About a week ago Eclipse Records in St. Paul hosted the ZAK SALLY / FEAR of SONG RELEASE / LA MANO BENEFIT SHOW / ZINE BOOK POSTER FEST event. Zak seems to have the predilection for long names and acronyms. This is especially apparent in his musical side project named T.O.G.P.T.F.F.S.O.T.W.O.T.E.R.A.T.S.Y.O.A or Three Old Guys Play The First Five Songs Off The Wipers’ Over The Edge Record And The Song Youth Of America. Anyway it was a pretty fun party. I posted a few pics for posterity, take a look. Check out Zak’s take on the event, plus some video of budding stage talent. I was hoping to hear some of the Fear of Song material played live, but alas, it was not to be. Still, the album is fantastic. Check out a track here and get your self a copy. In the age of the immaterial MP3, it’s nice to see beautifully packaged music. While you’re there check out the rest of the La Mano publications.
I also happened to have my little concert sketchbook and scribbled a few drawings of the action on the stage. Drawing conditions were not ideal which I think is reflected in the drawings. Here they are:
Jim and the French Vanilla (left). Paul Metzger (right) was a revelation!
The annual Twin Cities Zine Fest took place little over a couple of weeks ago. Zinefest has been around for a few years, but I’ve only been able to attended over the last couple of years. It’s a small and inexpensive show, but that’s exactly its charm. While the hype from San Diego Comic Con is still smoldering, lets remember that small can be beautiful too. Click on the pic above to see some snaps from the floor.
Sarah Morean, who’s been running the show for the last couple of years, shared some valuable organizing lessons on The Daily Crosshatch.