Is there anything worse than a belated blog posting? Yes, this sound. (only two octaves higher, 20 decibels louder, and an eternity longer) which my charming child has adopted in order to express his displeasure in the slightest of things. The constant feeling of a dagger being shoved through my temple coupled with some “technical difficulty” have made this posting long overdue. Sorry.
As is the case of cover shows everywhere, some folks were practiced and tight, others threw it together as they went along. A few high points were a female singer/songwriter named Moe Provencher. Her style isn't my personal cup of tea ( I dig my female singer/songwriters a bit more on the Kimya tip), but there is no denying that her mellow vibe and throaty vocals have the potential to sell lots and lots of records. It was also my first time seeing the uber-charismatic Sam Russell and the Harborrats and it was easy to see why they are dug by so many.
There weren't really any lows, everyone did an at least passable job. That being said, it is a bit bothersome when songs get repeated, especially when there is so much available material to cover.
So, in belated honor of the Uncle Tupelo .vs. Neutral Milk Hotel, last Wednesday at the Tractor, here are my projected winners Uncle Tupelo (as determined by the number of times I heard 'Give Back the Key to My Heart' ) covering a bunch of other people's songs and a bunch of other people, just chillin' at home and covering (the less represented) music of Neutral Milk Hotel.