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While there are plenty of shows this weekend as Whartscape gets underway, with countless bands from Baltimore and points beyond, I can see how both this show at the Baltimore Museum of Art’s front steps and Small Sur in particular might be overlooked. But if you missed this show, that’s your loss.

Excellent start to Whartscape 2009! While I’m disappointed that I missed Black Vatican’s set (there were two stages at this show and I chose the other), I was rewarded with a new, first-time played song from the fantabulous Wye Oak. I also caught Lonnie Walker (NC), another weird yet awesome Lexie Mountain Boys performance, and a solo set from Jana Hunter.

I had really been looking forward to catching Small Sur, my first time in seven months, and they certainly rewarded my anticipation. I got to hear my favorite tune (Two Mantras), which oddly seems to get left off the setlist more often than not.

Look for these sets to follow: Lonnie Walker, Lexie Mountain Boys (audio only, though video is really the only way to go with these ladies) and Wye Oak. The Jana Hunter set may not circulate due to the fact that the heat outside overheated my recorder and it shut down towards the end of her set.

Also look for more Whartscape sets as I’m planning on taping a few bands at today’s (Saturday) outside show on North Ave (Human Host, Pleasant Livers, Vincent Black Shadow, Sick Weapons, and Team Robespierre), as well as Sunday’s outdoor show (Degenerettes, AK Slaughter, Despot or Zomes, Crazy Dreams Band, Future Islands or Teeth Mountain, Double Dagger, and Dan Deacon).

Small Sur
Baltimore Museum of Art
Baltimore, MD
July 10, 2009

Source: Peluso CEMC6/ck21(subcard)>PS-2>AD-20>NJB3
Transfer: NJB3>PC>SF-7>Wav>FLAC
Taper: Jeff Mewbourn (jm292@yahoo.com)

1. Sea Stones
2. Elder Days
3. I Started to Cry
4. Two Mantras
5. Ohhhhh, pt. 1

Outdoors show

The audio files for this show have been removed.