Saturday, December 19, 2009

Ben Meyercord's Live Music Picks for Saturday, December 19th

Hello Dear Readers,

Last night I was totally going to go out. But then I got called into work and then I had a practice. And then I was exhausted and I decided to go Holiday shopping instead which I also managed to not do. Then this morning I was running late for work and forgot my wallet and phone. Then when I got to work I locked my keys int the vehicle. It has been kinda ridiculous. But tonight I have promised myself to have some fun (that is code for going to see a show). These are the shows that look good to me:

Saturday, December 19th

Blitz is having a show with Super XX Man and Meyercord. Super XX Man is a group or guy or whatever that I have been listening to for a long time. I remember seeing his old band, Silver Scooter, open up for Death Cab For Cutie on the Photo Album tour. His songs are often very personal and sweet. There is this one song called "Gargage Apartment" That I have had stuck in my head probably more than any song ever. I am excited to be playing a show with him. Oh, umm...yeah Meyercord is me. I usually have a band behind me, but they up and left (for the holidays). So tonight I will be playing a rare solo set. I think the songs are strong enough ot stand on their own. I always write the songs with out a band so they should work. The show is FREE and starts at 7 PM.

Mississippi Studios is having a show with Climber, Derby, and Blue Skies for Black Hearts. This is a show for fans of indie pop-rock. Power pop? Whatever it is, it is catchy and very melodic. The show is $10 and starts at 9 P

Aladdin Theater is having Live Wire! with John Darnielle, Nurses, and Ralph Huntley & The Mutton Chops. Live Wire! is a crazy mash up of comedy, interviews, music, and fun. Y la Bamba did one a few months ago and it was a blast. This time round they have John from The Mountain Goats. Everyone knows that John Darnielle is an awesome songwriter. Come see what he has to say for himself. Also Nurses will play. They are one of my favorites here in Portland and actually put out one of my favorite records of 2009, Apples Acres. I saw them play recently at Berbati's and they were playing some new material. Nice. The ALL AGES show is $20-$30 and starts at 8 PM.

Doug Fir is having a show with Portugal. The Man, and Jared Mees & The Grown Children. Yesterday I mentioned that Portugal. The Man sound different on every album. I stand behind that statement, but I do want to note that it seems to be a pretty natural progression. I listened to bits of all of their albums in order from their beginnings to their last album and you can see them gradually go from weird cool rock music to soft pop music. And I again I want to stress that it is good soft pop music that they play. Jared Mees is one of my favorite bands to see live. Their energy is high and positive. I always find myself dancing and singing and smiling at their shows. I cannot get enough. The show is $12 and starts at 9 PM.

Mississippi Pizza is having a show with Dr. Something & The Poppin' Fresh Love Engines and Pokey Twig & The Yuletide Kindling. You may know Dr. Something from blogging here at CIMTB, but did you know that she also has a band and that it is playing tonight? Of course you did. She sings about robots in and out of love and the like. And tonight there is a holiday theme. I can promise you that it will be a fun and lively show. The show is FREE and starts at 6 PM.

-Ben


Sorry I couldn't find a shorter video, but yeah. This is what you can expect Super XX Man to sound like tonight.

5 comments:

Ron Trembath said...

Alright, so I am a very self indulgent person at times, and I try to hide that the best I can. But, I had to do it (There were just so many!):

http://www.fensepost.com/main/2009/02/19/super-xx-man-therell-be-diamonds-album-review/

(i didn't write the following, but Ben is such an important passtime at Fensepost, I felt I should throw this in there)
http://www.fensepost.com/main/2009/08/16/meyercord-childish-album-review/

http://www.fensepost.com/main/2009/08/16/meyercord-childish-album-review/

http://www.fensepost.com/main/2009/08/07/portugal-the-man-the-satanic-satanist-album-review/

http://www.fensepost.com/main/2009/01/13/jared-mees-the-grown-children-caffeine-alcohol-sunshine-money-album-review/

Yes, I am an egotistical fuck. As well as a huge fan of the opinions of Sir Meyercord. And knowing that I have positively review 4 artists that Ben approves of, well, it pulls on the heart strings a little bit. After all, he is the proclaimed (by me) the "Samuel L. Jackson of the Portland Indie Rock Scene".

Sincerely,

Fanboy Trembath

Dr. Something said...

Yes, I am an egotistical fuck, but Dr. Something & the Poppin' Fresh Love Engines rocked it tonight!

Ben Meyercord said...

Damn guys, is there enough room for all of these egos?

Oh and Ron, Thanks. I appreciate your compliments. With out people like you, I would have no ego at all.

Ben Meyercord said...

Damn guys, is there enough room for all of these egos?

Oh and Ron, Thanks. I appreciate your compliments. With out people like you, I would have no ego at all.

Ron Trembath said...

No problem man. Stroke that ego, soft and slow!