Friday, March 18, 2016

WORK - Doing The Lords

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Hey, hey... it's the sophomore album from Joe Cannon's current band, WORK. Check it out! Vinyl LPs available via the bandcamp page!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Ely Parker and the CIAs

(right dudes, wrong band)
In the Year of Our Lord Nineteen Hundred Ninety-Three, Ely Parker and the CIAs practiced thrice and played out once. Chris Concannon on bass guitar, Ted Leo on guitar and vocals, Chris Norborg on drums. Two or three originals, otherwise pretty much straight up Medway Scene and its cousins and forbears.

--Chris Norborg

Below we have the live recording from the one-and-only show. And just for grins, we've got demos from one of the practice sessions as well. Enjoy!


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Stomatopod - Air By the Ton

It's another edition of Where Are They Now...

Chicago's Stomatopod, fronted by John Huston (The Transoms, The HickUps, The Cole Estate), has recently released their debut album, Air By the Ton. Check it out below!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Regular Sized Monsters

Regular Sized Monsters was Chris Concannon (guitar + vocals), Faye (bass), and Bear (drums). A very short-lived band, they played exactly one show, opening for Hace Frio and, yeah... Chisel. Cuz that's how we rolled in the Bend.

I wish there was a recording of that show, if only to hear the cover of the Stevie Wonder classic "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" that Regular Sized Monsters played. But instead, the only existing audio I'm aware of for this band is from a taped practice session, recorded in the basement of the Green House. There are three songs here, the first being a nice cover of Wire's "Reuters," followed by two instrumental numbers.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Channel 99 - Swingin' In The Rough

After Obstruction dissolved when Ted left South Bend, Andy and I were 2/3rds of a band looking for a way forward. Andy was already friends with Andrew Sarnecki (now of HippyTree fame), and his roommate Dominic was a budding guitarist with a keen appreciation of sentimental California punk music. Combine that with my love of hardcore and metal, and Andy's mix of the two, and voilĂ !



Friday, May 2, 2014

The Pawners' Society - Pull The String

It's another edition of Where Are They Now, our attempt to chronicle the post-90s musical endeavors of SBP90s musicians. This entry comes from John Huston (The Transoms, The HickUps, The Cole Estate), sharing an EP from The Pawners' Society.


The Pawners' Society was my friend Stephanie Morris and me. We started performing together in 2007. We were both songwriters and wanted to explore softer music that highlighted our vocal harmonizing. We recorded this EP of songs that was mastered and awaiting cover art when she died on June 1, 2009.

This is the five-year anniversary since she's been gone and our songs have never been released. I still think about her every day and miss hearing her sing, but it’s become increasingly sad that our music has gone largely unheard. I decided to at least put the EP on Bandcamp for people to download, with an option to donate money. Any proceeds will go toward suicide prevention.

-- John Huston

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Skalcoholiks - "look at all this junkfood..."

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Skalcoholiks were a ska/rock band comprised of 7 students from the University of Notre Dame which formed in 1996 and continued together until 1998.

The band concept originated when Noah Gray (drums), formerly of Tweak, approached Joe Cruz (bass), formerly of the Roadapples, with an idea to form a new band grounded in uptempo ska. The band added Notre Dame Marching Band members Tony Eltink (trombone), Dave Griffith (Trombone) and Paula Conolly (Sax). Tim Bowers (vocals) was also originally slotted as a trombonist. The final member to join was Mike Bechtel (guitar).

Over the course of their 2 years together, Skalcoholiks developed a very tight, percussive musical style. Lyrically, Bowers and Bechtel shared songwriting duty, both hewing primarily towards a humorous style (although the band occasionally switched tones with songs such as 1888 and Life.

Skalcoholiks recorded "look at all this junkfood..." in February 1998 at Gene Michael Productions in Niles, Michigan. They pressed 2000 CD’s which were bought by a receptive audience in Spring of 1998.


Listen to/download the Skalcoholiks on