The Buddha Den

Everything you wanted to know about the Dayton music scene and more but were afraid to ask

Wednesday, October 07, 2009


...that's right. We got a new home. Check us out over HERE...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

DMF 09 Schedule

...this Saturday night is one of the biggest nights of the year for Dayton music as the 5th Annual Dayton Music Fest brings together some of the best talent from the Gem City and beyond. Here's the details on the schedule...

2009 Schedule for DMF

Canal St. Tavern
Jesse Remnant & The Trainwrecks 12:30 – until done
Lab Partners 11:30- 12: 10
Eat Sugar 10:30 – 11:10
The Turkish Delights 9:30 – 10:10

Trolley Stop
TBA 12: 30 – until done
Wes Tirey 11:35 – 12: 10
The Seedy Seeds 10: 45 – 11:20
State School 9:55 – 10:30
David Payne 9:00 – 9:35

Buffalo Killers 12:30 – until done
Nick Kizirnis Band 11:30- 12: 10
Lucky Pineapple 10:30 – 11:10
Human Reunion 9:30 – 10:10

Oregon Express
Astro Fang 12:15 – until done
Smug Brothers 11: 00 – 11:40
The Lion’s Rampant 10:00 – 10:40
Fuzz Hound 9:00 – 9:40

Tumbleweed Connection
Luxury Pushers 12:30 – until done
The Story Changes 11:30- 12: 10
Frontier Folk Nebraska 10:30 – 11:10
Toads and Mice 9:30 – 10:10

Oxymoronatron 12:15 – until done
Yakuza Heart Attack 11: 00 – 11:40
Joe Anderl and The 1984 NFL Draft 10:00 – 10:40
Dale Walton 9:00 – 9:40

Dayton Dirt Collective
Jasper the Colossal 10:00 – 11:00
Hospital Garden 9:30- 10:00
Kris N. 8:45 – 9:15
XL427 8:00 – 8:30

Blind Bob’s
The Professors 12:15 – until done
Mountain Screamer 11: 00 – 11:40
The Motel Beds 10:00 – 10:40
Stone The Mayor Sheriffs 9:00 – 9:40

...we're currently relocating our offices here at The Buddha Den, so we're gonna be gone for a few days. No worries, we have some very exciting news for you when we return. Stay tuned...


...the schedule at the Trolley Stop has been finalized. Modify yr scorecards accordingly:

Trolley Stop
C. Wright's Parlour Tricks 12: 30 – until done
Wes Tirey 11:35 – 12: 10
The Seedy Seeds 10: 45 – 11:20
State School 9:55 – 10:30
David Payne 9:00 – 9:35


Monday, September 28, 2009

VIDEO: Smug Brothers//Interior Magnets

...for a band that's still not made a proper Dayton appearance, the elusive Smug Brothers seem to be building quite a buzz. The band will make their hometown debut this Saturday at the Fifth Annual Dayton Music Fest [@ Oregon Express; 11 pm] and have issued a new video for their current single, "Interior Magnets" to help promote the appearance. The video was shot by skate vid guru Dave Ackels and features a "starring role" by Chris Crabtree. In keeping with their aesthetics, no member of Smug Brothers can be seen in the clip...

...the Smug Brothers 5-song single Interior Magnets is available through Dayton label Squids Eye Records. Smug Brothers are also rumored to be on a billing somewhere in Dayton sometime in late October as part of an exclusive one-off performance by a former Dayton native. Details remain unconfirmed, but stay tuned to The Buddha Den for more information as it becomes available...

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...and yr Dayton Band Play-Offs Champion is... many of you already know, The Turkish Delights emerged victorious on Saturday night as they faced off against Oxymoronatron in Dayton Band Play-Offs Finals, hosted by none other than Canal Street Tavern. Winning by a mere four votes, it was one of the most highly contested finals we can recall. Congratulations to the Turks on their incredible showing this summer!

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Raging State Turks

...hey kids, here's what's happening tonight. We're in a state of flux here at home base, so we trust you'll do the right thing for yrselves this evening. Carry on...

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Flotation Walls

...last summer, we hosted Columbus outfit Flotation Walls and witnessed a captivating live set by one of the most inventive indie outfits in the region. The quartet take up the anthemic mantle of The Polyphonic Spree and steering toward a slightly less-psychedelic realm of freakiness from Of Montreal or The Flaming Lips. Flotation Walls weave a intimate-yet-bombastic tapestry of chamber pop fused with electronic experimentation and classically-trained flourishes, delicately framing existentially-driven lyrics that compliment each other perfectly and heighten the intensity of each. Taken together with their pseudo-militaristic uniforms, FW leave little to be desired in terms of presentation. Flotation Walls are currently touring out in support of their self-released debut album, Nature, which you can pick up in digital & physical form HERE...

....Flotation Walls will be at Dayton Dirt Collective this evening with Finding Fiction [NY] and Space Race...

MP3: Flotation Walls "Willis the Fireman"

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Unit Breed

...over the past decade, James Demaree has led the Portland, OR outift The Unit Breed through over a dozen releases and twice as many lineup changes to forge a understated, ethereal aesthetic fusing psych/post-punk elements together into a demented dream state. The band roll through Dayton Dirt Collective this evening in the midst of an extended US tour in support of their Always Distance the Lonely album. The show starts at 7 and is open to ALL AGES...

Sep 23 - Dayton OH / Dayton Dirt Collective 144 East Third Street 45402

Sep 24 - Hamtramck MI / The Painted Lady 2930 Jacob St. 48212

Sep 25 - Duluth MN / Glensheen Mansion with: Knife World from MPLS, Moonstone from MPLS, The Brothers Band

Sep 26 - Milwaukee WI / Ground Zero (House Show) 2650 N Richard St. 53212

Sep 27 - Chicago IL / The Orphanage 643 W 31st St. 60616

Sep 28 - Ames Iowa / Ames Progressive 118 Hayward Ave 50014

Sep 29 - Kansas City MO / Still waiting on details

Sep 30 - Live at 4 on St. Paul pirate radio show

Sep 30 - Minneapolis MN / still waiting on details

Oct 1 - Vermillion SD / with We All Have Hooks for Hands.

Oct 2 - Bismarck ND / Project Noise 1144 Summit Blvd 58504. All Ages with Zebra Corpse and The Vexed

Oct 3 - ND, SD, WY / Please help

Oct 4 - ND, SD / Please help

Oct 5 - Aberdeen SD / Red Rooster / 202 S Main St 8pm / All Ages / No Alcohol

Oct 6 - Kearney NE / The Roman / 2004 Central Ave 68847

Oct 7 - Wichita KS / Kirby's Beer Store 3227 e 17th wichita, ks 67208 / With Low Oriale

Oct 8 - Denver CO / 3 Kings 60 S Broadway 80209 with Captured by Robots.

Oct 9 - UT, WY, ID / Pleas help

Oct 10 - Garden City ID / VAC (Visual Arts Collective) 3638 Osage St 83714 With The Universal and Good Friday.

Oct 17 - Portland OR / The Backspace 115 NW 5th Ave with Pregnant, Golden Holy, Worker Bee. This will be our official album release! The Unit Breed are pretty much taking a break after this with talk of crashing the Gingerbread House during Halloween.

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...if you've missed the first two weeks of The Buddha Den NTRO/XPO September Residency with Kuan, we can't really help you at this point. This quartet turned in two of the most inspired and outright facemelting performances we've ever had the pleasure of hosting. Tonight, the band performs without at net, going completely improvisational with a special guest vocalist. If you wanna see something in the Gem City that you've not seen before and will never have the opportunity to see again, you don't not want to miss the third week of Kuan at The Buddha Den NTRO/XPO. As a bonus special treat, we will also have power-poppers Zest of Yore opening this evening, on tour from Dallas, TX. As always, The Buddha Den NTRO/XPO is a FREE EVENT that takes place at Oregon Express, with music starting at 10 pm. See you there...

MP3: Kuan "J"

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Hot Cha Cha//The World's Hardest Working Telescope and the Violent Birth of the Stars

...late last year we came across Cleveland quartet Hot Cha Cha and immediately loved what we heard. Building off the buzz of last year's Rifle, I Knew You When You Were Just a Pistol EP, the band are gearing up for the release of their debut full-length, The World's Hardest Working Telescope and the Violent Birth of the Stars, due out in November via Cleveland's Exit Stencil Recordings. While the seductively brash delivery of Bosnian-born singer Jovana Batkovic easily draws attention, the band's ability to navigate through sugary synth pop as deftly as introspective, reverb-drenched guitar epics maintains attention well past the curiosity stage. Hot Cha Cha embraces the palate of new wave/post-punk of flavors currently in vogue, yet somehow manage to channel enough of the source material to devise a relevant re-interpretation all their own. As evidenced in their video clips below, the ladies also possess a healthy sense of humor that keeps them distinctly Midwestern. Tune in to The World's Hardest Working Telescope and the Violent Birth of the Stars now...

MP3: Hot Cha Cha "Ticket Away From Prague"
MP3: Hot Cha Cha "Baby Mammoth"

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

VIDEO: Yea Big + Kid Static//Grim's been entirely too long since we've heard anything from Chicago's dynamic duo, Yea Big + Kid Static. Like a desperately needed shock to the system, we came across this new clip from the band's new disc, The Future's Looking Grim. Dig this graveyard dance party then go grab the album...


Lymbyc Systm

...the cool winds creep in today as autumn poises itself to finally take seasonal hold. Without a doubt, this is our favorite time of year and we relish the shift toward a more subdued climate. In turn, we tend to drift toward moodier music this time of year, and the new sounds from sibling duo Lymbyc Systm arrived a little early as what we can only take as an indicator of things to come. The duo are currently on tour with The Books and their new album, Shutter Release, is due November 3 on Mush Records. As propulsive drums are wound up in sheets of sonic sweetness and bombastic guitars, the resulting canvas suggests the imminent wintry midwestern landscapes...

MP3: Lymbyc Systm "Ghost Clock"


09/17 Columbus, OH Wexner Center *
09/18 Grand Rapids, MI Calvin College *
09/19 Urbana, IL Pygmalion Festival *#
09/20 St. Louis, MO The Luminary Center For The Arts *
09/25 Charlottesville, VA The Southern *
09/26 Princeton, NJ Terrace F. Club *

* = w/ The Books
# = w/ Iron & Wine

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Pavement Announce 2010 Tour

...admittedly, we're slightly behind the curve on this one. Still, we're pretty excited about the fact that indie icons Pavement announced this week that there will be a round of touring in 2010. While initial reports only mentioned a show in NYC's Central Park in September of next year, it appears as if there will additional touring throughout the US to coincide with some sort of retrospective disc. While dates outside of the Big Apple remain unconfirmed, the band's website announced that pre-sale tickets for the NYC show will be available tomorrow morning, September 18. The band remain adamant that this in no way will be a permanent reunion. We're kinda hoping it isn't. We'll keep you updated as more details emerge on this...

MP3: Pavement "Stop Breathin"


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Kuan//E case you missed out last week, Kuan opened their September Residency at The Buddha Den NTRO/XPO with a sonic assault that needs to be witnessed. We'd easily put them up against anyone currently running in the Gem City, as their dynamics and inventive compositions fueled by avant experimentation keep this instrumental quartet close to the edge throughout. The band will be issuing a double EP at the end of the month [featuring the track below], so catch them now before everyone else does. Opening up this evening will be David Payne. The Buddha Den NTRO/XPO is at Oregon Express every Wednesday, starts at 10 pm, and is FREE, so we'll see you there...

MP3: Kuan "E"

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Peopleperson//The Kids Are All Done For

...from our friends over at Fictionband Mechanics, it is our distinct pleasure to announce the first official release from our favorite home recordist, Peopleperson. As announced this morning, The Kids Are All Done For is now available as the first physical release from the label. Tapping through everything from twangy surf rock to Kraut minimalism to swirling shoegaze/psychedelia to unrepentant shredding all while retaining a idiosyncratic melodicism that keeps this an engaging listen throughout. Certainly The Kids Are All Done For will tax many listeners' capacity for modern music, but for the initiated, a fruitful musical bounty awaits. You can pick up the disc here and get a look/listen below. Enjoy...

MP3: Peopleperson "The Kids Are All Done For"

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Black Whales

...while our inbox gets more and more submissions every single day, we couldn't be happier to sort through everything when it leads us to something as rewarding as Seattle outfit Black Whales. With their debut EP Origins dropping today via the Mt Fuji imprint, Black Whales may be a band to watch in the coming months. With their recent success at the high-profile Bumbershoot festival, Black Whales are conjuring a buzz that is only further bolstered by the strength of Origins. Propelled by hooktastic melodies, the spiky jangle of their guitar work is perfectly balanced by a moody-yet-danceable rhythm section. At moments, Alex Robert delivers a potent combination of words and melodies that channels hints of The Shins' James Mercer. With repeated spins imminent, we can easily see this becoming a large part of our soundtrack of Autumn 2009...

MP3: Black Whales "Young Blood"
MP3: Black Whales "Origins"

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