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A Minor Forest, Melt-Banana, Harriet the Spy, The 1985

11 October 2015

Another Connan Room show, this time featuring my then-local-faves The 1985 at the peak of their powers, Harriet the Spy (who are still remembered fondly by fans of that particular time and place), and Melt-Banana, whose performance I actually missed in 1996 at a show that has a very seminal place in my adolescence.  A Minor Forest headlined; at the time, I had their CD Flemish...

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Ian Nagoski, Meisha, Plea Circuits, Neptune

11 October 2015

This was a show that I set up, which I apparently titled in a series called 'The New Breed'.  I think I grabbed that from an Impulse records compilation LP I found (a pretty good one with Archie Shepp and Grachan Moncur III on it), attempting to brand shows i promoted.  It's funny cause in Pittsburgh in the late 90s, no one did that, whereas my experiences in Europe are...

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Superchunk, Neutral Milk Hotel

11 October 2015

This was a night to remember, forever.  A year and a half after I saw Neutral Milk Hotel play the Beehive, they came back to Pittsburgh, only this time they were my favourite band.  Ever.  I mean, they aren't my favourite band ever now, but I think it's safe to say that my passion for this music at this time was greater than I've ever felt about a recording artist -...

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Sue Garner, Les Batteries, The Johnsons

11 October 2015

I don't remember a whole lot about this one either, another CMU show.  Run On had broken up at this point but Sue and RIck were touring together, not doing a Fish & Roses reunion but playing separately.  Les Batteries I believe was originally a project that featured Charles Hayward instead of Rick Brown, though I didn't know this at the time.  All I remember about it...

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The Pittsburgh Sound, Choke City, Boom Box

11 October 2015

The Pittsburgh Sound was a project organised by John Roman of Microwaves/The 1985 fame, which was modeled after a thing in Chicago called The Chicago Sound, which I think Weasel Walter started and looked to franchise.  The Pittsburgh Sound was about 10 people who would play along to a mix CD of carefullly curated classic rock songs, which was played back through the monitors for us to...

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Silver Apples, Apples in Stereo, Notwist, Meisha

11 October 2015

A battered but intact poster from a concert at CMU that I remember attending my freshman year of University.  Doug Mousrak who I am still friends with organised this and designed the poster, which has a lovely, shimmery metallic feel to it that probably doesn't come across well in the scan.  This was a great concert, as I was quite a fan of Apples in Stereo at the time, liked the...

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Lied Music in Leeds poster

11 October 2015

Here's the first of several posters from the 2006 Lied Music tour with Ben Reynolds (all shows documented on the promotional poster).  I guess Phil Todd made this poster since he booked the show.  Hardly anyone turned up and we didn't play particularly well from what I remember.  Ashtray were rather blisteringly loud in a good way.  I'll always have a soft spot...

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Lied Music / Ben Reynolds tour promotional poster

11 October 2015

Luke made these posters which we mailed to all of the people promoting the different shows across the UK.  I liked how he did this - it certainly fit in with the aesthetic of the old tape reels and low-budget yet distinctly 1960s/70s feel that we were going for.  You can see this particularly in his artwork for the LP we never put out.  Scanned 25 July 2010.

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