May 29th, 2004

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What it lacks in compression it makes up for in Rock.

It's official -- Melissa Ferrick's 70 People at 7000 Feet is now considered by me to be the best live album ever recorded.

It is a surprisingly quiet recording (I think it must not be mastered right, or they made a conscious decision to not overcompress) so for full appreciation you've gotta put it in your stereo and jack it way the fuck up. But when you do...oh my. Drums! Yes. It is good.

I suspected it a few years ago when I saw them together, but now it is confirmed: The world has found a new duo to replace the gaping sucking chest wound left when Ani and Andy Stochansky parted ways. Brian and Melissa have all that playfulness, all the crazy jazzy uniqueness, all the psychic mind meld improvisational skills, and about 5 times the ROCK. Although it puts me in the mind of Ani and Andy, it also just simply leaves me stunned at the uniqueness of it. I've never heard anything quite like this before.

Music stripped to the bone. Pure emotional creativity.

Can I please just drop out of society and follow folkies around for a few years?