a Wes Anderson Halloween at the Mansion

We’ve already posted about a couple of Halloween shows at The Jinx and at Dollhouse.

And the Mansion on Forsyth Park is throwing a Wes Anderson-inspired party. From the Facebook invitation:

The already haunted Mansion on Forsyth hosts the first annual “Wes Anderson” themed masquerade party on Halloween night! Pick out your favorite character, get your costume together, and come have some fun. Music by EB [Eric Britt], Craig Tanner, and other special guests upstairs in Casiimir’s Lounge beneath sinister paintings. Martini drink specials and candied apples galore. This event is open to the public, feel free to invite your friends.

Click here for a few Wes Anderson costume ideas.

Here’s Eric Britt’s video for “A Good Year”, directed by Craig Tanner:

Azar Swan headlines Halloween show at Dollhouse

With Halloween on a Thursday, Savannah is set for three solid nights of great live music options around town. (I’m not quite sure why Halloween is such a big deal here, but there you have it.)

Larry Jack has already shared his picks for the week, and Tom has posted about The Jinx’s annual 10/31 lineup of cover bands, which is always a great time.

On Halloween night, Dollhouse Productions on Industry Drive is celebrating the Season of the Witch with a lineup of female-fronted acts.

The Brooklyn-based duo Azar Swan is the headliner:

Delphic Oracle is the project of artist Christiana Key:

And Tamaryn is DJing before and between sets. She won’t be with the full band, but here’s a video anyway:

Dame Darcy will also be on hand exhibiting her illustrations, paintings, and, yes, dolls.

Click here for the Facebook invitation. Click here for tickets.

Also, Dollhouse is currently inviting ideas for dressing up the rather drab DJ/sound booth. So send your ideas to Blake and Peter over at Dollhouse Productions.

The Jinx annual Halloween tribute night Thursday

After you’ve stolen more than enough candy from the kid’s goody bag Thursday, you might want to think about heading to The Jinx for their annual Halloween cover band celebration. The bar is going to be decked out in “full Beetlejuice theme” and 8(!) bands comprised of Jinx staff and local musicians will take the stage to play the songs of various rock and roll legends.  This should be a blast.

The bands will include members of Superhorse, Lovely Locks, Whiskey Dick, Jeff Two Names and the Born Agains, The Wave Slaves, The Magic Rocks and others.

Here’s the event invitation page and the lineup:
10 1/2 (BLACK FLAG)

Cover is $10 and they seem semi-serious about starting shortly after 9.

A couple videos from the past two years:

CCR Aren’t last year.


Free Candy as “The Human Flies” in 2011.

If this doesn’t sound like your kind of thing, Halloween at The Dollhouse looks to be a great choice, too.

Furious Hooves releases Halloween split with songs from Sauna Heat and Hallucinex

The indie label Furious Hooves has just released its third annual Halloween Split Series: Ghost Vibrations with “Spooky World” by Hallucinex and “Whisper In The Wind” by Sauna Heat:

Sauna Heat is a hard-charging garage rock band based here in Savannah. Hallucinex is the project of former Savannah resident Taylor Noll. You can download the split for free.

I lobbed a few questions at Furious Hooves’ Ryan McCardle. Ryan is a member of mumbledust (great music) and a designer whose work includes album covers and the like for Captured Tracks.

hissing lawns: So tell us a little about Furious Hooves — its past, present, future.

Larry Jack’s Magical Music Tour – 10/31-11/5

Hey guys,
Well, no one told me to stop writing yet, so I am back for another week.  Some good shows last week, but nothing that could top the Band Of Horses show at the Wormhole Bar two weeks ago. There are several nights this week with too much to choose from, so no excuse not to go see some music this week.  And you can dress up in a costume almost any day this week.

On with the recommendations.

Thursday 10/31
Steppin’ StonesCity Market (8-11p) – Classic rock from a teenage trio; It is well worth stopping by while costumed-people watching
Epic CycleWarehouse (8-11:30p) – Blues rock quartet; One of my current favorite bands, I hope to drop by before the Jinx
Tribute Band NightJinx (9p) – An annual tradition, I expect a very fun night.  This is supposed to start not long after 9pm.
A few more shows that may be worth stopping by:
Baby BabyCongress Street Social Club (10p) – Party rock
Charlie Fog BandFlip Flop Tiki Bar – Grateful Dead covers and others

Friday 11/1
Georgia Kyle & The Magical Flying MachineFlip Flop Tiki Bar
Knife, MiggsZunzi’s II – Rap show – I hope to stop by before the Jinx show.

Bottles & Cans – Blowin’ Smoke (7-10p)
GAM, Blood Wrestling, Savannah Sweet Tease Burlesque Show – Jinx – If you have never seen GAM, just go to this show.  This should be the show to see this week.
Those Cats Congress Street Social Club – I hope to sneak over to the Social Club during a break to catch some of this show.

A few more shows that may be good tonight:
Creepoid, Blackrune, Ramming SpeedSparetime
Mother’s FinestCoach’s Corner ($25/30) – MF is one of my all-time favorites, and they put on a heck of a show.  I don’t think I will make it tonight, but you never know.

Saturday 11/2

Turtleween at Tubby’s Thunderbolt (2-12mn) – Turtlefolk, Ultraviolet Hippopotamus, Train Wrecks, Dr. Dan & The Looters, Andrew Gill Band, Poetry N’ Lotion, Epic Cycle ($10) – An all day event put on by the good folks from L0ve Music.  They are advertising this as a family-friendly event.  It looks like lots of fun.  And not bad for 10 bucks.
Train WrecksWorld Of Beer (9p) – Not my favorite venue, but they start early.
Cusses, Niche, Wet Socks, Electric ParkHang Fire ($6) – This should be the main show to see tonight.  What a line-up.  The Cusses and Niche could be headliners, and Wet Socks are an exciting garage-rock duo.  I don’t know Electric Park (yes, I haven’t seen everybody).
HypnoticsMolly MacPherson’s (10p) – Garage rock, go see them, especially if you missed them on Friday

Sunday 11/3
Steppin’ StonesCity Market (5-8p) – Classic rock from a female-led trio.  This will be a nice way to spend the late afternoon.

Monday 11/4
Hot Plate, White Liars, City MouseHang Fire

Tuesday 11/5
Jason Bible Foxy Loxy – An acoustic show from the front-man of the Train Wrecks.  And a beautiful place to see some music.

AmbroseJinx Hip Hop Night – This may not get started until a little too late for me, but I know some of you are out on Tuesday, go here.

Wild Moccasins and Yip Deceiver at The Jinx – photos

Wild Moccasins and Yip Deceiver put on a great show on Thursday night at The Jinx in a gig set up by MusicFile Productions. I’d never seen either band live, but I’d be returning for sure.

And I hope next time to see the dance floor a lot more crowded.

Both acts are almost as fun to watch as to hear. I took some photos. Wild Moccasins and then Yip Deceiver (obviously more after the jump):



Lou Reed is dead: a few thoughts

It’s impossible in a simple blog post to describe the mix of my own emotions upon hearing today of the death of Lou Reed, and I certainly can’t pretend to know or to capture what emotions you are feeling.

I actually heard Lou Reed play guitar live in 2008. I was so close I could have reached out and touched his foot, which I briefly considered doing.

Reed’s wife Laurie Anderson was performing her dark and provocative Homeland at Charleston’s Memminger Auditorium at Spoleto in 2008. Almost by accident, I scored some amazingly good front row seats on the side of the stage. After we sat down, Lou Reed sat in the row right behind us, just over our left shoulders.

I nodded to Lou Reed. He nodded back.

And then about halfway through the show, I realized that there was an empty chair on stage that had gone completely unused. There was a guitar next to it.

This isn’t a clip of that particular performance of “The Lost Art of Conversation” but one a few months later:

As I’ve been reading a few official obits and many social media posts by friends and acquaintances, I’ve been struck by the myriad ways he has touched lives. Thanks to Nathan from Heyrocco for posting this especially nice video:

Record Store Day’s Back To Black Friday to feature free John Dyer Baizley print

In an effort to encourage people to buy more music and fewer bad ties for Christmas gifts, indie record stores will be stocked with special and unique releases on Black Friday, thanks to Record Store Day.

John Dyer Baizley(Baroness) created an exclusive poster for “Back to Black Friday”, which will be available in limited quantities at participating stores. Both Graveface Records and Curiosities and Vinyl Vibe are expected to participate in the event.

Here’s a photo of Baizley’s contribution to the Stattsfest silent auction and a handful of images from the Baroness show at the Music Farm in Charleston this past May.



More photos after the jump.

Tix now on sale for Futurebirds at The Jinx for Stopover announcement party

If you want to go to this show, you’d better buy tickets in advance. I’ll be shocked if it doesn’t sell out.

Futurebirds, New Madrid, and Triathalon will be playing the Savannah Stopover 2014 announcement party on 11/21 at The Jinx. Click here to buy tickets, which are just $10. The last time Futurebirds played Savannah was during the 2012 Savannah Music Festival in a gig at Trustees Theater, which has a capacity about 10 times that of The Jinx.

I really like this recent video of Futurebirds playing “Tan Lines’ in the studio at KEXP in Seattle:

Photo by Jason Thrasher

Photo by Jason Thrasher

Triathalon launches Kickstarter for first tour

Triathalon will be heading out on their first tour in December, with plans for 19 gigs in 19 days. The detailed schedule will be announced on November 1st.

It’s great to see the surf-garage-soul-rock quartet getting out on the road, but they need some dollars to get rolling. Today they’ve launched a Kickstarter that hopes to raise $5,000 in two weeks:

Frontman and lead singer Adam Intrator is joined by Hunter Jayne on guitar, Alex Previty on bass, and Chad Chilton on drums. I was pretty much wowed the first time I heard Triathalon’s self-recorded 2011 EP Relationchips and started seeing them live in gigs around town.

top 10 faves from CMJ

From hissing lawns contributor Kayne Lanahan:

Peter Robaudo and I spent last week up in NY at the annual CMJ Music Marathon. This is the 2nd year we’ve gone up as part of our scouting for Savannah Stopover, Revival Fest, and MusicFile Productions. It makes such a big difference when you get to see an up and coming band live; it changed our minds on several and opened up our ears and hearts to many new ones. We also love that on any given day, we will run into Stopover alum bands in venues and on the street, all who say how much they love and miss Savannah, and that always puts smiles on our faces.

Over the course of 5 days we saw over-hyped bands and under-hyped bands and even a band with the regrettable name Harmonica Lewinski. We got over that one and moved on. After some hand-wringing and narrowing down, here are our 10 favorites from CMJ:

Sanders Bohlke’s “Serious” video now playing on MTV

Somehow, I’m not surprised that Sanders Bohlke has a little game:

“Serious” is now in rotation at MTV.

Sanders Bohlke, now based Birmingham, performed at both the 2011 and 2012 Savannah Stopover. Both shows were magical in their own ways.