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Friday, June 21, 2013

Mic Boshans Fill in the Blanks Ahead of Humdrum's Release Show This Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 6:34 AM

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I've learned the most... by doing. Music is essentially a form of communication. It is a language I've learned almost exclusively through collaboration with my peers. This collaboration is essential to my creative process, so I am eternally grateful for all of the brilliant musicians and song writers that I've had the opportunity to work with. They create the spaces I play in, and in some instances, lend melodies to the words I've written or vice-versa.

The most difficult lesson I've learned... as a drummer is how to listen, to make my drum parts serve the song rather than making me feel cool or important.

Some of my favorite local bands are... Well, that's a long list. Let's see. I am currently quite enamored with Grace Basement's last record Wheel Within A Wheel and I am proud to call Kevin Buckley and Dave Anderson collaborators on The Union Electric's recordings. I am also a huge fan of everything Old Lights. Their records and live shows are an inspiration. The Conformists and So Many Dynamos have been blowing my mind for over ten years now. The Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra is an incredible gem in this town. Pokey La Farge and his crew are great ambassadors for this fair city. Dave Stone and his collaborators have long been a breath of fresh air on Friday nights at Mangia. Also, I feel I would be remiss not to mention, my favorite local band to die in St. Louis music's recent past, Target Market. Their music was innovative and catchy. They really had a unique voice. I will admit, I have been moved to tears on more than one occasion by their incredibly emotive live shows. Recommended listening: Concealer EP and No Thrills.

I guess this would be a good time to also mention how proud I am to be a part of Née. It's been an exhilarating ride so far, and an inspiring experience playing music with Kristin and David. Now with Dan in the mix, I can't wait to see what happens next.

I've been playing music in this town for the better part of fifteen years and I've never seen this scene so vibrant. I am proud to be from St. Louis and I am super excited about what's going on here.

There are so many bands encompassing a sweeping range of genres and genre defying music. We have good media resources with all of the blogs, papers, zines, radio stations, YouTube channels, et cetera. I'll resist the urge to drop names with one exception. KDHX is doing awesome things for local and independent music in St. Louis! I can't say enough about what an incredible resource they are, or how incredibly fortunate we are to have access to the airwaves that they maintain.

It also bares mention that we have amazing record stores, venues, print makers, studios... You name it. It's here.

The best post-show food in St. Louis... It's a tough call. I'm still trying to figure that out. I am always excited to find out about new late night dining options. City Diner is a favorable option on weekends. However, if I'm playing at the Tap Room, which is a pretty regular occurrence, I eat like a king there! (Side note: Brett Underwood has been putting on amazing shows there and taking great care of local and independent touring bands for as long as I've known him, which is about 8 years at this point. Cheers to him!)

The St. Louis music scene could use more... Hell, let's start with one record label with access to national distribution and the ability to fully fund and promote their releases to national and international audiences. We need to find a way to make extensive touring a financially viable endeavor for more St. Louis bands if we want to make the kind of splash that I think we ought to be making outside of St. Louis. We have lots of cool new labels, let's pool our resources and figure this out!

Thanks for listening!

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