Halloween is just a few weeks away — and our favorite Chicago group, CoCoComa, is already getting in the mood with a lip-synched performance of “It Won’t Be Long” on Chic-A-Go-Go. Special appearance by Ronnie Roe, dressed as a hot dog!
Wednesday, October 14 shall be quite a treat for the worker drones of downtown Memphis. For the second year in a row the Center City Commission has blessed them with a free show curated by Goner Records in Barbaro Alley off of Main St. This year’s event shall feature the triumphant return of new-daddy Harlan T Bobo, the wild-organ/maraca frenzy of Quintron and Miss Pussycat, and the sly and subtle rock n roll of Shawn Cripp’s Limes. The event is free, the only price that the downtown barristers wouldn’t complain about, and food and drink shall be available at affordable prices. Vendors up at 4:30, Music begins at 6pm. Cancelled if raining. See you there!
Over at Art for Spastics, DJ Rick gives a play-by-play of the food and music he sampled at Gonerfest 6, including Casablanca, Semmes Fish & Hot Wings, Willie Mae’s, Magnetix, the Mantles, Cococoma and more:
Then Davila 666 sent the fun party vibe into the stratoshere. I mean…WOW! This band immediately stepped into my ultimate pantheon of funnest live bands on the planet today. Six singers singing…Anglos in the crowd trying to sing along, too! Really engaging. Puerto Rican flags waving everywhere. Thee Oh Sees sneak attacked from the floor, and I got assed out for a good place to stand while meeting some new friends in the backyard. They did play much more “to the crowd” than usual with the rip-roarin’ party vibe, but of course, this band is surely in the pantheon of live greatness, and they’re awesome at whatever they do. If you had a good place to stand, I’m sure you were outta your mind with bliss.
Walking up to the Hi-Tone Friday night, ground zero for Gonerfest 6′s night shows, I heard the first beer bottle of the night break before I even got in the club. I took it as the equivalent of the bell a boxer hears.
Her favorites: the Intelligence, Sonic Chicken 4, and the Box Elders.
The Nashville Scene‘s Emily Bartlett Hines broke her road trip to Memphis into two sections: here and here.
One of Hines’ faves was the Compulsive Gamblers:
Each song was built around a tense, compelling riff, reminding us at times of The Cramps, at others of Bob Dylan or Sticky Fingers-era Rolling Stones. We loved their combination of aggression and poignancy. (Greg Easterly’s fiddle playing contributed to this effect.)
Hines’ recap of the Saturday show at Murphy’s:
Band performances were alternating between an indoor and outdoor stage, in order to prevent time lags between each performance. The first act we saw was the Teenage Whoremoans, from Philadelphia. Their singer announced, “Thank you, Knoxville,” and they launched into a set of fast, sloppy, late-’70s style punk rock. Their songs included “You Give Me Wet Dreams,” an (apparent) theme song, which announced, “We’ve got teenage whoremoans, and we’re gonna moan all night,” and “I Don’t Wanna Go Back to the Swamp.” Their last song concluded with the singer rushing off the stage, slam-dancing into various audience members, running back onto the stage, and falling on top of the drummer, whereupon everyone collapsed in a heap. What a ridiculous way to end a set! We had a great time.