Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Ben Meyercord's Live Music Picks for Tuesday, January 19th

Hello Dear Readers,

Last night I had planned to go to Valentines. I was going to go right after Meyercord practice. I was super stoked to practice with those guys. Between me being gone for the holidays, then Holland being gone for the holidays, Perry being gone for the holidays and then on tour with Black Heart Moon, I hadn't gotten a chance to play with them for over a month and a half. Weak. Anyway, I was going to go right after when I got a call from Mike Kitson of Y La Bamba saying that there was going to be a last minute Y La Bamba show. So I went over to Zilla Sake and played for a Sake Convention after party that was happening. We played songs from Y La Bamba and the new project Tragos Amargos. We didn't have my bass, we didn't have Sean Flinn, we didn't have enough microphones but we still made it work. It was fun. But I wish I had seen Rey Villalobos and Galveston. But it just so happens that I might get a chance to see Rey.

Tuesday, January 19th

Alberta Street Pub is having a show with Black Heart Moon, David Dyas, and Rey Villalobos. Now that Black Heart Moon is back in town, they will be playing shows for us again and not the rest of the stupid country that is not Portland. Their music is based around the undeniable chemistry of Perry Pfister (also mention above as a member of Meyercord) and Catherine O'Dell (Horse Feathers). They write the music together and then Cat writes some words and melody atop it. She has a very warm voice that is sure to win over all who hear it. Together with friend and guitar master David Dyas they create more dynamic music than is usually in the indie folk scene. Also they sometimes have friend Emily Moeller on viola. I have not heard her with the band but I would imagine that it sounds excellent. Oh did I mention that David Dyas also writes excellent songs of his own? Cause he does. He often plays shows at his house and I have a bad habit of missing them. David also plays in Carcrashlander whose members sometimes back Rey Villalobos who I said I missed play Valentine's last night. I get a second chance to see his delicate songs. The show is FREE? It starts at 8: 30 PM.

Valentine's is having a show with Key Losers, Total Noise, and Karen. Key Losers is the new band formed by Katie Davidson of Dear Nora. I loved Dear Nora One of the Portland (or sometimes Portland) bands that I listened to before I moved here. She was always subtly pushing the boundaries of indie pop. With her new project is a natural progression of what she has been doing. To an outsider though, her pushing of indie pop might not be so subtle. Her band does a lot of weird and cool vocal parts and sometimes does some oddly placed noise freak outs. They played their first show opening up for Casiotone for The Painfully Alone they other week (so did Tragos Amargos). I really liked it. I don't know much about Total Noise or Karen but they seem to be friends and have played together before. I like it when friends play each other's shows. It is fun for everyone. The show is FREE and starts and 9 PM.


If you see me at these shows please say, "Hi".

-Ben


Black Heart Moon take over the Alberta Street Pub tonight. Yay!