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    White Magic at the Echo

    White Magic at the Echo, 2007.
    Mira Billotte.

    Los Angeles, California
    November 24, 2007

    Hailing from New York City, psych folk tugboat White Magic have been busy as a bee for the better part of this decade, plying their local waterways to gently guide huge dirge ships out onto the stormy, night sea. On a chilly November evening at the Echo in Los Angeles, the band took forever and a day to set up, only to be promptly plagued by technical difficulties. Almost an hour later, they finally got their act together and proceeded into songland, offering up gems from throughout their slim discography. Normally, I’m not one to go to a concert and expect to hear this song or that, cuz I like novelty and spontaneity, but I sure wouldn’t have objected if they played “Palm and Wine” off of their excellent Dat Rosa Mel Apibus album. They didn’t, but I still had a tempest-tossed time anyway. So did the thick crowd, who left with a belly full of sad, beautiful music.

    White Magic at the Echo, 2007.
    Mira Billotte and Doug Shaw.

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