Why I go see live music


Originally uploaded by dieselboi.

We went to a show at the Dougy Fir last Friday night and I was once again introduced to a new band who is now on at the top of the shuffle on the iPod. A friend was in town and our plan was to see Black Mountain that night. We hit the Chesterfield first for drinks, not really in a hurry to get to the venue as we didn’t really know the opening bands and honestly, they weren’t a priority. After a few cocktails (check that place out, it’s pretty cool,) we ventured over to the fir where the Cave Singers had just started their set. Upon entering, I was immediately taken aback by the sound and drawn in by the unique voice of the lead singer. I would say the Cave Singers have a folk-rock-blues sound. The lead guitarist plays acoustic, but has all the tools to make that guitar sing. The lead singer has a voice that to me sounded like Janis Joplin – and he’s a guy. I kept staring at him, wondering if that singing was truly coming from him. I listened intently, even moving forward in the crowd and at a couple of points, clapping my hands and dancing around. The Cave Singers were awesome!

That is why I love going to see live music. Very rarely do all the bands on the bill float my boat, but I seem to always be surprised with something new. I even bought their album (yep, vinyl) right there that night. No, I didn’t get it signed, I’m not that much of a starfucker.

Oh, and Black Mountain did put on a pretty great show. I’m trying to figure out – if Black Mountain had been around in the 80’s, would they have been labeled a metal band. Think amongst yourselves.

(and yes, I need a better cameraphone, I know)

5 Comments so far

  1. tommykwikstep (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 1:42 pm

    Nice find on the Cave Singers. I’d say the lead singer sounds more like the love child of bob dylan and tom petty – as opposed to jan joplin.

    Perhaps he sounds a bit different live.

  2. Superinkygirl (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 4:43 pm

    I thought he sounded a little bit like a billy goat.

  3. chris (unregistered) on October 31st, 2007 @ 2:26 am

    what is your preferred method of vinyl->mp3?

  4. dieselboi (unregistered) on October 31st, 2007 @ 8:54 am

    I don’t actually transfer from vinyl to MP3. We only recently got a record player, so our collection of vinyl is small and mostly from the $1 bin. I know there are some options out there but I haven’t investigated.

    One thing cool is that Matador records, who released The Cave Singers album had a slip of paper inside that had a code that allowed you to download the album in MP3 format. I plan on buying more albums if that is offered.

  5. divebarwife (unregistered) on October 31st, 2007 @ 11:44 am

    dieselboi – that’s a very cool option! Good on Matador! We picked up new vinyl at the Woggles last week, but I don’t think we’ve even had a chance to open it yet. I’ll have to see if they’re doing that too.

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