Show Review Jeff Napier The Mysteries of Life: Jake Smith, Freda Love and Kenny Childers The Mysteries of Life, Gentleman Caller Radio Radio Friday, May 5 Damn that Jake Smith. His ruthless pursuit of Academic Opportunity is creating a domino effect that’s going to almost cripple the Hoosier state. When he goes to England at the end of the summer, he’s going to ix-nay The Mysteries of Life and The Vulgar Boatmen, and create a serious hole in Gentleman Caller. And, he’s taking with him the prettiest drum goddess ever in the history of Indiana, Freda Love. All because he gets a once-in-a-lifetime chance to teach in England. Regardless of my personal opinion, it’s hard to be mad, especially given a glowing performance by The Mysteries Of Life and the successors to their throne, Gentleman Caller, last Friday at Radio Radio. Starting off with a powerful reading of “Kira,” The Mysteries Of Life packed the punch of a full band: Dale Lawrence on keyboards, Kenny Childers on bass and, of course, the incomparable Freda Love playing the drums like a cross between Mo Tucker and Slim Jim Phantom. Jake pulled out some of the best from his past, wrapping the thing around a soft, warm gooey trio of Come Clean classics, before finishing with a cover of “Where Did Our Love Go?” and getting Paul Mahern up on stage for a rip-roaring version of “We’re Gonna Love.” As this might well have been the last time we’ll get to see a full-band Mysteries of Life set, the tightness of the sound and the quality of the handful of new songs make it painfully clear how much Jake Smith’s enormous talent is going to be missed. But, then there’s Gentleman Caller. Kenny Childers’ band may just be the next big thing out of Indiana, and the logical torchbearer of MOL’s pastoral sound as their set celebrating their moving and gorgeous new album, Until We Are Missing, proved. The place was packed and sweaty and all hands and arms and smiles the way a good rock show should be. Childers snaked his way through killer songs off the new record like “Time to Get Carried Away,” “We Danced All Night” and the swirling title track. Next up, look out for a series of “Goodbye” shows from The Vulgar Boatmen, and don’t hesitate to catch any Gentleman Caller shows in the limited time Freda Love is on our side of the pond. Don’t rule out a couple more “goodbye” MOL shows before summer’s gone. Gotta yummy up all the Jake Smith we can before he leaves on the boat for his destiny with his golden goddess by his side. Lucky duck.