Carsickness/Five members tone it down
Back in the early '80s, there wasn't a wilder gig in town than a meeting of Carsickness and The Five.
Tonight at Howlers, members of the two legendary punk/noise bands will assemble for an evening of trance and oud music that shouldn't require ear protection.
Carsickness members Steve Sciulli (electronic accordion) and Dennis Childers (drums) will share a stage together, debuting Standing Wave, an Americana trance duo that Mr. Sciulli describes as "imagine King Crimson writing the soundtrack for the movie 'Deliverance.' "
The two musicians had been part of the post-Carsickness Celtic roots band Ploughman's Lunch in the '90s with singer Karl Mullen, who is partly responsible for this current reunion.
"When that tsunami hit Japan a while back," Mr. Scuilli says, "Karl was contacted by a Japanese guy whose prized collection of Carsickness albums was destroyed in the flood. He wanted to try and replace his precious records.
"At that point Karl contacted me and Dennis about a possible Carsickness reunion mainly to record new music. We were all up for it. At the same time Karl's new Americana band The Wandering Rocks started to take off so the idea was put on hold. Dennis was coming out to see my bands Life in Balance and Raised By Machines, and we started talking about doing something together again."
Mr. Sciulli and Mr. Childers played together last year in a brief project called The Darkroom, but Mr. Sciulli was looking to do something more intimate.
"The accordion seemed like an organic choice, so as we rehearsed with this new instrumentation we found that the other musicians we were playing with didn't share our collective telepathy. Besides, we surprisingly had a full and big sound together. And, boy, did we have fun playing together."
He says tonight's gig, billed as a "Pre-Valentine's Day Show: Music for Cynical Lovers," will be the first time in more 30 years that ex-members of Carsickness/Ploughman's Lunch will hook up with a Five member, in this case Tom Moran (electric oud/electric sitar/guitar) and wave drummer Katabu Masudi as Moran/Masudi.
"Tom's been expanding and exploring beyond his musical boundaries for a few years now. I've been wanting to set something up with him for a while, and this seemed like a good fit: A pre-Valentine cynical love fest. We've always been friends. Music is a benevolent presence constantly available to all and we need to share this presence with those who have restricted hearing."
Doors open at 8:30 p.m. with music at 9 at Howlers, 4509 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. $5. 412-682-0320 or www.howlerscoyotecafe.com.
Uh Uh On, Eddie Barnz
Eddie Barnz has seen Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller break out of Pittsburgh, and he thinks there's room for more.
The rapper from the Hill District is making his move with the mixtape "Back to Bizness -- The Return of the Mayor" and a catchy single, "Uh Uh On," employing a chopped-up sample of Slick Rick and Dougie Fresh.
"I was always a big fan of Slick Rick and Dougie Fresh," he says. "My brother used to play it. He was older than me, and I heard it on WAMO one day and I thought to myself, everyone is rapping the same right now, either it's trapping [selling dope] or popping Molly raps, why don't I dare to be different and make something no one is thinking about doing?"
The single, accompanied by a Pittsburgh-centric video, has been spotlighted by Hip Hop Weekly and Vladd TV.
The mixtape has 11 tracks and a spoken-word piece about what he would do if he were mayor.
His agenda: "Legalize weed," he says with laugh. "Give back to the neighborhoods, more things for the youth, summer basketball leagues, more pee-wee baseball leagues, more boys and girl clubs, pass out turkeys to the homeless on Christmas and Thanksgiving."
As for his hip-hop agenda, "I was born and raised in Pittsburgh and I want the kids and rappers to go back to sounding like they are from Pittsburgh or the East Coast instead of us sounding like we are from Miami or ATL."
"I think Mac is doing that," he adds, "but he needs more help. More artists have to be them and not what the industry wants them to be!"
For more: www.facebook.com/eddie.barnz.