first stop: jean's to see the ruggs. awesome as usual; still the soundtrack to all those inebriated sunny days i've had. special mention to their girlfriends starting up the dance party. even the little old ladies at the bar were getting into it!
second: seeing the suprise band of the blowout for me this year: isosceles mountain. total heavy drone post-rock/metal wonderfulness. the drummer busted his snare on the first hit but compensated (especially having his own set of noise making machines). can't wait to see these dudes again!
third: g of c hall for the meadowlarks. groovy kraut-folk that blossoms from beds of noise. anything any of the members of mother whale touches is gold. outstanding!
fourth: sey lui at whiskey in the jar. caught the last two songs; matt noah and alex do great work. it will sound even better when they put their brand of repetitive mathy/jazzy post-rock out onto a cd/record/mp3/wax cylinder/anything (hint hint guys! please do this soon! i wanna jam it on the home stereo soooooooo baaaaaaad!).
fifth: one mr. carjack @ paychecks bringin' the dance party. tons of on stage guests, including a certain red bearded gentleman in his disco king guise. catch carjack's other band, electric fire babies, at baker's street car on saturday @ 11:40.
sixth: a stellar performance by zoos of berlin also at paychecks. the most gentlemanly band in the city, with their wonderful bossa nova prog-pop/chamber rock. special shout out to mister who i missed, but hooked me up with a free cd (which sounds fab! hooray for detroit hip-hop!). also shout out to the motor city rocks crew, who i ran into here. they did this super sweet interview of some band i know...
seventh: back to whiskey in the jar for another surprise and new fav of the night, illy mack. a drummer/bass player (using two kick pedals to play kick and snare drums whilst playing bass and singing), and a singer/guitarist/keyboardist/sax player, with wonderfully frank and sweet pop songs. these two put all other musical multi-taskers to shame.
eighth: invincible at the g of c hall. great hip-hop with a full backing band. apparently i've slept on this one for years now, and am totally foolish for doing so. great way to end blowout night one
after: a night cap at sakana for the one year anniversary of rock lobster.
tonight: locognosis showcase @ paychecks! forget plays @ 9:40! come see the madness!
thanks for reading!