Some days are diamonds. In the past 24, Bill Cosby got convicted on all counts of sexual assault after decades of cruelty and violence. They caught the Golden State Killer, who committed AT LEAST 6 murders and 50 rapes. The Bollard put out a pretty stellar piece by Chris Busby on Maine Media Collective that exposes the ingrained abuse of women and implicit approval of male violence in that workplace, cleaning up this old joint a bit. That guy, the dude that that article is about? He’s the worst kind of evil. The kind of evil sniveling and pathetic enough to prey on the weak. Not gonna dwell, not gonna. Things are good! I have a planned social engagement with an age appropriate gentleman tomorrow and I’m not even already wishing I hadn’t planned it… I’m even looking forward to it. Last night at my movement class the teacher played TWO songs I asked for! I found a ride to All Roads with two of my favorite people! And then something really nice happened at my workplace today.
There’s a lot out there to be upset about, to be angry about. I’m still angry. The world is still a trash fire. Everyone is mean to each other, and I’ve made some mistakes this week. But the sun came out today for a little while and things didn’t feel so cold. I oscillate between having hope and being cynical, and maybe that’s a healthy thing, I don’t know. I don’t know. But let’s try and ride this wave of positivity into the weekend, shall we? Here we go.
Friday, April 27
There’s much to be had on this night, this night that calls for rain but who the fuck knows because climate change is fucking with us so hard whether you think it is or not. First up let’s talk about this NITECAP! variety show at Empire. Variety shows are the tits cuz you don’t have to get bored just seeing one thing. This one has D. Gross, a troubadour of a certain ability who can keep up with our Sam James. Also they’re interviewing Alex Steed, if you wanna know stuff about that Tall Paul. Also I love highly stylized names of things, as evidenced by my own web site’s use of caps and exclamation points… so I approve of NITECAP!’s work there.
Dave Rowe is at Lenny’s. I actually really love Lenny’s, I love the salty dogs there, and the older fellas who move slow and look at you like they’re mad but they just kinda can’t hear you. I love the middle aged fuckin party that place is at all times. It’s fun. I don’t know much about Dave Rowe but I saw him play once and passively enjoyed it. Anyway go to Lenny’s and have the brussels sprouts and the hot wings.
Mayo Street Arts hosts Jenny Van West, a singer songwriter I don’t know much about but who seems to be very serious about her music and has some real muscle behind her promotion and recording efforts. Respek. Emo Night Live is at PHOME.
Jared McCloud’s 3 Sheets to the Wind festival is taking over Flask for the weekend; this thing I think is sort of a festival that ties in with tourism, someone was telling me that a lot of out of towners come in for it? I haven’t really seen any promo for it so I’m not entirely sure. If one of you goes to this, I’m curious about it, but $40 for a night and $75 seems like a lot for a Portlandier, but not a lot for a traveler. Again, curious.
For the rest, go see a man about a calendar, boss.
Saturday April 28
ALERT! ALERT! New Venue! You know that old tanning salon Sun Tiki on Forest Ave that makes you think to yourself, “gee, someone should really turn that into a music venue,” every time you pass it? Well, someone turned it into a music venue! I think this is their first show; playing it are Bumbling Woohas, Adam Wolf, Crabman and Carinae.
FYI Sun Tiki (they’re keeping the name for the space, which is rad) will also have rehearsal spaces. Check it.
So there’s this fucking Dave Mallett show at some church in SoPo, and I was like that’s cool, let’s see what is going on there, but it’s goddam $25. I believe in getting paid for your music for sure, absolutely. But also despite being old enough to appreciate his music, I still have less discretionary income than probably like, most 25 year olds I know. Whatevs.
Micromassé is releasing their new album at OLS tonight. I wrote about this for The Phoenix so I won’t write about it again, just go there and read my absolutely terrible “review” (it’s not a review, not even a little bit, because I know nothing about jazz and I have trouble connecting to jazz on an emotional level). I have shamed my family and I should be punished.