Thursday, November 6, 2014

Recording: The Highest Order

Artist: The Highest Order

Song: Two Hundred Pounds + I've Got Levitation [13th Floor Elevators cover]

Recorded at Christie Pits Park ("Bloor Ossington Folk Festival"), September 20, 2014.

The Highest Order - Two Hundred Pounds + I've Got Levitation

Once again, the Bloor Ossington Folk Festival stayed true to its roots as a low-key and local celebration. By enfolding itself into the contours of Christie Pits, BOFF still feels casual and approachable, even with some heavy hitters in its lineup. As so often happens at outdoor events, weather forced organizers to make some adjustments on the fly, but even having to move the headliners into the beer tent served to reinforce the intimate vibes. There's room to grow, but overall the organizers are getting things right.

Simone Schmidt played the festival on both days with different projects, starting on Saturday with her cosmic twang-psych unit expanding minds under clear blue skies. This segues so neatly from her "Two Hundred Pounds" to guitarist Paul Mortimer's take on this 13th Floor Elevators' classic that it seems pointless to split 'em up.

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