I find myself writing on here fairly often about Johnstown, PA, considering that I've never been there. It's the My Idea of Fun collective that calls that Johnstown home. They're always up to something interesting there. Over a year ago I wrote a bit about Emmett and Mary's S/T, which will finally see the light of day in September. I wrote about the project's ambition: it's a folk-rock opera based on a series of stories by Christopher S. Bell, performed by an enormous cast, and recorded in a bedroom with "several corrupted PC's, Cool Edit Pro Cracked and Licensed to Peter Quistgard, and one single Sound Professional Binaural Microphone." That last bit will seem more impressive once you hear it. It sounds oh so very big. And yet, it was done so small-ly.
Anyway, now that it's finally being released, I wanted to cycle back to it one more time, and encourage you to take a minute and listen to the finished product. Two tracks, "The Summer's Pull" and "Surveying Relations", are available for download from the My Idea of Fun site. I haven't read the books and damned if I can figure out what the hell's going on from the lyrics, but I don't think that's the point. It's fun, and the realization of what must have seemed at the time and honestly still kinda seems like a crazy idea. Check it out.