I’m excited. The Trachtenburg Family Slide Show Players are playing in Minneapolis next weekend.
The show that got me hooked on This American Life was a series of tapes found in attics, at yard sales, and in closets. The view they provided into American life at various points in time and space was fascinating. It was the same sort of thrill I got flipping through and reading old postcards in an antique store: an unexpected portal into another life, part sociological, part voyeuristic, part historical. The Trachtenburgs take this pastime one step further: they write songs to go along with found slides, mostly from mid-America at mid-century. They’re alternately funny, biting, and sweet. Check them out.
(Incidentally, their drummer is the Trachtenburgs’ adorable 9-year-old daughter. Definitely a bit of a gimmick… but she’s a very good drummer, so no harm done.)
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