The hat that didn’t make the trip because I’m forgetful.

Last Friday I went home to Baltimore, partly to be in town for my Dad’s birthday and partly to escape New York for a little while.

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Baltimore (Buy It)

Other than walking around my parents’ suburban neighborhood (seen above), I watched a couple movies (the very good John Adams, and the just good The Visitor and Vicky Cristina Barcelona) and read and relaxed.

Gram Parsons – Streets of Baltimore (Buy It)

I also went to see the Baltimore Afrobeat Society perform at the Floristree performance space downtown for a mind-blowing show to celebrate Fela Kuti’s 70th birthday. Two percussionists, two guitarists, one bassist, ten (!) horn players, a keyboardist, and four singers/dancers made for a hell of a time. Seriously, I got hooked on the stuff but-good, and now I’m going to be scouring New York for Afrobeat shows full-time. Forget my job. Forget the shackles of normal society. Gotta have those horns.

Akoyo Afrobeat Ensemble – U.S.A. (Buy It — And these guys are actually playing a show in NY this Saturday! If you’re around you should go!)

There was also the inevitable bar-going with friends, including one in Fells Point where these guys were playing acoustic covers of funk songs (James Brown when we came in, and Prince and Parliament while we were there).

Parliament-Funkadelic – Tear the Roof Off The Sucka Medley (Live, Oakland Coliseum, 1-21-77) (Buy P-Funk music)

And now back from Baltimore, back at work, back to normal. Ah well.

posted by Adam


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