Squeeze the Day for 8/30

Aug 30, 2011 at 10:21 am

Music Tonight: Cleveland Art Punk band HotChaCha bring its dancey Post Punk rhythms and soulful melodies to Newport’s Southgate House tonight, playing the club’s Parlour room. The show is the fourth date on the Northern Ohio foursome’s extensive nationwide run with eclectic upstate New York Indie septet Summer People (which has been compared to The Cramps and Nick Cave), promoting the two bands’ split 12-inch EP release, Do It. The vinyl release is a limited edition, but in cyberspace, there are no limits, so give the EP a listen here. —-

The 9 p.m. show is also local Indie Rock/Pop band Low Hanging Wires final performance. Admission is $5 for those 21-and up; $8 if you’re between 18-20.

For being a band just under five years, HotChaCha (which records for the Exit Stencil label, also home to the split) has a lot of music videos. Here’s one of the more recent, for the song “Traffic” off of last year’s Fantastic Static.

(Leave your suggestions/promote yourself or your favorites by telling everyone about your favorite music event recommendations for the day in the comments below.)

Momentous Happenings in Music History for Aug. 30

On this day in 1965, The Beatles played their historic concert at the Hollywood Bowl. The concert and a 1964 one at the same venue made up the 1977 live release, The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl. To meet demand for a live album, Phil Spector was given a crack at putting together the low-quality recordings for release in the early ’70s, but nothing came of it. George Martin was finally given the task of cobbling together the album, which cites an Aug 29 date as one of the concerts on the cover, though no music from that recording was salvageable.

The sound of the album was still crap, but it’s a cool document and the band members played energetically and pretty well considering they couldn’t hear themselves over the crowd’s squeals.

Oh, and tickets to that Beatles concert on this day in 1965 cost — after all the taxes and convenience fees — $3.

Here’s a song from that show, written by John Lennon to one day be used to sell dishwashers for H.H. Gregg.

Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers born on Aug. 30 include The Mamas and the Papas singer/songwriter/founder John Williams (1935); superstar DJ Paul Oakenfold (1963); Panic at the Disco’s Ryan Ross (1986); and true superstar DJ and integrity-ridden tastemaker John Peel (1939).

Peel, the rare DJ on the BBC allowed to play whatever he wanted, continued to champion unique, new music until his death (Cincinnati/Dayton band Shesus were a late fave of the DJ’s). And Peel is responsible for a series of “live albums” (or often EPs) that do sound pretty good — though performed without a technical live audience, the “Peel Sessions” made up for lack of crowd noise with sharp performances presented warts and all. Particularly Post Punk bands often issued their wooly sessions from Peel’s broadcasts for public consumption. Maybe the sessions were generally so satisfying because of who was in the audience — Mr. Peel, himself.

Here’s one of my (and Peel’s) favorite sessioners — Echo and the Bunnymen — doing "Seven Seas" for Sir Peel.