One More Heads Up: Malkmus and Mercer Go It Alone at the Buckman Bash
Question: How much would you pay to see Stephen Malkmus sing "Trigger Cut?" And how much would you pay when you know your hard earned cash goes to a good cause? And with James Mercer singing sans the Shins? The price tag ($50) is a little steep, but this Friday, April 11 Malkmus and the Shins' James Mercer will team together to perform rare solo sets to benefit Buckman Elementary School, a local-arts based haven for creative tykes. Besides Mr. Malkmus and Mr. Mercer, the Buckman Bash features a live auction with donated artwork from a host of Portland luminaries, including musician/designer Emily Katz of Love Menu and Alicia J. Rose (booker at the Doug Fir Lounge), plus a dash of "hilarious irreverence" from co-emcees Tara of 94.7 FM and performance artist/filmmaker Andrew Dickson. And of course all the proceeds go directly to the award-winning arts-integrated academic education program of Buckman Elementary School Arts Focus.
James Mercer singing part of "Gone For Good"
Malkmus, stylin in a pink polo, performs "In the Mouth a Desert" at the 2007 Pitchfork Fest
In a related note (that probably warrants its own post), Matador Records is releasing an exclusive Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks 10' EP to coincide with National Record Store Day on April 19, a new "holiday" created this year for mom and pop shops 'round the globe to celebrate record culture, compulsive spending, and 100% pure unfiltered elitism. The EP features "Cold Son" from Malk's latest disc, Real Emotional Trash, and three exclusive, never-before-released jams: "Walk Into the Mirror" and "Pennywhistle Thunder" from the RET sessions plus live fan favorite "Carl the Clod." Here's what the folks at Matador have to say about the awesomely titled "Pennywhistle Thunder":
The 6 1/2 minute "Pennywhistle Thunder" has been described by one interested observer as "the best song from Real Emotional Trash," albeit one that mysteriously didn't make the final cut. Whether the author shares that assessment I cannot tell you for certain, but consider this—would the Jicks seek to commemorate a major American Holiday like Record Store Day with anything but the finest in unreleased material? We think not.
Five local retailers are joining in on the festivities, including Everyday Music, Jackpot Records, and Music Millennium. Not sure if they've got anything special planned, but hey, Jackpot and MM put on enough free in-stores to make just about anyone happy. Every day is National Record Store Day!