A few things:
1. Dolfish is touring this fall. He’s playing the “Amsterdam Bar and Hall” in/near downtown St. Paul on Thursday, Nov. 29. That’s a week after Thanksgiving. I don’t know what cover will be (if there will be). Also playing: We Are the Willows.
I mentioned Dolfish once before, but, short songs that hit like the best Fiction 59 Spookystories. He packs more weight, depth, humor, regret, and human weakness into a very affecting two minutes than I’ve heard just about anyone else fit into a full album. I guess it’s singer-songwriter stuff, but his instrumentation isn’t like that, and his voice sounds like a gruff woman. I dowloaded his one release to date, the free EP “Your Love Is Bumming Me Out,” without any idea what was on it (I think HHT shared a bill with him in Columbus and linked to it), and it grabbed me and hasn’t let go. I really think you should go download it now and listen to it. If you don’t like it, you’re out what…? $0 and 8 minutes. Anyways, I’m excited for this show, it’s all I’ve got on my fall calendar so far (music-wise).
2. Animal Collective released an album this week and I haven’t even tried to listen to it. Enthusiasm fades, I guess. SPIN had a list they compiled of 127 artists that inspired them (mostly musicians, but not entirely). I liked seeing Gas, the Orb, Basic Channel, Black Dice, and Vladislav Delay listed. I’ve never listened to Gas, but I’ve been listening to the Burger/Ink album the past week between Dolfish and Pete Tosh. (The Ink half of Burger/Ink is Mike Ink who is actually Wolfgang Voigt a/k/a Gas.)
3. I swear I had one more thing I wanted to say but, I guess not.
Now please share your list.