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Thursday, March 13 • 1:00am - 1:30am
Centro-matic

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About Centro-matic?s Fort Recovery by Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers: Centro-matic's music comes on like a sound from a distant dream, something new, yet unmistakably familiar. Clear images adding up to something a little vague, but in such a comforting way. Once as a child, I watched part one of some two-part children's adventure (NBC's Wonderful World of Disney circa 1972, no doubt) and that night dreamt the next week's conclusion verbatim. No one ever believed me and I still don't blame them, not sure I believe it myself, but I know it happened. That's what Centro-matic is like to me. Their music is somehow like something I heard in my head as a child, yet I know I didn't. I find myself singing along with their songs the first time I hear them. They're the best live band in America and know how to make great records. Bunches of them (they're prolific as hell) yet some how they keep getting better. All of this while playing an exhausting 150 shows a year. At any rate, Fort Recovery is my favorite Centro-matic album. My favorite album by my favorite band. That's a beautiful thing that I hope to never outgrow. One of life's pleasures that I look forward to passing on to my kids. When I was in fifth grade my favorite band was Pink Floyd and my favorite album was Dark Side of the Moon, at fifteen it was Bruce Springsteen and Darkness on the Edge of Town. At one point The Replacements Tim held that position. Big Star's Radio City hovers around there somewhere and lord knows I love plenty of Neil Young and Bob Dylan records. If I could go back in time, The Stooges Fun House and Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti would all make some mystical list. Centro-matic is my favorite band that is still vital and intact. All four of them together for ten years now. Their brand new album is their best yet. My un-mastered CD copy is my favorite album of 2006 and honestly my favorite new album of the past five years. I have listened to it several times a day for three weeks straight and like those great masterpieces of old I still find new things to love at every listen. Centro-matic's Fort Recovery is a masterpiece, and I don't use that word often.
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Thursday March 13, 2008 1:00am - 1:30am
Friends 208 E 6th St

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