Music Tonight: Frenetic Japanese Noise Punk faves Melt-Banana are in town for what will surely be a wild show at the Southgate House tonight. Singer Yasuko Onuki (Yako for short) formed the group in 1992 and, since then, the band has released 10 albums and around two dozen EPs and toured with famous fans like Mike Patton's Mr. Bungle and Fantomas, Tool and Melvins. In this week's CityBeat, Yako told our Brian Baker that Melt-Banana will soon record its first studio album since 2007's Bambi's Dilemma; the band's current tour setlist includes several new songs for the album — some so new, they're still untitled. Yako said the band is always excited to tour the U.S., encouraging not only M-B superfans but anyone who appreciates unique and challenging music to check out the band's 9 p.m. Southgate show tonight (Experimental music supergroup Jerk opens). "If you like music, and if you want to hear and see something new, you should check out Melt-Banana,” Yako said. “Just come to the show to find out. Seeing is believing." Read the rest of Brian's preview here. Tickets are $13. Below, get a taste of the MxBx experience in safe, embeded-video form. —-
• D.C.-bred rapper Wale performs at Bogart's tonight at 8 p.m. for a show presented by U.C. fraternity Iota Phi Theta. In 2008, Wale signed a reported $1.3 million contract with Interscope Records, which released his debut, Attention: Deficit, in 2009. A mixtape fave, Wale was nominated for Best New Artist at the BET Awards and the Soul Train Awards in 2010. This year, Wale (born Olubowale Victor Akintimehin) signed on with Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group. His sophomore effort, Ambition, is due Nov. 1. Dig the video for the track "That Way," featuring Ross and Jeremih below.
• Punk Rock extremists The Murder Junkies roll into Dirty Jack's in Elmwood Place tonight for a show with support from Pumpkin Slut, L.O.H.E.D. and The Stik. The Junkies are essentially a tribute band to late provocateur GG Allin, perhaps the most Punk Rock punk rocker to ever live, featuring Allin's brother Merle on bass. The group was GG's backing outfit at the time of his death 18 years ago and featured Cincinnati's William Weber (Chrome Cranks, Tigerlilies) on guitar. More recently, another local — Jackass' Scotty Wood — held down the guitar slot. (Sonny Harlan — now going by the name Benjamin Bunny — is the group's current guitarist; PG Duvay is the band's current vocalist.) While the Junkies probably won't cause the kind of mental and physical damage they were capable of in GG's final years, it should still be a raw, volatile musical happening.
As you might imagine, most Murder Junkies video clips are NSFA (Not Safe for Anywhere … let alone work!), but here's a safe live clip from 2004 (when Weber was in the band still), followed by a rather unsafe clip featuring G.G. "back in the day." Because he would have wanted it that way?
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Momentous Happenings in Music History for October 19
On this day in 2005, Dallas Cook — trombonist for Californian D.I.Y. Ska band Suburban Legends — was killed in a hit-and-run accident involving Cook's motorcycle and an (at the time) unknown driver's Hyundai. In 2006, police announced their Hyundai-driving suspect — Hyundai exec Youn Bum Lee. Lee (who was allegedly drunk at the top of the wreck) reportedly consulted his lawyers and employer about the accident after it happened and they all apparently decided it would be best if he return to Korea and not go to jail. He remained a fugitive until early 2008, when he was captured in South Korea and released to the U.S. for trial. The following year, Lee pleaded guilty to manslaughter and received a nine-year prison sentence. The family filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against Hyundai; last year, it was announced that the parties had agreed on a confidential settlement.
Suburban Legends have had quite a few bad vibes hovering around them since forming in 1998 — especially considering their peppy cheerfulness and the fact that one of their main gigs has been regularly performing at Disneyland. The group's early drummer, Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan, left in 1999 to form Metal band Avenged Sevenfold with the Legends' bassist, Justin Meacham; Sullivan died in late 2009 from a lethal drug combination. And, on a less serious note, the band has had some serious van trouble — in 2006, it caught on fire (money was reportedly missing from the van, as well, leading to suspicion it was an arson), while in 2007, the band-van and an estimated $80,000 worth of equipment were stolen while the Legends were on tour in Philly.
Born This Day: Musical types born on Oct. 19 include: keyboardist for U.K. Roots Rock group Waterboys and leader of Retro Pop Rock band World Party, Karl Wallinger (1957); R&B/Pop/Gospel singer and Tony winner Jennifer Holliday (1960); large-headed Monsters frontman, Big Head Todd Park Mohr (1965); Fugees secret weapon Pras Michel (1972); and Reggae superstar/legend Peter Tosh (1944).
Tosh was a foundational member of Ska/Reggae greats The Wailers, which also featured (in its initial phase) Bunny Wailer and, of course, Bob Marley. With The Wailers, Tosh was a part of legendary recordings like "Simmer Down," "Stir It Up" and "Get Up, Stand Up," and his solo discography includes the seminal Reggae tune "Legalize It," among others. Tosh died Sept. 11, 1987, when thieves tried to rob him in his home. Tosh insisted he didn't have any money in his house; after reportedly torturing and trying to extort money from Tosh, his accused murderer Dennis Lobban put a gun to the singer's head and pulled the trigger. Tosh was only 42.
Here's Tosh with a scrappy, young Mick Jagger, one of the Reggae star's biggest champions.