By Cal Meacham
With their first release in over 10 years, The Multiple Cat has stormed back into the indie pop world with The Return Of. Hailing from the Quad Cities (Iowa/Illinois) The Multiple Cat had a smattering of releases in mid 90′s and then they moved on to other projects/passions (including the formation of Futureappletree Records and Daytrotter). The Return Of marks a return to form for the band with 8 indie pop gems. Upbeat melodies and catchy vocal melodies are all over these tracks and they are the perfect soundtrack for the coming summer. Is The Multiple Cat back for the long term? We sure hope so!
R.I.Y.L - The Boy Least Likely To, Harlem Shakes (the band not the song), The Lucksmiths
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Filmmaker Dan Dobi
By Ryan Meehan
At 28, Dan Dobi has jumped across both traditional and alternative media, leading a double life that’s positioned him as a highly regarded pop culture influencer. His current project is as the director/producer of “PLEASE SUBSCRIBE” — a feature length documentary made in four months about the phenomenon behind some of the top personalities on YouTube, initiated by his own foray as a YouTube content creator and distributor — and made with just over $12,000 raised through Kickstarter. If that isn’t enough, Dobi began his professional career as a well-respected music video director who has worked with such artists as Jason Mraz, Paramore, P-Diddy, Soulja Boy, Ice Cube, Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes and Gym Class Heroes, to name a few. He’s also a skilled editor and has applied his talents to corporations such as Adidas, Levi’s and Nike. That’s quite a track record from a guy who moved to Los Angeles just seven years ago from Fairfield, Connecticut…We are lucky to have him as he’s our guest today in 5 Questions. Continue reading
Comedian Tim Cavanagh
by Ryan Meehan
So, this religion teacher at an all girls Catholic high school walks into a bar — and they hire him. That’s where the Tim Cavanagh comedy story begins. The bar was Zanies Comedy Club in Chicago. And that’s how Tim found himself teaching Genesis and Exodus by day, and doing funny songs and jokes by night. “Not surprisingly, I found the biggest difference between the classroom and the night club was the drunks — which I generally let the principal handle,” says Cavanagh. Since leaving the classroom, Tim Cavanagh has built an amazing comedy career. The quick-witted, word-twisting comedy songwriter and stand-up can be heard regularly on the nationally syndicated “Bob & Tom” radio show. Tim has performed hundreds of his songs on Bob & Tom, covering topics from gas prices and Viagra to tequila and the equinox. His weekly feature on the show, “The One Minute Song,” ran for over two years. Currently on the show, he can be heard doing his recurring segment, “Tim Cavanagh’s Cavalcade of Celebrity Birthdays.” Over the years, Tim has also had 25-plus songs featured on the nationally syndicated “Dr. Demento” radio show, including favorites such as “99 Dead Baboons” and “I Wanna Kiss Her (But She Won’t Let Me).” His comedic songs can be heard on Sirius XM radio, and have even been played on BBC 4 and Continental Airlines (at no additional cost to the passenger, we’re pretty sure!). Tim has three comedy CDs available through Hits & Giggles Records. In fact, he has been named the Hits & Giggles “Artist of the Year” four out of the last five years. Even though he’s the only act on their roster, Tim says, “It’s still a thrill.” On TV, Tim has appeared on a prime-time ABC-TV comedy special, as well as on Comedy Central, Showtime, and WGN America. Chicago Magazine calls Tim “a wonderful original.” In Pittsburgh writes that he “performs one of the best and cleanest acts on the comedy circuit… Cavanagh uses brilliant word-play in stories and songs…” The Minneapolis City Pages reports that “he is a definite must-see… get set for a rollicking good time.” To top it all off, he’s our guest today in 5 Questions. Continue reading
By Cal Meacham
A dream in black and white, a stark look at life through a non-forgiving lens. Korean director Hon Sang-soo delivers another human piece that shows the harsh realities of life without using a hammer.
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By Cal Meacham
2013 is promising to be a great year for the post-rock and indie rock junkies (including myself and Koz) who cling to the 90′s/00′s moody/noisy rock claiming it to be the last great musical genre. We have already seen Numero Group release an unheard Codeine live disc What About The Lonely and we eagerly await the Slint news that David Pajo hinted at late last year.
June 11th marks more great news as Quarterstick records will be releasing Fifteen Quiet Years on vinyl.
After being hidden away for the last several years, Fifteen Quiet Years – all the important Rodan recordings that fans of Rusty have long wished they could unearth! A celebratory document four years in the making, the collection includes the 1994 BBC Peel session, together with all of Rodan’s long-out-of-print 7″s and compilation tracks.
- Milk and Melancholy
- Tooth Fairy
- Big Things, Small Things
- Before the Train
Includes 10 bonus tracks of unreleased live recordings (tracks #10 — #19):
10. Tooth Fairy Retribution Manifesto (The Black Cat, Washington, DC – bonus track)
11. Wurl (The Flying Squire, Danbury, CT – bonus track)
12. Big Things, Small Things / Martin (40 Watt Club, Athens, GA – bonus track)
13. Before The Train (Lounge Ax, Chicago, IL – bonus track)
14. Milk and Melancholy (Lounge Ax, Chicago, IL – bonus track)
15. Wurl (Our House Cafe, Costa Mesa, CA – bonus track)
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