KC for Refugees Fundraiser at Record Bar

Back on Jan 20th (Yea, yea I know.),  the Musicians for Active Justice held a fundraiser at the Record Bar for local non-profit KC for Refugees. The event featured a number of great local rock bands including:  Emmaline TwistHipshot Killer and (the)medicine theory.  We made it out in time to catch sets from Hipshot Killer and Emmaline Twist.  Check it out below:

Emmaline Twist:

 

 

 

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Hipshot Killer:

“All the Hell in the World”

 

 

 

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Noise for Toys: Shadow Rabbits, Me Like Bees, Noise FM

A couple weeks back, we caught the latest edition of the Noise FM’s annual Christmas fundraiser for Toys for Tots: Noise For Toys at the Record Bar.  The event this year featured sets from Shadow Rabbits, Rachel Mallin and the Wild Type, Me Like Bees, and the Noise FM.

 

Shadow Rabbits:

 

 

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Freight Train, Rabbit Killer and Berwanger at Record Bar

Over at the Record Bar just before Halloween, Freight Train, Rabbit Killer and the Legion of Ghosts performed an extended set of tunes with Berwanger opening.

Berwanger started things off with a power-pop set of rock tunes in support of the newly released “Exorcism Rock”.  It’s a great album with snappy tunes and great production value. Definitely check it out.

After Berwanger finished things off, the Kris Bruders and Mark Smeltzer started the FTRK set off as the typical duo.  They set the tone for their delta blues inspired tunes before the Legion of Ghosts turned the set into a thirteen piece jam of horns, drums, keys and slide guitar in addition to Smeltzer’s DIY string instruments.  It was quite a massive sound.  In previous editions of the Legion of Ghosts the lineup was much smaller.  This time around it appeared all the stops were pulled.

Berwanger:

 

 

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Freight Train, Rabbit Killer and the Legion of Ghosts:

 

 

 

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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

AUDIO from Making Movies’ set

 

 

 

 

 

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Noise for Toys: Noise FM and Bonzo Madrid at Record Bar

Back in December before Christmas, (Sorry, we’re behind) Noise FM hosted their annual Noise for Toys fundraiser at the Record Bar.  Bonzo Madrid, the Author and the Illustrator provided support.  We’ve got a board recording for the entire Noise FM set AND lots of pictures to boot.  Check it out:

 

Bonzo Madrid

 

 

 

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The Noise FM

AUDIO: the Noise FM complete set

 

 

 

 

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Border Wars II: The Architects, Big Iron, The Racketees at Record Bar

Back on the first Friday of December, a lineup feature some of the loudest and heaviest rock and punk bands in the area stormed the Record Bar.  Featuring Kansas City staples the Architects, Big Iron and the Racketees, it was loud and fast from the beginning to the end.

Check out some audio from the show and images below:

The Racketees

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Big Iron

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All My Friends Headlined a Night of Tributes at Record Bar

Back on Oct 30, All My Friends (members of Noise FM and Bonzo Madrid) headlined the night of tribute acts at Record Bar covering LCD Soundsystem.  Opening the show were Tim and Luke (aka the fat kids from Me Like Bees) as the Wide Stripes.  The members of Roman Numerals held the middle slot with a tribute to Joy Division.

We’ve got audio of basically the entire show so have a listen and browse the images below:

The Wide Stripes

 

 

 

 

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Unknown Pleasures – Joy Division Tribute

 

 

All My Friends – LCD Soundsystem Tribute

 

 

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