Silos/Mary Lee's Corvette
- So, the Silos played a wonderful show in Pittsburgh last Thursday.
Bill Deasy from the Gathering field (whom I had never seen before) jumped up
and played a few acoustic numbers (and joined the Silos for a few songs as
The opening band, Tangerine, sucked. They're local, and haven't played out
much; however they act like they just got off their world tour. The music
was bad (just boring...and damn the local paper for throwing the name "The
Dream Syndicate" into a recent review...'cuz I didn't hear it), but what was
even worse, was their disrepect towards Bill Deasy and The Silos.
It seems that after Tangerine got done, they felt compelled to hang out by
the merch table (which in the Club Cafe is 8 feet from the stage) and chat
with a gaggle of ladies. These young women were loud and rude (gabbing
about nothing and talking on cell phones). The bartender asked them a few
times to keep it down, and eventually someone in the back of the club let
out this huge "Shhhhhh!" This was all happening during Bill's acoustic set,
and then by the time the Silos got up to play, the posse had moved to their
table (immediately stage right). At one point during the show, Walter said,
"I'm going to play another loud one right now, so that I can drown out this
group" (as he motioned towards the rude crew). But I digress...
Anyway, before the show Drew from the Silos informed me he was coming back
in 2 weeks with another project of his called Tandy, and Konrad (The Silos
drummer) said he was going to be back in town the day after Drew with Mary
I don't know much about either band, but here's the Rolling Stone review
on Mary Lee's Corvette. (Their new disc IS Dylan's "Blood on the Tracks")
MARY LEE'S CORVETTE - Blood on the Tracks (****)
Your eyes do not deceive you. And your doubts won't last. This is a complete
re-creation of Bob Dylan's untouchable 1975 divorce album, executed with a
quietly direct magnificence enhanced by the modesty of its origins (a
one-time 2001 New York club show, rescued from a soundboard cassette) and
eclipsed only by Dylan's definitive recording. There is a savory Blonde on
Blonde air to the organ and piano coursing through the band's faithful
acoustic picking, while the bright bite in Mary Lee Kortes' voice -- the
high-mountain sunshine of Dolly Parton, with a sweet-iron undercoat of
Chrissie Hynde -- turns up the female hurt and fight in "Tangled Up in Blue"
and "You're a Big Girl Now." The ultimate compliment: Dylan likes this album
so much he has featured one of the tracks on his Web site.
(RS 906 - October 3, 2002)
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- --- In fearnwhiskey@y..., "Mock The DJ" <mockthedj@h...> wrote:
> Anyway, before the show Drew from the Silos informed me he wascoming back
> in 2 weeks with another project of his called Tandy, and Konrad (TheSilos
> drummer) said he was going to be back in town the day after Drewwith Mary
> Lee's Corvette.Tandy has a sort of alt-country-ambient sound. It's not exactly my
> I don't know much about either band
thing, but they do it well, and I know of a large handful of people
whose taste I frequently agree with who consider Tandy the best
NYC-area alt-country band going. If you like moody, drawn-out, twangy
pieces I would recommend them.
Mary Lee's Corvette is Mary Lee Kortes's band. They're a sort of
indie-rock outfit with a lot of pop and twang thrown in. Mary Lee is
Eric Ambel's wife, which led to her being the only woman ever allowed
to record with the Bottlerockets, or something like that. I'd never
go out of my way for her, but if she's on the bill at a show I'm going
to I make sure to get there in time to hear her.