Posted in MP3 | music | tour dates on March 12, 2009

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Mi Ami - "New Guitar" (MP3)

Mi Ami

"On a series of engaging 12" singles and a fascinating debut LP ("Watersports," released last month), Mi Ami stretches out and languishes in punk-dub, sideways-jazz and African accents. On stage, however, Long (bass) and Martin-McCormick (guitar, vocals) stuck to more direct strategy: attack. That mostly meant McCormick riding Long's gut-punch Rickenbacker bass riffs and Palermo's kinetic drum patterns like a banshee, spraying the songs with convulsive echo-guitar riffs."
[Washington Post on Mi Ami's 3/10 show]
The San Francisco three-piece (ex-Black Eyes) are playing with Mirror Mirror and local goth-rock quintet Extra Life (who just returned from a month-long US tour) at the Silent Barn in NYC tonight (3/12). Mi Ami then heads to SXSW for several parties (see below) and the Touch and Go/Quarterstick SXSW Showcase on Friday, March 20th at Flamingo Cantina, before a series of April/May dates in Europe.

The recently pared down Touch and Go released the band's Watersports LP (art below) on February 17th. All tour dates below....

Watersports
Mi Ami

Mi Ami - 2009 Tour Dates
03/12- Silent Barn, New York, NY
03/14- 89 Columbus St., Charleston, SC
03/15- Farm 255, Athens, GA
03/16- Sluggo's, Pensacola, FL
03/17- Xanadu Club House, New Orleans, LA
03/20 - Club 1808, Austin, TX
03/20 - Habana Calle 6 Annex Austin, TX
03/20- Flamingo Cantina, Austin, TX
03/21- 2203 Lake Omega, El Paso, TX
03/22- Trunk Space, Phoenix, AZ
03/23- Pehr Space, Los Angeles, CA
04/09- The Greenhouse Effect, Brighton, United Kingdom
04/10- Lexington, London, United Kingdom
04/11- Motel Mozaigue, Rotterdam, Netherlands
04/12- AB Club, Brussels, Belgium
04/13- L'Aeronef, Lille, France
04/14- La Java, Paris, France
04/15- La Scene Michelet, Nantes, France
04/17- Dauntaun, Milan, Italy
04/18- Init, Rome, Italy
04/19- Thermos, Ancona, Italy
04/20- K4, Nurnberg, Germany
04/21- Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
04/22- Re Club, Krakow, Poland
04/27- Hafenklang, Hamburg, Germany
04/29- Paard, Den Haag, Netherlands
04/30- Macbeth, London, United Kingdom
05/03- Optimo, Glasgow, United Kingdom
05/04- End Bar, Newcastle, United Kingdom
05/05- Korova, Liverpool, United Kingdom
05/06- Portland Arms, Cambridge, United Kingdom
05/07- Roisin Dubh, Galway, Ireland
05/08- The Menagerie, Belfast, Ireland
05/09- Crawdaddy, Dublin, Ireland
05/10- Crane Lane Theatre, Cork, Ireland
05/12- Kuudes Linja, Helsinki, Finland
05/13- Lilla Hotellbarren, Stokholm, Sweden
05/14- Debaser, Malmo,Sweden
05/15- TBA, Copenhagen, Sweden
05/16- TBA, Riga, Latvia

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Comments (27)

Ok, I listened to the Mi Ami track posted. Whomever gave this descprition

"stretches out and languishes in punk-dub, sideways-jazz and African accents"

is out of their minds or completely full of shit. I felt like you threw in "African accents" in your description simply because it's in vogue these days.

Most modern music has "African accents" ... you could say that about Chcuk Berry or Bo Diddly....or Slayer for that matter.

That desctiption just seemded like a cheap way to dress up a shitty track in a nice heady - psuedo intellectual wrapping ... It's a rock/noise/jam tune...nothing more nothing less.

sideway jazz???? WTF are you talking about!!!!??!?

Posted by Burg | March 12, 2009 11:07 AM

Extra Life makes sure that 'goth-rock quintet' is exactly as terrible an idea as it sounds.

Posted by went to The Smell, saw these turds | March 12, 2009 11:15 AM

these bands make idiots angry, apparently

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2009 11:31 AM

"sideways jazz and African accents"

Yeah. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight..........

Posted by Rajah of Rehab | March 12, 2009 11:44 AM

Yes this does make me angry ... I don't mind being an idiot to you.

You guys talk so much BS about Pitchfork, selling out...etc. and then try to float this descriptive bullshit along as if you know more than the average listener.

I am an idiot. If you think you are not one as well ... knock yourself out genius.

*** seriously though ..I guess some of the rage is coming from a long over due recognition of african music and it's true contributors, influence in today's music...etc. ...not a few kids in SF playing some noise/jam shit and throwing some labels around. The rest of the rage is just how bad the track was. It's only a matter of time when real African music hits mainstream, but it will most likely be headed up by an Elvis rather than a Chuck Berry. And these types of descriptions pave the way for that to happen...in my not so humble, idiotic opinion.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2009 11:46 AM

oh ok, not just an idiot but also a nut

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2009 11:48 AM

What else you got dude? idiot, nut ...

excellent job.

nothing about music, but some nice disses.

yeah I put myself out there by voicing some opinions...etc.

at least it was musically related and aimed at stimulating some kind of thoughful (right or wrong) feedback about describing modern music...etc.

You posted that I am an idiot and a nut.

Ok.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2009 11:58 AM

all you're talking about is a non sequitur about the band using polyrhythms that some reviewer described as "African accents."

if that's all it takes to set you off onto a huge rambling freak out, then you are an idiot and a nut, frankly.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2009 12:08 PM

no agruments here ... coocoo for coco puffs.

I was totally ranting and appalled by that description.

African accents it is.

I'll look into getting some meds.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2009 12:15 PM

Let's all simply agree that Mi Ami suck.

Posted by The Peacemaker | March 12, 2009 1:17 PM

Referring to Extra Life as goth-rock is a little reductive and kind of makes me think Frisicano just glanced at their myspace and grabbed the easiest modifier in sight.

I'm liking Mi Ami pretty well, but shit can't touch Black Eyes.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2009 2:18 PM

extra life is avant minimalist blues

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2009 2:39 PM

mi ami ae fine, if you feel the need to go on message boards saying they suck then you probably have an axe to grind

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2009 2:51 PM

Mi Ami suck, who listens to this Muppet rock?
it's the same with Ponytail, just some Ewok spazzing out.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2009 2:55 PM

calm down dude, we're all sorry that Mi Ami ran over your puppy

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2009 3:05 PM

They should include that in their press kit. Saying they sound like "some Ewok spazzing out" makes them sound pretty awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2009 3:06 PM


you guys are straight-up hilarious. i love this thread.
My 2¢ is that Mi Ami are good, and becoming great.

Posted by joe the plumbdog millionaire | March 12, 2009 4:36 PM

"Saying they sound like "some Ewok spazzing out" makes them sound pretty awesome."

The description IS cool. Then you'd hear it and, just like Mi Ami, you'd rush to hit the OFF button because it's worse than a megaphone pressed up to Jabba the Hut's ass while he's suffering from the worst case of the runs he's ever had.

Posted by Rajah of Rehab | March 12, 2009 4:41 PM

Ahh, peoples. Let's clarify: that description above came from a review in the Washington Post and wasn't just referencing one track, it was describing the band's entire body of recorded work. So, you know..."New Guitar" in and of itself aint sideways jazz, o' course. And if you wanna be technical about it, then I guess you gotta say Elvis brings the African accents, too, m'yeah?

Posted by The dude who wrote it | March 13, 2009 6:34 PM

Hey Burg,
I think it's comical that you get so bent out of shape about something that doesn't require your attention and you could just as easily graze over rather than writing a dissertation about (although the same could be said about my response here). I just feel people need to come to bat for a band that is exceptional, and is doing some musical things that are RIGHT ON. Go listen to a whole album before drawing out your fucked up soliloquy just because you feel like ranting about music. Go check them out live and see an actual great band play a killer set.

And actually while you're at it, read this interview they did which directly addresses the whole African music thing - http://paradeofflesh.com/?p=530

Posted by Jay | March 16, 2009 12:14 PM

Knock the record but try dissing the live show. They bring the 100% raw punk rock that melts your face off. There aren't too many of those out there anymore.

Posted by Chuckalunk | March 16, 2009 12:49 PM

i was really enjoying that song until the singer came into the mix
that dude makes the guys from the blood brothers sound like michael bublé

Posted by charles | April 8, 2009 3:10 AM

Here Wo Go Magic + The Antlers = the show of 2009 you were going to want to say you were at.

Those 2 bands are really really great. Watch out.

Posted by mass mailer | April 13, 2009 10:00 PM

Here Wo Go Magic + The Antlers = the show of 2009 you were going to want to say you were at.

Those 2 bands are really really great. Watch out.

Posted by 3D camera | April 13, 2009 10:02 PM

mi ami is awesome

Posted by marat beltser | May 4, 2009 7:38 PM

all you're talking about is a non sequitur about the band using polyrhythms that some reviewer described as "African accents."

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