My good buddy Rochelle Muzquiz, Portland editor for "The Vinyl District," invited me to join the Show and Tell Music Club. It's like a book club... but without the reading. Basically, at our meetings we all bring an album and pick 3 or 4 songs to share. This is usually accompanied by a story explaining the album's significance to the presenter. It's been a great way for me to discover new artists, but why keep them all to myself? It occurred to me last night (our 2nd meeting) that perhaps I should share some of our results. ~Jason Miller
Each time we meet, we pick a different theme.
This week: One of the Best Concerts You've Seen
Pick 1: The Tune Yards - Whokill
The Tune Yards is the brain child of Merrill Garbus. The person who brought The Tune Yards last night explained that she went to see them at Mississippi Studios and was totally blown away by the live performance. When performing live, there's lot's of vocal and instrument looping. She plays ukulele and drums simultaneously while singing. Her songs have an African flavor to them. The club was warned that the next time she comes to Portland, we will all be kidnapped and brought to the show.
Pick 2: Midlake - The Trials of Van Occupanther
Honestly, I'm sure there was a really nice story that went along with this music pick, but I was so caught up in the music I don't remember all that was said... just snippets. I think the band is from Texas, and possibly has some sort of connection to Jason Lee (of My Name is Earl fame). Our club also came to a consensus that there was a Fleetwood Mac influence. I couldn't find a good live video, but here is one of the songs that was played last night.
My Pick: The White Stripes - Under Blackpool Lights
Firstly, I am in love with The White Stripes, Black Keys eat your heart out. I only got to see them live once before they broke up, but it was an incredible experience. The show was in Seattle at a large, box like venue, so my expectations for sound were pretty low. But that expectation, like all others of the evening, was surpassed. Playing Live, Jack and Meg will sometimes play full songs, sometimes play the first 1/3 of a song and move on, sometimes spontaneously break into a 1930s blues song... you never know. See the video above to understand. Also, Jack and Meg I know you're reading this. Please reunite.
What is one of the best concerts YOU'VE ever been to? Comment Below.