For all those keeping track at home, the new Black Lips album, 200 Million Thousand, has just passed the new Cotton Jones album, Paranoid Cocoon, as my favorite album (thus far) of 2009. Congrats to the "flower punk" rockers from Atlanta for surpassing the man from Maryland.
The true winners in all this, however, are you, because as a wonderful bit of serendipity, both bands are playing the Beachland NEXT WEEK, Cotton Jones on Wednesday in the Tavern, Black Lips on Thursday in the ballroom. The Black Lips show, in particular, has a solid opening lineup, with acts ranging from Gentleman Jesse to The Weakends to local rockers Hot Cha Cha - something for just about everyone's taste.
In fact, that week might be the single best live music week since I've moved to Cleveland. It begins with Sunday's much ballyhooed live performance by Dent May, with stellar local act The Afternoon Naps as openers, followed by an Anya Marina/Greg Laswell show at The Winchester in Lakewood on Monday. There is probably cool stuff going on Tuesday, but I'm working and resting up for the Cotton Jones/Black Lips back-to-backer, Friday Chairlift and Yacht invade the Grog Shop, and on Saturday Unsparing Sea (winner of CB's best local album of 2007 award) makes its triumphant return to live action when they open up for acclaimed Cincinatti band Wussy.
Has there ever been such a good music week in this town? Maybe so, but this one is awesome. Check out SOMETHING - I implore you!
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