Tag: Brent Amaker

Brent Amaker & the Rodeo cover Ric Ocasek's 'I Can't Wait'

Just when you’d finally gotten Brent Amaker & the Rodeo’s cover of “Pocket Calculator” out of your head, the Seattle Western combo is back with a twangified version of “I Can’t Wait,” a long-since forgotten song from Ric Ocasek’s 1982 solo album “Beatitude.” Amaker stumbled upon the song while rummaging through his new-wave LPs while entertaining at home one night…

Brent Amaker wishes you 'A Very Brent Amaker Christmas'

We’re not saying this is the Christmas song we’ve been waiting our whole lives for, but — wait, actually, that’s exactly what we’re saying. Brent Amaker, the baddest badass to rock a cowboy hat and cover Kraftwerk, brings tidings of joy with “A Very Brent Amaker Christmas,” a song he put together with Portland producer Jeff Stuart Saltzman, who —…

Brent Amaker takes charge during Wednesday night set at SXSW

Listen, Dammit, has written plenty before about Brent Amaker & the Rodeo, but seeing is believing — particularly when there’s cowboy suits, a burlesque dancer (Ms Bunny Monroe, above) and an applause sign. In a badass 40-minute demonstration of western-style twang, Amaker and the Rodeo rolled through instant classics “Man in Charge,” “Break My Broken Heart” and their sweet cover…

Idaho's Fauxbois looking for Christmas love on new free mp3 'Will You Be Mine'

Sad-bastard Christmas songs are the best, from the Pretenders’ “2000 Miles” to Jesse Malin’s “Xmas.” Fauxbois tweaks the formula a bit on “Will You Be Mine,” a mash note to Christmas that pairs melancholy piano-based music with a tongue-in-cheek sensibility: “Christmas, are you free?/Or are you still dating New Year’s Eve?” sings Brian Mayer, who started the band as a…

For Brent Amaker & the Rodeo, punk-rock cowboy attitude has become a way of life

There was, of course, a time when Brent Amaker didn’t always wear a cowboy outfit, but those days are gone. Now the suits have essentially become a permanent fixture for Amaker and his four-piece band, the Rodeo. The Seattle group wears nothing else while on tour, which is the perfect complement to Amaker’s sound: foreboding, twang-soaked western (not country, dammit)…

Brent Amaker & the Rodeo westernize Kraftwerk on 'Pocket Calculator' cover

Everybody’s covering Kraftwerk these days. OK, fine, two acts: Damien Jurado and Richard Swift put a version of “Radioactivity” on their free album, “Other People’s Songs,” in August. Now Brent Amaker & the Rodeo turn in a totally killer version of “Pocket Calculator” — think Johnny Cash, if he had been obsessed with Krautrock. Amaker, of course, is the badass…

Brent Amaker & the Rodeo readies new honky-tonk LP with dark, twangy mp3

We’re not ashamed: old-school and indie honky-tonk are a favorites at Listen, Dammit, world headquarters, and weird honky-tonk is even better. Not only do we love Those Darlins, we’re still digging on our pink-and-black vinyl reissue of “Texas Funeral” by Jon Wayne. They’ve got company now, in the form of Brent Amaker & the Rodeo. Amaker, a Seattle native, strays…