3M, also known as Minnesota Mining, is an 89 billion dollar corporate conglomerate.
The “31 M’s” are the bands booked by Eric Dimenstein and Jim Romeo’s Ground Control Touring of Los Angeles and Brooklyn (but apparently not Chapel Hill or Carrboro) that start with the letter “M”.
The first band I tracked, and booked and at times sort of stalked is Superchunk, whose leader has a name with, yep, two more M’s.
I met Jim Romeo in New York when he worked with Bob Lawton. They called it Twin Towers — this was before the destruction of the World Trade Center. i think they were a part of ICM, a big corporate conglomerate — compared to being “boutique”. I think at one point briefly they were called “Four Three Two One”. Maybe it was Dimenstein who suggested the name change.
Anyhow, the bands that comprise the 31 M’s of Ground Control are:
Mary Timony Plays Helium
Midori Takada 高田みどり
Monsters of Folk
The Music Tapes – I think this one actually played one of my shows, at The Cub. Maybe with Olivia Tremor Control.
It would take me the greater part of a day (or part of a great day) to try to listen to all the bands here that I might like, or want to book some day, or go see.
Dial M for music!
MMM, MMM, MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM good!
I wonder how many of the Ground Control bands that start with M are from Minnesota? Once Lane Wurster, Chris Eselgroth and myself were walking back to their office after lunch in Carrboro North Carolia,and Lane and Chris chuckled at the site in the window of a toy store or antique store a board game called Husker Du and when I asked what was so funny, they didn’t bother to explain to me. Which would be called “band-splain”.
Maybe an alternate title for this essay could have been:
Arab Strap VS Scotch Tape
and1: I’m going to a Niners game Thursday night — only an exhibition — and it reminds me that when I worked at Green Apple books there was a guy named Alan Black from Glasgow and he liked soccer not American gridiron and I took him to the 49ers heyday against the Los Angeles Rams their enemy and rival and Alan said he thought LA might win and everyone laughed at him and sure enough Alan had predicted an upset and guessed right but he wouldn’t take my $20 because we had “disgraced the bet”. I actually parked briefly in front of Green Apple Books just today and snapped a photo of a man my age in striped pants reading from a book from the bargain bin with his legs crossed but standing while a young woman is walking up Clement, meaning north, passed the entrance to the store, while reading from her small screen. Maybe when my phone has more juice I will move that image from there to hereabouts. Foolish. (I wonder if Ground Control has ever booked a small or quiet act into Green Apple Books – they do events there sometimes).
There’s also a new band with Ground Control called Purple Pilgrims but that’s a horse of a different color:
The first part:
Mac’s vocals sound like Fred Schneider:
Mac would “be fifty two” if he was born in 1967.
andandand: I’d like to start a project called Highlands and Islands, especially if Bob Mould would produce our record and was booked by Frank Riley. It’s 1:41 an M.