2012: A Year In Pictures: April – May

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DeVotchka, Beacon Theater, New York, NY, April 4, 2012   Stephin Merritt, The Magnetic Fields, Beacon Theater, New York, NY, April 4, 2012   Claudia Gonson, The Magnetic Fields, Beacon Theater, New York, NY, April 4, 2012   Diamond Doves, Mercury Lounge, New York, NY, April 21, 2012   Elvis Perkins cameo appearance, Mercury Lounge, New York, NY, April 21, 2012   Van Preston, Joe’s Pub, New York, NY, May 17, 2012   Ray Wylie Hubbard, Joe’s Pub, New York, NY, May 17, 2012   Lucas Hubbard and Ray Wylie Hubbard, Joe’s Pub, New York, NY, May 17, 2012   Jill Hennessy, Lucas Hubbard, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Joe’s Pub, New York, NY, May 17, 2012   No June; bar review ate my life and I didn’t go to any shows.

Ray Wylie Hubbard: Grifter’s Hymnal

Photo credit: Todd Wolfson

1. Who is Ray Wylie Hubbard? He’s Gandalf, if The Lord of The Rings had been written as a team effort by Warren Ellis and Charles Portis. 2. Once, very long ago, when I had only just begun to wander, I fetched up in a church in the center of London. There was music playing when I walked through the door, organ music, swelling and rolling and bouncing between the marble floors and pillars and filling up the soaring arches. I drifted around, muddled by jet-lag, enjoying the music and only vaguely paying attention to the people who were with me. Eventually the music stopped, and a small, gray-haired man emerged from behind the organ, and I realized a) he had been playing the whole time and b) I had been walking quietly so I didn’t disturb the angels that I had thought were there and c) it had not seemed the tiniest bit irregular to me, that an off-duty angel should have stopped in to a random church in central London to keep the organ in good tune. (I was really jet-lagged. About two hours later I would fall upon the only 7-11 in town like a hungry, homesick … Continue reading