Sometimes the Bear Eats You Too: NMF 14 – Thursday

Sometimes the Bear Eats You Too is back and better than ever with three episodes from the 10th annual Nelsonville Music Festival! We begin with some of the great bands from Thursday night. This episode includes songs from D-Rays, unmonumental, Charles Walker and the Dynamites, Supernobody, Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas, Jason Isbell, and Saint Paul and the Broken Bones. You’ll also hear from some of the most influential names in Athens rock and roll: Scotty Hedrick, Brian Koscho, and Andrew Lampela. All that and the occasional quip from me, Kris P. Enjoy, and be sure to come back soon for more.

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Sometimes the Bear Eats You Too: NMF 14 – Friday

Jam-packed with more music than you can handle, it’s day two of the 2014 Nelsonville Music Festival. This episode features performances by Village of Spaces, Lily and Madeline, Shaky Graves, (Aquabear County Fair 2014 artist) WV White, Grupo Fantasma, Steve Gunn, Quilt, The Total Blam Blams, Kurt Vile, Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Dinosaur Jr, and The Men. We also have some brief interviews with the mama who’ll cause you trauma Emily Prince, the foreign legionnaire Rick Dodgson, and everyone’s favorite Tim Peacock. This date was perhaps the most rockin’ day in NMF history. Have fun, and come back again for our final festival roundup episode.

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Sometimes the Bear Eats You Too: NMF 14 – Saturday & Sunday

Dealing with a bit of festival fatigue, a flat tire, and a fair amount of driving, I didn’t capture as much of the last two days of this year’s Nelsonville Music Festival as I wanted. Nevertheless, there is gold to be heard here. Crank this episode to hear sets from Motel Beds, Lucius, The No BS Brass Band, Saint Rich, Hiss Golden Messenger, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Valerie June, more Wooden Indian Burial Ground, and Shovels and Rope. You’ll also hear more from Andrew, Scotty, AJ’s beard, and Snowville Creamery’s own Warren Taylor. What more could you ask for? Songs from more bands probably. Maybe next year. Until then, enjoy the music. I’ll see you at the Aquabear Legion Pancake Breakfast and County Fair!

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Sometimes The Bear Eats You Too: NMF13 Sunday

“It’s finally here! Highlights from the final day of this year’s Nelsonville Music Festival await your ears only at aquabearlegion.com. This episode features Supernobody, Jerry David Decicca, Field Report and Cotton Jones. Special thanks to Warren Taylor for the interview and Brian Wiebe for all of his help and recording expertise. Enjoy!”

Sometimes The Bear Eats You Too: NMF13 Sunday

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Sometimes The Bear Eats You Too: NMF13 Saturday

NMF-mural-2Two days down and two to go! That can only mean one thing. It’s time for the penultimate episode. STBEYtoo returns with highlight’s fromSaturday at this year’s Nelsonville Music Festival. We kick things off with songs from You Black Kettle, The Flying Clouds of South Caroline, Athens’ own Wheels on Fire, and Cotton Jones. This one ends strong with three great Ohio acts. Sundresses, County Pharaohs, and Wussy wrap the wet night up. Enjoy, and check back soon for the final episode featuring bands from the 2013 Nelsonville Music Festival. And to those artists who didn’t sign their release forms, get on it next year!

Sometimes The Bear Eats You Too: NMF13 Friday

Highlights from Friday night of the 2013 Nelsonville Music Festival are here and ready for the listening! This episode features Catherine MacLellan, Leah Nairn, Michael Hurley, JD Hutchison, The Hiders, Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer, Nick Tolford & Company, William Tyler, Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Adam Remnant, Endless Boogie, Screaming Females, and Reigning Sound. That’s a metric butt load of music for the low, low price of absolutely nothing. Enjoy!

Sometimes the Bear Eats You Too: NMF13 Thursday

Sometimes The Bear Eats You Too returns with coverage of the 2013 Nelsonville Music Festival! Thursday focused heavily on Athens bands with performances by JJ Reed, Unmonumental, Chris Biester, Hex Net, Weedghost, D-Rays and Makebelieves! Out of towners Old Light and Los Hacheros join the fun as well. Check back soon for highlights from the rest of the weekend’s activities.

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Matt Presutti & Weedghost

Last week, Matt Presutti (The Makebelieves, The Snails, Transmissions from Moonbase Alpha) earned his MFA in print making from the University of South Dakota in the lovely little town of Vermillion, SD. He kindly invited Aquabear Legionnaires Weedghost to provide musical accompaniment to his gallery opening entitled “Locus Nocturna: A History of Curiosity” at LumoStudios & Gallery on Friday, April 26th. Weedghost’s drones were the perfect match to Presutti’s explorations of fact, myth, and unexplained phenomena. Our time spent in Vermillion was filled with old and new friends, beautiful scenery, Hamm’s, Ice Hole, pinball, gamelan, transcribing, the biggest pork chops we’ve ever seen, a mustachioed cat, radioactive Catholics, and one Egyptian assault rifle. Please enjoy the pictures.

Sometimes The Bear Eats You Too: Rockstar Pro Wrestling

logoSometimes the Bear Eats You Too is back and better than ever!  This time we’re focusing entirely on Dayton’s own independent professional wrestling promotion, Rockstar Pro Wrestling. I spoke with the man known simply as Michael and The Great American Beast in Rockstar Pro Arena at 1106 East 3rd Street in Dayton. We talked at length about the indie pro wrestling circuit, the challenges of training under Cody Hawk, fan involvement, music, and more. Check out Rockstar on Friday, January 18th at 7:00 PM for the Mesh vs Flesh Steel Cage Match between the undefeated “Relentless” Ron Mathis and Cody Hawk, “Dark Star” Matt Taylor vs “Shogun” Aaron Williams in an I Quit Match, former tag team partners C. Dub and Gee Gee battle in a Punk Rock is Dead Match, plus much more! February brings an all-ages Battle of the Bands plus a screening of Nigel McGuinness’ documentary. Check out rockstarprowrestling.com for more information.

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Sometimes The Bear Eats You Too: Rockstar Pro Wrestling

Sometimes the Bear Eats You: Episode 007

Sometimes the Bear Eats You: Episode 007

Wooo! Sometimes the Bear Eats You is back and shooting from the hip with episode 007. Join Noah, Kris, and bonus host Brian for our extra special season one retrospective. We’ll look back at some of our favorite moments from our first season, play some tunes, and get some valuable input from our favorite fellow podcaster. What else can you expect? The Angry Ohioan vents his furor. Brian shares some big Aquabear-related news. A brand new podcast is announced. We play Who Would Win? Three exclusive tracks are shared with the internet. All that and more awaits you in this episode of Sometimes the Bear Eats You! Also, remember to keep an eye out for the latest episode of The Moose is Loose coming soon to aquabearlegion.com!

This episode’s music includes “Full Blown AIDS” by Hutz, “The Hornet & the Velodrome” by Piano & Elektron, “16 Beat Left Wing Supreme” by Casiotone Orchestra, and “She’s not allergic to dicks” by Weedghost.

Sometimes the Bear Eats You Too: 2012 Nelsonville Music Festival – Saturday

Nelsonville Music Festival 2012 – Day 3

We’re back again with another STBEY Too from the Nelsonville Music Festival. This is the last episode we recorded at the fest this year, as Sunday was a day for recovery rather than recording. Sorry about that. I got lazy. Anyway, check out some incredible music from Hunnabee & the Sandy Tar Boys, Sport Fishing USA, Michael Hurley, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Hope for Agoldensummer, Mucca Pazza, Wheels on Fire, Roky Erickson, and Greg Ashley Band! Music!

Sometimes the Bear Eats You Too: 2012 Nelsonville Music Festival – Friday

Nelsonville Music Festival 2012 – Day 2

This episode of Sometimes the Bear Eats You Too features music from many of the bands that performed on Friday of this year’s Nelsonville Music Festival. Freak out to the groovy sounds of Those Darlins, The D-Rays, Chris Biester, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Woody Pines, Adam & Jesse Remnant, Charles Bradley, The Makebelieves, and Dayton, Ohio’s own beloved Guided by Voices! We’re not done yet. There’s more coming.

Sometimes the Bear Eats You Too: Keith Freund Interview

Sheesh. It’s been a while, but Noah and Kris are back with more Sometimes the Bear Eats You Too for you to enjoy and/or despise. This time around we look ahead to the upcoming Nelsonville Music Festival and gaze back at an extended interview with Akron’s Keith Freund. Give it a listen, and leave a comment. Also, be sure to come back to aquabearlegion.com throughout the weekend for our super special Nelsonville Music Festival episodes of Sometimes the Bear Eats You Too. There will be interviews, hilarity and lots of music from the many performers to take the stage this year. See you back here real soon!

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Sometimes the Bear Eats You: Episode Six

“It’s time to ring in the new with yet another perfectly cromulent episode of Sometimes the Bear Eats You! Oh, what a year it will be. We’re bringing you all new podcast shenanigans like only Aquabearlegion.com can. Ohio-born music sensation Hutz bestows upon us a wonderful new theme song. Noah and Matthu watch a horror flick. Freddy murders some teens. Kris chats about Akron with multi-instrument powerhouse Sean Djuricic of Interfuse, Tight Whips and National Suicide Day. Noah highlights some of his favorite Akron haunts. Kris talks to everyone’s favorite Foreign Legionnaire about his space rock opera’s debut and plans for future performances. Then the episode is pretty much done. Suck it, 2011. You’re dead to me now.

 

The songs featured in this episode are “Full Blown” by Hutz,  “I had to eat an entire joint because my wife is a horrible driver” by Concordia Discors, “My… That’s a Very Nice Handbag” by Interfuse, “Hessian Expressions” by The All Golden, “Song of Condemnation” by Rick Dodgson and “waistdeep in the meltdown” by Kid Panda Hands.”

 

 

Sometimes the Bear Eats You: Episode Five

Hello again, internet! We’ve missed you so. In this very special fifth episode of Sometimes the Bear Eats You we focus our undivided attention toward our great state’s capital city. That’s right! It’s all Columbus all the time. No foolin’ this time. Your hosts Noah and Kris discuss jam bands, White Castle and semen. Noah interviews the talented Josh James of Joshua P. James and the Paper Planes fame. Also, we introduce a new segment as The Angry Ohioan joins us for the first time with a bit of political commentary. All this and plenty of great tunes exclusively from Columbus-based bands. Don’t forget to post comments listing your top three places to eat in Columbus. Now get to listening!

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Sometimes the Bear Eats You: Episode Four

STBEY is back after a brief delay with a fourth episode that manages to be equal parts raucous and somber. This time we focus on Ohio’s current capital city, Columbus! Listen to the rockin’ sounds of Wheels on Fire (even though they’re from Athens), Super Desserts and Narrow and the Brights. Laugh at three goons as special guest Dave Obenour joins us to discuss one of Noah’s top ten favorite albums. Shake your head in despair as Kris fails to accurately describe how to make Noah’s signature drink: The Rolling DDT. You know what, here’s the recipe for everyone out there who wants to taste the magic.
Mix in a Pint Glass:
Ice (to taste)
3 shots of Vodka (or 3 fingers if you wanna get loco)
10 oz. of Tonic Water
Splash of Grape Soda (Welch’s, Crush, or a nice Dr. Brown’s)
1 shot of Grenadine
Mix with a swizzle stick, and garnish with a fresh orange slice.
Have a couple of those beasts, then listen to the podcast. I assume it’s much more enjoyable when one is three sheets to the wind. Click below to listen.

STBEY Too: Aquabear Legion Volume 4 CD Release Show

On June 11, 2011 the Aquabear Legion Volume 4 CD was unleashed upon an Athens, OH populous that was salivating for some unbelievably awesome home grown Ohio tunes. Their craving was satiated on that night by the two-disc, 38 band compilation of compilations. Now you, our faithful followers, can experience all of the magic of that evening at the Union. Ashley and Emily grew a little bit older. Seascapes, Black Owls, Scubadog and Weedghost performed memorable sets. Brian and Andrew got drunk and shouted at Todd’s digital recorder. Have fun, and be liberal with your comments!

STBEY Too: Aquabear Legion Volume 4 CD Release Show

Sometimes the Bear Eats You Too: 2011 Nelsonville Music Festival – Day 3

Groggy and muddy, I catch what I can without getting Todd’s handheld digital recorder too wet. I hope our listeners enjoy what we’ve posted. Next year will be even better!

Featuring: Y La Bamba, Chris Biester, Over the Rhine, Drakkar Sauna, Wanda Jackson, Neko Case

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Sometimes the Bear Eats You Too: 2011 Nelsonville Music Festival – Day 2

I awaken on the floor of Brian and Sherri’s hotel room (Thanks, you two!) to the sounds of someone retching in the room next door. Then, I record what I can before my second shuttle shift. I missed Yo La Tengo but managed to get some of The Flaming Lips for you.

Featuring: The Black Swans, Michael Hurley, Chris Biester, Jerry DeCicca, Sgt Dunbar & the Hobo Banned, Ned Oldham, Cheyenne Marie Mize, The Flaming Lips

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Sometimes the Bear Eats You Too: 2011 Nelsonville Music Festival – Day 1

I arrive at the NMF with Andrew and Mackenzie and capture what I can before hopping on one of the extended golf carts to shuttle festival goers between the campground and the Historic Village of Robbins Crossing.

Featuring: Weedghost, Hex Net, Justin Townes Earle, Whale Zombie, Drakkar Sauna

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Sometimes the Bear Eats You: Episode Three

We’re back with a bigger, badder, bolder episode three! Noah and Kris take on the Queen City in this edition of Sometimes the Bear Eats You (which we have affectionately dubbed STBEY and pronounce “stebby”). All questions, or at least the following four, will be answered. Who won Noah’s exclusive loop tape by correctly answering Episode Deux’s homework question? What is the all time greatest action flick one-liner? Who would win in a battle of the Collinses? What happened with the whole Kickstarter fundraising campaign? We also play some great tunes from Cincy bands and interview The Joint Chiefs of Rap’s Big Man. Ha ha! Be sure to grab the Joint Chiefs album for free right here. It’s free, dammit. The Aquabear loves free music!

Sometimes the Bear Eats You: Episode Three

Sometimes the Bear Eats You: Episode Deux

We’re back! With two times the excitement and 7/8 the fun, Sometimes the Bear Eats You returns with Episode Deux! This time Noah and Kris look back longingly on their first project together, respond to listener comments, assign more homework, talk about Cleveland and more. Most importantly, we spread the word about the Aqueabear Legion Volume 4 compilation and fundraising through Kickstarter.com! Supporters have already donated more than 2/3 of our $750 goal, but we still need your help. Kickstarter.com! Kickstarter.com! Go! Go! Go! Now! Now! Now! Then come back here and listen to the podcast:
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Sometimes the Bear Eats You: Episode One

Howdy, Aquabear Legionnaires! Please enjoy this, the very first Aquabear Legion podcast. Your hosts Noah Andrews and Kris Poland give it their all as they struggle to name the podcast, take you on an abridged journey through Athens music history (1997-present), and get excited for both the County Fair and the Nelsonville Music Festival. Rock out to some of our favorite Aquabear bands and listen to two thirty-year-olds butcher the English language. Good times await when you click the link below.

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RECORD REVIEW: Whale Zombie – Whale Zombie LP

The guys in Whale Zombie know what they’re doing. They’ve crafted a sound and persona that borrows from numerous characteristics of pop rock history while somehow maintaining an identity that’s all their own. Playing with the vigor of a bunch of teenagers who just bought their first battered secondhand instruments and the finesse of seasoned veterans, Whale Zombie have constructed a solid offering with the debut of their first full-length album. Musical genres are thrown in a blender throughout, but this is accomplished in a way that never jars the listener or upsets its own flow. This is, in part, because the fuzzy, lo-fi aesthetic is one of a few rare elements that remains constant. Add to that quality song writing and skillful playing, and there’s little fault to be found within these 35 minutes of throwback surfy psychedelia.

Any number of Whale Zombie’s songs could be equally at home in a Nuggets compilation or on the iPod of a hungover OU underclassman. It’s apparent that they like to screw around with pedals, which will always earn high praise from me. Still, that never really prevents them from writing some truly catchy, rocking tunes. Some of my favorite tracks are the raucous “Ridin’ the Wave” with it’s singalong melodies, “Battle for Middle Earth”, an instrumental ditty that shakes the walls with its thundering chorus and sprint to a false finish and the wonderfully sludgy “Demons”.

Ultimately, any album review can be boiled down to one simple question: is it worth a listen? In this case, the answer is a clear and resounding “yes.” Check out their Myspace, Facebook and Bandcamp presences for information and downloads. Their label, Dark Circle Records, also has a site, but it seems to be in its infancy as this is being written. Whale Zombie might not be everyone’s cup of tea, nevertheless there is plenty in there for fans of surf rock, psychedelic freak outs, retro pop, heavy instrumentals and Final Fantasy IX to enjoy. Just watch out for the Ultra Sound Wave! That shit can fuck up your entire party.

Buy: Whale Zombie LP

RECORD REVIEW: Megachurch – Megachurch

“Holy shit! These guys are fucking awesome!” That was how I responded when I first saw Megachurch play live at last year’s Aquabear County Fair. That exact same reaction held true when I first heard this album. Their music is a punch to the gut. It hurts a little bit, but it makes you feel like more of a man (or woman) afterward.

Megachurch offers up the soundtrack to the end of days with driving, gigantic drums and a duo of talented bassists. The only vocals to be heard are samples from numerous preachers speaking the gospel to throngs of adoring followers. Plus, it’s all recorded and mixed so masterfully that you’ll feel as if you’re sitting in Ted Haggard’s congregation just as the floor cracks open and hell’s legions drag him down into the abyss. Through a mere six songs, Megachurch rocks out more than most bands can accomplish in their entire careers. Let’s break it down track by track. Continue reading “RECORD REVIEW: Megachurch – Megachurch”