Squeeze the Day for 11/15

click to enlarge The New Old Calvary
The New Old Calvary

Music Tonight: Cincinnati's "Infamous Trashgrass" band Rumpke Mountain Boys are on the road right now, performing several shows in Colorado, so they won't be holding down their usual every-Tuesday slot at Stanley's Pub tonight. In their place is Bloomington, Indiana's like-minded quintet The New Old Calvary. The band sites as influences "Traditional Old-Time (Music), New Grass, Appalachian Gospel, American Psychedelia" and "Cosmic Country" on their Facebook page, which gives you a good idea of where they're coming from musically. It's "new," it's "old" and it's remarkably fun and unique. Check out the group's "Ragegrass" tonight at 9:30 p.m. Below, check the studio recording of the band's tune "Dripline."—-

Momentous Happenings in Music History for November 15

On this day in 1978, Liverpool, England's second greatest band, Echo and the Bunnymen, made their live debut at their hometown club Eric's. According to the website The Bunnymen Concert Log, singer Ian McCulloch, guitarist Will Sergeant and bassist Les Pattinson were joined by Echo, the drum machine the band used in its earliest days. At least that's what the band said initially; they've since denied Echo and the drum box had anything to do with each other. Whatever they called their drum machine, it was axed from the band in 1979 and replaced with real-live-drummer Pete de Freitas. That first show, the group reportedly played a 20-minute version of the song that eventually became "Monkeys," from the amazing Crocodiles album.

Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers sharing a Nov. 15 birthday include: ’60s British Pop star ("Downtown") Petula Clark (1932); ’80s "College Rock" hero and early R.E.M. producer Mitch Easter (1954); Jazz guitarist and former professional laugher for The Tonight Show, Kevin Eubanks (1957); rapper Earl Stevens, better known as E-40 (1967); beloved Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger (1974); and the late Wu-Tang Clan MC, Ol' Dirty Bastard (1968).

ODB, born Russell Tyrone Jones (and owner of almost as many nicknames as Sean Combs, including Dirt McGirt, Big Baby Jesus and my personal favorite, Peanut the Kidnapper, which sounds like the name of some insane Experimental Rock band), has been in the news a lot lately. Rumors are swirling that Tracy Morgan and Eddie Griffin (either of whom would be great) are up for the lead role in a planned ODB movie. We hope they call it Peanut the Kidnapper. And Rob Zombie directs.

Last month, Rolling Stone quoted Wu's Method Man as saying "the majority" of the lyrics on ODB's legendary debut, Return to the 36 Chambers, were "stolen" from GZA and RZA. While that might seem like a shocking slap in the face, it's really not that big of an issue; ODB's magic was in that insane delivery. He was Hip Hop's Ornette Colemen, a free-jazz MC whose demons eventually caught up with him, but they also helped him craft some amazing tracks. Check out the following, from 36 Chambers, which will be reissued in a deluxe format (including rare tracks, outtakes and a laminated ODB welfare card!) one week from today.

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