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Worth the Wait Living Up to Their Name

Taking a Break to Make it Even Better

I like it when bands make good choices.  Worth the Wait, in my opinion, is doing just that.  According to a post at their Facebook page, they are going take a bit of a break.  Unlike many bands who do so due to conflict within, they are doing so for all the right reasons.  This band is taking a break for all the right reasons.  They are focusing on making their “come back” to mean a better band.

2011.11.15 – Pick of the Day – MC Lars

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MC Lars – Nerdcore Hip Hop Artist and Master of Both Words and Being a DIY Artist

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Image by Indie Nation dot FM via Flickr (Eric Leiser Photography)

Warning: This podcast contains material that may be offensive to some and may be considered NSFW (not safe for work).  If you feel you may be offended, please exercise your freedom of choice and do not listen as I exercise my freedom of speech.

Personally, I am not really a huge fan of hip hop.  I appreciate it, listen to it, and feel it is the poetry of today but would more likely listen to rock, jazz or blues. Maybe my years are showing?

However, there are exceptions.  MC Lars and Weerd Science are always  on my Sansa Clip. I am serious when I say this… that status only applies to about a half dozen artists.  They are among my favorites.  While not my normal cup of tunage, I love this stuff!

MC Lars is an exception with good reason.  He is an exceptional master of words, a true DIY artist and, based on some personal conversation with him at Vans Warped Tour, a totally awesome human being.  It is with great pleasure that I read his Facebook wall and was informed that he will be performing at SXSW this year.  Kudos and congrats to MC Lars!

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Bad Audio Interview with Sick of Sarah at Vans Warped Tour

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Jamie Holm ant Abisha Uhl of Sick of Sarah - Photo by Eric Leiser Photography

For those of you who follow Lumpy, you know that gremlins also stalk me.  I tried to get rid of them with some holy water and that didn’t work out too well.  While Eric and Lumpy had a great time at Van’s Warped Tour, there were some bummers as well.  The first one being that it took the Blossom staff so long to figure out where the press tent was, that we missed the fabulous five piece’s performance.  The second which your ears shall certainly hear, was that the press area was right below one of the stages and full of background noise.

As they say, that is rock and roll. Nonetheless, I was not going to ditch this interview and thanks their label, I am already making plans to catch them in Cleveland in September.  I guarantee you the “do over” will be much, much better.

All in all though, it was a great day and a great event.  I ended up with so much material that I am going to have a hard time post processing all the audio and editing all the photos in less than a month.  Personally, Lumpy thinks that is a nice problem to have.

These ladies are not your typical “chick” band.  First off, they really, really get the new media order.  The bit torrent release of 2205 broke all records with over one million downloads. Add to that, while they may sound similar to bands like The Motels, they sure as the sun rising tomorrow add their own unique flavor and style. Listen close to the way Jamie thumps out the bass, you can tell she did guitar work as well.

In this interview, provided you can actually understand it, you will hear some great music by the quintet who have a driving hard sound and catch punk phrased lyrics.  We played three tracks in between interview and commentary segments.  Those tracks are, in order:

  • Over Exposed
  • Hello, Good Morning
  • Autograph

The Venetia Fair at Warped Tour

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Mike and Mr. Chark of The Venetia Fair - Photo by Eric Leiser Photography

Of the many bands and attractions at Blossom Music Center on July 20, 2011 there is one that certainly would seem best described as both. The Venetia Fair did not actually perform at this particular stop but, based on our interview with Mike and Mr. Chark, we are certain the have to be one of the most energetic and over the top bands in the line up.  Before we continue any further, you are about to hear material that is NSFW which stands for Not Safe For Work.  Here at Indie Nation we to not censor our material.  We choose to exercise freedom of speech and expression.  You are free to exercise freedom of choice and not view or listen to this if you wish.  However, we feel you will be missing something.

Likely the best place to start with this band is simply quoting their PureVolume bio:

Our names are Benny, Mr. Chark, Mike, Joe Brown, and Chris. My name, specifically, is Benny and I feel like I’m babysitting four 12-year-olds all the time. Actually, I feel like I’m a 12-year-old babysitting four other 12-year-olds and doing a really bad job (even for a 12-year-old). Mr. Chark is like that weird 12-year-old who has a calculator watch, carries a compass (but still gets lost all the time), and loves the sound of his own voice, especially when he’s not using words. Mike’s more like a hyperactive 14-year-old who got held back and has to hang out with the younger kids but doesn’t mind because he gets to be better than them at everything and the older kids are boring, anyway. Joe Brown is the obnoxious 12-year-old who steals “chromies” off of tires in the parking lot and learns obscene words to scream so he can explain that “it actually means female dog!” to his angry teachers. And then there’s Chris, the excitable 12-year-old who can’t wait to get a sip of his dad’s beer or a peek down a girl’s shirt. Hanging out with us is probably more aggravating than anything else but I think we’re all best friends. If we actually were 12 years old, we’d be in a secret club and have an awesome fort.

Kick Ass Punk Rock from Sharks and Interview from Vans Warped Tour

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Sharks – Hot Punk Rock from the UK

Sharks and Lumpy - Photo by Eric Leiser Photography

The date was July 20, 2011 and the temperature would have likely been cooler on the bright side of Mercury.  The only thing hotter than the weather was the music and energy at Vans Warped Tour. We wish to warn you now… you shall hear some material considered NSFW which is short for Not Safe For Work.

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