The Quivers Sugar Tease Release with the Thunderclaps

Back on the first Friday of March, the Quivers released their long-awaited follow-up to 2014’s “Hot Young Mess” with “Sugar Tease”. The show took place at the midtown swap shop Holy Cow Market.  The Thunderclaps opened with a great set of surf-tinged tunes from the KC-based duo.

It’s a great collection of tunes written primarily by Terra Skaggs and Todd Grantham.  This time around, they added a horn section with the help of Kyle Dahlquist and Jesse Howes. “Sugar Tease” has a the classic Quivers sound with plenty of 60’s soul and early garage rock.

Really, it’s a solid album.  It’s been two years since they released their previous effort and maybe the long time between releases was a good thing.  The songs had time to mature, get played up at gigs, tweaked and finally laid-down. Check it out here.  You can also hit the link in the photo section to hear the entire live set.

The Thunderclaps

 

 

 

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The Quivers

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Folk Alliance Sights

Had a bit of a crazy week during the Folk Alliance so unfortunately, I wasn’t able to spend as much time down there as I had hoped.  But I did make it down on Saturday evening and caught a bunch of great bands from all over the country.

It was more of a listening experience than a photographic one.  I mean there are only so many ways to make musicians in hotel rooms that all look the exact same interesting.  Also, there’s that whole difficult to get good shots when there is a bed and dozen chairs in the way thing.
Despite all those things, one thing it didn’t take away from was the quality of the sound.  It was a great time just strolling up and down the halls popping your head in, picking up swag and hearing some fresh jams.
The whole conference is a bit of a crazy thing.  The civilized more traditional conference-like activities take place during the day time.  Then, each night around 6 PM, the “official showcases” start up in the main ballrooms and conference halls until around 10 PM. At 10 or so, that’s when the madness begins upstairs.  Dozens of rooms and hallways are filled to capacity with hundreds of musicians and industry folks checking out the sights and sounds.  You basically just wander around and stick your head in anywhere that sounds interesting.

Making Movies

 

 

 

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John Keck

 

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Justin Penney

 

Destroy Nate Allen

 

 

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Freight Train, Rabbit Killer

 

 

Live at Ven’s House: Micah Schnabel, Slow Motion Commotion and Ven Smith

Dead Ven one of the proprietors of local label, Money Wolf Music hosted a house show featuring:  Micah Schnabel, and Slow Motion Commotion with Ven performing a short opening set.  The unplugged show was set in the dining room with 15-20 odd individuals gathered around.

Dead Ven opened the evening with a set of blue collar folk, heavy on working class issues of unemployment, death, loss and life.  Following Ven, Slow Motion Commotion performed heavily bluegrass and roots infused tunes.  Micah Schnabel of Two Cow Garage ended the evening with songs featuring heavy themes of incarceration, mental health, and loss that put a poignant end to a great night of music.

Dead Ven

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Slow Motion Commotion

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Micah Schnabel

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Bone Spur and From the West at All-Star Rock Bar

We’ve got lots of shows backed up in the queue so we’re going to get right to things.  Expect quite a few posts over the next two week as we try to catch up.

Here’s some images from a show we caught back at the beginning of February we headed up north to the All-Star Rock Bar to catch Bone Spur and From the West.

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Rockabilly, Surf and Garage: Rockin’ at the Holy Cow Market

Friend of Kansas City music Rich had a birthday get together at the Holy Cow Market last month featuring a lineup diverse lineup of early rock genres.  We caught the sets for SUNDOG, Pop Skull Rebels, and the Quivers.  Check them out below:

SUNDOG Surf

 

 

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Pop Skull Rebels

 

 

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The Quivers

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Until We Meet Again: Farewell to the Record Bar

Saturday, January 2, 2016 marked the final show at the Record Bar as we currently know it.  On this night the honors of sending her off two local groups: Your Friend, Making Movies.  It was a sold out show with every inch of the bar filled to the gills with fans and patrons from over the years having one last go in the venue.

Record Bar has a special place for me because I had a lot of firsts there.  It was the first place we played our Morphine cover set with Found a Job when it was still Molly Picture Club.  RB was where we saw the Members of Morphine bring those same songs back to life and carry on the spirit of Mark Sandman.

The Record Bar was where we stood in the freezing cold on a Wednesday night to see Daptone artists the Budos Band blow the doors off with two hours of incredible funk/afro-beat.  We made so many friends, met so many musicians and forged many bonds. We saw quite literally hundreds of local artists grace the stage to share their talents with us.

It’s hard to think the place is gone at least in its current form.  For years it served as a hub for us.  The staff treated us generously and always friendly.

We were recently at the Holy Cow Market for a party and there leaned against a wall was “the sign”.  It was dirty and faded, parts of the mounting hardware lay nearby.  You could see the faded paint underneath where the original logo had been.  Standing there, looking at it was like staring at a ghost.  You knew what you were looking at, but you didn’t couldn’t equate it in your brain.  It was surreal.  People passed by and looked at it like they were at a memorial service, quietly whispering to one another.

Leaving the market that night, looking at the sign one last time, was difficult to put into words.  I had the feeling that I don’t get often.  It was a feeling I’d rather not have.

The Record Bar is gone, hopefully just for now.  But it will always represent a community of people that we hope to call life-long friends.  Until we meet again, farewell Record Bar.

Your Friend

 

 

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Making Movies

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NYE with Freight Train, Rabbit Killer at Westport Saloon

Here’s a bit of the NYE show at Westport Saloon with Freight Train Rabbit Killer and their special guests, The Legion of Ghosts.  I’ve got a bit of audio from the set too.

 

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