lsg spot – Get Your Butts Out! – May 18 2012

lsg spot – Get Your Butts Out! – May 18 2012

lsg spot
by Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez
Twitter at @lsgoriginal


HOT Rewind

Little Ugly

Little Ugly

Before I headed out Friday night to check out the final show for Casey Cormier with Little Ugly and The Mallet Brothers at Arch Street Tavern, I took a side trip with my pal, Jen Hill, to see Florence and the Machine at Mohegan Sun.  Is it me or are the guards at Mohegan Sun super uptight?  Wow.  They really throw a wet blanket on what should be a good time for some of us.  Anyway…Florence is a present-day Stevie Nicks, IMHO.  Ethereal with this amazing voice and presence.  I lover her.

We made it to Arch Street around midnight and missed Little Ugly.  They did pack the house, however, and it was a terrific send off for Casey.  We did manage to make it in time to see some of The Mallet Brothers.  What a show they put on!  Very cool band out of Maine making waves nationally.  See them if you can!

Live & Local did it again Thursday night (5/17) with another trio of amazing CT original bands.  This time out, we were hit hard by New London!  The bands were great and it was another great night.  I have more plus some great pictures so I’ll report on that next week!

Are you familiar with a music blog called “Ryan’s Smashing Life”?  You should be.  It follows the best of the best coming out of the Boston area as well as nationally.  I had the opportunity to do a special assignment for RSL last month when I took a trip to Boston to check out and photograph Rodrigo y Gabriela for our N.E. sister blog.  The piece was posted today (5/15)!  I am very proud of it.  Enjoy!  And please take the time to like RSL’s Facebook page and visit the website often.  You are a hop, skip, and a jump from Boston if you live in CT and there is some serious shit going on in Bean Town!!



There’s a lot going on this weekend in CT but there are two special events on my mind…the reunion of Black Stool at Cherry Street Station on Friday night (see my interview with surprise vocalist below!) and WCCC’s Big Gig at Comcast Theater on Saturday featuring Godsmack, Staind, Dead Sara, and locals, Jasta, and Dead by Wednesday.  You can be sure that yours truly will be at both events to capture it all (and I’ve got a couple of sweet interviews lined up as well!)  You should get your butts to BOTH this weekend!!

But, if you don’t manage that, get yourselves out to something, anything this weekend and support your local artists and musicians!


Support LOCAL!  And, as always…

Occupy a VENUE!!


“Spot”light on… Chip McCabe and Black Stool

Black Stool

Black Stool

Most of us know him as the creator of the “Live & Local” and “Chip’s Unnamed Band Show” series on WCCT-TV (and all around advocate for local original music), and some of us know his as one of the audiophiles (and music snobs!) behind “Lonesome, On’ry, and Mean”, but I bet many people don’t know the real underbelly of Chip McCabe – screamer for the band, Black Stool!

I got to talk about this lesser known side of Chip with him last week as he prepares to take the stage Friday night with his band mates for the first time since 2008.  This is what he had to say about Black Stool.


lsg:  Before we talk present day, let’s talk about your history with music.  It blows my mind that you’re a singer.  When did that start?

Chip:  Well, first of all, I really wouldn’t call it singing because it’s Grindcore and it’s really just screaming.  We started Black Stool sort of as, almost as a joke kind of band back in college when we were all going to CCSU.  It just kind of took off there for a little bit but we really didn’t have the time to commit to “the road” so to speak or to actually record so we kind of parted ways.  Black Stool has been around in one way or another for…we go back to like 2003 or 2004.  So Black Stool actually precedes a lot of what I’ve done recently with the local music scene.  We’ve been in hiatus since then…well, we did a one-off show in 2008, I believe and that was the last time we’ve performed together.


lsg:  Ok so.  “Black Stool”?  Really???

Chip:  (laughing)  The original name of the band was actually “Kevin Spacey” after the actor.  At the time he had been in all these really dark movies and did awesome roles but then we realized that, for legal purposes, it probably wouldn’t cut it.  So, we were going to come up with a different name and our guitar player had a tummy ache and he was reading the side of a Pepto Bismal bottle and it said “may cause black stool” and it was hilarious so we just kind of went with it.  But, it also kind of speaks to, kind of tongue-in-cheek, our views on the whole pharmaceutical and medical fields and all the crap that we put into our bodies.  There is kind of a message behind it…sort of.


lsg:  It made sense.  When I read “Grindcore”, I thought that sounds like it works.  So, literally, who is Black Stool?  Tell me about your band mates.  Who’s in the band?

Chip:  Sure.  Our guitar player goes by the name of Metal Polce.  He’s not only a phenomenal guitar player but he’s a fantastic sound man.  He worked sound for me for  Live & Local at the Wadsworth show and he’s done sound at multiple venues across the state.  Our drummer is Chris Barry who’s honest to god one of the best drummers I’ve ever been around…and I’ve been involved in the music scene for a long, long time.  He’s also the younger brother of Dan Barry, formerly of The Advocate.  Our bass player is Dennis Morin and he’s been in a bunch of local bands as well; local metal bands and punk and hard core bands.  And then we have two vocalists – myself and Kenny Albert is the other vocalist.  Kenny and I went to CCSU together.  Yeah.  So that’s Black Stool.


lsg:  So, how would you describe the band?

Chip:  We are a grind band.  So if you are a fan of bands like Napalm Death or Brutal Truth or any other grind band, then you’d probably be a fan of Black Stool.  It’s fast.  It’s pissed.  It’s a cross between punk rock and death metal, basically.  That would be grindcore and Black Stool in general.


lsg:  I like that.  What’s a typical, typical, Black Stool show like?

Chip:  (laughing)  Well, originally, a typical Black Stool show was not well-attended!   Because even in the metal scene, grindcore is not really sellable, so-to-speak, because it’s an extreme off-shoot of what some people would consider accessible metal, if there is such a thing.  But, we’ve played with so many different kinds of bands at every single show; we actually played a show with a Ska band once and it was just ridiculous because we scared the living shit out of all the other bands.  It was hilarious.  Like I said, it’s very aggressive and we get up there and do our thing.  Kenny and I are all over the place and in people’s faces.  And that’s kinda how we like it.


lsg:  I sorta feel like I could picture that.  You said the last time you guys performed, was like four years ago.  How did this performance come about?  Why are you guys getting back up on stage again, because god knows you’ve got enough going on?

Chip:  That’s a good question.  The last show we did, it was either 2008 or 2009 – my memory is shot so I apologize for lack of accurate dates.  That last show we did was a benefit show, our original drummer had passed away and we were doing a benefit show for his family and for  a donation to Yale New Haven Hospital cancer research center which is what his family was asking for.  Our guitar player, Metal Polce, decided he needed to rage, I guess, and kinda got in touch with us and said hey do we want to do another benefit show for Yale New Haven Hospital and that’s what we’re doing.


lsg:  Wow.  That’s pretty awesome. And it’s funny that grindcore is going to benefit a hospital

Chip:  In all honesty, there’s a lot of bands that sing about horror movies and serial killers and all that shit, and we have some of that in there.  Grindcore, a lot of the bands, very much like the punk rock scene, there’s a lot of social conscience to it as well. So, we all have our political leanings which we try very hard not to get preachy on stage or in the music but we all feel very passionate about certain things.  Building community and helping others is something that, even though we like to rage on stage, we still like to take part in.


lsg:  The kinder, gentler side of grindcore.  If this performance goes well, do you think you’ll continue to do this and do a few more shows?  How are you guys feeling about that?

Chip:  It’s funny because we’ve kind of talked about that at the handful of practices we’ve had since we’ve been prepping for this show.  We put out a demo originally which, I think we would all agree in the band, sounded like absolute shit.  We recorded it in a radio station’s second studio.  It wasn’t even like a real recording studio.  We slapped it together because we had a bunch of songs.  We talked about taking some of the newer material we had written and some of the old stuff that we still like and still play and actually going into Chris’ new studio and recording a real, passable demo.  And then possibly doing a couple more shows.  Arch Street (Tavern in Hartford) has expressed an interest in getting us in there so we’ll just see how it goes.  We’re all wicked, wicked busy and even getting together to practice for this show has been a little bit of a bear so we are going to probably take it day by day.


lsg:  How do you think it’s going to feel to perform in front of a crowd again?  Are you nervous about it?

Chip:  Not at all!  I am stoked.  I cannot wait.


lsg:  I’m excited to see that too!  OK so my last question is usually one I just throw out there just because, for the fuck of it.  This one is just really simple.  Madonna.  Go!

Chip:  I am actually a fan of the old stuff.  Up to and including Vogue-era Madonna to an extent.  I mean, I can’t listen to it for hours but a couple songs here and there.  But, anything after Vogue is just garbage.


lsg:  She’s one of my idols but only because of the fact that she’s managed to reinvent over and over again.

Chip:  I can appreciate that and I will say she put on the best Super Bowl Half Time performance in the last ten years.


lsg:  Oh yeah.  That was pretty hot.  This last one.

Chip:  Yeah.  It was.


Chip McCabe…Grindcore meets Madonna.  – lsg

Catch Black Stool at Cherry Street Station Friday, May 18 at 8:00 pm!

HOT local video of the week…Ferocious Fucking Teeth

Priming up to check them out in their Live and Local debut tonight (5/17).  New London kicks your ASS…with double drums!!!!!


What’s Playing in “The Flounce”?  Barefoot Truth
(Music in my car CD player this week!)

Band:  Barefoot Truth
Album: Carry Us On
Genre:  Acoustic / Folk / Rock
Contact: (
Fave Track:  The Ocean

What’s HOT this week…


Friday May 18

* Black Stool Reunion benefit show, with Stone Titan, SWWL, Vaitarna, Cherry Street Station, Wallingford – 8:00 pm

* BigBar Radio Presents GOING FULL THROTTLE w/ Special Guests Arison Cain & The Halfway Home Orchestra, Corner Pocket, Orange – 7:00 pm

* Johnny Tripps & SideTract, The Acoustic Café, Bridgeport – 8:00 pm

* Michael Cleary Band, Black Eyed Sally’s, Hartford – 9:00 pm

* REDLINE, Illusions, Wolcott – 9:00 pm

* SURF NITE! w/ THE CLAMS + All Systems Go Go, THE GREAN, Two Boots, Bridgeport – 9;30 pm


Saturday May 19

* 106.9 WCCC Big Gig w/ Godsmack, Staind, Dead Sara, Jasta, Dead by Wednesday, Comcast Theater, Hartford – Noon All Day

* Buttonwood Tree presents 3rd Annual FREE Music Festival at Halfinger Farms – A Tribute to Mothers and Bluegrass Music, Higganum – Noon to 6:00 pm

* SHAG FRENZY – THE MAY EDITION, Arch Street Tavern, Hartford – 10:00 pm

* JOHN STREET, Blue Plate, Plainville – 9:00 pm


* Joe Beck Band, T’s Cafe & Lounge, Hartford – 9:00 pm

* Song Writer Night, Grady Tavern, Manchester – 10:00 pm


Sunday May 20

* I Love Diane, Riverside Park, New London, CT– 6:00 pm


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Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez – lsg Original

Lover of music and the visual arts, Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez is the insanity behind lsg original photography. lsg specializes in artist and performer photography. She’s had the honor of photographing national bands such as Weezer, Snoop Dogg, A Simple Plan, Paramore, Whitesnake, Wye Oak, and The Antlers along with countless local bands and performers.

Hailing from Hartford, CT, Lisa is a life- long music connoisseur. Growing up, her mother exposed her to everything from The Stones to Simon and Garfunkel to Earth, Wind, and Fire to Loretta Lynn…and everything in between. No genre was left unexplored in her vinyl collection. She saw her first concert at 14…Rod Stewart at the (then called) Hartford Civic Center. Thirty years later, it’s still her favorite pastime.

Lisa has two kids (grown!) and a day job. Her loves of music and photography have melded into a second career. And her love of CT keeps her promoting and pushing for local artists and performers. Lisa spends the greater part of her free time seeing and shooting live bands, performers, and artists and art work…and purchasing vinyl!

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