Carey Mercer is a cool guy. He once came into the record store that I worked at (after he played a Frog Eyes show at First Avenue the night before) and we chatted for a while about the music he was buying and if I lived in Canada, I would totally be his friend. Mercer is also a member of Frog Eyes (who are awesome) and Swan Lake (who are also awesome), and if you didn’t know it, he has an awesome solo project called Blackout Beach.
What’s not awesome is that, because Mercer is just so darn busy with his teaching career, Blackout Beach have only played one show… ever. To offset this lack of live gigs, Mercer has announced that he will be releasing Live at the Orange Hall, a 2010 recording of the band’s only live show. I’ve listened to it, and it’s great. Maybe I’m biased because we’re, like, best friends now, but I think it’s a cool little record, and if YOU want it, then you can get it at Blackout Beach’s bandcamp page and judge for yourself.