Chris Mills & the New Miserable Bastards/Anders Parker; April 25, 2008; Kiki’s House of Righteous Music
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It had been nearly three years since Chris Mills released “The Wall to Wall Sessions,” a record recorded in three marathon sessions over a snowy weekend at Chicago’s Wall to Wall studios, and I was starting to wonder if a new record was ever coming out. “Living in the Aftermath” with its vibrant comic book art was released the Tuesday before the show, but I was lucky enough to get a copy well in advance. Old favorites like “Atom Smashers” and “Calling All Comrades” were included as well as terrific new songs like the deceptively simple sounding “Such a Beautiful Thing” and the hopeful title song. Recorded under only slightly more leisurely conditions, the record still includes the strings and horns of its predecessor while rocking a little harder.
After playing in excess of a hundred shows promoting the last record Chris decided to only do minimal touring for the new record which boiled down to five shows in the UK, Raleigh, NYC, Chicago, and this show. Yeah, I felt pretty special. Adding to that feeling was the fact that David Nagler came from
With a crowd possibly three times the size of the night before and every one of them paying rapt attention, Anders expanded his too-short set from the night before. He also had more to say, much of it about his drive from