Thanks to the rain, the weekend was a giant bust. I went to no shows at all, but I did pick up three CDs at Homer’s — new ones by Wilco, Grizzly Bear and Dirty Projectors — all are among the most-hyped indie albums so far in ’09. I’ll let you know what I think, but so far, the Wilco album is making the cut, the Grizz album started out strong but seems to meander and meander and meander. I haven’t had a chance to listen to the DP album.
I also did a couple interviews — Matt Whipkey, which you’ll see online Thursday, and a member of the MAHA Festival committee reacting to last week’s Lazy-i column, which will be online Wednesday. Very interesting indeed.
According to the Washington Post (here) Conor Oberst opened the Woodstock reunion concert this past Saturday “reprising Jimi Hendrix’s electric guitar version of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ that became legendary after he performed it at Woodstock.” Conor is a strange choice for such an honor. He’s about as well known for his guitar playing as Hendrix was known as a singer/songwriter.
O’Leaver’s is kicking off a busier than normal music week tonight with Anaheim garage band Thee Makeout Party (who just got off the road with Nobunny), along with The Contrails and The Prairies. $5, 9:30 p.m.
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