T.V. Mike and the Scarecrowes make East Bay Express Best of 2009
We are happy to announce that T.V. Mike and the Scarecrowes made a Best of 2009 list in the East Bay Express. We found our way onto Nate Seltenrich’s top ten. He writes the weekly Local Licks Section.
Here us what he had to say about Spittin in Cursive
With Devendra Banhart, the Freight & Salvage, and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass commanding national spotlights, why shouldn’t the Bay Area be a bastion of self-styled folk revivalism? But a banjo and a stash of Pete Seeger records does not a 21st-century folkie make. There must be a broader vision — something to warrant trotting out the old familiar tropes. Rooted as surely in the West Oakland warehouse that frontman TV Mike calls home as in the timeless continuum from Seeger to John Fogerty to the Avett Brothers, TV Mike & the Scarecrowes excel on vision and execution alike. Part string band, part cow-punk (at times recalling fellow locals the Trainwreck Riders), and gently transcendent through and through, their debut reveals no shortage of ideas, nor of skill to see them through. The whole thing, from TV Mike’s alluring drawl to Toby Oler’s slow-stepping banjo, resonates to a frequency all its own. (Brave Scarecrow Records)
Come out and see us live:
Dec 8th Hotel Utah SF, CA
Spittin in Cursive Available at Bravescarecrow.com and online at Lala.com