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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.


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


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



“Evil” Mark Wyers of The Weisenheimers (above)

The patented Chicklettes snarrrl (below)



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


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


Above:  Josh Kerby of San Antokyo, flashing the ink


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


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


Above:  Dave Raymond of Kyoto Boom at Sierra Club show


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


4×4 Crew


Maxx, @ Maxximum Impact


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


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


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


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


Ashtray Babyhead reunion show


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


The Reverend works in mysterious ways, kna’mean?


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

Part two uploading soon.




Where to be tonight: DMZ Flashback December 22, 2008

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CheckOneTwo has a long and sordid history with the building currently known as Vino’s (and previously known as DMZ, and previously known as The Annex).  It’s where he and the other Gravel Ridge skater kids used to hang out and be sullenly, deliciously cool.  It’s where he and his future ex-wife had their first date.   It’s where his kickball team hangs out post-game, where his kids have played pinball like little madmen all through their formative years, and where he first saw bands like Sick of It All, Dirty Rotten Imbeciles, Ghoultown, Trusty, Rocket From the Crypt, Green Day, Teenage Bottlerocket…too many to name.

So tonight:  a reunion of sorts, for the folks who grew up at the short-lived DMZ.   The return of Trusty!  The return of Matt Besser–comedian for such insanely funny troupes as the Upright Citizens BrigadeLink Springs!  Ticket price is $10 (a little steep!) but the nostalgia trip is worth the fare.

Memories of Trusty are rich.  When I was just a little mustachioed skate rat hanging out with other wannabe hooligans (we, of course, still managed to keep our Honor Society memberships current), we fell in with Bircho and his lot.  Our central gathering location was a little blue house on Highway 89  right off 107 outside of Gravel Ridge, home to Andy Hancock and his parents.   Attendees would be folks like Ritchie Baker, Lyndel Roe, Michelle Henderson, Pat Tillman, Larry Busbea, Mart Averitt, Liz & Pam…pretty much the same group who skated Paige’s ramp out at Skateboards Plus in Levy.  Every single time I’d leave Andy’s house on a weekend, the police would be at the corner of 89/107, pull me over, and toss the car.   Since I was straight-edge (read:  too scared to drink), it never amounted to more than a hassle but it still pisses me off to this day. 

One night, Bircho came to the Blue House in a van he used for transportation and living quarters.  About an hour or two into the night’s festivities we stepped out into the carport and saw the van on fire.  For no particular reason–it wasn’t the engine, it was the interior.  All of Bircho’s belongings burned up but, for some reason, none of us could do anything but point and laugh while Bircho scurried through the smoke and flames.    We all made it better, though, by giving him t-shirts once the blaze was extinguished. 

Come out tonight to hear Trusty, especially if you were too young to be part of the scene (that means you, Reid Hanna).  You’ll be glad that you did.



OK, You Missed It April 15, 2008

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Several years ago, I was the point man in a seven car pile-up on I-67/167.  A few years later, I had a head-on collision at 18th & Main in NLR and totaled my car.  But neither of those scenarios compare to the whiplash neckbreaker showcased last night at Vino’s.

Teenage Bottlerocket.  Are you kidding me?  Good lord!

This was a bullet train of a set, full-throated, lightning-fast, two minute chunks of blazing melodic punk, each song seamlessly seguing into the next, faster track with only a !!ONETWOTHREEFOUR!! from the drummer signaling the separation.  Think early Green Day x The Ramones, with extreme power stances and a whole lotta sweat by song #2.   My neck is sore from a blistering tornadic set that came in under an hour but was well worth getting out for on a Monday night.  Please do yourself a favor and check out TB if you get a chance.  Hell, make SURE you get the chance–the tour continues with shows tonight in Kansas City, Wednesday in Denver, and Thursday in Fort Collins, Co.

Lucky me:  the Copyrights got added back to the bill late (they’d dropped off the tour, but came back on for this, their last show on the TB tour).  Out of Carbondale, IL, the Copyrights are a power pop-punk trio on Red Scare records who drove a looooong way to make the show but hit the stage with their A game flying.  Good show, fellas.  Much love for bringing your new album for sale on vinyl (yes, I bought it).   I also dug guitarist Jeff’s choice of t-shirt for the Arkansas show (he tells me it’s a Detroit band, but for us it means something different): 

Opening act was The Weisenheimers, who gave it their always-fun, always lively punk set.  Great interplay between vocalist/bassist Karle and Mark who apparently plays “awesome/guitar”.   Mark is our town’s School of Rock-era Jack Black, a man who will, indeed, someday, probably sooner rather than later, strip his shirt off and stage dive/face plant into the Vino’s floor.  Hats off to a man who fears NOT the solo.  I especially like the Weisenheimers’ song “Bubble Gum”.

So what were you guys doing last night, watching TV?  Sheesh.  Get out on a Monday night!



TONIGHT: Teenage Bottlerocket at Vino’s! April 14, 2008

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Every now and again, it’s time to dust off the last twenty years and get back into good ole fast, loud, three chords-y stripped-down rock.  Tonight is one of those nights!

Teenage Bottlerocket is a four-piece straight-ahead outfit, comin’ to you straight outta…Laramie, Wyoming?  You bet!  Last month, Spin magazine (yes, I know, but still) listed TB’s “Down in the Basement” as the Number 1 Song You Must Download.   I predict a fair amount of pogoing tonight.

No slouch in the opening act, either:  The Weisenheimers, off of local label Thick Syrup Records!  High energy, fun-lovin’, good times, and a perfect appetizer for Teenage Bottlerocket.

Time to channel your inner Ramones.  8:00, Vino’s, $7.

See you out?

QUESTION:  Do you own a black leather jacket and, if so, would you let me borrow it for a night?