centro-matic Friday April 7, 2006 High Five Bar Columbus, OH

w/ Great Lake Swimmers, Two Cow Garage

Post-It Notes From The State Hospital/Flashes And Cables/To Unleash The Horses Now/Call The Legion In Tonight/Strahan Has Coralled The Freaks/The Mighty Midshipmen/Picking Up Too Fast/Atlanta/Calling Thermatico/Patience For The Ride/I See Through You/Triggers And Trash Heaps/Infernoesque Grande/The Blisters May Come/Fidgeting Wildly

Encore: Biology Tricks/Love Has Found Me

I HAD to see this show. It's been awhile since I traveled out of town to catch a band but with this line-up it was a given. Also meeting fellow Postcarders Susan and Steve made it well worth the trip. Totally cool couple.

I had been dying to see Columbus homeboys Two Cow Garage since hearing their first record several years ago. In fact they did play Pittsburgh awhile ago but that same night my buddy was having a party and he was giving me shit about seeing a show during his gig (puss). According to the guys in the band, the gig was a disaster. Two people showed up (friends of theirs) and the venue was a turd-hole. It actually closed down a couple days later and they haven't been back to town since. I asked Micah why and he said there's no place to play. Believe me, I'll find a place. I think I'll be seeing them soon enough.

They came out and tore through a high energy, bombastically fun set. The crowd was way pumped and the vibe was infectious. Kudos to my boy Shane for trying to get my request in, but time restraints did not warrant 'Hillbilly' tonight.

Two Cow Garage autographed Please Turn The Gas Back On and The Wall Against Our Backs CD covers

Next up was Great Lake Swimmers as a three-piece. I was wondering how Tony's intimate and subdued style would come across a room full of people "post-2cow" and boy I didn't expect the reaction tonight. The crowd was ugly. They were actually booing him. With feedback problems the set seemed destined for disaster. I have to give the guys a ton of credit for plowing through and finishing their set against the enormous adversity of the situation. By the last few songs Scott Danbom joined on violin and most of the crowd finally listened but damn it was hard to watch. Tony Dekker is the man!

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Tony Dekker hand-written setlist

I finally was able to see centro-matic after waiting several years. When we walked in the band was soundchecking and Will waved to me from the stage. He couldn't have remembered me from his Pittsburgh gig in 2004? I guess so because he put me and the missus on the guest list. What a guy!

Their performance did not disappoint. In fact it fucking blew me away. With all due respect to the Bielenko boys, this band is the best band in America today, live or otherwise. Each one of them can play the fuck out of their instruments and can easily translate their good time to the audience. 

Will Johnson hand-written setlist

centro-matic, Great Lake Swimmers and Two Cow Garage autographed show flyer

What a night! Thanks fellas.



Will Johnson supporting American Music Club Wednesday November 10, 2004 Rex Theater Pittsburgh, PA

As Victims Would/Flashes And Cables/Catherine Dupree/Murder Of Tides (Westerlies)>Re-run Pills/Just Some Silence/Just To Know What You've Been Dreaming*/Vultures Await/Closing Down My House*/The Yellow Signals

*-played at my request

Will Johnson hand-written autographed setlist

Exceptional set from Will Johnson, frontman for the bands centro-matic and South San Gabriel. Accompanied on most songs by Scott Danbom on keyboards and violin, the clarity and intimacy of the music was stunning. You could hear a pin drop as Will played. Being an opening act, I was surprised at the attentiveness and large size of the crowd. I had the chance to talk to Will and buy him a drink (Maker's Mark straight) before he performed. Very nice, down to earth guy. He said he was very impressed with the geography and people of Pittsburgh and that he would love to come back. I would definitely love a centro headlining show.

Will Johnson autographed Vultures Await CD cover

Will Johnson autographed Vultures Await CD 

Will Johnson autographed Survey/Voyages 2004-2005 CD cover

I wasn't familiar with headliners American Music Club and left midway through the set.



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