6 Bs and a P – The Terrible Hole – Episode 67

Sorry it’s been so long. The Browns gave up and so did we for a bit, but we are back now and that is all that matters. The Browns may be 0-12 but the 6b1p crew give you a solid hour of funny non-Browns things and accidental forward thinking analysis. Brian, Ian, and Wiebe missed some important weeks: Trump is gonna be the president next year and Cleveland lost the World Series. They cover such questions as: What is the coldest you have ever been? Are there any good players on this team? Does Jordan Cameron listen to the Wu-Tang Clan? Take a listen and tell your friends… Go Browns!

THE UNION OPENING WEEKEND!!!

WEDNESDAY MAY 25TH 5PM (FREE SHOW)

Water Witches -12:30
Hex Net – 11:30
Blond – 10:30
Summoners – 9:30
Dj Barticus – 8:30

THURSDAY MAY 26TH 5PM (FREE SHOW)
Hellnaw -12:30
Weird Science -11:30
Slackluster -10:30
Dysfunktional Family -9:30
Dune – 8:30
Unmonumental – 7:30

FRIDAY MAY 27TH 8PM ($5 cover)
Watch Them Rot – 12:30
Rogues – 11:30
Bless The Child – 10:30
Under The Combine – 9:30

SATURDAY MAY 28TH 8PM ($5 cover)
The D-Rays – 12:30
The Snails – 11:30
Blam Blams – 10:30
S.W. Hedrick – 9:30

Downstairs doors open at 5PM (Wed.-Sat.)
The Union will be closed Sunday May 29th.

6 Bs and a P: Johnny’s Grounded (Episode #63)

Listen Now: 6 Bs and a P: Johnny’s Grounded (Episode #63)

The Browns lose again, for the sixth time in a row and fall to 2-9 (2-10 after a loss to the Bengals by time this episode gets published) after a heart wrenching last second defeat on a blocked field goal that was ran back for a touchdown. Ugh. Brian, Kris, and Ian discuss the game for a bit, a famous Brown of Browns history, make fun of the Ravens, and try to find some funny things to talk about. Go Panthers!

6 Bs and a P: Videos Can Be a Lot of Things (Episode 62)

6 Bs and a P: Videos Can Be A Lot of Things (Episode 62)

It’s a bye week and somehow the Browns still lose. Manziel goes from starting QB to 3rd stringer for partyin’ (this got released right after this episode that he got demoted), and the 6b1p crew discusses everything from the Steelers loss, Michael Dean Perry, Bernie’s restaurant, Warhammer, and Thanksgiving. The Browns currently have the #1 pick though! So that is something, right? Go Browns!

6 Bs and a P: The Dave Demographic (Season 4, Episode 9)

6 Bs ad a P: The Dave Demographic (Season 4, Episode 9):

Browns… wait for it… lose. This time on Thursday night to the now 8-0 Bengals. Wiebe became a dad this week, congrats to him and Michelle! So as a replacement we have taken in one of key demographics, Dave Obenour. Dave, Kris, Ian, and Brian discuss the QB controversy, what there is to look forward to, put Dave on the hostseat, and even hang out with Don Pardo. And most importantly the 6b1p panel talks about whether the savior of this franchise could indeed be one Bernard Kosar. Go Browns!

6 Bs and a P: A Lot Like Krang (Season 4, Episode 8)

6 Bs and a P: A Lot Like Krang (Season 4, Episode 8):

Browns… LOSE. To the Cardinals last Sunday (hey, we are trying to catch up and this week was on Thursday, give us a break!) in one of the worst second half performances of the year, or maybe ever. They were winning for a bit but then that stopped. A quick discussion follows with Brian, Kris, and Ian while Wiebe awaits a child in Chicago. The group talks about Farmer’s press conference, Johnny Football, museum exhibits, misspoken Outkast lyrics, and what things might actually make watching the rest of the year bearable. Look for the Bengals/Thursday night game episode sometime next week, and hey at least we aren’t Lions fans right?

6 Bs and a P: Closest Geographic Team (Season 4, Episode 7)

Listen: 6 Bs and a P: Closest Geographic Team (Season 4, Episode 7)


Browns lose. Again. This one is a little late (this episode is the Rams game) but they lost this past Sunday too, so either way it works. Randy joins the crew to talk about all sorts of things including college football, why the Bengals are better at Ohio football, Johnny football, Wiebe running into R. Kelly, why they like the Rams even though they just beat the Browns, and a whole lot more. Take a listen, despite the terrible football being played by the Browns this episode is pretty funny.

6 Bs and a P: Brownbaggin’ Roast Beef (Season 4, Episode 6)

6 Bs and a P: Barnidge at the Movies (Season 4, Episode 6)

The Browns lose a heartbreaker to the undefeated Denver Broncos in OT 26-23, looking a lot more like the Browns than last week but still a hard one nonetheless. Brian, Kris, and Wiebe discuss how Wiebe might become a father live on-air, Josh McCown, Gary Barnidge’s movie reviews, luck, Joe Jurevicius’ new career, and Joe “Turkey” Jones. There’s no Ian, though, Wiebe is here even though at any moment his wife would go into labor and bring a new being into the world that would be their child, but Ian couldn’t make it. Can Bernie Kosar save Johnny Football’s soul?

 

6 Bs and a P: The Meat of the Ham (Season 4, Episode 5)

Ha!

Listen to 6 Bs and a P: The Meat of the Ham (Season 4, Episode 5)

Sorry this one is a little late, in LAST week’s episode we celebrated a Browns win (spoiler alert: they ended up losing THIS past Sunday) with special guest Luke Edwards and covered topics ranging from why the Ravens are terrible, why the Browns are terrible, our hatred for our random teams, the Wu-Tang Clan, working on getting Ian to talk street, Luke comments on local news sites and more. But most importantly the Browns won and the Ravens lost. #konyhelpianmove2012

Aquabear County Fair 2015 is October 22-25 in Athens, Ohio

Our own little County Fair is really starting to grow up (sniff), this year marks it’s 9th birthday and we are celebrating October 22-25 in beautiful, scenic Athens, Ohio! Over 18 acts are playing over 4 days with 2 bar shows, 2 house shows, and a experimental music show at a record store. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22 at 8:00pm is the County Fair Kickoff at The Bat Lounge w/ Bad Luck (washington), Marina Peterson (athens), and Girl Colors (athens), please bring donations for the bands. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23 at 10:00pm is at Jackie O’s Public House with We March (athens), Kyle Sowashes (columbus), Palestras (cleveland), and Slackluster (athens) with a $5 cover. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24 at 6:00pm is the Nobrow Sound Series at Haffa’s Records with Pete Fosco (cincinnati), Tim Feeney (alabama), Weedghost (fairborn/athens), Nobrow.collective (athens), and bring a $7 donation for the bands. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24 at 10:30pm is a FREE show at Casa Cantina with Blam Blams (athens), The Bygones (columbus), Supernobody (athens), and Water Witches (athens). And we finish up on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25 at 4:00pm with a show at The Hen House with Dead Hand of Man (athens), Unmonumental (athens), Sardukar (athens), and Dead Winds of Summer (athens), bring some donations for the bands for that one. We’re gonna try to grill up some food too! There will be copies of the 2LP Aquabear Legion Volume 5 record for sale (only $20!) along with amazing limited edition Aquabear Legion screenprints from Charlie Touvell, and new t-shirts and sweatshirts too! See you all at the Fair.

Thursday, October 22nd at 8:00pm
Kickoff at The Bat Lounge – Donations
(e-mail contact@aquabearlegion.com for info)
Bad Luck (last), Marina Peterson (second), Girl Colors (first)

Friday, October 23rd at 10:00pm
Jackie O’s Public House (W. Union Street) – $5

10:00pm:   Slackluster
11:00pm:   Palestras
12:00am:   The Kyle Sowashes
1:00am:     We March

Saturday, October 24th at 10:30pm
Casa Cantina – FREE!

10:30pm:   Water Witches
11:15pm:   Supernobody
12:00am:   The Bygones
1:00am:     Blam Blams

Saturday, October 24th at 6:00pm
Haffa’s Records (15 W. Union Street) – $7 suggested donation

Tim Feeney, Pete Fosco, Weedghost, Nobrow.collective

Sunday, October 25th at 4:00pm
Aquabear-B-Q at The Hen House – Donations
(e-mail contact@aquabearlegion.com for info)

4:00pm:    Sardukar
5:00pm:    Dead Winds of Summer
5:15pm:    Unmonumental
6:00pm:    Dead Hand of Man

6 Bs and a P: Waiting For Austin Davis (Season 4, Episode 4)

Listen to 6 Bs and a P: Waiting For Austin Davis (Season 4, Episode 4)

The Browns lose… again. In an even more Brownsian way. The 6b1p crew discusses the bright spots, the terribly depressing spots, and all the mediocre spots inbetween. Is there any hope? Probably not with the combination of an underachieving defense and an offense that shouldn’t be playing this good but is still losing. The guys give their outlooks on topics for the rest of the season, look at some funny tweets, and you will even learn about an “Interesting Brown in Browns History” in our new segment. Go Browns?

6 Bs and a P: Paging Dr. Football (Season 4, Episode 2)

6 Bs and a P: Paging Dr. Football (Season 4, Episode 2)

Browns… lose. That’s 11 opening games in a row, 1-16 since their return in 1999. So, while not a surprise it still very much sucks. Was this the end of the Josh mcCown era in Cleveland? Will Jonathan Livingston Football continue to start the whole season? Will the Browns actually keep any draft picks beyond a year? Plus we put Ian on the hotseat (it’s his birthday), talk about Justin Gilbert throwing dip, and give updates on our other teams. Go Browns? Next week we are taking a bye week! See you after week 4.

6 Bs and a P: A Terrible Carousel, a Pre-Season Spectacular (Season 4, Episode 1)

LISTEN: 6 Bs and a P: A Terrible Carousel (Season 4, Episode 1)

It’s football time! Which means it is time for 6 Bs and a P here on Aquabear Legion. The crew does there best to remain positive in the face of continual terrible developments from the Cleveland Brows, but each one will admit their lack of excitement at some point in this hour on the terrible carousel. Ian has gone goth, Wiebe compares the 2015 Browns to the watching the movie Jurassic World, and Kris discusses the root of all problems possibly being a curse. Would Julio Jones turn into dust if he played for the Browns after shaking Pat Shurmur’s hand? Is Josh McCown a modern day Scott Bakula? Is Pete Carroll a 9/11 truther? And the 6b1p hosts all pick random secondary teams to root for so that there are other things to talk about besides the Browns. Go Browns!

Athens Community Music Festival is This Saturday!

This Saturday, August 15th is the 17th Athens Community Music Festival with 30 sets on 6 stages all around Athens, Ohio including Casa Cantina and both sides of Jackie O’s starting at 8pm, Donkey beginning at 7pm, and various ARTS/West 10th anniversary celebration events happening starting at 11am. Lots of great Athens music everywhere including J.D. Hutchison, The D-Rays, Weird Science, Hex Net, Supernobody, Blond, Water Witches, The Summoners, The Teardrops, The Bronzies, and more. $5 a venue or $8 for a pass for everything, the ARTS/West events are FREE, and all proceeds benefit The Gathering Place, ARTS/West, Athens Rock Camp for Girls and The Bryan Winland Memorial Arts & Music Scholarship.

2015 SCHEDULE:

CASA
8pm- Teardrops
9pm – Supernobody
10pm – Weird Science
11pm – Hex Net
12am – Unmonumental
1am – Water Witches

JACKIE Os (Public House)
8pm- Laura Nadeau
9pm- JD Hutchison
10pm- Summoners
11pm- Whole Hearted Halfwits
12am- Dad Arm
1am- Dysfunktional Family

JACKIE Os (Brewery side)
8pm- Touchy Feelys
9pm- Dox City
10pm- Bright At Night
11pm- Blond
12am- The Bronzies
1am- The D-Rays

DONKEY
(sets from 7pm-9pm)
Jason Weimer
Emily Jones
Alexa Gornall
Tony Xenos
Ampersand

ARTS/West (these events are FREE – no cover!)
Performance Space (upstairs):

11 am – 12 pm: Open House with refreshments

12 – 1 pm: Hot Dog eating contest sponsored by O’Betty’s

1 – 2 pm: OVST Summer Theater Camp performance

2 – 3 pm: Yang Miller’s Kids’ Digital films & Ellie Olin’s Belly Dancers

3 – 4 pm: SATB Choir performance

4 – 5 pm: Laura Nadeau

5 – 6 pm: Local teen band

6 – 7 pm: Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble

7 – 8 pm: Music with Charlie & Celia Lewis

8 – 9 pm: Music with the OU Jazz Ensemble

9 – 10 pm: Community Music Fest presents The Gatherers

Basement:

10:30 am – 12:30 pm: Open House with refreshments

12:30 – 1:30 pm: Cheryl Cesta offers a demonstration of Dakini Yoga

1:30 – 2:30 pm: Laura Nadeau presents family music

2:30 – 3:30 pm: Local band (name TBA)

3:30 – 4:30 pm: Belly Dance demonstration

4:30 – 5:30 pm: Music with Brian & Janice Evans

5:30 – 6:30 pm: TBA

6:30 – 7:30 pm: TBA

All Day: Refreshments; Archives in Room 8; Kid’s Activities in Room 6/7; Patty Mitchell and her balloon hats

ARTS/West 10th Anniversary All Weekend: Films by Brian Wiebe + Noise Show on Sunday

As if the 17th annual Athens Community Music Festival wasn’t enough, ARTS/West on the beautiful Westside of Athens, Ohio is celebrating 10 years this weekend with a whole slew of free events for the community on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! Aquabear is helping with the festivities on Sunday, August 16th from 4pm-7pm with a special screening of some films by longtime Legionnaire Brian Wiebe (Brian’s doing an Indiegogo campaign for his upcoming feature A Good Person, which you should give your money too, more info below) including a few videos made for fellow Athens ex-pat and current Austinite Adam Torres, a few short films, and a trailer and teaser for his upcoming feature A Good Person. After the films are done it’s time for a Noise Show “reunion” of sorts with a whole bunch of experimental and improv music from the folks who did that same thing for years at ARTS/West beginning in 2005. Music from Kid Panda Hands (rare reunion set), Dinner of Swords, Scott Hedrick, Aaron Michael Butler, Weedghost, and more plus poetry from Wendy McVicker and some dance too? And it’s a potluck, so bring some food to share, especially popsicles for Andrew.

Filmmaker Brian Wiebe and Aquabear go way back, like literally all the way back. Currently based out of Chicago, Wiebe was a resident of Athens and Yellow Springs for years, and the ‘Bear is excited to screen some of his amazing work. Right now, Brian is raising money on Indiegogo to help him submit his upcoming feature A Good Person to film festivals all around the world and help get this thing out there. You can get all sorts of great stuff for supporting the campaign including posters, DVD’s, and more and for ONLY $3 you can watch the film right on your device of choosing when it comes out.

Here’s a video for “Dusty Wing Spirit” by Adam Torres from Brian Wiebe:

STBEY TOO : NELSONVILLE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2015 : Sunday

STBEYtoo is back for a final time this year with day four of the 2015 Nelsonville Music Festival. Sunday always has a bit of a different vibe than the rest of the festival. Most everyone there is very tired, surprisingly positive, yet a bit melancholy about the festival coming to an end. It’s a bittersweet realization that with Monday comes a return to the so-called real world. Nevertheless, this year features a festival first in a Q&A session with the festival’s organizers. There’s also some great tunes by Tim Easton, My Bubba, Hurray for the Riff Raff, a bunch of Adam Torres, and more. The weather got a little windy, so beware of pops and crackles. What follows is a list of performers and how many minutes into the podcast you’ll find recordings from their sets. Consume the podcast in its entirety or skip ahead to your personal favorite. See you next year for festies with your besties!

Listen NMF15 : Sunday

Q&A with the Stuart’s Gang (1:10)
Tim Easton (57:53)
Adam Torres (1:01:49)
My Bubba (1:10:29)
Good English (1:11:18)
Adam Torres (1:18:10)
Hurray for the Riff Raff (1:36:47)
Noel Lee Haggard (1:40:17)

STBEY TOO : NELSONVILLE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2015 : Saturday

STBEYtoo is back again with day three of the 2015 Nelsonville Music Festival. Saturday was a great day featuring quite a bit of sonic variety. From the musical Padawans of Stuart’s after school bands to the legendary Bassholes to the wildly popular St. Vincent, this one has every musical taste covered. Wait. That’s a lie. Most musical tastes. Whatever. What follows is a list of performers and how many minutes into the podcast you’ll find recordings from their sets. Consume the podcast in its entirety or skip ahead to your personal favorite. Enjoy, and check back soon for the final installment of Sometimes the Bear Eats You too’s coverage of NMF 2015. It’s only available right here on your one source for force!

Listen : NMF15 : Saturday

Dreaming of Soap (1:12)
Aaron’s Little Mixer (5:31)
The D-Rays (15:56)
Adam Torres (21:28)
My Bubba (27:15)
Sarah Neufeld (32:58)
Mike Elliott (39:01)
Todd Burge (41:25)
Soddy Daisy (43:27)
San Fermin (48:26)
Bummers (51:50)
Michael Hurley (54:12)
Bassholes (1:00:25)
The Budos Band (1:05:54)
Natural Child (1:14:59)
Scott Hedrick (1:20:38)
Oblivians (1:26:55)
St. Vincent (1:29:08)
Moon Hooch (1:41:44)

STBEY TOO : NELSONVILLE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2015 : Friday

STBEYtoo is back with day two of the 2015 Nelsonville Music Festival. This one is jam packed with righteous tunes from beginning to end. So settle in, listen close, and enjoy both familiar favorites and some of the best bands you’ve never heard of. I believe it was Todd Jacops who suggested NMF’s motto should be, “Where you’ll find your next favorite band.” This collection of recordings truly proves the accuracy of that statement. From innovative high school students to grizzled music veterans, you’re guaranteed to find something that tickles your ear balls. What follows is a list of performers and how many minutes into the podcast you’ll find recordings from their sets. Consume the podcast in its entirety or skip ahead to your personal favorite. Listen early, and listen often.

NMF2015: Friday

Radio Falls (4:51)
The Society of Righteous and Harmonious Fists (8:25)
Chris Monday (28:35)
The Summoners (32:38)
Samantha Crain (46:01)
Bram Riddlebarger (50:30)
Michael Hurley (52:50)
Mandolin Orange (58:54)
Nathan and Brendan Moore (1:03:03)
Clarke and the Himselfs (1:08:53)
Ben Sollee (1:15:16)
Weird Science (1:20:57)
Good English (1:26:50)
Ryan Jewell and Riley Walker (1:30:41)
Connections (1:56:23)
Built to Spill (1:59:20)
Riley Walker (2:10:35)
The Flaming Lips (2:24:56)
Wooden Indian Burial Ground (2:32:10)

6 Bs and a P: 2015 Draft Super Edition

It's Draft Day! Well... it was a couple months back.
It’s Draft Day! Well… it was a couple months back.

6 Bs and a P: 2015 Draft Super Edition

It’s been almost two months since the 2015 NFL Draft, so that seems like the perfect time for Aquabear’s own Browns podcast to give its beloved brand of analysis. The 6b1p crew assembled to record this about a month ago, about a month after the draft and by this point most of us had seen the Kevin Costner classic Draft Day. The boys break down the Browns draft and even try to guess the majors of the newest Cleveland Browns, and of course there is some talk of the upcoming 2015 season too. Oh, and we can’t forget those new uniforms, we had to talk about that. Go Browns!

STBEY TOO : Nelsonville Music Festival 2015 : Thursday

Has it been a whole year since the last Sometimes the Bear Eats You too? Yes, it has. Has the Earth completed a single orbit around the Sun since the last Nelsonville Music Festival. Again, yes. That must mean that it’s time for Aquabear Legion presents Sometimes the Bear Eats You too’s coverage of the 2015 Nelsonville Music Festival! Yay! In this first installment, you’ll hear some of the great artist that kicked off the festival on Thursday night. What follows is a list of performers and how many minutes into the podcast you’ll find recordings from their sets. Consume the podcast in its entirety or skip ahead to your personal favorite. Enjoy, and keep Ohio weird!

NMF15: Thursday

Cory Branan (3:33)
Megan Wormz Bihn (6:22)
Dead Hand of Man (9:38)
Elephant Revival (15:57)
Speaking Suns (19:27)
Weedghost (23:21)
Trampled by Turtles (49:15)
Ezra Furman (53:30)

Ohio Bands at the 2015 Nelsonville Music Festival

Nelsonville Music Festival
NMF 2014 – photo by Scotty Hall

 

A bunch of Ohio bands are playing this weekend at the Nelsonville Music Festival (May 28th-31st). A few of them will also appear on this year’s Aquabear Legion Volume 5 Double LP. Don’t miss this amazing festival and all the great bands involved. Now in its 11th year.

Here’s a list of Ohio bands performing at the NMF15

* Connections – Columbus (Featured on ABL Vol. 5)
Good English – Dayton
Bummers – Columbus
* The D-Rays – Athens (Featured on ABL Vol. 5)
* Speaking Suns – Yellow Springs (Featured on ABL Vol. 5)
* Weird Science – Athens (Featured on ABL Vol. 5)
* Dead Hand Of Man – Athens (Featured on ABL Vol. 5)
The Summoners – Athens
The Wild Honeybees – Athens
Chris Biester – Athens
Ryan Jewell – Columbus
Scott Hedrick – Athens
Ben Stalets – Toledo
Mike Elliott – Athens
The Teardrops – Athens
Bram Riddlebarger – Athens
Chris Monday – Athens
Nathan & Brendan Moore – Athens
Megan Wormz Bihn – Athens
* Weedghost – Athens/Fairborn (Featured on ABL Vol. 5)
Stuart’s Afterschool Bands – Athens County
Heatwave Dance Party – Columbus
Dj Barticus – Athens
John E. Clift – Columbus

Honorary

Bassholes – Asheville, NC
Adam Torres – Austin, TX
Michael Hurley – Portland, OR

Aquabear presents Andrew Bryant, The Gunshy, + Mike Elliott at Donkey This Friday!

Andrew Bryant (of Water Liars) plays Friday night at Donkey with The Gunshy and Mike ElliottAquabear is putting on a great show this Friday, April 17th at Donkey Coffee at 17 W. Washington St. in Athens, Ohio! Oxford, Mississippi’s Andrew Bryant (of the amazing Water Liars) comes to town to play songs from his brand new album This is the Life and is joined by Chicago’s The Gunshy and Athens, Ohio’s own Mike Elliott. Show starts at 8:00pm and tickets are $5 in advance at Haffa’s Records in Uptown Athens or $6 at the door.

Bryant describes his own background this way, “I was born 34 years ago in Oxford, Mississippi, to a sawmill father and a church piano playing mother. One taught me how to work and the other how to sing, and I try to do both as much as possible. Maybe the work isn’t as backbreaking as it was for me when I was younger and maybe the songs have changed, but I learned a lot in those day about what it takes to keep going, to not give up. I learned how to sing when my soul was down. Now I find that I just can’t quit.” He has been making music his whole life but has released 6 solo albums (including this year’s beautiful record This is the Life which you can buy right here) and made a few more with his band Water Liars.

Whether alone or with a piecemeal band, Matt Arbogast has spent a good part of the last ten years on the road. His most recent effort Silent Songs is largely a reflection of his decision a few years ago to take a break from touring and, ultimately, to return. Silent Songs is The Gunshy’s first full-length record since 2007’s There’s No Love In This War. That record, based on letters Arbogast’s grandfather wrote to his grandmother during World War II, earned attention from quite a few folks. From Magnet and The Onion to a 45 minute interview on NPR’s The Story, the album was well received and seemed to stick with its listeners. Enough so that NPR did a follow up interview with Arbogast the following Memorial Day. Arbogast and company have shared stages with Elliott Smith, Andrew WK, Mountain Goats, Magnolia Electric Co., William Elliott Whitmore, Deer Tick, Lucero, Murder By Death, Langhorne Slim, Frank Turner, and many others.

Mike Elliott is one of Brian’s favorite songwriters in the world and a longtime supporter and lifetime Aquabear Legion member. Mike hails from Athens and plays out and puts out records with his band Supernobody that join an extensive catalog of solo albums. If you haven’t seen Mike play, you should. And if you have, then I hope to see you there anyway.

 

6 Bs and a P: Season 3 Wrap Up Spectacular

At least the Browns can't lose in the offseason! Oh wait...
At least the Browns can’t lose in the offseason! Oh wait…

6 Bs and a P: Getaway Stew: A Season 3 Finale Spectacular:

So we recording this awhile ago and you will figure that out based on multiple incorrect and out of date references. Nevertheless, the 6b1p crew returns in it’s full co-host form, like a Voltron that just gets drunk and complains instead of actually doing something. We cover the season, off season, hope, despair, and make an attempt at logical reasoning all while hosting some year end awards and several funny segments. Look for a draft special in the coming months and we will be back for Season 4 (if Aquabear renews our deal) in August. Until then you can find all of us in Dwayne Bowe jerseys talking about how we think Josh McCown has enough in the tank still in the right system. Go Browns!

Shilpa Ray at Smiling Skull This Saturday: An Aquabear Interview

Shilpa Ray
Shilpa Ray plays The Smiling Skull this Saturday, March 21 with Blam Blams and Dana

Our good friends over at Blackout our presenting a great show this Saturday, March 21st when Shilpa Ray comes to her “second home” of Athens, Ohio for a night of rock and roll. (attend on the facebook here) Shilpa is no stranger to Athens have played here many times over the years in various incarnations and she is heading back from a SXSW tour in promotion of a new EP (stream it here) and an upcoming full length, both put out by the fine folks at Northern Spy Records. In addition to singing backup vocals for Nick Cave and putting on some great records (including one on Cave’s own label) she has made time for new material including an EP of Lou Reed and Dinah Washington covers. We had a chance to talk with Shilpa while she was out on the road and thought we would share. Go this show.

Tickets are on sale in advance by clicking here! Blam Blams (athens) and Dana (columbus) will open the show.

AQUABEAR: You’ve been a staple in Athens music scene since the days of Beat the Devil and now for years as a solo artist and with the Happy Hookers, what makes Athens special for you?

SHILPA RAY: I’ve always loved the music scene there. It heavy on Rock n Roll and you down get that in Brooklyn much. I’ve also been adopted by various people in Athens so it really is like my second home.

AB: What’s your favorite Athens show memory? Or Ohio memory overall?
SR: There’s a few. Some are painful so I’ll stick the fun shallow ones instead. Let’s see… When Dirty Johnny of the Makebelieves dressed up as Curious George for Halloween and started rolling around stage with someone dressed as Snow White. That was visually stunning. Getting trapped in a snow storm. When our van broke down and we played as a CCR cover band to pay for the repairs. The after parties. ALWAYS the after parties

AB: Favorite Ohio band from over the years?
SR: The Makebelieves, Dropdead Sons, We March

AB:Tell us about the new LP, Last Year’s Savage.
SR: I wrote and recorded it through years of severe depression. It’s pretty raw and heavy.

AB: With the Make Up EP, what made you decide to release a cover EP? How did you select the songs?
SR: This is my story and I’m sticking to it: Make Up – I had an epiphany about this song when I was in Palermo around Christmas time after the Bad Seeds tour. Lou had died late October. I found out 10 minutes before I had to play solo before a sold out crowd at the Hammersmith Apollo in London. Needless to say his passing had a massive effect on me. He was my childhood hero. Europe was hard to grasp for me in a lot of ways. The culture, language barriers,the overload of dairy and ghettos of freshly placed refugees from countries, some I had never heard of before. I was exhausted and getting drunk outside a bar where you can get Marsala for a Euro, basically all I could afford. There were tons of kids dancing in the streets getting high and happy, when this stray yellow lab comes up to me and starts swaying back and forth. The song Make Up came on and I started swaying with the dog. It was one of those rare moments I felt alright.

What A Difference A Day Makes – We had decided to go to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame during a tour stop in Cleveland. I was pretty cynical about the whole thing and tour hadn’t been smooth. I had to send a dude home for being a brat in Kansas City among other places and was feeling pretty exposed as the bad guy. It was a stressful situation and trying to justify my actions in the passive aggressive world of music where no one’s making any money felt daunting. I separated myself from the group, the costumes, the Katy Perry and the Beyonce and hung out in the listening booth for hours. Dinah Washington came on and put every wannabe singer, myself included, to shame. What a voice! She draws her breath so long and never loses the listener. I had to challenge myself with this one. I hope I can sing like her someday.

AB: You are out on tour right now, are you debuting new material? If so what is it like to play those songs in front of audience after working on the album?
SR: Yes! It’s kind of freaky cause it’s never as tight as the rest of the set. It can be a mind fuck at times, to sing, play, remember and get judged all at the same time.

AB: What are you listening to right now?
SR: This very second? Chris Bell – I Am The Cosmos (editors note: hell yeah)

Make Up is available via Northern Spy Records!

Tour Dates:
3/17-3/19 Austin, TX —SXSW
3/20 Hot Springs, AK — VOV Festival
3/21 Athens, OH — Smiling Skull Saloon

We Did It! Aquabear Legion Volume 5 Double LP Coming Summer 2015!

A sneak peak (about half way done) of Charlie Touvell's artwork for the inside of the upcoming Aquabear Volume 5 double LP!
A sneak peak (about half way done) of Charlie Touvell’s artwork for the inside of the upcoming Aquabear Volume 5 double LP!

Wow. The Aquabear Legion would like to thank all of you who supported our recent project, a massive 24 band/song double LP release of all Ohio bands. With a pre-order and donation page through Indiegogo we raised 110% of our goal (and still have 5 days to go), an amazing $5,491 from 135 contributors. We still have a few days left to raise some more money and for you to pre-order your copy, plus there are awesome extras like colored vinyl, hoodies, and unbelievable limited edition prints from Charlie Touvell of the Aquabear fighting a sea creature (see the halfway done version above). Here’s the link, get your copy.

The songs are being mastered with Bernie Nau at Peachfork Studios down in Meigs County and artwork and layout is being finalized in the next week or so, we are hoping to scheduling a pressing and have everything ready to go to be sent out by the end of the month if not sooner! The plan now is to have this album out and ready to go in June 2015, we of course will keep everyone up to date as the schedule progresses.

Aquabear Legion Volume 5 will include music from 24 Ohio bands on 2 LPs:
The 1984 Draft, Black Owls, Connections, Dead Hand of Man, Dead Winds of Summer, The D-Rays, The Guitars, Herzog, Hookers Made Out of Cocaine, Hyrrokkin, Joseph Airport, Kid Tested, The Kyle Sowashes, The Motel Beds, Murderedman, Nick Tolford & Company, She Bears, Speaking Suns, Sport Fishing USA, Supernobody, Unmonumental, Weedghost, Weird Science, and WV White.

Putting this record out means an awful lot to Aquabear and we could not be more excited to share it with you all. Help us spread the work and share this link, just 5 days to go!

Aquabear 2LP Track List, Support and Pre-Order Now

ABLV-Cover-Back-webTo celebrate our 10th birthday the Aquabear decided to release a double LP featuring 24 Ohio bands and set up an Indiegogo page to collect pre-orders and support to help make it happen. The Aquabear is thrilled to be at 56% of our goal with 34 days remaining and a total of $2801 of $5000 raised! Thanks to all who have supported this project, so far 68 of you have directly contributed to making this thing happen. You are awesome.We need to keep spreading the word to reach our goal, there is still a lot more to go. If you can share this link, and tell anyone you think might like two records of Ohio music we would be thankful. Look for some sketches from Charlie of the liner note art (that will become the awesome limited edition prints that start at the $75 level w/ a record) coming soon.

Below is the track order for the compilation, it’s subject to change of course but it is a really good sequence so it probably won’t. Share the link and support an awesome project.

AQUABEAR LEGION 2015

SIDE A
Joseph Airport  “If I Had An Airplane (I’d Be There)”*
Herzog  “Oh No”
Sport Fishing USA  “Feeling So Strange”*
Connections  “Everybody High”*
Supernobody  “Quicker Than the Eye”*
Weedghost  “Excerpt from I”

SIDE B
WV White  “Multiple Bathrooms”
Motel Beds  “Stay Out of Riverdale”*
Unmonumental  “Sword”*
The D-Rays  “High Tide”*
The Guitars  “She’s Got Your Heart”
Nick Tolford & Company  “Cancel Your Plans”

SIDE C
Weird Science  “Gimmie Some Time”*
Kid Tested  “#1 Hit”
Hyrrokkin  “Astrionics”
Murderedman  “Love Under Ground”*
The Kyle Sowashes  “A Faster Asshole”*
Dead Winds of Summer  “He’s Gone Man”*

SIDE D
Dead Hand of Man  “Dark Invader”*
Hookers Made Out of Cocaine  “Milky Way”*
Speaking Suns  “Sleeper”
She Bears  “Beach Fires”
Black Owls  “Whorehouse Joke”*
The 1984 Draft  “Scarlet & Cream”

*currently unreleased and exclusive to the comp

Are You in the Aquabear 125? Support & Pre-Order a Double LP of 24 Ohio Bands

Aquabear 2015 will feature 24 Ohio bands on 2 LPs, donate now and spread the word! (cover art painting by Emily Beveridge)
Aquabear 2015 will feature 24 Ohio bands on 2 LPs, donate now and spread the word! (cover art painting by Emily Beveridge)

To celebrate our 10th birthday Aquabear Legion wanted to release a double LP vinyl compilation of 24 Ohio bands, but we need your support. To fund the release of this compilation Aquabear has set up an Indiegogo page where you can pre-order your copy of the double LP release along with a lot of awesome extras. In less than 2 weeks we have raised 25% of our goal from 32 contributors, but there is still a long way to go. We think we need around 125 people to support this release and reach our goal, are you one of the Aquabear 125? You can directly support the release of this compilation buy pre-ordering your copy and donating now. In addition to the record you can get lots of great extras including limited edition prints by Charlie Touvell (based on the art for the liner notes), colored vinyl, hoodies, t-shirts, and even a new perk: a show from Dayton’s The 1984 Draft (at the appropriate level of $84). We must reach our $5,000 goal by February 13th and currently have $1,235 raised.

We are looking for everyone out there who loves Ohio music, records, and independent rock and roll. Please share this link and help us spread the word, give whatever you can, and tell friends, family, and music lovers in your life.

Aquabear 2015 will include music from 24 Ohio bands on 2 LPs:
The 1984 Draft, Black Owls, Connections, Dead Hand of Man, Dead Winds of Summer, The D-Rays, The Guitars, Herzog, Hookers Made Out of Cocaine, Hyrrokkin, Joseph Airport, Kid Tested, The Kyle Sowashes, The Motel Beds, Murderedman, Nick Tolford & Company, She Bears, Speaking Suns, Sport Fishing USA, Supernobody, Unmonumental, Weedghost, Weird Science, and WV White.

The Aquabear Legion would like to thank our 32 contributors so far for this project, you guys are the best:
Brian Wiebe, David Massimini, Leslie Jankowski, Dave Frush, Sherri Oliver, Carl Raponi, Bill L’Heureux, Chris Pyle, Scott Summerfield, J.R. Fisher, David Butler, Ben Penry, Matthew Cutter, Heath Seifert, Dan Majesky, Arielle Banaszak, Dustin Cell, Eli Alban, Sean Redefer, Mike White, Jessy Lancaster, Michael Bart, Anonymous, Randy Demidovich, Darren Fox, Suzanne Sloo, Blue Eagle Music, Bobby Rosenstock, Jadey Gilmore, Bryan Gibson, Ken & Pam Koscho, and Luke Edwards

6 Bs and a P: The Butt Runs, Not the Football Runs (Season 3, Episode 15)

That;s about right.
That’s about right.

6 Bs and a P: The Butt Runs, Not the Football Runs (Season 3, Episode 15)

Man, the Browns are not very good. From 6-3 to now 7-8 with a loss to the Panthers (who are also not very good), the playoffs seem but a distant fever dream. The 6b1p crew (Brian, Kris, and Sherri) do a quick holiday show where the discussion covers the game, the season, cakes, tweets, being different, and the Solstice. Happy birthday Kris Poland and Dr. James Be! One more this season, with a chance to go to 8-8 and knock the Ravens out of the playoffs, GO BROWNS!

6 Bs and a P: Dollarsigns Moneysacks (Season 3, Episode 14)

John Footballs
John Footballs

6 Bs and a P: Dollarsigns Moneysacks (Season 3, Episode 14)
http://aquabearlegion.com/podcasts/6b1p-s3ep14.mp3

Well that was terrible. The Browns lose to the Bengals 30-0 in one of the worst games ever. Johnny Football played an awful game. Brian, Kris, and Dave discuss the game, the season, the future, and everybody Hotseats. Don Pardo even shows up. Go Browns?

Aquabear Will Release Double LP Compilation in 2015, Pre-order on Indiegogo Now

The Aquabear (painted here by Athens artist Emily Beveridge) will release a double LP, 24 song vinyl comp in Spring 2015.
The Aquabear (painted here by Athens artist Emily Beveridge) will release a double LP, 24 song vinyl comp in Spring 2015.

Since 2004, Aquabear has worked with over 200 bands and dozens of visual artists and filmmakers. And in that time produced 10 releases including compilations of Ohio music both physical and for free on aquabearlegion.com. But we REALLY want to put out some vinyl. And since we just celebrated our 10th birthday it seemed like a double LP is the way to go. 24 songs from 24 of Ohio’s best bands on 2 LPs. Printed, pressed, designed, and played in Ohio. You can support this project and pre-order your copy at our Indiegogo page here. Please help us spread the word folks!

To help raise money and make some more things in the process we are partnering we a couple local artists for some really cool special items. Charlie Touvell will be making some limited edition prints based on his artwork for the record’s liner notes and even some custom drawings too. We will be making some brand new hoodies and of course have t-shirts, colored vinyl, and countless random Aquabear items we might send along. We sincerely appreciate your support of this project.

Aquabear 2015 will include music from 24 Ohio bands on 2 LPs:
The 1984 Draft, Black Owls, Connections, Dead Hand of Man, Dead Winds of Summer, The D-Rays, The Guitars, Herzog, Hookers Made Out of Cocaine, Hyrrokkin, Joseph Airport, Kid Tested, The Kyle Sowashes, The Motel Beds, Murderedman, Nick Tolford & Company, She Bears, Speaking Suns, Sport Fishing USA, Supernobody, Unmonumental, Weedghost, Weird Science, and WV White.

We have always wanted to make a record, and these are some really amazing songs to do it with. The plan is that if this works we will keep doing it with more and more bands in the future. Here’s a video!

6 Bs and a P: Pills vs. Stats (Season 3, Episode 13)

Sorry Stampers.
Sorry Stampers.

6 Bs and a P: Stats vs. Pills (Season 3, Episode 13)

Welp, that seems to be it for Brian Hoyer. The Browns lose a close one to the Colts at home despite an incredible effort from the defense and Hoyer played yet another terrible game. It’s time for Johnny Football. 3 games left for the 7-6 Browns, who now need to win out and receive a lot of help to make the playoffs after being so close a few weeks back. The 6b1p crew discusses a game only 1 out of the 3 of them watched and get joined by the WolfeMann. Go Browns!

6 Bs and a P: Defensive Something (Season 3, Episode 12)

lebron-manziel-marketing
6 Bs and a P: Defensive Something (Season 3, Episode 12)
http://aquabearlegion.com/podcasts/6b1p-s3ep12.mp3

Well, there goes the hope. …Or does it? The Cleveland Browns play a terrible game and lose to the Buffalo Bills to fall to 7-5 and a three-way tie for last with Pittsburgh and Baltimore in the AFC North, all one and a half games behind the Bengals. And to top it all off Johnny Football makes his first appearance after Hoyer throws two interceptions. Football dives in for a meaningless touchdown on an exciting play and also gets run over by a large man and almost gives up a TD. The 6b1p crew talks about it all: Hoyer, Manziel, what a Buffalo Bill really is, Pie Town, and a whole lot more. Special guest: Snider. Go Browns!

6 Bs and a P: Ol’ Softleg Wins the Game (Season 3, Episode 11)

Turkey!
Turkey!

6 Bs and a P (Season 3, Episode 11)

The Browns win a game at the last second that (let’s be honest) they probably should not have won and was a pretty ugly victory. But with the playoffs in view and a historically tough division you need every win you can get. So, we will take this one no one at 6b1p is very picky. The crew talks about the Falcons game, what went wrong and what went right and then again about what went wrong. Pie Corner makes a triumphant return and deep secrets are revealed and this seemed like a great time for another Darker Linings Playbook too. Happy Thanksgiving to all and go Browns! Handfuls of pudding for everyone.

6 Bs and a P: Peapody (Season 3, Episode 10)

Damn right, shirt.
Damn right, shirt.

6 Bs and a P: Peapody (Season 3, Episode 10)

The Browns… lose. Bad. So long first place, it was sweet while it lasted but even we have to admit it felt a little weird and ominous. Like when the cheerleader starts dating a nerd in a high school movie and you kind of know it’s because of a bet some popular kids made. And on top of that, one of the most important places in the world, The Union in Athens, Ohio was severely damaged in a terrible fire on West Union Street early Sunday morning. The 6b1pers do what they do best even in the face of a devastating day: they talk about, try to be funny, record it and hope you give it a listen. GO BROWNS. THE UNION FOREVER.

A Sad Day in Athens, Ohio

photo from The Union's Facebook page
photo from The Union’s Facebook page

Today was a sad day in Athens, Ohio. In the early morning hours of Sunday, November 16th a fire broke out somewhere on West Union Street between Court Street and Congress. Extensive fire, smoke, and water has damaged buildings including The Union Bar and Grill, Jackie O’s Public House, Jack Neal Florists, Kismet, Campus Sundry, and Smoke Zone Smoke Shop. The Union and Jackie O’s both received considerable damage, as of now it appears that Jackie O’s kitchen and Public House will be closed indefinitely though the hope is the Brewery side will open soon. The Union received significant damage and more details will be known in the coming weeks. Aquabear Legion stands in full support of all of the business owners and people who lost their homes, a GoFundMe donation site is already up to help Union Street employees during this difficult time and more benefits and work is already in planning. You can read about all of the events here over at WOUB Public Media.

Simply put, the Aquabear Legion would not exist without the Union. It is an essential part of the Athens music community. It has hosted countless Aquabear shows and 6 of our County Fairs, not to mention served as the place for all underground rock and roll existing in our town and all that passed through.
When I came to Athens in 2001 as a Freshman at Ohio University I felt as I imagine a lot of kids feel: excited and confused to be out on my own and in general a little out of place. That feeling was short lived because I set foot in the Union after only being in town for a couple weeks. Instantly I felt at home. In the 13 years since then I have since graduated and made Athens my home that place has become a central location for some of the most important events in my life and led to countless friendships, creative collaborations, amazing shows, and even eventually to my own wedding. The Union is an institution. Having a space like that is essential to a vibrant community, for over 90 years people who were looking for all of the other folks who didn’t fit in found them by looking there.
The Union has been a central location to my life for the last 13 years and I cannot imagine where I would be without it. In terms of firsts alone: I had my first beer (at a bar) there and played music in front of people for the first time, and it was the first place I went to after graduating college and marrying my wife Sherri who would be found the night of our wedding in her wedding dress downstairs surrounded by all our friends. The list of great bands I saw there is endless, some from far away towns and cities and some from right down the street. I had the privilege to play shows there in every band and project I have been in and believe that I still will play on a stage at that building again.  I feel honored to be a part of that family and the Athens music community, and I believe that with the support of that community we will be able to rebuild the home base for Athens rock and roll and make sure that institution is there for generations to come.
My thoughts are with all of those affected at this time, especially those whose homes and businesses were destroyed and all of the wonderful people who will be dealing with the loss of work as a result of the damage. The damage to all of the businesses and housing is unbelievable, and the loss of The Union and Jackie O’s Public House in the immediate future will be huge for the Athens music community and the Athens community members who work in those places.

6 Bs and a P: The New Cronut (Season 3, Episode 9)

FIRST PLACE
FIRST PLACE

6 Bs and a P: The New Cronut (Season 3, Episode 9):

FIRST PLACE! This is insane! The Browns win their biggest game in a very long time defeating the Cincinnati Bengals on national TV! That put them into a tie with the Steelers for a couple days and then… the Steelers lost to the lowly Jets on Sunday and the Browns move into sole possession of first place since before the left and moved to Baltimore. Unbelievable. The 6b1p crew is pretty excited. GO BROWNS!

6 Bs and a P: Browns Browns Browns Browns Browns (Season 3, Episode 8)

The Browns are in first place, we just saw them win, and it was awesome.
The Browns are in first place, we just saw them win, and it was awesome.

6 Bs and a P: Browns Browns Browns Browns Browns (Season 3, Episode 8)

Man, this short Browns week has us a little behind here on 6b1p. This episode features the 6b1p crew actually going to and at the Browns vs. Buccaneers game, where the Browns win and our hosts discuss and analyze topics ranging from our Quarterbacks to their favorite parts about attending the game. It’s Brian’s birthday and we set the record for hosts I think. Not to mention a record setting amount of locations including a vacation house on icy Lake Erie, a parking lot in downtown Cleveland, and Brian and Sherri’s car ride home. And then after only 4 days rest the Browns go on the road and defeat the Bengals in Cincinnati to go into a tie for first place with the Steelers in the AFC North. HOLY CRAP. Episode 9 (working title: “FIRST PLACE”) will come next week. GO BROWNS!

6 Bs and a P: It’s a Mindbender (Season 3, Episode 7)

yenke-peddler-browns-ticket-2013-b45fe27231e4e27c
6 Bs and P: It’s a Mindbender (Season 3, Episode 7)

6b1p had to take a bye ourselves last week, since then the Browns lost to one of the worst teams in the league (Jaguars) and beat one of the worst teams of the league (Raiders) and are now 4-3. All four of our regular hosts are in studio for a week of celebration, depression, and analysis to try to figure out where the team is. Plus there is a live in-studio Broken Bandwagon, Pie Corner, and Tweets of the Week too. Don’t miss next week’s episode all of the 6b1p’ers will be in Cleveland at the game where hilarity will ensue.

6 Bs and a P: The Horse and the Whore (s03ep06)

This sums up the game
This sums up the game

6 Bs and a P: The Horse and the Whore (s03ep06):

BROWNS WIN AGAIN! No clue how this is happening. The 6b1p crew works hard to process these unfamiliar feelings and make sense of it all and in the process talk about football, pie, how much the hate the Steelers, Brian Hoyer, and much more. They even play a game of the Pierogi Mountain 6b1p Pittsburgh Lightning Round Trivia. And the “P” word is brought up (PLAYOFFS?!? YOU TALKING ABOUT PLAYOFFS?) and a certain Lord of the Vale makes a trip to the studio from Westeros. Brian, Ian, and Kris hold it down this week and Wiebe checks in with a Broken Bandwagon. GO BROWNS!

6 Bs and a P: The Arbiter of Pies (s03e05)

rob-ryan6 Bs and a P: The Arbiter of Pies (s03e05)

BROWNS WIN! They move to 2-2 with a win over the very terrible Tennessee Titans and their temporary quarterback, Clipboard Jesus. But, it doens’t matter… the won! Join the 6b1p regular crew (minus Wiebe and plus Dave) as they discuss the win, the current state of the team, Brian Hoyer, marshmallow filling, and even get a check in from some 6b1p’ers who went to the game down in Nashville. All your favorite segments are there: Tweet of the Week, Broken Bandwagon, Pie Corner, and the brand new Darker Linings Playbook. Plus, a look ahead to the return of the hated Steelers to Cleveland for next Sunday’s game.