Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Stuff We Like This Week: Hank Charcuterie in LFK; Rock Art at Science on Tap; DNA Art at New LPL

Local foodies were ecstatic to spot this FB message popping up this week from the long-awaited Hank Charcuterie:

"We will finally be open next Wednesday the 23rd from 11-7. Some stuff won't be done yet. We will have lots of sausage, chops, and pate."

Between Hank, Alchemy Coffee, Dapper Dillon's, Cottin's farmer's market, and On the Rocks, the 19th and Mass area has just about everything an LFK scenester gourmand needs these days.

So head down tomorrow and get your chops on! (and some of you may want to avert your eyes from the second pic we snagged from their FB page).



We've never been fond of the space or set-up for the Science on Tap events at Free State Brewery, but we like that nerds assemble to drink beer and talk science.   At first we hoped tonight's "rock art" topic would deal with concert posters but, sadly, it's about ancient carvings in Saudi Arabia.  Could be good though!  Check out the details here.  Presentation begins at 7:30.

Pretty sure we've spotted a flyer which we can't currently locate.

Photo snagged from biodiversity.ku.edu:

 Secrets in Stone: Deciphering Ancient Arabian Rock Art


Since it's NEW LIBRARY WEEK in LFK, we have to showcase something about the soon-to-open new space.  Even though we haven't seen it in person yet, we already like the DNA-strand artwork in the atrium.  Check out Nadia's LJ-World article on the new library art. 

Who all (besides us?) plans to camp out to be among the first to enter the new building this weekend?

Photo via Mike Yoder in LJ-World:

Monday, July 21, 2014

Very Special All-Ages Blog Post: Rock and Roll; Derby Cars; and Ghostbusters

Looking for something to entertain your teens and tweens on a hot and sweaty Monday evening in LFK.  Well, drop them off at the Replay around 6:00 pm and let them get a dose of furious rock and roll with LFK's Black on Black and Westerners along with Toronto's The Greys.  Sure, your teens might return home mildly bruised and battered, nearly deaf, and smelling suspiciously of PBR, but it will serve them well in the long run.  The FB event page is here


If there's one thing teens love, it's mayhem and destruction, so they'll want to take part in several events related to the ever-popular demolition derby at the Douglas County Fair and sponsored by Lawrence Library and Lawrence Magazine.  Teens can paint a library-sponsored derby car cleverly named "The Dewey Decimator" and the rest of us can follow along as Dewey himself chronicles his progress toward the derby via the Twitter account @DeweyDecimator1.  He's voiced by local Twitter prankster Brittany Keegan from Watkins Museum, so you can expect some good stuff here.  Example:

"It's very pleasant to break something from time to time."- Dostoyevsky. My life motto. August 1st, the fairgrounds

This poster lists the relevant event dates:


And did you know the NEW LIBRARY opens THIS coming weekend? Of course you did.  And we all know that you can't open a new library in LFK without screening Ghostbusters on a giant inflatable screen in the middle of the street on a Saturday night with a bunch of beer and food vendors scattered around.  The film happens about 9:00 pm on Saturday with food and beer festivities beginning around 7:00.  See you there.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Nerd Nite Summer Shorts 2 Recap / Weekend Picks: JabberJosh Retires and ASSJAMZ Returns

Oddly enough, Nerd Nite's 2nd annual Summer SHORTS was possibly the LONGEST Nerd Nite yet, stretching on well-beyond 10:00 pm.  It was also the most crowded (estimated at about 170), with at least a few people being turned away from the ballroom.   Will the nerds have to move again to even larger quarters?   And where would that be? The damn Lied Center?  We'll see.

Here are a few quick observations on a few of the 3(ish) minute presentations:

--Could there have been a better choice to kick off the evening than some thoughts on Kansas populism from LFK legend Boog?  No.

--Great to see an update from Paul on the prairie chicken, but that poor embattled bird really deserves more than three minutes.  Prairie chickens just can't catch a break.  (Early in the evening, nerds got very excited when Paul entered with a bag that we all sincerely hoped contained a live prairie chicken.  It didn't).

--For such an innocent-seeming gal, that Lindsey sure does talk about a lot of disgusting things, such as worms coming out of people's legs and whatnot.  How about a presentation on fuzzy little kitties next time?

--Big laughs in Erin's presentation on Megalodon, including a reference to Free State beer changing their fries!

--Who was that guy doing the Mumblecore presentation?  He seemed okay.

Final thoughts:  seriously, though, why was this thing so fucking long?  The Q&A should probably be shortened.  How about one question for each presenter?  And the length requirement should probably be policed a little more carefully.  We're still in favor of ringing a gong if you hit that upper limit!


It's Thursday night!  Who's ready for dick jokes?? Or possibly some "incest porn" material from Leigh Nelson?  Head down to the Replay.  We stopped by last week and we can assure you that it's become a true scene.  Congrats, Harpoon Presents!  We never thought you'd consistently get scenesters to pack the bar for early events.  The FB event page is here.

Our old friends from Atomic Pajama Party pop up at the Jackpot tonight, along with a weird 3-piece synth band from Manhattan, Kansas called Echopod whose band members have names like Luminous Neon. Here's an old blurb from the former Hype Weekly in Manhattan:

"Echopod is one of the oldest bands in Kansas, if you include their gastropodian overlord who has existed longer than time itself. The rest of the band formed a year-and-a-half ago, joining forces in order to translate their namesake's trinary cyber-transmissions into the human-understandable language of music. It is unclear exactly how the human members of Echopod receive these missives from outer space, but those close to them suspect a secret ritual involving copious amounts of whiskey."

And there's a real shitkicker of a matinee at the Replay on Friday with Bloodshot Bill, backed by the Cowtown Playboys.  This could be good.

While we're kicking shit with Bloodshot Bill, the cool kids will be down the street at the Jabberjosh "retirement show" at Love Garden.  Muscle Worship opens, presumably with a nice quiet set for such an intimate venue.

Free State Brewery hosts an open house at the production brewery in ELFK on Saturday afternoon from 1:00-4:00.  There's no flyer, but there's a FB event page here.  The art work from the kick-ass Burroughs souvenir glass will be on display out there.

And Chip's favorite LFK event is at the Granada on Saturday:  ASSJAMZ!

Chip: "I just want to dance."

227 people are going so far.  Will you join them. Click here

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Stuff We Like This Week: Ice Cream Sodas at Mass Street Soda; Waiting For Guffman at Liberty Hall; Whatever Forever's Forever Fest

As you probably know, Mass Street Soda is now serving up ice cream floats.  Sadly, we haven't been in to try one yet. That will change soon. Here's one of their recommended ideas:  Empire Banana soda and chocolate ice cream.

A big crowd was on hand last week to laugh long and loud at Christopher Guest's Best in Show at Liberty Hall.  Will the crowds return for Waiting for Guffman, our pick for Guest's best film?  Let's hope so.  It screens at 7:00 on Thursday.  Find more info via the Liberty website.

Are you looking for a small festival where you can camp that does not feature a lot of noodly hippie bands?  Then you'll want to go to Whatever Forever's Forever Fest on Saturday (which we think is in Lecompton, but you probably know this already if you are cool enough to attend).   There are two stages and 13 bands including OILS, CS Luxem, Paper Buffalo, and Gnarly Davidson.  Visit the FB event page here.

There is also a pre-Fest on Friday at Be Moved Studios in LFK featuring the Ovaries-eez, along with "Mello Jello and other light refreshments." Hopefully "other light refreshments" include PBR.  Details here.  And don't forget the post-Fest at the Replay on Sunday.  Details here.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mid-Week Scenester Picks: Comedy, More Comedy, and Nerd Nite's Summer Shorts

Dick jokes aren't just for Thursdays at the Replay this week!  LFK's ever-evolving comedy scene serves up a Tuesday evening at Fatso's featuring a four-comic showcase, some live music, and an open mic.  Why not? Check out the FB event page here.


For nerds with short attention spans, Nerd Nite brings back "Summer Shorts" on Wednesday:  three minute bursts of info and hijinks from 15+ nerds, ranging from Boog's take on Kansas populism to an important update on the plight of the prairie chicken, from the terrifying Megalodon to the twee films of the mumblecore movement.  All that plus a Monty Python song for $1.  The FB event page is here.

And follow it up with MORE comedy at the Replay with a late-night affair of national touring acts with headliner Sean Patton, who's been featured in Comedy Central's "The Half Hour."  The FB event page is here.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Old Man Markley Interview: "My Favorite Crowd Ever Was a Group of Kindergarteners.".

There are plenty of noodly jamgrass bands making their way through LFK these days but not always enough punk-bluegrass bands. That's about to change on Tuesday as California's seven-member Old Man Markley arrives for an early-week barnburner at the Bottleneck. We chatted with fiddler Katie Weed about prairie chickens, peanut-filled PBR, and Split Lip Rayfield.  Check out Old Man Markley's website, give them a "like" on Facebook, and catch them live and in person in LFK!  Opening up the show is the buzzy new LFK singer-songwriter Nicholas St. James. We'll be previewing his Replay EP release show with The Sluts and Westerners next week.  Check out his website and listen to his tunes here.

Enjoy the interview with Katie!

Chip:  I guess the obvious first question is about the band name.  I definitely didn't expect a seven-piece. I thought this was going to be a one-man band where some angry old dude sings about the damn kids on his lawn and such.  What's the origin story of the name? 

Katie: The band is named in honor of our washboard player, Ryan Markley.  Due to his bad back and predilection for soups, his nickname is Old Man Markley. 

Richard:  There's definitely a fair amount of bands mixing punk and bluegrass over the years. You folks are likely familiar with Kansas punk/bluegrass legends Split Rayfield?  Tell us why you think the unholy hybrid of these two genres works so well together.  And tell us a tale or two about rowdy shows you've played over the years, because I know from experience this kind of music can lead to some wild crowds.

Katie: We are definitely familiar with Split Lip. We met them a couple of years ago, at a country festival in California. They were cool, and let us play a game of catch in the field in front of the stage while they were loading in. (We usually bring mitts on tour.)

I really think that punk and bluegrass are different but complementary, like peanut butter and jelly. Always a winning combination. Can you believe some people eat peanut butter and mayonnaise together? I think that'd be more like bluegrass and rap, which we've forayed into a little as well. It's not as weird as you'd think. (Maybe that should be our tagline?)

 As far as rowdy shows, we have played our share. You should see the kids at some elementary schools get down! My favorite crowd ever was a group of kindergarteners in Washington, who in exchange for our show to them sang us a song of their own. 

 Also rowdy? The bikers in Winchester. Man. We had to cut four songs short due to fights breaking out in the crowd at a show there a few months ago. 

Chip: I like pretty much every band with a female fiddler, so I look forward to partying with you.  Do you like PBR?

Katie: Someone recently told me that putting a salted peanut in a can of PBR changes the taste entirely. And my boyfriend told me a friend of his used to always order it with a wedge of lime.  So if there's a way to change the taste of it, then maybe. Really, I love IPAs--strong, hoppy, bitter beers. Who are some of your favorite female fiddle players? 

Chip: In LFK, my favorite has got to be Rachel "Stankboot" Killian 

Richard:  I love the amusement park artwork on the cover of the new 7" "Stupid Today."  Tell us about that release and also what's your all-time favorite Old Man Markley tune to play live that we should especially watch out for during the set?

Katie: The "Stupid Today"  7" came together pretty quickly and smoothly! And Chris Shary did a wonderful job with the artwork, in addition to being a wonderful guy. His whole family rules, actually. We got to meet his wife Lori and their son at a show last month.  

 While the release itself was smooth, the release tour saw a number of problems with our generator and some troublesome weather. Fitting with the theme of Chris's great artwork on the cover, it was kind of like going to an amusement park on a rainy day when someone jerked off on the funnel cakes. Can I say that here?  [Chip laughs for five minutes]. Truthfully, we had a lot of great shows though, and I think the songs sound great, too. 

My favorite song to play live is "Blood on My Hands," which we released on a previous 7". There is a part in it when our drummer Jeff always yells, and it makes me smile every time.  

Album artwork via Fat Wreck.

Chip:  I learned from your FB page that a couple of you are vegans.  Sadly, I myself ate a chicken-fried steak for breakfast and I'm sure I'll do it again tomorrow.  Will you spend most of the evening trying to convert me or will you mostly be playing songs?

 Katie: I learned from page two of Kansas Fun Facts and Trivia  that "Kansas has the largest population of prairie chickens (wild grouse) in North America." In Kansas, do you typically have prairie chicken fried steak? I assumed prairie chickens were vegan, but I just looked it up and it turns out they eat insects! Who knew!

Chip:  There's actually quite a controversy over the fate of the prairie chicken in Kansas right now. If you can set aside an hour or two before or after the show, we'll discuss.

Richard:  Leave our readers with a blurb to convince them they absolutely must make it out to the Bottleneck on a Tuesday night to witness the sound and fury of Old Man Markley.

Katie: Punk bluegrass is the new Orange is the New Black. Come check it out! It's not as weird as you'd think. Let's all hang out and talk about music and beer and have some good old fashioned fun! I'll bring extra peanuts. 


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Weekend Picks: Comedy; Tape Releases; "Guestsploitation"; No Man's Band; And More

If it's Thursday, you know it's time for cock-talk and tacos. Head to "Good Time" at the Replay this evening.  FB event page here.


Stick around late for a tape release show from LFK's Arc Flash and Ex Specter.  Also on the bill: KC's always-awesome Schwervon!!

(As always, we had to add an extra exclamation point because Schwervon! contains one already).

The FB event page is here.


Also tonight: Liberty Hall offers the second serving of their "Guestsploitation" series with Best In Show at 7:00.  Details here.


While carousing recently at the Replay, we met one of the ladies from LFK's all-female bluegrass outfit No Man's Band. She seemed delightful.  She wants us (and you!) to come to their show on the Bottleneck on Friday.  Details here.  Give them a "like" on FB here.  We're certain that the band in action will look exactly like the photo below.



And our friends from I Heart Local Music have a Jackpot showcase show on Saturday with a nice triple bill of KC bands:  The Conquerors, Mat Shoare, and Rev Gusto.  Good poster too!  Visit the FB event page here.

That's all we've got for you, really.  What did we miss?