- Sept. 9 SF Sorrow Rocknroll Record Show at La Mecanique Ondulatoire
- Sept. 11 Fugtivies California Garage Punk plus Djay Grand Duc du Kansas Hillbilly-Garage-Punk at La Feline
- Sept. 12 Garage/punk/rockabilly German/French bands at Picolo, Paris Flea Market of St. Ouen
- Sept. 14 Magnolia Electric Co., Cafe de la Danse
- Sept. 15 Steve Earle, Cafe de la Danse
- Sept. 17 Micah P. Hinson, Cafe de la Danse
- Sept. 21 The DAmned, Batofar
- Sept. 24 Djay Grand Duc du Kansas, la Feline
- Oct. 4 Sparklehorse, La Maroquinerie
Secretly Canadian recordings' Magnolia Electric Company is fronted by the distinctive-voiced, morose soundscapes of Jason Molina. MEC was formerly Songs: Ohia until Molina changed the name in 2003. If you like the low-fi, lovelorn lyricism thing, this is for you. Darkness was never so sweet. Compare to Will Oldham/Bonnie Prince Billy and My Morning Jacket, with whom Molina has also recorded. From "Lonesome Valley": "Out here the ghost wears the feathered crown of blues/And the sickle moon to watch over all the lost horizon/All through the lonesome valley, the lonesome valley."
Damnit! Steve Earle is an American Music Legend, bound for the pantheon with Johnny Cash, Woody Guthrie, Elvis, Chuck Berry, and Willie Nelson. You know that, right? If not, check this out. He's a talented singer-songwriter, reformed drug addict, and activist against the death penalty and a host of other social justice issues. This will sell out so go to Cafe de la Danse site and get tickets.
Legion are those who aspire to the ranks of bard singer-songwriter, but grasp futilely at the rope dangled down from Steve Earle, Nick Drake, Elliot Smith, Tom Waits, Vic Chestnutt, and Richard Buckner. Micah P. Johnson is different. A Johnny Cash lurks in the baleful baritone behind his boyish looks and slight build. The 27-year-old who bottomed out at 19, penniless and drug addled, today testifies with gorgeous indie folk (occasionally more rocked up) about love and self-destruction (what else?). For a live sample, try this. And this
Sept. 30 DJ SF Sorrow Every Wednesday at La Mecanique Onudlatoire: All 45rpm records: Rock-a-billy, white rock, garage, surf, beat, frat rock, girl groups sound, R&B, soul, bubble gum & punk rock.