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April 12, 2004

Why I Love the Internet, #453

So I'm using [NetNewsWire Lite](http://ranchero.com/netnewswire/) to scan through a bunch of weblogs fairly fast, using their RSS feeds. Some fellow mentions that his favorite band right now is [Mermen](http://www.mermen.net/), described as:
90's surf instrumentals, and utterly unique--a mix of Dick Dale-derived staccato picking and reverb with prog-rock touches and hints of punk and psychedelia, the latter a la Jimi Hendrix.
Best of all, these guys buy into the Grateful Dead/Phish ethos of encouraging fans to record concerts and share them with others gratis. So I went to the Internet Archive and grabbed [this concert](http://www.archive.org/audio/etree-details-db.php?id=5036&from=browsePopular&PHPSESSID=879510484f46f5ef2ee34f1b8ce4ad8f), recorded in January, 2003 at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. I've just about downloaded and converted it all to MP3, a concert exceeding two hours. I've spot-listened to several songs, and they are very fun, reminiscent of Phish in their playful improvisation. I'll probably end up buying an album by these guys before too long...

Posted by dpwakefield at April 12, 2004 09:39 PM