Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Take Me Out With the Crowd

People often say they don't like big crowds. Not me. I love attending outdoor festivals, sporting events and concerts in arenas. Even so, my affection for decidedly unpopular music often places me in nearly empty rooms. This is the scene at a performance I attended yesterday. The audience for a ten-piece band never numbered more than four while I was there. At least it was better than the same event on the previous Monday. I was the only listener last week. The music's great, but I don't think I can bear to go back. Warped Tour can't come soon enough.

This week's new releases, in order of personal preference: Ninety Miles, Bon Iver, Jill Scott, Gerald Wilson, Grieves, The Red Button, Dave Alvin, Gomez, Jim Lauderdale, In Flames, Laura Cantrell, Centro-Matic, The Black Dahlia Murder, The Bo-Keys, August Burns Red, Justin Moore, Messy Marv, Dave Valentin, Viva Voce and Pitbull.

Clarence Clemons has died.

Wild Man Fischer has died.

Rockabilly musician Mack Self has died.

I'm intrigued by a new set of ECM remixes.

Laurie Pepper has issued a 1980 session of Art Pepper recordings on her Widow's Taste label. A free download from the box set is available here. (Via Jazz Wax.)

Guess who has made a big band album?

Kansas City Click: Here's something I've never been able to write at There Stands the Glass: The New York Dolls are in town! The band is at the Sprint Center on Tuesday.

A Vibe Called Def will feature a live performance of Mos Def's Black On Both Sides Wednesday at the Blue Room.

The Lonely Forest is at Crosstown Station Thursday.

(Original image by There Stands the Glass.)


Gary said...

So that was Intentions? I was a couple of blocks away at Homer's, gonna havta check it out sometime.

Happy In Bag said...

You have to whisper it, Gary. "...Intentions..."

alexjackson1976gmail said...

Is that real? That’s unusual to hear. Maybe the band is not that good to spend time and watch for. If I was there maybe I walked outside and go back home. bookmarking demon

johntjohnston said...

So, is the bar still generating income out of it? Anyway, as you said I maybe won't go there either. Extenze