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Monday, July 14, 2008

Monday Morning Smorgasbord

Posted By on Mon, Jul 14, 2008 at 2:52 PM

Happy Monday!

All last week I kept coming up with one line blog posts, but then getting distracted by free burritos and babysitting jobs. Now that I have a moment, here they all are.

First off, The Smittens had a hell of a CD release party last night. This is something I definitely should have posted about earlier, but in any case, it was a lot of fun. I arrived in time to catch the end of Missy Bly's set in Parima's Acoustic Lounge, which I was grateful for, since I had never seen her live. From there, we moved into the main room for performances by both Brooklyn's The Specific Heats (um, Wow! Definitely going to look for more of them!), and Portland, Maine's The 500s (also known as my awesome friends!).

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Pop shows are great.

And you know what other shows are great? L.A. punk shows!

This Tuesday (that would be... TOMORROW), Tick Tick is bringing The Mae Shi to Metronome. Every time Eric Carlson (Pretty & Nice) comes to the office to pick me up for lunch, I find out him outside drumming his steering wheel to The Mae Shi. And every time I say, Who is this? I really like this! And every time he tells me, It's The Mae Shi! Until that one time where he finally made me program it into my cell phone and shut up about it.

Needless to say, I'm excited to finally catch them live!

They will be joined by Totally Michael, Hearttrobz, and Vanderpolls. That's the Jazz Guys, by the way.

Speaking of Metronome, Brad of Bradley's Almanac, sent me a link last week to a post recalling an epic Metronome weekend! Back in 1992, Sub Pop (who just celebrated their 20th Anniversary) hosted a two day festival at our downtown club, called Vermonstress. I missed it, as I was busy being a third grader in West Hartford, Connecticut, but Brad attended. You can take a trip down memory lane with him, here.

I did some experimenting with my own memory lane after an interesting discovery last weekend. Driving in the car with my ipod on random, Modest Mouse's "Sleepwalking" came on, the first Modest Mouse song I ever heard. When it did, my face suddenly relaxed completely, and I was met with the startling realization that my brow had been furrowed in the first place!

I'm not exactly sure what had my thoughts troubled, but I was more curious about that particular song and why it completely relaxed me. From there I started wondering what other songs have a similar effect. A little random, but interesting to explore. This experiment will continue I'm sure.

And now to bring this full circle, back to The Smittens! Their music video for "Gumdrops" is now available. I just checked it out on YouTube and have to say, wow. As if The Smittens weren't adorable enough on their own, they've now added dancing children, and a feisty cat. The cute overload might not be everyone's cup of tea, but babysitter me loved it. Especially the part where Colin is dancing with one of the kids and they are sporting matching striped sweaters.

That's all for now! See you all at Metronome tomorrow night?

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