Words by Popejohnpaul12 and Brokenbrooklyn

Pictures by Brokenbrooklyn

Our longest and most excellent day of the festival started at Pitchfork’s Showcase at Emo’s. Girls was the first band to go on (at least when we showed up) and they come from the San Francisco area which may explain their 1960’s Californian pop style.  This isn’t the Beach Boys revisited though and everything they touch seems to get all covered up in lots of reverb. The lead singer/guitarist suggests a Zepplinish,  pre metal virtuosity that never really makes its way into their music, though there are moments where you feel like it may someday.  Their songs seem well constructed enough and aren’t totally boring, but if they let themselves rock out just a little bit more or  piled on a some stranger atmospherics, it would likely take their sound to the next level. The singer’s voice suggests an early Conner Oberst, but it comes off as affected in a different sort of way, one that I’m not sure if I buy yet.

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Dear Mr. Fantasy,
play us a tune
Something to make us all happy
Do anything take us out of this gloom
Sing a song, play guitar
Make it snappy

Ok, so I’ve been busy working on other projects and getting ready for a much needed vacation in two weeks to SXSW, which rules!!! I apologize to everyone for not updating as frequently this past two weeks. Here is my official list of free events happening that I plan on attending. I hope to see you there::::::: Continue reading

Oakland’s Got The BROTHER(s) You Always Wish You Had: Interview and Rantings

Sometimes I am a truly lucky son of a bitch. I just got to take a trip to Oakland California for a week, leaving behind a colder than a well diggers ass Brooklyn, to bask in the surprisingly warm and consistent Bay Area weather and spend time catching up with both popejohnpaul12 and Tarnation1. Aside from having a glorious time telling stories and gallivanting about, I also got to take in two nights of great music. Aside from OUR FIRST EVER MINORPROGRESSION EVENT that took place at popejohnpaul12’s fabulous, sprawling, uber bohemian, living quarters ( aka Mr. Floppy’s) in the central Oakland area, I also attended a show at The House Of Nostromo, an great medium sized warehouse space in the middle of a strange dock community just on the other side of the 580 freeway. While my co-writers have already blogged some about the events that went down at Mr. Floppy’s, nothing has been said yet of our trek to House Of Nostromo, which we set out for in order to see a minorprogression favorite (and fellow SXSW attendee!) The Mae Shi. As these things sometimes go, we ended up leaving before The Mae Shi got to play due to my being tired, jet lagged and lacking in sobriety, but luckily I didn’t leave before watching Oakland band Brother play a great set and buying their seven song ep that I’ve been listening to ever since.

Here’s a video taken from that show:

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So I’m really really excited to announce that minorprogression will be attending South By Southwest in Austin this year! We got press passes so expect lots of coverage before, after and during the music festival (March 18th-22nd). To further amplify the excitement, I’d also like to state that I am incredibly stoked to see The Mae Shi on Tuesday in Oakland and again at the SXSW festival. If you are unfamiliar with The Mae Shi, then you got some learning to do and if you are familiar with them, then I really hope to see your gleaming face at one of their shows.

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