Favorite Nebraska band?

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Jeremy Buckley
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Anyone that pays attention to local music probably has many favorites, but there are always one or two that rise to the top. Personally I'm hesitant to have a favorite Nebraska band, because the three that I've considered my favorites (Neva Dinova, Eagle Seagull and It's True) are now pretty much defunct. At It's True's last Lincoln show I pointed that fact out and one band member said I should probably stop having favorite bands from Nebraska as I'm probably cursed.

 

That said, what is your favorite Nebraska band. Definitely interested in any stories behind the decision.

Hilary Stohs-Krause
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Maybe this is because I first started going to local shows with you, Jeremy, but It's True, Neva Dinova and Eagle Seagull are definitely in my top five. Tilly and the Wall is up there, too -- I can't say no to depressing themes dolled up in pop music -- and UU's probably a no-brainer. I also really enjoy Life Of a Scarecrow and Machete Archive, though the former isn't usually my style of music. I've only seen Das Hoboerotica once, but I loved them. And Manny Coon is always a pleasure.

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There are wide variations between winter and summer temperatures, and violent thunderstorms and tornadoes are common. The state is characterized by treeless prairie, ideal for cattle grazing, and it is a major producer of beef, as well as pork, corn, and soybeans. Thanks. introduction letter

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Life of a Scarecrow. Close second is Mother Pile.
Fuchsia Minutiae is going to be in that conversation with a year of hard work.
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RayAnastasio
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Blue Martian Tribe is #1

darby
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who else?
BMT

Joe S.
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Ray Anastasio is Trey's son, right?

Oh, and It's True is pretty tops IMO. Look at their totally rad music viedo!:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsshI4wXmqI

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Magpie mf Faction or The Thuggs

Joe S.
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*I vote for allowing edits to previous posts. I hate typos.

Anyway, Machete Archive also rules. I believe they opened for Secret Chiefs 3 at Knickerbocker's a year or so ago and it was a rather fantastic experience.

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Machete Archive opened for Secret Chiefs 3?  I was sure Nebraska could represent better...

RobCarraher
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I would probably go with Mynabirds and Landing on the Moon. I loved both Eagle Seagull and It's True too. Bummer.

weakerthan1
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So-So Sailors and Down With The Ship...

doyouhearwhatihear
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FRONTIER TRUST!  No band has ever embodied Nebraska more than FT.

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I agree with Tim: Life of A Scarecrow & Mother Pile are 2 of my favs.

 

also, I really like Masses, the Answer Team, Lightning Bug, UUVVWWZ, It's True (  way before any of you, btw :)  ), the Machete Archive, Fathr^,  & the Show Is the Rainbow. there....that's my top 10 local favs.

Jeremy Buckley
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@bhb Please define "before any of you." When did It's True become a fixture in your life?

bhb
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well, let's see.... the first time I booked them was in  back in 2007 in Kearney when he was just doing the solo thing.  not braggin', just sayin'.....

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Wooden Coat, Fuchsia Minutia, Dirty Talker, Pharmacy Spirits, Acid Mouth, Masses, Irkutsk and others!

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Two Lincoln bands cause me to pee a little in excitement every time I learn they have an upcoming show: Sat in What and The Machete Archive. Now, I’m not exactly sophisticated when it comes to musical criticism, but these two bands appeal to my untrained ear because they each have a coherent sound. Does that make sense? Probably not. So think of Kevin Nealon’s line in Happy Gilmore: “Feel the flow, Happy. Feel it. It’s circular. It’s like a carousel. You pay the quarter, you get on the horse. It goes up and down and around. Circular. Circle. With the music. The flow… all good things. “ That’s how Sat in What and Machete make me feel. Plus, they’re really fun to watch. What could be cooler than Sat in What’s two (yes, two!) drummers and their occasional bizarre visual presentations? And I might even go to a Machete show just to see a tiny man with a big bass and even bigger hair nimbly prance and prowl on stage like some sort of jungle cat.

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Noah's Ark Was a Spaceship and the Ideal Cleaners are at the top of my list. Two great bands who make great albums and put on awesome live shows. Can't beat it.

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noah's ark was a spaceship, darren keen, shipbuilding co., ron wax, green trees, conduits, son del llano, powerful science, uu, yuppies (are they from nebraska?), carrot carrot, talking mountain, flowers forever, capgun coup, probably some others i can't think of at the moment

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Forty Twenty/Cowboy Dave Band, Kris Lager, Nick Hardt, Tijuana Gigolos, Son of 76, Lizard King, Dave Steen, Mustache, Voodoo Method, Andy Butler, Lonesome Lloyd McCarter, Amalgamators, Corrupt Officials, Mezcal Brothers, Filter Kings, a lot of Darren Keen's stuff, Nedrecks, Ideal Cleaners fo sho, I mostly only know Lincoln music, looking forward to discovering some more Omaha stuff on this site.

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Blue Martian Tribe would be it...I had played Dogstock 2008 and was enjoying the additional acts from deep in the woods when BMT started up...I had not known any of them from prior experience except for Nick, their guitar player, he was a neighbor when we both attended UNL. When they began it was new to me...I had been to funk shows and progressive rock shows and was at the peak of my touring around the country seeking the baddest music around....and then Ryan Redding happened to me...and the realization that all the while I would have never needed to leave the Good Life. The sweet fruit of Nebraska living offered the baddest progressive funk laced with a rock boom and a groove thats timeless, right in my back yard.....SOLD!

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The first ones that come to mind: The Terminals, The Show is the Rainbow (and probably anything else Darren does), the older material from The Faint and Cursive, Eagle Seagull, Life of a Scarecrow and more that I'm forgetting...

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mother pile and wasteoid both shred super hard. peace of shit's new cassette is damn good.

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Top 10.

1. Criteria
2. Columbia Vs. Challenger
3. Desaparecidos
4. Ideal Cleaners
5. Never saw them but, Drive-By Honky (Dan, Mike, Jon and Trout)
6.High Art
7. Head of Femur
8. Neva Dinova
9. Talking mountain
10. Pablo's Triangle

Honorable mention; UU, Little Brazil, Tilly and the Wall, Kite Pilot, Simon Joyner, Son, Ambulance.

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Prairies, Cave Kids, The Show is The Rainbow, Saudi Arabia (formerly the dinks) and Cat Island.

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First of all, I think our "non-indie" scene (hardcore, metal, noise) is exceptional. I've seen some better than others in those genres, but I've very rarely seen entirely shitty bands from them. Violator X, Acid Mouth, Wooden Coat, Wasteoid, Mustache, and, once they get on their feet, Palaver, are all good examples.

I guess I just like seeing local shows, and, unless they are painful to watch, boring, or just uninspired, I don't think there's much that I've seen that I don't reccomend seeing. There are, of course, a couple of those painful bands, but this isn't the thread for that.

What's that band with those guys whose names I don't remember in it? They played Colby and Duff's house and that giant hippie-rave party in the bottoms? Anyway, I don't remember their name, but they were one of the best jammy-druggie bands I've seen in awhile. They did "Machine Gun" off of that Hendrix's Band of Gypsys album and it fuckin' killed!

There are a ton of other bands whose props have already been given. I would pay for a show for about 70 percent of bands on this thread.

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Was it the Vingins, this jam band you speak of?

Killman
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I think your talking about SFS.

lolavsthepowerman
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TNX!

Debacle
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If You're talking about SFS:  their drummer is a god...  I know him personally... hehehehe

medrare
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Back When, Ritual Device.

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Wasteoid, Feral Hands, Hominoid, Bent Life.

Basil McJagger
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My favorite Lincoln band was The Fungis.

collinp
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the say awake. the fucking stay awake.

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My favorite Nebraska band is/was Boycaught: Listen here: http://www.boycaught.dbw.org/music/music.htm

My old bands, Jaeger Fight and This is We, played with them a couple times at the old Chatterbox. I think they became my ultimate favorite Nebraska band when they pulled out an acoustic guitar and a washtub bass and played an impromptu concert in the back of a pickup truck under the 9th St. overpass after having just played a Hot Water-esque punk show inside the Box.

I hope I get to see them again.

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Bear Country..every time!

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Outlaw Con Bandana, Baby Walrus, UUVVWWZ, Oui Bandits, Capgun Coup, the Cuterthans (anything Jason Meyer did/will do), Darren Keen (any incarnation), Super Molecular Dust Separator. There are a lot of up and coming bands that I am super into as well.

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My favorite local bands from "back in the day" would have to be Mandown, The Get, Oil, Planet Butter (the original line-up), National B, Echo Farm, Box, and Lullaby For the Working Class. Eagle Seagull was totally brilliant while they lasted, and It's True was absolutely transcendent (I am eagerly awaiting their return on April 1st). Anything Tim Kasher is involved in... I could watch Satchel Grande 100 times and not get bored by them. And my favorite new band, probably Voodoo Method.

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Sideshow, Opium Taylor and Mercy Rule were all very influential while I grew up.

When HFM began Blandine Cosima were really wonderful. a few years later seeing Wasteoid form and grow was awesome.  And the old BoyCaught and SeaSickBob shows were a riot.

5+ years ago, I would have said Bright Calm Blue, Rent Money Big, etc.

Now it's Ideal Cleaners, Scarecrow, UU, OmniArms (who I've only seen once or twice)

 

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No one comes close to Ritual Device in its hayday.

Baker77x
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The Smoke Ring.

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icky blossoms
outlaw con bandana
gus&call
flamboyant gods
baby walrus. where the fuck is baby walrus?

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What, no Ladyfinger? Back When, So-So Sailors, Feral Hands, Ties, Lightning Bug are right up there as well.

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I'd have to say The Sleez Kangs were probably my all-time local fav. It was a late 80's, post-punk, lewd, crude and in your face gutter rock band that could actually play well.

A close second would be Buck Naked and The Bare Bottom Boys. Never saw them live, other than when they were on Dave Letterman. But I had the music and heard a lot of the stories. If you've never heard of them, do yourself a favor and look them up. I believe The Brothers has a cd of their music in the jukebox.
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Mr. 1986

Robby DeFrain
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Wanknozzle!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Currently: Thunderbolts, Places We Slept, Life of a Scarecrow, Feral Hands. What I've heard from The Fucking Party has been great too.

and FaceForRadio will always hold a special place in my heart.

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Zaeger and Evans
Box Elders
Armatron
Fagatron
Bright Eyes
Capgun Coup
Franklin Thompson
Manheim Steamroller
Wasteoid
Plack Blague

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Too many to name here, but I really, really, really liked Little Black Stereo. That was some picture perfect pop.

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Snake Island is pretty fucking cool.