Holdover post before Earles’ “2008: What The Fuck Was Going On?” blowout – Coming soon!!
Earles and Jensen Present…Just Farr A Laugh Vol 1 & 2 (The Greatest Prank Phone Calls Ever!) makes another year-end list!!
The title of the article says it all!!
Check out my “Local Top Five of 2008″ (or something) for The Memphis Flyer. I live in Memphis.
Or read my poorly-formatted pasting below…
1. Jay Reatard singles: Out of his Matador singles series, which had people acting like impoverished participants in a wartime bread/toilet paper line, I’d say that “See Saw,” “Always Wanting More,” “Hiding Hole,” and “You Were Sleeping” were the faves.
2. Black Cobra at the Hi-Tone: The latest two-piece noise band that “sounds like a lot more than just two guys” (always overheard at such performances). Not metal, not punk. Just really loud. Positioned in the middle of a three-band set headlined by instrumental “metal” band Pelican, Black Cobra momentarily made me forget about all other heavy bands.
3. Gonerfest highlights: Sic Alps live: I get it. Sic Alps on record: I don’t get it. The Ooga Boogas brought a serious punch — a visceral endurance test that (wonderfully) contrasted the power-pop and pub-rock that dominated their particular evening. No Comply was great during an afternoon set at Murphy’s, and whether or not you dig the band’s ’80s/’90s hardcore history lesson, it was more than worth it to see the head-scratching and, uh, “dancing” within the assembled crowd. I don’t even know how to describe the Intelligence — really, really unsophisticated Joy Division? — but they scratched the right spots. And AV Murder sounded amazing in the middle of the afternoon for some reason.
4. The Brothers Unconnected (2/3 of the Sun City Girls) at Odessa: A wonderful treat for a longtime Sun City Girls fan, accented by the fact that more than 10 people showed up to witness the two-and-a-half-hour set of purely bent entertainment and every possible genre of music that can be accomplished with two acoustic guitars and two mics (plus lots of comedic banter!).
5. Torche at the Hi-Tone: This band released what is likely to be my album of the year (Meanderthal). They’re also the closest I’ve ever come to enjoying the Foo Fighters, an influence that is lost to the blunt-force trauma of their live set. So loud that they caused the Hi-Tone’s support beams to vibrate, Torche’s Melvins-meets-Guided By Voices-meets-Motörhead recipe for greatness was so forceful live that I almost had a panic attack at the thought of possible heart palpitations. Not kidding around here.
Honorable Mentions: Box Elders at Murphy’s, Memphis Pops Fest at the Hi-Tone, Skeletonwitch at the Rally Point, Blood on the Wall at Odessa.