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The Stevedores
Psychedelic / Lounge / Glam

"Union and Victory"

United States

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Member Since10/22/2006
Band MembersJake Miller
Adam Webb-Orenstein
Ben Johnson
Spencer Bell (forever with us) Shawn Fernando
InfluencesSpencer Bell Riddikalis Kurosawa John Paul George Ringo John Paul II. Lee Hazlewood Pink Floyd William Burroughs King Crimson Heaven. Loud Noise Good Noise Fleetwood Mac The Wire. Booker T Ob Dictionary Machinations The Moody Blues Six Organs of Admittance. Immoderate Excitement Tom Jones The Pixies Tom Waits Earth Manu Chao The House. Traffic Yonkers Chicken Hut Ween. Built To Spill Shatner Sabbath Zeppelins.
Sounds LikeIn earlier days, men who would load and unload ships had to tie down cargoes with rope.
Record LabelCan you smell what the cock is rooking?
Type of LabelMajor

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Feb 7 2009 8:00P
Callahan’s Auburn Hills, Michigan

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   About The Stevedores
We began The Great Midwestern Exodus in June of 2006, but it was never allowed to reach fruition. In this case, the hold of the ship was filled with hides from the California hide trade up to four feet below the ceiling of the basement where we began playing music together. "Books" composed of 25-50 cattle skins folded into a bundle were prepared, and a small opening created in the middle of one of the existing stacks, which is where the instruments were set up. We proceeded to write and record our first album, 'Tamuawok.', over the course of the next year and a half. Then the book was shoved in by use of a pair of thick strong pieces of wood called steeves. In some ports, only the highly skilled master of a loading gang is referred to as a "stevedore". Our lead singer, lyricist and frontman Spencer Bell was diagnosed with cancer the day before Thanksgiving and passed away on December 3, 2006. It is common but inaccurate to use the terms “stevedore” and “longshoreman” interchangeably, and his loss is an irreplaceable one. However, even the U.S. Congress has done so. See, for example, the Ship Mortgage Act, 46 app. U.S.C. section 31301(5)(C) which designates both "crew wages" and "stevedore wages" as preferred maritime liens. The intent of the statute was to write and record a second album entirely in the month of February, in an effort to figure out what kind of music it is that we play now, and then get The Stevedores some gigs with this new material. Nevertheless, sometimes the word "stevedore" is still used to mean "man who loads and unloads a ship", as British "docker". In earlier days, the men who would load and unload ships had to tie down cargoes with rope.

The debut album Tamuawok.
is also available for purchase
at the iTunes Music Store!

Some Recent Reviews:

Stevedores = the rock awesomeness
by Ross Bronson
The musicianship on Tamuawok. is first rate, and the band seamlessly blends the best elements of the Pixies, Tom Waits, and Sonic Youth into something completely original. The production is surprisingly great for such a DIY band, and the band's energy level is apparent on all nine tracks. Most bands calling themselves 'rock' these days are afraid to do just that, and the vibrant, charismatic garage-lounge of the Stevedores provides a welcome alternative. Experimental without being boring, poppy without being grating, and stream-of-concious without being hogwash, The Stevedores are one of the best new bands to come along in a while. Easily one of the best things to come out of Wisconsin since the Pabst Brewing Company.
Read more on iTunes

An incredible album unlike any other!!
by kid_a.
Tamuawok. is teeming with greatness and a real DIY ethos. Every track possesses its own funk and flavor, as The Stevedores combine and recreate fragments of every conceivable rock n' roll genre: from bluesy rock to acoustic rock to hard rock to country rock to alternative rock to psychedelic rock to garage rock, with a healthy dose of something uniquely Stevedores.

The quirky and often conversational lyrics tell little stories (especially the tale of "The Day The Stranger Came to Dos Manos") and the album flows with ease, though each track is self-contained and memorably charming on its own accord. Spencer Bell's voice is absolutely brilliant; he sounds like an old crooner, hitting note after note and driving the forceful instrumentation of every track. "That Wouldn't Be Right" is bright and cheerful, even though the lyrics suggest something slightly cynical; and midway through, the vocals bleed emotion as the guitar breaks away to escape the confines of melody. "Clever Phraseology" is dancey, but with only organic instruments, and not in that obvious electro-clash sort of way. There's an awesome instrument freak-out in the middle, where everything just goes wild, until coming together again under the mighty reign and gusto of Bell's voice ("Hardwired" is another fine example of this...just, wow!).
Read more on iTunes

Check out articles on The Stevedores and Spencer Bell written by Amy Dupcak of Beyond Race Magazine on "No Alternative"CLICK HERE!!!!!!
((scroll down to read it))

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The Stevedores's Friends Comments
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Sam W.

Dec 5 2008 6:08 PM

Hey. Just got your album off itunes, It's incredible. Enjoy the spends if it's you that gets it.
Captain Mad Ange

Dec 1 2008 6:48 AM

Beautiful music... really, really, digging it!
Sam W.

Nov 28 2008 4:02 PM

You guys rock.

How can i get your songs onto my itunes because i can't find them on limewire etc.

Nov 23 2008 10:18 PM

Thank you so much for being my friend.I love your music....what about gig in Czech republic,hm?:D

Nov 10 2008 5:04 PM

You guys are amazing! I bought a couple of your songs on itunes & now my friends are getting hooked.
I love it :)

Nov 6 2008 2:24 AM

Thanks anyways...if you hear of anything or want to meet up send me a message!

Nov 4 2008 7:25 PM

Very much love to this work, very much indeed.

Oct 29 2008 3:22 AM

I heart your music.
Have a kickin' Wednesday!

Oct 5 2008 8:41 AM

Thanks for the add. If your ever in Las Vegas send me a the sound.

Aug 11 2008 6:38 PM

Hey there sweetie,

so sorry about that I must have told you the wrong one.

That's funny because I tried that one a while ago too, the one I gave you, and it made me all crazy because they sucked real bad, and they didn't pay too good either they offered like contests and stuff instead of money.

But anyways, the correct site is

E X T R A 1 2 . COM

it's the one I am pulling in $650 a week with putting in about 22 hours a week, sometimes up to like 30 hours if I'm motivated.

After you get your membership make sure you sign up with with the companies on page one in the members section because they are the ones that pay the most, I got $65 for one that took me 30 minutes today. You'll see what I'm talking about when you start up.

Jessy started taking them too and she's making $900 a week, it's making me so mad because I'm the one that showed her which one to sign up with now she's making more than me.

Alright well me and Dan are getting ready to leave now, just give me a call or I'll meet you on here and let me know if you have any problems with your membership.
bye now
Dana O.

Aug 6 2008 4:39 AM

Hey guys! I miss you all and am sad that I won't be able to see you all in a couple days.
But I hope the concert goes great and know that I will be thinking of you :)

Jul 31 2008 5:30 PM

hey, looking forward to seeing you all next weekend.

Jul 29 2008 8:59 PM

Love you guys, see you soon!

Jul 2 2008 8:21 PM

Cora Lee

Jun 25 2008 11:48 PM

I really enjoy the tunes
that you guys are kickin
Gianna Knight

Jun 21 2008 4:45 AM

Hey!! I'm writing to let you know that my album "I Don't Think U See" will be released this Tuesday, June 24th! It will have the songs that were on my myspace page that you have heard along with a bunch of new songs! I'll have all the information on my myspace page that day, along with some unheard tracks off the new album. I'll write u again on tuesday to remind u.. but thank u in particular SOOOOO much for all your amazing support!! :)

- Gianna Knight

coming soon
Steely [dani]

Jun 9 2008 3:12 AM

Amazing music, I'm glad I stumbled upon you guys.
TOUR IN FLORIDA! I'd so invite all my friends to see you.
Deirdre Hughes

Jun 7 2008 2:03 PM

Thank you so much for adding me. =)

I hope your weekend is good to you!
Destiny Catalina; ♥

Jun 6 2008 2:31 PM

You guys are proper amazing.
There is no other way to put it.



May 26 2008 6:26 PM

Thank you!!
~Jenn & Maria~

May 22 2008 8:54 PM

Hey The Stevedores, I just bought you as my PET!
Click here to find out how much I think you're WORTH!

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May 20 2008 9:34 AM

...♠ Danyelle ♠...

May 5 2008 5:17 AM

Thanks for the add!
I Love your music!!

May 3 2008 9:39 PM

^^ thnx 4 the add ^^
i love ur music!!!
ummm... is some places for download your music?
i say, i live in mexico city & i want to get your songs... how can i?
AnaLies []

May 3 2008 6:44 PM

Thanks so much for the add.
f l o w e r

May 3 2008 4:20 AM

thanks for the add! :D
Bicycle Sighs

Apr 9 2008 11:33 AM

I didn't quite feel like putting anything clever in front of or behind these words, so I will merely tell you, that I have a new song.

Apr 3 2008 5:08 PM



both shows actually start at 7:00

Mar 4 2008 4:58 PM

Kid A

Feb 11 2008 11:12 PM

rip mike :*(

Feb 1 2008 4:42 AM

i think that i shall pass on the teenage lesbian love making video... this time.
(...and also i think that someone has your password)

Jan 29 2008 4:08 AM

Come out and have some fun with us!!!

Chicago’s modern indie rock sensation, Inspector Owl, light up the stage at Mugshots in DePere, with the help from the delightful, Box Social of Madison, WI. One night only! Must be 21+ to attend.

Inspector Owl -

The Box Social -

Jan 8 2008 8:57 AM

Sorry but a friend of mine wrote something really bad about u in their myspace blog, u need to see it. here is the link...

Dec 27 2007 1:44 AM

Yo Yo Yo Stevedores. What's Happenin? Happy Holidays from the most Santa loving Jew around!!! Break Legs!!!! Just below the knee caps............ Muhahahahahahaahahaha

Dec 23 2007 7:26 PM


Va-Va-Va-VAM! [Is Ready to Begin!]

Dec 23 2007 7:26 PM


Dec 1 2007 6:39 PM

Music >> All Shows for C H A N E Y View Band Profile

12/02/2007 06:30 PM - RED 7
611 east 7th street, austin, Texas 78757 - 10$

Come hang with us and a couple of other really good bands, it will be crazy fun!!!!
01/06/2008 08:00 PM - Eclectia Studios Presents at Domincan Joe's
5100 riverside and riverside, austin, Texas - free!!!!!

Come out where the coffee is good but the music is better!!!
03/07/2008 08:00 PM - FIRST FRIDAY at GATEWAY
mcneal and 183, austin, - free!!!!!

Come hang out in the coolest garage in austin and listen to us rock and worship!!!

visit for more info!

Nov 20 2007 7:00 PM

Hi The Stevedores,
Thanks for visiting us and making beautiful music.
We wish you a streak of amazing Christmas show in NYC..

Nov 19 2007 10:12 PM

♥ Mel ♥

Nov 19 2007 11:45 AM


Nov 16 2007 3:28 AM

peace stevedores. FUNKY MUSIC MAN! love it.

keep at it.

Nov 15 2007 1:19 PM

Cheers 4 the add
Armen Ra

Nov 13 2007 7:29 PM

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Shanna Zell

Nov 12 2007 8:15 PM

Hey! Looks like you're coming my way. All great venues - I'll have to see if I can catch a show.
All the best,

Nov 12 2007 4:25 PM

NCM w/THE MISFITS Sun DEC 2nd at The Chance in Poughkeepsie
for tickets please contact us

NCM at Snugs in New Paltz Thurs w/Cove rd and Tiger Piss

NCM cd completion listening party this SAT...your invited RSVP

Nov 11 2007 12:03 AM

thanks for the add

Nov 10 2007 6:16 PM

Bicycle Sighs

Nov 10 2007 6:07 PM

Why, thank you very much.
I was contemplating not putting them on here, since I let a few things slip loosely by while playing them, but they were improvisational after all, and I was very tired.
I'm glad I did.

And the music is wonderful.
It's so nice to see a group that goes outside the normal boundaries, unlike most of today's music.
Bicycle Sighs

Nov 10 2007 5:43 PM

Greetings and salutations.
Thank you for the support.

Ah, King Crimson, my love.

Nov 10 2007 3:37 PM

thanx to myspace...we're "really" friends now!!...WOW!
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