First/Last-Ursa Major

March 1, 2013

“five piece folk rock band currently residing in pittsburgh first album ‘songs for haney’ recorded in december 2008 fourteen track stripped down folk album released on sugartop records in january of 2009. 150 individually collaged copies distributed followed by 50 printed and 50 more hand collaged. Currently for free download here and on took a deep breathe for a few months and then got a drummer in may 2009 second release ‘dusty philadelphia’ cassette recorded in october 2009 ; nine songs of newer material.50 copies madesome tracks (soon to be all) available here. third release ‘GREAT BIG LIGHT’ recorded in March of 2010 to be released on ULJA FACOTRY RECORDS in AUGUST of 2010.”

Check out the band on Facebook, SoundCloud, Twitter, BandCamp and MySpace. They are a local favorite of mine and they should be one of yours, too. My thanks to Ben Collier (Drums) for taking a few to participate in this edition of First/Last.

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • Beastie Boys’ “License to Ill”.
  • Your last album bought?
  • John Fahey, “Transcendental Waterfall” box set.
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • Harry Smith’s “Anthology of Folk Music”.
  • Least favorite/most disappointing album?
  • Try to avoid these.
  • First concert attended?
  • Philadelphia Folk Festival in 1993.
  • Last concert?
  • Psychic Boots house show.
  • Favorite concert ever?
  • Every gig on our 2010 tour of the South.
  • Least favorite concert?
  • These memories have left my brain.
  • Favorite thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
  • So much happening, much of it under the radar. Great things afoot around every corner, hope the light continues to shine. Wish I had taken more pictures….

Thanks, Ben. I have to see you guys play again soon.