Tour Alert: Beast Friends Forever: Lucas Carpenter, Mark Rose, Jon Walker

Lucas Carpenter, Mark Rose and Jon Walker are headed out on the road together once again. This time around they’ll be playing it songwriters circle style, i.e. rotating through songs and accompanying each other. And if you think the tour poster is as adorable as I do, you can snag yourself one at the shows.

As enticement and introduction, some videos. First up is Lucas Carpenter:
Reasons Lucas Carpenter is awesome: 1) Totally cool with people who cackle loudly when something funny happens during his set, as I did last fall, when he busted out the fancy vintage live-looping machine and, you guys, it honked; yes I am secretly twelve and also 2) Writes songs that are by turns poignant and hilarious and also make snarky references to emoticons.

Next is Mark Rose (Spitalfield):

Mark Rose live at Lincoln Hall

Highlight of his set in September: That moment he dropped a little bit of Smells Like Teen Spirit neatly and seamlessly into one of his songs without even breaking the rhythm.
And then Jon Walker (The Young Veins, Panic[!] at the Disco), freshly returned from a sojourn in Costa Rica:
Fairytale by Jon Walker [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

Jon Walker barefoot and playing the guitar means all is right with the world and everything is in its proper place.

Special note: later in July he’s opening for Gold Motel at their shows in Indianapolis (7/25 @ Hoosier Dome), Chicago, IL (7/26, Schubas) and St. Louis, MO (7/27, @ The Firebird.)

Tour dates below are as of 7/7/2012; for updates/more information go to the Beast Friends Tour Tumblr.

07-07: Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel Club Lounge (5PM | ALL AGES)

07-08: Erie, PA @ Basement Transmissions (4PM | ALL AGES)

07-09: Rochester, NY @ Lovin’ Cup (7PM | ALL AGES | $5 COVER)

07-10: Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern (8PM | ALL AGES)

07-11: Ardmore, PA (Philly) @ Milkboy (8PM | ALL AGES)

07-12: Allentown, PA @ Planet Trog (5:30PM | ALL AGES)

07-13: Morgantown, WV @ The Cue (7PM | ALL AGES | $7 COVER)

07-14: Dayton, OH @ Ghostlight Coffee (8PM | ALL AGES | $3 COVER)

07-15: Bloomington, IL @ Coffee Nation (7:30PM | ALL AGES)

07-16: Online Show – “Live! at Threadless” @ (8PM (CST) | ONLINE TIX (PAY WHAT YOU WANT) | LIVE TAPING [in Chicago] TIX ([$7,] 30 AVAIL))

Christmas Grab Bag 2011 1.0

Some seasonal selections!

From Jon Walker, the season’s (probably) hardest rocking cover of “Do You See What I See?” I’m not quite sure who’s singing with him but at least one of them sounds suspiciously like Tom Conrad, from Empires. Jon Walker’s summary of this song: “Recorded a christmas cover in my basement last winter but never got around to releasing it. Here it is now. I don’t remember if alcohol was involved.” (Mr. Walker is currently on sabbatical in Costa Rica.)


Do You See What I See by JON WALKER MUSIC

Download from AP.

Next it is time to get funky, y’all, and get down with Sugar Rump Fairies, from HOLIDELIC by Everett Bradley. Mr. Bradley is taking his epic show on the road starting at the end of this week; it will be stopping in Hudson and New York, NY; Northampton, MA; and Philadelphia, PA.



Yes, it’s The Killers, singing a quasi-country (more like “country”) song, and yes, it is totally ridiculous. But a) I will listen to Brandon Flowers sing whatever he wants and b) completely ridiculous is one of the things they do best (I will always, always love a band that wears their sequins unironically), and most importantly c) the proceeds from the sales of this song go to (RED), an AIDS charity. Special note: the reason why this is among my favorite holiday videos appears at 1:07.

The Killers - The Cowboy's Christmas Ball


From the department of Amazing Things I Did Not Know I Needed Until They Appeared, I present Scott Weiland singing Winter Wonderland, from his Christmas album The Most Wonderful Time of the Year:

Scott Weiland - Winter Wonderland (Official Video)


And from the same department, two from Bob Dylan’s Christmas album, Christmas In The Heart. First up is Little Drummer Boy, because it’s sweet and the video is pretty, and second, I give you Adeste Fidelis because all y’all need to experience Dylan singing in Latin. (I love this song no matter the season and totally subjected April and Cam to it a) in July and b) on the way to Graceland.)

Bob Dylan - Little Drummer Boy


I’m pretty sure I also made them listen to this one, which is Angels We Have Heard on High, by Family Force 5. There are two videos because one is a live recording, just so you can really feel the bass when it comes in, and the other one is three ladies in Texas redefining “kick it” when it comes to this song:

Bits: Juniper Tar, Mike Watt, Sebadoh, Fugazi, The Black Keys, Sonic Youth, Jon Walker, Michael Runion

  • The good guys in Juniper Tar will be taking part in the Pablove Benefit Concert at Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this Saturday, January 29, 2011. The show, “a special evening to improve the lives of children with cancer”, kicks off at 5:30 PM and also includes Cory Chisel, Fitz & the Tantrums, an acoustic set from Brian Aubert and Nikki Monninger of Silversun Pickups and more.
  • Stereogum has a free download of “Arrow-Pierced-Egg-Man” from Mike Watt’s latest, an opera called Hyphenated-Man.
  • Sebadoh’s Bakesale is being reissued with bonus material on April 4, 2011. In support of this, Sebadoh will be touring the United States beginning in February (including a stop at the Grog Shop in Cleveland on April 2 – coincidentally, just days after J Mascis brings his acoustic tour through the Grog ).
  • The Fugazi documentary Instrument will be screening at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, on February 27, 2011. Director Jem Cohen and members of Fugazi will be on hand for the screening.
  • If you missed it, the Austin City Limits Sonic Youth/Black Keys split episode can now be viewed at the PBS website. Long live PBS.

Additionally, Jennifer reports:

  • Jon Walker (The Young Veins, Panic[!] at the Disco, 5o4 Plan) has put out a solo record. Recommended tracks: Sun and Moon and Growing a Beard.
  • Michael Runion has revamped his website and there are a couple of new songs available as free downloads. He has also started a new band, The Chances, and they are playing an acoustic show at The Standard in West Hollywood, California, on January 26, 2011, at 7:30 PM at the Cactus Lounge.