It's been a while since I've updated. There are compelling, but as-yet uncommunicable reasons for this which have to do with books. In other words, I have a secret and it's eating me alive that I can't tell, but I can and will soon. Asap. Seriously. If I'm away from home and don't have access to the internet, I will grab the nearest total stranger, forcibly "borrow" their electronic device, and update immediately. I'm that excited.
In the meantime, here's a sampling of happenings and shin-digs and interestingness. It's a big weekend: the fabulous Standard Deluxe is turning 20, and there's a huge party lasting all weekend involving copious amounts of food, football, and the best bands on earth.
You think I'm kidding about the bands. I'm seriously not. The Alabama Shakes have already been listed as one of the Top 10 bands of 2011 by CMJ, they've been in the New York Times, on MTV... and they were playing at the record store in my tiny hometown just a few months ago. They are that awesome. If Aretha Franklin wasn't alive, I would swear Shakes singer Brittney is her reincarnation. It's been a real pleasure watching them explode. But they aren't the only ones playing. Also this weekend is the fabulous Lee Bains and the Glory Fires.
So who is Lee Bains and why do we care, besides the fact that he's a great musician? Darkness in the Blood fans will remember the prologue, with its demon attack during a concert. That was a real band that Lee used to play in. (Still does, from time to time.) Here's more about why he's on my favorite musicians list:
Reasons Why I Like Lee Bains III:
1. He's the great-grandson of a Confederate general (yes, I know that's a loaded reason, don't care)
2. He has a degree in literature from NYU
3. He talked to me about 18th C literature for more than 10 minutes
4. He's surprisingly well informed about Irish folklore
5. He knows more about fairies than any musician I know
6. He doesn't drink, and is therefore always available as a designated driver (if he likes you or is otherwise responsible for your welfare)
7. I like his band
8. He says "yes ma'am" without making me feel like someone's mother (even though I am)
Tomorrow I'll do an update on The Alabama Shakes, complete with video or soundtrack or something. Until then, I hope everyone enjoys their Friday night. I'm off to claim some Brunswick stew and BBQ, and a corner of the porch for the show!