Eleven bands, One Neil Young Night: Austin, TX, 12/3/10
This Friday, December 3 at The Parish, Austin, TX, The Midgetmen present a night of their favorite bands playing the songs of Neil Young.
01:30 - Smoke & Feathers
01:00 - La Snacks
12:30 - The Gary
12:00 - The Midgetmen
11:30 - Sour Notes
11:00 - The Pons
10:30 - Whiskey Priest
10:00 - When In Rome (members of East Cameron Folkcore/Oh No Oh My/The Bread/Burgess Meredith/Mike and The Moonpies)
09:30 - Through The Trees
09:00 - Blue Kabuki
08:30 - Distant Seconds
Albums that are definitely represented in the current song list include:
After The Gold Rush, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Freedom, Harvest, Harvest Moon, Life, Mirrorball, On The Beach, Ragged Glory, Rust Never Sleeps, Tonight's The Night, and Zuma
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From bigwesternflavor: Tonight's the Night:
This NY night isn't just a device to give established listeners a reason to come see the band again. It's also another step in the Midgetmen's continuing effort to get themselves and some of their favorite other Austin bands attention from area music fans who might not normally pay attention to any of them, or local music in general. The lineup, and the venue, have been worked out carefully to appeal to both younger fans who are followers of the Austin scene and older listeners who will be attending due to their devotion to Neil Young. 'It was originally going to be four or five bands,' Marc explains, but after rounding up some of the more obvious choices 'we decided to reach out to really weird bands.
Not obvious bar rock, bands that no one would expect to cover Neil Young.' Of the eleven-strong roster, the bands that have me most curious to hear their Young interpretations are The Sour Notes, La Snacks, and The Distant Seconds... younger bands who are two or three degrees of influence removed from Neil and could take his songs in unexpected directions. When in Rome are an all-star collection of hardened vets who have formed especially for this show. 'Trey from The Gary insisted on being involved because he loves 'Powderfinger,'' Marc says. (Well, that answers Dave's question.)
For the Midgetmen, the experience of learning their songs for the show was enlightening. Music lovers for generations have marveled at Neil Young's ability to create songs that are unmistakably his own using the simplest chord changes imaginable, 'the four chords that have been used forever' in Marc's words. 'It will be interesting to find out from the other bands whether they've had the same experience. Having to learn a few Neil Young songs forced everyone in the band to learn how those things translate.'