|ISSUE 9.1||WINTER 1999|
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Jeff Beck Concert:
A great show featuring one of the music world's most under-appreciated guitar hero/fathers of modern rock and roll. Jeff had a solid and exciting band backing him tonight, Jennifer Batten doing duty as second guitarist with an extremely talented performance, commanding synth programs part of the time from her midi-equipped guitar,doubling leads with Jeff and holding down the chords. The bass player was quite nifty doing a bit of popping and slapping. The drummer doubled on keyboards during one tune, and was showcased in the middle of the set with a big rock and roll drum solo. But the meat and potatoes of the show was Jeff. Driving confidently through familiar and new rock/fusion type compositions featuring his signature sound. Jeff Beck is one of the handful of visionaries who continue to push the boundaries of rock guitar further, using a Fender Stratocaster as his tool. Jeff's sound is an amazing combination of legato laced violin-saxophone like organic tones, that you could swear were not coming from a regular old guitar and amp, just like that kid on your block owns. Even more unbelievable from a technical perspective is that Jeff does not use a guitar pick and constantly uses the vibrato arm- yet does not go out of tune!
Over an hour and a half of great instrumental music(including the Beatles "A Day in the Life") and one could not possibly want for vocals.
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- m.j.thompson (Mar 24, 1999)
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- Joe Wagner (Mar 23, 1999)
- Melvin B. Strange (Mar 15, 1999)
To me their music is very modern, in fact I am reminded of a statement I read in a Perry Ferell interview regarding the future of rock n roll. Perry felt that electronic music is where rock is heading, maybe, maybe not. The small crowd present that night seemed to be into Tin Star, but I do not think Tin Star was into the crowd. My guess is that they were expecting a larger crowd and were a bit disappointed. Give em a few more months of Columbus radio jamming "head" down the masses throught and they will probably sell out the Newport.
- John Rarey (Mar 13, 1999)
- John Rarey (Mar 13, 1999)
March 20, 1999 at Chelsies (980 N. High St. 297-1682) from 8:30 PM until 1:30 AM.. Admission $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Tickets may be purchased online thru Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8:00. Food will be provided by Schmidt's.
Five of Columbus's top blues bands will perform beginning at 8:30. Special guest Willie Pooch and the Upsetters kick off at 8:30. The Chicago blues style of the Primetime Blues Band takes the stage at 9:30. Up and comers Winterstreet take off at 10:30. Perennial blues/swing favorite Sean Carney and the Nite Owls at 11:30 (their final performance forever). Black Cat Zone howls with their own unique style of Delta, Chicago and Texas blues and wraps up the festivities at 12:30.
The Columbus Blues Alliance, a non-profit organization, was formed to promote all forms of Blues music throughout central Ohio. Please check our website at http://www.colsbluesalliance.org .
- Steve Woods (Mar 12, 1999)
- Dan Spitez (Mar 08, 1999)
And that's where this band is, fluxus. Three member changes in less than six months, a handful of so-so live performances, and high expectations should assist the listener in understanding why the band sounds so sophmorish. The lofty hopes are local lore. Simply, the band has not been able to find themselves due to the sporadic and unsettling, somewhat nonchalance that surrounds them. And yes, they are to blame. But not unlike pointing out pre-adulthood errors in logic, the record makes it clear that the songs are worthy of our attention.
Others have noted that the unique blend of Amy and Meagan's voices is the trademark of the group. Quite true, however the peripheral instrumentation on Marveline often falls very short of being equally complimentary. Tempo fluctuations due to poor drumming and missed accents, a strange blend of wimpy guitar sounds with what sounds like no overdubs or corrections to the clipped notes are the major things that stand out. Josh's playing on Rolled Over and Antiguard reminds me of the liaison between Gillian Welch and her guitarist David Rawlings or David Roback's role in Mazzy Star; yet on the electric tracks I'm not certain of his role, nor is he barely audible due to the fact that he primary doubles Amy's guitar parts. Clearly, he didn't have alot of time to work out parts being a new addition to the lineup just weeks before the recording. Bass player Joe Maple's playing was a pleasant surprise for me. The rogue actually fit nicely, and his lines, like that in the Dog Song are very charming. The lo-fi nature of Fishbreath and Rolled Over works; it highlights the voices and sweet simpleness of Amy's craft. Sadly, as well as one can usually make out the words, and with the words being paramount, why were they not included in the packaging, odd. I can decipher snippets about various animals, especially dogs, lots about dogs. For whatever reason, leaving the drums out on a few tracks that I had grown accustomed to hearing in full regalia is a nice surprise. Romeo's strange word, 'acceptions', its great chorus, tension building progression and hummable staccato monosyllable hook is infectious. This and Antiguard, if the DJ's can get pass labeling them a barroom blues band, are the likely radio friendly airplay tracks. Rolled Over, more dog stuffage, and Fishbreath should appease the WCBE crowd and the like. I cannot say I find tinkering at the organ/farfisa on the tune Alliteration much of an addition to the song simply because one is available in the room during the session; but this type of experimentation is what a band at this stage should be attempting. And Amy's almost-tragic-blues delivery and colorful vocal palette could broaden with some creative noodling.
In the end, we walk away with the sense that, "dangit, they almost got it right", the hope that, "yeah, I think they got a new drummer" and golly, I don't care "they're still cute." This band is not everything we want them to be, not yet, but I recommend you give the CD a chance and determine for yourself if you may like them as much as I think many will when they are seniors.
- Casa (Mar 08, 1999)
- Mark Zinn (Mar 06, 1999)
- Margi Petersen (Feb 26, 1999)
- ZARATHUSTRA (Feb 23, 1999)
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- Paul Williams (Feb 16, 1999)
(Feb 10, 1999)
I want to apologize for the review I gave of your 7-inch (http://184.108.40.206/issues/8.3/reviews.shtml) , not just because I booked y'all for the 13. Feb Ohio Wesleyan show, but because I really gave no consideration to the music once I heard it was pop, which I normally discard upon first listen.
After a few extra spins, though, my mind has changed. There's genuine-sounding feeling behind busted-up love songs like "Robyn" and especially "Goodbye and Goodluck" despite the fact that Pat seems to be happily married now. Faked genuine feeling?
Add to that the energy of "LOVEnROCKnROLLnHOWTHEYRELATE," snippets of punk and rockabilly (to make people like me happy) and the interesting situations of the heroes of your songs find themselves in and you've got a pretty good 7-inch.
Then, as if I needed any more proof you guys deserved a second hearing, you send six songsfrom your upcoming CD for me to listen to.
It could be the fact you sent me a rough cut, but the songs seem to rock a little more, as evidenced by the power chords in "Hollycentric" and the punk-style screaming near the end of the new version of "Goodbye and Goodluck." You've still got a way with lyrics, such as the line in "17 Pieces" about the love-hate relationship: "We both love you/ And we both hate me" and the "Declaration" of dependence. Great stuff.
About the only thing I'm still disappointed about is the booklet included with the 7-inch decrying jazz as the enemy. Sorry, fellas, but I still like jazz. May not be all that appreciative of the people who listen to it, as are you, but just because the girl is ugly doesn't mean she's not bad in bed.
- Daniel Strohl (Feb 10, 1999)
- brett wilder (Feb 06, 1999)
- Paul Williams (Feb 03, 1999)
- Matt Ward (Jan 30, 1999)
**Joel Treadway/Cringe "Notes&News" 4-3-98
- Matt Fielding (Jan 26, 1999)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
18 January, 1999
The Northberg Tavern (2084 N.High St)is proud to announce their one-year anniversary. For decades the Northberg Tavern was one of the OSU campus area hotspots for both students and alumni. Tragically in the early 1990's, a fire literally destroyed the Northberg. For much of this decade, the Northberg Tavern has laid dormant below the Campus Donato's Pizza at the corner of Frambes and N. High St. Finally, after many months of restoration, the Northberg reopened it's doors to the campus area on January 22, 1998. One of the main goals of the Northberg is to support the Columbus music scene. Since reopening, the Northberg has featured dozens of great local bands as well as regional acts from Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Indianapolis. This Friday, January 22, 1999, the Northberg Tavern will be hosting their one-year anniversary party. Friday's events will include QFM-96's one and only Joe Show as emcee, live entertainment from three of the Columbus area's hottest bands; the Peoples Popular Music Front, Leeward Terrace, and Switch. The Northberg would like to thank the community for helping their first year back in business become a great success by offering tons of great drink specials throughout the evening. 16oz Miller Lite Fat Boys for $1.50, Long Island pints for $2.75, $1.00 shot specials, $1.75 Firewater test tubes. Additionally, the first 96 people through the door will receive a FREE 7" single topping pizza courtesy of QFM-96 and Donato's Pizza. Sponsored by QFM-96, Miller Lite, the Central Beverage Group and Donato's Pizza.
For more information contact:
Tony Federer or Russ Crane 614-294-5371
(Jan 19, 1999)
Check out the Official Jason Melick Web Site at http://www.jason-melick.com for more details.
(Jan 17, 1999)