Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Only Two More Days Until The Great Cover-Up Begins!

Posted By on Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 1:48 PM


I mentioned yesterday in a post here that there were only four more days until the start of The Great Cover-Up, the annual music-for-charity event for which local acts cover the songs of acts better-known than themselves.

Well, I'm not very good at math. The 14th annual Great Cover-Up begins at Plush on Thursday, Dec. 13, which is now only two days away. It continues on Friday night at Club Congress, Saturday afternoon on the patio of Hotel Congress (don't worry: there will be outdoor heaters and hot drinks, if weather warrants it), and wraps up Saturday night at the Rialto Theatre.

Over the course of the event, 50 local acts will each perform 20-minute set of better-known national and international acts — and every penny of the proceeds will be donated to TAMHA (Tucson Artists and Musicians Healthcare Alliance).

To get you into the Great Cover-Up spirit, every day this week we're posting a a cover song by one of the acts getting covered at this week's event.

For example, the music of the Violent Femmes will be covered at the Cover-Up, so here's a video of the Femmes covering a T. Rex song. Enjoy!

A full schedule of events and more info are after the jump:

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Countdown to The Great Cover-Up!

Posted By on Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Friends, only four days until the most awesome music-for-charity event in Tucson!

That's right, The Great Cover-Up begins on Thursday, Dec. 13, at Plush; continues at Club Congress on the night of Friday, Dec.14, and during the day on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Hotel Congress' outdoor patio; and finishes up that night, Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Rialto Theatre.

Over the course of the event, 50 local acts will each perform 20-minute set of better-known national and international acts — and every penny of the proceeds will be donated to TAMHA (Tucson Artists and Musicians Healthcare Alliance).

In order to get you into the Cover-Up spirit, each day this week we'll be posting a cover song by one of the acts getting covered at this week's event.

If that's confusing, here, enjoy Amy Winehouse (whose songs will be performed on Thursday at Plush by a local act — we won't tell you which one, as it's a Cover-Up tradition to not divulge beforehand who will be covering whom) performing a song originally recorded by The Zutons.

A full schedule of events is after the jump.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Jason Willis' Catnip Video Is Headed to Sundance!

Posted By on Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Hey, guys. Remember that item we posted right before Halloween featuring a few videos shot by Tucsonan Jason Willis? And remember that one video that was a brilliant parody of "classroom drug educational film(s)" featuring kitties strung out on catnip? You know, the one that was selected to screen at last month's American Film Institute's AFI Fest, in Los Angeles?

Well, we just got word via a Facebook post that the video (and, by extension, Willis) has just received its biggest honor yet: Catnip: Egress to Oblivion? has been selected to screen at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Here's what Willis posted on his Facebook page:

Okay everyone — I'm not exactly sure how to process this news yet so I'm just going to post it.

Here goes:

My short film Catnip: Egress to Oblivion? has been named as an official selection at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

No, honestly. It's playing at the Sundance Film Festival. For real.

In January I'm going to travel to Utah, and go to the Sundance Film Festival where my film Catnip: Egress to Oblivion? will play.

Five times.

At the Sundance Film Festival.

In 2013.

Congratulations, Jason!

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Buy Some Tapes, Save a Dog

Posted By on Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Burger Records, the mostly-cassettes label that has released some of my favorite albums of the year, released a new compilation today in conjunction with its sister label, Wiener Records, that looks friggin' awesome.

The Wiener Dog Comp contains 71 unreleased tracks by 71 Burger-associated acts, spread over two cassettes. With songs by bands including Thee Oh Sees, Redd Kross, Jaill, King Tuff, The Eeries, Spanish Moss, The Blank Tapes, Pop Zeus and tons more, it almost warrants running out and buying a cassette deck just to listen to it.

Further incentive: The comp also contains songs by three Tucson bands — Lenguas Largas, The Resonars, and Freezing Hands.

Even more incentive: All of the proceeds from sales go toward an operation to remove a growth from the belly of Popcorn!, the adorable wiener dog featured in the video above. Any leftover proceeds will be donated to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. So it's like a triple-win!

If you want in on the action, get to it: Only 500 copies were pressed. Oh, and it's only 10 bucks per copy.

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Help Fund Billy Sedlmayr's Solo Debut!

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2012 at 2:40 PM

We've talked a bit about local legend Billy Sedlmayr's forthcoming solo debut previously in a piece by Eric Swedlund last month.

Well, it's getting to be crunch time for his Kickstarter project, folks.

The project is less than halfway to its goal of $10,000, with 7 days left before it closes. If you've got an itch to help out a great musician of the Sonoran, here's your chance. Check out the videos above and below for a taste of what Billy is all about.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Clear Your Mind From the Election Fallout With Some Metal

Posted By on Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Anakim will be playing at Club Congress in a free show that went largely unannounced. It isn't on Congress' website or Facebook page. Anakim placed third in the 2012 Tammies awards for metal and I have enjoyed the few times I have seen them. I will have more on Anakim when I finish my review on the 2012 Terrorfest that was held at the Rock a few weekends ago. You can preview and download their EP here.

Interestingly enough, I learned bassist and singer, Ed Slocum, also operates Tattoo Artistry, Best Of Tucson®'s runner up for Best Tattoo Parlor and makes some pretty neat custom tattoo foot pedals:

Kvasura will be playing their first show ever and AM.ARE.IS will be playing as well. This free show begins at 9:00 p.m. at Club Congress, 311 Congress St. and is 21+.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Jason Willis' Spooky Videos Continue to Blow My Mind

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Local music fans might remember Jason Willis from his time in such late, lamented bands as The Weird Lovemakers and The Knockout Pills.

But lately he's been getting loads of Internet love for his brilliant short film Catnip: Egress to Oblivion?, a spot-on parody of "classroom drug educational film(s)" that was selected to screen at the American Film Institute's AFI Fest, which takes place from Nov. 1 to Nov. 8, in Los Angeles.

The video above is his latest creation, a stop-motion music video (his first attempt!) for the song "Can't Play Dead" by British rockers The Heavy.

According to a post on Entertainment Weekly's Music Mix blog, which premiered the video yesterday, the band commissioned the video after coming across a video he made last year for the classic song "Halloween" by Kay Lande Selmer and Wade Denning:

”This video is really all about the genius and dedication of animator Jason Willis from Arizona,” guitarist Dan Taylor says. “We stumbled across a beautiful film of his called 'Halloween on YouTube' made on his iPhone and immediately fell in love. We just had to track him down.”

Yes, you read that correctly. He made the thing on his iPhone. Prepare to have your mind further blown.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Halloween Love from the Mission Creeps

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