illustration by Kat Buchanan
words by John Henry Müller
It was the Omaha music scene that made me fall in love with this city and proved to me anything is possible here. Here are a collection of songs I saw performed live from 1999-2001.
1. "Call Call" by The Faint
I first saw the Faint perform at the defunct punk venue The Cog Factory. They wore black and had a homemade light show. And danced. It was beautiful.
2. "Saturday as Usual" by Conor Oberst/Bright Eyes
Conor Oberst played a few shows at the 38th/Farnam house (at that time known as "Gunboat"). I can vividly remember him playing this old song in an acoustic set in our basement.
3. "Brown Park" by Son, Ambulance
Joe Knapp often played at Gunboat. Sometimes accompanied by his band. Brown Park was always a crowd favorite. I love this song. Hearing it sits me right back down on the warped wooden floors of that smoke-filled living room.
John Henry Müller is a designer whose work includes the "I live in Omaha" campaign and Pack, a sort of social media channel for dog owners. Müller recently announced he and his family will move to San Francisco after spending his life in the Midwest.
Daniel and Lauren Muller, Müller's brother and sister-in-law — and Hear Nebraska contributors — are hosting a "Hello & Goodbye" open house from 7-10 p.m. on Sunday at The Mullers photography studio in Benson, 6066 Maple St. RSVP for the event here.
Müller's moving announcement