Heritage Hump Day: Sledville, "Bar Room"

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Sledville, fronted by a guy most famous for flipping the bird on live TV.

Every Wednesday is Heritage Hump Day! That's because every Wednesday from now to the end of the year or before someone really big stops us, Heritage Hump Records (a temporary subsidiary of Onus Records) and New Times will be bringing you a limited edition collector's item of a much beloved Phoenix band that walked the scorched earth of Arizona before the year 2000 A.D. We will honor that band with a commemorative digital single that you, the digital public, will have only seven days to download to your computers and smart phones before this single gets marked up to an exorbitant price as determined by the mp3 collector community. When that happens, a new Heritage Hump subject will be chosen and the free-for-a-limited-time-only cycle begins anew.

Marc Norman is one of Tempe's most enduring natural resources. Admit it; he's always been here for you as far back as you can remember, fronting bands ranging from Cottonmouth to Sledville to Ghetto Cowgirl to Narc Morman to Marc Norman and the Saboteurs of Musical Integrity to Velvet Elvis. Marc Norman's always had a gig going on somewhere and if he were ever to move his enthusiasm over to another province like Brooklyn or Seattle, you'd be crestfallen.

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The Hourglass Cats Shift Musically on Pair of New Singles

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Jason Sessler (left) and Cori Rios of The Hourglass Cats in a still from their new video for "Be That Way"

The Hourglass Cats are leaning more rock 'n' roll than ever after the Saturday evening release of their two new tracks "Be That Way," and "Been Thinkin" at Tempe's C.A.S.A. SunBá. There isn't even a hint of THC's early reggae and ska influences, as the tracks go in a far more garage rock directions that almost borders on punk.

"The show went very well. It was a good time," says Cori Rios, lead singer and guitarist of THC. "You know how in Phoenix how there's always that gap between the stage and the crowd? That gap was about two inches at C.A.S.A., which is what we like and what we dig on. People I've never seen before and I know don't know our friends were, like, attentively watching our video on this 80-inch screen."

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Paint Phoenix 5th Street Block Party Is the Gem of Art Detour

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Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra will perform at the Paint PHX block party.

The first Paint Phoenix In 2014 was a pretty killer event where artists gathered in downtown for three days to quite literally paint the town. But in their second go round they have decided to add in a day long block party, so artists and appreciators alike can congregate to paint the town red.

The Paint Phoenix 5th Street Block Party might be the single best event attached to the upcoming Art Detour weekend, (and full disclosure, I'm planning two of them). The organizers of the block party, which includes downtown business owners, artists, musicians, and the like really went above and beyond to showcase as much Phoenix arts culture in one day as possible.

The musical lineup is a who's who of local headliners, featuring Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, Drunken Immortals, Wooden Indian, and Pro Teens as well as Flagstaff-based Dragons. There will also be DJ performances by Just Chris, El Goonie, and Mic Cause of Drunken Immortals.

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Why Musicians Deserve to Get Paid

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Editor's Note: A few weeks back, we published an article titled "6 Reasons Most Musicians Don't Deserve to Get Paid." The article generated a fair bit of controversy, and to keep the conversation going, we asked local musician Henri Benard to pen a response. Here it is:

"Pay me"

Let me start by saying I am a working, professional musician and I very much enjoy my job and career path. I believe anyone with vision working for their passion for life is a productive member for their society. Everyone has their role in keeping that universal harmony in the ways we know how to best for the benefit of the "greater good." For the true musician, music isn't just a hobby; it's a way of life and an unhealthy obsession. It's like a torturous gift of the arts (if the unidentified self-martyr within will even allow me to really say that out loud comfortably), and I think that anyone who doesn't think that art provides vital services to the universe, especially music, is just wrong in so many ways. I think that some people get the common misconception that all musicians are just lazy partiers who don't really want to work. Maybe there are some in there like that, but quite simply, most are not. With that in mind, let me tell you why I feel that musicians deserve to get paid.

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Epic Proportions Tour Offers a New Model for Paying Bands. Is It Worth It?

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Captain Squeegee will join Epic Proportions Tour next month.

They started with just an old school bus that ran on vegetable oil, but in three short years, the Epic Proportions Tour slowly has approached the hyperbolic standards of the name.

Co-managed by Peter Sotos and Gabe Kubanda, Epic is a local venture that books self-sustaining tours across the country, mostly playing local high schools and college campuses, but they also have been present at major music festivals such as South by Southwest, CMJ, and the Vans Warped Tour.

"Today's music business is really, really tough," Epic co-founder Peter Sotos says. "There's no more real tour support out there, so it's very, very difficult for a band to get a lot of exposure."

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Heritage Hump Day: Jesus Chrysler Supercar, "Three Cross Curve"

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Jesus Chrysler Supercar has probably the best band name to emerge from Phoenix in the '90s.

Every Wednesday is Heritage Hump Day! That's because every Wednesday from now to the end of the year or before someone really big stops us, Heritage Hump Records (a temporary subsidiary of Onus Records) and New Times will be bringing you a limited edition collector's item of a much beloved Phoenix band that walked the scorched earth of Arizona before the year 2000 A.D. We will honor that band with a commemorative digital single that you, the digital public, will have only seven days to download to your computers and smart phones before this single gets marked up to an exorbitant price as determined by the mp3 collector community. When that happens, a new Heritage Hump subject will be chosen and the free-for-a-limited-time-only cycle begins anew.

This week, all three of Jesus Chrysler Supercar's albums in the '90s (Hail Bailer, Latterday Speedway, and Land Speed) are mysteriously available again as free downloads to coincide with the release of former Jesus Chryslers guitarist Jason Corman's third album as Mr. Fantastical, titled Born to Boogie, Born to Die (on the Sunset Alliance label).

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Unruh Talks Reunion Show, Release of Box Set

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Unruh's travels brought them all over the world.

Sweating to the oldies will have a new connotation after Saturday, February 21, at Club Red. Local heroes, Unruh, are reuniting for their first show in 15 years and celebrating the release of their box set, Tomb, with a giant show featuring some of the best bands in the current local heavy/hardcore scene. We caught up with guitarist Ryan Butler (also of Landmine Marathon and many others) to talk about the reunion.

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Meet Motobunny, the New Project from the Love Me Nots

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The husband/wife team of Phoenix band the Love Me Nots, Michael Johnny Walker and Nicole Laurenne, has never been afraid to reinvent itself. The garage rockers in 2013 debuted their electro-fuzz outfit Zero Zero, merging 1960s psychedelia, gritty guitar licks, and new wave dance pop. Now there's Motobunny, a garage-meets-glam-meets-'80s new wave, with an epic power ballad for good measure, rounding out their debut album.

A collaboration with West Coast psych band Woolly Bandits bassist Rik Collins and his wife/vocalist Christa, Motobunny is alive with swirling organs, heavy guitars, stomping bass lines, and sultry-to-raw dual female vocals.

"It's a big glammy pop thing. There's some poppier hooks, but plenty of big chords underneath," Laurenne says during a group interview with Motobunny, "all in pajamas and cuddled up" on Laurenne and Walker's couch. (This reporter was not there to see it.) "We can rely on our rock and garage roots and embellish it with some interesting effects or new wave keytar or whatever."

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Heritage Hump Day - Dead Hot Workshop

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Dead Hot Workshop has come a long way since their Atlantic Records deal in 1995.

Every Wednesday is Heritage Hump Day! That's because every Wednesday from now to the end of the year or before someone really big stops us, Heritage Hump Records (a temporary subsidiary of Onus Records) and New Times will be bringing you a limited edition collector's item of a much beloved Phoenix band that walked the scorched earth of Arizona before the year 2000 A.D. We will honor that band with a commemorative digital single that you, the digital public, will have only seven days to download to your computers and smart phones before this single gets marked up to an exorbitant price as determined by the mp3 collector community. When that happens, a new Heritage Hump subject will be chosen and the free-for-a-limited-time-only cycle begins anew.

How far back do New Times' archives on this series of tubes go anyway? Well, before my time here, because I found this June 27, 1990, item "Thinking Globally, Rocking Locally" written by John Blanco for a column I believe was titled "Cheap Shots." Blanco doesn't sound like much of a fan, questioning whether the band is really serious about its politics or it's just the beer talking. Wonder if this was before or after the band had a globe in its logo.

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For New Record, Sedona Band decker. First Hit Rock Bottom

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In the past five years, Sedona-based psychedelic folk outfit decker. has played somewhere near 600 shows, according to frontman Brandon Decker, and the band has played more out-of-town dates than most Arizona-based bands have performed locally in that time. Through four albums, countless shifts in lineup, and the retirement of integral member Kelly Cole, decker. has persisted.

"I've been working so hard for, I mean, six years -- and there's been a lot of sacrifice. I don't want to lay it on thick, but I miss out on a lot of things that normal people don't miss out on. We all do. We work our asses off," says Decker, who, if nothing else, misses spending time with his young son because of his relentless schedule.

But without such a gung-ho attitude about its music, decker. easily could have folded in 2014. The year did produce Patsy, an album set for release on Tuesday, February 17 and all the band's current members agree is "head and shoulders" better than 2012's Slider. But it also was one of the roughest years that decker. had ever experienced.

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