J. News killed it last night. She had to cancel the last few shows because she had lost her voice but she was able to sing pretty well last night even though you could tell it was somewhat painful. I have gotten over the fact that her album is a little hard to get into because of the super long songs and I love it! Each song has so many good little parts to wait for. She kept the self-absorbed SF crowd relatively quiet for the duration of the long set. The Santa Cruz crowd was much less annoying and more attentive. I heard a guy behind me namedrop both Don Delillo and a "sixteen minute version of Cinnamon Girl" as if that would be a good thing.
There is also a show tonight that I'm excited about. It's at the Delta of Venus, yet another folkie from Nevada City, Alela Diane (i keep changing this cuz I don't know which one is first or last. Her myspace says the show starts at seven but I'm not sure if that's true or what the line up is. I'll try to call after I get some work done.