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.

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.  

November 8, 2013
VAZ @ The Badlander, Monday Nov. 11th

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Just because we couldn’t stand the rest of the season praying some good touring bands would come through town, Total Fest alumni and NY art-noise-whatevercore veterans Vaz delivers and bruh, it’s coming up soon. The Total Fest dudes themselves wrote a little diddy here and we’re gonna defer to them any authority in speaking about this band. We like em’, yeah, but we’re not so intimately familiar and you, Missoula, deserve to know what’s best.

This song is pretty cool:

Vaz plays The Badlander (we’re pretty sure there are no openers) on Monday, November 11th following Super Trivia Freakout (coincidentally hosted by me) around 10:30pm-11pm. It’s FREE so clock that up to awesome. See you there!

October 19, 2013
Kylesa, Pinkish Black, Sierra, Grunt @ The Palace Lounge, Saturday Oct. 19th

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I must admit, I’m once again treading in unfamiliar waters. Dunno if you’ve read my previous attempt at not-writing about metal when I dodged the whole Lord Dying thing, but yeah…this is not a genre I’m completely on board with. While my friends were listening to Metallica and Megadeth, I’d be listening to shit like Ministry. I mean, not too far off, but we’re talking “classic” metal heaviness vs. heaviness laden with more bizarre subject matter and atonality. The latter is the kind of heaviness I’ve always gotten down with. Noise, man. That’s my metal. Guitar solos are boring (imho).

That said, I totally had a blast at the Lord Dying show earlier this month. I’m 100% sure that this Kylesa show will be just as killer. Jason McMackin, freelancer-extraordinaire for the Missoula Indy’s arts section, did a better write-up for Kylesa than I can hope for and there’s really no point in trying (lord knows I have no barometer when it comes to this shit).

Kylesa, Pinkish Black, Sierra, and Grunt play The Palace Lounge on Saturday, October 19th. Doors at 9pm, show shortly thereafter. $13 to enter. I believe it’s 21+ but don’t quote me on that. 

October 16, 2013
The Bugs, Mountain Shark, Oll-Breds @ The ZACC (below), Wednesday Oct. 16th

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In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years or merely a newbie regarding Missoula’s live-good-music scene, you may be unawares that the good folks responsible for Total Fest are also behind a ton of other great shows that happen all over the year. This show featuring Portland’s Bugs is just one such show. The Bugs are this tight, tiny, guitar-drum two-piece that as one of the Total Fest Joshes said, sound totally like The Urinals. I’m inclined to agree.

(for a better, more well-written deal, check out the Total Fest blog’s entry on this show)

The Bugs, plus locals Oll Breds and Mountain Shark, are playing the ZACC on Wednesday, October 16th. Doors 8:30pm, show is shortly thereafter. $6 at the door. ALL AGES, bro.

August 26, 2013
HIGH LIFE 8-19-13 (Total Hangover Edition)

Total Fest was, once again, the best thing about Missoula summer. 40-something bands taking over the town and not one of them played that hippie shit we’re usually known for. Yay! Check out an excerpt of one of my favorite performances from the thing in that video up above. Seawhores killed it. 

This playlist is partly made up of some of the records I purchased at the swap outside Big Dipper that Saturday morning. In fact, the majority of this show is vinyl. I don’t do that very often anymore because two hours worth of records is kind of a bitch to move when you’re strapping them to your back and biking to the station. Oh well. I’m pretty proud of how this thing turned out. Hopefully you do too.

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. We’re on every Monday afternoon from 2pm-4pm on 89.9FM KBGA in Missoula, Montana.

Here’s the playlist: 

 Food Pyramid - GmbH
 Candy Claws - Sunbeam Show
 Hailu Mergia - Sewnetuwa
 Julia Holter - Horns Surrounding Me
 Kevin Ayers - Town Feeling
 Esmerine - Learning To Craw”
 The Barbarians - Moulty
 Rotomagus - Fighting Cock
 Randy Newman - Gone Dead Train
 The Fugs - I Want to Know
 Sagittarius - My World Fell Down
 Ty Segall & White Fence - Time
 The Mallard - A Form of Mercy
 Mordecai - Scuzz
 The Red Krayola - Hurricane Fighter Plane
 Bad News from Houston - Red Dirt Meet
 His Electro Blue Voice - Spit Dirt
 Get Hustle - Silver Dollar
 Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds - Lamont’s Requiem
 Fred Neil - The Dolphins
 Exuma - Dambala
 Dumisani Abraham Maraire - Misorodzi
 Harry Nilsson - Vine Street
 Eva Orleans - Neverend
 Tom Verlaine - Days On the Mountain
 Esmerine - Translator’s Clos II

Stream it here: HIGH LIFE 8-19-13 (Total Hangover Edition) 

August 12, 2013
HIGH LIFE 8-12-13 (Total Fest Past, Present, and Future Edition)

It’s that time again. Total Fest is rearing its head once again for three days of sun, volume, and batshit insanity, turning downtown Missoula (and surrounding neighborhoods) into this lone island of weirdness apart from the squares off Reserve or the south hills. Thank god, too. If I have to hear The Devil Makes Three one more time I’m probably gonna kill myself.

That brings me to this weeks episode of HIGH LIFE. I tried to keep my playlist pretty Total Fest-ish throughout, throwing on some bands that are playing this year, some from years previous, and a couple of hopeful jabs at the planning committee (eh?) for possible future acts. I dunno. Might as well try.

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. We’re on every Monday afternoon from 2pm-4pm on 89.9FM KBGA in Missoula, Montana.

Here’s the playlist:

 Salvia Plath - Carly’s Theme
 Seawhores - BEIJING
 Seawhores - Circlotronic
 Slut River - Double Vcard
 Animal Lover - Mexican Candy
 Is/Is - Shadow
 Jagwar Pirates - Planet Claire
 Spider - If I Were You
 Oll Breds - Million Dollar Bill
 Swell Maps - The Helicopter Spies
 Monster With 21 Faces - Midget Submarines
 Brain Tumors - Scaphe
 Toddi Wellman - How Do We Breathe?
 Dan Melchior - Wild Starlet Shuffle
 Mordecai - Scuzz
 Havania Whaal - Teen Guilt
 Bored Games - Joe 90
 Needlecraft - Whose Afternoon
 Guantanamo Baywatch - Walking In The Dark
 Shannon & The Clams - If I Could Count
 Modality - A Curtis Piece (excerpt)
 Feeling Alright - Oahu Ohio
 Skin Flowers - Nausea (ft. The son of Franzia)
 The Homosexuals - Snapshots of Nairobi
 Lou Reed - Lou on Rolling Stone magazine
 Haunted Leather - Midnight's Child
 Blackout Beach - Cloud of Evil
 Iceage - White Rune
 Skoal Kodiak - Pinomage
 Food Pyramid - The High Life
 Robust Worlds - Cave
 Shahs - Boy in the Bag
 White Noise - Your Hidden Dreams
 The Mekons - Hello Cruel World
 This Heat - SPQR
 Boys - Bernard Mickey Wrangle

Stream it here: HIGH LIFE 8-12-13 (Total Fest Past, Present, and Future Edition)

August 12, 2013
TFVII

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If you haven’t already noticed, we’ve been pretty quiet lately. We moved. We’re still in Missoula but yeah, you know, getting all those adult things together like power bills and internets up and working etc. etc. left a little preoccupied. Doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten that this upcoming weekend is one of the reasons we really enjoy living in Missoula.

For the second year in a row, I’m gonna be working through 3/4 of the festival. Kind of a drag but whatever, I get to kinda work at the festival which is a different thing entirely. Say hi. I’m sure I’ll be in a mood midway between aight and ecstatic. So many bands, so much stuff to do, so many records to buy…ugh. I hope I saved enough money this year.

For a full run down of the participating bands and venues, you’d be right to check out Total Fest’s Total Blog. It’s got the info I’m too lazy to cut and paste here.

If all goes as planned, we’ll be posting periodic updates of our Total Fest experiences throughout the weekend. If things go awry, we’ll be doing something else.

See you in a few days, dudes!

In the meantime, here’s a sampler of some of the groups playing the thing:

June 29, 2013
Some Of The Stuff I’m Talking About Has Already Happened

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So yeah, disregard the above picture unless you’re already there and not reading this blog-post the second it’s up. I couldn’t make it to Le Kickball’s lottery appreciation of Total Fest which is, if you don’t already know, quite possibly the best festival Missoula can truly call its own. Oh well.

Yeah folks, we’ve slept on a lot of stuff as of late. Super SORRIES. That cool label Jagjaguwar wanted us to review the new Cave Singers record and dude…the life of the one (1) permanent blogger for Weird Missoula just got too crazy in the short term to really make that happen. Hope it was a great show! We couldn’t even go to that either. Ugh. Double ugh. Oh well, July is nearly upon us though, right? We’ll be OK. I’m planning on getting some new local record reviews up this week. That’s something we’ve done a poor job of keeping on top of for the last year or so…sorry guys! I think it’s beyond time for us to review some of the Whoopass Girls stuff considering they’ve “called us out” on a post or two. Whatever. Missoula has lots of good bands and for the most part, we feel like we’re preaching to the choir. That said, here are some things we like that are approaching:

The Summer Made Fair is happening THIS SUNDAY in Cara’s Park. It’s a great moment for you to get out there and support all our local artisans and craftspeople. Small businesses are really propping up the Missoula economy right now and that’s kind of amazing. There’s gonna be killer stuff there, folks. Do it. Sunday, June 30th. 10am to 5pm

Portland bands Drunk Dad and Big Black Cloud are coming to Missoula on Friday, July 5th at the Ole Beck VFW Post #209 in lovely downtown Missoula. They’ll be joined by locals The Houndz (first show!!! — featuring members of Rooster Sauce!!!), and Shramana. It’ll rule, dudes. Show at 10pm. Cover is $5 for those 21 and older, $7 for those between the ages of 18 and 20. 

Did you know Titus Andronicus is coming in September? Yeah, that’s happening. Quintron & Miss Pussycat are coming in October too. BIG NEWS. Gonna be a burner of a late summer/autumn, folks.  

June 4, 2013
Total Chug @ Draught Works Brewery / Broken Water, Vera, I Hate Your Girlfriend @ The Ole Beck VFW Post #209, Tuesday June 4th

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I dunno, you like drinking beer? Do you enjoy (our) favorite festival in Missoula: the one known as Total Fest? If you’re down with at least one of those things you should really come down to Draught Works tonight and partake in a top serious, locally-made beer. Every pint you buy will net the Total Fest committee 50 cents. That’s not a hell of a lot, yeah, but every bit helps. Total Fest is one of the most DIY-run festivals we’ve run across and every bit of (financial) assistance goes towards making it one of the best festivals period. It’s June now so that means summer is on its way which also means, yeah, Total Fest is creeping up dude.

And then later…

Total Fest-alums and hailing from OIympia, WA, Broken Water are in Missoula tonight and they’ll be getting down at the Ole Beck VFW Post #209. If you’re a BW virgin you might wanna check out their Bandcamp site I linked to earlier or just Right Here. It’s kinda punk, kinda garage, kinda grunge, 100% sounds like it was written in the Pacific Northwest. I dunno how the people that run TF might take this but I think there is definitely a(n) (admittedly) loose “Total Fest Genre” and Broken Water is almost the epitome of that to me. I could be wrong, whatever, opinions are stupid.

Come support Total Fest at Draught Works Brewery where every fifty cents of every pint purchased goes towards supporting all the stuff that makes the festival tick.

Broken Water, Vera, and I Hate Your Girlfriend play the Ole Beck VFW Post #209 tonight. Doors at 9pm, show at 10pm with a $5 cover.