Local Honey Friday November 10, 2006 Gooskis Pittsburgh, PA

w/ The Izzys

Set 1: Before You See The Light/Execution Pond/Sweet And Stiff/Haunted Eyes/Old Ways/Trevor Perkins/Glore/Ghost/Under My Spell

Set 2: My New Friends/65/Transcontinental/Look At The Flames/Mean Joe Green/Curse/Anvil

This was the first in a run of fall shows I was catching over the next week before hibernation set in and I would be chillaxin' until the new year. With recent big item purchases, I told the old lady I would take a show break for December ( and since there ain't shit happenin' in town anyway, it works out beautifully!)

Two of my favorite new band discoveries of the year together at Gooski? Fuckin' A! My man, St. Pete Rob was on a two week vacation stuffing as many shows and cities into his schedule as humanly possible. Seriously, he was a madman on this trip. He was actually considering flying to Brooklyn to catch a four song set from The Mendoza Line the following day but priceline was being a bitch, so he had to settle for Deadstring Brothers/Shooter Jennings instead. With Bensreviews and his hip Wifey there, the night was a blast. I ended up videotaping the entire night and I will eventually lob it up on YouTube.

The Izzys came in from NYC and as with many bands sharing the bill with locals, the crowd has a tendency to clear out after the local opener to hit the bar scene. The problem was resolved when they decided to play two alternating sets each. Very cool move. Broke up the night perfectly.

Of course, The Izzys rocked out. Setlist you ask? They didn't write one down and I was just digging the vibe. Sometimes hughshows seems like a job, not tonight.

As Rob and I walk in, Becky is hanging out preparing her setlist. Cool, we can practically hear whatever we want. I stick with the 'Mean Joe Green' request I e-mailed a few days before (they practiced it for me...aww, shucks) and Rob pulls out a 'Haunted Eyes'. She is a little hesitant but changes her mind once Rob states he drove from Florida to see tonight's show (which is technically true).

The band is fresh off their inaugural national tour and is smoking tight. They are really solid. What a band.

Becky Corrigan autographed Six By Six CD insert

Becky Corrigan hand-written setlist

Local Honey and The Izzys autographed show flyer

Such a fun night.


The Izzys Wednesday April 26, 2006 Brillobox Pittsburgh, PA

w/ Fangs Of The Panda

The Madman Sleeps/Lonely/Morning Bells/I'm A Rounder/Dreaming/The Real Cocaine Blues/Change Your Mind/Call My Name/Highway Blues/Slow Drag/Turning Round

The Izzys? Yeah, I was telling people that I was going to see them and the looks I got were, "Hugh, you are definitely taking this shows thing too far. Who the fuck are The Izzys?" Why, they are only Brooklyn's premiere honky-tonkin', bluesy riffin', boogy rockin', a'la The Stones dance band. Good stuff. Well, me and ten other people thought so on a Wednesday night in April. Nothing against locals Fangs Of The Panda but weeknight + midnight x "lovely" alternative students at 7 a.m. = BAIL! I am soooooo thankful they played first. I'll catch FOTP down the road.

Seriously, this joint needs a couple spots up front for us documentarians. Hell, I'll take a candle. A match. Anything!

These guys were good live. The disc they were giving away suffers from a lack of studio polish. Still, the songs shine through. Cool dudes.

Mike Storey and Tim Kuhl autographed print. Of course, two of the guys are no longer in the group. Families and Thurston Moore be damned. That's indie rock, my brotha!

The Izzys autographed flyer

Is it that hard to take a fuckin' pic in focus?

 

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