Sunday, June 29, 2008

WFHB Top 10 - 6/24/08

1. My Morning Jacket Evil Urges
2. Alejandro Escovedo
Real Animal
3. John Mellencamp
Life Death Love and Freedom
4. Eli "Paperboy" Reed Roll With You
5. The Watson Twins Fire Songs
6. Ben Solee
Learning to Bend
7. Abigail Washburn and The Sparrow Quartet
8. Dr. John The City That Care Forgot
9. Kingman & Jonah
Sign Time
10. John Hiatt Same Old Man

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Radiohead: In Rainbows at Malahide Castle

If you truly "get" music, or, more accurately, it gets you . . . stalking you, grabbing you, informing you, and most accurately, reflecting you . . . it is especially difficult to write about it. "Getting it" is not a learned skill, and perhaps not even desirable.  If anything, it's a disease. It occupies your headspace, your iPod memory, your consciousness, and your Visa bill. 

If you are stricken with the disease, and you are lucky, you don't also need the live show counterpart. You are perfectly content to get your fix online, through your television, through your speakers, or through your headphones, avoiding the cost, the smoke, the crowds, the parking, the spilled beers, the frequently bad sound, and the general frustrations that are attendant to the live music experience.

But if you have the disease in its worst form, your addiction necessarily includes the live show experience. And I'm sorry, my friend, this is the disease in its worst form. Terminal. 

Last week, that very form of the disease sent a friend and I to Dublin, Ireland to see Radiohead at Malahide Castle. Unable to begin to put it to words, I won't attempt to describe what transpired.  But it happened. It all happened. In one beautiful perfect late afternoon in front of a castle, the absolutely perfect show happened. Despite twenty-five or thirty thousand other fans bearing witness (we were in the very front!), I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't been there myself. After hundreds of live shows in the past 40+ years, there simply is no close second.

Oh, and Radiohead's new record, In Rainbows? Just before Radiohead took the stage, rain fell for five or ten minutes-- just long enough to make the brightest, clearest, most perfect rainbow . . . make that TWO rainbows . . . appear over Malahide.  They took the stage In Rainbows.  It really happened.

Radiohead at Malahide Castle, Ireland from Mark Need on Vimeo.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Ellas Otha Bates McDaniel, RIP

a/k/a Bo Diddley, 1928-2008.

Second Story benefit show!

Well, if my friends and I are going to make this work (and we are!), we need your help. Hopedaddy will be unable to attend, but that might motivate you to attend even more!

Please join us in celebrating and supporting The Second Story on June 5

The Second Story, a center for young writers opening this fall in Fountain Square, is celebrating its new space with a night of music, mingling and interactive text-based art on Thursday, June 5.

Please join us at 1043 Virginia Ave. Suite 4 (next to Alchemy ) in the Murphy Art Center. We'll open up at 6 p.m. with acoustic music at starting at 7:30 p.m. and lasting until 10 p.m. This evening is intended to help us raise money for our nonprofit space (though no donation is required) and also get everybody together who might want to help with our great cause with their ideas and energy as volunteers.

To find out more about The Second Story and our plans, visit

The excellent musical entertainment on June 5 comes from local musicians Adam Kuhn and Beat Debris join Real Live Tigers of Austin, Texas and Redbear of Chicago. All donations at the show go to benefit The Second Story, which will begin offering free after-school tutoring and writing workshops to students 6 to 18 starting in August.

The fun will continue on June 6 when the Murphy Art Center is open as part of IDADA’s monthly First Friday Gallery Tour. So, if you can't make it on June 5, come by the next night between 6 and 10 p.m. to check out the space, participate in the text-based art proect and listen to the Tonos Triad who will be playing for us.

Please pass this invitation on and invite anybody to either event if you think they might be interested in The Second Story or just in listening to some great music and enjoying some art in Fountain Square. These events are supported by our friends at Big Car Gallery (

You can sample sounds from the bands playing June 5 by clicking on the links below

Adam Kuhn:

Beat Debris:

Real Live Tigers:


Quick details:

What: Fundraiser for The Second Story with live music by Real Live Tigers, Redbear,
Adam Kuhn and Beat Debris.
When: 6 p.m. June 5.
Where: 1043 Virginia Ave. Suite 4.
Cost: By donation.
Info: (317) 408-1366,