Friday afternoon I went to Shake-It Records to check out a live acoustic set from The Duke Spirit. It was so freakin' packed I could barely see a thing, but the few glimpses of Leila Moss I saw about melted me into the ground. Sigh. They packed it in after four songs due to "throat trouble," but still sounded amazing kicking out "The Step And The Walk." Afterwards, I skipped the autograph session and picked up the Davila 666 CD in preparation for the next night, an awesome Gories 7" on Get Hip from '95, and the not-so-great new Easy Action 7" on Shake-It's label. Sweet deal.
Black Diamond Heavies @ The Lodge (Photo: Scott Beseler)
After The Comet, it was time to check out the Black Diamond Heavies at a new, local DIY spot called the Lodge, which turned out to be an amazing joint with a projector screening movies behind the band playing an a ginormous living room/loft steup. HELL YEAH. Hadn't heard the BDH before, but people assured me that their shows were like a religious experience, which makes sense since the singer/keyboard dude is the son of a preacher. They testified for sure, kicking out what might be the best show of 2009 so far. Endless, hypnotic blues grooves cut with frenzied solos and Captain Beefheart growl vocals. Even better was the jam afterwards, where some Cincy local music heavies (um...) got up to trade riffs. They were STILL playing when I left at 4:30 AM. INDESCRIBABLE, get both of their records NOW. Check out the pic above and try to find me, Where's Waldo style.
Davila 666 kicking out the f'n jam live in Puerto Rico
Saturday night, it was back to the Comet again to check out Davila 666, the lo-fi Spanish-language Rolling Stones straight outta Puerto Rico. I was excited after spinning their debut disc I got the day before, and had heard their shows feature dancers, props, and all kinds of crazy shit. Too bad they must have been running on a short tour staff, since they only had a 6 (6?!) piece band that still managed to sound way more huge than the tiny Comet room. Lots of ass-shakin' and tambourine-bangin', plus a roof-raising versions of "All This & More" from the Dead Boys prefaced with "Yeah Ohio!" That's what I'm talkin' about.
I was damn near on my last legs on Sunday, but I had to go BACK to the Comet (again?!) to check out The Nicotine Fits, a RAGING 6 piece punk band from Colorado. If you're into thick, keyboard-heavy epic punk like the Wipers and Hot Snakes, you'll love it. They destroyed the eardums of me and the three other people who decided to show up and watch. To their credit, they didn't mail it in. Thanks, dudes.
AMAZING weekend overall, though my ears are thrashed and I think I still have a hangover three days later. Don't forget to check out the new episode of Random Old Records podcast on http://rorpodcast.mevio.com. If you have already, thank ya kindly! Next episode will be out in 2 weeks and feature a huge set of new and old CINCINNATI punk, psych, and garage, plus all sorts of jams. ROCKNFNROLL!