Graham's Top Picks for March 2014

Graham Matthews bounces from show to show with a handy-cam, collecting the odds and ends of music in St. Louis. There is absolutely no genre-bend in his coverage, made evident by an ever growing Youtube channel, which features thousands of videos of independent artists. Once a month, Graham sends us a list of 5 picks from his personal channel.

Trauma Harness - Synth set at Schlafly Tap Room

Where did these songs come from? Is this the new Trauma Harness sound or just a one-time thing? These songs are too good to throw away. I guess this was all foreshadowed by Blue Flames, the synth stand-out from The Way You Press On Harder, and Necropolis, the haunting instrumental from their Dead and Loving It EP. Most of the songs from the synth set are not yet available on Bandcamp, so get 'em while they're hot! Can't wait for the Undercurrent tape for this one.

Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship - "Ladies in the Dark" at Pitcher's Sports Bar (Belleville, IL)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fh7XOVjx6lU
It's been a while since Belleville had a show. Too long. So long that the residents seem to have forgotten how to act at shows. In this one video, we see an artist jump on stage to dance with Fabio uninvited, and a member of the audience stroke his beer-cock in front of Corey. Creepy and uncomfortable, for sure. Maybe this is typical behavior at "Sports Bars," not really my scene!

Pictureplane at The Gargoyle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWDczDVAjAM
While ya'll was freaking out to Jandek, we were gettin wavvy with Mykki Blanco and ravey with Pictureplane. What a wonderful city we live in to have these choices. Travis looks a bit uncomfortable in the bright lights, but gets into the groove once those strobes go off at 10:20.

Mykki Blanco at The Gargoyle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTE8nV2W-9c
Mykki also had some serious issues with the lights and seemed to be having a real bad time. The first half of her set, it felt like she might rage-quit off the stage at any moment. Finally she got the lights right, and was just on fire. Don't fuck with a diva's show!

3 of 5 - "Cold of Space" at Cafe Ventana
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmDDFAYLuSE
A deranged fan in the audience requests "Cold of Space," and then surprises Andy by putting on an impromptu light show perfectly in sync with the song. The Gargoyle could learn a thing or two here!!