A weekend of laughter, music and charity

Looking for something to get into this weekend? Yes? Yes, of course you are. Here are some suggestions:

Tomorrow night (that’s Friday, in case you don’t read this until tomorrow and don’t look at the published date or something… maybe you haven’t had your morning cup of coffee yet, I don’t know. I’m not judging you… OK, I totally am, but for the purpose of this sentence, I’m not.) Wait… where was I?

Oh yeah, tomorrow  night, Lightning Line and Helicity Montgomery present: Bicentenially Curious Comedy Night at the Sanctuary. Jason Fifi is headlining the event. Other comedians include Kurt Keller, Trey Brown, Daniel Kynard (and probably some others, but I’m only going by who’s listed on the event.) If you haven’t been to the Sanctuary, it’s a great venue located at 432 S. Goldthwaite St. in downtown Montgomery.

This week, Jason Fifi went on TV to talk about the event. Hopefully clicking here will take you directly to that video. If it doesn’t, then please know that I tried.

On Sunday, the Powell Brothers (of BPM and Distant Kin) are teaming up to host an open jam session at Head on the Door to help raise funds for the Montgomery Area Food Bank. That starts at 7 p.m., and it’s open to all musicians. More details on the event page. I also encourage you to check out the story in today’s Montgomery Advertiser about the event: “Jam session to benefit Food Bank.”

If you can’t make it to the event Sunday, but still want to help out, you can visit MontgomeryAreaFoodBank.org and donate online.

And if you happen to be in the Birmingham area on Sunday, you might want to mosey on down to WorkPlay to catch the Swedish band Truckfighters with Stoned Cobra in the theater. It’s going to be a great night of “stoner rock” for your ears. Seriously, you should go.

Randomness, vol. 24

First, since this has to do with a radio show that’s airing tonight, I encourage you to read Kenny Johnson’s blog titled “Alabama Substrate Freakout,” and make plans to listen in.

Next, go ahead and get out the calendar (or phone, or what-have-you) and make plans to attend a comedy show on Tuesday, May 6. Location: AlleyBAR in Montgomery. Time: 8 p.m. Cost: None. Zero. Zilch. Free comedy show, hosted by Rudy Banes and featuring Jason Fifi and some out-of-town performers. Details here.

If you haven’t heard the new Sunny Day Real Estate (yes, after 14 years, our ears get a new Sunny Day Real Estate song!), then stop what you’re doing and find it. It’s on YouTube, Spotify and other online retailers, or hit up eBay for people selling the 7″ vinyl split (with Circa Survive) that came out on Record Store Day last month (because it’s now May, folks…)

The song is called “Lipton Witch” and there is good and bad. I’ll start with the good: IT’S A NEW SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE SONG, AND IT’S A GREAT SONG!

Now the bad: It’s a tease. I hear this song, and I now want to hear a full album of this greatness by a band that I miss. But the recording process “fell apart” according to a Pitchfork article. Sadness. But the song is great.

In other news, I’m working on some new Glorious 70mm stuff. (Not pictured: the MicroKorg.) I’ve also been attempting to experiments with some other stuff. We’ll see how it goes… and if I like it. But yeah, new Glorious 70mm in the works.