I hope you all have your party boots on because Louie’s Back Room isn’t letting this weekend of fun end until Monday. This event will be featuring the last performance from Katy Needs A Life, a Rock and Roll Machine that’s not been out for some years, and some mother frickin’ robots. It’s going to be an event that will prepare you for Halloween and keep you stoked for what’s to come in the future.

Captured! By Robots

So, I could go on and on for days about how Jay Vance is my hero and I’ve been listening to his music since I was in the fifth grade. I could say something about how he started the Blue Meanies when he was in college, the legendary Ska band from Chicago. I could also go on and on about what his show is like and how awesome it will be to see live because its actually instrument-playing robots that Vance built. However, I received this e-mail from the robots a few weeks ago, and I believe that they can tell their story better than I can.

captured! By Robots

2 kick ass robots, 1 stupid human. Brutal pummeling music. End of story.
But you wanna read more stupid crap? Ok, idiot human.

C!BR has been touring the world since 1997, playing thousands of dive bars for millions of drunk humans.

In 1996, Jay Vance made the robots because he was extremely unlikeable, and wanted to play in a band after all his past human bands hated him. He got to work. Shortly after, GTRBOT666 and DRMBOT 0110 were born. After a horrible accident involving many drugs and a chemical spill, the Bots became self aware and captured the human, now renamed JBOT. It was decided that they would travel the country, rocking out while bent on world domination and humiliating the masked and chained idiotic human in front of his human peers.

In 2013, a critical point was achieved in robotic/human symbiosis. The Bots over went their sixth upgrade, developing human faces in an attempt to fool the pathetic humans into lowering their guard, not unlike decoys in duck hunting.

Humans are now the hunted! Hahaha!

As well, JBOT’s chains and mask were removed, after 15 years of captivity the chains were no longer needed as they were now chains of the mind, and removal of the mask serves to show how ugly and disgusting the human JBOT really is.

The Bots and JBOT’s relationship has changed, now they are much more united in hating humanity. Stockholm syndrome? Maybe… Or maybe you all just suck really really bad.

C!BR’s newly found united aggression towards humanity has been channeled into fast n loud music, designed to deafen and destroy, to pound and pummel, breaking your bones with brutal tones.

So that’s it. End of story for reals.
But one more thing…
Fuck you, human!

So yeah… They aren’t the nicest robots, but the show is going to be killer.

Rick Johnson Rock and Roll Machine


Rick Johnson Rock and Roll Machine hasn’t done a solo show in years now and that’s a damn shame. Can you imagine, for just one moment, the most beautifully chaotic, energetic and borderline spastic music that reminds you that neither punk nor rock and roll are dead. Rick’s charisma makes you want to dance even though you don’t know how. He’s legendary. Besides the Rock and Roll Machine, Rick is also known for his work in Bomb the Music Industry, Wack Trucks, and Mustard Plug. Who knows when this act will happen again, so don’t miss out.

Katy Needs A Life

Okay, okay, okay. Ego, ego, ego. I don’t like to toot my own horn as a performer, but as it’s my last show, it’s going to be hype. This act has been going on for the last seven years and has progressively gotten better and better. Songs like, “Dragons in Love” have given people something to smile about just as songs like, “Albatross” have given people something to cry about. Essentially, it’s all happy music about sad things. Something that started out as an act for a high school talent show has brought years of fun and notably awkward experiences. I hope that many will join me for my send off as I embark on the journey towards learning to work well with others.


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It’s Happening Again! (Meetings, That Is)

In the history of DIT Kalamazoo, it can be said that much of 2014 was sadly the year of internet communication. But since this is a loose collective of people trying to do something a little bit better, a little bit more exciting and human than sitting around on facebook – we’re looking to break up that monotony once again. DIT Kalamazoo will be hosting weekly meetings, every Sunday at 4PM, at Satellite Records (808 s Westnedge).

If you’ve never been, the meetings are primarily to keep organized what shows/events are happening in the upcoming weeks, share information about how to book/promote/run shows, and to find people to help with projects (I.E. “I have a show but I need help with making a flyer” or “I have this band from California looking for a show, but my roommates aren’t having it, is anyone interested in helping me find a place”).

Meetings are also just a good time to meet up with who is doing what and where. Every band/house/project/artist has a different thing going, and we’re all trying to support each other’s endeavors.

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10/22 – Awesome Heavy Psych from Chile, Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo!

It’s not every day you get to see a band from Chile, let along one as awesome as LA HELL GANG!

Satellite Records is proud to present a night of Heavy Psych vibrations. Check the details:



Hailing from Santiago, Chile. La Hell Gang bring plenty of 60’s Psych Rock influence played with a taste and control that makes their sound far from derivative. This band is essential for fans of Acid Mothers Temple, 13th Floor Elevators or Brown Company.

Here’s what Mexican Summer has to say about their latest album:
“Imagine a still oasis on a man-made Martian desert, saturated with rust and red clay. Gravity has shifted slightly, though the atmosphere is warm and dense, and everything around you is moving more slowly than you are used to. You’re just waking up to this world, a realm not entirely beyond your comprehension, but all the same, part of a new reality to contend with and romanticize. Chilean rock trio La Hell Gang’s second album Thru Me Again is the soundtrack to this strange new land.

Earning high praise from their debut, 2010′s Just What Is Real, La Hell Gang have traded in the cleaner, ’60s-indebted sonics which populated that record with something more complex, a murkier palate that instills these eight songs with languid mystery. Thru Me Again wades through these danger-infested waters with otherworldly grace, hanging back in the frame while their brand of laced blues wander fills the room with an unassailable vibe of concentrated lust. Providing a counterpart to the sounds of fellow travelers in their homebase of Santiago, such as Watchout! and Föllakzoid, Thru Me Again is the product of a band mastering its own language, and learning that the tender moments of their music can go as deep as their proverbial paint-peelers. You might be visiting this new world, but La Hell Gang lives there, knows every crater, all the flora and fauna, and have generously offered to take you on a journey of their architected existence. You would be wise to follow.”

Doors are at 9pm
Music starts at 9:30 sharp
Locals FORGET THE TIMES will be opening the show and Grand Rapids’ own IMPERIAL SUN CRUSHER will follow
$5 suggested minimum donation (pay what you can/want. It all goes to the travelling bands)
All ages are always welcome
No alcohol / drugs / jerks
Respect the bands / Respect the venue/ Respect yrself
Buy some records

Satellite Records is located at 808 S Westnedge Ave (next to Bagel Beanery, 4th Coast, etc). Feel free to call them at (269) 381-0218 with any questions

See you tomorrow!

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Running The Gamut of Kalamazoo’s Musical Interests – My Dad (Chicago), The Wrap, Vermillion Father, Anybody But The Cops – Casa Mona – 10.14

MY DAD is returning to Kalamazoo, from Chicago, IL. Highly technical two drum onslaught. A live performance not to be missed

THE WRAP are a Kalamazoo favorite, with highly personal and relateable lyrical content

ANYBODY BUT THE COPS are puke punk. gonna vom.

VERMILLION FATHER is a solo project of extraordinary soundscapes, that you should definitely check out even if you think that ambient works aren’t your thing (and should especially make time for if it is!)

Show is at 8:00. Bring donation plz, My Dad is on touring. Bring yr dads. Respect the house and everyone else hanging out.

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We’re really excited about this one! There is a lot of potential with this event and we can’t wait to see where it goes!

The Saxsquatch Psychedelic Freakout is a brand new open jam session hosted by Satellite Records every 2nd and last Wednesday. The twist is that the event focuses on experimental music of all genres. Mr Saxsquatch will be providing a different house band every night and anyone is welcome to sit in and get weird. All instruments, ages and skill levels are welcome!

We believe that good music has no limitation. We want to see people getting excited about exploring and trying new things! Satellite Records is one of the few true All Ages safe space venues in town. Everyone is welcome here. Let’s make some new friends and build a stronger Kalamazoo Arts Community!

For the inaugural Freakout tonight, the Saxsquatch will be joined by local heavyweights Jose Rincones (Anybody But The Cops, Surprise Attack, Rise Into Ruin) and Russell Wagner (The Reptilian, Forget The Times, Cape & Cowl). The three of them will be setting up a variety of instruments ready to steer the evening into uncharted territory.

Feel free to bring any instrument you’d like! There will be several house amps + the PA on hand if you require extra volume. Don’t want to jam but still want to attend? Please do! There’s no pressure to play and it’s always fun to browse records while listening to live music.

The event starts at 8pm and goes to 10pm (or whenever the people stop playing).
There is no cover, but we’ll have a donation box out if yr feeling generous.
Please, no alcohol / drugs / jerks (let’s keep it a safe space!).
Register will be open all night if you wanna buy anything.

Flier by Ben Lyon

Flier by Ben Lyon

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It’s been an incredible year for Kalamazoo shows and Satellite Records isn’t slowing down at all! Tonight they’re hosting a true once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Show starts at 9pm. We’re asking a suggested minimum $5 donation for the travelling musicians. All ages. No drugs / alcohol. Satellite Records is at 808 S Westnedge (next to Bagel Beanery and 4th Coast)


Peter Walker is an American original, as eclectic and enigmatic as the songs he writes. The legendary seventy-five year old raga/psychedelic/folk acoustic guitarist, and Woodstock resident, was schooled by masters such as Ravi Shankar, and Ali Akbar Khan and his music has been celebrated by the late Jack Rose, James Blackshaw, Steffen Basho-Junghans, Thurston Moore, and Greg Davis, who all contributed original compositions to the 2006 tribute album, “A Raga For Peter Walker”. In the mid-‘60s, while musical director to Timothy Leary’s LSD explorations, Walker released the classic “Rainy Day Raga” LP in 1966, and 1968’s influential “Second Poem to Karmela or Gypsies Are Important”, both on Vanguard Records. Following that, he disappeared from recording for almost forty years, but never stopped practicing, learning, reaching. Now, on the heels of his first select tour in six years in February to celebrate the late 2013 release of his lost studio session from 1970, and his first solo guitar record with vocals, “Has Anybody Seen Our Freedoms?”, on Delmore Recording Society, Walker is thrilled to announce that he will be making a special live appearance at Satellite Records in Kalamazoo, MI tonight!





Mr. Bucko is a gifted and prolific musician. He has recorded material ranging from Free Jazz, Noise Rock, Drone, Psych Folk, Avant-garde, Guitar, Saxophone and more. We’ve been looking forward to seeing him live for quite some time now. Especially after hearing his release on Chicago’s Captcha Records.





Kalamazoo’s best Folk musician. We’re not lying. Axel does it right. Dark and deeply personal songs accompanied by well crafted finger picking. This is the real deal. Not that cheese ball crap you see at far too often these days.



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The Already Dead Family Reunion is only one week away! For me, this is by far the most magical music experience of the year and I’m incredibly excited to share it with all of you! In the next few days, you’ll be seeing posts from several DIT writers about the Family Reunion, what it means to them and what they’re looking forward to this year. Seeing as how I am the one booking the festival, I’m gonna start by sharing my perspective and hopefully encouraging you to join us on September 24th – 28th!

Over the past couple years of booking this annual event, I’ve had a number of people tell me it is best festival they’ve ever been to. I’ve also heard folks say that they’ve never seen this big a lineup without any filler acts or that they’ve never been so consistently blown away by this many new bands. Very high praise and I do not take it lightly!

The Family Reunion is a deeply important experience for me and I take great pains to ensure it is the best event I can possibly put together. I carefully pick bands that are creative, challenging, passionate and inspiring. I’m not concerned with booking artists that have been hyped on Pitchfork or can draw a big crowd. Instead, I want this to be a special experience for all playing and attending. You may not know all the performers ahead of time, but I guarantee that if you have an open mind, you will enjoy every minute of it!

For those not familiar, here is a quick bio on what the ADFR is and what you need to know about this year:

The Already Dead Family Reunion is an annual music festival based around the label Already Dead Tapes & Records which was founded by Josh Tabbia and myself (Sean Hartman) in late 2009. The first Reunion was a one day event in the Fall of 2011. We wanted to put together an event that allowed label bands from across the country to meet and collaborate. We wanted to inspire local creativity by bringing in fresh and forward thinking artists. Most of all, we wanted to build a festival where people attend because of the event’s reputation, not just because their favorite band is playing. Every year it has grown both in scope and attendance. This year includes 36 bands from all over the country playing at 4 different venues over the course of 5 days!

A lot of amazing acts have played the Reunion over the past three years and I wholly believe this year is the best lineup yet!

We’ve got some heavy hitters from previous Reunions –
(About A Million, Grow Fangs, Problems That Fix Themselves, The New Diet, Spelling Bee, U.S. Tribes, Morseville Bridge, AM Stations)

Newer label bands making their Kalamazoo debut –
(Shitstorm, Ant’lrd, Silence Dogood, Yeesh, Miami Dolphins, Watermelon, Kyle Kaos)

Locals bands –
(The Reptilian, Forget The Times, Boring People, Vermillion Father, Boron Nuzzle, Guppy, Anybody But The Cops, Axel Quinlan, Dumbelievers, ARGERN, M. Sord)

Plus fan favorites, label associates and friends in the making – (Child Bite, Cheer-Accident, Cellular Choas, Chris Brokaw, Spanyurd, Regular Fucked Up People, Victoria Blade, Comfort Food, Law$suits)

We’ve even got a special event at the Alamo Drafthouse where a few hand picked musicians will be improvising a live soundtrack to The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari!

For more info on what these bands sound like, when and where they’re playing and how you can get tickets, go to http://familyreunion.alreadydeadtapes.com/
You can also find a Facebook event here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/339291699560446/

I’ll leave you now with a few videos of the bands playing. Thanks for reading and I hope to see you next week!

– Sean Hartman


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