Saturday, November 21, 2009

Ben Meyercor's Live Music Picks for Saturday, November 21st

Hello Dear Readers,

I know that lately I have not been going to a lot of shows. But they are always there and I will keep writing about them because, in my heart of hearts, I wish I was at all of them. Music is awesome and shows are one of the best ways to experience it. There are so many good shows tonight. Here are some example of what looks to be a good experience in music:

Saturday, November 21st

Mississippi Studios is having a show with Don of Division St., Celilo, The Very Foundation, The Maldives (Seattle). The main reason I am writing this show is because it is the first Celilo show with out the recently deceased drummer Kip Crawford. This is a band that I have written up consistently because I think they are a good Americana band ( and I like good Americana). I imagine this will be a very weird if not very sad show for those guys. Don of Division Street is the project of a drummer turned main songwriter/lead man, Matt Cadenelli. He makes nice enough pop-folk. He also used to drum for Celilo and he lists band members of Celilo in his band, my guess is that he will be playing drums with the band tonight. The Very Foundation are also releasing their new album "The Restless Enterprise". They make rock music. The kind that has organ doing the job of the the rhythm guitar. I don't know, they play rock music not particularly hard or soft. The show was $8 and starts at 9 PM.

Backspace is having a Homeless Benefit called Give 2009 with Brent Knopf of Ramona Falls and Menomena, Jason Weebly (Seattle), and Calvin Johnson (Olympia). This looks an amazing show regardless of the fact that you will be doing good by attending. I had the pleasure of opening up for Brent Knopf's Ramona Falls a few times this year (as part of Y La Bamba). Those songs are really good but what got me every time was the opening number "Diamond Shovel" which he performed solo on an acoustic guitar. It kills me every time. So pretty. From what I understand this will be a special all acoustic show with Brent so I would imagine a lot of cool moments like the ones I have experienced previously. Jason Weebly plays music that treads somewhere between gypsy folk and punk. Not too dissimilar to, but not near as good as, Tom Waits. Oh and he also sounds nothing like Tom Waits, and I regret making the comparison in the first place, but listen to his song "Dance While the Sky Crashes" and you will see where I got it. Calvin Johnson, co-founder of K Records and Beat Happening, males goofy and fun music with a very low voice. He is a very charming fellow and has some really cool dance moves which I have yet to see him shy away from. The show is $8 and starts 9 PM.

The Knife Shop is having a show with Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside, The Ocean Floor, and Invisible River (Olympia/Portland). I love me the throw back pop of Sallie Ford and her excellent band, The Sound Outside. The songs are well written and catchy and her voice. Oh my god her voice. You just have to see and hear it for yourself. The Ocean Floor is the project of Lane, the drummer of Church. He has been doing this project a lot longer and it is a bit different. I really like it though as a fan of people who make pop music interesting or really good. Lane does both. I don't really know anything about Invisible River. The show is $5 and starts 9:30 PM.

The Press Club is having a show with Billygoat and Tahoe Jackson. Billygoat is hands down one of the most impressive new bands I have seen in a long time. They make cinematic instrumental music as a duo that involves a lot of instrument switching and programmed drums and various keyboards and stringed instruments. The music builds and you can just imagine different scenes taking place in your mind, or just point your peepers at the animations that they provide for you that syncs up very accurately with their music. A billygoat show is an audio visual experience spectacle. Tahoe Jackson is someone whose name I heard around but did not see until recently when Y La Bamba played Live Wire with her. Her voice is incredible. Listening to her and the band she had assembled was like seeing an old soul record come to life in front of your very eyes. So smooth, and so soulful. The show is FREE and starts at 8:30 PM.

Virgo & Pisces is having a show with Dinner Pelonca. I first met Dinner, yes that is his real name, at a Meyercord show he told me that he wanted to play a show with me. I went home and took a listen. Good stuff ( I still want to play show with you Dinner btw). it is Piano based indie-pop. My friend Sean Flinn also vouched for him as he caught a Dinner Pelonca show at the Waypost a few months ago and scored a CD. I was over at his place one and he played it for me. It was very good. Plus if you want to see something very ompressive check out the video I found of him with some collaborators at the bottom of the post. The show is FREE and starts at 9 PM.

The Green House is having a show with Reporter, Jeffrey Jerusalem, Doubleplusgood, and a special guest. Nothing like a good house show. And this looks like a good house show. I seen a few shows at The Green House and have yet to be disappointed. All the bands listed as playing tonight are very easy to dance or generally get your groove on to. Reporter is has in recent years turned into an excellent electro-rock band full of cool triggered drums and keyboards and cool guitar lines. Jeffrey Jerusalem is an awesome one man Disco Inferno. Or at least a dance inferno. He is good at what he does which is dance around his keyboard/laptop/drum set up. It is fun to see him because it is obvious that he is having a good time (he also really entertaining to watch play drums in Inside Voices). DoublePlusGood is someone who I haven't seen in years but as I recall makes homemade ghetto beats and croons atop them with great pleasure for both him and the audience. I have no idea who the special guest is. The ALL AGES show is FREE and starts at 8 PM.

If you see me at any of these shows, please say "Hi". But if you don't see me, please don't be mad.


This is an example of what a Dinner Pelonca show could be like. He plays at Virgo & Pisces tonight.


George said...

Although it should always be about the music, there is no doubt that how a new indie bands dresses can make them more appealing and certainly grab more attention. Even The Beatles owe some of their success to manager Brian Epstein and his decision to force them to ditch their leather look and replace it with a clean cut image.

Jess Gulbranson said...

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