Wednesday, March 23, 2011

No man is a Couch entire of itself

No man is a Couch entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the fabric, a part of the sofa;
if a cushion be thrown to the curb, The Couch
is the less, And therefore never send to know for whom
the door bell tolls; it tolls for thee. -John Doe
Last week by a fortunate mishap of fate I found myself at the most wonderful Music Festival I’ve ever attended. Couch by Couchwest.  Where the beer is cheaper and the only hipster is you. I don’t remember how I got there or if I’ve even left.
I soon came to realize that I wasn’t the only like minded Couch Spud ensconced in Slack-assery, there were other Couchalotist’s out in the twitterverse. A whole community of Couchster’s pondering the depths of their shag carpets and the wonders of the multitude of dust balls, snack crumbs and cat and dog hairs that share the vastness of this comfy rectangle we call Mother Couch.


Shenanigans as best as I can recall them:

Couch by Couch West 2011. Music for all of you lazy bastards who are not at SXSW. Let’s face it: sitting on your couch, watching TV, and drinking, is a lot more fun than bad tacos, pretentious hippies, and port-o-shitters.
March 13- Austin Lucas, playing Go West on the couch in Indianapolis, Indiana.
March 14- Cadillac Sky of Nashville, Tennessee, perform “Bathsheeba” for Big Ugly Yellow Couch.
March 14- DJ Invisiboy from Portland, Oregon, doing his music thing in the living room.
March 15- Aaron of The Foreclosed rocks CXCW
March 15- Blue Moonshine from Roanoke, Virginia, recorded “Your Love Is On My Mind”
March 15- Video inspired Couch By Couch West.
March 15- The Imperial Rooster from Espanola, New Meixco, recorded several CXCW live sessions
March 15- Devon Stuart of The Takers and Michael Claytor on the NineBullets
March 15- Jessica Lea Mayfield performing on a sweet couch like your grandmama had
March 15- Larry Hooper of Granbury, Texas, premieres a song that he just wrote!
March 15- Chris Porter from Birmingham, Alabama’s, Back Row Baptists performs an unreleased track with assistant Rufus.
March 15- An unreleased song from Tennessee’s Allen Thompson called “First Apology.”
March 15- Conrad Plymouth of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, covers Heidi Spencer’s “Texas In A Drawer”
March 15- The Dead Volts from San Luis Obispo, California, with a version of their song “Late Again”
March 16- Bob from Bob on Blonde in Orlando, Florida sent in this exclusive from his iPhone! Here’s “Fairweather Friends.”
March 16- Kyle Kersten of Travel By Sea (based out of Socal) in his debut couch session preforming “Glimpse of Day”.
March 16- Kyle’s bandmate in Denver, Colorado, Brian Kraft from Travel By Sea preforms “Eastern Angel” just for us.
March 16- O Mello Cello Tree (finally some women!) from Greenville, SC performing “Reasons Why” in his kitchen.
March 16- Andy Berkhout from St. Louis, Missouri, performing a brand new song “Chicago On Sunday Morning” exclusively for CxCW
March 16- Gregor in New Orleans doing a cover of Ryan Adam’s “Memphis” for his CXCW session.
March 16- The Imperial Rooster who are performing exclusively on the CXCW sidestage known as Porch by Porch West.
March 16- Cover of Neil Young’s Ohio from Josie Little in Kentucky
March 16- Mark Folkrod of Ghosts of Guadalupe representing San Luis Obispo, CA with the song “Gettin’ Near Dawn”.
March 16- A CXCW exclusive contest from Steve Gilbert of Bristol, Virginia.
March 16- Kyle of Travel by Sea.  The song is Whiskeytown’s “Houses on the Hill.”
March 17- Phil Norman of Blue Moonshine live from his couch in Roanoke, VA with his song Red Nightgown.
March 17- Here’s DJ Invisiboy doing some live mashups
March 17- Steve Gilbert CXCW exclusive live from his couch in Bristol, VA with the song Virginia, Let’s Dance.
March 17- Marissa Nadler from Massachusetts with “Your Heart Is A Twisted Vine”.
March 17- Bryan and Matt, play “Souths Favourite Uncle” for Couch By Couch West!
March 17- Here’s Forrest Muelrath of Brooklyn, NY singing his song St. Francis Was A Hobo from a couch in a dark room for #CXCW
March 17- The Gum Creek Killers from Birmingham, Alabama, took some time out of their busy SxSW schedule not only to film the song “The Shot”
March 17- Hallelujah The Hills are releasing a 7” of two brand new songs next weekend with Parts & Labor in Boston, MA.
March 17- Here’s Josie Little and rvlockard of Kentucky with another artly shot #CXCW exclusive song called Lover’s Spit
March 17- Doc Dailey from Muscle Shoals, Alabama performing German Train.
March 17- Junior hHgh groovers Northbrook Garage in the studio recording their debut single.
March 17- Lady Lazarus performs “Nazarite Oath” in New Orleans
.March 17- Billy & The Fingers session for you.  Lead singer Neil Martin performs The Popular Mechanics from the comfort of his sofa bed.
March 17- Alexander Hudjohn of Portland, Oregon (with the adorable hound) plays “Churches of Wilmington
March 17- Swearing At Motorists took a break from recording to have a cup of tea, and play this song for Couch By Couch West…
March 17- Adam Remnant from Southeast Engine from Athens, Ohio - they’re on Misra Records
March 17- Daniel Knox of Chicago, Illinois, tickles the keys AND plays kazoo with “You Win Some, You Tie Some”
March 17- Jeff Zentner of Nashville with “Your Siren Song.”
March 17- Marissa Nadler.  This is “All Love Must Die” recorded exclusively for CxCW.
March 18- Here’s The Imperial Rooster for their 3rd “porch by porchwest” session live from Espanola, NM
March 18- Pete Stein plays “New Mexico” from a couch in Boulder, CO.
March 18- Dressing The Debutantes out of Boston, MA recorded “Mean and Lonely Sea” at practice last night.
March 18- Shane Sweeney of Two Cow Garage gives us a rare solo performance from Austin with “Legion”.
March 18- The Ridges from Athens, Ohio recorded this stripped down couch version of their song “Not a Ghost” from our forthcoming self-titled release out this spring.
March 18- Larry Hooper from Granbury, Texas, covers the Todd Snider song,  ”Play a Train Song.”
March 18- Lee Bains III (formerly of Dexateens fame) & the Glory Fires play “Bomb In Gilead” just for us in their buddy Tim’s shed studio.
March 18- Micah Schnabel performing Ex’s & O’s from Austin, Tx. Micah is also in the Ohio rock band Two Cow Garage.
March 18- Jacques Labouchere Live from Sweden
March 18- Branden & Sam of Ghost Shirt (Columbus, OH) play “Meds”.
March 18- Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling performing “It’s Your Funeral.” performing at Armoire by Armoire West
March 18- Glenn di Benedetto of the Boston-area band Parlour Bells performs “Pet Names” in an elevator.
March 18- Scott from the band Bro. Stephen performing “Shepherd’s Cane.”
March 18- Michael J. Epstein of Boston takes the Chowdah stage (aka BedByBedWest) for his performance of “Holy Ghost.”
March 19- Tim Lee 3 live from their patio in Knoxville, TN with The Bridge.
March 19- Matt Woods CXCW session of his song called “Dueces” live from his couch in Knoxville, TN.
March 19- South Carolina’s Slow Runner
March 19- Sarah giving us an Over The Rhine cover at her CXCW showcase for us live from her couch in Chicago, Illinois.
March 19- Expendable Friend posts a video from her couch in Cambridge, England.
March 19- Adam Ritchie of The Lights Out enjoys a little tubxtoilet in our first bathroom performance. The Lights out are from Boston, MA.
March 19- John Phelan of Portland, Oregon’s Truckstop Darlin performing his song Same Old Story live from his couch, exclusively for CXCW.
March 19- “Bad Moon Rising” SUPERMOON tribute from the also venerable Phil Norman of Blue Moonshine live from the kitchen stage of CXCW Roanoke.
March 19- My first #cxcw Booking Jay Thomas from the band BlueJay from Tallahassee, Florida, with his original “Lucy” blending into Radiohead’s “Everything in It’s Right Place.”
March 19- The Done Deals and we must say this is the best festival we’ve ever played. We took a break from our couch party here in Paris, TX to record “Surrender” a song from our album to be released soon.
March 19- Branden & Sam from Ghost Shirt are back with “Southern Girl” off Daniel, soon to be released on vinyl!
March 19- Seth Gray performing his song Midnight live from his couch in San Antonio, TX for CXCW.
March 20- BJ Barham from American Aquarium, a rocking band out of Raleigh, North Carolina, sat down with the fine folks over at for a CXCW (Couch By Couch West) Session at this year’s SXSW Music Conference.
March 20- DC Wilson of the 9 Volts from Cape Canaveral, FL, put together this video of “Saluda” with backups by daughter Lilah.
March 20- Brand new song from Sommerville, Massachusetts, artist Ryan Lee Crosby. This video for “Run Away From Me” was recorded in Ryan’s home studio.
March 20- Boy Without God at the futon stage in Queens, New York, doing the Fleetwood Mac song “Over and Over.”
March 20- Ryan and Matt from Atlanta’s Oryx & Crake perform a stripped-down version of “The Road” at The Mink in Houston, TX for Couch By Couch West 2011.
March 20- The CXCW earworm Theme song was probably sung at home simultaneously by all attendees. written and recorded by the venerable @wellversedmom Rebecca Black’s Friday cover
March 20- Rosas of Southend-on-Sea, England, would like to make their contribution to Couch by Couch West: a free EP of material embodying the anti-SXSW vibe of CXCW.
March 20- Here’s one more video from Columbus, Ohio’s, Sam & Branden of Ghost Shirt - “#23”
March 20- Boy Without God perform “Of Cowboys & Other Beautiful Men” from the Futon Stage in Queens, NY.
March 20- My second #cxcw booking the very talented Jeanette Beirne. She just wrote the song today! It’s called “Get Over Yourself.”  She’s from West Chester, PA, in the Philadelphia area.
March 20- Eddie L, who dedicates this song to Larry Fulford the drummer on the couch This is a song called “Dead End Town”
It feels like I missed some, but for the whole “Kit and Kaboodle” head on over to Couch by Couchwest and view the pictures, read the comments and general slackargathy and participate.

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