Palmer’s Bar was the host to a proper re-release of Dan Israel’s 2019 Social Media Anxiety Disorder. A star-studded album featuring drummers Peter Anderson and David J. Russ, along with special guests Jeremy Ylvisaker, Steve Brantseg, John Fields, Janey Winterbauer, Tonia Hughes Kendrick, Jon Duncan, Paul Odegaard, and Randy Casey, Social Media Anxiety Disorder has withstood the uncertainly from 2020.
The album represented a slight departure for Israel, sonically harping back to his roots-rock and folk roots, but songs like “Be My Girl” and “125” shine with vivid production and an up-lighting vibe. Hearing these songs brought back to life once again at Palmer’s was a felicitous moment last night. Packed on the small corner stage came a tight punch of bass/kick and a grizzle of guitar.
It felt like Israel also rose to the occasion with impeccable covers of The Rolling Stones‘ “Jumpin Jack Flash” and Tom Petty’s “You Wreck Me.” Both songs snagged the attention of everyone to sing along. But his horn-less version of “Be My Girl” and psychedelic-toned “125” showcased the power-pop ability of Israel.
Another strong highlight was his 2021 release “Pandemic Blues”. The rock embedded track drives a Stone’s heavy trance that feels much lighter coming out of 2020. Israel and company delivered a solid performance that had me re-watching the music video below this morning, soaking it all back in.
Another entertaining feature of the evening was watching Steve Brantseg play lead guitar. His technique of combining slide elements with grit made for some special solos. It also fed nicely with Israel’s rhythm parts and interaction on stage.
Israel celebrating the re-release of the album adapted nicely in Palmer’s quarters. A cozy venue surrounded by friends and free-flowing drinks, the music adding to the warmth and personable vibe of the bar. It’s good to see local musicians find places that support and help celebrate the milestones in each accomplishment.