(Ludo: Look at us... we're clever. We're f-u-n-n-y.)
Saturday's show is all about supporting regional bands. Ludo is a pop-punk outfit from St. Louis, and Ha Ha Tonka hails from hilly Ozark country.
Ludo's 2008 album You're Awful, I Love You features the track "Love Me Dead," which I wouldn't be caught dead listening to, for what it's worth, and which you might recognize from a House commercial—or not: I don't really watch tv myself and don't know this band from a Weezer in the wall. I've gathered they have an annoying proclivity for yuk mongering. If that's your thing, and you like your Ladies Bare Naked, then by all means, unleash your Fountains of Wayne. Ludo is also known for staging "theme" shows in St. Louis and Columbia, such as HalLUDOween, Ludo Shop of Horrors, and Cinco de Mustache. Yuks galore!
On the southern rock side of the Ozark mountain, Ha Ha Tonka is promoting their soulful new album, Novel Sounds of the Nouveau South. They've been compared to everything from Kings of Leon to The Replacements, but you won't find yuks here ... just solid rock 'n' roll.
Ha Ha Tonka performing "Close Every Valve to Your Bleeding Heart" at Chicago's Q101 studio
Come see Ludo, Ha Ha Tonka, Meese, and Without a Face at The Blue Note, Saturday, October 24. Doors open at 6:30.
And now for something completely different...
Punk gypsies from Eastern Europe? Lock up your women and children! Gogol Bordello are traipsing into town spewing glasnost and going all Vladimir Putin on your ass. Could they be a Russian Flogging Molly? Named after writer Nikolai Gogol, the band has not-so-secret plans to infiltrate the English-speaking world in much the same way Gogol smuggled Ukrainian culture into Russia.
The band appeared in Liev Schreiber's 2005 film Everything Is Illuminated; lead singer Eugene Hutz played Alexander Perchov, Elijah Woods' Ukrainian guide.
I'd rather milk a Siberian yak than listen to Gogol Bordello, but I do appreciate their wicked intent. If you want something different, load up on several glasses of Yakov Smirnoff and jump into the crowd.Na zdorovje!
Gogol Bordello video for "American Wedding"
Come see Gogol Bordello with Apostle of Hustle at The Blue Note, Sunday, October 25. Doors open at 6:30.
A Dirty Projectors Playlist
Ah, social networking.... Everything is so damn accessible these days, including the friend lists of your favorite bands. A quick glance at Dirty Projectors' myspace page reveals a merry band of band-friends. This calls for a playlist...
Friends of Dirty Projectors
(Beyonce is also Dirty Projectors' friend, but I don't like it, and I'm not gonna put a ring on it.)