Saturday, July 26, 2008

Green River highlights reel

Last weekend at the Green River Festival, we saw a number of acts, among them The Primate Fiasco, Crooked Still and Lucinda Williams.

I'm officially in love with The Primate Fiasco, so much so that I've engaged them to play at an upcoming party (details to be announced very soon). They opened their set with a funked out version of the Muppet Show theme song. I think that says it all.

I've seen Crooked Still twice now and I officially like them a lot and intend to pick up their CDs. They sound kind of like Allison Krauss and Union Station, but more like real people I just want to be friends with. I love bluegrass music so much these days. I just can't get enough.

It's hard being a person who doesn't like Lucinda Williams because basically everyone likes her. I've been trying to put my finger on what I don't like about her for some time and it finally hit me: the melodies in her songs (to me) sound like the harmony lines. I'm just waiting for a kick-ass melody that never seems to come. There are a few songs with melodies I like, but by and large, I just don't dig her (un-)melodies.

(Aside: The Count loves Lucinda Williams and scores of other caterwalling ladies and gentlemen that I can stand in short doses only. Music we always agree on: Johnny Cash, the Mountain Goats and the Magnetic Fields. Everything else is a crapshoot.)

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