In 1989, The Afghan Whigs signed a deal with then-burgeoning/eventually-seminal Seattle-based imprint, Sub Pop Records, becoming the first band outside of the Pacific Northwest to sign with the label that would define (for better or worse) "Grunge." It's only taken about 20 years, but Sub Pop has mined Greater Cincinnati's rich musical scene once again, this time signing singer/songwriter Daniel Martin Moore, an Indie Folk artist from Cold Spring, Ky.
Moore's debut for the label, Stray Age, is due in stores Oct. 7 (Cincinnati's Shake It Records will handle the vinyl release). Several songs are available for preview at myspace.com/danielmartinmoore. The album was co-produced by Moore and Joe Chiccarelli, a multi-Grammy winner who has a wildly impressive résumé that includes work with U2, Beck, Elton John, Rufus Wainwright, Frank Zappa, The Shins, My Morning Jacket, The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and scores of others. Chiccarelli engineered and mixed Moore's project as well.
The album was recorded in Los Angeles last year and features session work from Beck's longtime bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen, vocalist Jesca Hoop, famed go-to violinist Petra Haden and several other top-shelf players.
You can read more about Daniel Martin Moore in next week's CityBeat. To catch him live before he takes off on touring duties, head to the Southgate House's Lounge, where Moore plays free shows on July 16, 23 and 30.
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· Speaking of the Southgate House Lounge, Cari Clara's Eric Diedrichs (who currently lives in Lexington) has brought back his popular "Songwriter Night." Diedrichs will host the Southgate House Lounge's popular open mic night on the last Monday of each month.
"Songwriter Night" was one of the more popular open mic showcases in town, attracting many of the city's finest songwriters (either to the stage or at least to the audience). The event moved from Allyn's Café to The Poison Room, but has been without a home since The Poison Room closed down operations.
· This week's free, outdoor "Indie Summer" music showcase on Fountain Square features a great lineup on Friday. National wave-makers Pomegranates (who will be showcasing at the MidPoint Music Festival this September with their labelmates on Lujo Records) and Bad Veins (who have been in the studio working on an album) headline, and newcomers The Koala Fires open the show at 7 p.m. The Fires (which debuted late last month) features Matt Mooney (formerly of Super77), artist/filmmaker/musician Kendall Bruns, Mike Paolucci (Fizzgig) and Dan Johnson (The Bell and the Hammer). The newbie band of vets — whose approach is said to recall the late '80s/early '90s Indie Rock sound — is currently working on an EP and LP, with hopes of releasing both later this year. (myspace.com/thekoalafires)
· Invites and non-invites for unsigned bands that submitted to showcase at the MidPoint Music Festival are currently being sent out. If you are a MidPoint hopeful waiting for word, hang tight — if you haven't heard about your status yet, you are in the running. Final invitees will be informed as the venues for the fest (as well as the number of available showcase slots) are confirmed. (mpmf.com)