Swimming out from the Subterranean Melodic Fancifalities Exploratorium onto dry land, amorphous and amphibious flaneurs Hairy Painter and Ivy Meadows find the Newtown Radio garden has sprung us The Beets! We catch Brooklyn’s noble busybodies – not to be confused with The Beets, nor The Beats, The Beat, Beat, or The Beatles – in a brief hometown interlude betwixt their South North American (with German Measles) and North North American (with The Mountain Goats) tours, with just enough time for them to stomp us up some radio gold. The live set – abundant with garage harmonica, amp humping, flute solos, toy theremins, sing alongs, set-up banter, and a newly balanced gender distribution – is then followed by a bonus set of the band spinning recent favorites from the road into the wee small hours. Viva!
Now’s a better time than any to start tracking solar patterns and moon phases. In fact, we are about to enter one of the most intense solar cycles of the last 400 years, which will produce some of the most unreal aurora borealis to be seen in record-keeping history. The next few years should be interesting to watch as our atmosphere changes, and keeping a calendar is a good way to slow down and notice the changes as they happen over the course of a year’s time.
Anonymous Monk Records has just released a poster-sized calendar beginning March 2009 and ending February 2010, including shadowy greyscale illustrations and a compilation of gentle folk songs made by their musician friends, one song for each month of the year: