Many thanks to my hundred closest Portland friends who attended and performed at the 2nd Annual Electro-coustic, sit-down, hoe-down of sound at the Beach House a couple of weeks ago. I had a fantastic time and, if the feedback is any indication, so did everyone else. Tyler Riggs songs were biting and insightful. Sean Brooks songs were understated and beautifully desolate. The Minor Thirds were fun and overflowing with their usual literary wit. And Per Se was as gorgeous and emotionally devastating as ever. I can’t remember how many times someone came up to me that night saying, “Wow. I’d never seen [blank] before!”
Special thanks go out to Sean for bringing his P.A. and also to Zeb from Captured By Porches for bringing over some of his delicious craft brews.
Of course, the main point was just to have a bunch of friends over for drinking and listening to musicians, followed by the inevitable blaring dance party. We’ve now scientifically established that if you skip to tracks 2, 5, 6, 8, 10 and 16 on Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me by The Cure, it’s the greatest dance record of all time. Good thing I rolled up the rug! The beer, wine, liquor bottles, mixers, and hors d’oeuvres magically lasted all night, yet had been completely consumed by the time the last guests left around 3:30. I’m also happy to report that it only took three hours of Burgerville-fueled cleanup to return my house to its normal state.
Several people have commented that I need to throw more than one party a year. I’m considering that. Pictures coming soon…
In much less fun news, Jake Anderson (Minor Thirds, Celesteville, Yuma Nora, etc, etc.) was rushed to the hospital for emergency gall-bladder surgery last week. Complications kept him in the hospital for an entire week. Like most musicians in this country, he has no health insurance. If you’d like to make a donation to defray some of his crazy expenses, go to PayPal and send some money to email@example.com.