Tuesday, May 19, 2015

First/Last-Sorta Lonely


Sorta Lonely is an indie screamo-punk band based out of Pittsburgh. Things are kinda quiet gig-wise in their camp but you can still check them out via their latest release "what it's like to live on the moon". I want to thank Dakota Bahney (Bass/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.



The first album you ever bought?
I am pretty sure it was either Cake's "Comfort Eagle" or a compilation CD called "Rock Hits Of The '70s".


Your last album bought?
Saddle Creek just released "Painted Shut" by Hop Along -- I bought it as soon as it went up for preorder and just got the record in the mail the other day. It looks beautiful. And of course, it sounds beautiful as well.


Favorite album of all time?
Yeeeeesh, this is tough -- I’d have to go with either "The Sunset Tree" by The Mountain Goats, or Third Eye Blind's self-titled album. Those two albums represent two different things that I actively seek out when listening to music and that i strive to embody in my own music. "The Sunset Tree" is all about purposeful, powerful lyrical contemplation, touching on themes of trauma and survival. Meanwhile, I think the Third Eye Blind album is an example of brilliantly-crafted melody & structure.
Ask me in a week though and I’ll probably have different answers, ha-ha. Already I’m wondering why I didn't say "Bear Hair" by The Island Of Misfit Toys.


Least favorite/most disappointing album?
Every album I’ve released. Ha!


First concert attended?
The first concert I ever saw was The Spice Girls, but I was still a wee lass and I barely remember it. The first concert that I actually can recall going to was They Might Be Giants, when I was 13 years old.


Last concert?
I booked a show for Terror Pigeon (from Nashville), Cousin Boneless, Dumplings, and Middle Children here in Pittsburgh.


Favorite concert ever?
This is an even harder question than the "favorite album" one. If we can count last year's The Fest, in Gainesville Florida, as one concert, then that'd be my answer. If not... I dunno, maybe that time I saw Radiohead?


Least favorite concert?
Arctic Monkeys. I was one of the first people in line for the show and I waited for a very long time just to make sure I’d be able to get to the front row. Then, when the band actually went on, I got pushed out of the way by a bunch of bro dudes. Infuriating!


Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
Pittsburgh has way too much good stuff going on right now. More and more incredible shows just keep piling onto an already-stacked calendar, and more and more fantastic local bands keep popping up every single day. There are a lot of things I think we need to work on, like unity between the various "cliques" around the city, and better representation/inclusiveness in shows being booked -- but in a lot of ways, I’ve seen things improve a lot around here. Pittsburgh is on an upswing! I love that there's something to do every night.

Thanks, Dakota. I have been pushed out of the way many, many times by bro dudes (usually drunk). Kind of the worst after standing there for hours securing a spot.

Monday, May 18, 2015

First/Last-Venus In Furs


"Venus In Furs blends a full band with synthesizers and vocals. The live shows are an event with dancing girls and dark, electronic rock. The band, which formed in 1994, has shared the stage with many acts including: Killing Joke, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle, Sponge, Violent Femmes."

Venus In Furs is an electronic rock band from Pittsburgh who are releasing their long awaited latest album "Blue" at the end of the month. You an preview some of the tracks live this Wednesday (5/20) at the 31st St. Pub. I want to thank Michael T. Nolan (Programming/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

The first album you ever bought?
“Purple Rain”.

Your last album bought?
Mastodon “Crack the Sky”.

Favorite album of all time?
The Beach Boys “Pet Sounds”.

First concert attended?
Ready for the World… it was a long time ago… don't judge!

Last concert?
Erasure.

Favorite concert ever?
Meat Beat Manifesto.

Least favorite concert?
Jack White… he gets on my nerves.


Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
Pittsburgh has fantastic music if you just open up and listen. I am proud to be a Pittsburgh musician.

Thanks, Michael. I am with you on Jack White. Not only do I think he is annoying as well, I just don't like his tunes.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Image of the Day-matt pond PA/Young Buffalo


matt pond PA / Young Buffalo on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA.

matt pond PA recently hit Pittsburgh on a short tour to promote the 10th Anniversary of their excellent 2005 release "Several Arrows Later" by playing the album in full. A few days earlier in Chicago, they were robbed and among other items stolen were their passports, preventing them from playing Toronto. They forged on with the tour which ended last night in New York. There is an active GoFundMe page where supporters can still help out the band recover at least monetarily.
Joining them on the tour were Oxford, MS indie rockers Young Buffalo.
This is also a very special post for me in that for the first (and hopefully not the last) time in HughShows history, I am truly thrilled and honored to have a guest photographer share their talents with you. I really couldn't be happier with the artist for this debut feature. Long Hong has been a friend and supporter to me for several years now and he is one of my favorite concert photographers in the city. He is the kind of photographer that makes you feel as though you were there and he certainly did with these photos.
From Long, "I feel so very lucky to be Hugh's first guest photographer on his music blog and very fortunate to revisit one of my favorite albums in college."
Thanks so much, Long! The feeling is mutual, man. Let's to do it again, buddy.

Young Buffalo


    

 matt pond PA

Friday, May 15, 2015

First/Last-Can't Dance


"Can't Dance is a three-piece "Indie-Rock" band based out of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Drawing influences from great acts you've never heard of such as Pavement, Built to Spill, Dismemberment Plan, and Cloud Nothings. Can't Dance has gained a strong guitar-driven 90’s Alternative sound using youthful imagery in lyrics and crunchy guitar riffs to drive energetic song structures."

Can't Dance is an indie rock band from Johnstown who just released their latest EP entitled "Hearsay". I want to thank Kidd Kovach (Drums) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.



The first album you ever bought?
Hmm… I really can't remember specifically the first album I bought although if I had to guess it was most likely something from either Nirvana or Pavement.

Your last album bought?
The last album I bought was “Your Favorite Weapon” from Brand New. I mostly got it on a whim. I was looking for something new, and I've liked everything I've heard from Brand New in the past so I figured what the hell. So far I'm satisfied with the purchase.

Favorite album of all the time?
My favorite album of all time has to be “Emergency & I” by The Dismemberment Plan.

First concert attended?
The first concert I've attended was Japandroids in Pittsburgh a couple years ago.

Last concert?
My last concert was Wavves, also in Pittsburgh.

Favorite concert ever?
My favorite concert ever was definitely when I saw Dismemberment Plan in Washington D.C. I saw them 2 nights in a row, and both concerts were the best I've ever been to.

Least favorite concert?
Hmm… this one is tough because I've only ever been to a handful of concerts, and I've enjoyed them all for the most part. But if I had to pick my least favorite it, would have to be the Wavves concert I mentioned earlier. Wavves themselves did fine, but the crowd was pretty lame and douchey. My friend got hit with a shoe so that kinda pissed me off a bit. But the show itself was good.


Any thoughts/experiences about Pittsburgh?
The thing I like about Pittsburgh is even though it really isn't our home town it feels like home. I'm not really sure why, but it just feels natural being there if that makes any sense at all, ha-ha.

Thanks, Kidd. Getting hit with a shoe at a show? Yeah, that's no good.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

First/Last-Midge Crickett


"skibitty dibbity doo dang.....silly/sad cello songs. Verbose, nerdy chamber pop!"

Midge Crickett is a Pittsburgh songwriter who's main instrument is the cello. She brings her quirky chamber folk style to her new album "A Dragon is Not Your Friend". As a member of Middle Children and The Fuckies, she leaves those bozos behind and will hopefully have cello in hand (and ukulele if we are lucky) this Saturday (5/16) at Modern Formations for a solo gig. I want to thank her for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.



The first album you ever bought?
When I was very little, probably 5 or so, my sisters and I begged our mom to buy us THRILLER by Michael Jackson. We used to put on her red lipstick and kiss the album cover.

Your last album bought?
At the last record fest at Belvedere's here in Pittsburgh, I came away with Motley Crue SHOUT AT THE DEVIL, Dave Clark Five GLAD ALL OVER and Victor Borge CAUGHT IN THE ACT.

Favorite album of all time?
Oh man, this is hard but I will go with HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED by Bob Dylan. I just love it... I love all those words... some may argue too many words but I am a big fan of too many words.

Least favorite/most disappointing album?
I don't have a least favorite album, but I have an unreasonable hatred for the Neil Diamond song CRACKLING ROSIE. I think it is the worst song ever written. It makes me angry when I hear it. I don't even particularly dislike Neil Diamond but there's just SOMETHING about that song that makes me want to vomit all over the place... maybe something I should take up with my therapist.

First concert attended?
I saw THE MONKEES on their 20th reunion tour in 1986 at The Chautauqua Institute. The reruns of the TV show were really popular at time and I was totally hot for Peter Tork.

Last concert?
I go to a lot of local live shows. The last one was BLOD MAUD, ROBIN VOTE and DREAM PHONE at the Brillo Box... totally kickass and amazing!

Favorite concert ever?
I saw GUIDED BY VOICES at Graffiti here in Pittsburgh in June of 1996. I was seventeen years old and had never been to a show like that before... It was a truly a life changing experience.

Least favorite concert?
Again, I don't really have a least favorite concert but I have been to some local shows that have featured NOISE artists that are just downright painful to watch. I know some local NOISE bands/artists that are super talented and do really interesting stuff, but I think that sort of thing is very hit or miss. There have been times when it has seemed to be nothing more than an interminable ungodly screeching racket that makes my head throb and causes pain to radiate throughout my entire body.


Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
I grew up in Uniontown about an hour southwest of here, so Pittsburgh was always the BIG city for me. I can remember coming here for shows and sporting events as a little kid and bursting out of the Liberty Tubes with the view of downtown like... BANG right in front of me!!! My heart would literally POUND with excitement because of what a beautiful knockout of a city it is. I have lived here for 13 years and I STILL feel that way. I guess it is like staying in love with your childhood sweetheart or something.

Thanks, Meg. I am thinking just for you, I am going to get someone to produce an ungodly noise cover version of Neil Diamond's 'Cracklin' Rosie'. Just. For. You.