mutual benefit live(s)
It was nearing the end of sxsw and I was in a bit of a Doritos fueled existential brand panic. I was trying to remember why we even go to music festivals. Why was it that I was spending more of my time escaping places that made my soul feel gross instead of using the opportunity to see so many people and bands that I love converged onto one city. I was starting to feel less like a person and more like a target market to some upstart social vodka ipad app.
Luckily a handful of friends who happen to run the music blogs Stadiums and Shrines, Think or Smile, and Smoke don’t Smoke (respectively) decided to throw a backyard show all last minute like which turned out to be the perfect antidote to my consumer blues. Almost completely unadvertised, it was just some human beings eating s’mores by the fire, drinking lonestar and playing music for each other on a absolutely beautiful Texas evening. New friends Matthew Sage and EOLA played as well as old friends Steffaloo and Little Spoon.
Yesterday, much to my surprise, I found out that Tonje over at No Fear of Pop got a pretty great recording of the last half of my set and put it out there in the interzone. Since I was playing for mostly my good friends it gets a little sillier than a normal mb show but I’m weirdly happy with how it all turned out. Thanks again to everyone who set this up + Tonje for the recording + Nate Mckee for the mastering.
Setlist: Cowboy’s Prayer (last half) / Desert Island Feeling / Here / Exit / Animal Death Mask / Moonville Tunnel / Stargazer