Thursday and Friday of last week were spent moving a client’s data center from a make-shift first floor location to a newly-built second floor server room. As might be expected, we ran into lots of last minute headaches and had to make at least three or four trips to Altex to buy cables, screws, or other odds and ends. There’s still a lot more work to do but things are online and working.
We finished up Friday night just in time to head down to Deep Ellum and check out a new band called Baby Jane Hudson. The drummer, April Samuels, was a member of the recently demised band, Frognot. Based on seeing only one performance of each band, I’d have to give my vote to Baby Jane Hudson. Maybe it’s the girl-band thing, or maybe it’s more my kind of music but I thought they were much better than Frognot. And, if you don’t like the music, you can have a blast just watching the bass player – she makes the most bizarre expressions while she plays, several of which look like she’s attempting to do an impression of Popeye the Sailor Man. She’s definitely the sort of bass player you’d want for live performances or music videos. They played a 45 minute set of original material – not bad considering they haven’t been around that long. I tried to convince April to play a cover of a Devo tune but no luck – I’ll keep trying though. Maybe a cover of Devo’s Space Girls, that would be ideal for an all-girl band I would think.
Like all performances in small clubs, the vocals were completely drowned out by the amplified instruments, so I can’t comment on the singing or lyrics. I’d much rather have the music turned down a few db and hear the singer but every live band I’ve heared play in small clubs seems to have this problem. I’m told it’s because the bands have to rely on a cheap, house PA system for the vocals whereas the other performers have their own amplification. (hmmm… I’d think the solution there would be to buy a mike and an amp for the singer? It’s probably not that easy or someone would have done it by now.) Anyway, definitely check out Baby Jane Hudson if you get a chance. See their web site for future shows.