ime, it was so confusing. One of the greatest live performances I've ever seen, period, was when they played the Beatles tribute show I helped organize as a benefit for Tom Donahue (R.I.P. brother) a few years back. It was truly weird and completely fucking mesmerizing. Ahead of their time.…
to a record store since he died.
2) Dancing at Bullwinkles after Second Story shows with Josh Bennett.
3) "the shopping cart incident" with Randall Embry.
4) really paying attention to Sardina for the first time at the Bluebird. Marty had a broken leg. It set my musical journey on a different course right there in a single night.…
ol kids with the specific 'you are not cool enough' disdain they treated the younger kids with. Somehow I had become pals with people from the college age crowd as well as the older high school crowd really early - like in 1978 or 1979, because I had a show at WQAX. Tom Donahue would introduce me to people in Duroc, I guess, and I knew some folks from the station, like Gary Indiana.
RIP Tom. RIP Dave Huffmann, for that matter.…
was 1979 but thanks to cross referencing here I have concuded it muts have been late summer 1980.
I believe I hold the distinction of having been kicked out and banned on three separate occasions, once in the Union as a teenager for fomenting a record smashing party in the hall outside the studio; once on the square for I forget, and once AGAIN, not as a member, on the square, for barging in on someone's show while well-lit and cursing until the phone lit up with the GM's call. The GM was not Eric, Anne, Chet, or Bill, as I recall, which likely consigns it to a one-year reign by someone I did not know. Unless it was one of y'all.
In which case, HEY now. I LIVED with y'all! HEY!
I will freely confess that middle bannination is suspect in the manner of legends and myths, so disassemble at will. As I recall, I was told no premises visits, a dictum which I pretty much disregarded. I have nothing but affection and respect for the station and intend to tell more WQAX stories here shortly.
Let it be known: I never had sex in any WQAX broadcast studio at any time. Damn it.…
matter of time.
Seeing Al Jarvis walk into Second Story circa 1993 (once again, I think) like they let him out of a cage before a Joyride show and him/ them proceeding to re-invent my personal definition of rock and roll. They were my Sex Pistols moment, and I love that band to this second for it.
Steve Kowalski's Army, Tom Shover, 1992/ 1993, w/ Jake Smith on bass and the Spurg on kit. Wow!
The Stranded-Spoon Furies Bloomington hits the road trips to Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Chuck's basement room-good people, good times, real hazy, and great tunes.
PAIN-watching us lose to f'ing Duke in the Final Four circa 1992, on Fess St at Boyer and Hancuff's place.
Video Saloon and Mike at the door...and knowing where the door was when I had to duck out, duck a lady, or duck out with one.
Waking up the first day that all the frat boys and most of the campus unloaded, knowing it was summer in Bloomington baby!
Josh and Bob and Kenny and the list goes on and on.
Kenny Pfau's house on the east side of town and many, many good times.
When the Drovers did weekend stints at Second Story.
The Chocolate Moose and the apt I lived in across the street. Dry Mouth 0, Chocolate Moose 500.
D Self, Tom Donahue, Lisa Sorg-music fans par excellance!
About 1,456,319 other mind blowing, grand times.…
however, he couldn't really be arsed with real underground hardcore. He was probably 30 at the time (ancient). Also it wasn't a huge market because there weren't many of us buyers and (after buying the Briar & Burley out of clove cigarettes) we didn't have much money.
My vinyl is safe - no worries, and some of it is quite valuable. Climate controlled. The attic is more metaphorical than literal. I've been thinking of getting one of those new fangled turntable consoles for my office, where I keep all of the vinyl people send me. I always ask clients and music-making friends who offer to send me vinyl promos plus MP3 links over CDs - I'm getting a nice collection here.
Some of those links look cool - especially the garage one - but I wouldn't assume they are authorized. A bunch of contemporary blogs - such as Dodge's - post only authorized MP3s (and they are sent many to consider); but stuff from the vaults, it's just tough to clear. A good litmus test would be to ask the guys in the Blood Farmers (all MFT members) if anyone asked them for permission to post their 7" on that site. One of the exclusive rights of copyright, of course, is the right to make or authorize copies. So unless they authorized it, the site is infringing their copyright. My guess would be that they would be flattered to have their single posted on a blog like that, but that doesn't mean the site didn't have to clear the use. As a matter of course, I assume that those archive sites are infringing. Of course MFT is a shining exception!
David - alright, smart guy. But not an option for me. Call me low-tech, but I don't stream the Internet through my stereo, and I don't have a fast enough connection to stream via smart phone. I stream music at work sometimes, but I usually just play stuff off my iTunes, which sounds better and doens't stall out to buffer.…
is stroke and was only partially with it. I heard he had a relapse after that and wasn't doing well. I may have heard he passed, but I think that was a rumor.
He and I used to book shows together at the Bluebird and Second Story in the mid 1990s. He had the Bluebird gig and I had Second Story so we had to coordinate to make sure we didn't overlap. This was before email and cell phones so most coordination was done at the end of a show after hours of drinking. Not the best way to do it.
It didn't last long for a variety of reasons but I remember he would write down the line ups for upcoming shows on a piece of paper and slip it between the cushions of the back room at Second Story (closed down later and turned into a supply room, but back then it had video games and was often the place for patrons to partake in non-legal intoxicants). He told me that was how old school rock'n'rollers did it which I didn't really buy but I went along with it anyway.
He was a very kind guy when he was sober and actually very intelligent. But when he was drunk all bets were off.
Plan 9 was a cool store and stayed open longer than most expected. I think someone took over for Kerry when he fell ill but it closed shortly thereafter if I recall correctly.…
ime in Bloomington they recorded and released two rock operas, a full length, and a posthumous EP/Live record (you can find it all at musicalfamilytree.net) . When they weren't writing their own songs, they would take breaks to do things like learn all of Pink Flag by Wire, which they would play instead of their original material until the muse reappeared. Tom Donahue reported back in 1999 that, after Cadmium Orange began covering Pink Flag, he sold almost 40 copies of that album. But Wire was not the easiest comparison -- The Who (and Guided By Voices, but mostly the Who) was, probably, the easiest. Cadmium Orange covered "Substitute" and "Can't Explain" regularly, occasionally "A Quick One," and did their best to sound and play just like them -- Jason Groth with his Hiwatt/Marshall combo, jumping, and love of solid rhythm playing, Chris Reinhart (the plow), more of a soloist on bass than Groth was on guitar, and Lee Mantle (elemental) playing wildly, like Keith Moon, but still managing to keep it together. Jim May complimented the band with his Rotten/Daltrey/Pollard antics, and the band loved the idea of rock operas (like Tommy, a Quick One, and Quadrophenia) so much that their whole aesthetic molded itself around it. The band became inactive when May moved to New York in 2000, and reunited once in 2004 to play originals. In 2009, Groth finally got a copy of the most recently released Live at Leeds that featured The Who playing Tommy the way they could as a loud rock band and decided it was time to call everyone together. The Who's live version is electric, loud, and relentless -- just like Cadmium Orange. Unfortunately, May was unable to make it from Prague, so it was decided to only play The Who and not Cadmium Orange originals. Deke Hager, a Bloomington legend in his own right, agreed to take on the role of Daltrey, and the band set off to take a swing at one of the greatest rock bands of all time playing Tommy, their signature work.
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