Drop The Big One.
Garrison Reid offered up this giant post. I'm returning from Detroit today. If you're somewhere between here and Dallas, go stand outside right now and wave. I might be driving by at any moment.
In an attempt to avoid middle America, I'll address only things from the West coast.
San Fran's Two Gallants have been a favorite of mine since I saw them with fellow SFians Rogue Wave, when they played Emo's in Austin in 2004. Their live energy is unparalleled...fact. Chris, our buddy Del, and I saw them last time they passed through Denton with pals the Cold War Kids. We all left thoroughly impressed. I can't say enough good things about these two guys, and I was deeply troubled by what I read of the Houston incident last week. Understandably, Chris totally avoided discussing the drama in Houston last weekend. Until the dust really settles, I don't feel Chris or I could base any legitimate opinions on a few YouTubes. I won't post those, but instead this amazing example of the duo's writing potential.
mp3: Two Gallants - Reflection of the Marionette (BBC1 Session)
pseudo-mugshots: Adam & Tyson
If you didn't get into What The Toll Tells earlier this year, I would ignore the pathetic excuse of a pFork review and give it a few more listens. It's thick (4 8:00+ songs) but interesting throughout.
Another thing that zoomed past Chris last weekend was the Damien Jurado, Rosie Thomas and Pedro The Lion's David Bazan show at Denton's Haileys. These songwriters are among the top 25 out there, in my opinion, anyway, and this was arguably one of the more compelling bills I've encountered this year. Performances of Jurado's new material were incredible. The tones of a cello have such power. The night was only disrupted by loud fans and Bazan's ridiculous Q&A sessions. He did share his acoustic version of Newman's "Political Science", which appeared on the Pedro The Lion 2004 tour ep.
mp3: Damien Jurado - Denton, TX
mp3: Pedro the Lion - Political Science (Randy Newman cover)
I also heard an amazing Tweedy cover of this song. Dodge, do some research. It's the perfect time for covers of sarcastic liberally-slanted atomic anthems.
Tangent: Eric Fisher is now part of Damien Jurado as the man became a band. Eric Fisher is the designer and producer for Jurado's new record, And Now That I'm In Your Shadow, as well as the last two J. Tillman records. Coincidentally, J. Tillman's new record Minor Works comes out today in Europe. How is this guy's amazing record being released in Europe, and yet still have no home with an American publisher? It's criminal! Jurado, Fisher and Tillman will be all over Europe through the rest of October and most of November.
mp3: J. Tillman - Crooked Roof
Thanks. G. Reid