Posts filed under The Blind Engineer

Back On It

The Blind Engineer EP is out, today is Aug. 12, CCAD awaits, so I'm shifting back into non-summer mode. Boombox is playing some Times New Viking, Mark Lanegan and Isobel Campbell, Rae Sremmurd, and Frank Hutchison. My latest column is up at PopMatters re: Protomartyr's "The Devil in His Youth" and how it now seems like a song about Donald Trump. The Agent Intellect has been on replay in my car for the past three weeks. It's a great, great album.

Exciting news to announce pretty soon, but the biggest news in my life is that I'm getting married next month. Nothing will top that. If you're trying to contact me over the next month-plus, there's a good chance it'll take me awhile to get back to you.

Posted on August 12, 2016 and filed under News, Music Criticism, The Blind Engineer.

Blind Engineer This Friday

We're taking the stage again, this time Friday night, Feb. 26, at Cafe Bourbon Street opening for a great band out of Louisville, Dry Summers. Doors at 9, $5. Also w/a beamed gelling rose + undam and Faster Island. CBS is the best dive/rock bars in Columbus, and I mean that lovingly.

Check out Blind Engineer at Mingo Town Music. Like I said the other post, we recorded a bunch of songs just after the new year and we're working on getting them done. A handful of new songs, one or two we'll play Friday.

Posted on February 24, 2016 and filed under Music, The Blind Engineer.

Catching Up: Ties That Bind and More

My latest column at PopMatters is up: "Bruce Springsteen, 'The Ties That Bind,' the Working Class and Authenticity." Which pretty much explains what the column is about.

Also, I didn't post my previous column here. That one was part 2 of this series on working class music and focused on John Lennon's "Working Class Hero." Read it here.

In other news, The Blind Engineer went into the studio in early January. We came away with twelve songs recorded, five for an EP which is the top priority, the rest for a full album. With any luck they'll both be out in 2016. No titles yet.

A lot more going on behind the scenes but that's all the info for now.

 

Blind Engineer Shows and a Springsteen Review

The Blind Engineer has two shows coming up. I'm playing Friday Dec. 11 at the Mingo Town Music Acoustic Holiday Party, a five-hour extravaganza featuring pretty much all the artists on MTM: Harvest Kings, Heartbreak Orchestra, Devil Doves, Al Smyth's FBnCC, Apple Bottom Gang, Jake Follrod, and Jon Schaer. Eric and Jesse will join me, so it's a BE set without drums.

Next week we'll be heading down to Athens again to one of our favorite spots, Casa Nueva. Here's the show flyer, which is proof that I could never teach Photoshop or InDesign.

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Also, my review of the Bruce Springsteen box set The Ties That Bind is up at PopMatters. Had some leftovers from that but I'm saving them for the January column. The December column should be up sometime soon.

 

Updates: Ties That Bind, Blind Engineer and More

My new column is up at PopMatters here. "A Town Called Malice" takes a look at the state of working-class music from the US to the UK. As you might guess, it grew out of thinking about The Jam, one of my favs, after watching the recent documentary About the Young Idea. I hope this will be a series of articles about working-class music--what it is and where it's gone.

Later this week my band The Blind Engineer is playing the Mingo Town Music happy hour gig at the Shrunken Head. Friday the 13th, free cover, cheap drinks, and our bass player Eric Nassau will be pulling double-duty with a set of his own. He's great, and a great friend. Here's the Facebook event page.

Also later this week my review of Greil Marcus' two new books should be up at the Los Angeles Review of Books. I'll probably have some extra thoughts about that.

The PopMatters column has a live version of "Town Called Malice." Here's another:


The Blind Engineer Two-Day Tour

The Blind Engineer is headed out on the road for a whirlwind two-day tour of the central/southeastern corridor of the state. Exotic! The jet's in the shop so we'll have to drive. Full band with Bill Heingartner, Jesse Charles and Mr. Eric Nassau fresh off his tour.

THURSDAY AUG. 27: Casa Nueva, Athens, Ohio // Opening for The Heartlanders + DJ Barticus + DJ Wet Ditch // $3 cover // 10PM // In all seriousness, we're up for this show since it's our first outside of Columbus and Athens is always a good time. The Wells always had great shows at Casa and The Union. If you're headed out, check out the event page here.

FRIDAY AUG. 28: Big Room Bar, Columbus, Ohio // Opening for Electro Cult Circus and Cherry Chrome // ALL AGES, $5 cover ($7 under 21) // 8PM Door, 9PM Show // Affiliated with CD 102.5, the BRB just opened. Check out Cherry Chrome's great single "Velvet"! And if you're joining us, say you will here.

Here's the map we'll be using for our trek.


Posted on August 25, 2015 and filed under Music, News, The Blind Engineer.

The Blind Engineer Heads to Athens

UPCOMING SHOW ALERT: The Blind Engineer will play in Athens, OH on Thursday, August 27 at Casa Nueva with The Heartlanders. Expect a low-cost door and good beer. Athens has always been one of my favorite places to play. The Wells had a handful of excellent shows there. This will be the first time the blindengineer has played down south. Full band, with Eric Nassau coming off his August tour and meeting us at the Cantina.

Posted on August 13, 2015 and filed under The Blind Engineer, News, Music.

The Blind Engineer at Rumba Cafe

My band The Blind Engineer returns to the stage this Saturday, July 25 at the Rumba Cafe in support of Kevin Collins' CD release show. He's got a great new album called Ohio Town which you can check out here. Kevin is in the Mingo Town Music family--here's his page--and formerly fronted The Lost Revival.

Also on the bill are Devil Doves and Sunrise Reset. Show's at 9pm. We've got some new songs to try out.



The Blind Engineer Strikes Again

I'll be playing as The Blind Engineer once again on Wednesday, March 18 at The Tree Bar here in Columbus, opening for Evening River Band out of Philly. Despite their awesome logo (a version of which is below) they're not a death-metal band, but rather a kick-ass rock band. 9pm, 21+, $5.

Tell us you're coming on Facebook. Eric Nassau once again on bass, Bill on the drums. It's spring break, so bring your lotion.

Tree Bar (formerly Andyman's Treehouse)

Posted on March 11, 2015 and filed under News, Music, The Blind Engineer.