Putting the blog on ice for a while

kraftwerkconeJust wanted to post a quick note to let everyone know that there won’t be any new posts on Orlando Music News for a while. I’ve got a couple of big projects going on at my day job (you know, the one that actually pays me money for my time and talents), some (positive, but time-consuming) personal stuff happening, and there’s a very strong likelihood that I’m going to be writing another book soon. All that, combined with the fact that the holidays are coming up … well, something has to give, and unfortunately, this blog is gonna be it.

Not shutting it down, mind you, just taking a break until the beginning of the year. And, until then, I’m going to take down the “Upcoming Concerts” and “Submit Your Show Info” pages because … well, because they won’t be updated.

Thanks to all those who have shown support – for both this blog, and for the Orlando music scene – over the last nine months, and hopefully, when the blog comes back, I’ll have figured out a way to make both of them even better.

– Jason

P.S. – If anyone wants to take over the blog for a while, I’d be more than open to it. Even if you just wanted to update the concerts section to keep the site fresh, that would be most appreciated. I just won’t have the time/mental space to do it.

P.P.S. – Not to put too fine a point on it, but this is what happens when you don’t support your local media/artists/creatives/musicians. In all honesty, had there been more feedback/engagement/donations from the people who are reading this blog, I would have felt a lot more compulsion to try to figure out a way to squeeze 39 hours worth of work into a 24 hour day. But hey, if you don’t give a shit about it, why should I?

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This week’s top 25 from Park Ave CDs [Oct 10 – Oct. 17]

  1. Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire
  2. Wanda Jackson – The Party Ain’t Over
  3. Bjork – Biophilia
  4. Wilco – The Whole Love
  5. Mayer Hawthorne – How Do You Do
  6. Peter Gabriel – New Blood
  7. Bonnie Prince Billy – Wolfroy Goes To Town
  8. Evanescence – Evanescence
  9. Nirvana – Nevermind: 20Th Anniversary Edition
  10. Erasure – Tomorrow’s World
  11. Radiohead – Tkol Rmx 1234567
  12. Shin Joong Hyun – Beautiful Rivers & Mountains
  13. Five Finger Death Punch – American Capitalist
  14. We Were Promised Jetpacks – In The Pit…
  15. Johnny Winter – Roots
  16. Murs – Love & Rockets, Vol. 1
  17. Skeletonwitch – Forever Abomination
  18. Feist – Metals
  19. Future Islands – On The Water
  20. Wild Flag – Wild Flag
  21. Mutemath – Odd Soul
  22. Jack’s Mannequin – People And Things
  23. Various – Miles Espanol: Noew Sketches Of Spain
  24. Melissa Ferrick – Still Right Here
  25. Fan Modine – Gratitude For The Shipper
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NEW VIDEO: Lone Hymnal covering R.E.M.’s “E-Bow the Letter”

Shot at the group’s recent performance at the Hippodrome in Cocoa. R.I.P. R.E.M.

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NEW MUSIC: Sean Moore – “Help”


According to Sean:

“‘Help’ was recorded in one take using a micro-cassette recorder on October 9th, 2011.  This particular method of recording harkens back to my 2007 lo-fi solo release, Tone Poems in Low Fidelity.  This track may lead to another full-length record of similar proportions.  But for now, it stands alone.”


“Help” is available as a free download over at Sean’s Bandcamp site.

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This Little Undershirt (A review of Bao Le-Huu’s recent performance)

This Little Undershirt

[This is a guest post by Phil Longo. I have edited it for punctuation and spelling only, and added random bolding, a la Orlando Weekly. Hopefully, I can talk Phil into making TLU a recurring feature here at Orlando Music News.]

Bao Le-Huu is a voyeur, a sniper at the gates of a local musician’s dream. He is also a studio hermit rarely ever performing live, so you can imagine my excitement and perverse curiosity when i learned he was to perform on stage for the first time. The event was local musician/shoegaze music expert Tierney Tough‘s birthday extravaganza (Will’s Pub, Oct. 13th).

Having followed his career path for several years, I was keenly aware of his well-documented grit and venom and I couldn’t wait to see the man finally “lay it on the line.” With my known passion for two-piece music critics I was initially dismayed to learn he was to be performing solo. My concern was almost to prove correct when the artist’s legendary performance anxiety almost got the best of him. After being carried to the stage, the set immediately got off to a rough start. The sound was a little muddy and Bao seemed to lack focus at first, several times singing far away from the mic or choosing not to sing at all.

While his performance lacked physicality, I feel it carried a restrained emotive weight and there was a marked “non-performing” style I found refreshing and lacking from most local artists of this genre. Although his eyes betrayed the silence like optical sumamis [sic, and, WTF?] which paralyzed this critic, we will have to wait and see if Bao can translate this vibe into a visceral live show. I personally can’t wait to find out. Welcome to the party, sir.

Also bringing it was local opener Cory (of Will’s Pub fame) with his Silver-Jews-meets-Steven-Wright-narrating-a-YouPorn-clip take on pop music. Well done, well done.

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This week’s charts from WPRK [Oct 7 – Oct. 13]

From WPRK’s website, here’s a rundown of the ten most-played local artists for the last week.

  1. The Pauses
  2. Matt Butcher
  3. Mad Sexual Genius
  4. Marc with a C
  5. Oh Fortuna
  6. Sci-Fried
  7. Dirty Barby (!)
  8. The Queues
  9. Yip-Yip
  10. Jane Jane Pollock (I’ll let it slide)

And, here’s their Top 10 “overall” chart for the past week:

  1. The Drums
  2. Sublime with Rome
  3. T. Rex
  4. Dimitre Tiomkin
  5. Beirut
  6. Wilco
  7. Jacuzzi Boys
  8. Patti Smith
  9. Slow Club
  10. John Williams
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Matt Kamm of Telethon has been very, very busy

So, this thing bubbled up the other day: a Telethon remix of seven songs from Yip-Yip‘s new album:

And that was pretty cool. Local-on-local action is always sweet, but it’s even sweeter when it’s cross-genre local-on-local action.

And then Telethon’s mad genius Matt Kamm sent me an email making sure I had heard that, and dropped a few more bombs on me.

Like this:

#1 Hits (1295-1802) is a 27-track compilation that brings together some of Telethon’s best moments over the project’s wildly disparate history.

And this:

A 24-track distillation of the best of the long-developing R. Stevie Moore tribute project. Of the nearly 200 tracks to submitted to the project (so far!), these were deemed to be the best, and right there alongside Ariel Pink is our very own Telethon. Sweet!

And this:

i also have 2 7″ releases coming out on Glowmobile. 1 due the end of this year with R. Stevie Moore’s cover of me and me of him.
Another is completely new material…

And that’s your most recent edition of “What’s up with Matt Kamm and Telethon.” In the next edition, look forward to scintillating tales of t-topped gold sportscars and backstage kerfuffles.

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The Pauses: film festival darlings

Well, this was a little unexpected, but two videos for Pauses‘ songs – “Go North” and “Hands Up” (both shot by John Deeb and Deeb Studios) – were selected for admission into two different film festivals. The Illinois International Film Festivalselected “Hands Up” (which you can check out for yourself up ^^^^ there), and the Red Rock Film Festival picked “Go North” (below) as an Official Selection.

Just as a reminder, the Pauses head out on a CMJ-pointing East Coast tour Saturday with the Great Deceivers, but you can catch them Friday at Back Boothwith Royal Bangs and Bear Hands. And, if you’re feeling truly rambunctious, you can come to Will’s tonight to celebrate the birthday of Pauses bassist Tierney Tough, with sets by A.T.T.I.C.Dark Sea of Awareness, a ridiculous attempt at DJ’ing by yours truly, along with cake, karaoke, and a disco dance party. The cover’s only $2, with the money going to keeping the Pauses gassed and fed while they’re on the road.

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New Orlando concert listings: Sondre Lerche, AIDS Wolf, Nirvana Cover Show, Matt Pond PA, Tim Reynolds, Deer Tick, Little Dragon

Sept. 1: Ben Prestage (Will’s)

Sept. 2: Thomas Wynn & the Believers, Six Time Losers, Jordan Wynn & the Apparitioners (Will’s)

Sept. 3: Shak Nasti, Gargamel (Will’s)

Sept. 4: Chopper Stepe, Weapons to Go, Midtown Dave (Will’s)

Sept. 6: No Babies, Whitman, SSLOT (Substance)

Sept. 6: Lonesome City Travelers (Will’s)

Sept. 13: Pseudo Kids (Peacock)

Sept. 14: Acid Baby Jesus, Vein Cranes, Hell Shovel (Substance)

Sept. 14: The Goddamn Gallows, Jayke Orvis & The Broken Band, James Hunnicutt (Will’s)

Sept. 15: Gunslinger, Hot Mouth, The GTX (Will’s)

Sept. 16: Terra Terra Terra, The Gallery, All Things Bright, The Real  (Will’s)

Sept. 17: Jahlando (Plaza)

Sept. 17: Jared Blake from The Voice, Greg Warren, Jill’s Cashbox and Alex Hayes (House of Blues)

Sept. 19: Parafora, Orlando Music News, and Park Ave CDs Present: Nirvana Cover Show w/Great Deceivers, Basements of Florida, Fever, the Pauses, Roadkill Ghost Choir, Maximino, Dark Sea of Awareness, Yogurt Smoothness, and, uh, DJ Jason Ferguson (Will’s)

Sept. 23: Auto!Automatic!! CD release (Will’s)

Sept. 26: Matt Pond PA, Rocky Votolato, Apex Manor (Will’s)

Sept. 30: Mad Sexual Genius (Plaza)

Oct. 7: Andy Matchett & the Minks, the Beauvilles, Dirty Names (Will’s)

Oct. 11: Mighty Diamonds (Social)

Oct. 12: Tim Reynolds & TR3 (Plaza)

Oct. 14: The Rouge (McRaney’s)

Oct. 15: Cal Ecker (Social)

Oct. 17: Star Slinger, Mux Mool, Shigeto (Will’s)

Oct. 19: Deer Tick (Social)

Oct. 21: 12 Dirty Bullets, Evan Taylor Jones Band (57 West)

Oct. 23: Little Dragon (Firestone)

Oct. 26: The Menzingers, The Flatliners  (Will’s)

Oct. 28: Beth McKee CD release (Plaza)

Oct. 30: Fitz & the Tantrums (Beacham)

Nov. 5: AIDS Wolf, Unicorn Hardon, Yip Yip, Southern Nights (Will’s)

Nov. 5: Deland Original Music Festival (Downtown Deland)

Nov. 7: Bane, Defeater, Miles Away, Dead End Path (Will’s)

Nov. 8: Matt Hires (Plaza)

Nov. 8: Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, the Green (Social)

Nov. 15: Sondre Lerche, Peter Wolf Crier (Social)

Feb. 17: Get the Led Out (Plaza)

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New Orlando concert listings [Roscoe Mitchell, the Rapture, Bad Brains, Gaby Moreno, Memoryhouse, Tinariwen, LOTS more]

Aug. 25: Supervillains – acoustic/video shoot (Social)

Aug. 26: Seraphim, Khann, Devout, Abuse, Ether (Hoops)

Aug. 27: Alexander, Ascend the Hill, Civil Parish, Kyle Cox & Sara Beth Wesley (Back Booth)

Aug. 27: Wet Nurse, the Woolly Bushmen (Will’s)

Sept. 4: Accidental Music Festival: Emily Hay with Brad Dutz and Wayne Peet (Timucua White House)

Sept. 9: Hymn For Her, Bob On Blonde, Johnny Knuckles (McRaney’s)

Sept. 10: Unexpected Company (Social)

Sept. 14: Paul Freeman (Social)

Sept. 22: Bad Brains (Firestone)

Sept. 23: Three Legged Fox (McRaney’s)

Sept. 30: Authority Zero (Social)

Oct. 3: Honeyhoney, Joshua James (Plaza)

Oct. 7: The Legendary J.C.’s, the Bright Light Social Hour (Will’s)

Oct. 9: Gaby Moreno (McRaney’s)

Oct. 9: Buckwheat Zydeco (Plaza)

Oct. 16: Southern Fried Sunday: American Aquarium, Christina Wagner, the Wholetones, the Oakhill Drifters’ CD release (Will’s)

Oct. 16: Kevin Devine, An Horse (Will’s)

Oct. 17: Roscoe Mitchell (Timucua White House)

Oct. 18: The Rapture (Beacham)

Oct. 21: Tribal Seeds (Beacham)

Oct. 27: Memoryhouse (Back Booth)

Oct. 31: Butch Walker (Social)

Nov. 7: Jay Brannan (Social)

Nov. 9: Tinariwen (Social)

Nov. 19: Emily Kopp CD release (Plaza)

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