The talented Andrew Bird does some picking, whistlin', loopin', and talkin' for TED.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Today we celebrate Pattie Santos' (of the great San Francisco band It's A Beautiful Day) birthday. Today would have been her 61st birthday if she had not been killed in a car accident in 1989. Though It's a Beautiful Day is commonly grouped with such bands as the Grateful Dead and the Jefferson Airplane due to their time and location and management, their best work (their catalog can be spotty) feels more akin to the likes of Scott Walker and Roxy Music and were perhaps even an inspiration to such bands as later fellow Californian's X.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thor Harris is not forgettable. His trademark long blonde mane and solid drumming are the first things you notice. He is also a very smart, funny, and straight shooting guy. There was a time where the Lounge Ax rock club in Chicago was booking about 12 bands a week with more than half being bands from Austin Texas.... and it seemed of those, half had Thor as a drummer. He has played drums with the Swans, Smog (Bill Callahan), Devendra Banhart, Gretchen Phillips (of Two Nice Girls fame), Lisa Germano, and the list goes on. Recently Thor sat down and shared some of his wisdom that he has gained from the road... wisdom that yes, is touring band specific but really, isn't touring just a microcosm of life?
READ HIS 21 RULES FOR LIFE HERE!