Some familiar faces in here. @gin_wigmore @butchwalker @jakessinclair @francapitanelli If you don’t have Gravel & Wine, you need to do yourself a favor and run to your closest record store. I’ve only had it a day and I’m already obsessed.
Duet with Butch….. Ugh. Dying.
I’m so in love with the performance of “Don’t You Think Someone Should Take You Home”.
Butch is fucking vocalizing the violin parts.
Meaning he is singing the parts that the violin plays on the album…..
Let that sink in.
Look at a screencap of him doing it while you think about that:
Darren singing his part is awesome (also let’s take a moment to really appreciate that when they show Darren doing the kick drum, he’s just in socks).
Butch is just watching Darren sing.
And this cover of “Rich Girl” is maybe one of my favorites.
I love every time they covered it, but this is…. the best.
Other comments include ‘omg look at Jake’s hair’ ‘this is amazing how you can put these six in a little room and they have such a variety of instruments and kill it’
Butch Walker & The Black Widows doing Soul Asylum’s “Runaway Train” and “Synthesizers” and “Come On Eileen” at the Fineline in MN 10/21/11
Boy’s got sweet moves there at 5:35….
Cary is so fucking hotter than hell back there breakin it down in her red boots. Get it girl.
I love that Butch always looks right at Fran and Unck at the “stop” bit.
Dear newer Butch Walker fans, let’s go back to the 21st of March, 2009 at the 9:30 club in Washington DC.
You will see where some traditions originated and will get to see that Butch is what a performer should be and he always has been (seriously, look up live Marvelous 3 stuff sometime).
Intricate Web of Intricate Interlacing Intricacy: The Films opened for Butch on this tour, as well as recorded Oh, Scorpio at his studio (you can refer back to my “fuck you maracas” post to see a picture of Butch aiding in this).
Also, here is a picture that Michael Trent put on The Films myspace when they were working together….
Jake Sinclair was the bassist in The Films at the time. Butch’s band at the time consisted of Randy Michael, Darren Dodd, Wes Flowers, Fran Capitanelli, and Chris Unck (who is wearing a Films shirt). All of them but Randy were in the Butch Walker and the Black Widows, and all but Fran and Chris were in Butch Walker & the Let’s-Go-Out-Tonites. When The Films split, Jake joined the Black Widows and the lead singer of The Films, Michael Trent is married to Cary Ann Hearst and they now have a band called Shovels & Rope, who opened for Butch in 2011 for The Spade’s tour. Michael also wrote quite a bit of “Pretty Melody” and just generally was there for I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart. He and Cary Ann Hearst both helped out (singing, writing, playing various instruments) on The Spade.
The Films join Butch and the guys on stage for “When Canyons Ruled the City”. Michael is the guy in the brown hat and red plaid shirt playing harmonica and leaning on Unck who is playing the lap guitar (I am pointing him out mostly because I want you to catch the moment when Butch hugs him, Butch is about 6’2” and Michael is about 5’5”, so he gets all low to hug him and it’s awkward and hilarious).
With Unck, Fran, Wes, and Kenneth from The Films, there are four people on stage playing guitar, then two playing Banjolins, one on drums, one on bass, one on harmonica and egg shakers, and one on piano with everyone on vocals.
Jake is center stage with the hat and the small banjo thing. That is a banjolin. Banjo+Mandolin=Banjolin. AKA Little Guitar. I assume, you know that Little Guitar means Party. So, you now see where Little Guitar started out in Butch’s life. And Adam from The Films also has a little guitar.
And from about 3:10 to 3:49 when Jake’s really getting down on the Little Guitar and Butch and him are like, basically makin eyes at each other…. Like the early stages of a romance, isn’t it?
Also, definitely notice this: at 5:03, Jake leans down to pick up a bottle of Jameson. He hands it to Fran, who drinks, then hands it back. Jake takes a drink, then shoves it in Wes’ face to feed him as he plays guitar. This is something he regularly does to Butch.
And then at the end, when they leave Butch alone on stage in front of the applauding audience, he just stands in front of them, smiling and mouthing the singalong and clapping.
The audience obeys and does the octave without him even teaching them or reminding them. Then he plays conductor for a bit, gets them totally silent, aside from clapping. He gives a tiny wave and they go nuts. And he smiles like a maniac because he just lives for those moments and if you’ve seen him do this song, you know it’s true.
Urf. I love this. I love all the early stages of things to come that have been so awesome that are in this video.
Day 20| 10 favorite pictures of him with any of his bands:
M3. Come on, white feather in the hair, eyeliner, bedazzled jean jacket, leather pants, AND he had zebra-striped fuzzy covers on his crutches underarm-supports…. Dear god.
The Let’s-Go-Out-Tonites before the “Bethamphetamine (Pretty Pretty)” video shoot:
The Let’s-Go-Out-Tonites without Sofa and Loveseat:
The Black Widows after getting christened with the widow tat(Unck took the picture, that’s his hand):
Looks like Unck is sniffing Darren’s head. Darren and Wes seem to have missed the “wear a leather jacket” memo:
I love how you can tell who is who just based on their shoes(Jake, Butch, Unck, Darren-clearly, note the beer, and grandpa shoes that apparently all drummers wear- Fran, and Wes):
Butch watching Fran solo:
I love that Butch’s phone rings and he has to get it.
And that he’s kind of swinging his foot like a little kid.
Fran without the stache! Whoa! And Butch with the epic sideburns!
I love it when they do this song. This is one of my favorites to hear in-store/studio/whatever kind of simple stripped down acoustic way. I especially love it when Franimal sings Alecia(P!nk)’s part.