WARNING: I am feeling incredibly ineloquent. Whatever I say here may sound trite or poorly worded.
So I inquired about some information for a show that I saw on asthmatic kitty.
I was wondering where the show was. I can't find any information on
the Magick House on the internet. Also, how much are tickets, and
where can I get them? Thanks.
I can't either. I'm going to email John Ringhofer and ask him to copy his response to you. We should hear back from him well before the show.
Lowell / ak
So apparently the label doesn't know, but I got another email from the man himself a couple hours later:
I got an email from Asthmatic Kitty about you. The show info for
Denver is at a house. It's really informal. There aren't any tickets
or anything like that. I don't have any info on me, but you should
just visit this link for the address, and click on the show for info:
Hope to see you there, john.
So I found out where the address was, and a couple days later, we went.
This place was a house. A private residence. We showed up at 7, with mandy's roommate courtney. We were the second group to show up. So we took a little tour around the house, and eventually took a seat on a green vinyl couch. John Ringhofer and Justin Vollmar were just hanging out, not really doing anything, just waiting for someone to say 'when'. We sat awkwardly for a while talking about Indiana (Vollmar is from Indiana) and dumpster diving. More people came in, but they all knew the house owners.
Hour-and-a-half later… Courtney left, because she had another test the next day. And still we waited.
So basically, Ringhofer and Vollmar wanted to play, so they went second and third instead of third and fourth. So the first band wasn't that great, but the vocalist was pretty good. She just needed to polish up a bit, rehearse some more. The music wasn't quite my style, but I can appreciate the vocals.
Vollmar was up next, and his performance was like his personality. Kind of timid singing, and clean guitar. His first three songs had girls' names in them, and he transitioned to the next by saying "A lot of the songs I've been playing are really feminine. I mean, they have girls' names in them." and the song started with "Lizards lizards lizards filthy bugs…" I think he played about 8-9 songs. Or maybe I can't count. Mandy and I sat in a big sofa chair, and John Ringhofer sat right in front of us, leaning on the chair and the wall. As Vollmar finished a song, Ringhofer enthusiastically applauded him with great zeal. I thought it was pretty cool, supporting his friend like that.
Next up, Half-Handed Cloud. It was gonna be sweet. Vollmar was playing backup for Ringhofer, which means he had to play about 6 instruments for every song. Every 60-second song. I had never really listened critically to Half-Handed Cloud's music, so this was the first real exposure I've had. So, I'd just like to say that it was damn good. He had a little instrument called an "Omnichord" which is a combination of an electronic autoharp and beatbox, which hummed from time to time, which was corrected by some percussive maintenance. So switching from singing to playing trombone, to banjo was fun to watch, but also very good musically. Vollmar really shined on drums and percussion, and the instrument swapping between the two was pretty rapid and well-rehearsed. The vocals were a little low on this set, but still audible. It may have helped to hear them more clearly, as a lot of the art is in the obscure Old Testament biblical references.
I bought three CDs there, two full-length albums at about 30 minutes each, and one tour EP that has four songs. Thy is a word and feet need lamps, halos and lassos, and harp that's hung-up in a tree e.p. I've been addicted to Thy is a word for the past week or however long it's been, particularly stuck on "Ezekiel Bread" and "Everyone did what was right in their own eyes".
Next concert is hopefully Over the Rhine on the 1st of June in Bloomington, IN, and then on the 9th, Danielson in Denver, at the Hi-Dive. I'll see some of you in Bloomington.