the Minor Leagues @ the Taste of Cincinnati (5/30/10)

So I was sitting around updating my Hate List.  Local music, crowds, heat, humidity, and downtown Cincinnati were all ranked fairly high.  Despite this fact, I went down to check out a local band called the Minor Leagues at the always-crowded Taste of Cincinnati on a very hot and humid day.  Logically speaking, it didn’t make much sense for me, but sometimes it’s just a good idea to forget about all the things I hate, get out of the house, and go hear a free rock show.  Sometimes that’s the best thing to do.

Okay, let’s go back a few months.  Beth and I were shopping at Shake It Records and I found a copy of This Story Is Old, I Know, But It Goes On.  Sure, that’s a really annoying name for an album, but it had amazing cover art and we bought the CD.  I never did get around to listening to it before Beth took it across the country with her.  We’d assumed that it would be easier for me to find a second copy since the band is local.  We assumed incorrectly.  I never did find my own copy and had to limit myself to the four free songs on the Minor Leagues’ website.  They were all at least as good as the This Story Is Old cover art.

So I went on downtown.  I walked past all the stands selling brats, metts, and $5 beers.  I got myself a chair over on the side of the stage and proceeded to get all my grumpiness popped right the hell out of me.  It took the Minor Leagues about half a song to get me smiling and toe tapping.  I proceeded to dance in my chair for the entirety of the 10 song, 44 minute set.  Oh, I’m so glad I went.

Hey, this is the paragraph where I make lazy comparisons between the Minor Leagues and other bands you might’ve heard of.  This is the part where you get tricked into buying albums by the Minor Leagues if you like Zumpano or Beulah or Woodpigeon or the New Pornographers (before they started mailing it in).  The New Pornographers are probably the #1 reference point.  Not only does Ben Walpole sound a lot like Carl Newman, but Hilly Kenkel’s vocals give the Minor Leagues a bit of that male/female vocal-thing the New Pornos do so well.  Hilly Kenkel doesn’t quite have Neko’s pipes, but Hilly is definitely a much better dancer.

And I just have to love a band that dedicates a song to Delino DeShields.

I’m glad I disregarded my Hate List and went down to the Taste of Cincinnati.  I didn’t buy any food or drinks while I was down there, but I did manage to score four Minor Leagues CDs for the absurdly low total price of $15.  My calculator says that’s $3.75 per disc.  You can’t beat that.

So here’s the setlist.  I’m missing the proper titles of a couple songs, but I’m hoping to find them as I listen to my new purchases.

Setlist: “best to you and yours”/The Pestilence Is Coming/Sister/Until Then/Travel Agent/Elsewhere/A Chance Encounter (In Cincinnati Tonight)/Good Boys/French Canadia/Nothing’s Shocking

Here’s a brief video I took of the band performing “Good Boys”.  Notice how Hilly’s shoes match Ben’s tie.  I love that attention-to-detail.

And here are a few pictures I took while I was down there.  It’s just my typical concert-related stuff.

This counts as a Minor Leagues marqee.The Minor Leagues pop the heck out of the Metromix Stage.More Minor Leagues4 CDs for $15!!!Minor Leagues setlist
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17 Responses to the Minor Leagues @ the Taste of Cincinnati (5/30/10)

  1. homebody says:

    Damn. I really should have come out there this weekend.

  2. M-----l says:

    I'm sure we'll have fun when you come out even if there aren't any local bands playing free shows while you're here. It's too bad you missed the Taste of Cincinnati, though. I think you would've enjoyed the show. You could've seen Visqueen, too.

  3. Lauri says:

    Ooooo that looks like it was really fun! :)I liked the video!

  4. M-----l says:

    Thanks. I don't usually take band videos, but the Minor Leagues were so surprisingly enjoyable that I really wanted to capture and share a bit of the fun.

  5. Lauri says:

    Isn't it nice to get pleasantly surprised once in awhile? As opposed to unpleasantly surprised! 😛 Or "Oh yeah, here we go again."

  6. M-----l says:

    Yes, it is nice. I sometimes feel a bit jaded with all the rocking and rolling, but everything was fresh and fun yesterday. I swear that a catchy pop song (or ten of them) can be the best medicine.

  7. Lauri says:

    Catchy pop songs are great. And, for house cleaning……angry heavy metal is excellent.

  8. LBeeeze says:

    So the Minor Leagues hit it out of the park.

  9. M-----l says:

    So the Minor Leagues hit it out of the park.I think their performance was more like a stand-up triple with the bases loaded. You know, one of those hits that bounces off the wall and caroms into the corner. Still pretty exciting.

  10. LBeeeze says:

    Thanks very much for that clarification!! There for a second I thought it was going to turn into a Grand Slam.

  11. Scott says:

    Visqueen was at Taste of Cincinnati? Damn.
    (Incidentally, my calculator says you paid $47.39 per disc. It uses faith-based arithmetic.)

  12. M-----l says:

    Yeah, they went on at around 1:00 on Sunday. It had originally been my plan to catch their set then wander around for a few hours until the Minor Leagues went on. It was much too icky out for hours of wandering, so I just went to the later show.

  13. Bond says:

    "Nothing's Shocking" is off their first album. Not sure if they're still selling it, but it's one of their best – a lot more lo-fi than pestilence or story, but w/ that same kitchen-sink pop explosion thing going on.. there's a couple mp3s floating around online from it:

  14. M-----l says:

    I didn't see that first album for sale at the show I went to. I got the other ones, though. I've been playing them in my car in chronological order and it's kind of cool to hear the evolution of the band. I probably wouldn't have guessed that Sometimes My Arms Bend Back is by the same band as This Story is Old…

    I updated my setlist with your song info. Thanks. It always bugs me when I have to guess at the

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  16. Hilly Kenkel says:

    Hi there,

    Thanks for the kind words! Could we have an email address to send band updates, release information, etc stuff to? We promise not to spam you!


    • M-----l says:

      I don’t usually bother with mailing lists. I just go to Shake It and Everybody’s about twice a week and buy whatever they have in stock that looks interesting. If your next release shows up there, I’ll definitely buy it.

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