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Vampire Weekend at Bernies at Mayday Bar, Cincinnati

Vampire Weekend at Bernies at Mayday Bar, Cincinnati

Apr 11, 2014 – I didn’t come to this show expecting anything in particular. I had never been to the Mayday Bar in Cincinnati and I was impressed by the multiple rooms and small fire pits scattered about the establishment. There were maybe thirty people lumbering around the joint this particular evening. Early on I was introduced to one of them, a boyish looking man named Steven whom other than being a nice guy I had zero inclination of the creative beast of genius lurking inside of him that would soon be unleashed apon myself and the other scattered drinkers.

He goes by the name of Vampire Weekend at Bernie’s and he has balls of steel. He comes out wrapped in plastic and covering his junk with a self made codpiece of tape hiding his boxer briefs.

Vampire Weekend at Bernies at Mayday Bar, Cincinnati

Vampire Weekend at Bernies at Mayday Bar, Cincinnati

He was also sporting a red bra and within the first few moments of his short songs comprised of quick and simple sampled bests you know you are in for something special. His songs are comprised of singing about his ‘Cock and Balls’ ‘ Abortions’ ‘Drinking and Fucking’ and any other subject he wants to bestow upon his bewildered yet highly entertained audience. He schtick was the only act of the evening that pulled the whole crowd inside the performance room. Long story short.. It was performance art genius. At one point he gives out his actual phone number (which is 1 513 739 3837 in case you want to have sex with the young man or book him at your bat mitzvah).

As he humped at the crowd, gyrated and staggered around slowly tearing away his clothing you could feel the electricity in the room. People were starting to cheer and pump their fists to his infectious beats and fearless bravado.

You see on his face that is highlighted with a small child molester type moustache and eyes that are vaguely playful yet daring in a strangely Andy Kaufmanesque way, that the young artist is just as intrigued and excited about what he’s going to do next as the audience. Punk rock is not dead.. It just mutated into this new firm of daring art. He ends his set by having audience members throw eggs at him and each other (much to the chagrin of the disgruntled drummer in the band  after him that looked as though he were going to kill him for getting egg on his set).

Do yourself a favor and come check out VW@B’s set in Columbus Ohio at Erotic N Roll 11 @ Victorys Live on June 7th. It will change your life.

Vampire Weekend at Bernie’s can be found on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/VampireWeekendAtBernies

– Oddfellow

Mar 8, 2013 – I went to the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio to watch one of my favorite new bands, Tame Impala from Perth, Australia. I had two big fat beers in me, and was sitting up in the balcony with my girlfriend by the time they started the packed sold out show. I was expecting a lot and was not disappointed in the least.

Tame Impala at Newport Music Hall

Tame Impala at Newport Music Hall

The band started back in 2007 and is mainly the brainchild of singer songwriter Kevin Parker. The first thing I noticed about this band, when a friend turned me onto the song “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” a few months back, was just how eerily his vocal style resembled that of John Lennon, my hands down favorite musician and person of all time. Since noticing this, I realize everyone agrees… in many articles, if not all of them, they equate his reedy nasally high pitch to that of the Walrus. It’s as if Lennon decided to come back to us through the vehicle of Parker and start a psychedelic, prog-rock band. At least that’s what I like to believe anyway.

The crowd exploded into a frenzy as the band started into a cutting and perfect version of the loner’s anthem for its generation “Solitude is Bliss” to kick off the show. One of my favorite songs with the lyrics, ‘There’s a party inside my head and no one is invited.’ The chorus is a killer too, ‘You will never compare with how I feel!’ delivered in that cool and chilling doppelganger tone of a bygone time, that is maybe not that far away after all. This song hits you right where you want to be hit… NEED to be hit by a tune. By the time they ended the song I swore the air had left the room, causing the young yet mixed aged crowd to heave a collective gasp.

Kevin Parker wrote and recorded all of the material for both albums, the debut Innerspeaker from 2010, and this year Lonerism. I don’t know much about the people he has playing these songs live but I can tell you the drummer was a wizard. His sticks were flying so fast and precisely that it was hard to believe at times.

Probably my favorite song “Apocalypse Dreams” came next and then they performed “Be Above it.” In between the well-executed and brilliant tunes they would sometimes go into spacey little jams that served to build up your anticipation before another powerhouse tripped out masterpiece was served up to the hungry crowd once more.

Tame Impala at Newport Music Hall

Tame Impala at Newport Music Hall

There was “Elephant” The radio hit… Then probably my second favorite song “Why won’t you make up your mind?” which dishes out this amazing keyboard synth part that massaged the lobes of my drunken brain and lifted me to a higher level then I could explain with words. My girlfriend and I were blown away. This band was somehow perfect. They dolled out a great version of another favorite, “Mind Mischief.”

Honestly I could rave on and on about this band, what this night felt like, the energy and the pleasures. I could pontificate about the magic that brings such young talented people together… How does one cosmic organism become a Nickleback, while another a Tame Impala? The acid soaked mind of an aging hipster reels. But alas, I have things to do… and to hear how GOOD a relationship is… our how much someone loves their favorite TV show… is just kind of… boring.

So do yourself a favor and look up these songs! This band! This was one of the best shows I had ever seen in my 30 odd years. My only sadness is that they didn’t play “Lucidity.” I got to see them cheap this time around, but I feel like next time they are here it won’t be quite as easy to get tickets. These guys are the real deal and need to be seen to believe!

– Oddfellow

Feb 23, 2013 – Well I was in the King Avenue Five in Grandview Heights on a Saturday night at the local Pet Promise fundraiser show. There we five bands performing that night and I decided to review the one smack dab in the middle. They had the best spot of the evening with the crowd plump and fueled by the fresh intake of alcohol and festivities, which any bar rat worth his salt knows only takes a few hours to dwindle and become a sloppier merriment due to the same intake of alcohol.

The Jeffrey Truck Band at King Avenue Five

The Jeffrey Truck Band at King Avenue Five

After the initial set up of the band and a much needed bathroom break for myself. “Why in Gods name are the bathrooms located upstairs all alone in this bar?” My aging bladder kept asking. Oh well, I needed the workout, I suppose. The six-piece band known simply as The Jeffrey Truck Band took the stage. Nothing against the two acts before them, one being a South American blend of salsa and jazzy rock, the other being a somewhat silly two piece throwing out INXS and Kiesha acoustic covers, but the Jeffrey Truck Band kicked their asses and initially blew my mind, with their amazing Satana like style and awesome guitar licks.

The Jeffrey Truck Band at King Avenue Five

The Jeffrey Truck Band at King Avenue Five

I really wish I could tell you their names along with their instrumentation but their facebook page has yet to accept me as a friend as of the writing of this article, so my information on them is minimal. It doesn’t look like they play out all that often or have been together very long either, but they do have their poop together as a band. That first song of theirs titled “Sometimes I Drink,” knocked the rough and ready crowd on their asses and the piano player and lead guitarists were the main attraction for me.

The lead singer guy who had his head shaved bald wasn’t bad either, not remarkable vocals but he fit the tunes in a gravely and soulful sort of way. The people were up and dancing almost from the get go and it really didn’t stop.

The Jeffrey Truck Band at King Avenue Five

The Jeffrey Truck Band at King Avenue Five

I was definitely more of a fan of their originals, which I am very glad they had the intelligence to call out the names of before each one. Like  “Silence Grows,” and “Face the Crowd.” They executed the covers well enough but it seemed they brought the place down, a little in tempo. No biggie, just my preference was lying with the upbeat originals on this particular night. Maybe I was getting a little sloshy myself and just needed a pick me up.

Each musician played their parts well in the band and they were the highlight of the night for me. Their style didn’t stray much from the Neuvo Santana sound, but hey, why fix what isn’t broken. I do have to note that the extra acoustic guitarist that was playing off to the side didn’t seem to add much. He kind of seemed a trifle unnecessary, nothing against the guy, but maybe he could add in on a few vocals or step out of the way so they can feature the bass player a bit more, I dunno. But all in all my experience of The Jeffrey Truck Band was a plus… Now if I could just figure out which one was Jeffrey? Over and out.

The Jeffrey Truck Band can be found on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheJeffreyTruckBand

-Oddfellow