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Postby Verbs and Nouns on Thu Jun 19, 2008 10:17 pm

I can now see why True Radical Miracle were compared to Harvey Milk.

Good stuff. I may have to purchase. Suggestions for the best first record to get?
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Postby scott on Fri Jun 20, 2008 12:40 am

Never heard a note of their music, no idea what it sounds like, but I just found out (last night, while watching a documentary about the sexual revolution in the US) who he was. Weird that it's an actual person's name. He was murdered for not hating fags. WTF?!?!
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Postby CJMcG on Fri Jun 20, 2008 1:11 am

scott wrote:Never heard a note of their music, no idea what it sounds like, but I just found out (last night, while watching a documentary about the sexual revolution in the US) who he was. Weird that it's an actual person's name. He was murdered for not hating fags. WTF?!?!
You must have missed something because he was gay.
You should really hunt down their stuff.
You would like it.
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Postby tarandfeathers on Fri Jun 20, 2008 7:19 am

Verbs and Nouns wrote:Suggestions for the best first record to get?


I'd say get Courtesy or My Love Is Higher first, or Special Wishes if you're not into music that is deliberately difficult and irritating. Once you've got and absorbed the first two, get the Pleaser.

Somehow I think the name is perfect for the band. Music like this doesn't seem so unlikely or improbable now, but eight years ago the very existence of this band was such a headfuck for me. I completely fell in love with the way that the first two albums were so obtuse, and the Pleaser, which is musically quite straightforward, seemed so difficult in the context of those records. I've got a feeling that the patience they display on those first two albums is gone, they don't make you wait for a payoff any more, but Special Wishes and the new one are still welcome additions.
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Postby Justin Foley on Fri Jun 20, 2008 10:09 am

Going tonight, I think.

They're playing with Clouds, who I've heard are loads of fun live.

The new record is a real treat. My favorite 2008 release so far.

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Postby LBx on Fri Jun 20, 2008 11:15 am

Verbs and Nouns wrote:Suggestions for the best first record to get?


i'd go with Courtesy or the singles compilation.
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Postby timpickens on Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:03 pm

The singles compilation was the first one I had. I'd say it's a great place to start.

I can't believe I missed the Atlanta show. I knew they were playing sometime this month, but I completely forgot. And I can't catch the Athens one either because I just found out it's my friend's birthday. Curses!
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Postby Jodi S. on Fri Jun 20, 2008 7:24 pm

Justin from Queens wrote:Going tonight, I think.

They're playing with Clouds, who I've heard are loads of fun live.

The new record is a real treat. My favorite 2008 release so far.

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See you there!

They play at midnight, though.

Good for me, who is stuck at work til 10;.

Bad for morning people.
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Postby Jodi S. on Sat Jun 21, 2008 1:02 am

Holy shit were these guys a great show.

Seriously.

Go see them.

So much rock.

Their completely adorable drummer sold me some of their CD's, and seemed to be incredibly pleased that

a) I was buying them before they played
b) I was a girl buying their records
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Postby choppy on Sat Jun 21, 2008 7:47 am

Ha! The person that introduced me to this band is a girl, and when I posted about how much I was getting into them on my lj, the first person to reply was a girl.

These Harvey Milks, they do not so much understand the demographics of their fanbase.
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Postby bigc on Sat Jun 21, 2008 10:05 am

burun wrote:Holy shit were these guys a great show.

Seriously.

Go see them.

So much rock.

Their completely adorable drummer sold me some of their CD's, and seemed to be incredibly pleased that

a) I was buying them before they played
b) I was a girl buying their records
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Postby honeyisfunny on Thu Jul 17, 2008 6:04 pm

Isn't it great when you discover a band's music and then you find not only have they made the one awesome record you're listening to but that they have a huge back catalogue that does not deviate from excellence once. That rarely happens.
It's even rarer that you get into them just in time for them to come and play your shitty little island for the first time ever and then get to see them twice.
And the demographic comment is right - it was a girl who got me into them too.
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Postby Surfrider on Thu Jul 17, 2008 9:23 pm

Verbs and Nouns wrote:Suggestions for the best first record to get?


I know this has been replied to a couple of times already, but i think the album that works best as an introduction to every side of what they do would be 'Special Wishes'. Maybe the Singles compilation if Special Wishes was out of stock or something.

'Courtesy...' is surely their opus, but even as a huge fan i sometimes find it too much. I mean, it's just so stupidly heavy. The gravity of it makes me sad sometimes, especially if i listen to it all the way through too often.
'The Pleaser' has it's moments but doesn't really showcase what they're fully capable of in my opinion. 'My Love...' and 'Life...' are also good, but not quite in the same league i reckon.



For what it's worth, when i was spending obscene amounts of money at the merch table (for me and on behalf of 3 others), Lady Surfrider was having a hard time making a decision on what to purchase.

Creston Spiers: You okay there?
Lady Surfrider: Yeah i'm with him (gestures towards me, stuffing 4 double LPs, 3 teeshirts, 2 posters and 1 cd in to my bag).
CS: Oh, okay.
LS: Although i wouldn't mind one of my own.
CS: Get this one then (points at 'Special Wishes' cd). It's the best one.
LS: Oh okay then. But i'll have it on record please.
CS: Girls buying Harvey Milk vinyl?! Man, what next?
LS: Thanks.


Their show was brilliant by the way. And yeah, they really do need to wise up to this female fanbase they've got going on.
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Postby honeyisfunny on Fri Jul 18, 2008 5:49 am

Agreed.

"Harvey Milk For The Ladies" shirts. I hereby offer to design one for free though they already have the best shirt ever (E.T. smoking chong with a shirt on that reads NO WOMAN NO CRY)
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Postby fedaykin13 on Fri Jul 18, 2008 8:19 am

I listened to my first Harvey Milk song last night and immediately turned it off because I liked it so much and I didn't have the time to actively listen.

It was "Merlin is Magic"

I absolutely loved it

I hope the rest of their stuff is comparable.

I plan on listening to it on my drive to Jersey on Saturday
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Postby tarandfeathers on Fri Jul 18, 2008 9:31 am

fedaykin13 wrote:I listened to my first Harvey Milk song last night and immediately turned it off because I liked it so much and I didn't have the time to actively listen.

It was "Merlin is Magic"

I absolutely loved it

I hope the rest of their stuff is comparable.

I plan on listening to it on my drive to Jersey on Saturday


That's about my least favourite of their songs. Some of their stuff is comparable but I'd say it's not especially representative. I'm not saying that to put you off in any way, you should just be prepared for the remainder of their catalogue to be about 10x as good as you are expecting. And not what you are expecting.
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Postby snarff on Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:45 pm

"I'm excited to announce Southern Shelter Record(s) and our first (and only?) release, a 7" vinyl single by Harvey Milk frontman Creston Spiers! I brought the Southern Shelter Mobile Recording Unit to Creston's home in Athens recently and recorded two of his unreleased original songs. Side A is "Yesterday's Parade", written for the band A (who never made a release); it's backed with "The Time Has Come", written during Creston's time drumming for Producto. These songs are drastically different from Creston's Harvey Milk work. Both tracks have him backed only by acoustic 12-string (sitting on his couch!)"

http://southernshelter.com/2008/06/sout ... piers.html

It seems the seven-inch is sold out through Chunklet...but there's also this:

"Of course I have some free music to post in celebration. Creston played a happy hour Nuci's Space benefit at Caledonia (during which I realized he'd be perfect for the record I wanted to do). Leonard Cohen is his favorite artist, so we got all Cohen tunes, save for the last number."
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Postby chumpchange on Sun Jul 27, 2008 12:30 am

Hey L.A. PRFers, the Relax Bar show has changed venues to some place called Loft6 due to some kind of booking issues. And they go on at Midnight.

See the Harvey Milk Myspace page for details!
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Postby a. james on Tue Jul 29, 2008 4:01 am

burun wrote:
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GO SEE THEM YOUNG MAN

+1

I am kicking people out of the darkroom early so I can see them tomorrow night AND Monday night.

Anyone else in NYC going?

I look forward to actually purchasing some of thier records.
i didn't go see them. bought two records the other day. i do not regret missing them. crap.
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