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Reminiscing

Postby Kyle Motor » Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:23 pm

About a month ago I received an unexpected package in the mail: a cassette of The Motorz live at the Klinic on March 5th 2004, recorded and sent by my friend Jimmy. I had no idea this existed. Dumping this cassette onto my computer, followed by driving past where the Anchor Inn once stood last night, has gotten me in quite the nostalgic mood.

Sound quality is quite sketchy, but as an archival thing it's pretty cool. Also on the bill were The Arge and The New Recruits (I gotta ask Jimmy if he has any audio of them as well). That was the first time I ever saw The Arge. Leaver brought Insanity Sauce that night, which I spilled on my hand and acted like a big-shot and licked up the entire dollop, then went scrambling for pitchers of water for about 15 minutes. The cops showed up about halfway through our set, but didn't shut us down (there is a comment on the tape that it was the 4th time police officers showed up at a Motorz gig).

It got me thinking about old times.....this was only 5 years ago but it seems like a completely different world. I forgot how much fun we used to have playing slop-ass rock'n'roll. You can hear a good chunk of banter on the tape, and it made me realize how I've known a lot of folks around here longer than I thought.

So spill it local music forons. What are some of your favorite local band/show/whatever memories, long since covered in post-apocalyptic ash?
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Re: Reminiscing

Postby supaunknown » Tue Feb 17, 2009 1:36 pm

Last year, Meowza gave me a recording the the 'bot playing Dave Zero's birthday party in the Corral Room from like 5+ years ago. We had no idea that Fatka had set up mics and recorded the bands that night. The recording is like a timepiece of many of our now-worn out songs while they were still in their creative *cough* infancy. Basically we sound pretty drunk and jammy. Blarch.

Club de Wash blah blah blah yeah yeah.
The Chamber was still the best club to inhabit 114 King Street (and I'm even ancient enough to have played Inn Cahoots once).
Definitely mourned O'Cayz, but after the fire was an exciting DIY scramble in the local scene. The Corral Room, Anchor Inn, Inferno, and even The Klinic were each uniquely fun places to play.
I missed the Slipper when it folded. I'm thankful that Darwin & Co started the Freq in the same spot AND made the club even better.
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Re: Reminiscing

Postby wallrock » Tue Feb 17, 2009 1:38 pm

One of my all-time favorites was the Junkers/Waylan St. Palin X-Mas show at Luther's back in 2002. It was the night before my last day at my job and I celebrated my impending poverty by getting roaring drunk. I still have a flyer from this show somewhere.
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Re: Reminiscing

Postby auntgoodness » Tue Feb 17, 2009 4:34 pm

Anchor Inn memories are pretty special. It was not always an easy hang, but there were soooo many good shows there.

That is where I became a Motorz fan for sure.

And how about that show that incubated the Super Eights' Flu? I can't figure out why we didn't call it the Super Eights' Super Bug.

And of course every Brat show I could get to. They fit the Anchor Inn aesthetic well. I miss Brat!

Screamin Cyn Cyn and the Pons were just wee tots freaking everyone out with their two-piece thing then, too. They managed to be weirder than Freddy at Freddy's open mic. Good job, kids.

Also there was the Poor Man's Therapy show with extra Maiden. Awesome.
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Re: Reminiscing

Postby zonker » Tue Feb 17, 2009 4:43 pm

When I was about 15 I saw Husker Du at GS Vigs. Zen arcade had just come out. Some friends and I were were just gonna listen from outside but some good Samaritan
took us around back where we met Grant Hart who led us through the back door over the stage and into the crowd. It was the loudest thing I had ever seen up to that point.
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Re: Reminiscing

Postby Right Bower » Tue Feb 17, 2009 4:55 pm

I can't remember the year, but the first (I think) Isthmus Block Party, the Junkers just finishing their set when the sky opened up and down came the pouring rain. It was rad.
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Re: Reminiscing

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Tue Feb 17, 2009 4:58 pm

auntgoodness wrote:Anchor Inn memories are pretty special. It was not always an easy hang...

Which is why it was so nice to have the relative tranquility of the Ideal right next door (especially when The Anchor was... uh... out of booze.) Shooting pool at the Ideal and Freddy's open mic went hand-in-hand for me (although I stopped going so much after his repeated attempts to make me duet with him on the Commodores' "Easy"...)

Lots of great Digibot memories. Digobot/Swill @ what-was-the-name-of-that-place-on-Park? Big Mike sang about the rolling blackouts in California, naming all the electronic objects which no longer worked, culminating with him unplugging the mic and screaming at the top of his lungs that even his fucking microphone wouldn't work. Classic. (I have similarly fond memories of BM doing "Louie, Louie" with Unicorn Paintjob at the very 1st Runners-Up show, singing "me gotta go" as he casually walked out the door of the Corral Room waving.)

The hot sauce night I most recall was NR at the Annex, which if memory serves, ended in one of the most glorious train wrecks I've ever seen. Not sure if that was the same night Shinky fell off the stage and landed flat on his back, singing the whole way down, but that was pretty memorable too.
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Re: Reminiscing

Postby flanneljammies » Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:24 am

zonker wrote:When I was about 15 I saw Husker Du at GS Vigs. Zen arcade had just come out. Some friends and I were were just gonna listen from outside but some good Samaritan
took us around back where we met Grant Hart who led us through the back door over the stage and into the crowd. It was the loudest thing I had ever seen up to that point.


Hey! I was at that show. Grant Hart had dreadlocks and looked like a dirty hippy.
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Re: Reminiscing

Postby Kyle Motor » Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:39 am

Prof. Wagstaff wrote:Not sure if that was the same night Shinky fell off the stage and landed flat on his back, singing the whole way down, but that was pretty memorable too.

That was the first time I saw NR. I had just moved to town and I had no idea that Madison had rock bands until then.
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Re: Reminiscing

Postby <(((((>< » Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:55 am

The fourth time the cops showed up to a Motorz gig? I wonder if the Motorz ever faced the same scrutiny as Hiphop is now. That's a lot of cop calls to Park Street you know.
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Re: Reminiscing

Postby Kyle Motor » Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:57 am

<(((((>< wrote:The fourth time the cops showed up to a Motorz gig? I wonder if the Motorz ever faced the same scrutiny as Hiphop is now. That's a lot of cop calls to Park Street you know.

I believe that was the only time at an actual bar/venue. Twice at Library Mall and once at a birthday party in an attic.
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Re: Reminiscing

Postby Kenneth Burns » Wed Feb 18, 2009 11:16 am

Thanks for the kind words about the Junkers. It was a thrilling time.
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Re: Reminiscing

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Wed Feb 18, 2009 1:06 pm

Kyle Motor wrote:
Prof. Wagstaff wrote:Not sure if that was the same night Shinky fell off the stage and landed flat on his back, singing the whole way down, but that was pretty memorable too.

That was the first time I saw NR. I had just moved to town and I had no idea that Madison had rock bands until then.

Too bad you didn't get here sooner or you could've witnessed the NR/Shotdown two-night stand at Ken's, which auntgoodness and I were remembering fondly just this morning. Needless to say, it brought the rock. Fun Times, indeed.
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Re: Reminiscing

Postby Kenneth Burns » Wed Feb 18, 2009 1:10 pm

One of my favorite sets was Shotdown opening for Mad Trucker at Cafe Montmartre in about '01 or '02. That's when I learned to stop worrying and love Shotdown. Gonna marry me a porno star!
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Re: Reminiscing

Postby Kyle Motor » Wed Feb 18, 2009 1:31 pm

Prof. Wagstaff wrote:
Kyle Motor wrote:
Prof. Wagstaff wrote:Not sure if that was the same night Shinky fell off the stage and landed flat on his back, singing the whole way down, but that was pretty memorable too.

That was the first time I saw NR. I had just moved to town and I had no idea that Madison had rock bands until then.

Too bad you didn't get here sooner or you could've witnessed the NR/Shotdown two-night stand at Ken's, which auntgoodness and I were remembering fondly just this morning. Needless to say, it brought the rock. Fun Times, indeed.

Oh I was at one of those, Shinky passed me the bottle of Beam he had onstage. Later on he took a big swig out of said bottle during an instrumental passage, looked REALLY rough for about 10 seconds, then after the song claimed "See, I was about to lose it there but I held it together for all you fuckers".

The first NR show I was at was a long time ago at the Annex (probably a year or so before the Ken's 2-night stand) when Shinker fell off the stage and they closed with "Stick Queen" joined by a bunch of gals.
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