Dec 272013
 

After partying with Flaw at their recent show at PHT, I don’t know if I can handle more awesome shows like that. I’m getting’ too fargin old! I was exhausted. For all you youngsters, and youngsters at heart, New Year’s Eve at Diamonds promises to be a barn-burner of a show. You get to see Flaw in action again, as well as newly signed Villebillies, Signal The Revolution and Elephant Room. One price and you are covered for the night, party favors included! Noise makers, goofy hat, champagne toast, stuff like that. This show will probably sell out pretty fast, so you better get your tickets asap or you’ll be left out in the cold. So take my advice, don’t wait!!! This promises to be one epic show.

Dec 112013
 
Jamie Dailey

Name: Jamie Dailey.


Age: 38


Instrument: bass guitar.


Band/Former Bands: stage left for Great Floods. Also: Ampersand, Countermeasure, Destined to Fall, Delta Nine Theory, Kallus, AntikytherA, & Lo-Fi Devastator.


How long on instrument: I”ve been buying bass strings for 22 yrs.


Name: Jamie Dailey.
Age: 38
Instrument: bass guitar.
Band/Former Bands: stage left for Great Floods. Also: Ampersand, Countermeasure, Destined to Fall, Delta Nine Theory, Kallus, AntikytherA, & Lo-Fi Devastator.
How long on instrument: I”ve been buying bass strings for 22 yrs.
Equipment:Fender Jazz Bass, Ampeg B4R head, GK goldline 500 head, Ampeg ISOvent cab (2x15x2x10), Peavey 410TVX cab, Electroharmonix Big Muff Pi, quite a few cables, and a splitter.
Influences: Performance art, the DIY ethos, and the urge to make noise.
My first gig: 1st grade Christmas program. Our renditions of “All I Want For Christmas” and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” left them wanting more. We seriously killed it.
Hobbies: Videogames, reading, writing, drawing, cooking, watching movies, shuffleboard, pool, fishing.
Favorite movies: The Empire Strikes Back, Citizen Kane, John Carpenters’ The Thing, Ichi The Killer, Battle Royale, Old Boy, Aliens, E.T.
Favorite food: Mexican cheese dip, eggrolls, pumpkin pie, and sushi.
Favorite place: Home.
Favorite sports or team: Bowling, skateboarding, competitive ice sculpting, shuffleboard.
What I’m listening to nowadays: Converge, Kvelertak, Pig Destroyer, Botch, Every Time I Die, Clutch, Integrity, Weekend Nachos, Wovenhand, Iceage, The Jesus Lizard, Birds in Row, Russian Circles, High on Fire, 80’s punk and Britpop. Local bands I fully endorse are Aphids, All Dead, Empiria Vultura, Greyhaven, Ohlm, Anagnorisis, and anyone who Keeps Louisville Loud.
Coolest thing I’ve done: Hard to say… I do a lot of cool stuff.
Most embarrassing moment: Hard to pinpoint just one.
Bad Habits: I smoke things and think too much.
When/where did you first get some: First time I got some pop rocks I was at the grocery store.
If you could meet a Rockstar ( past or present ): I’d rather meet Hunter S. Thompson or Ben Franklin. They’re interesting.
Who do you love: aside from friends and family, no living person holds my heart.

Dec 102013
 

Up-and-comers Rust N’ Bones are set to record at two places in December. Smokehouse Productions and Wax Tape Recording. Two places I’ve never heard of. I’m sure I’ll do a review of their new stuff soon, so hopefully the engineers do a good job so I can give a good review! The band also has a new bass player Madelaine Oaklander.

Dec 092013
 

Longtime Louisville rock/metal veterans Year Of The Gun will be recording four songs in early December. Chosen tracks are “Fallout, " “That Mouth Of Yours, " “She Dreams” and “Beautiful. ” We are excited about working with Jordan Haynes and look forward to getting these tracks done by such a good sound engineer.

Dec 092013
 

I am looking forward to seeing Steel Panther at Bogart’s on Sunday, December 22. I have been wanting to see those guys for some time now, but they never come to Kentucky, so I’m going to drive up to Cincinnati to see their legendary show. Steel Panther is one of the top cover bands in the nation if you haven’t heard of them before! They wear cheesy Eighties clothes like tiger-print spandex and they wear wigs and are raunchy to the extreme, and are very funny. If you haven’t heard of them before and you like Eighties music, then this is a must-see. Look up Steel Panther “Community Property” uncut on Youtube and you will see what I mean.

Dec 082013
 

Wow. This guy is straight up awesome. I’m so glad I was recommended to go see luthier Kevin Stiles of Frankenstile’s Monster Guitars. Several guys in the scene were always talking about about how Kevin is the bomb, and Kevin is this and that. So I finally went and got some work done by him, and I’m very happy with the results. He installed a few pickups and put some wood blocks underneath my Floyd Rose systems for tuning accuracy. Well, actually he put in half wood blocks, when I usually have the whole thing blocked off because I hate Floyds and they drive me insane when restringing. But good ole Kev told me about a thing he does with Floyd Rose systems that Eddie Van Halen uses to stay in tune, so I said “what the hell, what could it hurt?” Now I can go whammy bar insane and stay in tune! I had never heard of this half-block procedure but it works! Now I don’t have to do without a whammy bar just to stay in tune. And restringing is a snap. Kevin does guitar repair, custom building (he does awesome Eddie Van Halen Replicas), painting, wiring, pickup change-outs, fretwork, intonation, whatever you may need. But Kev’s really good at setting up the Floyd Roses and Fender trems! His experience with painting and finishing wood goes back to previous jobs he had, so that experience spilled over to his guitar work! Kevin works out of his home in Clarksville. Indiana, has the ultimate set of tools, and guarantees all of his work. If you don’t like something, you can come back a few weeks later and he will set it up how you like it. And the best part are his prices! Kevin is much cheaper than guitar stores. I don’t know about you, but I got really tired of getting financially butt-raped every time I went to get some guitar work done. Kevin is the man, and a guy who cares about his work and making it affordable to the poor musician like myself. Kevin has quite the A-List of clientele to brag of, including Allen Needham of Dark Side of the Wall, Kevin McCreery of Uncle Kracker, Ronnie Watchmaker and Jon Huffman of Big Rock Show, Tom Dawson of The Olivia Henken Band, Frank Campbell of Scary Uncle and the late great guitar whiz Steve Osbourne used to go to Kevin all the time. So trust me, for guitar work, give Kevin a call. On a good day you can even get him to do the work in front of you, if it’s not too big a job, so you don’t have to make two trips. I loved that. Contact Kevin Stiles at 502-322-3200 or stop by at 151 N Randolph Ave., Clarksville, IN 47129. Kevin rules!

Dec 082013
 

Lawrenceburg, Kentucky’s five piece Bury The Wicked is one fine band. Not only do they sound great, with darn good vocals and good gear/instrument tones, but they happen to be some fine people as well. I’ve dealt with so many bands that were douchebags it’s uncountable, but occasionally you come across some cool ass mofos that rock bigtime. That would be Bury The Wicked. When I first met them, they didn’t speak much. They kind of reminded me of my band, which a few of the members aren’t really the outgoing, talkative types. But the more I talked to them, the more I liked these guys. And the music is badass. It’s heavy but there is still melody and groove in abundance. I had them on one of my shows a month or so back, and they killed it! If I had choose a band to compare them to it, would be Five Finger Death Punch, I guess. Because it’s heavy, but still has singing in it sometimes, which I like. I can’t stand screaming all the darn time. The vocals of Rich Kurtz mix things up well, with brutal screams as well as melodic interludes. The guy can sing! The best of both worlds, you could say! The guitars of Eric Gidcumb and Matt Ryan are formidable. I like the pinch harmonics they use. I always did like the squalls! And talk about good peeps? These guys donated $61 to Rock For Kosair Benefit for the kids even though they weren’t even on the bill. So take my word for it, the next time you see their name on a show bill, you should go check them out for sure. They may come from a small town here in Kentucky, but their sound is gigantic!

Dec 062013
 

I love these southern Kentucky/Cave City/Glasgow guys. I’ve known Andrew and Stephen since 1995 (and played many a great show with those fargers), and it’s great to see them back in action and in two bands, no less! They got the Luther reunion going on, and another project called Old School Mining Company that rocks. For those of you who don’t know or weren’t around, Stephen and Andrew were in a band called Luther in the mid- to late- Nineties. Luther was an odd mixture of redneck rock/metal, and Seventies rock combined to powerful effect. They had a good following and had many a great show. On to the new project, though!

I’m about to listen to the Old School Mining Company demo. On this project, they have singer Stephen Cleveland on guitar as well as vocals. Hell, I didn’t even know he played guitar. I recently saw them for the first time in this project and it was rockin’. I hadn’t seen the guys play in many years! This music is similar to Luther, with the redneck, raspy, awesome vocals of Cleveland. And Andrew is one badass on bass guitar. There is something special about these guys. Somehow they come up with some serious grooves and soul in their music. It was like that with Luther, and now its that way with Old School Mining Company. Cleveland isn’t a guitar showoff, but he gets the job done just fine, all the while singing at the same time. I’ve always loved his voice, and the melodies he comes up with. I’m an old Luther fan from way back! I’m listening to “Nipper” and the guitar tone is kinda grungy in a Luther sorta way. Cleveland is in fine vocal form these days, sounding like Lee Dorian of Cathedral on this track. It’s straightforward rock/metal with no frills or ridiculous guitar sweeping that so many death metal bands overdo nowadays. “Move Me” is a bit more up tempo and reminds me a little of Rob Zombie somehow, only much better vocals. The lyrics of Cleveland have always been a good thing as well. I would have liked to have heard a few more guitar changes and solos, or maybe a breakdown, but its fine the way it is really. “Toohey Ridge” is a bit more redneck and groovin’ as they show their southern Kentucky roots. Stephen Cleveland’s growling, redneck vocals and syllable placements are so cool. Imaginative and creative. Dude is like Jim Morrison meets Lee Dorian meets Rob Zombie meets Danzig. But from the hills of Kentucky! It’s quite a compliment, vocally.

This music is more straight forward than Luther and a bit more laid-back it seems, but the skills are there, and it may take a little time to get the ball rolling on this project, because they don’t play out as much. I suggest adding a smokin’, bluesy, lead guitarist, add some wicked breakdowns and make the songs a bit more diverse. Maybe I’m still hung up on former and late Luther guitarist Tommy Yates’ crazy guitar style. That guy is hard to forget even after all these years. The guy would get beyond drunk and still play awesomely! The way he got that wild, whacked out badass feedback out of his old ancient tube amp was crazy. But dude was one of a kind. I miss Tommy. But Luther has a great guitarist in Jason Williams, so that’s a good thing. Either way, check out Andrew and Stephen’s bands, Old School Mining Company and Luther! You can thank me later!

Dec 052013
 

Louisville technical groove metalhead band Littledidweknow has just signed with Subliminal Groove Records. This is one mean and brutal technical metal band with some very formidable skills. I was just checking out a guitar play through video for a new song called “Permagrin” and it’s pretty sick. These guys have it going on! It’s good to see some heavier Louisville talent getting a chance to do something cool. Congrats guys!