This music gig doesn’t pay very well, but the fans are all right.
Milkshake n’ Honey – Sleater-Kinney
I’m feeling a little like the emcee who keeps trying to keep the crowd entertained with jokes and witty anecdotes while the main act guzzles Jack Daniels and curses out the stage crew for wrong-colored M&Ms backstage. While the headliner takes their sweet time getting ready, the emcee is thrown out to the hungry masses to do a little soft-shoe. “Did ya hear the one about the lumberjack, rock star and mortgage banker? No? Hey, who threw that?”
OK, here’s an interesting tidbit to keep you occupied (enter big eyeroll here). The year was 1995 and if you were like me, you started your own college entertainment newspaper. The upside of this project was all the free CDs, concert tickets, interviews and listening parties you could handle. The downside? Besides not making a ton of money, you had to weed through the piles and piles of crap to find the good stuff. For every Pablo Honey, you had to listen to fifty not Pablo Honeys.
One day you find yourself bored in the office. You’re waiting for it to stop raining in Seattle (good luck) or a check to come in the mail so you can eat (stupid 30 day billing cycles) and you pop in a CD by a band called Whale. You recall a brief knowledge of a song called Hobo Humpin’ Slobo Babe getting some MTV spins, but for the most part, you are skeptical. Then you have one of those “holy crap, these guys are good” moments that lasts about a year. You tell as many people as possible about Whale. You go to their shows. You make your friends go to their shows. You play them at parties. You even write how awesome they are, but by the end of it all, it’s you and about 60 other people on the planet (including their native Sweden) who dig Whale. The album is titled, We Care, but in reality, no one seems to care, but you.
The truth is, I have countless bands like this stored in my head. Bands like Schtum, Figdish, 1000 Mona Lisas, and Prose n’ Concepts. Maybe they made a little splash, but there was never much of a ripple. These were bands that got a little love from a label for some studio time, a manager, and a van. Other than that, they were on their own. You never saw wide-eyed enthusiasm change into systematic contempt so fast. This was the era of the listening party and meet and greet. It was sad. Unless the label’s college rep had lots of drink tickets. Then it was awesome. Rock on!
The point is, you’ll be able to download Whale’s We Care on Qtrax very shortly. Then you can decide for yourself. Maybe we’re got a chance right an old wrong and soon Whale will be headlining Lollapalloza this year. Or, are my musical tastes now up for debate. I downloaded it (since I lost that CD years ago) yesterday and gave it a couple of listens. I stand by my first call. This is an awesome band and a great record.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some brown M&Ms to get rid of.
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