If you missed the big Crow Flies live recording session last Saturday at Kinfolks, don't lament, you have one more chance to yell "Free Bird" and make them wish they had just booked the gall-dang studio. The boys, who are going to be taking a little breather, are recording this, their last show of the summer, at the Triple Nickel with the Hollyfelds this Friday, July 25. But seriously, don't yell "Free Bird." Only a total jackass yells "Free Bird." Never, ever yell "Free Bird."
Saturday, July 26, local celebrity bus driver/baby-faced Colorado Culture Cast reporter/painter of pretty pictures, Davoth (Dave Voth), will present his umpteenth annual Art F.A.G. Party at the Rocket Room. Always a pleasant event, this year's F.A.G. has a "cut-offs" theme, and will feature the music of Edith Makes a Paperchain, a wonderfully old-timey indie/folk project with an all-star lineup: Sarah Hope (guitar and vocals), Hilary Studebaker (fiddle, viola and vocals), Meme Hope (clarinet), Melissa Joy (upright bass), Matt Chmielarcvyk (mandolin) and Cahalen David Morrison (drums and vocals). Also scheduled to appear are the folkie rummage-rock kings Be Thou my Vision, to be followed by a big F.A.G. dance party with D.J. Juicebox. Oh, and I almost forgot ... F.A.G. stands for "Freedom Art Gala." Jeez ...
Incidentally, Sarah Hope's sister, Alexandra Hope, who is equally talented and delightful, is carrying out an East Coast invasion, with a true minimalist New York indie rock approach. You know, like Nico, or Kim Gordon, or Brijitte West? No? Fine, how about the Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth or NY Loose? There we go! Now, despite a recent cyber-terrorist MySpace attack, fans are eagerly awaiting her debut album, Invisible Sunday, out this fall (on actual vinyl, mind you!), and a little gig at an N.Y.C. dive called the Knitting Factory on Friday, Aug. 15. Cyber-terrorists be damned, you can contact her at myspace.com/alexandrahopemusic.
Saturday, you'll remember, is also the second installment of this year's Blues Under the Bridge festival. This round features Coco Montoya, Gina Sicilia, Ken Saydak Band with Fred James, George Whitesell & His All Stars featuring Jill Watkins, Jack Hadley & Dan Treanor, Todd Tijerina Band and the Wheel.
Regardless of the fact that past local appearances by Lucero, the veritable "Johnny Appleseeds" of modern underground alt-country, have been marred by, let's say, an overindulgence of spirits, with the delivery of songs being something less than "polished," they are still one of my favorite live bands to see. Honestly, any talented jerk can play all the right notes, and sing all the right words, but it takes some serious ability to forget everything and still make it sound good. And when they aren't having to be scraped off the floor, even better! See for yourself Wednesday, July 30, at the Black Sheep. They will be joined by ambient country cutie Jessica Lea Mayfield, and the southern-fried indie rockers of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Glossary.
Fans of the dark and morose music of Tom Waits, or Danny Elfman's Nightmare Before Christmas score, I implore you to mark your calendars. Thursday. July 31. Write "Free show. Rocket Room. Brian Parton. The Peculiar Pretzelmen." The rest is up to you.
Well, next week's Reverb "episode" will mark a full year of me writing this thing. Can you believe it? How about you write me a letter and let me know how I'm doing? Really, I can only fake this shit for so long!
Smell you later.