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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

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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: KARL JOHNSON September 10, 2008

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Karl in action @ Vino’s.  Photo by CheckOneTwo

NAME:Karl J.

BAND(S) YOU ARE IN:The Weisenheimers

PLAY ANY INSTRUMENTS? DO TELL: I sing and play bass in the weisenheimers and i play the guitar and kind of remember the trombone a little.

DESCRIBE YOUR MUSICAL STYLE:Was is always will be punk.

HOW’D YOU GET STARTED PLAYING MUSIC?I listened to Pearl Jam’s ten (come on i gew up in the nineties!) and from there found the ramones and knew thats what i wanted to do.

FAVORITE LOCAL MUSICIAN BESIDES YOURSELF (AND WHY):Kyoto Boom because they are way better than us, San Antokyo, and hogfat

WHAT’S IN YOUR POCKET RIGHT NOW?: My cell phone,marlboro mediums, and exactly two dollars cash.

YOUR FAVORITE VENUE IN LITTLE ROCK (AND WHY)? Whitewater cause that’s where the real people are.

TELL ME ABOUT THE FIRST “REAL” CONCERT YOU EVER ATTENDED: I went to see the Teen Idols, Diesel Boy and GOB at a place called the carasoul cafe in corpus christi, tx. I was about 11 or 12 at the time and i hopped in the circle pit. I was then kicked (flatfoot) square in the balls by the biggest mexican skinhead i have ever seen. The bands rocked. I left saying god i love punk rock.

HOW ABOUT THE FIRST SHOW YOU EVER DID YOURSELF? It was with my old band called the disruptives in corpus christi,tx. We played an open mic nite at the executive surf club. We made ourselves sound like we had been smoking for thirty years. We were the best band there.

BEST SOURCE FOR MUSICAL INFO? (MAG, WEBSITE, ETC): AMP (american musical press-mag) Punknews. org

WHAT DOES THIS TOWN NEED? An anema.

YOUR THREE FAVORITE ALBUMS, ALL-TIME: Ramones- Rocket to russia, Screeching Weasel-my brain hurts, NOFX- The decline

RE YOUR MUSIC: DOES YOUR MOM LIKE IT OR NOT?: I wouldn’t say she liked it, but she thinks we’re talented and she did go to one of our shows….wierd

FUNNIEST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED AT ONE OF YOUR SHOWS:I was so drunk that sean’s ex girlfriend had to hold the microphone because i kept missing it and hittiong it with my head. Other than that i always end up pissing one of the other guys in the band off.

AS A KID, WHAT’D YOU WANT TO GROW UP TO BE?: 1.Cowboy, 2. Pro Surfer,3. Pro Hockey player,4. Pro Punk Rocker

MUSICAL/LIFE ADVICE YOU’D GIVE TO MY 13 YEAR OLD GUITAR FIEND SON?: Have another ambition other than music, cause you can get burnt out really fast. Other than that Fuck the critics and make sound.

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

Thoughts on Powering Through January 29, 2008

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So last night I left Pizza D around 10 and hit the third installment of Thick Syrup’s Monday night local music series at Sticky Fingerz.  Solid, entertaining sets from The Weisenheimers, San Antokyo, and Loch Ness Monster.  Good bands, good setting, but the audience was almost completely gone.  Maybe everybody was still breathless from watching Bush’s last State of the Union speech earlier?  Or sick?  Were all the cool kids somewhere and forgot to tell me?

A tip of the hat to these bands for powering through with almost no crowd support.   The Weisenheimers clearly brought some folks with them (good thinking), but those folks scattered immediately after the set.  San Antokyo is always a treat–I dig the interplay between The Brothers Kerby–but they played to no fewer than 12 people in front and a few more back at the bar.  By the time Loch Ness Monster brought their sludgy scream-of-consciousness selves to the stage, they were preaching to five of us.    To give you an idea of how sparse things were:  Brother Sulac lost his balance and fell off the edge of the stage during a verse and free-fell to the floor.   Give the man some credit.  He didn’t miss a beat, finishing the song from a prone position.

 I’ve never been in a band, but I’ve often wondered how you summon up the gumption to go for it when there’s virtually no one watching .  The answer came last night–these guys aren’t playing for us, they’re playing for themselves.   Why is Kevin Kerby playing topless at midnight in front of almost no one on a Monday night?  Because he wants to.  How can Sulac put on a white lab coat/broken sunglasses and squeeze out an endless river of lyrics when there are no adoring fans hanging on his every nonsensical syllable?  Because it’s way more fun than singing into his hairbrush in the comfort of his bedroom.

Much love to the guys who play for no one, just because they can.

Question:  Who is your favorite local (Arkansas) band?

All this Thick Syrup is giving me Sticky Fingerz, man…. January 28, 2008

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If it’s Monday, it’s time for some Thick Syrup again.  Come on out tonight to Sticky Fingerz for Loch Ness Monster, San Antokyo, and The Weisenheimers.  It’s a 9 p.m. lo-do-show ($4). 

Loch Ness Monster seems to give Sean Sulac (of Hector Faceplant) and Scottish Brian (who’s poured you many a pint at Vino’s) a chance to explore some heavier, darker riffs worthy of the fabled sea serpent, but Hector keeps managing to poke his head out of the sludgy stuff and say hello. 

Betcha 5 Old Styles that San Antokyo brings it hard, fast, and maybe topless tonight.  Watch out for the Kerby boys (Kevin and Josh), Brian, and Bryce to show up with a fun, loose set, maybe written on Josh’s back. 

I haven’t seen The Weisenheimers yet, but their MySpace tunes sound kind of power pop.  Maybe a flexed-out, sped-up Material Issue (and I mean that in a good way.)

 Come on out tonight.  I haven’t seen you in a long time. 

Sibilance,

Glen