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January 13, 2008 1:57 PM

This is an alt-country-shanty by The Mulligrubs--the band I play bass in. They let me play piano, too, sometimes. We're playing a show tonight in Boston, MA. There's more examples of our smoothness on our MySpace page.

The show is tonight, Sunday 1/13, 9PM, at Harper's Ferry, opening for our good friends The Globs. There's also another band there, too. I forget who. Come see a MeFite on stage if you're in the Allston/Brighton/Cambridge environs.

posted by not_on_display (11 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

Bit o' the old Irish lilt to this one. Hope y'all have a great gig!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:56 PM on January 13, 2008

I like it. The voice reminds me a little bit of Lou Reed, which was unexpected.
posted by edlundart at 8:40 PM on January 13, 2008

Very nice. I looked up "shanty" and found a very interesting description in the wikipedia page. Then I couldn't help imagining this song recorded in a call-and-response version, mimicking oarsmen in a boat.

But that's completely unrelated, sorry for typing out loud. Your song was very nice, thank you for posting it.
posted by micayetoca at 6:03 AM on January 14, 2008

I enjoyed this a lot and am sorry I am too far from Boston to see you guys. You should have a meetup around your next one.
posted by jessamyn at 2:29 PM on January 14, 2008

How did the show go?
posted by Corduroy at 3:25 PM on January 14, 2008

You should have a meetup around your next one.

I'm reminded of something a while back, though, where a MeFier (in NYC, I think) called a meetup around a lecture he was doing, and got a little crucified for it. You know, self-promo and all. There was also a MeFiMu person who called for a meetup at a musical event she was organizing (or a part of, whatever), and she got some negative comments for that in MeTaTalk, too. So, it could be touchy. I agree with Jess, though, I mean, it shouldn't be a problem, far as I'm concerned. Just saying that anyone calling for a meetup in conjunction with their own show or whatever might want to be prepared for a little... grief.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:55 PM on January 14, 2008

Yeah I think there's a difference between "let's have a meetup and have drinks and then I'm going to go on stage and play some bass and maybe I can put some of you on the guest list" and "Let's have a meetup at MY SHOW where the cover is SEVEN DOLLARS" I'd like there to be a gigs option, but there currently isn't. Maybe if you know some other local mefites you can get them to organize and then you can mostly show up and play.
posted by jessamyn at 4:03 PM on January 14, 2008

GIGS OPTION! GIGS OPTION! Everybody hear that? A mod said it! A MOD said it!


With only a scant handful of MeFiers in Tokyo, it probably wouldn't do me much good anyway, but it could be a pretty good thing for lots of US-based MeFiMusicians, I think.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:16 PM on January 14, 2008

micaytoca: I didn't even really think before I wrote "shanty", that it would imply a call and response, which would make much more sense. I only thought the word "shanty" sounded Irish and sea-farin'. In fact, though, a call-and-response, just for the chorus couplet, would go lovely, I think, and I may suggest that to the songwriter. So thank you for the information!

edlundart: I think John (gtr, vox) will like it when he hears you said "Lou Reed." Someone else said recently of his voice, "moaning cow." I like Lou Reed better. (I love John's voice.)

jessamyn, flapjax: I'm-ah-gonna MeTa this tonight, and expand my thoughts. Why MeTa it? I love getting poo and accolades thrown at me, and I can blame/laud you two for synthing the idea! And I think it would be a great idea. I wanted to be careful to make this not sound like an advertisement, nor a meet-up. I didn't know whether to post here or on Projects, which nobody reads. (I've started recently dipping in, though.) A "gigs" option resolves that.

Thanks for the good gig wishes; I borked very few notes, and we pretty much rocked. We hadn't practiced for three weeks beforehand (a-hem, not since our previous gig--holidays 'n' such), so we actually practiced three days in a row before this (which is unprecedented) and, wouldn't ya know it, it paid off... we DID sound better! Who-da-thunk.

And The Globs were so freakin' amazing, too. I like playing gigs with bands I like! (That's like saying, "I like breathing!" But I can't count how many times I've just wanted to leave immediately after our set because.. well, props to anyone who makes music... but some musicians are pretentious and/or suck. I'm sure I've been viewed similarly.)

So anyway, thanks for the kind words, y'all!
posted by not_on_display at 7:56 PM on January 14, 2008

Yea, rock on, not_on_display... I didn't know you made music too!

posted by hadjiboy at 6:07 AM on March 2, 2008

Lovin' this.
posted by ageispolis at 7:09 PM on November 8, 2008

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