Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Every year, when I read Mouse's desert adventure tales of Coachella, I'm sorry I didn't go. Even the calamitous events add to the sense of excitement. The feeling of a community coming together can make up for a lot of discomfort, and though I was not even familiar with many of the bands in the line up, the music itself can almost become secondary to the inner experience. After all, I didn't actually see or hear that much music at Woodstock, but the feeling of having been there has never diminished. The above photo is by Mouse and thanks to Classical Geek Theatre for it's use.

His comments about the amount of time one spends alone, even in that sea of humanity, made me think about how often I have stood at a show, surrounded by the teaming hoards, and the connection with the performer becomes so strong, that suddenly you're in the room alone with the band. The direct feed of their music into your head is like a bolt of lightning, obliterating anything that stands between you and them.

Avi Buffalo news continues to percolate with the upcoming April 27 release of their first album for Sub Pop, with an album release show at The Troubabour on May 1. In addition they've announced they're playing some opening sets for fellow Sub Poppers, Blitzen Trapper, and in July, going on tour with Modest Mouse. Oh my god, they're breaking big...fast. No surprise there.

The Henry Clay People have another big tour engagement coming up, who, with Against Me! will be opening for Silversun Pickups for nearly three weeks of touring in the East. That has got to be exciting.

I have to mention a band called to my attention by Alex of Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros called Whispering Pines. They play a rootsy/blues kind of '60's The Band-era rock and roll with lots of style and creativity. Great songwriting, too. They have a CD called Family Tree and I feel proud to recommend it.

By the way there's a Feed Your Head Second Anniversary Show coming up and here's the flyer:

And here's another:


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