Category Archives: Orlando Music News

Putting the blog on ice for a while

Just wanted to post a quick note to let everyone know that there won’t be any new posts on Orlando Music News for a while. I’ve got a couple of big projects going on at my day job (you know, the one that actually pays me money for my time and talents), some (positive, but time-consuming) personal stuff happening, and there’s a very strong likelihood that I’m going to be writing another book soon. All that, combined with the fact that the holidays are coming up … well, something has to give, and unfortunately, this blog is gonna be it.

Not shutting it down, mind you, just taking a break until the beginning of the year. And, until then, I’m going to take down the “Upcoming Concerts” and “Submit Your Show Info” pages because … well, because they won’t be updated.

Thanks to all those who have shown support – for both this blog, and for the Orlando music scene – over the last nine months, and hopefully, when the blog comes back, I’ll have figured out a way to make both of them even better.

– Jason

P.S. – If anyone wants to take over the blog for a while, I’d be more than open to it. Even if you just wanted to update the concerts section to keep the site fresh, that would be most appreciated. I just won’t have the time/mental space to do it.

P.P.S. – Not to put too fine a point on it, but this is what happens when you don’t support your local media/artists/creatives/musicians. In all honesty, had there been more feedback/engagement/donations from the people who are reading this blog, I would have felt a lot more compulsion to try to figure out a way to squeeze 39 hours worth of work into a 24 hour day. But hey, if you don’t give a shit about it, why should I?

This week's top 25 from Park Ave CDs [Oct 10 – Oct. 17]

NEW VIDEO: Lone Hymnal covering R.E.M.'s "E-Bow the Letter"

Shot at the group’s recent performance at the Hippodrome in Cocoa. R.I.P. R.E.M.

NEW MUSIC: Sean Moore – "Help"

According to Sean:

“‘Help’ was recorded in one take using a micro-cassette recorder on October 9th, 2011.  This particular method of recording harkens back to my 2007 lo-fi solo release, Tone Poems in Low Fidelity.  This track may lead to another full-length record of similar proportions.  But for now, it stands alone.”

“Help” is available as a free download over at Sean’s Bandcamp site.

This Little Undershirt (A review of Bao Le-Huu's recent performance)

This Little Undershirt

[This is a guest post by Phil Longo. I have edited it for punctuation and spelling only, and added random bolding, a la Orlando Weekly. Hopefully, I can talk Phil into making TLU a recurring feature here at Orlando Music News.]

Bao Le-Huu is a voyeur, a sniper at the gates of a local musician’s dream. He is also a studio hermit rarely ever performing live, so you can imagine my excitement and perverse curiosity when i learned he was to perform on stage for the first time. The event was local musician/shoegaze music expert Tierney Tough‘s birthday extravaganza (Will’s Pub, Oct. 13th).

Having followed his career path for several years, I was keenly aware of his well-documented grit and venom and I couldn’t wait to see the man finally “lay it on the line.” With my known passion for two-piece music critics I was initially dismayed to learn he was to be performing solo. My concern was almost to prove correct when the artist’s legendary performance anxiety almost got the best of him. After being carried to the stage, the set immediately got off to a rough start. The sound was a little muddy and Bao seemed to lack focus at first, several times singing far away from the mic or choosing not to sing at all.

While his performance lacked physicality, I feel it carried a restrained emotive weight and there was a marked “non-performing” style I found refreshing and lacking from most local artists of this genre. Although his eyes betrayed the silence like optical sumamis [sic, and, WTF?] which paralyzed this critic, we will have to wait and see if Bao can translate this vibe into a visceral live show. I personally can’t wait to find out. Welcome to the party, sir.

Also bringing it was local opener Cory (of Will’s Pub fame) with his Silver-Jews-meets-Steven-Wright-narrating-a-YouPorn-clip take on pop music. Well done, well done.

BAND OF THE WEEK: Gasoline Heart

Every week at Orlando Music News, the site highlights a local band. A good local band. This week: long-running roots-rockers Gasoline Heart.

Gasoline Heart plays Back Booth on Saturday, Oct. 22.

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NEW VIDEO: The Woolly Bushmen – "What You're Doing to Me"

Check out the awesome Woolly Bushmen playing “What You’re Doing to Me” during a recent show at the Copper Rocket.

The Woolly Bushmen will be playing Orlando Brewing this Saturday, Oct. 15 with Lifeforms (from Jacksonville).