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I like the current lineup, but feel like they’re holding back. To be honest, one of their best jams of the night was in the soundcheck and that didn’t make the cut for the final recording. Excellent version of Cutterhammer, but the show tails off from there. They should have a fourth tune, a more upbeat closer. But all in all, another kick ass set from Ecstatic Sunshine.

Ecstatic Sunshine
Lo Fi Social Club
Baltimore, MD
February 23, 2008

Band:
Matt Papich-guitar/effects pedals
Kieran Gillen-effects pedals
Dave Zimmerman-electronics/effects pedals

Source: Peluso CEMC6/ck41(hypercard)>PS-2>AD-20>NJB3
Transfer: NJB3>PC>SF-7>Wav>FLAC
Taper: Jeff Mewbourn (jm292@yahoo.com)
http://baltimore-taper.blogspot.com

1. Cutterhammer>
2. Topless>
3. Take It Easy

Notes:
Lineup:
Smart Growth>Hunchback>ES>Double Dagger
http://www.myspace.com/lofisocialclub
http://www.myspace.com/ecstaticsunshine
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The audio files for this show have been removed.

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Lots of new shit from Baltimore’s nastiest punks. Problems with their drum pedal stopped the show during the first song for a little over six minutes. I could have deleted that part of the recording, most tapers probably would, but I prefer to have the recording reflect the total experience. Unless you were there (and the place was packed!), this track has little to offer the listener.

If you’re in the area, Double Dagger’s next show in Baltimore should be a can’t miss show with Ecstatic Sunshine and Parts & Labor at Floristree. That’s on Tuesday, March 4, 2008, doors probably around 9pm, show between 10-10:30pm. Sucks that it’s a weeknight, but that’s why God created sick leave.

Double Dagger
Lo Fi Social Club
Baltimore, MD
February 23, 2008

Nolen Strals-vocals
Bruce Willen-bass, vocals
Dennis Bowen-drums

Source: Peluso CEMC6/ck41(hypercard)>PS-2>AD-20>NJB3
Transfer: NJB3>PC>SF-7>Wav>FLAC
Taper: Jeff Mewbourn (jm292@yahoo.com)
http://baltimore-taper.blogspot.com

1. Intro
2. Untitled (Sex Jam)>
3. One drum pedal, two jokes & one zit*
4. Untitled (Sex Jam continues)
5. Untitled (Hooooo)
6. The Lie The Truth
7. Two Way Mirror
8. Untitled
9. Camouflage
10. Stagger Lee
11. No Allies
12. E: Luxury Condos for the Poor

Notes:
Lineup:Smart Growth>Hunchback>Ecstatic Sunshine>DD
*Technical difficulties stop the show for over 6 min.
http://www.myspace.com/lofisocialclub
http://www.stationaryheart.com/
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The audio files for this show have been removed.

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Smart Growth is a side project of Dennis Bowen of Baltimore punk band Double Dagger. I’m not entirely sure what the deal is with Smart Growth, though what I think I know is that Denny creates beats based on someone else’s music (in this case, it’s The Police) and then plays drums over the beats and remixed music of the original source. Whatever it is he’s doing, it works!

Smart Growth
Lo Fi Social Club
Baltimore, MD
February 23, 2008

Smart Growth is:
Dennis Bowen-drums, beats

Source: Peluso CEMC6/ck41(hypercard)>PS-2>AD-20>NJB3
Transfer: NJB3>PC>SF-7>Wav>FLAC
Taper: Jeff Mewbourn (jm292@yahoo.com)
http://baltimore-taper.blogspot.com

1. Intro
2. Humiliating>
3. Dos Synchronicitados>
4. Third World Stereo>
5. O My Godbaby
6. Rick Weaver II

Notes:
Lineup:Smart Growth>Hunchback>Ecstatic Sunshine>Double Dagger
Tracking is likely off
http://www.myspace.com/smartgrowth
http://www.lofisocialclub.com
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The audio files for this show have been removed.

Charm City Kitty Club is a queer cabaret organized by a collective of wild cats. The collective books queer peformers of all sorts from Baltimore and all over the U.S. for three shows a year. They also write and perform short comedy skits between the acts. Here are a few exerpts. By the way, their next show is the first weekend in May. You can find out more at charmcitykittyclub.com

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Chubby Behemoth is from Brooklyn, NY.

Chubby Behemoth
The Talking Head
Baltimore, MD
February 19, 2008

Source: Peluso CEMC6/ck41(hypercard)>PS-2>AD-20>NJB3
Transfer: NJB3>PC>SF-7>Wav>FLAC
Taper: Jeff Mewbourn (jm292@yahoo.com)
http://baltimore-taper.blogspot.com

1. Global DXX
2. Grinding Gizzards
3. Eye Tag
4. Sexy Promise
5. Totally Fuckin’ Chelsea
6. Fuck The Sun

Notes:
Lineup:
Needlegun>Chubby Behemoth>Teeth Mt.>Capillary Action>Santa Dads
http://www.myspace.com/chubbybehemoth
http://talkingheadclub.com
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The audio files for this show have been removed.

Ponytail’s set at last year’s Whartscape was quite possibly the most joyous thing I’ve ever seen. Both the band and the crowd were exuding waves of positive vibrations. These videos document the last 20 odd minutes of their set … one for the ages.

PART ONE

PART TWO

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I must have been more distracted at this show than I realized. I didn’t care for the PWRFL Power set, but when I subsequently listened to the recording, I found I liked it more than I thought.

Same goes for Teeth Mountain. While I enjoyed seeing their set, it didn’t blow me away like the music on their MySpace page did. But now that I listen to the recording, I like it alot more.

Teeth Mountain is from Baltimore and plays percussive noise (or something like that).

Teeth Mountain
The Talking Head
Baltimore, MD
February 19, 2008

Source: Peluso CEMC6/ck41(hypercard)>PS-2>AD-20>NJB3
Transfer: NJB3>PC>SF-7>Wav>FLAC
Taper: Jeff Mewbourn (jm292@yahoo.com)
http://baltimore-taper.blogspot.com

1. Improv Jam I
2. Improv Jam II

Notes:
Lineup:
Needlegun>Chubby Behemoth>Teeth Mt.>Capillary Action>Santa Dads
http://www.myspace.com/teethmountain
http://talkingheadclub.com
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PWRFL Power is a Japanese guy from Seattle who plays the acoustic guitar.

To be totally honest, I had zero interest in sticking around for PWRFL Power…not because I didn’t like the music (I’d never heard it), but simply because it was a weeknight and I would rather go to bed. I came out for Needlegun, and being the first band I figured I’d be in and out. Then I listened to some of Teeth Mountain’s music and wanted to check them out as well. Unfortunately, Teeth Mountain was slotted to play third, so my in and out plan didn’t work out too well. I had every intention of leaving until someone I knew at the show said, “you should stay for this.” Against my better judgment, I stayed and didn’t really like it. I thought he played guitar well, but I wasn’t digging his quirky delivery and lyrics.

This recording is a perfect example of why I love taping. I really didn’t enjoy the show, but I really enjoy the recording of the show. Being there didn’t do anything for me. Maybe I was distracted alot during the set and that’s why I walked away thinking, “I can’t believe I stayed up for this crap.” But now that I’ve listened to it again, I like it. I don’t think I could listen to alot of it, but it’s very nice. But without taping, since I didn’t enjoy the show, I’d tell people it sucked. I can happily say that PWRFL Power doesn’t suck…at least not in this case.

PWRFL Power
The Talking Head
Baltimore, MD
February 19, 2008

Source: Peluso CEMC6/ck41(hypercard)>PS-2>AD-20>NJB3
Transfer: NJB3>PC>SF-7>Wav>FLAC
Taper: Jeff Mewbourn (jm292@yahoo.com)
http://baltimore-taper.blogspot.com

1. It’s Okay
2. Tomato Song
3. Alma Song
4. Peach Song
5. Chopsix Song
6. Untitled
7. Coffee Girl Song

Notes:
Lineup:
Needlegun>Chubby Behemoth>Teeth Mt.>Capillary Action>Santa Dads
http://www.myspace.com/pwrflpower
http://talkingheadclub.com
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NOTE: Recording removed by request of artist. I apologize to the artist for my failure to understand when he said it was ok to tape that I didn’t realize it was not ok to tape. Confused? So am I, but what the hell…