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What are your most memorable shows? I know there must be a zillion?
MC: I don't know if it's the most memorable, but I remember feeling nostalgic and proud and happy and psyched this last time JEFF the Brotherhood played. They were the first band that I booked a show for at DBA that I felt like 'I think these guys are amazing, my friends do too but nobody else in this town gives a shit.' They were awesome that first time and JEFF have been the band that our house was the most psyched on.
When did JEFF first play DBA?
MC: 2007. Maybe May of that year? They came back at the end of the summer touring with Meemaw. It's just been great. They've come back every six to nine months and it's been kind of wonderful to see them go from being these guys I thought were great to achieving success without... they're chill. They're awesome.
EW: I was thinking that too. Theyíre the band has been really loyal to us and they don't have to. Even to the point where we've said to them, 'You guys can do whatever you need to do.' But they make it a point to play here. Last time otherwise they were playing Terminal 5 opening for the Kills.
MC: It's not a show, but I remember when I saw that giant photo of Psychic Paramount from a show at DBA on the front page of the New York Times Arts & Culture section. I remember thinking 'This is Crazy.' It looked really cool, they have these smoke machines, but I mean we're in this weird subculture, it's very incestuous. A tiny little town. And to have the New York Times say that this is culturally relevant was very surreal. And kind of wonderful.
What about you, Edan?
EW: We did a show for Iron Age and Sex Vid it was for Ian Dickson who does Hardcore Gig Volume. It was his birthday, they had done at daytime show at ABC No Rio and all got wasted there, then came over to DBA. It was before I ever worried about a capacity because no show had ever been that big. It was like 400 people paid and I thought 'There's no way there's 400 people in here,' as I threw crowd surfers off the board. Then I walked outside. There was just this bubble around our door and the entire street, the sidewalk across the street, the parking lot. all that, was just full of people who were just drinking on the street. I was like, 'uh okay...I'm going to go back inside and hope that this thing plays out.' During the next band this dude stage dove and everybody moved out of the way, but then immediately enveloped him. The dude crawled over to me, stood up and was holding his teeth. His two front teeth had gotten knocked out and blood was gushing down this kid's chin. I said, 'Dude you should get out of here.' He shrugged and was like 'Yeah I guess.' That was the single most horrifying moment.
Craziest show, Matt?
MC: The first Dan Deacon show in 2007. It was some time in July and he had done one of the pool parties earlier and we were the "secret" after-show. That was another 400 people paid, and before we had a stage and before we had a PA. It was set up in the middle of the floor and there were more people in the room for that one than any show I've ever seen. A friend of ours Greg Wilson is a photographer and he said 'I'm gonna go in there and take some pictures because this is crazyî and he came back 30 seconds later saying 'This is useless, my lens fogged instantly.' It was July and it was like going swimming in that room. Itís hard to say best show, their are so many memories.
EW: I used to say, 'what was the best show last week?' because that was enough to think about.
Ok, then what's been the best show recently?
EW: That JEFF show? I'd have to look at a list. This has been a great year so far.