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Midwest Fest 2011 Countdown: The Crane Wives and State Bird

Midwest Fest is coming up in about two weeks and we here at LMTV are extremely excited. Get your tickets here. More counting down with The Crane Wives and State Bird.

The Crane Wives

Photo Credit to Tom Valdez

Grand Rapids’ The Crane Wives are making waves with their infectious brand of indie-folk. Formed in August 2010, they released their debut album “Safe Ship Harbored” on May 12, 2011. Utilizing harmonies and multiple instruments like banjo (which the Grand Rapids press calls the “catchiest banjo you’ve ever heard”), they have been touring non-stop since their formation. Catch them Friday night Sept. 30 at Rubble’s with Bloomill, Empty Orchestra, Jetpack On! and The High Strung.

State Bird

Photo Credit to the State Bird Facebook Page

Hailing from Dover, OH the band relies on heavy and in-your-face guitars with ample feedback supplying the textures. The bass is also just as distorted, adding to the textural rock and roll. The drums are pounding and the vocals are distant yet catchy. Songs like “Ready to Die” are catchy and powerful. Check them out with Yoke, Lightning Love, Phantasmagoria and Stepdad on Thursday Sept. 29 at Rubble’s.

 

Midwest Fest 2011 Countdown: Jetpack On! and Elliot Street Lunatic

Midwest Fest 2011 gets more coverage from LMTV with Jetpack On! and Elliot Street Lunatic getting the treatment this time around.

 

Photo courtesy of the Jetpack On! Facebook page

Jetpack On! have pop hooks a plenty, with a radio-ready rhythm section on call. This band, who are reuniting for Midwest Fest 2011, are pop rock at its finest. A little jagged around the edges but not enough to turn away your ears. Songs like “Do It Again” emphasize the poppy experimentation that the band blends together so well. For being a three piece, they have a huge sound. Be sure to see them at MW Fest this year.

Photo by Christian Frarey

Elliot Street Lunatic have had a wild 2011 thus far. They’ve played countless shows across Michigan, including opening for Atomic Tom back in February. In May, the ventured out to Colorado and Arizona for awesome shows. In June, they recorded their second album with Casey Crescenzo of the Dear Hunter, which will be released later this year. Having seen the band multiple times, each time has gotten better and better. If you have yet to see them, please do yourself a favor and see them on the last night of Midwest Fest.

Midwest Fest 2011 Countdown: Phantasmagoria and Empty Orchestra

LMTV’s Midwest Fest 2011 coverage continues with profiles on Phantasmagoria and Empty Orchestra.

Photo Credit to Doug Coombe

Phantasmagoria are a indie/electronic band from Detroit that The Metro Times of Detroit says are “hard to pin down”. In preparation for Midwest Fest 2011, the band will be playing Rubble’s Bar in Mt. Pleasant on Aug. 25. They are making their first appearance at Midwest Fest.

Photo Credit to the Empty Orchestra Facebook page

Empty Orchestra, from Flint, are making their third appearance at Midwest Fest. Meaning (literally) “karaoke” in Japanese, the band brings a raw, Tom Waits-esque blues/indie mix to the Mt. Pleasant festival. The band recently completed a new 7″ record. Be on the lookout for these guys. They’ll impress you.

Electric Six headline The Loft on 9/16

I conducted a Q and A with Electric Six front man Dick Valentine in preparation for their headlining show at The Loft in Lansing on Sept. 16 with Kitten and Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers.

From the Facebook event page

Q: Electric Six are going on tour in Sept. to support the Oct. release of the new album, “Heartbeats and Brainwaves”. You’ll be playing Lansing on Sept. 16. The band originated in Detroit in the mid-90s. Is this the first time you’ve played in Lansing? What is Electric Six’s history with Lansing and mid-Michigan.

– Well, the original lineup of Electric Six played Mac’s a couple times in like ’97 and ’98. I remember thinking that I was “on tour” because I was finally playing a show that wasn’t in Detroit. And once we got going as a professional touring outfit, we’ve played several shows over the last 7 years or show either at Temple Club or at Small Planet. Lansing’s always been good to us.

Q: The new songs like “Hello! I See You” and “It Gets Hot” show a lot going on musically. The drums are really dance-able, the guitars are heavy and rocking and the synths add a disco-like texture to the songs. What was the goal, musically, for this album?

– We set out to make a much more synth-heavy album and that was really the only idea we had going into it. This is the first album we’ve ever done where every single song was written as we recorded it. Every other album had at least one song that was written before the recording started. So this one was really just a fun process of throwing a bunch of stuff out there and seeing what stuck.

Q: How did the songs come about this time around? Was the songwriting a collaborative effort?

— Everyone in the band submits demos and I go through them and see what I gravitate towards lyrically. That’s one way of doing it. Other songs come about by just fusing ideas between two or more band members. The song “Eye Contact” was a total collaboration between me and Johnny Nashinal that basically just happened out of the blue and within 15 minutes we had a song.

Q: What inspired the lyrics this time around? Were there any particular events in between albums that inspired the lyrics?

– Inspiration for lyrics is completely random and unfocused. For Psychic Visions, I just happened to be walking by a shop with a bright purple neon sign that said “Psychic Visions”. And the lyrics were written within 10 minutes. Songs like French Bacon and Food Dog were written because I said to myself, “I’m gonna write a song called Food Dog. Then I’m going to write a song called French Bacon.” And then “Hello! I See You!” is a song about realizing the ecstasy of accepting Satan as your master. Which for the record, I don’t. But it’s written from the perspective of someone who has.

Q: In 2003, your song “Gay Bar” became a hit. It’s been about 8 years since then. Have fans and journalists moved past Electric Six being a supposed “One Hit Wonder”? Or do you think people are more receptive to the band than ever before? How do you look back on the song and how it helped you?

– Well anytime we pick up the local rag in the town we are playing, more often than not they reference us as disco sleaze lords or something clearly based on our perception from the first album. But that’s just how it goes. And there are more and more people coming to the shows who are very familiar with our last 6 albums post-Fire, so I would say we are slowly growing out of that perception. Two steps forward, one Gay Bar back.

Q: Your band member John Nash produced the new album. How did he influence the production here? Did you all know what you were looking to create and having a band member producer, only eased that process?

– John’s written the music to some of my favorite songs over the years….Slices Of You, Randy’s Hot Tonight, Table and Chairs. And lately his demos were starting to show that his recording/producing chops were growing exponentially. It was just the right time and right album to give him the reins.

Q: Some of the song titles are bizarre, like “French Bacon” and “Interchangeable Knife” along with the title track. You’ve previously commented that, in most cases, your songs are about nothing. Is this the case here? Do any of the songs have any particular meaning?

Again, the only song really about anything concrete is “Hello! I See You!”. It’s about the ecstasy of accepting Satan as the master. The rest of the songs are loose sketches symbolizing sound and fury and being nothing.

Q: Your live shows are characteristically wild; a big dance party. Do you always try to bring a “party” atmosphere to your shows or does that atmosphere happen to follow you?

– That atmosphere happens to follow us. We don’t bring shit.

Q: The record will be released on Oct. 11 with a world tour starting in Sept. in Lansing, MI. What’s it like to play in smaller, more local venues than you’re accustomed to after all these years of touring the world?

– We’ve played venues of all sizes this whole time. Even when were playing festivals and crowds in the tens of thousands in Europe, we’d still find time to play a 200-capacity toilet and “keep it real”. But sometimes we end up keeping it real too many shows in a row and at these times I resume working on my time machine.


Midwest Fest 2011 Countdown: Lightning Love and Nathan K.

LMTV is back with another Midwest Fest 2011 Countdown, here with Lightning Love and Nathan K., both of whom are making their first appearances at the festival.

Photo courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/nathankmusic

Having seen Nathan K. earlier this year for the first time at Middle of  the Mitten 2011, I was immediately awestruck by him. I loved the live sampling, where his instruments (including a floor tom, tambourine and other instruments) were strewn about, resembling the sprawling chaos that became Nathan’s set that night. Not a bad chaos, however, but a chaos of melody, instrument layering and an eventual noise that engulfed the room. Expect the same kind of visceral excitement at Midwest Fest 2011.

Courtesy of the Lightning Love Facebook page

Lightning Love, out of Ypsilanti, are a three piece indie pop band. Earlier this year, they were selected by Billboard to participate in Billboard’s Battle of the Bands in Las Vegas. The band has been playing gigs all year and hitting up the Midwest. Be sure to check them out at Midwest Fest 2011.

Midwest Fest 2011 Countdown: Chris Bathgate and Stepdad

LMTV is back with more profiles of bands that will be playing the 2011 edition of Midwest Fest at Rubble’s Bar in Mt. Pleasant, MI. This time around Chris Bathgate and Stepdad are profiled.

Chris Bathgate

Photo credit to facebook.com/chrisbathgate.org

Having released Salt Year to critical acclaim earlier this year, Ann Arbor based singer-songwriter Chris Bathgate is ready to take Midwest Fest 2011 by storm. He, along with MW Fest friends Frontier Ruckus, are bringing a resurgence to Michigan’s folk scene, adding an indie rock twist to their tales of Midwest landscapes. Before MW Fest, you can catch Bathgate at The Ark in Ann Arbor later this week on Thursday, July 14 and Friday, July 15.

Stepdad

from Midwest2011.com

Grand Rapids, MI’s Stepdad, with their hit song “My leather, my fur, my nails”, have been on the rise after forming in Chicago and relocating to Grand Rapids in 2009. They have been hard at work on tour as well as just having finished the recording of  their debut full length. Having played Midwest Fest 2010, those who attended will know what to expect from a Stepdad show but newcomers may be in for a surprise.

Electric Forest Day 1

The last few days have been spent in Rothbury, MI at Electric Forest. Here is the video from day 1.

Lansingmusic.TV’s take on Inflatable Best Friend fiasco

Hi,

My name is Sean Bradley. I am the creator of Lansingmusic.TV. I have read many of the comments on our website and have been keeping up with all of this. The Strutt and No Fun House’s Sean Hartman wrote a very detailed and thorough analysis of how No Fun House as a venue was effected and how he plans to change No Fun House as a result. There are a few things that I would like to offer as advice to you all that has helped myself personally as well as the scene as a whole in Lansing.

Go out to shows that you wouldn’t normally go to. If you’re a diehard punk rock fan, challenge yourself and go to a hip hop show. If you’re a hip hop person, go to a punk show.  Go to shows in different cities if you can. Objectively speaking, the scene in Lansing is very diverse and almost every night there is something going on. People in any city, generally, are open minded and nice if you take the time to be personable. All it takes is the effort to want to talk to people and be interested. It’s a lot easier to sit there, arms crossed and be boring than it is to go out and talk to people and make new friends. The payoff with the latter, however, will be enormous for you personally and, if you’re in a band, exponential. You make new contacts, which gets you more shows, which leads to more fans, etc. It can only help you to go out of your comfort zone and meet someone new.

The other piece of advice (and the most important) is this: start something like Lansingmusic.TV in Kalamazoo (or whatever city you live in). We film interviews with bands, film live sets, music videos, acoustic sessions, studio sessions, etc. I’ve met so many cool people and made many new friendships because of Lansingmusic.TV. If something like this were to start in your area, it has to cover ALL kinds and styles of music. No music can be left out. If all different styles are covered and everyone has a chance to shine, it can become a new platform other than the traditional media outlets to show what your city has to offer musically. Invest in high quality equipment, get grants from local arts councils and your city. Any way you can to obtain the resources you feel necessary to convey your city’s music in the most positive light possible.

That’s what it should be about: promoting the scene for the betterment of the scene itself and not about who’s most popular or how to keep your spot or to advance your own career. You don’t get somewhere without the help of someone else. Getting others involved in whatever your passion is, is the best and most positive thing that anyone can do. It’s about community in the most basic sense. Help each other out, because you know you would want the help too if given the opportunity.

Let me know your thoughts on what I have to say. Spread this to your friends. Quit talking about how to change the scene and start doing it.

Thank you,

Sean Bradley

Midwest Fest 2011 Countdown: Frontier Ruckus

We here at Lansingmusic.TV are getting excited for Midwest Fest 2011 where a multitude of great bands and performers including Frontier Ruckus, Chris Bathgate, Elliot Street Lunatic and many, many others will grace Rubble’s Bar during the weekend of Sept. 28-Oct. 1st. LMTV will be providing you with a look into each band and what they’ll be bringing to your ears at Midwest Fest 2011.

First up is Frontier Ruckus.

 

Recently emerging from the European landscape on a month-long tour, Frontier Ruckus are now back home and touring stateside. They will be performing all across the South and Eastern US this summer with stops in their home cities of Detroit at the Wayfarer Festival on June 25 and Ann Arbor at The Blind Pig on July 16. Recently, they announced the release of their newest album, Deadmalls and Nightfalls, on vinyl via Lansing label Lower Peninsula Records. Along with Deadmalls on vinyl, a new EP entitled Way Upstate and the Crippled Summer pt. 2.

Coolest Dude In Sunday School Song #7 “Sometimes”

P.H.I.L.T.H.Y is back with his newest “Coolest Dude..” leak with “Sometimes”.

“Sometimes ” is the seventh installment of P.H.I.L.T.H.Y. and KuroiOto’s “Coolest Dude In Sunday School” fan appreciation leak series. The song “Sometimes” is a message to all of us to fight through the dark days and low times we go through, by appreciating the simple things in life. This will not only make us happier but help us in continuing to take strides towards always fulfilling our purpose.

Download here or here or listen below

 

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