Posts Tagged ‘Music’

Let’s Get Serious with The Seedy Seeds 2012!

January 22, 2012

The Seedy Seeds return to Let’s Get Serious and Chicago for a show on January 22, 2012 at Reggie’s Music Joint.

I interviewed The Seedy Seeds on Episode 11 almost a year ago but along with the passage of time comes change, including the introduction of a new member, drummer/multi-instrumentalist Joe Frankl. I try to unravel the mystery that is Joe and we discuss old-timey slang with banjo accompaniment courtesy of Mike Ingram.

Listen to the Seeds perform two songs live in my kitchen, “Ethel” and “Flooded”.

Let’s Get Serious with Kendall Bruns
Episode 027: The Seedy Seeds
Running time: 65 minutes

Download (60.3MB mp3): Let’s Get Serious: Episode 027

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Blue Christmas (Ft. Bald Elvis)

December 18, 2011

Christmas is only a week away which means I came awfully close to not getting this done in time.

This cover of “Blue Christmas” features Alan Metoskie as Bald Elvis.

“Blue Christmas” was written in 1948 by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson. It’s been covered 1 million times, most famously by Elvis Presley.

When he’s not Bald Elvis, Alan can be seen performing at Comedy Sportz here in Chicago.


Let’s Get Serious with Matt Mooney

April 29, 2011

Matt Mooney joins me to reminisce about the Koala Fires and dispel rumors about the band’s demise.

We listen to a new Koala Fires demo, Matt plays a couple of acoustic songs and we go a little crazy discussing The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, what the heck a Norn is and other stuff that makes even less sense.

Let’s Get Serious with Kendall Bruns
Episode 019: Matt Mooney of the Koala Fires
Running time: 95 minutes

Download (87.4MB mp3): Let’s Get Serious: Episode 019

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Let’s Get Serious with The Seedy Seeds

January 31, 2011

Here’s a little change of pace for the podcast. This time I hosted a band—my friends from Cincinnati, The Seedy Seeds, who were in town for a show.

The Seedy Seeds are Margaret Darling, Mike Ingram and Brian Penick.

We discussed how much explanation is too much explanation, listened to a couple of brand new tracks and they even performed a few songs live in my kitchen.

Let’s Get Serious with Kendall Bruns
Episode 011: The Seedy Seeds
Running time: 50 minutes

Download (46.3MB mp3): Let’s Get Serious: Episode 011

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Metric “Blindness” Remix

November 15, 2010

Metric’s Fantasies was one of my favorite albums of 2009 so I was excited to work on a remix of their song “Blindness”.

You can check out the results at Indaba Music using this link: Blindness (Kendall Bruns Mix)

Working with the album tracks made me really appreciate Gavin Brown & Jimmy Shaw’s original production. It’s a great album—check it out!


“Broadz Bitch” Music Video

November 12, 2010

A day in the life of the ladies of Off Off Broadzway. Wake up outside, get a face tattoo, hang out with androgynous midget, you know, your typical Tuesday…

Off Off Broadzway are a Chicago-based musical sketch comedy group. A couple weeks ago I filmed this music video with them. You may recognize Liz and Kelly who I’ve worked with a lot in the past on OneTwoThree videos.

Off Off Broadzway have a holiday show coming up called “Let it Ho!” all through the month of December. Details can be found on their website:


MPMF.10 Picks: Friday

September 20, 2010

I gave my MidPoint schpeel in the previous post with my Thursday picks so I won’t repeat myself here. The big draws for Friday are Surfer Blood and Ted Leo but I’m also excited about Silverghost —I booked them to play Earthquakes a few months ago and they were great! They have an EP that you can download for free from RCRDLBL: The Equine Lips EP

There were definitely a lot of conflicts for Friday night—especially the 11:30 slot—and it might be hard to check out the bands at the (relatively isolated) Southgate House without missing a lot of other stuff so we’ll see what happens.


MPMF.10 Picks: Thursday

September 17, 2010

Living in Chicago has exploded my live music options—it’s impossible to see all the bands that come through here that I really don’t want to miss—but that isn’t stopping me from being excited about coming back to Cincinnati for the MidPoint Music Festival.

Something like 270 bands are playing over the course of three nights. Most of the venues are within walking distance so it’s easy to jump around and see multiple bands in one time slot if one venue is too crowded or you’re just not feeling it. Here’s what I’m looking forward to on Thursday, September 23, 2010.


Smoking Popes + Koala Fires on Fountain Square

June 25, 2010

I am super-excited that Koala Fires are opening for the Smoking Popes tonight on Fountain Square in Cincinnati, Ohio as part of their free outdoor Indie Summer series.

Smoking Popes are a band that I used to watch on 120 Minutes and Alternative Nation when I was in high school—I’m sure many of you remember their biggest hit, “I Need You Around.”

CityBeat has a pretty good article about the band if you want some more info: MidPoint Indie Summer Series Featuring Smoking Popes

This will be the third year that Koala Fires are participating in Indie Summer and it’s always been a great experience. I don’t know when I’ll be playing another show with Koala Fires so if you want to see us please come tonight!


April 2010 Earthquakes

April 12, 2010

Earthquakes is a dance night John Hogan and I host at Mayday (formerly the Gypsy Hut) in Cincinnati’s beautiful Northside neighborhood on the final Saturday of each month. We have live bands play and John and I DJ before and after.

This month’s musical guests are Pop Empire and they’re bringing their friends from Bloomington, Throwing Stars.

Pop Empire are a new-ish duo that are already causing quite a stir. They have  a 6-song EP that you can download for free at their website,

Throwing Stars have an album that you can stream and purchase at



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