Matthew and the Arrogant Sea Get the Daytrotter Treatment
Seems Denton concert promoter Matthew Gray stepped out the limelight for about a month, which was a smart move. He garnered quite a heap of press and ill will in October and November, when Denton Country Proper -- his upstart company -- booked and canceled high profile shows from John Hall (of Hall & Oates), Eleanor Friedberger, Health, Here We Go Magic and others.
Matthew Gray as a cartoon
But last week he began sneaking back in, not by booking more shows, but with his band Matthew and the Arrogant Sea, who received the Daytrotter treatment with a session last Tuesday. The session, like all Daytrotters, featured a recording of the band performing four songs. They played two from their 2008 album, Family Family Family Meets the Magic Christian, and two new ones, including the 13-minute "Tiny Little Egg-Shaped House." Unlike other sessions, though, Daytrotter seems to have implemented an annoying paywall.
Thankfully, you can view Matthew and the Arrogant Sea's session as part of a free seven-day trial. After that, it looks like you'll need your credit card.
In the meantime, enjoy the session, which proves that while Gray might not have a strong talent for booking or promoting shows, his band's music is still brilliant. We're certainly awaiting the release of the band's sophomore album, You Can't Tame A Wild Rabbit, much more than we are the announcement of Denton County Proper's next show.