Graham's Top Picks for August 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 page, which features thousands of videos of independent artists. Once a month, Graham sends us a list of 5 picks from his personal channel.

Sur at the Firebird

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG-i1h61uzw
I guess people were excited for SW/MM/NG, but Sur really snuck up and melted everyone's faces clean off. Unexpectedly-awesome is the best kind of awesome.

Islands - Fiction at the Firebird
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Fcjm1DJoLg
As a long time fan of Islands, it feels pretty cool to capture a brand new song that almost no one has heard before (one show before this one, world first recording?!). It was even cooler meeting Nick from Islands after the show who helped hype our Mike Brown & Ferguson benefit show "Bands Up, Don't Shoot" via Twitter. What a sweetie!

Billy Bragg - Crying in the Streets at the Royale
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoE0YB1-U40 Steve went to the semi-secret, very short notice Billy Bragg show at the Royale, because he's a folk legend and was coming to support Mike Brown & Ferguson. This video got more hits in a week than our previously most watched video got in a year and a half. WHOA!

Lumpy & the Dumpers at Melt
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqO7zlowQXs
If you've ever wondered what it might be like to be manhandled by Lumpy, this is your chance. At 1:13, he puts his slimy fingers all over the camera. I am still trying to get all the slime off the lens.

Q at the Ready Room
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-pNQULaISY
Q was running a little behind and didn't have much time for their set, so it was all crammed into 4 minutes of bliss. Young moshers are brought on stage to get the party started. A newly bought Trauma Harness shirt glistens in the Ready Room's lights like a neon diamond. I think Austin says it best at the end, "GET THE FUCK OFF ME!" Too much love can hurt.