Mt. Eerie

Phil Elverum , aka Mt. Eerie, aka “the Microphones” played wow hall. This was an important show for me because I used to play microphones’ songs on KSUA back in the 90s and that’s how I discovered The Blow. Once Phil was playing in Anchorage and my friends and I tried to catch a ride down to see him play (must have been 2001 or 2002). We couldn’t fit in the car and we didn’t get to see him so 16 years later I see him play at the Wow hall.

This show was intense and really powerfully emotional. Phil played songs from his most recent album A crow looked at me” and they were all about the loss of his beloved wife. Each song seemed to have the same tempo and mood. Many lines in the songs echoed each other and seemed as if they could have been swapped with lines in different songs. Each had touching lines and sorrowful imagery. These are songs about surviving loss, seeing people who knew the deceased at the grocery store, trying to explain what happened to children, and being moved to tears by throwing away a toothbrush or some other intimate object. The whole crowd was silent. We were all on the edge of our seats.

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Mosley Watta

Mosley Watta, or MOWO  is a fast humorous poet/mc with great diction and flair. One of his lines that made me laugh was “black is more than a penis size.” and “Black is not a trend is the new black.” He is available on Spotify! Check him out if you like Bus Driver, Q-Tip, Childish Gambino, Ugly Duckling, Mos Def. I opened for him at Oregon Country Fair and saw him do a whole headlining set at Sam Bonds.DSC_1009.JPG

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Legendary jazz pianist Dick Hyman

This hip jazz cat provided music for several Woody Allen films and pbs’ Beale Street Caravan. He played an all New Orleans Jazz set for us at the Shedd. I do not know the names of the musicians who played with him at this gig. Check out his touring schedule here.

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Beats Antique

Beats Antique played the McDonald Theatre. There was some shadow puppetry, a giant inflatable dragon, several belly dancers and of course the band, playing middle eastern dub dance on violin, clarinet, sax and some wild eastern instruments like maybe a tar? I think they fit alongside RJD2, OTT, Balkan Beat Box, and Lindsay Sterling.

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You can listen to their music at bandcamp. The geometric pyramid shapes that decorated their stage were a fun challenge to draw.

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The Coathangers

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The Coathangers play stripped down rock and roll. Some call it “punk.” There’s no pedals to mess with the sound of pure guitars and that makes even the occasional “weeoo” back up vocal stand out and make the song shine. Stephanie drummed on most songs but on a few she played guitar and Julia switched over to drums. One song stood out where they played a squeaky toy as if to stand in for cursing in a song.  These three put on a good show!  Down Down is a great song and has an amazing music video!DSC_0995.JPGDSC_1006.JPG

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Save Ferris + Bandulus

The Bandulus play hot smooth soulful ska. Some songs reference old rock and roll like Little Richard. The songs are simple, but bright and fun and have tempo changes and a real groove and positive mood. Their coolest songs might be “The Times That We Had” and “Does that make me a Good Man”

I think Jeremy assembled a new band with people in Portland. Emma’s back up vocals improve every song and her smiling presence cheers up the crowd. At this show (opening for Save Ferris) they were joined by Shane Connor from the Longshots on Keyboards and didn’t have any horn players.

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See this bonus drawing has Curtis on the Bass, and Morgan who played drums a second time. Notice the blue reflection in his hair makes him look like an Archie character… I drew Emma a second time, and there was something good about her expression here but I didn’t finish inking it because I have SO MANY DRAWINGS to add.

Save Ferris were totally fun. What a blast to hear these familiar horn riff again! I think the bass was too loud and that may have been intentional to cover some sloppy playing but we had fun anyway. There were so many smiling faces in the crowd. Save Ferris are way more than just their hit cover of “Come on Eileen.” I love a dozen of their songs, “The World is New,” “I’m not crying for you,” “What you see is what you get,” and I believe their new song “Anything” is just as fun as their old ones. They played “Do I Even Like You” which is a Fugazi cover. “Super spy” and “Everything I want to be” are so epic. Even though the original members aren’t touring with Monique, they still sound like its 1998 again. They played “I Know” from the 10 things I hate about you soundtrack, and even went loud and heavy for “Mistaken.”

Monique is a charming frontman and she had some fun stage banter for us about how now in these depressing times, we need ska music more than ever! I see they added new summer tour dates, including Seattle and Salem with Warped Tour.DSC_1008.JPG

 

 

Grayson Fiske (Human Ottoman) rotogif

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A crude gif of Grayson Fiske playing the vibes. I’d like to do a gif of their new cello player Julian kosonovic next!

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