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Saturday, January 10, 2004
Last night, we went to see Lil Cap'n Travis at the Carousel Lounge, accompanied by Ella Mae, San Benito and a passel of their charming and supercool friends. Somehow we'd managed to avoid seeing LCT over the last few years, despite all the good things we'd heard. Well, turned out they were only *one of the best live bands I've ever seen*. Simultaneously loose and tight, like Wilco or the Stones. Dedicated to smart and melodic songwriting without being precious, or flinching from their mission to show the assembled a really good time. Plus they covered T-Rex (The Slider) and did an inspired medley of The Walker Brothers' "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" and The Beach Boys' "Don't Worry, Baby"...two songs that are similar melodically but entirely different emotionally. I rue having missed all those shows over the last few years -- if you're in Austin, go see 'em. Mp3s here.

In other news, there is another Mp3 Of The Time Increment. It's the Herbie Nichols Trio performing a brilliant composition of Nichols' entitled Love, Gloom, Cash, Love, from his 1957 album of the same name. It sounds a little like Thelonious Monk in its off-kilter melodicism but it has its own charm as well. Check it out, jazz fans (and non-jazz fans).


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