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niku daruma is three hopeful young women loving each other the only way they know how to

niku daruma is a industrial noise band who came to my attention through the Deutschtowm Music Festival submission process. They are totally on their own wavelength as a band and perhaps not everyone’s cup of tea but I cannot wait to see them play tomorrow (Saturday, July 13) at Blacksmith Studios (900 Middle St.) around 8pm. I want to thank the band for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

The first album you ever bought?
we’ve lost track.

Your last album bought?
we’ll know when we find out.

Favorite album of all time?
music does not sway us.

Least favorite/most disappointing album?  
there are no expectations.

First concert attended?
the sounds of the pulse quickening.

Last concert?
ah, the end of times!

Favorite concert ever?
thee rhythm ov thee day.

Least favorite concert?
nothing where the head should be.

Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
we love to think about the wheel covered in eyes living in the sky who guides and helps us always.

Thanks… Best. Answers. Ever.

 

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“Pittsburgh based grunge/blues three piece band. drums. keys. whiskey.”

Luxury Machine are grunge rock duo taking a cue from The Black Keys in adding soul and blues to the mix to create an energetic sound that reminds the listener of a classic rock vibe while still sounding fresh. Experience the band as they perform tonight (Friday, July 5) on the Southside for a late show with fellow locals Levi Bronson. I want to thank Ben Portz (Keys/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

The first album you ever bought?
Billy Joel – Glass Houses.

Your last album bought?
Lou Reed – Rock n Roll Animal.

Favorite album of all time?
Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers.

Least favorite/most disappointing album?
Lord Huron – Vide Noir.

First concert attended?
Herman’s Hermits (parents took us to Disney and he was playing).

Last concert?
St. Vincent.

Favorite concert ever?
John Butler Trio in Chicago.

Least favorite concert?
Train – had to open for them in a previous band… so obligated to stay.

Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
In general… I’ve been highly impressed with the Pittsburgh music scene – every time I go out, I end up finding solid players. Plus with more venues opening up, it’s exposing me to a ton of great music.

Thanks, Ben. The old double edge sword of venue proliferation. Is more better? That is a situation that has to play itself out to see if it results in a positive.

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“Water Trash is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based 5 piece rock and roll club that consists of vocalist/guitarist Carter Vannoy, vocalist/guitarist Ryan Hartman, bassist Victor Tonti, keyboardist Ryan (Ocean) Killen, and drummer Cheyenne Raithel.”

Water Trash is a Pittsburgh garage rock band who who just released their latest EP Jazz Feet which, as the title implies, makes you want to get and and move! The band will be playing tonight (Friday, June 21) at Mr. Roboto Project before heading to New Jersey to headline a show to shoot a music video tomorrow. I want to thank the band for participating in this edition of First/Last.

The first album you ever bought?
The Doors Live in Pittsburgh 1970.

Your last album bought?
Black Market by Weather Report.

Favorite album of all time?
We’ve all been listening to Safe as Milk by  Captain Beefheart a lot in the van, as of right now I would say this is our favorite album. It has been a big influence on our future projects.

Least favorite/most disappointing album?
Here Comes the Cowboy by Mac Demarco. We aren’t saying it’s terrible but it just seems like a slower, less interesting version of his earlier works. We are sorry Mac 🙁

First concert attended?
Van Halen (Carter), “Weird Al” (Victor), Lynyrd Skynyrd (Ocean).

Last concert?
Last concert we all saw collectively was Pond and we all loved it, they put on an amazing show and played some of their unreleased stuff.

Favorite concert ever?
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard! We saw them in Brooklyn, NY last summer. We got to meet the band and the talented Joshua Bruce who we will be shooting a music video with in New Jersey on June 22nd.

Least favorite concert?
Every bad show is a good show because it’s almost impossible to not find fun for us when surrounded by a ton of people and loud music.

Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
Pittsburgh’s DIY music scene is incredible, there are a ton of music supporters everywhere like Steel City Death Club which is a DIY record label our friend Giovanni Orsini from Fortune Teller started. Connor Murray is also a good friend of ours who runs the label Crafted Sounds, we love to see independent labels and musicians thrive in Pittsburgh. We are also excited to start exploring venues in Pittsburgh outside of the house show scene such as Spirit, Mr. Smalls Funhouse, and Brillobox.

Thanks, all. I have done over a thousand of these First/Last interviews on the blog and you are the very first band to answer almost all of them as a group. Pretty cool.

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Flower Crown is a jangly dream pop band from Pittsburgh who releases their latest album entitled Sundries this very morning via local label of love Crafted Sounds on all the usual formats. They will be raging at their vinyl release show on Sunday at Spirit and since Monday is a holiday, you don’t have to wake up early… so go. I want to thank Richie Colosimo (Guitar/Vocals) and Chris Sexauer (Bass) for taking the time to participate in this editon of First/Last.

The first album you ever bought?
Chris Sexauer: Ricky Martin’s 1999 self-titled album. Livin’ la vida loca, baby.
Richie Colosimo: Damn, that song rips. I bought my first two CD’s around the early 2000’s one of which was Pure Funk, a compilation of funk music. It had bands like Earth Wind and Fire, Sly and the Family Stone, Patti Labelle, and Parliament, all legends. That record made me a much groovier person. It was that CD and Kid Rock’s Cocky. The edited version of course.

Your last album bought?
Richie: I think the last record I bought was Float Along Fill Your Lungs by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard at Juke Records in Bloomfield. RIP.
Chris: A vinyl copy of The Sound of Animals Fighting’s The Ocean and the Sun. I got to catch them on their most recent tour in Cleveland and remembered how much I loved their music.

Favorite album of all time?
Chris: For me it’s a three-way tie between Spook Houses – Trying, Titus Andronicus – The Monitor, and Modest Mouse – The Lonesome Crowded West. Spook Houses in the Fall, Modest Mouse in the Summer, and Titus Andronicus when I need to come out of a bout of self-pity.
Richie: I’m really bad at questions like this. I go in and out of phases and I have more ADD than you can shake a stick at, but I do love A Night at the Opera by Queen a lot, Dopesmoker by Sleep, anything by Earth Wind and Fire. I’ve also been listening to an unhealthy amount of Beach House, so idk. I’m rambling. There’s that ADD.

Least favorite/most disappointing album?
Richie: Oof. Uhhhh… Ordinary Corrupt Human Love by Deafheaven album was kind of disappointing, I guess. I listened to a lot of black metal/black-gaze/whatever before I heard of Deafheaven and even enjoyed Sunbather and New Bermuda when all the insufferable black metal nerds hated on them. The new record just didn’t combine their sounds well like the last few did. They did put a heater of a single out after that record though, so maybe the next album will be good.
Chris: That’s a tough one, but in recent memory it’s probably Suffer On by Wicca Phase Springs Eternal. I love Secret Boy but this new one didn’t do it for me.

 First concert attended?
Chris: I can’t remember how the timeline of this went, but I think the first two concerts I went to in the same summer were Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and a local Erie hardcore show. I’m pretty sure xRepresentx played and some dude broke my nose, ha-ha.
Richie: Besides Weird Al when I was a kid, my first show was Coheed and Cambria when I was 16. That was first time i remember being like “I want to do that.” I picked up a guitar that same year.

Last concert?
Chris: I just got to see PUP at The Rex Theater, always an amazing live show. Someone sprayed me with Hawaiian Punch during the “Hawaiian Red Fruit Punch!” line in “DVP.”
Richie: I saw Dan Deacon at Spirit Turns 4. He was so much fun live. Danced my ass off.

Favorite concert ever?
Chris: If I had to rank them, I’d probably put seeing Neutral Milk Hotel at Pitchfork 2014 at the top. The high school indie kid in me was super jazzed to see a band I never thought I’d see, and I don’t think there was a single dry eye during “Two-Headed Boy Pt. 2.”
Richie: That’s funny because Neutral Milk Hotel was definitely up there on my favorite shows too, also definitely cried a bunch. I think Shannon and the Clams at Spirit was up there too. It was just a mix of the music, being messed up, and dancing with my friends. It was just a good time. Another notable one, was turning 21 and catching a bus to Philly to see Church of Misery on their first US tour. Got to smoke with them after interrupting a conversation outside of the North Star Bar. They were so nice and welcoming and took pictures with me. So cool.

Least Favorite Concert?
Chris: I don’t know that there’s any single concert that sticks out as the worst, but there are definitely some things I see at shows that make me really start to dislike it. Namely, if the band isn’t having fun playing, if it looks like they don’t want to be there, I don’t want to be there either. Also, take the thirty seconds to tune your guitar between songs, it makes a world of difference and believe me, we notice if you don’t.
Richie: I agree with Chris. If you can afford a guitar and an amp, you can afford a cheap tuner pedal. But yeah, I really only have a bunch of gnarly personal concert stories. There was a concert I played that was at a skatepark near my hometown where a fight broke out and amid the chaos a dude started firing an automatic airsoft rifle into the air and crowd. We had to play after that lmao. One time one of my old bands we showed up to play a “fest” that was just a show in some teenagers driveway in a New Jersey suburb. I can’t even remember if we got paid. That sucked. Another time, we played a basement show where people were ripping the ceiling apart and setting off fireworks in the basement as bands played. There’s a video on youtube from that exact show where you can see me getting punched in the face by the closer of the night, a “Juggalo Power-electronics” set. Dude was nuts. WCPC Whoop whoop. But yeah I could go on.  

Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
Chris: I moved here in late 2015 from Erie and definitely felt welcome here. Notably, I’ve been very happy with how much the local music scene has welcomed Flower Crown into it. When I joined the band and we started playing shows in 2018, a lot of people, especially those that have been playing in the local scene for years, were super fast to accept us talk to us and generally be cool. I think in Erie, or at least the hardcore scene I came up in ten or so years ago, there was a definite in-group/out-group dynamic, and I don’t see that anywhere near as much here.
Richie: Pittsburgh has been great. Coming a small town in northern PA, Pittsburgh was one of my favorite places to come as a kid. It seemed like the biggest place in the world. Now that I’m here I realize how small it is and I think it makes it more comfortable for me. Especially in the music scene, you’ve rubbed elbows with just about everyone, it’s tight knit but inclusive, and people are very friendly. You get the best of both small town and big city, and it really is the perfect for me.

Thanks, guys. I think those concert horror stories are funny as hell, Richie. I would love to compile a as many as I can from as many musicians and put it out somehow. Out of all the questions I ask, this is easily my favorite.

Alternative cover art via the band

Sundries Vinyl Release Party
Spirit Lodge
Sunday, May 26
with Bat Zuppel and The Zells
Doors 9 / Show 9:45
$5

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“Uniting and Celebrating Life and Love through Music”

Private I is a reggae/punk band from Somerset who just released their debut full length Better Late Than Never, which seems to be an apt title as their first self-titled EP arrived seven years ago. Catch their next show tomorrow (Sat. 5/18) at 1pm at the Johnstown Flood City Fest. I want to thank Nicholas Hoffman (Guitar/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

First album you ever bought?
The first CD I ever bought was Nirvana’s Nevermind. The Sony Discman had recently come out and I begged my mom to buy me one for Christmas. And knowing that I was getting the Discman, I wanted to make sure that I had a CD to play as soon as i got it. There just so happened to be a way I could get 10 CDs for a penny, haha, but the only CD I was concerned with getting was that sweet, sweet Nirvana record. That album both changed my life and sent me on the path to becoming the person/musician I am today.

Last album you bought?
The last record I purchased was the Cobra Skulls’ American Rubicon. They were touring with Menzingers when they were still on Red Scare, and we went to see them at a basement show in Philly on what I believe was a Friday night and again two days later in Pittsburgh. It was at one of those two shows that I picked up the record from the merch table. Killer record, front to back! There is a lot of music out there that I would like to get my hands on, but we’ve been so busy working on our new record that I haven’t had the chance to get into much of anything else. Although, we are all super stoked to check out all the bands we will be playing with as we’re out supporting our latest release.

Favorite Album of all time?
There are so many amazing works out there… seriously difficult to narrow it down to one. But speaking in terms of influence, I would have to go with Sublime’s 40oz to Freedom. That record proved that what was going on in my head could be a reality. I love so many different types of music and hearing a record that not only mixed genres across tracks, but even within a single song? Genius! It truly blew me away and continues to even today.

Least favorite / most disappointing album?
The closest I have ever been to disappointment with any album would be the Bloodhound Gang’s Hefty Fine. I wasn’t necessarily disappointed; it just wasn’t what I was expecting. As I grew to appreciate it for all of it’s merit, I personally learned an important lesson about never judging anything based on expectation. I am quite fond of that record now, it seriously cracks me up as much as their other stuff, and i am honestly a bit ashamed of myself for not giving it the chance it deserved in the first place. Live and learn, yes?

First concert attended?
The first show i ever went to see was the Ramones at the I.C. Light Amphitheater in Pittsburgh back in April of ’96. I was fifteen, my girlfriend was eighteen and had a car, so we bought three tickets, grabbed my best friend (it was his first show, too) and headed to the ‘Burgh for a day I will never forget!

Last concert attended?
Punk In Drublic – Camp Anarchy 2018! Our bassist Jim and his awesome girl Val actually took me with them to the P.I.D. show in Pittsburgh two weeks prior to “Camp” and as if that incredible day couldn’t get any better, we scored cheaper tickets for the campout in Thornville, OH. while waiting in line for some grub! So, Jim and Val again scooped me up and we spent that weekend watching bands I believed that I would never get to see live! I will never be able to thank them enough for that once in a lifetime experience!

Favorite concert ever?
I’ve sincerely loved every show that I’ve had the privilege to attend, but one show means more to me than any of the others. In July, 1999, two of my best friends and I got to take my 5yr old little brother and my Mom (whom was sick with MS) to see the Steve Miller Band at the Coca-Cola Star Lake Amphitheater in Burgettstown, PA. Not to say that S.M.B. is at the top of my list of favorite bands, but they were a common interest between my Mother, little Bro, and myself. It was so special to share the experience with them both, especially considering we lost our Mom the following year. It’s an amazing memory we will cherish forever.

Least favorite concert?
I literally cannot say I have ever been to a show that I didn’t enjoy. Every single one has afforded me great fun and memories!

Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
When I think of Pittsburgh, only one word comes to mind… fun! Every time I go to the ‘Burgh it is to do something cool. Whether it’s been to go to the countless concerts I’ve attended, to take my daughter to the Carnegie Science Center and Museum, or to attend a sporting event, I know that if I’m heading to the city it’s going to be a blast! Pittsburgh is the place to be to have a great time and I get absolutely amped when I know that’s where we are heading!

Thanks, Nick. I happened to be at that Ramones show. The only time I got to see them. So fun!

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For a limited time, you can now listen to exclusive audio from André Costello and the Minor’s set from Saturday, October 11, 2014 live from Eide’s Entertainment.

Enjoy this while you can as it will go back into the vault on the May 18th.

Audio recorded by J Vega of the Wilderness Recording Studio.

 

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Attention all Pittsburgh and surrounding areas bands and musicians.

I have been pondering an idea for several years now of producing a compilation of local bands covering local music.

When we put on the HughShows Secret Santaplooza shows a few years ago, I asked the participating bands to cover any other Pittsburgh band they wanted to and put it in their set. These were truly special shows because of that aspect. The Harlan Twins covered Meeting of Important People. The Red Western played a The Karl Hendricks Trio tune. Grand Piano even did “Camptown Races” by Stephen Foster! Unfortunately, these performances were never documented and are now lost to the ether.

Ever since then I have been mulling over the thought of bringing back that idea and feel now is the time to do so.

I do not know how we will present this but whether it is an album, a limited tape run or even a download, I will decide that once we gauge interest in the project and see where we can go with it.

For now, I am calling on any and all local musicians to let me know if you are interested in participating. It doesn’t matter what kind of music you play.

All genres are accepted and all ideas welcome.

I am always struck by the fact that this hasn’t occurred yet as I know first hand there is an unlimited supply of talent here to make this happen. I do know that this will be one of the coolest projects to come out of the city.

Let me know what you think.

Email me at hugh@hughshows.com (not my gmail account, please) to get this started.

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