Shadow Art Fair 2012 (part three)

    The following comment was left on the site last night, by someone who attended the Shadow.

    So… I gotta say, how fucking awesome was that science teacher-looking guy, with the tall socks and white hair, playing that face-melting punk??? I need to see them play again. Shadow was a great time, y’all never disappoint.

    The science teacher-looking guy is my friend Andy, who, as you might recall, once stirred up a lot of shit on this site by saying, “I detest the bands of today. They have now raw power. They just noodle and stand there.” As you saw on Saturday, despite his advanced age, he’s still not one to just stand around and noodle.

    Oh, and he doesn’t teach science. He does, however, as someone pointed out in the comments section, look a lot like a certain famous time-traveling scientist from America’s past/future.

    I’ve known Andy, by they way, since the early 90′s, when we used to play shows together. His band, The Monarchs, would open for my band, Prehensile Monkey-tailed Skink, and vice versa. There were many good times had, but, unfortunately, I don’t believe there’s much documentary evidence, except for a few 45s released by Bulb Records… But here Andy is, some 20 years later, still going at it with the raw power of an angry teen.

    The band, by the way, is Minus9, and I have it on good authority that they’ll be playing the soon-to-be-announced 10th anniversary party for this website, along with a number of other local music luminaries. So, if you missed them at the Shadow, stay tuned.

    Oh, and it’s probably worth nothing that Ian Fulcher, the man who books the entertainment for the Shadow each summer, didn’t just limit himself to grindcore this year. The lineup was incredibly diverse, extending from folk to comedy. While I wasn’t able to make it outside very often, I did get to catch a few songs by the newly re-formed Saturday Looks Good to Me. Here’s one of their numbers, for those of you who don’t so much care for songs about being attacked with acid.

    And thank you again to all of the bands who came out to play on Saturday, Ian for curating the whole damn thing, and the guys who volunteered to handle the sound. Without them, the Shadow wouldn’t be the truly magical event that it is today.

    This entry was posted in Art and Culture, Shadow Art Fair, Ypsilanti and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

      4 Comments

      1. Anonymous Mike
        Posted July 25, 2012 at 9:34 am | Permalink

        Ian outdid himself this year. The bands were great, and the atmosphere was perfect.

      2. anonymous
        Posted July 25, 2012 at 10:06 am | Permalink

        You should get all of your trolls to form a band and perform at your anniversary party.

      3. Eel
        Posted July 25, 2012 at 10:18 am | Permalink

        Andy Claydon doesn’t just look like a time traveling scientist. He IS a time traveling scientist! How else do you explain his energy? He’s a young man in disguise. The white hair is fake. I encourage you to tug it.

      4. Posted July 26, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

        Thanks for all the kind words, folks!
        Trabajabamos, the last group to join the line up, gave a great performance. They were the band that got a lot of folks asking me “Who *is* this?” Here they are on WCBN’s local music show:

        http://soundcloud.com/wcbnlms

        Also. Here is The Rainbow Vomit Family Band’s infomercial:

        http://soundcloud.com/ypsijav/rvfbinfomercial

      One Trackback

      1. [...] the evening of Saturday, September 8. As of right now, I’m only at liberty to tell you that Minus9 will be performing, but I can assure you that the evening will be action packed. (If we play our [...]

      Leave a Reply

      Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


      3 − = two

      You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

        Connect

        Aubree’s ad Farmer ad BUY LOCAL... or shop at Amazon through this link Banner Initiative coal mining kids