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True Margrit

Thursday, April 27, 2006

oui, aye, yeah, da, YES YES!

You know, one thing I have learned about being a musician is that you sure hear folks saying no all the time--such as: "No we aren't gonna give you a zillion dollar advance and put out your CD out on BMG RECORDS" or "No you can't headline the Peter Gabriel show" (not that I REALLY made plays for those goals--those are just hyperbolic examples my dears). But sometimes the desirable dates and venues in a given music scene can be so sought-after, that even asking for a gig in a cereal box at the corner-store can be challenging.

Well, in Olympia we have been treated real hospitably --and we are out-of-towners! I called up the YES YES ALLIANCE and we booked the show on the spot and I had-- immediately-- a great feeling about this place.

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We arrive early at the lofty space to set up, and from the moment we walk in, the whole evening reminds me of a show in "The Front Room" at my alma mater (the legendary Laurel High School in Knoxville, Tennessee). The funky, artsy, welcoming, anarchic scene is strangely familiar. I almost expect Reese Ingold to walk in and sit down and play some Mozart on the brutalized upright--or for Amira to sweep in and perform an interpretive dance tying the whole night up in a bow.

I come back from my musings and enjoy a short set by Robbie Francis--one baddass piano-player. Then Son performs, who has to be heard to comprehended, but I will just say that you must hide your trash can lids from him. Margaret Rhodes then treats us to a fulfillingly, melancholy set of guitar/voice angst. We play at this point in the lineup, and dear readers, it is always gratifying to see a room of whirling peeps finding the True Margrit groove danceable--cuz it is, it is! After our set the ever-so catchy, psychedelic quartet Feedbackarach plays a stunning set of their dual vocals/dual guitar tuneful mayhem. A thoroughly satisying musical repast.

...and I say yes yes.

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