Squeeze the Day for 11/30

Nov 30, 2011 at 11:52 am
The Winter Sounds (Photo: thewintersounds.com)
The Winter Sounds (Photo: thewintersounds.com)

Music Tonight: Indie music fans can take a break from sobbing uncontrollably about the loss of premier area venue the Southgate House (yes, the booking there reached far beyond just "Indie," but it was still a major supporter) by heading out to one of the several clubs in town that host similar top touring acts in the loosely-defined genre. If you need a little mood boost, remember that many of these other clubs rarely (if ever) have a cover charge at the door. Take tonight's show at MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine, for example. Self-described as "Epic indie new wave dance folk and punk anthems (with) unique instrumentation and a high energy live show," Nashville-based (by way of Athens, Ga.) Indie Pop crew The Winter Sounds performs a free show at MOTR tonight with guests New Vega.

The band is reportedly set to release Runner, the full-length follow-up to its acclaimed 2009 effort, Church of the Haunted South, which has been reissued on vinyl and also made available, in full, as a free download from the band (click here to download Church, and here to download an odds and sods EP called Remixes, B-Sides, Christmas Songs, Pinebox). Below, check out two tracks from the group's recent three-song release, L'été des Trois Michel(l)es, which show the diversity of the band's alluring craft. —-

Momentous Happenings in Music History for November 30
On this day in 1996, perhaps the most unusual Pop star in history, novelty artist Tiny Tim, passed away at the age of 63. With his ukulele and overly earnest songs sung in a jarring, wavering falsetto (a sort of vocal version of a trilling Theremin), Tiny (born Herbert Khaury) captured a puzzled, probably stoned public's imagination via numerous appearances on television shows like Laugh-In and The Tonight Show, on which he famously married "Miss Vicki" in front of over 21 million home viewers in 1969. Tiny suffered a heart attack at the start of a performance in Massachusetts in 1996 and was hospitalized for weeks. Despite being told to take a break from performing due to his poor health, Tiny continued to make appearances. Two months after his first heart attack, Tiny had another and collapsed and died during a show in Minneapolis.

Here's Tiny Tim doing a gender-bent version of "I Got You Babe" (on the 1968 studio version, Tiny sung both the male and female vocal parts).

Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers born Nov. 30 include: the youngest sister in sister act The Pointer Sisters ("I'm So Excited"), June Pointer (1954); guitarist and founding member of New Wave greats The Psychedelic Furs, John Ashton (1957); troubled Country singer (currently being sought after disappearing with her young son in FloridaMindy McCready (1975); and world-famous Bono impersonator Ben Stiller (1965).