I should admit that I am good friends with everyone who lives at "220 house" on Failing st, so I would probably have gone anyway, but I thoroughly enjoyed the show on Thursday night. Part of my enjoyment involved the copious imbibing of alcoholic beverages, so my recollections are not completely clear, but here were some highlights :
The first band, solo act Ann Mercerow (spelling, anyone? I can't find any information about her anywhere and she doesn't have an internet prescence yet) nerdy girl singer-songwriter with loud electric guitar and songs about centaurs and necrophilia, and apparently also a Misfits cover (Ok, so I've never really listened to the Misfits, and therefore didn't recognize it. Prepare rotten tomatoes now.) I believe Ghost to Falco played second, they sounded good from upstairs, unfortunately I was having a drunken conversation with my roommate about how much I love Jonathan Richman and missed them. Following that was Best Supporting Actress, one of my personal favorites, a duo of Andrea Mickelson on drums plus Jason Nickle of Chrome Wings on guitar\vocals playing stripped-down raw garage punk (if you go to their myspace, check out West Virginia Lobotomy Project) with themes like lobotomies, dislike of beer, and dislike of urinals) and the best cover of Wild Thing I've heard in a long time.
The night finished off with Father Murphy, who were on tour from Italy, with a more laid-back sound, and finally local favourites The Shaky Hands. I had somehow never managed to hear them until this show (the following day, my coworker who I'd invited asked me, "so the shaky hands were playing at a house party? really? aren't they beyond that or something?" ) fortunately in Portland, nobody gets beyond playing house shows, right? They had an excellent sound, classic but fresh. It seemed like something I could have heard in a basement anytime over the past forty years, and at that time, been like, hey, these guys are good!