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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.

SEPT 20: ASHTRAY BABYHEAD July 9, 2008

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The Vino’s anniversary show:  Sept 20, featuring the rarely-spotted Ashtray Babyhead.

Mark it down.

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!

Sibilance,

Glen

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?

Glen