April 18, 2014
Upcoming Weird Missoula Shows: April Showcase TONIGHT & Bleeding Rainbow Next Week

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Our fourth showcase in the same number of months has finally arrived! It’s another all-Missoula show featuring some of our perennial favorites Modality, Ancient Forest, J. Sherri, and Copilot Eyedrops. It’s also probably the most homogeneous show we’ve booked for this series so if you like art-damaged psych rock + something you can’t entirely define, beginning to end this show will not disappoint.  

Weird Missoula’s April Showcase is TONIGHT, Friday April 18th at the Ole Beck VFW Post #209 and features the music of Modality, Ancient Forest, J. Sherri, and Copilot Eyedrops. Doors at 9pm, show at 10pm. $3 cover.

That’s not all though. We booked Philadelphia weirdos Bleeding Rainbow for the middle of next week. You guys remember that show Priests played at the VFW about a year or so? They were from DC. Bleeding Rainbow are apparently their buds and they helped hook this up and DUDE, we’re excited it’s working out. These guys use grunge like it isn’t a dirty word, channel some showgaze moments, jingle jangle the rest of their way through. Seems only fitting that Magpies and Vera shore up the Missoula contingent.

Philadelphia’s Bleeding Rainbow play the Ole Beck VFW Post #209 on Wednesday, April 23rd with locals Magpies and Vera. Show at 10pm, $5 cover.

April 16, 2014
The Men, Silver Palms, Boys @ The Ole Beck VFW Post #209, Wednesday April 16th

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I haven’t done a scientific study, but I’m just gonna go out on a limb here and say when Total Fest alumni come back to town it’s always a party. NY’s The Men are one such band, ripping hard on one of the more killer record labels out there right now (Sacred Bones), ripping hard in some crossbreed of punk, hardcore, and rock that’s infinitely more interesting than any of those on their lonesome…this is one of those NOT TO BE MISSED shows in Missoula this spring and, I guess, tonight!

They’re apparently on tour with Quebec’s Silver Palms which, if their Bandcamp page is any indication, are really pretty awesome. It’s really reminiscent of the Beets’ brand of lo-fi bedroom rock: heavy on the acoustic guitar, bare percussion, that kind of thing. Silver Palms don’t have some of the more cuter tendencies of the Beets but I’m not counting that as a weakness. Jesus, this is a stacked night.

WHOOPS! I looked at the wrong Silver Palms. While that Quebec band of the same name is super cool The Silver Palms playing tonight are from Atlanta, Georgia and sound more like this, kind of an early 90’s Creation Records vibe ala early Oasis or House of Love or something:

The Men, Silver Palms and Missoula’s Boys play the Ole Beck VFW Post #209 tonight, Wednesday April 16th. Doors at 9pm, show at 10pm. $8 cover for the drinking public, $10 for everyone else.

April 8, 2014
Joey Running Crane’s Going Away Show @ The Ole Beck VFW Post #209, Friday April 11th

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That’s right, everybody. Missoula/Browning/Montana’s own Joey Running Crane is finally departing for points unknown. I think he’s going to Olympia (?) but who knows. One of the point-men for such groups as Boss Fight, Godammitboyhowdy, and King Elephant (among others), Joey has been one of Missoula’s most omnipresent faces in the local punk scene. He’s young though, dude’s gotta see the world. Let’s show him a fond farewell or something.

See off Joey with performances by Godammitboyhowdy, Spencer, Buddy Jackson and possibly some more TBA at the Ole Beck VFW Post #209 on Friday, April 11th. The show is FREE and gets rolling about 10pm.

April 5, 2014
HIGH LIFE 3-31-14 (Late Night Shopping Center Edition)

We haven’t put one of these up in a while. We also haven’t been particularly happy with one in some time. Hope this one treats you well, it’s big on the plastic and MIDI.

HIGH LIFE is a radio show that is currently affiliated with the Weird Missoula blog and caters to the people that don’t just like noise, don’t just like skuzzy pop, don’t just like garage rock, and don’t just like fucked electronic music. We’re all over the place and thanks to KBGA we’re on every Monday afternoon from 2pm-4pm on 89.9FM KBGA in Missoula, Montana.

Here’s the playlist: 

 James Ferraro - Slim
 David Bowie - A New Career In A New Town
 Arthur Russell - That’s Us/Wild Combination
 Dean Blunt - Papi
 Espirit - Emerald Hill Zone 2
 bEEdEEgEE - Flowers (feat. Lovefoxxx)
 Mark McGuire - To the Macrobes (Where Do I Go?)
 Malachai - Don’t Try This At Home
 Tom Cameron - SYN
 Macintosh Plus - 花の専門店
 Geneva Jacuzzi - Do I Sad?
 Blood Orange - You’re Not Good Enough
 Unknown - Unknown
 Saint Pepsi - Skin Deep
 Bbrainz - late delight
 Gang Gang Dance - Romance Layers
 Malachai - Dark Before The Dawn
 ECO VIRTUAL - Nimbostratus
 Innerspeaker - Paradise
 Bobby Lee Springfield - Do Your Heart a Favor
 Mozes And The Firstborn - HEAVEN
 Donnie & Joe Emerson - Dream Full of Dreams
 Dolly Parton - Jolene at 33 rpm
 Unknown - Semiotic Love
 18 Carat Affair - 10 Minute Makeover
 Lucky Dragons - Dura
 Mike Tenay - Jacuzzi Love
 Roberto Cacciapaglia - Sport et divertissement
 18 Carat Affair - Lying in Bermuda
 Haruomi Hosono - Sports Man
 Del Shannon - Walk Away
 George Harrison - Cheer Down
 Hot Chocolate - Love Is Life
 Otis G Johnson - Time To Go Home
 Mozes And The Firstborn - Gimme Some
 PINS - Girls Like US

Stream it here: HIGH LIFE 3-31-14 (Late Night Shopping Center Edition)

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March 28, 2014
Weird Missoula’s March Showcase with Tacos, Mordecai, Buddy Jackson, Shahs @ The Ole Beck VFW Post #209, Friday March 28th

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It’s that time again for the Weird Missoula Monthly Showcase, a show-series we started in January and (hopefully) will see extend through the entirety of 2014. Unlike the previous two shows though, this one will feature a touring act: a taco-themed metal duo out of Seattle, Washington aptly known by the name Tacos. In their literature they claim to “drive around the country preaching the gospel of eating tacos and listening to glistening tunes.” Noble goal. It’s a shame Missoula has such poor taco choices most of the time. Our money is on Burns Street Bistro’s tacos (available from their food truck) but El Cazador’s truck has some decent ones too.

Eh, whatever.

The three locals joining Tacos are Mordecai, Buddy Jackson, and Shahs. All of whom are Total Fest alums and all of whom we like quite a lot (spoiler: the writer of this article is in Shahs). 

Seattle’s Tacos join Mordecai, Buddy Jackson, and Shahs at the Ole Beck VFW Post #209 on Friday, March 28th. Doors are 9pm and the show gets rolling at 10pm. $5 cover.

March 21, 2014
Jay Arner, Bearcubbin’, Shady Elders @ The Ole Beck VFW Post #209, Friday March 21st

The Facebook even for this show is titled “Dancalicious” which doesn’t make a whole lotta sense to me after listening to these three bands; all of whom are touring and all of whom are easily on an indie rock spectrum that while, yeah, you definitely could dance to this, I doubt dancing is the first thing you’ll think of.

Jay Arner and Shady Elders are trafficking in the familiar universe that is indie-pop. Arner is on a more psychedelic bent and if you ask me, his stuff has a more “songwriter-y” quality that I like a whole lot better than Shady Elders. They aren’t bad by any means, just not something that really sticks out to me in a special way. Bearcubbin’ kinda reminds me of the more busy Don Cabellero stuff; really really mathy rock cum jazz cum whatever this stuff is called now. I was surprised they’re not from Chicago. They played the Treefort Festival in Boise last night though so who knows. Bearcubbin’ could just be one of those bands that shines live and live only. Who knows?

Jay Arner, Shady Elders, and Bearcubbin’ are playing the Ole Beck VFW Post #209 on Friday, March 21st. Doors are at 9pm, show at 10pm. Cover is $6 for the drinking public, $8 for the kids.

March 20, 2014
Helms Alee, Swamp Ritual, Abe Coley, Chemical Lawns @ The ZACC, Thursday March 20th

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SPRING IS HERE! At least in the sense that killer touring bands aren’t turned away from out Great White North so the gates finally open and we’ll be getting some really good shows all the way through fall. Total Fest alumni and all-around heavy hitting epic-ness Helms Alee are one such band and dude, they’ll be playing the ZACC tonight.

Helms Alee, Swamp Ritual, Abe Coley, and Chemical Lawns play the Zoo Arts Community Center’s basement (the ZACC) tonight, Thursday March 20th. As is every show at the ZACC, this one if 100% all-ages and there will be a no tolerance booze/drugs policy in effect so if that’s the kind of party you need, do it before or after. Tickets were $6 in advance at Ear Candy but considering it’s the day of the show they are now $8. Show gets rolling at 8pm.  

March 18, 2014
mordecai band tour - may 2014

paperhose:

20
Minneapolis
The Hexagon 
w/ Ex-Cocaine
21
Chicago
The Owl
w/ Axis:Sova
22
Columbus
Cafe Bourbon St
w/ The Bugmen and Degreaser
23
Cleveland
Now That’s Class (horrible fest)
w/ Homostupids, Unholy 2, and Counter Intuits
24
Philadelphia
?
w/ Watery Love and ?Strapping Fieldhands?
25
New York City
Union Pool
w/ Endless Boogie
27
Detroit
a house somewhere
w/ Yi

Mordecai dudes going national.

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Filed under: Mordecai Montana Missoula 
March 18, 2014
Couches, Mountain Shark, Arrows to the Sun @ The Ole Beck VFW Post #209, Tuesday March 3rd

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There are definitely more un-Google-able names out there (looking at you Best Westerns), but I was completely unprepared for the multitude of bands named Couch, Couches, or The Couch. There’s some pretty sweet Norwegian band from 1977 called Couches that would’ve been pretty sweet to see here but whatever.

The Couches coming here are from San Francisco and kinda fit into that jingle jangle 90’s indie pop deal that I can’t completely tell is in vogue right now or not. I dunno. Real Estate kinda sounds like that to me. 

Couches, Mountain Shark, and Arrows to the Sun are playing the Ole Beck VFW Post on Tuesday, March 18th. Doors at 9pm, show roughly at 10pm or whenever KBGA’s Pub Trivia is over. Cover is $3 for the drinking public, $5 for the kids.

March 10, 2014
HIGH LIFE 3-10-14 (Longer Wind Edition)

The title comes from the rough translation of that Roedelius track. It’s good. So is this newish Angel Olsen record. We’ve been spinning it for the last month and yeah, we nearly played the whole thing today. Seems to work with the mushy rainy muddy warmer weather we’ve been having as of late. We miss the sun. 

HIGH LIFE is a radio show that is currently affiliated with the Weird Missoula blog and caters to the people that don’t just like noise, don’t just like skuzzy pop, don’t just like garage rock, and don’t just like fucked electronic music. We’re all over the place and thanks to KBGA we’re on every Monday afternoon from 2pm-4pm on 89.9FM KBGA in Missoula, Montana.

Here’s the playlist: 

 Roedelius - Langer Atem
 The New Lines - Sentry on Patrol
 Angel Olsen - High & Wild
 Psychic TV - Just Like Arcadia
 Street Gnar - Without Blue
 US Girls - Down In The Boondocks
 Dirty Beaches - Lord Knows Best
 Angel Olsen - Stars
 Part Time - I Want To Go
 The Nerves - Hanging On The Telephone
 Wire - Outdoor Miner
 Greg Ashley - True Love Leaves No Traces
 Blackout Beach - Be Forewarned, The Night Has Come
 Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes - Jusqu’a ce que la force de t’aimer me manque
 Cheap Time - Same Surprise
 Amen Dunes - Patagonian Domes
 Greg Ashley - Paper-Thin Hotel
 The Beets - Without You
 Phantom Payne - Definitions of Cool
 Shoes This High - The Nose One
 Tirez Tirez - I’ll Be That
 Angel Olsen - Hi-Five
 Cate Le Bon - I Think I Knew (feat. Perfume Genius)
 The Astronauts - Midsummer Lullaby
 George Harrison - Behind That Locked Door
 The Handsome Family - Far from Any Road
 Angel Olsen - Lights Out
 Bill Dogett - Honky Tonk
 Bill Callahan - Ride My Arrow
 Greg Ashley - Death Of A Ladies’ Man
 Angel Olsen - Windows
 Jacques Dutronc - L’Escape D’Une Fille
 Chris Cohen - Optimist High
 Juan Wauters - Sanity or Not

Stream it here: HIGH LIFE 3-10-14 (Longer Wind Edition)