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When Jesus Closes a Door, He Opens a Window

August 1st, 2006 Posted in Music, Personal

He’s just magic like that. Here, I’ll give you a couple examples.

This weekend I had the lucky priviledge of attending the hot and sweaty Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. Great bands, good company… all around good times. Highlights include watching John Darnielle making a gun with his fingers during Mission of Burma’s “That’s When I Reach for My Revolver”, highly energetic sets from Man Man and The National, a really kickass setlist choice by the Mountain Goats (open with Jenny and then go straight into Source Decay? Eff yeah!), and the always entertaining Art Brut. But now that it’s all over, what shall I look forward too?

SXSW, that’s what!!! The website has officially opened up for South by Southwest 2007, and I’ve got my badge and hotel already booked. Start clearing your schedules, people: March 13-18 2007, we are taking over Austin. Rock!

Another example… tonight at 7pm, NPR is carrying one of the last handful of Sleater-Kinney shows, live. I only got one chance to see SK, which was at the SXSW kickoff party for 2006, and I can say that rarely have I been so impressed by a live show. This is a band which (in my opinion) simply can’t be appreciated on record the way they can live, and unfortunately records are the only way they will be experienced from now on. So what’s a depressed music fan to do?

Why, enjoy the birth of another soon-to-be-legendary band… The Old Fashioned Way! Yup, we got our reel back from the studio and it sounds pretty darn good. I threw together a rough mix of “Robot on Fire” that you can listen to right here. I’m really excited about how this came out, and it’s just a first mix, so let me know what you think.

Anyways, for kicks, here’s a clip of Dan Bejar doin’ his thing in the Chicago heat. Peace out.

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