OK, usually I avoid posting about hypothetical shows that won’t happen for months if they happen at all, but I figure on a brutally nasty and icy winter day like today, everybody can use an excuse to think about T-shirt weather again.

So here is a very excellent reason: According to a thread on the Goner message boards kicked off by “Greg O” (presumably Greg Cartwright, the former Greg Oblivian, who currently fronts the Reigning Sound), the Oblivians are reuniting again in 2009. (They also played the last Blackout in 2006.) Even better, so are the Gories, the legendary Detroit band fronted by Dan Kroha (Demolition Doll Rods) and Mick Collins (Dirtbombs).

I’m not exaggerating when I say that these are my two favorite garage bands in the history of the universe, so I’m not sure how to convey the full awesomeness of the fact they they’re playing two shows together. One’s in Memphis, the other in Detroit. (Well, they’re touring Europe too, but I don’t think a rental car will make it that far.)

Watch the Goner boards for dates. The thread begins way back on September 30, but if you scroll down you’ll see that Greg returns on December 8 to say that the gigs (I think he means the European tour) will start in late May.

H/T Debbie D at WFMU (more music and video at the link)

Philip Montoro

Philip Montoro has been an editorial employee of the Reader since 1996 and its music editor since 2004. Pieces he has edited have appeared in Da Capo’s annual Best Music Writing anthologies in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011. He shared two Lisagor Awards in 2019 for a story on gospel pioneer Lou Della Evans-Reid and another in 2021 for Leor Galil's history of Neo, and he’s also split three national awards from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia: one for multimedia in 2019 for his work on the TRiiBE collaboration the Block Beat, and two (in 2020 and 2022) for editing the music writing of Reader staffer Leor Galil. Philip has played scrap metal in Lozenge, drummed with the Disasters, the Afflictions, and Brilliant Pebbles, and sung for the White Outs. He wrote the column Beer and Metal from 2012 till 2015, and hopes to do so again one day. You can also follow him on Twitter.