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CheckOneTwo’s “5 Local Albums I’m Waiting For”

I am not a patient man when it comes to music.  If there’s a show next week that I’m jonesin’ to see, that is the LONGEST WEEK EVER.  The last five minutes before the lights go down ooze by like frozen syrup for me.  And new music?  I am the Veruca Salt of new music.  I want it NOW, I want it RIGHT NOW, especially if I’ve seen your band out and dig your stuff.

So…why, in the name of all that is holy and sweet, am I still waiting for new albums from these local artists?  (Check out their music at the links below.)

KYOTO BOOM–Scott Cook, Davy Ray, and Duke Boyne have blown my mind every time I’ve seen them, from beginning to end.  Love the songs a ton, and even love their cover stuff (Blue Oyster Cult?  Duran Duran!?).  80s influenced and bass-driven, but with super keys, sparkle-shredded guitar and thunder drums.  I’d play this CD all day, every day, IF THEY’D RELEASE A CD.

THE MOVING FRONT–My favorite local fellers (Jeremy Brasher, Micah Fitzhugh, Mark Lewis, Brian Rodgers), except for the fact that they’ve made me practically wear out their “S/T” disc while waiting for the new stuff to get released.  I keep hearing about an EP in the works, but that’s been pending so long that my clothes are goin’ outta style.   Am I going to have to get all Ninja like, scale a building, kidnap the master recordings, and release it myself?

THE WEISENHEIMERS:  (Sean Causey, Karle Johnson, Mark Wyers, Micah Wyers)–Perhaps it’s sloth?  Financial issues?  Perhaps it’s the demands of day jobs, wives, girlfriends, fiancees, new babies?  Or maybe they’re just seeing how many times I have to ask “So…when’s the album coming out?”  Whatever it is, I’m refusing to accept any more excuses.   Weisenheimers, if I have to put together a f*&$ing fundraiser to get this album out, I’ll do it.  Holla.   UPDATE–THE ALBUM IS NOW OUT.  RIGHT ON!!

RODNEY BLOCK & THE REAL MUSIC LOVERS:  You find these guys (Rodney Block, Oliver Thomas, Michael Chandler, and Sam Carroll) out a lot–at the AfterThought, at wedding receptions, at rooftop restaurants in Conway, etc.  Their gig list is a long one, but their CD?  Nada.  They’re unsigned, and that’s a damned crime.  This is a crazy-good mix of insane trumpet, hip-hop beats, gospel layering, and a healthy dose of jazz/funk.   I’d buy this CD for me and a bunch more to give as gifts.  GET IT OUT, WOULDJA?

SILVERTON:  My favorite 8-member folk revivalists have reportedly hung it up, due to musical differences.  Here’s to hoping it wasn’t an acrimonious split, and that they’ll get a real CD out someday.  There is a CD sampler available, so I’ll have to live with that (can’t buy it off their site, though!!)

All of the above is said with love.  And impatience.  There’s only so many times I can listen to the new Loch Ness Monster album….




1. Nicole - October 7, 2008

Boondogs! Big Cats!

p.s. Thanks for sharing Greg’s note. Great stuff!!

2. Mark Wyers - November 6, 2008

Guess what! November 29 you should be at WWT. New album from the Weisenheimers. Luv-

‘Evil’ Mark

3. glenhooks - November 6, 2008

Say it ain’t so. Don’t tease me, Evil Mark. Is it really happening? I’ll plan on being there if it’s really gonna happen.

This better not be like prom night.

4. glenhooks - December 22, 2008


5. David Raymond - May 4, 2009

Sorry about the wait. We are deep in the process and mired by our day jobs and weekend engagements. Just a lil’ update. Kyoto Boom is slowly but surely making headway on our first album release. Expect 10-12 songs. Almost all guitar work is done. Bass, vocals, keys and drums are being thumped, howled, programmed and hammered. Best estimate: 40% complete. Don’t give up hope.

In the meantime, the live show hiatus is coming to a close, as the itch to play has turned into a rash. See us at 5p Sunday at the Arkansas Stage in North Little Rock at this year’s Riverfest hullabaloo. And look for us on the local club calendars soon.

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