Music Tonight: The Southgate House's Parlour stage will be rockin' tonight with firecracker energy and creative, complex song structuring as Pittsburgh foursome edhochuli (yes, named for the unlikely cult hero/NFL ref) comes to Newport for a 9 p.m. show. The band is joined by excellent local Post Punk/Post Hardcore trio Knife the Symphony and Vacation, a local progressive Punk group that is fresh off of a string of East Coast tour dates with fellow Cincinnatians The Dopamines. Vacation's debut full-length is currently streaming through The Recording Label site (here), the locally-based home to free downloads of albums by Pop Empire, Sacred Spirits and The Kickaways. The self-titled album will be available for free download soon from the site, as will the vinyl version from Let's Pretend and Mandible Records. Then, Vacation gets back to work with more East Coast dates in September.
Here's a live clip from a rooftop party last month featuring performances by Pop Empire, Sacred Spirits and, of course, Vacation.
• Jimmy Buffett's annual Cincinnati concert is tonight at Riverbend. It's sold out, so if you don't have tickets, expect to pay a lot to a scalper. Or find some generic steel drum music online and crank it up, drink a bottle of tequila, hit yourself over the head with the bottle and then put a dead bird on top of your bruised skull.
Here's my all-time favorite Jimmy song:
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Momentous Happenings in Music History for Aug.
On this day in 1968, Ringo Starr reportedly quit The Beatles becomes he felt he wasn't playing well and that he was the "odd man out" (something most people noticed at least five years earlier). Though the other members apologized and he returned to the band (delay the star of his sterling film career), Starr's departure didn't seem to have a huge effect — in Ringo's absence, Paul McCartney laid down the drum tracks for "Dear Prudence" and "Back in the USSR."
Born This Day: If it's your birthday today, you share it with these musical movers and shakers: Western Swing artist and hit-maker with the novelty tunes "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)," Tex Williams (1917); actor and ’80s Pop star Rick Springfield (1949); Survivor vocalist and voice behind "Eye of the Tiger," Jimi Jamison (1951); British Indie icon/frontman for Happy Mondays, Shaun Ryder (1962); troubled Crazy Town vocalist and Dr. Drew project Seth Binzer, better known as Shifty Shellshock (1974); Strokes distortion-happy vocalist Julian Casablancas (1978); and late drummer for The Who, Keith Moon (1946).
Though probably the most identifiable drummer in Rock history, Moon's name is probably most identified with Rock & Roll debauchery and excess. Much like his drumming, Moon always seemed ready to fall apart at any moment; unlike his drumming, he did quite a few times.
In 1978, after having dinner with Paul and Linda McCartney following a film screening of The Buddy Holly Story, Moon reportedly went to the apartment he was borrowing from Harry Nilsson (the same flat in which Cass Elliot died a few years prior) with his girlfriend. He had been taking a sedative that was supposed to help curb alcohol withdrawal symptoms, told to take one whenever he felt cravings, but never more than three in a day. That night at Nilsson's pad, it was determined he took 32. Only six of the pills were digested reportedly, plenty enough to kill Rock & Roll's most expressive, powerful drummer.
The Who's Roger Daltrey has been reportedly working on a film about Moon's life starring comedian Mike Myers. The film's progress is unclear —online resources still have it listed as "in production" and due in 2012, but there's been no concrete confirmation that the film has even begun production. Recent reports about a possible fourth Austin Powers film starring Myers mention the project, but Myers is pushing 50 now. Keith was 32 when he died. Maybe it's time to kickstart a new Moon project with actor Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore, Bored to Death) starring? He's a dead-ringer and professional drummer, not to mention a great actor.
By most accounts, Moon was a lovable drunk and he was funny enough to be an honorary member of Monty Python. In honor of what would have been Moon's 65th birthday, here's a couple clips — the first of Moon and Mae West from the film Sextette, followed by the drummer's version of The Beatles' "In My Life" from his only solo album, Two Sides of the Moon.