Music Tonight: The MidPoint Indie Summer Series on Fountain Square features some of Cincinnati's finest this week. Tonight's free show (7 p.m. start) is headlined by beloved local Indie Pop duo Bad Veins, which recently posted on Facebook that their second full-length is finished and they need extras for a video shoot for one of the new LP's tracks (go here for more info). No word on a release date (or a label — BV and Dangerbird Records, home to the duo's debut, appear to have broken up, removing all reference to each other from their various websites).
Newer Electronic/Rock/Post Punk group Kry Kids and Nashville's The Clutters, featuring keyboardist Andrew Higley, also perform. Higley is a former local musician (now Nashville pro) who remains a frequent collaborator with Cincinnati's The Chocolate Horse, also performing on the Square tonight, just before Bad Veins. The Horse is celebrating its just released new album, Beasts.
Click here for an interview with the group from this week's CityBeat and above to listen to Beasts track "Escape All Responsibility." Here is a clip that just popped up on YouTube from The Chocolate Horse's in-store/release party at Shake It Records earlier this week.2
• Two MidPoint Music Festival alumni play a free gig tonight at MOTR Pub. Chicago's Brighton MA joins Jessie Torrisi and the Please Please Me for the 10 p.m.here for more on Torrisi and Co. from this week's CityBeat. Below is a live segment from BalconyTV.com featuring the Please Please Me performing … well, on a balcony.
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Momentous Happenings in Music History for Aug. 19
On this day in 1988, it was announced that the most-played songs on jukeboxes over the past 100 years (since the first jukebox was created in 1888) were Patsy Cline's "Crazy" and Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog." The jukebox is one of those pieces of Americana that became less important as technology moved forward. In the early days, jukeboxes used shellac 78s, then switched to 45s in the ’50s as it became the format du jour. Jukeboxes were so important in those days that one of Billboard's main charts was a weekly ranking of the most popular songs played on ’boxes across the country (they often received singles even before radio).
But even though the jukebox isn't the center of the party anymore, they still exist, providing drunken soundtracks for patrons in practically every bar imaginable. Today's jukeboxes are a far cry from the colorful, lit-up machines of yesteryear, shrunk down and often hung on a wall, resembling a public restroom paper-towel dispenser. And, of course, the jukebox representative no longer has to come in to restock the playlist with the latest tunes. The most popular are tied to a database that can be accessed remotely, though you can also find plenty of jukeboxes that still use CDs.
The jukebox has been referenced in innumerable songs from different genres, including Country (Alan Jackson's "Don't Rock the Jukebox," Mark Chestnutt's "Bubba Shot the Jukebox"), Rock (Foreigner's "Jukebox Hero," Jerry Lee Lewis' "Jukebox Junky") and Avant Garde Electronic Noise Rock (Alan Vega's "Jukebox Babe"). "Jukebox" was also the title of a more recent song from on-the-rise Hip Hop group Kidz in the Hall:
Born This Day: If your birthday is today, you share it with these musical Aug. 19 babies: powerhouse Cream drummer Ginger Baker (1940); Pop star who introduced many to Reggae with "I Can See Clearly Now," Johnny Nash (1940); Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan (1970); actor/rapper/spawn of Hip Hop star/entrepreneur Master P, Lil' Romeo (1989); and Queen bassist John Deacon (1951).
Deacon is the rare aging musician who's been able to say no to the masses of money thrown at the surviving members of Queen for concerts, tours and albums. The rest of Queen had no problem throwing Paul Rodgers from Bad Company on stage with them for a tour, even though there really isn't anyone from the Classic Rock world who could stand in for Freddie Mercury and not be a disappointment. Deacon seemed to agree, refusing to cash in on his past because he rightfully believes its not Queen without Freddie.
In honor of Mr. Deacon's integrity on this, his 60th birthday, crank the low-end and click below to groove to one of the most memorable bass lines ever (even if it was a total rip-off of Chic).