1. Looking forward to this one: Phoenix faves Beat Circus -- the mad Waits/bop carnie-jazz apocalypse supergroup -- debut "a new set of songs about saloons and graveyards in the Gold Rush sung through pipes and bullhorns" at T.T. the Bear's Place, with Brian Carpenter and Alec K Redfearn joined by "special guest banjoist/vocalist" Adam Glasseye. Also, of course, OTD fave Casey Dienel on the undercard. She sent out a myspace bulletin a few days ago looking for a piano; hope she found one.
LISTEN: Beat Circus, "Big Top Suite Pt 2 : Clowns" (mp3)LISTEN: Casey Dienel, "Frankie and Annette" (mp3, OTD exclusive)
2. Full disclosure: Phoenix's Will Spitz is in AGE RINGS, and this is a problem, because OTD actually likes them, which means at some point we may actually have to write about them in the fishwrap. (*unlike some other places OTD could name, we actually frown upon writing about our friends in print. That's what blogs are for.) For the time being we'll give you the poster. Coming soon: mpfrees. Tonight: at Bill's, on first.