can't you see, i'm in misery
Here is what I know about Vetiver: they record with Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom, and they covered "Be Kind To Me" by Michael Hurley. I had decided to download some of their music to check them out, and will probably pick up the record later today (are you reading that RIAA? people do that. download things and then buy them if they don't suck).
Here is what I know about Michael Hurley: he recorded his first record (which I'm also previewing in mp3 format right now) in 1965, and has been covered by a bunch of indie-folk contemporaries, like Vetiver and Cat Power ("Werewolf," from You Are Free).
Here is something new that I know about them: they are both coming to Vancouver on March 28th, and are playing the Media Club. You should go. Also on the bill is Currituck Co., whom I know little about, other than the fact that Kevin Barker (who is essentially the band) plays with Antony from time to time.
Check out the afermentioned Vetiver recording of "Be Kind To Me" (taken from last year's Believer Magazine Comp) to get yourself psyched up. This is what I wish every party I went to turned into... some kind of hootenany, where everyone sings semi-obscure folk stompers.
download: Vetiver - Be Kind To Me (Michael Hurley Cover)
The previously mentioned Ladyhawk show on March 3rd, is actually being headlined by S.T.R.E.E.T.S., and is their farewell show.
Pinback are at the Plaza on April 24th.
Yesterday the Province reviewed the latest Ariel Pink record and said that he actually was playing Richard's. Of course, it is the Province, so chances are they were wrong. Did anyone try to go down to Richard's last night? I just figured it was off and went to Celeb's instead.
As you have probably already heard, the Franz/DCFC extravaganza is taking place in the massive confines of the Pacific Coliseum. Tix are on presale now for $35/$45, though the presale's now been going on for 2 hours, so you may want to wait til the regular on-sale on Friday at 10am if there are no floor tix left right now. At any rate, Cy has kindly provided the presale passwords, CUTIE for the HoB one, FRANZ for the CFOX one.
Lastly, if you were planning on going to Seattle to check out Cat Power before she cancelled, take this as small consolation. Check out this video of the Flaming Lips and Chan Marshall covering "War Pigs" on Austin City Limits. Also note, one Conrad Keely (of ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead fame), who is totally psyched in the front row.
now playing: Cat Power - The Greatest
FF+DCFC floor seats are general admission, FYI. Probably better to get reserved seating in the front rows of the lower bowl sections close to the stage. Considering tix were the same price for FF alone last fall at the Orpheum (or was it the Vogue?), this is a pretty good deal. But last year's DCFC+Stars was even better.
Sorry Quinn, I should have told you before... Right after posting that frantic comment re: the ariel pink show's status, I sent an even more frantic email to a guy to whom the paw tracks site refers as his 'responsible agent', outlining my plight and desperation. He soon sent me a short email on his blackberry, certainly from an important L.A. espresso bar, apologizing and saying ariel pink was indeed not playing the show. This apology was the extent of his excuse and the show's disappearance from the tour was never addressed or explained. 'Responsible agent', my fucking ass. This dude broke my heart and ruined my valentine's day. Whatever, no sense dwelling on what could have been. There you go.
ryan, rlongoz at gmail dot com
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apparently he's catching on, so maybe he'll be back soon.