Slackday: The Black Keys Vs. The GZA

What happens when a pair of white boys from Akron, Ohio…

…meet one of the killingest MCs around?

That’s right, just another excuse for me to post more Black Keys and GZA.

(Dan looks positively giddy to meet GZA. Can’t say that I blame him.)

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Muamin Collective & GZA (and many others) at the Grog Shop in Cleveland, OH, 5.29.10

Not only was this my first hip hop show outside of a festival, but it was also my first show at the Grog Shop, so I am unqualified to say how much of the chaos was the norm for either aspect. But GS is notorious for their late start times, and nothing really kicked off Saturday night until after 10:00. Fortunately, up unil then, members of Muamin Collective served as DJs, spinning fine tunes that had the heads of those of us who were there “early” in constant motion. Unfortunately, once the show did start, I kind of wished they’d go back to straight deejaying. For one thing, there were a freaking lot of openers – even more than the four openers slated for the night, as additional acts who were brought on to fill time. All the acts had a lot of heart, but none of them had much game (and even when they had promising beats, the GS sound system rendered them unappetizingly muddy).

That is, until Muamin Collective stepped up. These guys had some of the most amazing energy I’ve ever seen, with great beats and great spirit. They rocked the crowd and, for a while, … Continue reading

Notable shows in the greater Cleveland area & GZA at the Grog Shop!?

Shows worth checking out this week in and around Cleveland:

The Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

  • Sat, May 22| 9 PM (8:30 PM door)
    Benefit for the Waterloo Feral Cats
    Rainy Day Saints
    Kyle Sowashes
    Tavern | All Ages
  • Mon, May 24| 8 PM (7:30 PM door)
    Trampled By Turtles
    One Dollar Hat
    Tavern | All Ages
  • Tue, May 25| 8:30 PM (8 PM door)
    April Smith
    & The Great Picture Show
    American Swill
    Tavern | All Ages
  • Thu, May 27| 8:30 PM (8 PM door)
    The Dust Busters
    Roots of American Music Trio
    Ballroom | All Ages
  • Thu, May 27| 8:30 PM (7:30 PM door)
    Members of Morphine
    and Jeremy Lyons
    Tavern | All Ages

Grog Shop

  • Mon, May 24| 9 PM
    Twilight Sad
  • Tue, May 25| 8 PM
    Good Old War
    Yukon Blonde
    Audra Mae
    Teddy Novotny
    $8 adv
    $10 dos

Happy Dog

Bits: This Is Jim Jones, Sleigh Bells, Trent’s new joint, Liquid Swords II, Murder by Death & whiskey, litrock, Frank the Funkasaurus Rex wrecks ya

If you have somehow missed the puppet dinosaur craze, please meet Frank the Funkasaurus Rex. Frank loves him some tits ‘n’ tubs, and we love Frank.

Addendum: So, that scroll across the bottom? Not a joke. TBK was seriously pissed about this video. Sorry, … Continue reading