rural alberta advantage @ bottom of the hill (photos, review, etc)

July 13th, 2009

For the latest ipickmynose presents show, the Rural Alberta Advantage (myspace) and Half-handed Cloud (myspace) played the Bottom of the Hill last Thursday. Okay was scheduled to be the middle band but had to cancel due to illness.

Half-handed Cloud went on a bit later than the original start time due to the schedule only having two bands instead of three. The growing crowd was getting a bit restless. John Ringhofer played a half a dozen instruments–banjo, omnichord, percussion and trombone among them–sometimes accompanied by pre-recorded instruments on a tape player. He played his quirky, short and cute folk pop songs in a straight-forward but endearing manner. It was a fun set.

The venue was getting pretty full by the time the Rural Alberta Advantage went on. Having just come off their CD release two days prior and very positive review from P4k among many others, the band was obviously basking in the glow of the new attention.

Playing most of Hometowns with a couple new songs thrown in, the band came out and gave it their all. From the audience members around me, I literally heard gasps at the band’s performance, particularly Paul’s intricate and barely-contained drumming. When the RAA hit “Don’t Haunt This Place”, their third or fourth song, I don’t thing there were many at the show who were left unconvinced at the greatness of the band’s live show.

They were very appreciative throughout the show of the crowd and the reception they were receiving. And the audience was receptive–it felt like everyone was leaning forward just to be a little closer to the band.

At the end of the set, the band came out for an encore, of course. Nils led off with a convincing solo rendition of “Eye of the Tiger” that turned into a sing-along. After the song, Nils remarked that he wanted to just keep repeating the chorus because it was so much fun singing with the audience. After another song, they left the stage again, only to be called back for a second, non-obligatory encore. It was a gorgeous version of “Sleep All Day”. All in all it was a fantastic show that I was proud to be involved with.

ipickmynose presents rural alberta advantage @ bottom of the hill; interview, ticket giveaway

July 6th, 2009


RAA show poster by Random Found Objects

Show info:

6/9 the Rural Alberta Advantage, Okay, Half-handed Cloud @ Bottom of the Hill, 9pm, $10, a/a

Here’s a reminder, for what will probably be the last ipickmynose presents show, the Rural Alberta Advantage (myspace) are playing a great bill at the Bottom of the Hill this Thursday July 9. Locals Okay and Half-handed Cloud (myspace) are opening.

If you’ve been reading this blog, you know my love of Rural Alberta Advantage is nothing new. In fact, they released one of my favorite albums of 2008, which will be rereleased by Saddle Creek tomorrow, July 7. I saw them twice at SxSW, including an incredible, breath-taking show at Central Presbyterian. They produce driving, often-raw indie folk about Alberta. Mark my word, they will put on a good show.

the Rural Alberta Advantage – Don’t Haunt this Place (mp3)

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the Rural Alberta Advantage – Sleep All Day (mp3)

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Okay play broadly folk music, but with some experimental and freak folk elements. When I saw them at the Bottom of the Hill last year, I enjoyed their set.

Okay – Natural (mp3)

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Half-handed Cloud is a band I’ve been following for quite a while, since I saw him open for Sufjan years ago. With folk-pop songs for people with ADD, this will be a fun way to start the set.

Half-handed Cloud – Skip the Rope (mp3)

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Ticket contest:

I have two pairs of tickets to give away. To enter to win a pair of tickets to this show, email contest [at] ipickmynose [dot] com by noon on Wednesday July 8 with “Rural Alberta Advantage” (or “RAA”) in the subject line. Make sure to include your full name somewhere in there–that’s what will be on the guestlist. The winner will be chosen at random from all that email in. I’ll email the winner on Wednesday afternoon. Get those emails in now! It’s easy!

rural alberta advantage
the Rural Alberta Advantage by ipickmynose

the Interview

I spoke to Nils Edenloff, who fronts the RAA and writes about his experiences growing up in Alberta for their songs, by phone last week from his father’s house in Edmonton. It was the day after their very first Edmonton show and it acted as a homecoming show for Nils. He was obviously still basking in the experience. Despite the interview taking him away from time with his family, he was gracious throughout the interview. We spoke for almost half an hour in the end and I wish I could share all of it here, but due to practical concerns, here’s just some of what we talked about.

Adrian Bischoff of ipickmynose: So you’re back in Edmonton?

Nils Edenloff of the Rural Alberta Advantage: Yeah, it was sort of a homecoming show for me.

Adrian: Have you played there with the band before?

Nils: No, this is the first time we’ve actually been able to make it west of Ontario. So we’ve been [doing] a, sort of, Canadian tour. The Alberta show have been going pretty crazy.

Adrian: Yeah, I bet.

Nils: I never, ever would have expected that when we started this the response would have been so overwhelming.

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ipickmynose presents…the rural alberta advantage, okay and half-handed cloud @ bottom of the hill july 9

June 22nd, 2009


poster designed for ipickmynose by Random Found Objects

I’m pleased to announced the next ipickmynose presents bill: Canadians the Rural Alberta Advantage (myspace) with locals Okay and Half-handed Cloud (myspace) at the Bottom of the Hill.

If you’ve been reading this blog, you know my love of Rural Alberta Advantage is nothing new. In fact, they released one of my favorite albums of 2008 and I saw them twice at SxSW, including an incredible, breath-taking show at Central Presbyterian. They produce driving, often-raw indie folk about, well, Alberta. Mark my word, they will put on a good show.

the Rural Alberta Advantage – Don’t Haunt this Place (mp3)

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the Rural Alberta Advantage – Sleep All Day (mp3)

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Okay put out a really intriguing album with last year’s Huggable Dust. Broadly folk music, but with some experimental and freak folk elements, it’s a good listen. When I saw them at the Bottom of the Hill last year, I enjoyed their set.

Okay – Natural (mp3)

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Half-handed Cloud is a band I’ve been following for quite a while, since I saw him open for Sufjan years ago. With folk-pop songs for people with ADD, this will be a fun way to start the set.

Half-handed Cloud – Skip the Rope (mp3)

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So mark your calendars and stay tuned for a ticket give-away and more. Here’s all the info in one place:

6/9 the Rural Alberta Advantage, Okay, Half-handed Cloud @ Bottom of the Hill, 9pm, $10, a/a

rural alberta advantage
the RAA by ipickmynose

ipickmynose presented the wooden birds, the old-fashioned way, goh nakamura @ the rickshaw stop (photos, review, etc)

June 1st, 2009

Last night ipickmynose presented the Wooden Birds (myspace), the Old-Fashioned Way and Goh Nakamura (myspace) at the Rickshaw Stop.

I was looking forward to seeing Goh Nakamura since I’d heard good things about him. With his late-era Elliott Smith-like stylings and a loop pedal at foot, he put on a solid show that veered from soft love song to distorted guitar solo. It was a good set.

I honestly don’t have much to report on the Old-Fashioned Way. They played well enough but their music doesn’t do it for me.

I was really excited about seeing the Wooden Birds–Andrew Kenny of American Analog Set’s new band, which I don’t need to tell you if you’ve been reading this blog. They played great sets at SxSW and I was hoping for a repeat.

Repeat they did. Playing again as a five piece–though with two different percussionists than the last time–their live sound is meticulous and well-balanced, but they still have fun on stage. Running through their album songs, I found myself really absorbed in the songs and the show.

It’s a hard act to describe exactly why I like it so much but I did. This may be a weird way to say it, but in the end, what tells me if I like a live show is how loudly I’m saying ‘yay!’ in my head during the show. Musicianship and song selection and banter and stage presence and audience interaction can all play into that but are themselves secondary to that one metric. ‘Yay!’ was pretty loud during this set.

In total they played almost all of Magnolia and then two American Analog Set ‘covers’–“Aaron and Maria’ and ‘the Kindness of Strangers’. Pretty much all of it was great, but my favorites were those covers plus ‘Bad’ and ‘Anna Paula’.

A couple other notes.

  • My friend told Andrew Kenny that he liked the songs the Wooden Birds covered and asked if the band that wrote them was any good. AK: “They’re hit and miss”.
  • Andrew Kenny is super nice. He spent a great deal of time after the show behind the merch table signing things and chatting to fans.
  • Apparently Steve Wozniak at the show. A couple separate people reported this.

All in all, I was really happy with it. Thanks for coming if you made it there.

a few more hours to win Wooden Birds (ex-American Analog Set) tickets

May 29th, 2009

You have a few more hours to win tickets to ipickmynose presents show, the Wooden Birds at the Rickshaw Stop this Sunday. The contest ends at noon.

To enter to win a pair of tickets to this show, email contest [at] ipickmynose [dot] com by 11:59am Friday May 29 with “Wooden Birds” in the subject line. The winner will be chosen at random from all that email in. I’ll email the winners this afternoon.

The Wooden Birds – False Alarm (mp3)

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Wooden Birds interview, ipickmynose presents @ Rickshaw Stop, win tickets (!!!)

May 27th, 2009


show poster by Random Found Objects

A reminder that ipickmynose presents the the Wooden Birds (myspace) show at the Rickshaw Stop this Sunday at 8pm. As you may have learned from my post about the band, they’re the new band of Andrew Kenny of American Analog Set. It also has member of Ola Podrida and Lymbyc Systym in it. If the two shows of theirs that I saw at SxSW are indication, this will be a really good one. They have a new album, Magnolia which is out now.

The Wooden Birds – False Alarm (mp3)

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Here’s the info you need to know for the show:

5/31 the Wooden Birds, the Old-Fashioned Way, Goh Nakamura @ Rickshaw Stop, 8pm, $10 (advance)/$12 (door), a/a

Buy tickets for the show. I have three pairs of tickets to give away. To enter to win a pair of tickets to this show, email contest [at] ipickmynose [dot] com by 11:59am Friday May 29 with “Wooden Birds” in the subject line. The winner will be chosen at random from all that email in. I’ll email the winners Friday afternoon. Get those emails in now! It’s easy!


Wooden Birds at SxSW

I recently had a chance to interview Andrew Kenny of the band by email while they were in tour in Europe. We talked about past San Francisco shows, Magnolia being Kenny’s ‘best effort to date’, and who really is the nicest guy in indie rock.

Adrian Bischoff of ipickmynose: How’s the tour going? Between Europe, East Coast and SxSW, you’ve got a handful of shows under your belt as the Wooden Birds. Do you have any favorites so far?

Andrew Kenny of the Wooden Birds: Our first shows were at SXSW so this is a good time to be a Wooden Bird. Every show, I can feel the band getting better and more confident. The Mercury in New York, and Union Hall in Brooklyn were both stand outs. I really liked Leipzig, Germany although most everyone in our crew thought Zagreb, Croatia was our best show in Europe. Madrid was a lot of fun too. I think we’ll wait until after the US tour to pick our favorites though. Lawrence, KS, I’m talking to YOU. Bring it on.

AB: It’s been a few years since you last played San Francisco, a packed and sweaty show at the Bottom of the Hill during AmAnSet’s last tour. What are you looking forward to about playing San Francisco again? Do you have any favorite stories from past San Francisco shows?

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the Wooden Birds release Magnolia; ipickmynose presents @ Rickshaw Stop May 31

May 12th, 2009


show poster by Random Found Objects

Today marks the release of Magnolia by the Wooden Birds (myspace). As you may have learned from my post about the band, they’re the new band of Andrew Kenny of American Analog Set. It also has member of Ola Podrida and Lymbyc Systym in it. As I mentioned in that previous post, Magnolia is a really great record and I’d recommend it, especially if you like American Analog Set-like acoustic drone pop.

I’m proud to announce that ipickmynose will be presenting their show at the Rickshaw Stop on May 31. If the two shows of theirs that I saw at SxSW are indication, this will be a really good one.

The Wooden Birds – False Alarm (mp3)

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the Wooden Birds – Bad (mp3)

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the Wooden Birds – Anna Paula (Live on Woxy) (listen to the whole Woxy session)

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You can buy Magnolia from insound (or they have it on vinyl + mp3). Rumor has it that the first handful of CDs are autographed by Andrew Kenny himself.


Wooden Birds at SxSW

Two local bands are opening the show. The first of those is The Old Fashioned Way, a local, baritone-voiced indie pop band that’s been getting some good press in the area.

Rounding out the bill is Goh Nakamura (myspace), a local songwriter that I’m excited to see. His music reminds me at times of late-era Elliott Smith, though there are many influences that go into his music.

Goh Nakamura – Sarah Rose (mp3)

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If you want to hear more of Goh’s stuff, you can get Ulysses, his most recent album for free at his website. You can also check out the Bay Bridged feature podcast about him.

Here’s the info you need to know for the show:

5/31 the Wooden Birds, the Old-Fashioned Way, Goh Nakamura @ Rickshaw Stop, 8pm, $10 (advance)/$12 (door), a/a

Buy tickets for the show. I’d like to point out that the Rickshaw Stop has been pretty rad and set up their own online ticketing service with $1.25 service fees, so it’s actually 75 cents cheaper to buy tickets ahead of time, even with the fee.

andrew kenny of the wooden birds
Andrew Kenny of Wooden Birds, by Adrian Bischoff

ipickmynose presented…Geographer, Two Sheds @ Annie’s Social Club, review, photos.

June 16th, 2008

As I plugged previously, there was an ipickmynose presents show last Wednesday with Geographer and Two Sheds (myspace), Friday Mile (myspace), Marabelle Pheonix at Annie’s Social Club in San Francisco, CA, USA, World.

I’d never been to Annie’s and getting there before the music started, I had a chance to check out the place. It’s sort of a quirky shape, with the show space next to and parallel the bar/ entrance area but separated by a wall for the most part. But with a photobooth, a pool table, a decent selection of beer and a generally chill atmosphere, I liked it.


Friday Mile

Marabelle Phoenix and Friday Mile ended up playing nice background music to catching up with or meeting some cool people like Emily and Ben from the Bay Bridged, Will from New & Used Records, the Deli SF and Joe from the Don’ts. I did manage to solidly pay attention to a chunk of Friday Mile’s set and it was pretty enjoyable indie rock. I’m sorry I can’t review their performances much beyond that.

Two Sheds played next. I don’t know what to say about a band that I’ve seen five times in six months (did I mention there’s a problem with liking local bands). They played a great set as usual.

Their album’s great, but I really like their new songs like the EP material (“WTF”, “You”, “Alive”) and even newer stuff (“Mindwrecker”). One new thing about this show was Hannah from Friday Mile sang harmony vocals on a couple songs and hers and Caitlin’s vocals sounded great together.


Two Sheds with Hannah from Friday Mile

Geographer closed out the night. It was getting late so the crowd was thinning by this point. Again, I’ve seen this band a number of times by this point and I always have a good time. They make the heads bob. They also manage to fill a room with their sound even though they’re only three people.

reminder: ipickmynose presents geographer, two sheds, friday mile and marabelle phoenix

June 9th, 2008

Update: I have a pair of tickets to give away for this show. Email me (picker at/@ ipickmynose dot/. com) with “contest” in the subject line before Wednesday June 11 at noon and I’ll pick a winner at random shortly thereafter. Update2: The contest is now closed. Thanks for playing.

As a reminder, the next ipickmynose presents show is this Wendesday, June 11 at Annie’s Social Club in San Francisco.

Ipickmynose will be presenting two of my favorite local bands Geographer and Two Sheds (myspace), along with Seattle-ites Friday Mile (myspace) and locals Marabelle Pheonix. The show starts at 8pm and will only run you only 7 American dollars.

I wasvery excited about this show as I was before I was even on board as a presenter. I’m a big fan of both Geographer or Two Sheds as evidenced by the fact that I post about them all the time.

I first saw Geographer a few months ago when they were called something else at the Great American and heard something pretty exciting in their sound. I also caught them a month or so ago at 12 Galaxies and they had the crowd going. They make nice indie pop with catchy synth lines and great melodies. I think your head will be bopping if you see them. Be sure to check out some more tracks from their set down at KZSU.

Geographer – Rushing In, Rushing Out (mp3)

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Geographer – Wonderful (Live at KZSU) (mp3)

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Two Sheds hit me like a train the first time I heard “It’s Hard”. I just couldn’t get over it. I made sure to see them at SxSW (and then again in SF and SD). They write really great songs and the simple and effecting instrumentation supports Caitlin’s wonderful voice nicely. They’ve put on great sets every time I’ve seen them. They came down and did a set at KZSU last week and their new tunes sound good too.

Two Sheds – It’s Hard (mp3)

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Two Sheds – Undertow (Live at KZSU) (mp3)

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I haven’t seen Friday Mile before but I got their EP a couple weeks ago. It’s a disc of solid, subdued indie rock with male and female vocals. “Westward Bound” is a nice tune with country-ish inflections.

Friday Mile – Westward bound (the Whitest Blanket) (mp3)

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I don’t have any Marabelle Phoenix to share with you at the moment, but you can check out her/ their sometimes dark countryish sounds on myspace.

Should be a great show. Hope to see you there!

ipickmynose presents…June 11! Geographer, Two Sheds, Friday Mile, Marabelle Phoenix @ Annie’s Social Club

May 29th, 2008

The last ipickmynose presents show was so much fun that I decided to do it again.

On Wednesday June 11, ipickmynose will be presenting two of my favorite local bands Geographer and Two Sheds (myspace), along with Seattle-ites Friday Mile (myspace) and locals Marabelle Pheonix at Annie’s Social Club in San Francisco. The show starts at 8pm and will only run you only 7 American dollars.

I’m very excited about this show as I was before I was even on board as a presenter. You can’t swing a dead cat around here without hitting a post about Geographer or Two Sheds.

I first saw Geographer a few months ago when they were called something else at the Great American and heard something pretty exciting in their sound. I also caught them a month or so ago at 12 Galaxies and they had the crowd going. They make nice indie pop with catchy synth lines and great melodies. I think your head will be bopping if you see them. Be sure to check out some more tracks from their set down at KZSU.

Geographer – Rushing In, Rushing Out (mp3)

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Geographer – Wonderful (Live at KZSU) (mp3)

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Two Sheds hit me like a train the first time I heard “It’s Hard”. I just couldn’t get over it. I made sure to see them at SxSW (and then again in SF and SD). They write really great songs and the simple and effecting instrumentation supports Caitlin’s wonderful voice nicely. They’ve put on great sets every time I’ve seen them. They came down and did a set at KZSU last week and their new tunes sound good too.

Two Sheds – It’s Hard (mp3)

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Two Sheds – Undertow (Live at KZSU) (mp3)

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I haven’t seen Friday Mile before but I got their EP a couple weeks ago. It’s a disc of solid, subdued indie rock with male and female vocals. “Westward Bound” is a nice tune with country-ish inflections.

Friday Mile – Westward bound (the Whitest Blanket) (mp3)

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I don’t have any Marabelle Phoenix to share with you at the moment, but you can check out her/ their sometimes dark countryish sounds on myspace.

June 11 may seem like an awfully long time away, but it’s actually less than two weeks. Mark your calendars!

Should be a great show. Hope to see you there!