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Mint Mile

Mr. King

Out, Stomatopod, Mint Mile, Photo Curio 

When: Sun., Jan. 15, 8 p.m. 2017
Price: $8
On The Bliss Point (Comedy Minus One), the second four-track EP from the low-key combo Mint Mile, former linchpin of Silkworm and Bottomless Pit Tim Midyett continues to mine gold from the aging process. On the beautiful ballad “Youngold,” which is girded by sorrowful pedal-steel washes played by Justin Brown, Midyett addresses the inevitable changes that accompany a curious life as it inches towards its conclusion: “Yes I will regret what I forget / What my memory squanders / And yet some fragment clings.” As austere as the best Silkworm records tended to be, with the harrowing drums of Michael Dahlquist punishing the singing of Midyett or Andy Cohen, there was still a clear admiration for old-school rock, and Midyett makes that more explicit with Mint Mile than he ever has before, whether during the wounded harmony vocals that sneak up on the opening track “In This City of Speed Traps” or the Byrdsian chords that punctuate “Park.” The current lineup includes Midyett, Brown, Matthew Barnhart on bass, and Jeff Panall on drums.
— Peter Margasak

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