I went to a sparsely attended but good show at Pat’s in the Flats last night. Three NYC bands played for an audience of about 7 folks, while everything wrapped up in about three hours, it was a good time.
The first group was The Two Man Gentlemen Band; a banjo, a bass, a rhythm boot and two kazoos with the occassional snare thrown in. They played mostly traditional songs, not a whole lot of their self-written stuff, but I still bought a CD. I liked their old-timey flavor; a backwoods decade-previous cousin to The Scarring Party’s neo-30s feel. They were also great to talk to after the set. You can download a few of their songs here and here. Here is a video of them playing one of my favorite songs: Summertime.
The Defibulators played next, self-described as Hee Haw on Mescaline and extremely personable. About half rockabilly and half bluegrass, listening to them was a foot thumping good time. You can give ‘em a listen here and here. Or you can watch my video of them playing the song Dum-Dum.
Andy Friedman and the Other Failures polished off the evening. The Other Failures consisted of The Two Man Gentlemen Band and The Defibulators, and provided back-up for Friedman’s citified country-folk sound. I did take some video of him doing some talking blues, but for some reason the sound quality was terrible, so there really wasn’t a point in posting it.