Your favorite all-Ohio music podcast celebrates the hap-hap-happiest season of all with our own holiday tradition: the annual Ohio X-Mas Spectacular! Brian is joined as always for this one by Sherri and they play one solid hour plus of great Christmas tunes from the Buckeye State. Topics covered include favorite songs, traditions, and even a little bit of Big Chuck and Little John holiday magic. Ho Ho Ho!
The Heartlanders – “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” Frankie Yankovic – “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” Infinite Improbability Drive ft. No Stars – “Wonderful Christmas Time” Connections – “Buy Me Healing Crystals For Christmas” CDX – “Deck the Halls” Fairmount Girls – “Merry Merry” Andy Gabbard – “Money For Christmas” Remnant Brothers – “Christmas Time (This Time This Year)” Dean Martin – “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! / Winter Wonderland” Moth Cock – “Silent Night” Les Cousins Dangereux – “Carol of the Bells” Zitsquatch – “Jingle Bell” Buffalo Killers – “Secret Santa” Pete Fosco – “Novembered Haze”
Athens based Ohio music and art collective Aquabear Legion will be celebrating 15 years with the release of two compilations. Aquabear Legion Volume 7 is a compilation on vinyl featuring new Ohio music from around the state, and Mother of Presidents is an archival compilation on cassette featuring classic Ohio bands. Pre-order and support these projects right now on Indiegogo at igg.me/at/aquabearlegion. The pre-order campaign features both releases along with new Aquabear t-shirts and hoodies, prints, previous releases, and more. These will be the 14th and 15th releases from Aquabear Legion since 2004.
Aquabear Legion Volume 7 will be released as a 12” vinyl record with art from Athens’ own Chris Biester and music from Actual Form, Ampline, Buffalo Killers, Counterfeit Madison, DANA, Hiram-Maxim, Lung, Smizmar, and Van Dale. This will be a run of 300 records, 50 of which will be some sort of super special vinyl color.
Mother of Presidents is an Aquabear Legion Archival release on cassette and is a compilation featuring legendary Ohio acts from all around the state, covering the years from 1974 to 2004. Music from 84 Nash, Appalachian Death Ride, Geraldine, Grafton, Great Plains, Jenny Mae, Log, Mike Elliott, Mirrors, Orchestraville, Ron House, Swearing at Motorists, Thee Shams, and more still to be announced.
This episode of The Western Reserve and the next one are all requests! I think I cover everyone on the show, but thanks again for participating. Lots of great music this time including Them Wranch, My Dad Is Dead, Darrin Hacquard, and a whole lot more. If you like the show, tell some friends!
Them Wranch – “God Bless Ohio”
Guided By Voices – “Smothered In Hugs”
Machine Go Boom – “Scary Costume”
H-Bomb Ferguson – “Midnight Ramblin’ Tonight”
Awards Banquet – “(What Have You Done To Me?) Ohio”
Buffalo Killers – “River Water”
Stalley feat. Rick Ross – “Lincoln Way Nights (Shop Remix)”
Chargers Street Gang – “Shitty Song”
X____X – “You’re Full of Shit”
My Dad Is Dead – “A New Clear Route”
Darrin Hacquard – “Hurricane Season”
Patrick Sweany – “Leave Ohio”
Roger Hoover & The Whiskeyhounds – “Dead Man’s Shoes”
The Isley Brothers – “Ohio Machine Gun”
Another year is in the books and it was a great one for Ohio music. Brian plays some of his favorite songs of the year including Supernobody, Vacation, Van Dale, Pere Ubu, Water Witches, The Magic Words, Day Creeper, The Village Bicycle, Smug Brothers, Bloody Show, R. Ring, Speaking Suns, Obnox, WV White, The Crooked Spines, Buffalo Killers, Ipps, and She Bears. Enjoy!
Supernobody – “Oh Yeah Records” Vacation – “Blueberry Patch” Van Dale – “Vacationhead” Pere Ubu – “Prison of the Senses” Water Witches – “Totality” The Magic Words – “Melody Ranch” Day Creeper – “Allergic to Myself” The Village Bicycle – “Anyone But You” Smug Brothers – “My Little Crowd Pleaser” Bloody Show – “Pyro” R. Ring – “Cutter” Speaking Suns – “The Void” Obnox – “Woe Is Me” WV White – “Backwards” The Crooked Spines – “Keep On” Buffalo Killers – “Stuck Inside the Realm of Man” Ipps – “Human Beings Are Garbage” She Bears – “Lay Out Long”
Happy non-denominational holidays from The Western Reserve! This episode is perfect for that drive to see family on Christmas, just over an hour of all-Ohio holiday music. Everything from Buffalo Killers to Bone Thugs and Harmony. I am joined by my wife Sherri to discuss our own Christmas memories (including several about video games) and play the Buckeye state’s best holiday tunes.
Bone Thugs N Harmony – “Carol of the Bones” Pretenders – “2000 Miles (It Must Be Christmas Time)” Moviola – “Will Santy Come to Shanty Town?” Swearing at Motorists – “Silver Bells” Buffalo Killers – “Run Run Rudolph” Super Desserts – “Children Go” Robert Pollard – “Frostman (long version)” The Waitresses – “Christmas Wrapping” The Isley Brothers – “White Christmas” Elliott, Walter & Bennett – “12 Days of Cleveland Browns Christmas” Frankie Yankovic – “MEDLEY: Joy to the World / Deck the Halls / God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” The Ohio Players – “Happy Holidays Pt. 1″ Brainbow – “O’ Holy Night” The Guitars – “Sleigh Ride” Andy Gabbard – “Old Toy Trains” The Black Swans ft. Eve Searls -“Christmas Alone” Adam Remnant – “Bob Cratchit” Steve Zarate – “Santa’s Done Left Town (live on Kaliediscope)”
Things are really exciting here at Aquabear HQ. Our brand new compilation Aquabear Legion Volume 4 is all finished up and ready to be heard by all, coming in at a whopping 38 songs from 38 Ohio bands all on 2 CD’s. We are celebrating the official release THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 11th at The Union in Athens, Ohio with music from Seascapes, Black Owls, Scubadog, and Weedghost. Comps will be for sale (at a special price!) and there will be some awesome music which will start around 10pm.
The compilation features hand screen printed art by Jed Collins and looks real sweet. They will be for sale at the show and then on our website and at good places around the state in the coming weeks.
There’s a blackout in store for Athens just a few weeks from today, and fortunately it’s not the kind that will leave you reading by candle light. Rather, the 16th annual Blackoutfest will be taking place April 14-16, organized by the locally-based Blackout Booking and bringing bands from across the nation as well as regional and local favorites onto the Union’s stage for a weekend of wall-to-wall garage/punk-inclined rock and roll. Headliners for this year’s lineup include Columbus’s Times New Viking, who are preparing to embark on a European tour in support of their upcoming Merge Records release Dancer Equired. Also heading up the bill are Tennessee glamrockers Cheap Time, psychedelic devotees Buffalo Killers, Chicago power duo White Mystery and eclectic noisemakers Fergus & Geronimo.
Once again, Blackoutfest will be sharing the weekend with the annual Record Store Day, which means you’ll be able to start your Saturday off at Haffa’s before jumping across the street to the Union for some live music. Tickets are currently on sale at Haffa’s, at $8 a night or $20 for all three days. Doors open at 6PM on Thursday and Friday, and at 4PM on Saturday. Complete list of band (which we’ll update as we receive more information) after the jump!