Stumbled into the Rumba Cafe a little past start time for the Happy Hour show last night, ready to bid a long work week adieu. I was more than pleasantly surprised by Tom Evanchuck’s opening set of Delta-style blues/folk. If I understood correct, the singer’s name was Tom and the drummer’s last name was Evanchuck and they merged the two together to name the band.
Call it “being in the moment”, but given the time of day, the $1.50 PBR drafts, the respect the audience was giving the duo, the intimacy of the Rumba Cafe, I was having SXSW flashbacks. It’s always great to step into a club with no expectations and be blown away as I was last night.
While I’m kicking myself for not picking up a copy of the live album (Live Birth) Tom was promoting from the stage just before the set ended, both that album and a full-length (Tom) are available digitally on iTunes and Amazon. Remember that “Buy a $20 Amazon gift card for $10” promotion running rampant on the internet a week ago? Yep, I’ll be spending my on Evanchuck’s music today.
Through Nov.3, you can buy a digital copy of Snow Patrol’s new CD, A Hundred Million Suns, on Amazon.com for the amazingly low price of $3.99. It took me a listen or two to get into, but for $4 it can’t be beat (unless you’re finding it ‘other’ places for ‘preview’ purposes). There aren’t a lot of surprises on the new one – if you’ve enjoyed the big hits off The Final Straw and Eyes Open, you’ll get more of the same – but there is one particular track that I find completely appealing. “The Golden Floor” has a repititious acoustic guitar loop and a drum beat that sounds a bit like sampled clapping and it reminds me quite a bit of something that Hood – or a Hood-related project like Bracken or The Declining Winter – might pull off.
Here is “Please Just Take These Photos from My Hands”: