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Wednesday, Jan 05, 2011

Goodbye Michael Steinman

A popular musician passes away and the rest of this week's music news

By Peter Holslin, Kinsee Morlan
Just as 2010 was coming to an end, the music scene got some sad news: Michael Steinman, aka Stimy, a popular musician who played in Inch and Congress of the Cow (among others), died at his home in Reno, Nev. He was 38. His girlfriend, Kira Zoltan, told CityBeat that Steinman’s family suspects that he died of an aneurysm either on Thursday, Dec. 30, or the night before, but they’re waiting on test results to determine an exact cause of death. “I just know and his mom knew that he wasn’t feeling well for a little bit before that,” Zoltan says. “I think he went to the doctor, but nobody knew what was going on.”

The music community has paid tribute to the singer / guitarist in the days after his death: FM 94/9’s Tim Pyles held a two-hour memorial on his Sunday-night show, and posted a free download of Congress of the Cow’s 2002 full-length courtesy of Hi- Speed Soul Records head Eric Howarth. Friends and family are planning memorial events at The Casbah and Live Wire, where Steinman used to bartend. “No matter how many times you tell him how fantastic he was, it was really hard to get him to believe it,” Zoltan says. “That’s part of what his charm was. He wasn’t full of himself. He’d kind of take the compliment, but I don’t think he could fully conceive how much he was loved and what a difference he made and how many people loved him all over the world.”


A cassette tape that The Old In Out guitarist Rory Truesdale put out 10 years ago will be re-released on limited-edition vinyl on Jan. 18. Truesdale recorded the five psychedelic garage-rock songs for Dropouts in a Drug Haze on a four-track tape recorder in the late ’90s, when he was living in Las Vegas. “All—and I mean all—of the lyrics were written on LSD,” he says. As it turns out, one of the kids who bought the cassette at a Las Vegas record store now runs Black Gladiator, a subsidiary of Nevada-based Slovenly Recordings. He liked Truesdale’s tape so much that he decided to rerelease it as a 12-inch. Truesdale’s planning a record-release show for later this month.

Eden will open Tuesday, Jan. 11, in the old Universal nightclub building at 1202 University Ave. in Hillcrest. The venue will feature DJs and live performances in what owners Scotty Wagner and David Laurent are calling the “E List Celeb Series.” The first in the series is R&B singer and former American Idol contestant Frenchie Davis on Jan. 14.

Vegetarian Werewolf, the alterego of The Hot Moon’s John Paul Labno, will celebrate the release of his new record, Impressions of Man, at Tin Can Ale House on Tuesday, Jan. 11. Night Rocker will also per form and Luxury Death Machine will DJ. Everyone who attends will get a free copy of the CD.