Posts tagged “Open Mike Eagle”

21 April 2014

Dark Comedy Morning Show: New from Open Mike Eagle

Tragicomedy.

Tragicomedy.

My pal Open Mike Eagle is gearing up to release a new album! Yusss! Hoo-Ray! It is to be called Dark Comedy, and it is most likely to be extremexly awexxxome if what I’ve heard from him lately is any indication.

He has just released a preview track from Dark Comedy, the aptly-titled “Dark Comedy Morning Show.” You can stream it here! DO IT! NOW!

Is goot, yah? Yah.

The Dark Comedy album is already available for pre-order here on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dark-comedy/id856415907

The album doesn’t drop until June 10th, but if you really can’t wait that long you don’t have to! All you have to do is be in the Los Angeles area on May 1st and you can go see The Mike Eagle Show live at The Mint! Yes, that’s right, The Mike Eagle Show is returning, and this time it’s a “Dark Comedy Live Listening Party.” Mike is going to be performing songs from Dark Comedy, many of them live for the first time!

Mike has his own show. This is Mike's show. And you're invited!

Mike has his own show. This is Mike’s show. And you’re invited!

Details:
The Mike Eagle Show pt. II: The Dark Comedy Live Listening Party (Facebook event)
Thursday, May 1st 9:00 PM
@ The Mint L.A.
6010 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035 (map)
ALL AGES! $8.00 – $16.00

Dark Comedy by Open Mike Eagle

Dark Comedy by Open Mike Eagle

I won’t be able to be there (’cause it’s in L.A.), BUT MAYBE YOU CAN BE!?

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Music.

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26 February 2014

Open Mike Eagle Definitely Qualifies: New Video and Album Deal!

Much respect.

Much respect.

I’m super stoked for my pal Mike Eagle, with whom I hung out with just a week-and-a-half ago. He has signed a three-album deal with Mello Music Group! They’re going to be releasing his upcoming LP Dark Comedy.

To celebrate, Mike has released the official music video for his extremely entertaining song “Qualifiers,” which not only has a hilarious send-up of hip-hop braggado, especially in the chorus…

We’re the best, mostly
Sometimes the freshest rhymers
We the tighest, kinda
Respect my qualifiers

…but it also ends with an epic quoting of “Weep Day,” a rather obscure, early B-side by They Might Be Giants! Here, watch:

Good times… good times…

Good on ya, Mike! This is unqualified awexome news.

(Via Passion of the Weiss)

Categories: Music, Videos.

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18 February 2014

Nocando, Open Mike Eagle, Milo, and Busdriver of the Hellfyre Club were at The Crocodile Last Night!

And so was I!

Hellfyre burns up the Crocodile.

Hellfyre burns up the Crocodile.

The Hellfyre Club represents pretty much the best in rap today. I always try to see them whenever they’re in town, so it was especially nice to have four of them in one show for efficiency!

My friends Cassie and Sandy were there before the show, and we all hung out with Open Mike Eagle and ate pizza and geeked out about Netflix shows. Sandy made home-cookies for the Club, even! Mike left to go get prepped, and we three wandered to the stage area where we found Jason “Three Ninjas” Brunet.

The show started out with Nocando:

Nocando can actually do raps.

Nocando can actually do raps.

Then came my pal Open Mike Eagle, who had a very special guest guarding his equipment setup:

The Ice King watches over us all...

The Ice King watches over us all…

Since this is me, I managed to make an animated .GIF of Mike doing his thang:

Open Mike Eagle Animated.

Open Mike Eagle Animated.

It was a great set. After it he and I talked about his fandom of They Might Be Giants (I suggested he could do an entire set of just songs that reference/quote TMBG songs).

After Mike came Milo:

Milo was all highs and no lows.

Milo was all highs and no lows.

I’d never seen Milo before, and had only ever heard songs where he was one among many peformers, never his solo stuff. I was terrifically impressed! That was some good stuff.

And finally came the meistro Busdriver:

Busdriver likes to ushnu.

Busdriver likes to ushnu.

I managed to capture two animated .GIFs of him:

An unusually calm Busdriver.

An unusually calm Busdriver.

 
In the driver we trust.

Get on the bus! In the driver we trust.

And then once everybody had gone solo, all four of ‘em got on stage together for another set of songs!

It was funtimes. Why weren’t you there? Oh, yeah, prolly ’cause it was on a Monday night, and I didn’t get home until almost 2:00 in the morning and had to get up at about 5:30 to get baby to her Grandparents and then get to work on time. Y’know. I’m feelin’ the sleeps today, but I tells ya, it was worth it.

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Pictures.

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15 February 2014

Weekend Music Shows! Featuring The Old Salt, Terrapin, Open Mike Eagle, Busdriver, Nocando & More!

Quite a club.

Quite a club.

The rest of the month of February is P.C. (that’s “Pretty Crazy” to you). There are a whole gob of pretty durned awexome music shows happening. This weekend are two of ‘em!

Free Show at Le Voyeur!

Free Show at Le Voyeur!

First up, tonight (Saturday the 15th) we have:

All playing Le Voyeur in Olympia. Show starts at 10:00 PM… which just so happens to be when Fools Play Improv gets over. And Fools Play Improv just happens to be about three blocks away from Le Voyeur. So, y’know, if you wanted to go to Fools Play and then afterwards stroll on down to Le Voyeur to catch this show, well, then you’d be doing exactly what I’ll be doing!

Details:
The Old Salt/Terrapin/Frances Rose/Dreamy Weather (Facebook Event)
@ Le Voyeur
404 4th Ave E, Olympia
Tonight, 10:00 PM
FREE! 21+

Hellfyre Burns the Crocodile

Hellfyre Burns the Crocodile.

Then on Monday we have L.A.’s HELLFYRE CLUB!

As part of their “Dorner vs Tookie” tour to support the release of their collaboration album, these Hellfyre Club members are going to be stopping by The Crocodile in Seattle for what looks to be probably the best overall hip-hop show of the year. With a lineup like that I can’t really see how it’ll be topped.

Details:
HELLFYRE CLUB: Busdriver, Open Mike Eagle, Nocando & Milo [Seattle] (Facebook Event)
@ The Crocodile
2200 2nd Avenue, Seattle
Monday 2/17 8:00 PM
$15, All-Ages + Bar

Circumstances willing, I will be at both of these shows, and I’ll be back with photos and reports. I SHALL SEEST THOU THERE!

Categories: Concerts/Shows.

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20 January 2014

It’s Raining Hellfyre (Club): DvT Video & Tour!

The Hellfyre Club Looms Large

The Hellfyre Club Looms Large.

The Hellfyre Club is a Los-Angeles based rap collective that includes some of the very best in indie rap nowadays. It includes (but is not limited to):

  • Nocando
  • Open Mike Eagle
  • Busdriver
  • milo

And more!

A couple months ago they put out a compilation album of sorts, with the rather politically-charged title of Dorner vs. Tookie. And just last week they released the video for the title track “DvT,” featuring six different performers! It’s pretty epic:

And next month they’re going on a whirlwind tour all over the frikkin’ place. I’ve highlighted the relevant date/location:

2/11/14 – Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar (Free Show)
2/14/14 – San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room
2/15/14 – Ashland, OR @ Lounge South
2/17/14 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
2/18/14 – Portland, OR @ Star Theatre
2/21/14 – Denver, CO @ The Marquis
2/22/14 – Fort Collins, CO @ Road 34
2/24/14 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
2/25/14 – Milwaukee, WI @ Mad Planet
2/26/14 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Tavern
2/27/14 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
2/28/14 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme
3/1/14 – Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Tavern
3/3/14 – Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
3/6/14 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
3/9/14 – Washington, D.C. @ DC9
3/10/14 – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor (Free Show)
3/11/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Purgatory Room

You’d best believe I will be there, even though February 17th is a Monday night and we have a wee beb. There’s little to no chance that Carrie will make it since it is a Monday night and we have a wee beb.

Will I see you there? Best believe!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Music, Videos.

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10 January 2014

Mike Is Sorry: Open Mike Eagle’s “Apologies” Official Video

Short & Sweet.

Short & Sweet.

Open Mike Eagle has just released a new video for his song “Apologies.” It’s a short and sweet little song (not even two minutes long) and a cool, rotating-head video. Watch it!

“Apologies” is from the compilation album Dorner vs Tookie by the Hellfyre Club record label/collective. The Hellfyre Club is made up of some of the best rappers in existence right now, including Mike, Busdriver, VerBS, Nocando, and many more. It’s a pretty fantastic album:

It’s okay, Mike; we forgive you!

Categories: Music, Videos.

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30 December 2013

My Famous Friends: Open Mike Eagle is the Rapper of the Year!

Open Mike Eagle

Open Mike Eagle, Photo by Andy J Scott.

As 2013 draws to a close, a lotta people and a lotta websites and a lotta publications are starting to put out their “best of” selections. I might do something similar myself at some point (though I did just get a new Zelda games, so we’ll see how much time I still have for ye olde blog). But for now I’m gonna post things that others have chosen that I just so happen to agree with.

For starters, Impose Magazine has chosen its rapper of the year. It just happens to be the best possible choice:

Rapper of the Year: Open Mike Eagle

Hellz. Yea.

As you probably know if you read this website, Open Mike Eagle is one of my favorite musicians. Just look at the “Open Mike Eagle” Tag and see how much I post about him. Honestly I don’t think I sing his praises enough.

There are a few things that I really appreciate about Mike:

  1. He’s ferociously intelligent, but not obnoxiously so. In addition to be terrifically clever, his lyrics are full of allusions to things from video games to obscure, academic, scholarly texts.
  2. He’s disarmingly humble. Far from being the braggart who can only write songs about how good a rapper he is, Mike does not fear to tread into the small and mundane. His kid likes Busdriver better than his music; he washes dishes; he changes diapers. It’s not all bitches and money.
  3. (Most importantly) He isn’t afraid to be funny. I adore musicians who aren’t trying with every song to write The Greatest Song Ever™. Sometimes you just need some fun in your life, like if you’re rapping about poop overflow in your grandpa’s toilet. His (and my) favorite musical act is They Might Be Giants, and like them his songs aren’t “jokey” and “wacky;” they’re just funny. And instead of listing high-powered rappers as his aspirations, he lists Louis C.K. and Patton Oswalt as the people he’d like to be like.

Plus he’s just such a great guy to know!

Here, listen to his song “Qualifiers” off of the Hellfyre Club’s “Dorner vs Tookie” album, a song that exemplifies all I love about Open Mike Eagle:

So cheers to you, Mike. You’re certainly my choice as well. And with a new album coming out in 2014, you’ll likely top even more people’s lists.

Categories: Links, Music, My Famous Friends.

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