Archive for November, 2013

Performed November 1, 2013 at FOKL in Kansas City, Kansas

Mike Donovan is best known as the front man of the recently defunct Sic Alps. Their final release, a single titled She’s On Top, came out a little more than six months ago in May. Wasting no time, Donovan dropped his first solo LP Wot in October on Drag City, and is currently on the road in support of the release.

Show time at FOKL began a little behind schedule as result of some late load in’s and the implementation of a common practice called “Waiting-for-more-people-to-show-up” (which they rarely do). It was just shy of midnight by the time Donovan took the stage and the crowd was thin. That’s hard luck in my opinion. A place like FOKL should be bustling at midnight on a Friday, but unfortunately the show was booked directly following Halloween. It’s likely most of the people who would attend such a show instead hit up any number of the midtown, spillover costume parties.

Mike Donovan’s set was modest, not just in terms of length, but in terms of sonic abrasion. The singer/songwriter aesthetic is a departure from many of Sic Alps’ more noisy recordings. At another glance though, Donovan’s current offerings aren’t too far from where he left off with Sic Alps. Don’t call it more of the same, call it a continuation.

-AWE

Listen to Mike Donovans set now with the embed below (31:09)

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Set List for Mike Donovan

1. Do Do Ya?

2. MP3 Farm

3. R. Reg

4. The Kid

5. New Fieldhand Bop

6. Sic Ballad

7. Bloom

8. Untitled

For More Mike Donovan Click the Link Below

http://www.mikedonovanusa.com/

This recording was made with the permission of Mike Donovan. If you like his music then you should show your support by visiting his website and picking up his new LP Wot. If you like this blog then kindly share it, subscribe to it, leave some comments, and keep reading. You can also like and follow the facebook page (located at  https://www.facebook.com/bigurges) for more bonus material!

Performed October 29, 2013 at Plush in Saint Louis, Missouri

Mosquito Bandito

Mosquito Bandito, drunk again, at Plush’s upstairs lounge. Photo by Andrew Erdrich

To some, John Larson, the one man bandito known as Mosquito Bandito, is a legend. He’s toured extensively in various bands and as a solo performer; lived in cities across the country; built a rock n’ roll oasis (The Middle East) by rehabbing downtrodden homes in the east side of Kansas City; and shown unbelievable innovation in his pursuit of being cheap as possible. This spawn of Michigan has also spent much of his life fulfilling the dreams of a five-year-old; owning numerous motorcycles, shooting guns in his basement, having free and open access to a four-player Blitz Arcade Machine, and stocking his very own Pepsi brand soda dispenser with yard beer. To me, however, Johnny is not just an entertaining and talented musician, but a good friend. There are few people I would rather be crammed next to in a St. Louis bound, mid-sized SUV.

For your convenience (and mine) I’ve bullet pointed some highlights from our trip:

• The sound guy never really decided just exactly what he wanted that kick drum to sound like, enjoy!

• Beer ticket exchange was confusing and often disappointing, but Johnny managed to drink too much whiskey anyway

• Most of the money made that night was blown on crave cases of jalapeño and cheese sliders from White Castle

Sneaky Creeps was the only act that was not a one-man-band

• Isaac, once again, managed to find someone to bum him a cigarette

• The car ride home smelled bad

-AWE

Listen to Mosquito Banditos set now with the embed below (17:57)

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Set List for Mosquito Bandito

1. Alcohol

2. Pillow Fight/Satan (1:57)

3. Paint In a Bag (4:51)

4. Martin Luther King [Touchers] (7:24)

5. Art School (9:47)

6. Baby Teeth (11:34)

7. She Said [Hasil Adkins] (11:54)

For More Mosquito Bandito Click the Link Below

https://myspace.com/mosquitobandito

This recording was made and posted with permission of your friend and mine, John Larson. If you like his tunes then next time you see him playing buy him a drink or maybe one of his many dust collecting seven inches. If you like this blog then kindly share it, subscribe to it, leave some comments, and keep reading. Also, a facebook page for Big Urges is up at https://www.facebook.com/bigurges, so click it for more bonus material and like the page to help spread the word!