I am really enjoying ohbijou. I find them to be sort of orchestral pop without the kind of OHMIGODWE’RETHEMOSTIMPORTANTPOPBANDEVER!!!! presentation of Arcade Fire. Don’t get me wrong, I see where Arcade Fire are going, but I think ohbijou is a little more subtle and lovely. I suspect that I will be just as into ohbijou a year from now.
Also, my old friend Shannon Wright has just(?) put out a new record. I knew her as “the girl from Crowsdell” back in the ’90s, then lost track of her, only to have her pop back on to my (admittedly limited) radar as having done some amazing work with Steve Albini at Electrical Studios in Chicago. You should check out the songs on her MySpace page.
I have been playing with Five-Eight lately. God, what a blast that’s been! I played with Five-Eight for about nine years back in the ’90s. We did innumerable tours, including at least five Big Laps around the country. It was good, then it was great, then we got tired of each other and touring and I left the band. After eight years off, the drummer who replaced me has moved out to Los Angeles and I have been filling in here and there. It’s amazing what happens when you take a little time off. The practices have been revelatory, amazing, moving. There’s a level of communication that happens when you’ve played with guys for that many years. It’s good. It’s been a lot of fun. I have no idea what the future holds, but y’know, even when I pretend that I do, it’s all guesswork, so we’ll see.
I have also been listening to Dead Confederate a lot. These guys are from Athens, and I stumbled up on them from the nice things that they had said about Music Hates You in an interview. They’re an interesting mix of influences. I hear a little Radiohead, some Flaming Lips, some Sonic Youth, but there’s no denying that they’re a great pop songwriting team. I dig this band, and I predict great things. You can see some very funny photos of them doing Sonic Youth covers on my friend Mike’s website.
There will be more music updates soon. I am starting to think this might need to just turn into a music blog. I am so much more interested in music than politics these days.