#19 on the 2011 Musical Bacon Calendar
My Goodness by My Goodness
Two-musician bands — one on drums, one on guitar — seem to be quite the popular arrangement of late. White Stripes (god rest their souls), The Black Keys, and Wye Oak all fit that mode, along with My Goodness, who come in at #19 on the Musical Bacon Calendar.
From Seattle, this duo really packs a punch. You’d be hard pressed to find a 4+ person band that rocks as hard as Joel Schneider and Ethan Jacobsen. The band has been playing all over Seattle for at least the past year, and I was able to catch them twice this year, once at the Capitol Hill Block Party, and then again headlining their own show at Neumos back in early November:
Red LED lights beating down, smoke machine choking the air with a thick fog, and the bass drum turned up to the point of making your nipples stand on end all combined for some of the most powerful rock duo work I’ve not witnessed since seeing the White Stripes oh so many years ago.
But while their debut album is very good, and a great investment of your $10, it was the new stuff they played that had me truly impressed:
It’s always a great sign when a band can play multiple never-before performed new songs and have the crowd continue their frenzied-pace banging and bouncing as if they’ve heard those songs all their lives…The two songs they chose to play at the end of the set were entirely new, and the most powerful songs of the night. Joel Schneider’s guitar seemed to get even louder, his dancing and jarring movements around stage got more pronounced, and Ethan Jacobsen’s bass drum became — implausibly — even more ear splitting. It was phenomenal.
So run out and buy My Goodness, and then set aside another $10 for when the band’s next release comes out in 2012. It will be worth it.
(I feel compelled to say that you will not see the phenomenal new Black Keys album El Camino appear in this year’s list, as it came out December 2, which disqualifies it from the 2011 list.)
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21. Gloss Drop by Battles
22. Showroom of Compassion by CAKE
23. A New Kind of House EP by Typhoon
24. EP by Grouplove
25. Fan Chosen Covers (Best of) by Eef Barzelay
26. TKOL RMX 1234567 by Radiohead
27. Organ Music Not Virbraphone Like I’d Hoped by Moonface
28. Heavy Boots & Underwoods by Ben Fisher
29. The Rip Tide by Beirut
30. Collapse Into Now by R.E.M.
31. I Am Very Far by Okkervil River