Sep 28, 2008

Not only that!

So, yesterday's show was pretty much the best thing ever. I don't even know where to start. All I know is it was perfect being outside in such a great space in such perfect weather.

Despite being thwarted by the most terrible terrible traffic, we all made it to the Marin Headlands by 3pm and unloaded our mountain of music making supplies. We set up camp near a picnic table and figured we'd practice a few songs till someone told us where and when to play. Then, about a third of the way down the setlist, we noticed there was a bit of a crowd (made up of the lovely folks who'd given us rides out to this remote fairy land) pooling up in the shade behind us, so we turned ourselves around to face then and put on a bit of a show.

And then magical food appeared. And we ate and drank. There was a fairy wand and blond angel-children that played music with us in the general vicinity of a ratty old persian rug that materialized (one can only assume) for our benefit.

Love was in the air.

And then we played again. Another set, having opened for ourselves like we've always claimed we wanted to do. And the crowd laughed at our jokes and clapped to Dead Parents and called us adorable.

But that was only the beginning. The music that came after us was so just... stunning and intimate as we crowded in on the arms of sofas and cushions on the floor to see a couple of kids interspersed with the audience playing songs at the foot of the stairs of this beautiful house. It was amazing just to sit there and absorb the fact that we had been a part of this perfect, perfect evening.

So a huge thank you to Hilary's friend Josh from all of us for letting us be a part of this. And to Sleepy Todd, Indianna Hale, The Blank Tapes, Honeybody Moonbee, the Magic Leaves, and all the other bands I didn't get to see. I highly recommend checking all of them out!

Here's to hoping we can do this all again some time soon!

The set list

Thanks to everyone who came to our show in the Marin Headlands! Here's what we played:

1. Picture Yourself
2. Diggin' A Grave (Micah P. Hinson cover)
3. Yodel
4. Scenic World (Beirut cover)
5. Twenty-Five
6. Marcher
7. Parish
8. Dead Parents
9. Frankenstein
10. A Cautionary Song (Decemberists cover)
11. Idea
12. Sylvia
13. Neighborhood #2 (Laika) (Arcade Fire cover)
14. Siki Siki Baba (Kocani Orkestar cover)
Just wow. You know? A stag ran past us while we played. Is all.

Also I promised we'd post about where we're playing on here before we play. So we should that.

Sep 15, 2008

Rocking the Marin Headlands

It's official - we'll be playing our first proper show with the Magic Leaves and the Blank Tapes on Saturday 9/27 at the staff house of the Marin Headlands hostel!

Till then, we'll be sorting out how exactly to play our songs with so many people and possibly making the acquaintance of those unknown beasts of amplification, the mic, mixer and amp.

It's pretty much guaranteed to be a good time and we'd love to see you there!

Sep 5, 2008

Au vélo

Listening to Blind Pilot live from Portland, Oregon, at MusicFest NW, courtesy of KEXP. They are really good actually, these Blind Pilot kids.

The one dude just said they're going on a bicycle tour. Is that not the best idea you ever heard? Should some subset of us not also embark on a bicycle tour?? We should. We really should.