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In The Loop: 2/14/09. V-Day, People Watching & Breakup

by Gavin Sheehan
- Posted // 2009-02-14 - Oh, its Valentine's Day? Yeah... I'm single, so let's skip that one. Here's the latest from the 337 Memorial Wall.
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So the CWMA finals happened yesterday evening. Popped in to see the finalists, have some drinks, chat and catch up with people. Jon Paxton, cool dude, mighty tall with a beard and a great writer to boot, he took my picture, actually a couple times in the past month, I wonder if he knows that... And that's all the name dropping I'm doing because its tacky to do, but much thanks to Jamie Gadette and the City Weekly folks for the whole shabang. I had fun.

The Furs and Neon Trees were the only two locals able to make it, both gave damn fine performances. At the end of the night it was the Trees who took the final prize. Don't know what they're going to do with $3,000... probably new equipment or something. I say go all out and get matching tattoos.  And for those of you who are interested, City Weekly has a double-disk of local hits called “Mix Tape.” Go find it and listen to what your music scene has to offer.  I also wrote some reviews for many of the shows that took place leading up to the finals, which you can check out on their new Music Blog.

In more music news, another punk band bites the dust this winter as The Playdead Movement officially broke up. Breaking the news today over a MySpace bulliten, a statement was issued as a group. “We regret to inform you that Playdead Movement has taken its final bow. We would like to thank you all for your love and support over these past four years. It really means alot to us. Thank you for coming to shows, and supporting us anyway you could. We went through many line up changes in our run. So when this last line up was having troubles we decided to just lay it down.” Now whether you liked them or not, you have to give them respect for sticking it out so long with an ever changing lineup, not to mention putting out a fine EP and being one of the first local bands to play X96's BASh. Punk bands are just dropping like flies this year. The only project so far that's sprung from the breakup is one called Problem Daughter, which includes former Vanzetti Crime drummer Trey.

The calendar has been updated, including the next Tower Theater Open Mic Night, set right now for March 18th. So all you local film makers, get to work on your short films and prepare for a new year's worth of showcases. As for this blog expect interviews on the way the next few weeks from Tin Angel Cafe, Free Speech Zone, Plan-B Theatre Salt City Derby Girls, February Stroll and SLUG. Plus more being planned for March, but as always we'll see what happens.
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