Saturday, May 26, 2018

Music in Motion Columbus - 2018 Complete Article List (updated 2/18/18)

All of our work can be found at the Music in Motion - Columbus website.
These are my contributions.

 - Unfortunately I spent most of January preparing for our yearly inventory at my day job. Stay tuned!

The Music In Motion Columbus Birthday Bash 2018
What better way to cap off our first year as a music magazine than with a birthday show! Illogic, Lizard McGee (of Earwig fame), We Are The Movies, Orion and the Constellations, and Red Skylark played at the Big Room Bar at CD102.5. It was a wonderfully eclectic show with the pop-punk ferocity of We Are The Movies, straight-forward lyrics from Illogic, bluesy jazzy stylings of Orion and the Constellations, the "emotional butter" of Lizard McGee, and the 90s inspired rock sounds of Red Skylark.

Music In Motion Columbus Releases Compilation Album
What I believe to be our crowning achievement for our first year of operation, Rick slaved tirelessly on this project. 18 tracks, including 7 that were specifically recorded for the compilation, titled "The Fog That Surrounds Us". The album was released at our first birthday show.

Late Night Double Feature with Miller and The Hunks and The Turbos at The Shrunken Head – 2/17/18

In what ended up being a great show to kick off Year 2 of MiM for me, I got to hang out with some old friends and make new friends covering Miller and the Hunks again. My boys Courtney from Work were there as well. It's always a good night of music at the Shrunken Head. MATH had the crowd more pumped than any show I've been to in a while.

Stopping the Stigma with MAELSTR├śM MAGNET
It took some work, but I was finally able to catch up with Mael and we talked over the course of a week and a few e-mails about anxiety, music, and what it's like to be a female musician. When I started writing this article, I honestly felt like I was kind of lost, but it ended up being one of my more favorite articles I've written.

Full-Throttle Rock and Locked-in with Columbus' Henodus
My old friend Brandon introduced me to the guys from Henodus and we got together for maximum shenanigans!


Jesse Clendenin Earns Promotion to Associate Editor of Music In Motion Columbus
Hello, it's me. :-)

Review - Cairo Knife Fight at The Shrunken Head - 5/25/18
I took a vacation to celebrate 2 years of marriage to my beautiful wife mid-May and told Rick I'd be ready to get the ball rolling again after a couple of stagnant months. As fate would have it, my first day back I was called on to cover LA's Cairo Knife Fight. It ended up being a really cool night despite the low turnout.


That's all for now! Keep your eyes on the Music in Motion Columbus page for more great reviews and articles from myself, Rick, Susie, Jamie, and our entire team! Support Local! 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

A list of articles written for Music in Motion - Columbus for 2017 (Updated 12/31/17)

 All of our work can be found at the Music in Motion - Columbus website.

 February 2017
Courtney From Work at Victory's Live - 2/24/17
My first official article for the website. I had been super busy through January as Rick began building the first incarnation of the website. A co-worker of mine had been talking up his band for weeks and I figured they would be a perfect opportunity for me to get my feet wet in the music scene again.

 March 2017
Album Review - Conversion Delay - Out Of Sight
A lot of the initial emails we received had EPs that bands wanted us to review. I was tasked with a rather difficult one that got a less than favorable rating from me. I will always stand by my words and my opinions on music, and you will always get an honest review from me.

 April 2017
Out Of Nothing Comes Serious Music for Ex-Nihilo - 4/9/17
I met the bassist from Ex-Nihilo when he brought me tickets to a show his band was opening, and in fact I didn't even end up attending that show. This was my first opportunity to see them, and they did not disappoint. All 3 of the acts that evening were fantastic.

Jocef Michael Won't Take No For An Answer
My first true interview for the site came from the opening act at the Ex-Nihilo show I had just attended. Jocef brought a ton of fans to a mid-evening Sunday night show and I was impressed by his stage presence. As it turns out, he's a pretty cool guy as well.

Go Go Buffalo Stampede Through Spacebar 4/21/17
This one honestly caught me by surprise. I didn't really know anything about GGB before hand, and honestly I almost missed out on the chance to hit this one. I'm glad I didn't. It was a wacky blast.

 May 2017
7 Questions With Death Trance Duo Zero Signal
I was finally at a place in May where I felt like I really needed to step up my contributions to the page. I decided to dig through my old contacts and found the guys from Zero Signal, who I knew from my days doing Jester Promotions. They've got a pretty cool new concept going and I'm excited to follow up with them going forward.

A Tribute to Chaos - The Story of Fleischgewehr
When I heard there was a Rammstein tribute group in Columbus, I knew I had to be there. Not only were Frankie and Stephen fantastic musicians, but great dudes to boot. 

Rocket From The Tombs - Anything But Sonically Reduced at Ace of Cups 5/13/17
This one fell into my lap when my editor hurt his back during the week of the show. I felt bad because RFTT was one of his favorite groups from the past and he had done a fantastic interview with their lead singer as well. It turned out to be a really great article and highlighted some of our photographers best work.

The Cat Club Podcast - Essential Memorial Day Weekend Playlist
Rick and I sat down and did a podcast episode highlighting a baker's dozen of songs including some deeper cuts you might not normally hear on the bigger stations and lists.

Musical Maturation With Morning Theft at Spacebar - 5/27/17
One of the worst weeks of my life ended on a spectacularly high note with this show. Even though we didn't end up getting into the club until well after it was supposed to open, we had a true bonding moment with the peeps from Morning Theft. It really was a lifesaver for me.

The Fresh Live Flow of the Jocef Michael Band at Skully's - 5/30/17
I had been waiting to see a true show from the JMB after catching part of their set in April. As it turns out, Jocef and Co had a surprise in store for everyone. His ever-evolving live show never disappoints.

 June 2017
The Rowdy Rat Motel at Spacebar - 6/2/17
It was another bizarre evening at Spacebar as we were treated to a group of loud 16 year olds and their x-branded fans. It ended up being pretty wild.

Friday Spotlight - The Beauty of Truslow
I got to sit down at WOB with James Truslow, who leads the local pop group Truslow. I had no idea the direction that this interview would go, and I ended up being brought to tears at least once while talking to him about his music.

Artistic Gravity Abounds with So Long, Stargazer at King Avenue 5 - 6/16/17
I finally got the chance to see Chase McCants (My Beloved Tragedy) in his new band So Long, Stargazer. I was not disappointed. I would go as far as saying that this might have been the best concert I have attended this year.

The Night The Jester Joined The Cult Of Cats 
Rick had tasked me with finding a show to cover on Saturday while he was out of town, and because of Pride weekend, the pickings were slim. I ended up finding Dayton's Curse of Cassandra at my old home bar in Reynoldsburg, and I was treated to a fantastic evening of excellence.

Midweek Spotlight - Musical Connections With Nicholas Rowe 
I got to sit down with a guy who got word of us from an unlikely source; my mom. It was an intriguing interview but I got a lot of good talking points out.

 July 2017
FleischgewehR Blitzkreig at King Avenue 5 - 7/1/17
What an amazing night. I knew the guys from F+ would be a treat after interviewing them back in May, and I knew I was in for a great night when Frankie pulled up beside me in the parking lot and rubbed his silver paint all over me. It was a great time.

  August 2017
ALBUM REVIEW - Hello Emerson "Above The Floorboards" 
After taking a mental health break in July (some things are more important than music, you'll understand) I came back to review a tremendous piece of musical craftsmanship from the band Hello Emerson. I'd say it's one of my top 5 favorite local records of the year so far.

An Album Release to Remember with Hello Emerson at Rumba Cafe - 8/25/17
Surprisingly (or perhaps unsurprisingly), the live show ended up being better than the album. I was of the intention of taking photographs, but with a 13 piece band on stage and with Rumba being packed to the point where I was smashed against the stage, I was tragically unable to capture any shots. However, I do believe my words did justice for the performance.

Soup to Nuts with Kristen Ford at Caribbean Jerks - 8/31/17  
My good friend Jules recommended Kristen, a current resident of Nashville, to me a few weeks before this show. I had seen her posters all over Caribbean Jerks (a bar next to my house) and I was thrilled to be able to cover her show. She herself ended up being a phenomenal person along with a tremendous musician.

 September 2017

The Many Hats of Javelina
The first band to actually follow up with me after I started passing out business cards was Javelina, of whom I had seen perform previously at Tree Bar. In a few weeks I'll be actually covering one of their shows, but here is an interview we did in the rain at Harvest. It was pretty cool.

Aural Hotness with Miller and the Hunks at The Tree Bar - 9/23/17
Another short notice show that ended up being pretty stellar. Miller and the boys were pretty cool to hang out with, despite the fact that it was in the 80s/90s the entire night!

REVIEW - Two Fingers in The Barrel with "Room Full of Sky" from Cosmo's Elephant 
Amy from Javelina e-mailed me after their interview went live to tell me about her "other" band, Cosmo's Elephant. The group let me sit in with them to preview their new EP before it dropped, and we had a good time telling stories and cracking up over good/bad band and song titles.

 October 2017

The Cat Club Podcast Is Full of Shenanigans with The Jester - Episode 24 
 Rick and I got together and put forth a sort of recap show on everything we had done so far this year; bands we had seen, people we had worked with, well as a peek at what we have going on in the next few weeks.

A Six-Pack of Aural Solemnity with Javelina at The Shrunken Head - 10/13/17
 It was finally time for Javelina to perform, and boy did they ever. Those two have some deep and dark talents. The music, the imagery, and of course the face painting!!

ALBUM REVIEW - Zero Signal's EP "Divided by Zero" 
 The boys in Zero Signal did not disappoint with their debut EP. I wasn't sure what to expect coming in to it, but it was definitely an excellent output for a first shot at trying something new.

Death Trance Delights with Zero Signal at King Avenue 5 - 10/13/17
 However good the EP might have been, the live show blew it all away. What a fantastic punch in the face that night was. Perhaps the best night of music I've seen all year. Any time you can get 4 or 5 great bands rocking in an evening, you know you've experienced something excellent!

REVIEW - The Dark Horse in Motion Music Festival - 10/21/17
 A few weeks after seeing Curse of Cassandra at the Dark Horse Tavern, the DHIM festival was conceived. It ended up being a fantastic night of music! Every single band brought something different to the night, but every single one of them was tight and rocking. It was exhausting, but it was a ton of fun!

Setting The Trend with Columbus Indie Rock band Fashion Week
 Another band who goes to my church, Fashion Week agreed to an e-mail interview with me and we ended up having a lot of fun with it! Sometimes it can be difficult to really connect with someone through e-mails, but these guys are definitely some fantastic characters.

November 2017

REVIEW - Fashion Week at Rumba Cafe 11/2/17
Finally getting to meet Jason and the boys at Fashion Week was a real treat, and they even had a surprise for me on stage. It was a good night for new tunes and new friends.

ALBUM REVIEW - Curse of Cassandra - Nekonomicon
I was kind of disappointed when my editor rejected my initial headline - "Curse of Cassandra add their own chapter to the Nekonomicon". However, this album is spot-on fantastic, and I'm not just saying that because I love the group. The production level is off the charts compared to their previous efforts, and the band has nowhere to go but up from here!

Shakin’ with The Holy Rattlesnakes at Spacebar – 11/25/17
In spite of Ohio State's victory earlier in the day, I was feeling a little mellow when I headed to the Spacebar for what ended up being my last show in 2017.

 December 2017
coming soon...

Final edit of 2017! What a great year! Some of the best shows I've EVER attended happened while covering for Music in Motion! Unfortunately I was locked into my day job for the month of December, but 2018 brings year 2 of MiM and the promise of bigger and better things!

Stay tuned and always keep your eyes on the page for more fresh content from myself, Rick, Susie, and the rest of our awesome staff!!

J1 Best shows of 2017

I started counting how many shows I went to in 2017, and when the number hit 30 I decided that I might as well just write about my favorites for the year. There aren't really in any order.

VNV Nation with iVardensphere - Agora Theatre, Cleveland

After seeing Assemblage 23 last year, I jumped at the chance to tick off my other favorite electronic artist, VNV Nation. Ronan Harris was recovering from illness and had been told by his doctors to postpone the beginning of the 2nd half of his Automatic Empires tour, but decided that he didn't want to miss any of the shows. Having never seen him live, I couldn't have told you that he was ill. After iVardensphere set the pulsing mood, Ronan spent the entire show moving around the entire stage and interacting with the crowd. He's the definition of a front-man in that regard - even calling me out for being on my phone while he performed. "You can look at Facebook later" he said disapprovingly. I would definitely travel to see him perform again, this time at 100%

Aurelio Voltaire with Bella Morte, The Long Losts - The Shrunken Head, Columbus

I have actually seen Aurelio Voltaire perform live almost every year since 2009. Every time, he brings great bands with him, but never one as big as Bella Morte. They brought some serious energy and The Long Losts were ooky spooky, just a few months shy of Halloween. Voltaire was on top of his game, telling his usual stories and cranking out fun versions of his hits. He didn't do any sci-fi songs this time around, but he did serenade us with a couple off of his newest record, "Heart-Shaped Wound". And while I've heard most of his stories before, he shared one this time around about a day in his adolescence when he was going to end his own life, and how his actions that day changed his mind and keep him going with every passing day. It's always a pleasure to meet up with the man, and Bella Morte is one of Kelly's favorite bands as well, so it was doubly a treat for us.

The Dark Horse in Motion Festival - Dark Horse Tavern, Reynoldsburg

You could say this was also the longest day of the year for me. I woke up early, got food for the troops, and headed out to Reynoldsburg for an entire day of great music. You had the energy of Mobile Homes and Hellsfire Sinners, the thunder of Bridesmaid and Karma to Burn, and the all-around awesomeness of bands like Pale Grey Lore and Shorty Allen. I got to hang out with my old music comrade Brian while he ran sound for the night, and I ate the majority of a 21 pizza. Woof. I wrote about the entire night here, and I was pleasantly surprised at the all-around quality of the evening. It's been my experience with local festivals that there's usually a lot of filler, or just a lot of mishaps during the acts. The first Indy Fest I attended had so many wacky things happen, and I went to another outdoor one in the middle of a field in Blacklick, Ohio where a bunch of great bands played, but after the 3rd or 4th band it started to rain heavily, and there was absolutely nowhere for cover except for a small make-shift tent that was put up at the beginning of the storm. Unfortunately, the Horse is no longer with us and the DHIM partnership fizzled, but this was an evening of music I won't soon forget.

So Long Stargazer with Morning Theft, Wake the Trees - King Avenue 5, Columbus

After seeing Morning Theft on my day of life-termination, I decided I owed it to them to go visit them at a live show again, this time not on assignment. As it happens, they were playing with my old friend Chase and So Long, Stargazer. I had heard some of their music before but I was not prepared for the overwhelming beauty of the evening. I wrote a review of the show here and was blessed to have my dear friend Jess come out and take photographs of the band as they wowed the crowd. Morning Theft put on a hell of a show for themselves, doing a couple of knockout covers and showing the power of Jenelle's voice as she had almost recovered from bronchitis. I only caught part of Wake the Trees set as I was upstairs chatting with Nick about the MT record, but they are another great act that Columbus needs to take note of in the future.

Grandview Fringe Festival - featuring Morning Theft, So Long Stargazer, Javelina, CrocoDies - Tree Bar, Columbus

I was feeling depressed as hell and just wanted to get out of the house and enjoy some music, and I figured if SLS and MT were playing again, I'd go ahead and do it. I threw on a spiked face mask and figured I'd at least try to make it through all 4 bands. It was the first time I had been to the Tree Bar since Andyman had died, and I had forgotten just how much I enjoyed that venue. This was the first time I got to see Javelina, and they were unlike anything I could have expected. Fortunately, I had just gotten my pack of business cards for Music in Motion and I gave one to Amy, and so a beautiful musical and human bond was formed. CrocoDies kicked it hard for themselves, and this was possibly the best show I saw Morning Theft play the entire year. Stargazer was raising money for Chase's Peletonia ride the next day, and they didn't let the late night stop them from showing off their digs. It was one of those nights where all of the bands brought their A game, and I left feeling 1000 times better than when I arrived.

FleischgewehR with Zero Signal,  Blacktooth Grin, The Admiralty - King Avenue 5, Columbus

I knew F+ was going to be a good band when I first interviewed Frankie and Stephen, and sure enough they were as advertised every time I saw them in 2017. They mix up their set for every show, and this was a Halloween show so everyone was in intriguing costumes as well (as if a Rammstein tribute act needs an excuse to dress up). The Admiralty opened with some fantastic metal grooves and Blacktooth Grin did a spot-on tribute to Pantera, with their guitarist doing a fantastic job emulating Dimebag. I got to see my friends in Zero Signal perform their only show (article here) of the year, including a wicked cover of ZZTop. Honestly, everything about this show was great, including watching the Jackets beat up the Rangers with my photographer Sammi.  

Curse of Cassandra with Damn The Witch Siren, Village Druids, Playfully Yours - Blind Bob's, Dayton 

Curse of Cassandra toured extensively over the States in 2017, and I was blessed to see them 5 different times. Each time was a special experience, with setting off the smoke detectors at the Dark Horse, with my introduction to Blind Bobs over the summer, with the hazy show at the Summit and the LOUD show at Ace of Cups, and finally at their album release show back in Dayton. Playfully Yours was a tremendously fun electro set, while Village Druids gave us a great dose of weird. My Columbus friends Damn The Witch Siren spiced up the evening and shredded our eardrums before Curse took the stage and sent us all to awesomeness school. What made this night better than the electronic awesomeness that took place at the Summit or the night I met the dynamic duo? It had to be Jake stepping out from behind the keyboard and dancing with us all. Or perhaps the spanking I got from Nicole... I don't know. Maybe all the great weirdos that I chatted with throughout the evening. Maybe sitting by myself out in the cold rain on the patio. Who knows.

Ok, it was definitely Jake dancing. Lol. I don't think any band I saw multiple times in 2017 was as consistently good as CoC, and I can't wait to see what they dial up for the next year. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the Hello Emerson CD release show, which featured a full dozen members of a band sharing the tiny stage at Rumba Cafe, as well as a poetry reading and a man playing solo with a melodica, and my man Jocef Michael, who has humongous things coming in his future if he wants to chase them. Dude is the most energetic performer of any of the ones I've seen all year and I'm excited to follow him around in 2018!

I can't wait to discover even more magical acts of musical wizardry! If you have the chance, go out and support your local scene!