! It was udder mayhem at the Floozies Kansas City show last night. This raving cow milked the show for all it was worth. It was a high steaks night. Some of the crowd had some beef with him. However, no fights broke out. It was an act of bovine intervention.

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It was a real zoo at the show. The penguins at the zoo recently started walking outside. This chill bro made an epic trek to go raving. It’s great to see the penguins beasting hardcore. I also had a friend of mine come up and greet me with a “suh dude” in public. This was a first for me and terrified me to the very core of my being. It made my soul cry. Quality rave funk jams last night. I learned a lot about my culture and white people.

The Floozies Bring the Rave Funk to the Midland.

February 14, 2016
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The Floozies, Midland Theatre 2/13/16

The Floozies brought a sprawling set of rave funk jams to the Midland Saturday night. The concert was like a fusion of a jam band show and a rave in the best way possible. The Lawrence-based duo also brought a massive production which really added to the show. The hard partying crowd was grooving all night. Here are some photos and videos of my evening diving deep into the face-melting world of rave funk.

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The Floozies, Midland Theatre 2/13/16

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The Floozies, Midland Theatre 2/13/16

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The Floozies, Midland Theatre 2/13/16

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The Floozies, Midland Theatre 2/13/16

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The Floozies, Midland Yheatre 2/13/16

Bad Hyper Irony: The WORDS ON A STICKER Sticker.

February 8, 2016
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WORDS ON A STICKER Sticker.

I walked into my local hip/ironic shop the other day. I saw a product that made seething anger rise up inside of me. The “WORDS ON A STICKER” sticker made my brain hurt. Are these supposed to be funny? The only thing that gets me angrier than seeing stickers like these is when I have a weak wifi signal.

Why do phrases like these make me so mad? It’s because they are trying so damn hard to be ironic that the phrases wind up being pointless and stupid. It’s like some bad attempt at hyper irony.

Who is the target market for these? Are they a hot seller? Who sees these and says, “OMG, I really need this in my life!” Would you buy the “WORDS ON A STICKER” sticker? What the hell do they even mean? You get a free brain aneurysm with purchase of this sticker.

“The TV makes me so angry, I don’t even know what to do.”

February 6, 2016

“I’ve maybe turned on the TV twice since I’ve been home. The TV makes me so angry, I don’t even know what to do,” said the frustrated white girl seated in back of me tonight at my local coffeeshop. One day, I hope she finds a way to solve her problem. I pray that she is granted reprive from the weight of this issue that bares heavy on her soul.


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