A while back Roz King told me about Adam Brodsky and the Antihoot (antifolk) open mic over at Fergie’s pub. I finally made it out to one and I’m glad I did. Initially I thought the night was going to suck because it was just me, Adam, and his manager, but some more people showed up and it turned out to be a blast. Adam, Butch, and Margaret all sounded great as well as Adam’s manager, Mary. A song of the antihoot genre comes across as either funny, irreverent, or an egg thrown at folk music itself. I’ve definitely seen artists do this kind of stuff before but it was never organized in one event. Adam hosts the antihoot every 2nd Wednesday of each month at Fergie’s Pub(1214 Sansom @ 10:00PM (9:30 sign up)).
Because there were so few performers I was able to play 5 songs. I started off with “I Hope I Die on the Moon,” “All My Dreams are in Cartoon,” and “The Genius of it All.” During “All My Dreams are in Cartoon” I broke the D on my brand new strings, so Adam kindly let me use his guitar. Strangely, I was playing at half my usual speed when the string broke. After everyone else played we sat in a circle (more of a curved row than a circle) and took turns playing songs. Most of the other performers were improvising on harmonicas or playing along with guitar, but I just sat there and waited patiently because I have little to add on the fly. In the curved row session I played “Why Now Satan” where I broke another f’ing string (this time my G). I decided I was pushing my luck and only played one more song. Anything more and I risked all my broken strings coming alive to strangle me. I ended my night with a song I can play with as little as three strings, Beck’s the “Cut in Half Blues,” and I think it was a good closer. Thanks again to Adam for letting me use his guitar and raising my net string loss to 1 instead of 2.