We Used to be Family Microshow

Instrumental post-rock band, We Used To Be Family, came in last week and completely redesigned what they do as a band. They added acoustic guitars, glockenspiel and VOCALS. It’s what a microshow was designed for! One of my highlights was their cover of Philip Glass’s Knee Play 5, in which audience members read lyrics to songs by artists born or having lived in Baltimore. It’s magnificent and exemplary of how a microshow should be!

The songs read during Knee Play 5 were:
“The Bells” by Edgar Allan Poe
“An Acrostic” by Edgar Allan Poe
“Lady Liberty Needs Glasses” by Tupac Shakur
“Friend to a Friend in Endtime” by Lungfish
“Cornflake Girl” by Tori Amos
“The Thong Song” by Sisqo
“Wham City” by Dan Deacon
“Tree” by David Byrne
“These Are The Times” by Dru Hill
“We Are The Ones” by Double Dagger
“Rainbow Six” by Tom Clancy
“What The Dead Know” by Laura Lippman
“Hall of Fame Speech” by Cal Ripken Jr.
“The Corner” by David Simon
“The Bicentennial Speech” by Thurgood Marshall
“Bros” by Panda Bear
“Shake It To The Ground” by Rye Rye
“Sleeping On The Wing” by Frank O’Hara
“Leaves” by Afaa M. Weaver
“The World” by Jan Heller Levi
“Burning Oneself Out” by Adrienne Rich
“Manhole Covers” by Karl Shapiro
“Dancin’ Fool” by Frank Zappa
“Crying in the Chapel” by The Orioles

Technical info: Suitcase kick drum: Beta52, Snare: Shure SM7, Drum overhead: Oktava 012, Yoon Electric: Sennheiser 421, Shank Electric: Sennheiser 509, Acoustic guitars: SM81, Cello: Apex 460, Violin: AT4033, Litz’s Vocals: Shure SM10a, Glockenspiel: Okava 012, Allyson Little vocals: Neumann U87.


Recorded on November 11, 2010 at Mobtown Studios

Violin by Ruby Fulton

Cello by Andrew Histand

Drums by Brian Litz

Guitar by Michael Shank

Guitar by Michael Yoon

Vocals by Allyson Little

Produced by Mat Leffler-Schulman

Artwork by David Manchester