Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Bastille Day! / Also, Recent Concert Reviews!

Readers, it's Bastille Day, and that means it's time for the annual celebration at the Pig!

From the Pig: Food, drinks, and French fanciness. We'll have drink specials and complimentary food. We may even have a French person or two. That's how crazy it's going to be. (Lawrence.com).

Chip: "This could be a nice event. I like French fries. Also, the French are known as a very horny people, and it rubs off on everyone around them, as we can see from this recent famous photo."


At the LC, we've been raving about local band Naomi What? for a long time now, and finally the Pitch has caught on, showcasing the band in a recent review on the Wayward Blog and praising them as: "the perfect wedding band for an indie-rock couple."

Richard: "I'd love to have them play at my wedding, but I better get married fast, because I'm not sure they have much staying power."

The concert review gives us a sense of the many quirky and obscure covers the band knows (Cl.thier, take note!):

"Highlights included Del Shannon's "Runaway" (which featured Campbell whistling the clavioline keyboard part), the Modern Lovers' "Government Center," the Violent Femmes' "Good Feeling" and "Tonight You Belong to Me," the version from The Jerk. Their covers of Daniel Johnston's "True Love Will Find You in the End" and Simon & Garfunkel's "The Only Living Boy in New York" both sounded like they were learned that afternoon and hadn't quite been mastered yet."

Even more exciting than the Naomi What? coverage, however, is the review's praise of local harpstress Whitney Flinn, a former student of Richard's. Richard has had several students go on to achieve success in the local music scene (local hip-hop artist Nezbeat perhaps being the most well-known and important). And Whitney seems to be off to a good start. The Wayward's reviewer writes of her songs:

"My favorite was one about "a doorman at the Replay Lounge" whose chorus prominently featured the image of a bottle of Old Overholt. Hence, the subject matter of her songs was typically about Lawrence life."

Richard: "I told my students, Write what you know! But I also told them: Don't EVER date anyone who works at the Replay! At least she listened to part of my advice."


murray hewitt productions said...

Hey, most of my covers sound like they were learned that afternoon and hadn't quite been mastered yet too, but the Wayward Blog hasn't felt the need to praise me! And I could just as easily put together a covers list that makes me sound like an apathetic indie hipster...

"Grudge" - Scud Mountain Boys
"Locomotive Breath" - Jethro Tull
"Here I Go Again" - Whitesnake
"No Diggity" - Blackstreet
"Guitar Man" - Bread

All ironic indie hipster bases covered. I'll expect the Wayward Blog entry any day now.

wayward blog said...

Your work does sound interesting, but Wayward only covers acts that play at 1:05 a.m at the Tap or Jackpot.