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CHECKONETWO: A Year in Pics (Part One) December 31, 2008

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Some of CheckOneTwo’s favorite moments in music this year were (happily) documented by my little ol’ digital camera.    Here are a few for you.

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Blood on the Keys (above) and MicEater (below):   Jeremy Brasher of The Moving Front

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Sean Sulac of Loch Ness Monster, goin’ all one-eyed

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“Evil” Mark Wyers of The Weisenheimers (above)

The patented Chicklettes snarrrl (below)

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Above:  From the Matt Floyd Benefit Show (to pay off traffic tickets and let Smoke Up Johnny go on tour)

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Above:  Graham Cobb of The Reds, gettin’ busy with the tambo

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Above:  Josh Kerby of San Antokyo, flashing the ink

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Above:  Scott Cook of Kyoto Boom (hiyaa, hiyah!!)

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Above:  Epiphany throws it down at Sierra Club’s “Energy Shift” concert

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Above:  Dave Raymond of Kyoto Boom at Sierra Club show

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Above:  John Jeremy George & Ringo:  Jeremy Brasher (The Moving Front) at Pizza D

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4×4 Crew

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Maxx, @ Maxximum Impact

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Miggy of Teenage Bottlerocket:  Extreme Power Stance, at Vino’s

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The Moving Front, @ big ole sweaty mid-week house party on Schiller

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Lorenza Harrington & Andrew Morgan of Eclipse Glasses (Ark Flag & Banner)

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CheckOneTwo and some guy named Andy Rourke, from some band called THE SMITHS!! 

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Ashtray Babyhead reunion show

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CheckOneTwo with the one and only CHUCK D (at Philander Smith)

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The Reverend works in mysterious ways, kna’mean?

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Damn Bullets play the NO NEW COAL show at the State Capitol

Part two uploading soon.

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.

CHECKONETWO MUSICIAN SURVEY: LIZ CARROLL September 4, 2008

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Liz Carroll @ Whitewater Tavern.  Photo by Shayne Michael Gray

NAME: Liz Carroll

BAND(S) YOU ARE IN: Hector Faceplant, The Shelley Longs and The Winston Family Orchestra

PLAY ANY INSTRUMENTS? DO TELL: An ivory-tickling, bass picking, vocalizing, wallet strummer with a background in french horning and other brassticle instruments.

DESCRIBE YOUR MUSICAL STYLE: like carousels that stop and start unexpectedly but aren’t broken.

HOW’D YOU GET STARTED PLAYING MUSIC? parents met in a church choir then I met sulac in a bar

FAVORITE LOCAL MUSICIAN BESIDES YOURSELF (AND WHY): sulac: he has a liz magnet in his pocket, i think it’s unfair really.  Brian Herrill: guitar, jeez those are some pretty rock songs. Marcus Lowe: talent and he just loves music, LOVES it. And i’ll always show up to see what Jeremy Brasher, Andrew Morgan and Damien Thompson are doing, it’s always a good time.

WHAT’S IN YOUR POCKET RIGHT NOW? haha! i’m in a swimsuit at the beach! great question! (normally, keys, wallet and lighter)

YOUR FAVORITE VENUE IN LITTLE ROCK (AND WHY)? The sound is amazing at Downtown Music and The Whitewater Tavern, WWT wins b/c i don’t really like big stages. I want to be on the same level as everyone else.

TELL ME ABOUT THE FIRST “REAL” CONCERT YOU EVER ATTENDED. Blues Traveler, at The Blue Note in Little Rock. They had this huge under the club area where people could drink cause it was all ages upstairs. I thought, when i get older i’m gonna drink and drink and drink…

HOW ABOUT THE FIRST SHOW YOU EVER DID YOURSELF? Vino’s with Pomo Christi, we were so excited to be an “all grrl” band.

BEST SOURCE FOR MUSICAL INFO? (MAG, WEBSITE, ETC) my ears. if you think i’ll like something play it for me.

WHAT DOES THIS TOWN NEED? a high speed train so we can all go play in Austin on the weekends, a real record store, and a radio show that played a diverse selection of great music that was on during the day.

YOUR THREE FAVORITE ALBUMS, ALL-TIME: this is like asking which body part you like the best (i dig my hands the most). Today it is… Dengue Fever: Escape from Dragon House, Raymond Scott: Reckless Nights and Turkish Twilights and Tom Lehrer: Songs by Tom Lehrer

RE YOUR MUSIC: DOES YOUR MOM LIKE IT OR NOT? my mom LOVES it, although she’s busy and can’t be at all my shows.

FUNNIEST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED AT ONE OF YOUR SHOWS: while on tour with Hector Faceplant in Odessa, Texas, 2 professional wrestlers came in to the club (an empty cinder-block building, byob) and Jason Thompson asks one of them, “Hey! Can you pick me up like you are gonna pile drive me but don’t so I can get a picture?” Ask him for the photo, it’s pretty good!

AS A KID, WHAT’D YOU WANT TO GROW UP TO BE? independent

MUSICAL/LIFE ADVICE YOU’D GIVE TO MY 13 YEAR OLD GUITAR FIEND SON? you can make money playing music, but money won’t make you happy, music will.