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May. 29th, 2004

01:22 pm - What it lacks in compression it makes up for in Rock.

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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?


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Date:May 29th, 2004 06:32 pm (UTC)
I met Melissa Ferrick once.

She came into the health food store I was working in while i lived in Chicago. I had no idea who she was--she just said that she had a sore throat, and she had to perform THAT NIGHT. So me and a couple of other folks set her up fat. Gave her a bunch of good stuff, some samples, just took care of her. As she was leaving, she asked for our names and put us on the guest list for that night.

The show utterly rocked. I still don't own any of her recordings, but I will always attempt to see her if she's in town.

Oh. And she was really, really sweet. Genuinely humble and respectful and glad to be helped. I think we *did* help her, as her voice sounded pretty damn good to me...but then, I'd never heard her before.
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Date:May 29th, 2004 06:33 pm (UTC)
oh. another thing.

Yes, drop out for a few years and follow folkies around. Now, while you're young and have no kids. What's stopping you, really?
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Date:May 29th, 2004 06:40 pm (UTC)
Money. Commitments. Home ownership.

Mostly money.

My bank account is now at -$400. Soon I will get my late $500 paycheck and then I'll have some money. Then my $1000 mortgage will be due. Etc.

This is of course my fault for dropping my salary job and going free lance and then not putting in enough hours because I'm busy doing activisty things. It'll work itself out in time.

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Date:May 30th, 2004 12:27 am (UTC)
someone told me that cd wasn't that great. like they said they weren't satisfied by how the songs came out.

can you mp3 me Nebraska off of it, btw?
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