When I was in college, my friend James and I bonded quickly over our love for music. Going to school in Montana meant that we didn’t have access to many shows, and certainly no all-ages venues. So we started an evening show at 7 pm on Tuesdays called Kames and Kath…and for LIKE TWO MONTHS we totally rocked.

I wish we had taken this much farther, but we didn’t, and sometimes that’s what happens, and now I’m looking back at it to help me figure out what I can take farther. We did, however, open all the shows with the first thumps and bleeps and bloops of the pop-nihilist song “Thou Shalt Always Kill”, a smart and slightly cranky number by Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip. It’s a song that aims to detonate the explosives in every cultural pedestal, and knock us all back down to the level earth. To stop idolizing, and just start listening. To be better people, based on this English duo’s moral code.

Seriously- listen to the song. It’s about as good a moral code as I’ve heard since Wendell Berry’s “Mad Farmer Liberation Front” was put in front of me.

Not a new take on the whole “rock gods” mentality (see: Kill Rock Stars), but when I was 20 and heard them sing in their cheeky accents:

Nirvana… Just a band.
The Pixies… Just a band.
Oasis… Just a band.
Radiohead… Just a band.
Bloc Party… Just a band.
The Arctic Monkeys… Just a band.
The Next Big Thing.. JUST A BAND.

Thou shalt give equal worth to tragedies that occur in non-english speaking countries as to those that occur in english speaking countries.
Thou shalt remember that guns, bitches and bling were never part of the four elements and never will be.

I felt as close as I thought I ever would to a revolution. I kind of wanted to go find some abandoned warehouse party somewhere. I imagined hoardes of kids with blue hair, spiked leather, cool names like “Amalia” and “Simon” meeting each other and inviting each other to DJ nights and not even liking The Arctic Monkeys (I love the Arctic Monkeys), because they knew of another band that was so much better and more British and more dry and caustic. I had very brown hair (still do). I couldn’t even get into the few shows that passed through Helena at Jester’s. Which ended up being fine, because Jester’s has the feel that it offers free Hep B with every beer.

I wanted to play music that would make other people want to be a part of something, too. To be fair, we also played quite a bit of stuff that would make a teddy bear diabetic, so let’s not pretend we were going out and slashing our jeans here. But it documents my first little whispers into the void, trying to figure out if anyone was out there listening, if anyone thought a little bit like James and I did about music and the world.

I recently stumbled on the playlists for three of our shows. We were good, man. We really got it.

(Text taken directly from our posts)

October 2, 2008:

“First Show Playlist

Maybe not exactly in order, but here you curious cats go:

Thou Shalt Always Kill-Dan Le Sac Vs. Scroobius Pip
Chicago- Sufjan Stevens
We Are What You Say- Sufjan Stevens
The New Year- Death Cab for Cutie
The Luckiest- Ben Folds
Another Song By Ben Folds (if you heard it you know it)
I’m Sticking With You- The Velvet Underground
Who Loves the Sun- The Velvet Underground
Big Trucks- Pedro the Lion
White Winter Hymnal- Fleet Foxes
Blue Ridge Mountains- Fleet Foxes
Cut Your Hair- Pavement
…and Carrot Rope- Pavement
Love You Madly- Cake
Better Days- Citizen King (Again, not Sublime)
Don’t Dream It’s Over- Crowded House
Second Chance- Liam Finn
3rd Planet (Live)- Modest Mouse
Mushaboom- Feist
I Feel It All (Britt Daniels remix)- Feist
The Way We Get By- Spoon

Caring is Creepy- The Shins
Fighter Girl- Mason Jennings”

October 15, 2008

“Second Show Playlist

Golly I need to start remembering these better. But here’s the jist of what we played…

The Night Starts Here- Stars
Acid Tongue- Jenny Lewis
Silver Lining- Rilo Kiley
Nothing Better- Postal Service
Ragged Wood- Fleet Foxes
Plasticities- Andrew Bird
Hold It In- Jukebox the Ghost
Say Darling Say- Dirk Powell
October- Rosie Thomas
Brand New Colony (live)- Benjamin Gibbard
Teenage Riot- Sonic Youth
Hot in Here- Beck (Nelly Cover)
As Tall as Cliffs- Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s
The W.A.N.D- The Flaming Lips
My Brilliant Feat- Colin Hay
Arms of a Thief- Iron and Wine
Lost Coastlines- Okkervil River
Wading in the Velvet Sea- Phish
No Cars Go- The Arcade Fire

I may have forgotten some…
I’ll start some sort of Post-It system next week…

Keep tuning in friends, we love your love, support, enthusiasm, and requests!!”

October 21, 2008

“Third Show Playlist

In case you missed it, create it on your iTunes! You’ll miss our dulcet tones, but you can always just invite us up for tea.

Is There a Ghost- Band of Horses
California Stars- Billy Bragg/Wilco
The Kiss- Prabir and the Substitutes
American Blues, Vol 1.- Pete Yorn
Elephant Gun- Beirut
Major Label Debut (Fast)- Broken Social Scene
Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down- The Toasters
Dinosaur on the Ark- The Very Best (Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit)
Michelle- The Beatles
Red Right Ankle- The Decemberists
Urban Lull (At Once Charmed)- The Umbrella Sequence
Walk in the Park- Oh No! Oh My!
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea- Neutral Milk Hotel
Inkwell- Blue Scholars
Butterfly Nets- Bishop Allen
Lille- Lisa Hannigan
Myriad Harbor- The New Pornographers
Human- The Killers
The Saddest Song- Streetlight Manifesto
The Set Up (You Need This)- Reel Big Fish
True Affection- The Blow
New Soul (Ukelele Sessions)- Yael Naim
Toxic (Cover) (Ukelele Sessions)- Yael Naim
Oliver James- Fleet Foxes
To Sing For You (Cover)- Ben Gibbard
We Get On- Kate Nash”

Funny thing is…

I don’t remember why we stopped.

Makes me a little sad, actually.