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December 2008 Blog Posts (43)

Classic Doc Martens discontinued...? (end 2008)

To anyone who loves Doc Martens—I think the company is discontinuing some of their classic lines of shoes.

I can't vouch for this 100% but

1.) when I went to a store to get new ones, they said they were sold out of the old models and weren't getting any replacements.

2.) the classic models seem to be on sale everywhere online (more about that later)

3.) some web pages are specifically listing them as discontinued.

The collage… Continue

Added by Ed on December 30, 2008 at 2:34am — 7 Comments

Dancing Cigarettes Web Site

Hey, we just launched a new site dedicated to the Dancing Cigarettes. Check it out at

We're looking for collaboration, input, etc.

Happy New Year everyone.

- Rick

Added by Rick Wilkerson on December 29, 2008 at 8:41pm — 3 Comments

Blogging about the My Music Posts

Howdy, howdy, howdy,

I posted some tunes. Here's why:

The first two are Uncle Bob. I have earlier stuff... the earliest being Kev and I recording at Cary Quad on the WCCR 4-track as well as the Whisker Buiscut stuff from 88 recorded in Highland on the said 4-track... but other than live Teeth from 87-88 (hello Muncie, IN!), nothing that rung out... all the other Teeth recording were pre John and I (when Mass and Flav were shredding).

So. the first two are Uncle… Continue

Added by Guy Crundwell on December 27, 2008 at 12:18am — No Comments

Trying Something Out- please give me your feedback

A number of you have mentioned that they aren't too crazy about your present and past lives being all over Google via MFT. Although I think this is the way that many people find the site it is also a hassle for people who want to keep their personal and professional lives somewhat separate. I can sympathize.

So I changed the settings on the site to only allow members to see beyond the home page. This means all the profiles, discussions, photos, etc are not going to be indexed in… Continue

Added by Jeb Banner on December 24, 2008 at 2:00pm — 38 Comments

Attention Bloomingtonians - Jon Konrath

I was trying to track down something using Google, and I stumbled across this: A writer named Jon Konrath wrote a novel (a rather long novel) titled "Summer Rain" about spending a summer in Bloomington in 1992 (published in 2000). I downloaded the PDF of the book from his site (, and it looks pretty interesting. It's full of descriptions of Bloomington, and a quick scan revealed that at one point he goes to Second Story to see The Dynamos - a thinly-veiled Dynamics. Also it… Continue

Added by John P. Strohm on December 23, 2008 at 4:53pm — 8 Comments

MX-80 back in the day, featuring the Tao and the MCPL

Bob Gulcher diligently sent along this remarkable blog entry from one HT who apparently signed MX-80 to Island Records back in the day:

Asking my boss David Betteridge if he'd "uh, like to go to to Bloomington?" I was, frankly, a bit surprised when he said "yes". So we found ourselves de-planing in Indianapolis and being driven for roughly an hour to a coffee bar/health-food joint (with ashram attached) in… Continue

Added by mike whybark on December 21, 2008 at 10:32pm — 6 Comments

For Immediate Release: Latex Novelties ink deal with Cheyenne, Wyoming Indie Punk label Zodiac Killer Records!


Indy's first Punk band Latex Novelties have signed to Indie Punk label Zodiac Killer Records. Zodiac Killer will be releasing Latex's first new recordings since the early 80's. This is the next logical step in the reformed band's progression from just a few reunion shows to becoming an internationally known Punk band! Some bands… Continue

Added by Marvin P. Goldstein on December 20, 2008 at 8:21pm — No Comments

UK and Ireland (part 2)

Billy is an expert in the fine art of monotony breaking.

I'd like to go on record by saying that mince pie does not suck!

I don't know what it means but it looks serious.

One of my favorite parts of the tour was stopping off for "pub lunch". This is a part…


Added by otis on December 19, 2008 at 2:39pm — 1 Comment

MOKB & Standard Recording Co. present Vic Chesnutt & Elf Power at Locals Only : $6

Two much respected institutions of Athens, Georgia indie music teamed up this year to put out a pretty great album. Vic Chesnutt and Elf Power released Dark Developments through Orange Twin Records. On February 2nd, My Old Kentucky… Continue

Added by Dodge on December 19, 2008 at 12:23pm — No Comments

WIN THIS! We have 8 pairs of tickets to give away to The Big Damn Holiday Show!

We have 8 pairs of tickets to give away to The Big Damn Holiday Show!

Click here :

Friday, December 26th at The Vogue in Broad Ripple : The Big Damn Holiday Show…starring The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band with special guests Harley Poe and Woodstove Flapjacks!

In order to win,… Continue

Added by Dodge on December 18, 2008 at 3:01pm — No Comments

UK and Ireland tour 2008 (part 1)

This is part 1 of the many disorganized posts that I'll be throwing together in the next few days. I'll be chronicling my month long tour with everyone's best friend, Billy Bragg.

The tour started out with United Airlines losing my luggage (it ended the same way). This is but one of many times that they've lost my luggage over the years. This made it impossible for me to change clothes for the first few days of the tour. I'm sure that I was pretty unpopular in the… Continue

Added by otis on December 18, 2008 at 2:59pm — No Comments

MeatWater "High Efficiency Survival Beverage"

MEATWATER Dinner In A Bottle
(merci M'sieur Whybark)

Added by Ed the Meat Poet on December 17, 2008 at 11:30pm — 5 Comments

College Avenue Neighborhood Development Organization

Our goal is to empower the businesses and individuals of our community to promote sustainable change in our neighborhoods and along the College Avenue corridor. As a group we are supporting the planned development at 49th and College.

Get involved and tell the City of Indianapolis how you feel by signing our online petition. It only takes a moment, but the change we hope to create will last much longer.…


Added by PJ Christie on December 17, 2008 at 10:33am — 2 Comments

Some Holiday Cheer from Kentucky Nightmare's Simon Moore

Our buddy Simon Moore from Kentucky Nightmare has sent us a great group of Xmas covers for the site. Here is some info about the songs and a link to the MFT page. Enjoy! I really loved Mr Grinch.

"Scott played all the live drums (even the Casio drums, which he did, in fact, "play" as well). Scott also sang all the vocals on Oh Holy Night and White Christmas. The rest of the songs feature harmony vocals that were recorded live. I did all the vocals on Little Drummer Boy. Scott played… Continue

Added by Jeb Banner on December 14, 2008 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Some random thoughts about musicians and learning

Before getting into the substance of this post, I’ll confess that I don’t know much about lateralization of brain function. I have rudimentary (and probably in some ways inaccurate) understanding of general “left brain” and “right brain” characteristics. I’m going to forge ahead here with the disclaimer that my understanding is neither nuanced nor remotely scientific. This is all off the top of my head and the reader should feel free to disagree with me.

I had a conversation with my… Continue

Added by John P. Strohm on December 14, 2008 at 5:26pm — 37 Comments


Originally composed by me and posted on my blog last December, this essay is fast becoming one of America's favorite holiday traditions. I hope you savor it as do I, perhaps with a warming cup of tranya. - M

osirisclaus.jpg Every year, as Osiris Claus prepares to take his chariot to the skies in celebration of his birth, it’s helpful to understand how and why we…


Added by mike whybark on December 13, 2008 at 1:01pm — 9 Comments

The Hung Stockings

Need a little holiday cheer? Check out Kenny and Josh's side project The Hung Stockings page on My Space

I'm cracking up as I listen to "Let It Snow". Kenny hits some falsetto notes that I did not know he had in them. The premise is they take some Christmas song and overlay their vocals including some pretty hilarious extra lyrics and… Continue

Added by Jeb Banner on December 12, 2008 at 2:28pm — 9 Comments

Bettie Page: RIP

I didn't even realize she was still alive for the longest time, but alas:

Added by Stephen Canner on December 12, 2008 at 12:10pm — 1 Comment

JImmy Pruitt's Holiday Party ~ Melody Inn ~ Friday, Dec. 19th!

My new band, Soft Speaker, will be playing Jimmy's Holiday Party on Friday the 19th at the Melody Inn. Also on the bill are Action Strasse, The Delicious and Brando. I can't wait!


Added by TheWarmth on December 11, 2008 at 7:14pm — 6 Comments

Red Light Driver finds comfort zone

The members of Red Light Driver aren’t interested in being the next big thing.

They may have gunned for fame as members of bygone bands such as Lunar Event and Pop Lolita, but today they make music as its own reward.

That’s the story behind the provocative title of Red Light Driver’s debut album, “… And Now We Can Be Ourselves.”

“People try so hard to fit into some niche and milk it for all it’s worth,” guitarist Jonathan Harmon says. “We’ve been doing this long… Continue

Added by Dave Lindquist on December 11, 2008 at 1:32pm — No Comments

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