The first show featured some music from a few bands who had recently mailed me a cd or two... or three. Most of them I had never heard of before and that made it so much more exciting to discover the treasures within these packages.
You know how there are smells that you can't get enough of? Like when you step outside after a rainstorm and the ground is moist and the smell of leaves composting rises up like perfume, or the slightly salty smell of the ocean that fills the air with a hint of seaweed. Being a northwest girl, these are some of my favorite smells and they make every cell in my body squeal with delight. When I first popped in the cd by Coal Beautiere I had a similar reaction of complete sensory satisfaction and I listened to that cd so many times that night and the following week that it became almost impossible to decide on which song to play ...so I played two.
Coal Beautiere is the husband and wife duo Adrienne Spring Beatty and Arthur Harold Echternacht IV (Echternacht literally translates as "Shining night"). They currently reside in a former gold mining town near Nevada City and Adrienne's description of her town depicts an image as haunting as their music. Take Your Broken Heart and Fly, their album (pictured above), is chock full songs that I can listen to numerous times and I still want more. To top it off, their cd landed in my fingers in a recycled paper sleeve adorned with beautiful artwork by Oliver Hunter. Adrienne pointed out to me that they're community is ripe with talent and the nearby town is home to Grass Roots Records Co. that represents many talents including Mariee Sioux and I look forward to playing more of them on future shows.
The debut show also featured the Cameos, (pictured at right). The Cameos are from California and their music is as beautiful and delicately handcrafted as the carved shell ornaments that is their namesake and listening to them might just make you forget which century you are living in. I have also been listening to some of the solo music recorded by Sarah, one of the Cameo's vocalists. Sarah is frequently recording new songs in her closet so this treasure chest is abundant with good loot. Kym Farmen, Sarah Weathers and D.A. Johnston formed the Cameos early this fall and they will be recording a new album in January 2008 so I am sure that they will have many more pearls of songs for us to pluck from their shells by then.
Below is the complete playlist for the Dec. 8th show
Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn - The White Stripes -Icky Thump
Lion's Mane - Iron & Wine -The Creek Drank The Cradle
siren song - The Cameos -The Cameos
Shipwrekk'd - Coal Beautiere -Fight Your Broken Heart And Fly
Slow Death - Coal Beautiere -Fight Your Broken Heart And Fly
Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division -Substance
Letter From An Occupant - The New Pornographers -Mass Romantic
True Affection - The Blow -Paper Television
I'll Come Running - Murder City Devils -In Name and Blood
Missed The Boat - Modest Mouse -We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
Lazy Eye - Silversun Pickups -Carnavas
The Ladder Peculiar - Wimbledon -Cumershl
Messed Up - Kill City Defectors -Mutiny Sounds
Take My Hand - Jennifer Gentle -The Midnight Room
Anyone Else But You - The Moldy Peaches