Squeeze the Day for 1/5

The Sundresses' Brad Schnittger and the return of Damaged Soundtracks night, plus Today in Music with The Sex Pistols and Iris DeMent

Brad Schnittger
Brad Schnittger

Music Tonight: Fantastic Blues/Roots singer/guitarist Patrick Sweany (who has collaborated and performed with fellow Northern Ohio quasi-traditionalists The Black Keys) has had an unspecified family emergency pop up so he will not be performing at MOTR Pub tonight as scheduled. (His Facebook page promises rescheduled dates soon for Cincy as well as a trio of other Ohio shows that have also been canned.) But you’ll still be thoroughly entertained if you decide to hit MOTR tonight. Brad Schnittger (pictured) of local faves The Sundresses will still perform a solo set at the club (he was the scheduled opener for Sweany) at around 10 p.m. (As with all MOTR shows, there is no cover charge.) The ’Dresses have been busy in the studio lately (check back on this blog later for news on another interesting project with which the group and the locally-based All Night Party prog-promo group are involved) and recently announced that they have accepted an invitation to attend their fifth South By Southwest music fest/conference in Austin, Tex., this coming March. The band will be part of an All Night Party showcase featuring The Seedy Seeds, The Chocolate Horse, Wussy and The Lions Rampant, plus Lexington’s Oh My Me and Northern Ohio’s Whiskey Daredevils. Oh, and apparently The Sundresses are going to crash Burning Man and bring with them the element of “goat sacrifice” surprise (it’s on their website so it must be true, right?). —- Below, check out the promo video for the band’s appearance at last year’s MidPoint fest, featuring the live version of the song “Heater 5:00.”

• The “Damaged Soundtracks” night, hosted by local radio show/experimental music boosters Art Damage, returns to Mayday in Northside tonight after a two-month break. The ongoing project features several different musicians performing live soundtracks to various film footage (including but not limited to “short films, excerpts from longer films, home-movies, collages, found footage or movies made by the performers themselves”). Tonight’s return has William Gilmore Weber (Chrome Cranks, The Tigerlilies, GG Allin), Daddy Luthor and the Warrior Poets (fronted by Luthor the Geek), a collaborative project between Denise Burge and Abby Cornelius, and Temple, a new project from Jimmy Baker, Phil Valois and Brandon Hickle.

Music (and film!) begins at 10 p.m. and there is no admission charge.

Momentous Happenings in Music History for January 5

The Sex Pistols may not have invented Punk Rock, but they were certainly the first to snotily wave it in the faces of the masses like an especially wet, slimy, elastic booger. On this day in 1978, the Pistols kicked off their first/last tour of the U.S. with a show at the Great Southeast Music Hall in Atlanta. The tour was something of a debacle — in other words, exactly what it intended to be — with the band booked to play places like “Randy’s Rodeo” in Texas and other rough venues in the south. The brief tour ended at San Francisco’s Winterland on Jan. 14. So did The Sex Pistols, definitely the only band in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to have released only one album and likely the only one to have performed a total of seven shows on U.S. soil.

Check out this fascinating video containing the band’s entire last show at Winterland on Jan. 14, 1978.

Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers born Jan. 5 include: Music biz legend who helped launch Elvis Presley’s career, Sam Phillips (1923); Blues/Jazz/Gospel singer (“Release Me”) Johnny Adams (1932); cofounder and guitarist for New Wave/Pop pioneers Blondie, Chris Stein (1950); nice young man Brian “Not the Nerd from The Wonder Years” Warner, aka shock rocker Marilyn Manson (1969); and Country/Folk singer/songwriter Iris DeMent (1961).

Below is a clip featuring Ms. DeMent performing at the Southgate House (R.I.P.) in 2009, joined by the members of local Folk trio The Tillers.

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