Monday, September 11, 2006

The path to Enlightenment

This was originally going to be a simple post reminding everyone of our friend Shael Riley’s gig at NYC’s Fat Baby next Thursday. I was going to casually mention how anyone in the area should definitely stop by to check out Shael do his thing; it was going to be very low-key, very relaxed. But something happened to change that.

Just moments ago I came across a BBS post that instantly changed this calm, cool delivery into an impassioned plea! The gist of it is as follows: if Shael can secure an adequate audience for the Fat Baby show, his agent can get him a shot as the opener for the Optimus Rhyme/Frontalot show on October 21st at Crash Mansion.

Suffice it to say that this is a huge deal for Shael, as it represents a significant jump in venue size. It also garners our boy some serious bragging rights. I mean, playing with Front was a huge step, but being on a bill with both Front AND Optimus? An enormous leap, I say! (That’s the nerdcore big-time™ for those of you keeping score at home.)

So that explains why it’s good for Shael, thinks the ever-skeptical reader, but what’s in it for me?

What indeed!

Let me put it to you as succinctly as possible. You go see Shael at Fat Baby for a paltry 7 bones – you are rewarded by a night of nerdly frivolity, complete with songs about how music ruined video games and the oft-mentioned but seldom understood bit-pop. You go home happy, slightly intoxicated, and filled with a sense of overall wellbeing.

By doing this, by simply allowing Shael to make a bit of musical love to your ear-hole, you afford him the chance of playing another gig – one month later to-the-day – with a multitude of (nerdcore) heavenly host.

Of course you go see that show as well, and, in addition to the sweet strains of Mr. Riley, you also get to hear the funk-tastic bombast of Optimus Rhyme and the aural antics of MC Frontalot! From this gig you will leave not merely contented, but wrapped in a snuggly blanket of nerdcore nirvana. I guaran-goddamn-tee it.

So go see Shael, help him out, and, in turn, help yourself out. You love the music. You want the music. You need the music.

Go on. Treat yourself. You deserve it!

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