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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.



Hallowe’en Weekend, w/photos AND video November 6, 2008

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Forgiveness requested, but life has been happening and getting in the way of CheckOneTwo posts lately.  Trying to pick up and get back into it. 

Hallowe’en weekend was a jumbled shepherd’s pie of costumes, candy, music, hops, barley, backyard fire, trips to funkytown (and back), sugar skulls, a near fistfight, and a certain someone getting dragged out of a particular tavern.  In other words, it was your basic weekend (for Dirty Sean).

Musical highlights started early with  Thursday’s Kyoto Boom show (opening for Ready the Jet).  This band is getting so tight that it’s practically unfair when they are the opening act.  You just want to go all Adrienne Balboa and yell STOP THE FIGHT! STOP THE FIGHT!!  I continue to predict tremendous things for Kyoto Boom.   If they ever get around to putting out an album, it’s the kind that I’ll buy multiple copies of to give as gifts. 

Friday was the Arkansas Community Arts Cooperative’s annual Hallowe’en Cover-up at Vino’s, with a great lineup:  The Moving Front as The Clash, Juggernaut Glitch as The Roots, Speedo Slay as Bikini Kill and Das Gift as Pink Floyd (complete with lasers and three kids on “Another Brick in the Wall”).  Pretty good night–TMF just KILLED, and I utterly dug the Bikini Kill set–but it had kind of a weird order.   It went The Roots/The Clash/Bikini Kill/Pink Floyd.  WTF?  No disrespect to Das Gift, but ending that way kind of put a sleepy mellow cap on an otherwise funky/punky night.   CheckOneTwo would have recommended ending with The Clash. 

If you’d like to see video of The Moving Front as The Clash, check it out at:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDeX_HaF9ew

Saturday:  Whitewater Tavern:  Grand Serenade as Nirvana, The Good Fear as Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and The Moving Front reprising their role as The Clash.  Great times, good tunes, and a healthy rowdy crowd. 

Pics below, starting with The Moving Front as The Clash.



The Good Fear as Six Tom Pettys and a Heartbreaker


CheckOneTwo as Dirty, Dirty Coal


Das Gift as Pink Floyd


Jeff Lynne & Siouxsie Sioux

In England, it’s 5 p.m. on Friday right now September 19, 2008

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…and it’s gettin’ there here.  Sweet Mother Love Bone, I’m ready to call it a week.  It’s been a busy few days for the enviros ’round here, and next week doesn’t look any easier. 

But we’ve got tonight.  Who needs tomorrow?  I do.  Here are some places you might just see your Ol’ Pal CheckOneTwo:


Whitewater Tavern, 10 p.m., $5:  John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives (outta Memphis), with Mat Mahar

Sticky Fingerz, 9:30 p.m., $10 :  Wade Bowen (outta New Braunfels, TX)  and Sean McConnell

Rev Room, 10 p.m., $12:  Divas in the Rock (Nicky Parrish & special guest Pinky)

Vino’s, 7 p.m., $6:  PLU * LAST SHOW! * w/ Sean Michel, Farewell Flight & Futuro Boots

Cornerstone Pub, 9 p.m., $5:  The Eoff Brothers (Blues/Rock from Springdale)

Downtown Music, 8 p.m., $6:  Seahag CD release show, with Vore and Bloodletting Device 

Juanita’s, 10 p.m., $5, 18+:  Notion, w/Flash LaRue and Joey Farr & Friends

The Village, 7 p.m., $8:  Livid, Sufferkate, Finding Jimmy Hoffa, Land of Mines



Pop In the Park (Riverfront Park, 7 p.m.):  Grand Serenade, Chase Pagan, Epiphany, and 607.  FREE SHOW, coolers allowed, how could CHECKONETWO not recommend this?  Go here, then go to Juanita’s.

Whitewater Tavern, 10 p.m.:  Go Fast’s record release show

Sticky Fingerz, 9 p.m., $6:  Brothers and Sisters

Vino’s, 8 p.m., $6:  18TH ANNIVERSARY w/ King Don, Gino Delray, The Reds, Loch Ness Monster & Underclaire

Cornerstone Pub, 9 p.m., $5:  Sean Rock and the Toltecs

Downtown Music, 8 p.m.:  Hoodtech productions hip-hop show (acts TBA)

The Village, 7 p.m., $12:  Bleeding Through, The Handshake Murders, Tristan Betrayal, and tba


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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.



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: Brian Rodgers August 28, 2008

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  Brian Rodgers of TMF, @ White Water Tavern.  Photo by CheckOneTwo

NAME: Brian Rodgers

BAND(S) YOU ARE IN: The Moving Front

PLAY ANY INSTRUMENTS? DO TELL: guitar, bass, and piano equally bad


HOW’D YOU GET STARTED PLAYING MUSIC? Grew up with it in my family, but got more into when moving to LR in 1990 and meeting so many great musicians

FAVORITE LOCAL MUSICIAN BESIDES YOURSELF (AND WHY): Lenny Bryan – he pretty much sets the bar in LR in my mind.


YOUR FAVORITE VENUE IN LITTLE ROCK (AND WHY)? White Water Tavern – just the chill, anything goes feel.

TELL ME ABOUT THE FIRST “REAL” CONCERT YOU EVER ATTENDED: I think Don Williams with my parents was first, but a trip to see KISS shortly after set the wheels in motion.

HOW ABOUT THE FIRST SHOW YOU EVER DID YOURSELF?: I’m sure it was horrible. Actually, we were smart enough to bring in the early 90’s LR guitar god Jerry Craven to cover up the rest of the bands downfalls.

BEST SOURCE FOR MUSICAL INFO? (MAG, WEBSITE, ETC): I kind of get it from everywhere. I play in a band with a couple of walking music encyclopedias so that helps.

WHAT DOES THIS TOWN NEED?: COLLEGE RADIO !!! and maybe a water slide.


The Clash – London Calling  

The Replacements – All for Nothing, Nothing for All (I know it’s a best of comp but hey you gotta get while you can when you only get 3 choices)

The Jam – The Sound of the Jam (another greatest hits album but I only get 3 choices)


Note: All of these answers will change tomorrow


FUNNIEST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED AT ONE OF YOUR SHOWS: In Atlanta shortly after Jeremy tore his ACL, we had a show and he was on a cane which he swung kind of like a golf club during a song and it happened to hit a crush beer can as he swung it which then took off like a rocket and hit a girl in the face that was actually bringing us drinks to the stage. I guess that wasn’t that funny now that I think about it.


AS A KID, WHAT’D YOU WANT TO GROW UP TO BE?: Either a pro skateboarder or a rock star

MUSICAL/LIFE ADVICE YOU’D GIVE TO MY 13 YEAR OLD GUITAR FIEND SON? Play all the time and talk to people that are playing the kind of music you like and get them to turn you onto stuff they listen to so as not to waste you time sorting thru all of the shiite


CheckOneTwo’s “5 Local Albums I’m Waiting For” List August 27, 2008

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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, Dave Raymond, 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. 

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….



Weekend’s Gone, With the Wind… July 28, 2008

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Man, where’d that weekend go?  For Yours Truly, it was a good weekend of down time.  Thursday:  the return of Dana Falconberry, along with Chris Denny & The Old Soles showing a seriously well-honed and tight set.  Dinner out Friday night, then a little DJ/dance party action at Easy Street.   Saturday was bike buying time, then out to the Riverfront to catch some verrrrrrry hot/sweaty tunes from The Moving Front, The Reds, Rockst*r, and Dre & Jontai doing their one song (with a little of Maxx thrown in at the end). 

On tap tonight–looks like Stickyz may have the only game in town: 

Sticky Fingerz, 10 p.m., $4:  The Evelyns & Frown Pow’r.

DJ Sets are Weird July 6, 2008

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Last night, BabySham and I ventured out to the Rev Room to catch a strange combination of acts.  First up:  The Moving Front, followed by a DJ set by none other than Andy Rourke of The Smiths.  Yes, those Smiths.   Welcome to Little Rock, Andy!  It’s not that nobody’s here…we just wanted to give you plenty of elbow room.  Sheeesh.  If folks don’t come out to see a guy who was in The Smiths, on a Saturday night….well, our town gets the rep it deserves.

TMF did their usual lively set, as lively as it could be in front of virtually no one, perched at the edge of the stage in front of a raised DJ table covered in red fabric.   BabySham commented that she expected a vampire to emerge at some point.  Sadly, that didn’t happen.

I was pretty pleased that the Rev Room seemed to have conquered their sound problem (at least for one night), but not quite as pleased that no one was there to witness it.  Who will believe me when I say that the mix was good, the sound didn’t get trapped in the pit, and that I could actually hear and understand vocals?  “At the Rev Room?  P’shawwww!!”  TMF’s new stuff is getting tighter each week.  Hey fellas:  when’s the new album coming out?

TMF departed the stage, and here came Andy Rourke.  No intro, no greeting to the crowd.  Just a guy with a Mac laptop and a “Hard Rock Cafe–Manchester” t-shirt on.  Music started pumping, but CheckOneTwo wasn’t sure that he’d even started the actual set.  So, in my usual, opportunistic way, I just hopped up on the stage to chat him up, welcome him to Little Rock, etc.  No bells started ringing, no alarms ahh-ooh-gah’ing, no mad rush of security.   He seemed perfectly nice and all that.  So, I met a Smith on my birthday!  Not too shabby.  BabySham went up later, and successfully requested some Joy Division (sadly, he had no Duran Duran or Visage, but BabySham made do).

I guess there are two kinds of DJ sets.  One is a man and his turntables, scratching, mixing, blending, showing off skillz, and all that.   The other–the version from last night–is a guy playing a song off his computer, and then playing another when the first one ends, and then playing another….   It was essentially a guy–a former Smith, yeah, but still–playing selections from his iTunes.  Not a Terminator X type thing, a’tall.  As TMF’s Jeremy Brasher put it, it was Andy Rourke “on the 1s and 0s”.  Strange.  Maybe I can get that gig someday. 

Surprising, also, were the tunes that he chose.  Nice list, but I thought it might be a bit more obscure.  I picked up the following:

The Beatles

Stealers’ Wheel

The La’s

New Young Pony Club (maybe?)

The Killers

The Smiths (Stop Me If You Think That You’ve Heard This One Before)



The Breeders

The Who

The Cure

New Order (maybe?)

The Clash

The Kingstons


Depeche Mode

Joy Division

At any rate, it was an interesting night.  With so few folks in attendance (ahem….), it was seriously like being in my living room with a couple of friends dancing to our favorite tunes.  Odd, but nice. 

Thanks for the birthday show, fellas.  T’was memorable.  Next time, just come on over.



“Can I Get a Little More Euphonium in My Monitor?” June 26, 2008

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Dude, I’m-a have to run out and pull a con job or something.  The music I heard tonight has irresistibly pulled me into a life of high crimes and misdemeanors. 

Tonight was the debut of ECLIPSE GLASSES, a brand-new five-piece band featuring folks like Andrew Morgan (from Les Attaques, Chinese Girls), Collin Miles (late of The Moving Front), Zach Reeves &  Kyle Carpenter (via Tel Aviv) and Lorenza Harrington (one of the late, lamented Applescruffs).  Think keys, drums, guitar, bass, no vocals…and mad horns!  I’m talking about Harrington playing trumpet AND euphonium, sometimes effortlessly interchanging and playing them in the same song.  The Flag & Banner space was packed with a crowd that was feelin’ it, yours truly included.

CheckOneTwo was pretty much transported directly into a floating mental mix of 70s crime shows and modern glitzy hustle schemes.  This was definitely stellar soundtrack music, the kind that makes you want to go out and create the best movie ever just so you can lay these tracks over your impossible heist job. 

Kudos to the new combination of veteran scenesters.  Mad fun, way too short of a set, and I want to do it again.



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).