Music Tonight: The range of shows/concerts today is pretty impressive — you can see/hear everything from a patriotic Country singer at a casino (Lee Greenwoodat Belterra) to a chainsaw-wielding Hard Rock band (Jackylat the venue-formerly-known at Annie's, Inner Circle). If your speed clocks somewhere in the middle of those two extremes, I highly recommend checking out JC Brooks and the Uptown Soundat MOTR Pub in the Over-the-Rhine. Not only is it way cheaper (free), but the Chicago-based Soul/Funk squad is noted for its great live shows. Add eclectic local rockers Buckra to the mix and you've got one powerhouse night of music one your hands. Check out the band's amazing version of fellow Chicagoans Wilco's "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart," which is the best Wilco cover ever to cross my ears. Showtime is 10 p.m. (Read more about Brooks and Co. from this week's CityBeathere.)
• Well-known Cincy-based guitarist/producer Ric Hordinski is presenting a holiday show this evening at his Walnut Hills studio/performance space The Monastery (2601 Stanton Ave.). The former Over the Rhine guitarist is also releasing his latest album in conjunction with the event. Arthur's Garden is an instrumental acoustic album inspired, according to Hordinski, by the albums The Geese and the Ghost (by original Genesis guitarist Anthony Phillips) and John Renbourn's Sir John a Lot. The album — which relies on "wood, wire and flesh," with no fancy studio effects — will be released on vinyl in January and there's also a making-of DVD shot by fantastic local photographer Michael Wilson that will be issued. Read more of our interview with Hordinski about the recording here. Tonight's show features guest Daniel Martin Moore, the Northern Kentucky Sub Pop artist who also guested on Ric's album. Seating is limited and your quietude is demanded (the show will be genuinely "acoustic," with no amplification, so if your cellphone goes off, you may well be attacked by 60 or so concert attendees). Showtime is 7 p.m. (get there early for some snacks and caroling) and tickets are $15. Call ahead to check if tickets remain — 513-376-2437.
Here's a beautiful — aurally and visually — clip (shot by Wilson) of Hordinski performing the album's "Eventide" live.
• Tonight at Stanley's Pub, in the Columbia-Tusculum neighborhood, Eric Sargent and Dave Katz of Ohio "Jam band" legends Ekoostik Hookah join Columbus-based Jazz saxophonist Joe Crump for a night of funky Jazz/Rock/Fusion. Former local singer/songwriter Carole Walker will open the show at 9 p.m. Admission is $10. Check out this clip of Hookah playing Tom Waits' "Hoist That Flag" from one of their annual "Hookahville" shows, featuring Crump guesting on sax:
• If you already have plans for New Year's Eve, but still want to see a show or two (or eight) at beloved (and closing Jan. 1) Newport venue the Southgate House, tonight's a great option and you'll certainly get your money's worth. The "Covington Insurance Plan" show (which, in the past, has raised money for friends who've gotten injured but have no health coverage) features music on all three stage at the SGH, performed by some of the best Rock, Punk and Post Punk (and beyond) bands in the region, including Mad Anthony, The Dukes Are Dead, Mala in Se, Switchblade Syndicate (who'll release a new album before year's end), Swear Jar, The Mudpies, Knife the Symphony and many others. Cover for the 18-and-up show ranges from $5-$8 (depending on how old you are). Showtime is 8 p.m. Check out a clip of Swear Jar performing on local TV show Friday Night Fu below.
• If progressive, contemporary Dance music is your thang (particularly Dubstep), be sure to visit The Mad Frog in Corryville tonight forDubWars, a regular dance music night at the club. Tonight's show features Springfield, Ill., artist MonDope (who plays, of course, "Dope Step"), young local DJ/producer Sean Conners (aka DWB) and Spankalicious, the Midwest "Psychedelic Bounce" project of Kevin Moore (currently based in St. Louis, though apparently a former Cincy resident), who has performed with the likes of The Glitch Mob, Bassnectar, Boombox, Brother Ali and many other top names. Check out the recent Spankalicious track "Lift Off" below.
Momentous Happenings in Music History for December 9 On this day in 2006, Pop star Mariah Carey threatened to sue porn star (and later star of Celebrity Rehab) Mary Carey, essentially due to Mary seeking to trademark her name and because Mariah's people felt it would cause confusion in the marketplace. Far fetched? Take a look at two clips below that show the eerie similarities between the two. (While Mariah certainly has Mary beat in the singing department, we'd say Mary's filmography bests Mariah's. Can anyone really argue that Glitter is better than Lesbian Big Boob Bangeroo 2?)
Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers sharing a Dec. 9 birthday include: Chicago Blues legend Junior Wells (1934); bassist/singer in Classic Rock band The Band, Rick Danko (1942); underrated singer/songwriter/guitarist Joan Armatrading (1950); Weezer guitarist Brian Bell (1968); Rock icon spawn (and damn fine songwriter in his own right) Jakob Dylan (1969); Green Day drummer Tre Cool (1972); singer/songwriter Imogen Heap (1977); and rapper Germaine Williams, aka Canibus (1974).
A promising MC when first arriving on the scene in the mid-’90s, Canibus, who continues to release music today, never lived up to the initial buzz. That might have something to do with the many "beefs" he's been involved with over the years. Most recently, a fake Twitter account, posing as Canibus', posted nasty comments about Royce Da 5'9", who swiped back, even after it was shown to be a fake account. Canibus then released bits of tracks dissing Royce and Joe Budden, both of whom largely ignored the inflammatory MC.
Canibus, was also involved with a (since resolved) feud with earlier collaborator Wyclef Jean, but the most infamous battle came with Hip Hop legend LL Cool J at the start of the younger MC's career. LL invited the dazzling newcomer (widely considered an amazing lyricist and rapper) to record a verse on his track "4, 3, 2, 1" around the time Can-I-Bus, Canibus' debut, came out in the late ’90s. The track also included guests Method Man, Redman and DMX.
When LL listened back to the other verses, he took umbrage with Canibus' line, "Yo LL, is that a mic on your arm?/Let me borrow that." Apparently, LL took it as a huge insult to his status (?) and recorded a new verse dissing the young MC. The two talked and decided they'd both change their "offensive" lyrics. But, after Canibus took out his "mic" line (which referred to LL's microphone tattoo), LL left his recording as it was, comeback diss and all.
Although the pair tried to talk it out and agreed to work together again soon, it never happened, so Canibus released the vicious track "Second Round K.O.," on which he lambasted LL, went after his kids and "moms" and accused him of being a pot smoker, despite his involvement with anti-drug campaigns.
LL, of course, responded with several tracks, most notably "The Ripper Strikes Back," which attacked Canibus ("Can I bus? Yes you can!" was just one nugget), as well as producer Wyclef and Mike Tyson, who appeared in the "Second Round K.O." video (Clef produced the track). Tyson took the biggest hit ("Heard that convicted rapist on the record too/Straight out of jail, ass cheeks still black and blue"), but LL is still alive, so maybe the Champ never heard it.
Like all rap feuds (that don't end in murder), it was all a bit silly, but certainly provided both MCs with a lot of publicity. Although LL is now a sitcom star and Canibus is still pretty much an underground rapper, so …
Click here for an overview of the feud from the excellent (though often quite depressing) Fuse TV special Beef II (and here for yet another Canibus beef … with the creators of Beef!).