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TONIGHT: The Weisenheimers & Magic Hassle January 29, 2009

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Whitewater Tavern tonight hosts a big ole fun Thursday show.  It’s THE WEISENHEIMERS CD release show (Part II–this time with ACTUAL CDs!)  If you like your power pop with a pinch of punk, this is the show for you.  I have it on good authority that both of the Wyres brothers were present at last night’s AC/DC show, so I’m counting on good pyrotechnics.  And short pants. 

Bonus:  opening act is MAGIC HASSLE, the side project of the David Slade/Matt Quin half of American Princes.  It’s a different direction than AP, plenty loud but without the Princes’ Wall of Guitar sound.  Get there early and check it out. 

9 or so, $5.  What else are you gonna do?  Come on out.

Sibilance,

Glen

CHECKONETWO Musician Survey: Jakob Hooks January 4, 2009

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Jakob Hooks, holdin’ down the driveway.  Photo by CheckOneTwo

NAME:Jakob Hooks

 

BAND(S) YOU ARE IN: The Jakob Hooks Experience

 

PLAY ANY INSTRUMENTS?  DO TELL:  Guitar.Duh.

 

DESCRIBE YOUR MUSICAL STYLE: Shred, metal, blahblahblah

 

HOW’D YOU GET STARTED PLAYING MUSIC? Same way everyone got started. I watched School of Rock.

 

FAVORITE LOCAL MUSICIAN BESIDES YOURSELF (AND WHY): American Princes cause they rock and/or roll.

 

WHAT’S IN YOUR POCKET RIGHT NOW? Your moms phone number.

 

YOUR FAVORITE VENUE IN LITTLE ROCK (AND WHY)? Vino’s

 

TELL ME ABOUT THE FIRST “REAL” CONCERT YOU EVER ATTENDED. VAN HALEN! DUDE IT ROCKED IT WAS LIKE THE BEST SHOW EVER ONLY BETTER THAN BEST!

 

HOW ABOUT THE FIRST SHOW YOU EVER DID YOURSELF? Backyard BBQ.

 

BEST SOURCE FOR MUSICAL INFO? (MAG, WEBSITE, ETC) Guitar World.

 

WHAT DOES THIS TOWN NEED? Flying Webelos.Wait…is a Webelo an animal? Ok flying cows.

 

YOUR THREE FAVORITE ALBUMS, ALL-TIME: Van Halen, Master of Puppets, and anything by Lil Wayne or Soulja Boy…yeah right!

 

RE YOUR MUSIC:  DOES YOUR MOM LIKE IT OR NOT? You’re kidding, right?

 

FUNNIEST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED AT ONE OF YOUR SHOWS: People showed up.

 

AS A KID, WHAT’D YOU WANT TO GROW UP TO BE? A caterpillar or the President.

 

MUSICAL/LIFE ADVICE YOU’D GIVE TO MY 13 YEAR OLD GUITAR FIEND SON? Dude rocks.

Help Luke Hunsicker December 29, 2008

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American Princes bassist LUKE HUNSICKER recently underwent emergency brain surgery, to remove what turned out to be a benign tumor.   Princes frontman David Slade reports that Luke is doing very well and is resting at home. 

The worse news:  huge medical bills on the horizon.  If you’d like to help out wih a donation, please go here

You can also come to the American Princes/Big Cats show tonight at Whitewater Tavern (9 p.m.) to make a donation or buy a limited edition t-shirt.  Proceeds from the shirt sales go toward Luke’s medical bills. 

Hope to see you out,

Glen

Making your holiday music (err… ESCAPE) plans? December 15, 2008

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grandparents  other-grandparents

I hear all the time about how hard the holidays are, how families get on your nerves, how you gotta have some escape from Memaw & PawPaw…I guess it’s especially hard for those of you who come in to visit family.  They want every last minute of time. 

Dude.  You gotta plan.  Otherwise it’s several days of Scrabble with your nephew or, Yahweh forbid, Monopoly.

Here are the things you could miss if you don’t start sowing the seeds of your escape plan NOW. 

SAT 12/20:  , Kevin Kerby & Battery, The Reds , and Drunken Angels at Whitewater Tavern; Stella Fancy & Whale Fire @ Pizza D’Action

MON 12/22:  Trusty (yep, TRUSTY!!) w/Matt Besser, at Vino’s.  The big DMZ reunion. 

TUE 12/23:  Isaac Alexander @ Vino’s

FRI 12/26:  Big Cats, Kevin Kerby & Battery, and Ashtray Babyhead at Juanita’s.

SAT 12/27:  American Princes, Smoke Up Johnny, Eclipse Glasses (Rev Room, ALL AGES)

FRI 1/2:  Lucero @ White Water Tavern

A little bit of  pre-planning, like:  “Mom, I can’t wait to see you too…I do have a couple of things I’ll need to do while I’m there, but the REST of the time I’m all yours!!” just might go a long way.    In a pinch, you might try, “I have a dance to go to.  It’s a very important dance.  We’re being graded on it, for gym.”

I’m just sayin’.

Glen

BIG NEWS re AMERICAN PRINCES December 14, 2008

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A Little Drummer Boy told me the following:

1.   American Princes’ latest album will be named the top album of 2008 by Magnet magazine; and

2.  The Princes are on the bill to play at Bonnaroo this summer.

Niiiiiiiice.  Well done, fellers.

Catch AP and The Good Fear in Fayetteville this Saturday 12/20 at Smoke & Barrel (on Dickson, behind Jose’s),  or in Little Rock on Saturday the 27th for an all-ages show at the Rev Room with Smoke Up Johnny and Eclipse Glasses.

Sibilance,

Glen

CHECKONETWO MUSICIAN SURVEY: DAN JOHNSON September 19, 2008

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NAME:  dan johnson

BAND(S) YOU ARE IN:  i was in the contingencies.  i’m actually still working on a new contingencies “b-sides and outtakes and other badass-stuff-you-never-heard” kind-of release.  i played a couple shows with pete jones and the tiny vibrations – which was much fun.  i was in cream and sugar with david slade (and matt quin?) for a show or two back in the good old days.  one day, there will be a reunion.  i’m currently looking for a few good people.  i may also be responsible for project sunshine.

PLAY ANY INSTRUMENTS?  yes  DO TELL:  guitar.  voice.  i can hammer, like, two notes at a time on a keyboard.  but only if i concentrate.

DESCRIBE YOUR MUSICAL STYLE:  smart.  tasteful.  sexxxy.  familiar.  polite, but not really.  misunderstood.  kinda’ cerebral.  foundational.  personal.  moody.  idiosyncratic, yet somehow likeable.  funny.  honest.  it has its limitations, but it eventually creeps up on you.

HOW’D YOU GET STARTED PLAYING MUSIC?  in college with the contingencies.  we used to be called other things like the halloweenies and the slush puppies.  we only did covers back then.  we told people we wrote them.

FAVORITE LOCAL MUSICIAN BESIDES YOURSELF (AND WHY): lenny bryan.  he does it all better than just about anyone.  even drums.  kevin kerby says his lyrics used to be shit.  but by time kerby left ho-hum, they weren’t anymore.  i REALLY like a lot of other musicians too, though.  the guys in battery.  the guys in the easys.  jim mize.  the guys in american princes.  zach reeves.  andrew morgan.  chris denny.  the guys in the moving front.  dusters, cats, pants, johnnies, reds, tokyos, fits, kyotos, parachutes, and ‘heads.  and many, many more.  i like most everybody and for different reasons.  if i don’t like them, then people probably know it.

WHAT’S IN YOUR POCKET RIGHT NOW?  i’m not telling.

YOUR FAVORITE VENUE IN LITTLE ROCK (AND WHY)?  whitewater.  the stage feels like my bedroom.  it’s very comfortable.

TELL ME ABOUT THE FIRST “REAL” CONCERT YOU EVER ATTENDED.  michael jackson on the “bad” tour.  ’nuff said.

HOW ABOUT THE FIRST SHOW YOU EVER DID YOURSELF?  does an acoustic open-mike in college count?  we played “angel of harlem” by u2.  yeah, yeah, yeah.  i know.

BEST SOURCE FOR MUSICAL INFO? (MAG, WEBSITE, ETC)  i stopped playing that game a couple years back.  i only hear about new stuff from my friends now.

WHAT DOES THIS TOWN NEED?  an enema.  there’s talent.  but there’s also laziness and complacency, which leads to excuses.  i know because i’m as guilty as anyone.

YOUR THREE FAVORITE ALBUMS, ALL-TIME:  really?  i can’t do that.  i can do my top five favorite bands of all time, though.  that seems more manageable.  the beatles, radiohead, pavement, guided by voices, built to spill, and ho-hum.  okay, that’s six.

RE YOUR MUSIC:  DOES YOUR MOM LIKE IT OR NOT?  she’s deaf.  if she could hear it, she would probably hate it.

FUNNIEST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED AT ONE OF YOUR SHOWS:  us-on-stage.

AS A KID, WHAT’D YOU WANT TO GROW UP TO BE?  indiana jones.

MUSICAL/LIFE ADVICE YOU’D GIVE TO MY 13 YEAR OLD GUITAR FIEND SON?  work hard right up to the point of it being boring or un-fun.  then stop, for a little bit.  then push yourself.  find your voice.  play to your strengths and occasionally beyond them.  know that your limitations are what will define you.  become okay with that.  satisfy yourself.  be prepared to throw away a lot of money.

FRIDAY: IT’S LIKE RICH BUTTERY GOODNESS FOR YOUR EARS September 12, 2008

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Vino’s, 9:30 p.m., $6, ALL AGESAmerican Princes, Kyoto Boom & Jonathan Wilkins.   CHECKONETWO RECOMMENDS

White Water Tavern, 9:30 p.m., $5:  Glossary, Ghostfinger, & Kevin Kerby.  CHECKONETWO ALSO RECOMMENDS, AND WISHES HE HAD A CLONE OR A TIMETURNER

 Cornerstone Pub, 8 p.m., $5:  Blues night!  Jim Bellman & The Family Dog

Downtown Music, 8 p.m., $6:  Demeritrious’ First Annual FallJam Show, featuring Out of Ashes, Jmack, Black Suit Karma, Lil Speedie, and Demeritrious

The Village, 9 p.m., $15: Cybertribe’s “Nothin’ but Luv” show (house/techno/electro)

EARLY ANNOUNCEMENT: American Princes at Vino’s August 24, 2008

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…9 p.m. Friday Sept 12th, with Suga City and Jonathan Wilkins.  Nice to have the Princes in an all-ages venue (says the dad-person of some young music lovers.)

American Princes: 4 Stars in the June issue of UNCUT July 7, 2008

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Was perusing an Uncut magazine (terrific British read, up there with Q and Mojo) from last month, and came across a review of our very own American Princes’ new album, Other People (reviewed by CheckOneTwo in this space back in April).  They dug it large.  Check it out: it’s the issue with David Bowie on the front.

AMERICAN PRINCES:  Other People (Yep Roc)

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Big rock sounds from Little Rock, Arkansas

“American Princes come roaring back from their lair in Little Rock with this howling beast of a disc.  With twin songwriters Collins Kilgore and David Slade battling hammer and tongs for supremacy, the quality control has been ramped up a few notches, as the band extends its range from the poppy chime-and-jangle of “Gravel” to the epic and elegiac “Where i’m Calling From”.  There’s a bit of everything–Smashing Pumpkins, REM, Pixies–but best of all this sounds like a band blossoming into its own identity.”

Adam Sweeting

Congrats, fellas.   If the Brits be with ya, then who can be against ya?

Sibilance,

Glen

SAVE THE DATE: JUNE 6 May 30, 2008

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June 6, Whitewater Tavern:  San Antokyo’s CD release party.  $8 gets you in and gets you a new CD.

Added bonus:  Smoke Up Johnny is on the bill, along with Magic Hassle (members of American Princes/Big Cats).   Word around the campfire is that this will be SUJ’s last show for quite a while (they’ve been playing like madmen for the last few months, touring with The Moving Front and with Foxboro Hot Tubs, plus playing mad shows around town).

Sibilance,

Glen