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Mama, I'm Swollen

Author: Michael Todd
12/11/2009 | Daily Nebraskan | | Live Show Preview
While Santa may not be real, Larry Dunn is a close substitute.

Since 2003, the Omaha rockabilly musician has been organizing a Christmas toy drive through concerts. All proceeds go to the children in the Porcupine district of the Pine Ridge Reservation.

This year, the last of three concerts has Cursive headlining at Omaha's Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. Openers Capgun Coup, Brad Hoshaw and Vago will start the show at 9 p.m. Sunday.

"I think it's a great thing Larry, a friend of ours, has been doing," said Matt Maginn, bassist for Cursive. "We hadn't been able to help in the past. And also, we did a recording for a record he'll release."

"Christmas for Pine Ridge, Vol. II" features a number of local artists including Lash LaRue, Black Squirrels, Vago, Noah's Ark Was a Spaceship, Sarah Benck and Michael Campbell.

The album will be at the show and also sold on Dunn's Web site, Maginn said it could be available soon on iTunes and Amazon as well.

Cursive's contribution is a cover of "Auld Lang Syne," the traditionally New Year's song of Scottish origin.

"We stripped it down and made it a little different, so hopefully people will dig it," Maginn said. "The way we did it for the recording is that it's a piece, so to speak, so we can't recreate it at the show. But we do have some covers, just not any Christmas covers."

Capgun Coup, also from Omaha, has been touring with Cursive since late November, and this Sunday marks the end of their run.

"They've been awesome, playing great sets every night," Maginn said of Capgun. "I just love their new record, so it's a treat to get to hear them over and over again."

Now that they're about to reach the end of the road, Sam Martin of Capgun said touring with Cursive, if anything, has taught the band a lesson in doing everything in moderation.

"I think we've been going a little overboard. I have been anyway with partying on the tour."

Having a particularly rough day, Martin said allowing a bandmate to be in charge of the alcohol may have been a bad call the night before.

"Our bass player was the bartender last night at the show in Mobile (Ala.)," Martin said. "He was making us drinks all night, and it got a little crazy."

Here's hoping things will have winded down by Sunday, and the holiday spirit trumps the spirits of the other sort.
Mama, I'm Swollen

Mama, I'm Swollen

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