Jewels In The Square
August 28, 2007 Union Square, San Francisco, California
Moonalice poster by Chris Shaw
According to Moonalice legend, the Coming of the Seventh will be proceeded by the Introduction of the Fifth. Every Moonalice school child knows the Seventh to be Yggdrassil, a bass player of such prodigious talent that all other bass players would take up other instruments. But who or what is the Fifth? Such a mystery!!! Could it be a bottle of scotch consumed by disappointed band members who have been forced to give up their four-stringed instruments in favor of those with six or eighty-eight strings? Or could it be something else? The mystery has finally been solved. At rehearsal for this gig in Union Square, Half Moonalice, the distaff member of the band, took up the bass for the very first time. She was the fifth member of the modern Moonalice troupe to perform on the exalted instrument. Showing a technique that may one day revolutionize bass playing, Half riffed like a madwoman, causing some to wonder what the big deal is with this Yggdrassil guy. Moonalice insiders know the truth. Yggdrassil is none other than Jack Casady, who will rejoin Moonalice later this week in Santa Cruz. As a result, the gig in Union Square may represent the final appearance on bass – for now, at least – of Chubby Wombat and Hardwood Moonalice. CW and Hardwood may be done, but they didn’t go quietly. Every knob was turned up to 11.
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