Posts Tagged ‘Shapes and Sizes’

Shapes and Suvis

April 10, 2009

Some old pictures from our Shapes and Sizes, Sister Suvi, Nat Baldwin, and Ryan Power show last month.  I know, it was an all-star line-up.  I know!

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Ryan crooned.  His new material is sounding great!

Nat Baldwin sounded really wonderful too, though I was at the back handling the door at the time.  I like his album (MVP) just fine, but live he was less pop-y, freer, and generally more interesting.  Very Arthur Russell sounding, which is of course a good thing.  Plus, a SUPER-NICE GUY!  Here he is playing an Arthur Russell cover.

Sister Suvi was exciting because while I had seen Tune-Yards and Islands it was great to see what they were coming up with together.  Their new album came out the day of the show, basically.  It’s also wonderful to see someone like Merrill exercise her humongous musical chops.  I go back and forth about this, because while in the abstract I’m really glad that you don’t have to be an amazing musician to play rock music, in reality, I really really like to see musicians who are talented take it out and show it to you.  Merrill has this tremendous voice and she knows just where her break is…..

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And of course Shapes and Sizes closed out the night by playing all new material.  Or at least new to me, since it wasn’t on their last album — Split Lips, Winning hips, A Shiner — which, (sorry guys) we found on vinyl in the bargain bin at Pure Pop.

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Plus they are all super-nice people!  I know it’s annoying when people talk about how they know so and so, and guess what, they’re super-nice people, but I’m just trying to be honest here.  It was certainly a show for Tick Tick history.  Since Tick Tick is basically history itself, ha.

My camera spent most of the night reiterating just how GOLDEN the drum set was.

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MARCH

March 16, 2009

It’s finally, like, maybe, sort of, spring!  A lot of people hate it, but I love March.  Early spring is the best, even though everybody is yearning for it to get really warm and stop playing games with us.  And some truly ugly stuff gets uncovered when the snow melts.

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I tuned up my bike on Saturday and put together the bike trailer I got for Christmas.  It feels like FREEDOM.  The trailer is a really nice burley — it’s well designed and if you get going it can help you along.  Today I’m biking out to a friend’s house on Apple Tree Point for a french lunch!  I’m going to stop at Thai Phat on the way to pick up maybe some coconut juice and something for dessert.

I’m still pretty happy about the Shapes and Sizes / Sister Suvi / Nat Baldwin / Ryan Power show we had on Thursday.  Shapes and Sizes didn’t play this song, but it’s still one of my favorites:

Tomorrow is my birthday!  We’re planning a bike ride, maybe to Mount Philo if we’re feeling energetic!