• I meant to point out that our fellow comrades in arms Buddha Den (which continues to do an excellent job documenting Dayton's music scene) has released its "Buddha Den 2008 Spring Sampler," featuring numerous great local bands from The Motel Beds, to Jesse Remnant, and The Sailing.
The site also spoke a bit about the new Breeders CD "Mountain Battles" out now.
The site also has an interview with Dayton band ... excuse me while I cut and paste the band name because I know I'll spell it wrong ... Ruetschle. It's pronounced like "Richly."
• The other day I was reading Spin magazine and noticed by chance that Cincinnati-based music critic Kari Wethington was the one who wrote the nice interview with Kim Deal. Midwest represents. I couldn't find an online version of the actual article, but here's this.
• I just now noticed a total of nine pages of discussion at Cincy Music.com about the closing of The Poison Room. Another one bites the dust. But honestly, I've been to the Poison Room on many occasion and I can tell you it was always dead. It was a cool venue, with a great stage. Just happened to be in an area of town you totally had to go out of your way to get to. There was nothing around it. I compare it to Columbus venue The Basement. Both are totally out of the beaten path that music fans travel. But The Basement is helped along by getting most of the national indie acts that come through. That role has been taken up by The Gypsy Hut in Cincinnati.
• I got word from Columbus band Paper Airplane that its members are currently recording with the engineer who did the last Heartless Bastards CD. I was listening the other week when WOXY's Local Lixx program played a short acoustic demo of theirs recorded at Columbus Discount Records called "Better with Medicine." But I'm not sure the link is up yet to hear the broadcast. The band will be performing new tunes this weekend with a show in Columbus at Thirsty Ear and a show in Dayton at Oregon Express with Twin Arrows (it's debut show, made up of former Late Nite Drivers members) and current buzz band Moon High.
• The Chicago based Riot Fest announced its dates (no lineups) for 2008. October 10th, 11th, and 12th. A venue has not been announced, but in past years it's been at the Congress Theater.
• Some info on Lexington's FreeKY festival, courtesy of You Ain't No Picasso, HERE.
• By the way, if you check pretty much any link on the right, you will find a load of articles and photos on Cincinnati's Music Now festival, organized by Bryce from The National.
• Can You See The Sunset From the Southside, Chicago site announced it is going on a bit of a hiatus. Of course, then they proceeded to have two new updates. Such as some Lollapollooza line up news: 2008 lineup for Lollapalooza: Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Nine Inch Nails, Kanye West, Wilco, The Raconteurs, Louis XIV, Love and Rockets, Gnarls Barkley, Bloc Party, The Black Keys, Broken Social Scene, Lupe Fiasco, Flogging Molly, Mark Ronson, Cat Power, The National, G. Love & Special Sauce, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Explosions in the Sky, Brand New, Gogol Bordello, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Dierks Bentley, Okkervil River, Amadou & Mariam, Blues Traveler, John Butler Trio, Girl Talk, Your Vegas, CSS, Eli “Paperboy” Reed & the True Loves, Battles, Steel Train, Jamie Lidell, Bang Camaro, Butch Walker, The Blakes, Mates of State, Tally Hall, Spank Rock, White Lies, Brazilian Girls, Magic Wands, Chromeo, Electric Touch, Duffy, Innerpartysystem, The Kills, The Postelles, Rogue Wave, The Parlor Mob, The Go! Team, Bald Eagle, Mason Jennings, Krista, The Gutter Twins, Ha Ha Tonka, Yeasayer, Witchcraft, Grizzly Bear, We Go To 11, MGMT, Sofia Talvik, The Weakerthans, Booka Shade, Santogold, Black Kids, Black Lips, Dr. Dog, Nicole Atkins & the Sea, The Ting Tings, Kid Sister, Office, The Cool Kids, What Made Milwaukee Famous, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, The Whigs, Manchester Orchestra, Foals, Uffie, The Octopus Project, Cadence Weapon, Ferras, De Novo Dahl, Noah and the Whale, Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s, K’NAAN, Serena Ryder, Newton Faulkner, (& more TBA, I’m sure).