two sentences reviews of reasonably new albums i listened to in july

Two Cow Garage — The Death of the Self-Preservation Society: not out until September, and obviously given my history there will be a big fat wordy full review later, but basically, if you’ve never heard of Two Cow Garage, this record is about to find you your newest favorite band, and there’s not a band out…

two cow garage @ local 506

Setlist: Lucy & the Butcher Knife / Sally I’ve Been Shot / Glass City / Should’ve California / Gerri / Folksinger’s Heart / Soundtrack To My Summer / Humble Narrator / [new song – “rich girl”] / Come Back To Shelby / No Shame / Mediocre / Swingset Assassin / [new song – growing up…

micah schnabel — i’m dead, serious

Micah Schnabel — I’m Dead, Serious. Out now. In case you’re unfamiliar with my feelings about Micah Schnabel and his songwriting, you might want to go spend some time with the thousand words I spent on his first solo record, When The Stage Lights Go Dim, or the second thousand I spent on Two Cow…

micah schnabel @ tir na nog

There aren’t a lot of people for whom I’d drive to Raleigh, to see them play a 45 minute set, on a weeknight; maybe four or five bands of the 2500 in my iTunes, and two or three solo acts to boot. But Micah Schnabel (and his band Two Cow Garage) is one of them,…

two cow garage @ kings

My beloved Two Cow Garage is touring as a three piece these days; subtract the keys, and their punk rock roots — and I wrapped myself up in Black Flag and I flew it as my own — start showing in a completely obvious way. They played for a scorching hour last night, Micah and…

top ten shows of 2010

Today kicks off a couple of year end lists; tomorrow you’ll get EPs and tracks, and next week, a massive list of albums the making of which may make me more insane than usual, but which will be thorough if nothing else. Today, though: today you get my Top 10 Live Shows of 2010. I…

with a folksinger’s heart

The reason you would create anything is because you love it enough to see it exist. — Robert Fritz, “The Path of Least Resistance”

two cow garage @ kings

Two Cow Garage draws terribly in the Triangle, and that makes me absolutely batty with frustration. I mean, I guess I get it: yesterday was a Sunday, it was a late-ish billed start that became an even later actual start, there’s always plenty of other shows to hit any given night in Chapel Hill, Durham…

two cow garage — sweet saint me

Two Cow Garage — Sweet Saint Me. Out October 26, Suburban Home Records. Two Cow Garage is the best rock band you’ve never heard of. I’ve been waiting for Sweet Saint Me since last December, before Two Cow even started recording it, when I stood in Tir Na Nog and drank Maker’s Mark and talked…