Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Basement Shows/Influenza/Perkins

There is something completely unique about basement shows. Perhaps it's the close, almost too intimate quarters that brings people together, but the energy at a basement show is like nothing else.

This passed weekend, One for the Team played with Target Market and Battle Royale in the Art House basement in Northfield, Minn. and it was insane. People freaking out everyone getting gross and sweaty and having a blast. Shows like these compel me to think about touring the country and only playing in basements. Call it a romantic vision, but I think there is something to it. The question I ask is as follows: is it better to meet as many people as possible for only brief moments, or meet a few people, but really get to know them?

Second, have you noticed that the Perkins slogan is "Always Something Fresh and New"? And in turn, have you, yes you, ever noticed anything new or - god forbid - fresh from Perkins? No. Hell no. I think this is a genuine case of false advertising. If I didn't love their French toast so much, I'm sure I'd do something about it.

Lastly, I caught the flu this week and fallen behind on a few reviews I've been wanting to post. Namely, the new STNNNG and Christians and Lions records should be up soon, both total knock outs and worth picking up.


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