Our Band Could Be Your Life: The Concert

Michael Azerrad’s Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes From The American Indie Underground 1981-1991 is a great book, an essential read for folks who were there from the beginning, came in a little late, need to brush up on their music history, don’t know much about history, etc. Azerrad’s paragraphs are anecdotal, breezy, and just the right bit analytical. He’s a music writer who actually writes. His taste and knowledge are also dead-on: The book offers chapters on Black Flag, the Minutemen (remember?), Minor Threat, Hüsker Dü, the Replacements, Sonic Youth, Big Black, Dinosaur Jr., Fugazi, Butthole Surfers, and other bands who, speaking on a personal level, blew my mind in high school and pushed me toward, not just music, but an entire way of living I’ve followed since. The book’s ten years old this year. Fittingly, Azzerad and some friends are throwing a party, the Our Band Could Be Your Life Concert, where a number of contemporary groups will play music by each of the 13 bands in the book. The newer bands are influenced by the earlier, of course — some are obvious, others connect in subtler ways. The bill so far:

Nat Baldwin, David Longstreth and Brian McOmber play Black Flag
Delicate Steve plays the Minutemen
Ted Leo plays Minor Threat
Titus Andronicus plays the Replacements
tUnE-yArDs plays Sonic Youth
Dan Deacon plays the Butthole Surfers
St. Vincent plays Big Black
Wye Oak plays Dinosaur Jr
Buke & Gass plays Fugazi

Yup, St. Vincent tackles Big Black. Should be awesome. And will be interesting to hear how Dave and Brian handle Black Flag — as Rise Above or as Damaged or… Additional bands plus hosts also TBA. The Our Band Could Be Your Life concert takes place 5/22 at the Bowery Ballroom. Tickets go on sale 3/11 at noon EST at the Bowery Ballroom’s TicketWeb site. Doors at 7:30. Before that, if you plan to head to Austin, you can check out a panel on the book 3/16 @ 2PM. Here’s the event page. Get more info on the book via its Facebook page.

Comments (10)
  1. Ted Leo plays Minor Threat <—– thats whats up

  2. Somewhere the Mission of Burma, Mudhoney and Beat Happening are brething a sign of relief followed by a “What the F*%K About us?:

  3. dan deacon doing the buttwhole surfers? I’D PAY TO SEE THAT!

  4. Nobody’s gonna do the Du?

  5. That’s a big omission .. hope they fill it. Of course, everyone does the du whether they know it or not.

  6. It’d be interesting to see tUnE-yArDs do Sonic Youth.

  7. Titus doing The Replacements is so obvious I honestly can’t think of a band better suited to playing their stuff. Though they won’t be doing their job properly unless they get shit-faced and do a load of half-arsed covers to wind up the crowd.

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