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April 2008 Blog Posts (52)

Indianapolis Tonight : The Rosebuds & Gentleman Caller at Radio Radio

Tonight, My Old Kentucky Blog & The Monolith Music Festival bring you The Rosebuds and Gentleman Caller at Radio Radio! Lynsey Smith starts things off around 9pm.

We've seen them… Continue

Added by Dodge on April 30, 2008 at 10:08am — No Comments

Thoughts On The Indiana Primary

Even though this blog has nothing to do with music I wanted to post it on this site anyway since I know many of you care and have opinions about this election. This is a blog from my company's website-

Here is how I arrived at my decision to vote for Obama. Would be curious to hear your feedback. Thanks! Jeb

"You’ve got to run this government, you can’t leave it to others."

-Hillary Clinton

"I’m… Continue

Added by Jeb Banner on April 30, 2008 at 8:30am — 26 Comments

UK tour photos!

Hello friends-

File this in the better late than never category. I learned a few things while touring the UK. Blood Pudding is nothing that a Hoosier needs to partake in, Crumpets are everything that this man needs when he can't find a biscuit, The Clash played their first gig at The Boardwalk in Sheffield and Americans have no business driving in England! Now on with the photos!

Angel of the North -just outside of Newcastle Upon Tyne

Statues… Continue

Added by otis on April 29, 2008 at 4:09pm — 9 Comments

Mini Marathon may 3rd

i'll be one of the musical acts along the course ,, 1605 w michigan , at the GoodWill plaza,, come hang out ,, bring me coffee ,, 6:30 am till 11 am .. approach from the WEST..

Added by otto the comic on April 28, 2008 at 11:31pm — No Comments

Rock For No Reason Part Three: Babylon's Burning


I woke up Monday, very tired but in surprisingly good spirits. It was Labor Day, and after 3 solid days of music, there was a debate over whether to continue past the announced schedule. Eric had arranged in advance for the sound system to stay a fourth day, and finally that morning it was decided, what the heck, if some band wanted to play that night they could. The sound crew slowly began to set up the PA system.

I will never forget what happened next. It was mid-morning. I… Continue

Added by Jbarge on April 28, 2008 at 8:56am — 13 Comments

Life Before Bloomington

I was 13, I think, and I saw the "Rock Is Sick" article in Time magazine, so that must have been 1979. Stiv Bators slashed himself in livid color as the magazine that Dylan had scorned in Don't Look Back" a decade-plus earlier once again found itself behind the times and hopelessly confused.

However, I had very little real-world experience of these abstract ideas for the next couple of years while living in rural Virginia. I knew no punks, and don't even think I saw anybody dressing… Continue

Added by Sleeve Bouton on April 28, 2008 at 2:13am — 4 Comments

The New MFT Community is 2 Months Old- here are some stats!

The new format is now officially 2 months old so I thought it would be fun to post the results from the last two months. Since the success of this site is really about all of you I wanted you to see how you have helped grow our little project. Although MFT is now 4 years old it has really only become a meaningful online community in the last two months. It has been a lot of fun to see everyone reconnect and share their stories, pictures, videos and music. I am also encouraged by how positive… Continue

Added by Jeb Banner on April 26, 2008 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

Life After Bloomington

I figured I'd start out with this before I get to the reminiscing. At the least, it will prevent me from having to tell the same story over and over.

In early 1990, I started dating Rachel Myers (of the Black Eyed Susans). I was confused and not totally happy in Bloomington. Suzy's death had hit me pretty hard 18 months before, I had gone through an exceptionally shitty breakup, and I was suffering from post-college-graduate angst.

In April (I think) Jim Reed, an old high… Continue

Added by Sleeve Bouton on April 25, 2008 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Chuck Gonzalez's New Studio in San Francisco

My Bton buddy Chuck Gonzalez emailed today to let me know that he is going full time with recording and producing bands. Here is what he sent to me and I'll add some pics too. Here is a link to his profile on MFT, if you want to contact him about recording. Looks like they have a nice 2" Studer machine so it's a great analog environment.

"Friends. I quit my day job and I am now producing sessions and doing music… Continue

Added by Jeb Banner on April 25, 2008 at 4:30pm — 7 Comments

Rock For No Reason - The Actual Festival


Eric arranged to have a stage built with the help of a theatre group. He hired someone to record the bands and video tape it as well. Finally the big day arrived for the long awaited festival to begin. I was working my job at The Bakery when Eric came by in distress. He had gone to the music store on Kirkwood to rent the drums and amps, but they didn’t have any. Uh oh. I was helpless. It appeared he had waited too long to find out if equipment would be available,… Continue

Added by Jbarge on April 25, 2008 at 9:50am — 10 Comments

The Music Comes Home (Being the Strange Tale of the Lost Moto-x Master Cassette)

People call it the "Boomerang Effect" or the “Bloomington Rubber Band". Those we love leave this town often to return to it after months, years or decades away. The reasons for leaving Bloomington originally aren't important, they are as varied as those who have journeyed away. They come back to live here. They return “Home”.

Once upon a time there was a house called “1st and Grant”. In this rambling old Bloomington domicile lived a motley collection of long time Bloomington… Continue

Added by Kevin Loyal on April 24, 2008 at 4:00pm — 35 Comments

TONIGHT : MOKB & Monolith present...The Acorn + Christian Taylor + Ryan Reidy at Radio Radio : $8

The Acorn return to the U.S. and will be in Indianapolis tonight! This amazing band is touring their new album, Glory Hope Mountain. TONIGHT: Thursday, April 24th at Radio Radio, My Old Kentucky Blog and Monolith Music Festival present...The Acorn + Christian Taylor (of America Owns The Moon) + Ryan Reidy (of Sisters). Tickets are still… Continue

Added by Dodge on April 24, 2008 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Rock For No Reason: The Beginning (Part One)


There’s been some discussion about a large festival based out of Bloomington called Rock For No Reason (referred to as RFNR from now on) that took place in the late summer of 1987. As someone slightly involved, I have decided to put my memories down. First, a caveat; Eric Spears (i.e. White) was the organizer for RFNR; it was his brainchild and it was his effort that made it happen. If anyone can give the real skinny on this massive undertaking it is… Continue

Added by Jbarge on April 24, 2008 at 11:47am — 3 Comments

Foggy Dew

Jon Nelson reminded me today is the anniversary of the Easter rising in 1916, and I realized I had a little recording of me and pals Greg Brotherton and Karel Trubac from 2005 playing the traditional number The Foggy Dew, which recounts the rebellion in fairly gripping manner.

As I told Jon, I had forgotten… Continue

Added by mike whybark on April 24, 2008 at 10:00am — No Comments

My Rock For No Reason Story

Rock For No Reason had ended. The 4 day concert crashed with a large fire in a field that freaked me out. I was good friends with Eric (the person putting it on) and his brother Seth, so I pitched in where I could. They hired some skinheads to help clean up, paying them with food from Taco Bell. We dropped the skins off downtown with their food.

We had made friends with a fellow living near by the concert area, who shared his Japanese Herbal Twig Supplements, and after we complimented him… Continue

Added by Jbarge on April 21, 2008 at 12:00pm — 57 Comments

Hello Muncie

So far this site has been a total riot. Nostalgia extreme.

A couple things: anybody here have any links to John Rans, Jeff Weiss, or any of the No Bar crew? John's son Ian has an insane show on Minneapolis public television called "Drinking With Ian" (check it out on MySpace; it slays me). He also has a site cataloguing the Bob Chaos tapes, including the absolutely essential Latent Chaos chronicles: . I've often talked with Tony Woollard about doing an archeology of… Continue

Added by Bill Zink on April 20, 2008 at 11:43pm — 301 Comments

Andy Fry (Margot/Academy) Featured in the IBJ this week!

The IBJ, Indianapolis Business Journal, did a nice feature on Andy this week.
"A hard day’s night
Low-key guitarist’s ‘workaholic’ approach helps Margot gain fame"

Added by Jeb Banner on April 20, 2008 at 5:58pm — 1 Comment

Review of Spoon and Prizzy Prizzy Please show at Vogue 4/19

Prizzy Prizzy Please opened the show at 7:30 and played a fierce, bouncy set to a sold out crowd. I think they created many new fans and were pretty sych'd afterwards. Nice to see a local, Bton, band get in front of this kind of audience.

Spoon went on at 8:30 sharp. They started off with their new single "Don't You Evah". Throughout the set they used samples and different sound effects to replicate some of the production from the… Continue

Added by Jeb Banner on April 20, 2008 at 11:34am — 1 Comment

Part Four: Backtracking

I had planned on covering years 85-87 in this post, but first I must backtrack.

Aside from Hitler, I haven't talked much about my step fathers. Since I didn't have much respect for any of them and I knew that each one would be around for a shorter period of time than the previous, most were just background for the movie of my adolescence. But all of them, unbeknown to me had small impacts on my life.. OK.. that may be stretching it.

My first step father was around from age… Continue

Added by Steven Pratt on April 20, 2008 at 12:43am — 5 Comments

Jaded/The Watercolour 93-96 - Unreleased/Lost Songs

The Watercolour were an emo/punk outfit from Indianapolis who played a few shows from 1993-1996. There were actually two periods of this group, the first was done under the name "Jaded", and the songs tended to be much angrier and rough. The later period, under "the Watercolour" softened in its approach substantially. Both incantations of the group were in the emo/hardcore genre and I think the listener can immediately hear the influences.

A 7" of 2 songs by Jaded was released by the… Continue

Added by rob on April 19, 2008 at 9:17pm — No Comments

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