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mountmccabe
09-17-2007, 11:22 PM
Fuck that other clusterfuck. Cause I say goddamn; just hearing Pete talk while he was setting up drove deep life-affirming chills through my body. I have been listening to music by this man almost as long as I've been listening to real music and this is why I go to shows.

It wasn't a perfect show by any means but that doesn't matter. I mean, it matters to Pete because that's what he spent much of his time doing, adjusting things and fiddling with the sound mix. But that makes sense; his music is near-ambient/minimalist drones that rely almost entirely on textures.

It was glorious, for me, though. Just hearing the sounds on that first (new) song and feeling comforted; saying this is the music of Sonic Boom. This is what I know. So much joy, the release for so much childish giddyness standing there waiting for the set to begin.

There were two people on stage; both mostly played various keyboards and electronics and stuff I wasn't sure what did, exactly. The other guy played guitar for one song but I didn't get any pictures because I was too enraptured because "Let Me Down Gently" did things to my body. Seriously. I mean for fuck's sake; how many times've I heard that record?

So yeah, wow.

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Shows/Spectrum/3435fce3.jpg

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Shows/Spectrum/89e1b09c.jpg

There was one opener. They were called The Year of Acceleration and were from Tucson. They reminded me some of Blood Music-era Chapterhouse and Ferment-era Catherine Wheel. More prominent vocals, though. They sounded good. I really liked the rhythm section.

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Shows/Spectrum/59cd3b4f.jpg

tessalasset
09-17-2007, 11:48 PM
i second this thread. you're the only one who takes that shit seriously anyway.

downingthief
09-18-2007, 07:55 AM
How was the crowd, John? Packed house?

mountmccabe
09-18-2007, 08:32 AM
Thank you, Tessa.

Maybe 30, 40 people. Kinda made me hurt inside.

Also I am a bit worried that the words "ambient" and "minimalist" might give the impression that this was a quiet show. That would be very wrong. I had ear plugs on the entire time and did not hedge them at all and it was still loud.

ewiggy
09-18-2007, 11:30 AM
ooh. i wonder if i'd like it. what should i listen to, john?

downingthief
09-18-2007, 01:25 PM
Thank you, Tessa.

Maybe 30, 40 people. Kinda made me hurt inside.

Also I am a bit worried that the words "ambient" and "minimalist" might give the impression that this was a quiet show. That would be very wrong. I had ear plugs on the entire time and did not hedge them at all and it was still loud.

Sounds like a typical Modified show. The sound bounces around in there like Pong.

bballarl
09-18-2007, 04:17 PM
John:

Though I have said it before, I give you permission to call any of your reviews "in depth reviews". Do not abuse this privilege.

Thanks,
Andrew

fober
09-18-2007, 04:30 PM
WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT

miscorrections
09-18-2007, 04:31 PM
spectrum.

mountmccabe
09-18-2007, 10:59 PM
ooh. i wonder if i'd like it. what should i listen to, john?

I am not certain. Did you get the Spacemen 3/Spiritualized/Spectrum mix Andrew and I posted a whie back? There were a couple Spectrum songs on there.

If you're looking for an album... well, uncharacteristically I'd vote for What Comes Before After. This is a compilation but it makes sense in this case because he releases a lot of singles and EPs and compilation tracks and whatnot.

ewiggy
09-18-2007, 11:27 PM
Did you get the Spacemen 3/Spiritualized/Spectrum mix Andrew and I posted a whie back?

no.


If you're looking for an album... well, uncharacteristically I'd vote for What Comes Before After.

ok. i'm on it.

bballarl
09-18-2007, 11:39 PM
I can repost that mix if you want. It ruled because John and I collaborated. We nearly came to blows, but it was worth it.

bballarl
09-19-2007, 04:47 PM
K-Wig:

Would you like me to repost the mix?

Andrew

ewiggy
09-19-2007, 05:26 PM
a-ballrlrlrlr,

oh hai. yes please.

sincerely,

kristen

bballarl
09-19-2007, 06:10 PM
http://www.spacemen3.co.uk/images/pn/pn310.jpg (http://www.megaupload.com/?d=VBVVMT3D)

1. Ladies & Gentlemen, We Are Floating In Space
2. Indian Summer
3. Honey
4. Feel So Good
5. Electricity
6. 2:35
7. Stop Your Crying
8. Sound Of Confusion
9. Undo The Taboo
10. Cheapster
11. You Know It's True
12. Broken Heart
13. Medication
14. Come Down Easy

Good luck Kristen.

TomAz
09-19-2007, 07:11 PM
i dunno bout spectrum but spiritualized are like a jam band with brains. take that for both the positive and negative connotations, because that's how i mean it. I listen to them and I think, 'oh that was brilliant', then I think, 'ok enough i said it was brilliant already, comeon guys move on'.

TomAz
09-19-2007, 07:12 PM
also I wholeheartedly and enthusiastically support the notion of this thread.

bmack86
09-19-2007, 07:28 PM
Spiritualized are fantastic.

Alchemy
09-19-2007, 07:41 PM
I have a Spiritualized (slight Spacemen 3) playlist on my iPod:

I Didn't Mean To Hurt You (Instrumental)
Broken Heart
Take Me To The Other Side by Spacemen 3
Anyway That You Want Me
I Want You (B-Side Version)
Come Together
Out Of Sight
Cool Waves
Run (Single Version)
Good Dope/Good Fun
I Think I'm In Love
Walkin' With Jesus by Spacemen 3
Do It All Over Again
Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space
Feel So Sad
Oh Happy Day

bballarl
09-19-2007, 07:42 PM
All I want in life's a little bit of love to takkkkkke the pain awaaaaaaaay.

Alchemy
09-19-2007, 07:44 PM
Annnnywaaaay that you waaaaaant meeeeeeee! Anyway thaaaat yooooouuuu'll taaaaaake meeee!

miscorrections
09-19-2007, 07:46 PM
you better come right down, do it all over again.

mountmccabe
09-19-2007, 10:13 PM
Take Me To The Other Side by Spacemen 3
Walkin' With Jesus by Spacemen 3


I'm pretty sure I've gotten a "Walkin' With Jesus" every time I've seen Spiritualized and the last time through (2004!) I got a "Take Me To The Other Side." BEST ENCORE EVER.

miscorrections
09-19-2007, 10:19 PM
i have a friend who i think has 18 versions of walkin' with jesus.

mountmccabe
09-19-2007, 10:22 PM
Also I am most likely going to Besnard Lakes on Thursday night.

And almost certainly not going to Tucson for the New Pornographers. D'oh.

JelloPuddingChat
09-19-2007, 10:30 PM
I missed new pornos cause of work. Fucking neko was there.

bmack86
09-19-2007, 10:36 PM
Go with the Besnard Lakes

sonofhal
09-20-2007, 04:23 AM
Go with the Besnard Lakes

Yes, couldn't agree more.

york707
09-20-2007, 08:23 PM
John -- I recently had Bunnygrunt play at little local music festival I help put on (and I mean it only features local bands). I have pictures and video from the event up on the ol' blog this week.

Incidentally, Karen is a bartender at a bar I have been aregular at for a good 7 years. Super freaking nice. Matt works at the coolest record store in town. Cooler than cool guy. Super nice.

anyway.

mountmccabe
09-21-2007, 07:13 AM
That's way awesome Jeff.


Besnard Lakes were good last night. The openers, Starvin Hungry were good too. Much more and pictures later.

bballarl
09-21-2007, 07:46 AM
Your mom was good last night too. Pictures later.

mountmccabe
09-22-2007, 11:52 AM
Thursday, September 20 at the Modified

Only two bands tonight; also only a dozen people for the openers, maybe three times that for the Besnard Lakes. Both bands are from Montreal.

Starvin Hungry was first. The first half of the set sounded like fairly straightforward rock with punk and garage elements but nothing too odd. Good, fast strong songs. Then they busted out a song using slide guitar on the lead and it was hard blues and jagged and great. The remainder of the set was in a more adventurous vein and was awesome. The lead singer/lead guitarist was fairly wild up there, ending up the show playing lying on his back.

Here are some pictures:

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Shows/Besnard%20Lakes/ef5666e6.jpg

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Shows/Besnard%20Lakes/f6bddb6e.jpg

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Shows/Besnard%20Lakes/8732d4c4.jpg


the Besnard Lakes were up next. They were on stage warming up and somehow got to joking about covering "Don't Fear the Reaper" and the more bored members of the band started picking it out and singing parts.

The show proper opened with a lot of smoke:
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Shows/Besnard%20Lakes/e6db716c.jpg

It slowly cleared up and they kept playing:
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Shows/Besnard%20Lakes/0771daf0.jpg

Their slow, atmospheric songs came off well though sometimes Jace's falsetto was less controlled and not quite as stark.

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Shows/Besnard%20Lakes/d968bf61.jpg

They usually had three people playing guitar.

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Shows/Besnard%20Lakes/ee5260ed.jpg

"Disaster" was, I believe, the second to last song. It took a while to build but wow, it was rich. Almost everyone doing vocals; this was the highlight of the night.

They played a set of about an hour; mostly consisting of songs from The Besnard Lakes are the Dark Horse.

Overall I wasn't terribly excited by the show. I am glad I went but I half-expected to see an entirely different side to them; that didn't happen.

mountmccabe
09-22-2007, 12:08 PM
Damn. There are a lot of show possibilities coming up.

September 24 - Midlake @ Rhythm Room
September 25 - Andrew Jackson Jihad, The Gunshy, Orem (the Sink) @ Trunkspace
September 27 - The Black Angels @ the Rhythm Room
September 28 - !!!, The Field @ the Brickhouse
September 29 - The Weakerthans @ the Clubhouse
October 01 - Metric, Crystal Candles @ Martini Ranch
October 06 - Jesu, Wolves in the Throne Room @ the Sets
October 09 - The Shins @ Celbrity Theatre (NOTE: This show moved to this venue)
October 10 - Rilo Kiley, The Bird & the Bee @ Marquee Theatre
October 12 - Great Lake Swimmers @ Modified
October 13 - Aesop Rock @ the Clubhouse
October 14 - Scout Niblett @ Modified
October 16 - Boris, Damon & Naomi, Kurihara @ the Brickhouse
October 17 - Ghostface, Witchdoctor @ ASU (or maybe U of A in Tucson?)
October 20 - SoCo Music Experience: Girl Talk, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Architecture in Helsinki, Cold War Kids @ someplace in Tempe, I think
October 22 - Earlimart, Office @ the Paper Heart
October 22 - Man Man @ the Rhythm Room
October 23 - Rocky Votolato @ the Clubhouse
October 24 - The Good Life @ the Brickhouse
October 30 - Final Fantasy @ Modified
November 04 - Regina Spektor @ Orpheum Theatre
November 06 - of Montreal, Grand Buffet @ Marquee Theatre
November 06 - Great Northern, Robbers on High Street @ Modified
November 08 - Stars @ Rialto Theatre, Tucson
November 09 - The Hold Steady, Art Brut @ Marquee Theatre
November 13 - the Octopus Project @ Modified
November 20 - Amon Amarth @ the Clubhouse
December 11 - Tori Amos @ Dodge Theatre

There are many shows there that I'd go to if it weren't for all the other shows surrounding/conflicting with them.

TomAz
09-23-2007, 12:30 PM
I don't see Gogol Bordello on that list, john.

mountmccabe
09-23-2007, 12:32 PM
I don't see me kicking you in the junk on that list either.

mountmccabe
09-23-2007, 12:34 PM
Also I'd probably see the Good Life over Gogol Bordello because I've heard the Good Life before. Though it is unlikely I'll go to either.

TomAz
09-24-2007, 10:30 AM
John hates Russians.

bmack86
09-24-2007, 10:45 AM
Parts and Labor
11.08.07 Phoenix, AZ @ Modified Arts

John, go to this. They were seriously fantastic when I saw them this weekend.

dorkfish
09-24-2007, 10:52 AM
October 22 - Man Man @ the Rhythm Room

downingthief
09-24-2007, 11:05 AM
I'll be at the Shins on the 9th.

mountmccabe
09-24-2007, 11:06 AM
What are Parts and Labor like, Bryan? Also that show sounds expensive.

And Brad I am torn on that date. Man Man were fantastic opening for Modest Mouse and they only got 30 minutes. Or there's Earlimart and though I've seen them a lot they have a new album out that is great. And even I think the Melvins are playing in town too. I may try to do some show hopping.

bmack86
09-24-2007, 11:21 AM
What are Parts and Labor like, Bryan? Also that show sounds expensive.

And Brad I am torn on that date. Man Man were fantastic opening for Modest Mouse and they only got 30 minutes. Or there's Earlimart and though I've seen them a lot they have a new album out that is great. And even I think the Melvins are playing in town too. I may try to do some show hopping.

Parts and Labor are like Flip Your Wig era Husker Du with noise and crazy bursts of punk energy thrown in, and live they were absolutely entrancing. I'm going to yousendit one of their albums to Andrew, maybe I'll just post it somewhere so you guys can all get a crack at it.

And, go to Man Man. Seeing them on their own is like discovering a totally kickass religion that encourages you to drink and be crazy.

mountmccabe
09-26-2007, 08:58 AM
I heard "Reason to Retreat" again last night so it may be considered an entirely successful evening.

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Up first was a guy named Kelly. It was just him and his guitar. His short songs were of a folk-punk variety (his term, though he said he was trying to avoid being pigeonholed.) His vocal style was wild and unrestrained. The lyrics themselves weren't terribly noteworthy (often dissolving into horrible puns like the "a girlfriend on Acoma" (Acoma is a street in Phoenix)) but the flow of his words kept my attention. There was a real sense of movement and even urgency in the fluidity of the lyrics. It wasn't quite a good set but it was interesting.


Next was Orem (the Sink), a guitar/bass/drums trio from California. Possibly Davis. I'mn't sure what that is, though. One of their first songs was rather noisy but didn't do anything with that. The next song had quiter, more sparse and awkwardly played guitar and an uninteresting rhythm section. Nothing about their set engaged me excpet for the final song. The small crowd was mostly sitting on the ground; they asked if people would dance if they played a danceable song. Everybody got up and they played something vaguely dancable and most people moved around in some way with the occasional bouts of ironic bold dancing. The song itself had some of the angular beat driven guitar one might find on Lonesome Crowded West but lacked purpose and melody and got old quickly.
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Shows/the%20Gunshy%20and%20AJJ/97270b64.jpg


I went to Tucson to see Electrelane and then a football game between Arizona and Wisconsin that would be rained out but I didn't know that at the time but what happened was Matt who peforms as the Gunshy had his show at some other venue cancelled and so the fine, defunct, Solar Culture allowed him to play a short set before Electrelane. Revelatory. I bought both of his CDs on the spot and this was a good decision. I love these albums. He played Phoenix the next evening but what with the rain and with fine Chinese food for dinner with my Sister and Brother-in-law I didn't make it back in time. Also I was tired. This was almost exactly three years ago; this was his first time back.
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Shows/the%20Gunshy%20and%20AJJ/994f4ecd.jpg

Matt is from Chicago and sings generally dark folk-rock songs in a rather deep, gravely voice. His on-stage persona is full of stops and starts and second guessing (I do not mean to imply that it is a put-on.) His songs speak of a sort of Midwestern simplicity. He opened with "$4 Pabst" and then went to "Reason to Retreat" from the excellent No Man's Blues and then I lost track. He played a few songs from his latest album. He said that he was given the letters his grandfather (who Matt never met) wrote to his grandmother during World War II and decided to stop writing about his own troubles and write about someone who had something to complain about. His guitar was amplified and on a couple songs he played harmonica whilst playing his guitar. I love his lyrics, I love the drama in his songs.
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Shows/the%20Gunshy%20and%20AJJ/df4ce32e.jpg


The headliners of the day were locals Andrew Jackson Jihad. Today they were a trio, two acoustic guitars and a stand-up bass. They played without any electric amplification though they talked of having just recorded a 7" using (gasp) electric guitars and how much grief this will cause them.
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Shows/the%20Gunshy%20and%20AJJ/c1c357e9.jpg

THe music is an upbeat, rootsy folk rock. They are a good band. The lyrics tend twoards the funny/clever but more often than not are insightful as well.
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Shows/the%20Gunshy%20and%20AJJ/b1be9b00.jpg
(the bow was only used on one song.)


The show was at the Trunk Space but I failed to take advantage of the Bikini Lounge right next door. There really wouldn't've been time during the set breaks to drink the $3 32 oz pitchers of draft PBR anyway. Counting the performers there was about 30 people there.

mountmccabe
09-26-2007, 08:58 AM
Parts and Labor are like Flip Your Wig era Husker Du with noise and crazy bursts of punk energy thrown in, and live they were absolutely entrancing.

One listen and I'm set on going.

keriann
09-26-2007, 09:38 AM
John, do you always see the same people at shows? You must. Is there a community-like vibe? Or is everyone just like "yeah we all come to the same shows, so what."

mountmccabe
09-26-2007, 11:02 AM
There is a community-like vibe among the people I see most often at these shows; partially because they are also the ones playing them/putting them on/volunteering at the door.

There are people I see at a lot of shows. Some of them I've talked to and stuff, even. This happens more at the small downtown (Phoenix) arts type venues than the Tempe, Scottsdale and Mesa larger type venues though just saying that sounds kinda dumb and obvious. There are smaller venues in those places but I don't go to them as much because of the distance and the shows they put on.

Courtney
09-26-2007, 11:10 AM
Have you thought about getting involved and helping to put on shows or volunteering or something? Or do you mostly just prefer to be a spectator?





Maybe you could offer to sell frozen burritos.

mob roulette
09-26-2007, 01:34 PM
OMG I am totally going now. Even though I know it might be a trainwreck of epic proportions, it's still going to be awesome. In fact, I am counting on it to be a trainwreck of epic proportions. Imagine that crowd. Awesome. That fucking fat kid. Awesome. David falling all over himself. Awesome. Shirtless fifty year old men rocking the fuck out. TOTALLY awesome. And there is no middle ground here either. This is either going to be the most incredibly sad and embarassing thing ever or else the most completey life-affirming show I've ever witnessed. Either way, I'm in like Flynn. Either way, it's balls to the wall all the way. I cannot fucking wait for this. Srsly.

HMm419quo1g

Also Hi John. Sorry about this. Your thread is just more better. Black Angels tonight. Thinking about it. We will see.

bmack86
09-26-2007, 01:38 PM
One listen and I'm set on going.

I'm very glad. They're amazing live.

mountmccabe
09-26-2007, 02:16 PM
Have you thought about getting involved and helping to put on shows or volunteering or something? Or do you mostly just prefer to be a spectator?





Maybe you could offer to sell frozen burritos.

Hey, people would buy them. And be happy about it.


I have considered it but haven't mainly because I'm scared of things and also because I live far away and because I'm intimidated by the people that volunteer there as they come off as already entrenched. The only real problem here is the distance but I have been working on this. Though with my (current) work at the North end of town moving closer makes getting to work more trouble.

mountmccabe
09-26-2007, 02:20 PM
Also Hi John. Sorry about this. Your thread is just more better. Black Angels tonight. Thinking about it. We will see.

No problem, mob. This thread isn't just for the exact shows I'm at; if other people see these tours or are considering seeing them or see other area shows or even just wanna put forth a full, solid review I'm happy. And it's not like I could do anything about it anyway.

I can't watch that YT right now but they're a fucking win live. Heavy, groovy, drony goodness. I've seen them twice in the last year and they don't have anything new out and I still may go see them tomorrow at the Rhythm Room.

In fact please let me know if they play anything new. Ask if you have to.

Plus Plush is an awesome venue.

Courtney
09-26-2007, 05:33 PM
Hey, people would buy them. And be happy about it.


I have considered it but haven't mainly because I'm scared of things and also because I live far away and because I'm intimidated by the people that volunteer there as they come off as already entrenched. The only real problem here is the distance but I have been working on this. Though with my (current) work at the North end of town moving closer makes getting to work more trouble.

You are a dirty liar John. How far do you live from the modified? 20 miles max? How bad is that Phoenix traffic?

york707
09-26-2007, 05:55 PM
John, do you always see the same people at shows? You must. Is there a community-like vibe? Or is everyone just like "yeah we all come to the same shows, so what."

As I was reading this thread, and before I go tto this post Keriann, I was planning on posting htis comment: "John - I bet there are some kids that go to shows in Phoenix once a month or every two weeks or even every weekend, and always see you and they secretly wonder who you are, because you are at every show they go to. They think they should know you -- is he a musician? A DJ? A writer? But they're shy and you're shy so no conversation ever happens, and time goes on and they build up a whole back story about you. There are definitely at least two or three people like that for me here in St. Louis... but what am I going to say to them? They probably think the same thing about me. Or maybe some other kid does. In the end, they're probably just some other people that really like music."

Anyway.

keriann
09-26-2007, 10:07 PM
TOTALLY. I bet you are a legend, John.

I know that even in LA I see a bunch of the same people at shows all the time. I always think it'd be kinda cool to live in a smaller city where the "scene" (for lack of a better word) is more intimate and where everyone kinda knows each other.

dorkfish
09-26-2007, 10:17 PM
If you don't love John, you need to get out of my America.

denies the day
09-26-2007, 10:50 PM
"John - I bet there are some kids that go to shows in Phoenix once a month or every two weeks or even every weekend, and always see you and they secretly wonder who you are, because you are at every show they go to. They think they should know you -- is he a musician? A DJ? A writer? But they're shy and you're shy so no conversation ever happens, and time goes on and they build up a whole back story about you. There are definitely at least two or three people like that for me here in St. Louis... but what am I going to say to them? They probably think the same thing about me. Or maybe some other kid does. In the end, they're probably just some other people that really like music."

That is exactly what it's like. At least from my perspective. Sorta.

I secretly love the awkwardness...

BTW, Crystal Castles w/ Metric on Monday. Does the bold mean you are def going, John? October is looking good so far...

mob roulette
09-27-2007, 08:14 AM
I have seen John at shows before I knew who he was. I also am surprised he's not more involved in the scene somehow. Everybody's really approachable. AJ Jihad played a birthday party for us a few years back and I didn't even really know who they were. The players in PHX are just the ones who get out there and hustle the most. It's like New York in that respect, people mostly just pay attention to the loudest voices. John, if you're serious, I can put you in touch with any number of people that could probably use your skills as a reporter/hypemeister alone. Kimber, Leslie, Robert from Java, whomever. PHX needs thoughful, articulate people like yourself.

Also I realize this could have been just as easily been said with a PM but whatever. A public forum is good. I think John might be kind of shy and he doesn't have to be. He obviously knows more about music than most of the jokers who are running around putting these shows together in the first place. Stated. I don't really go out in PHX anymore but I bet people know who mountmccabe is. Saying.

Also, Hi Manny. How's tricks? Come down to Tucson sometime. We'll throw down 2005 style. My treat.

TomAz
09-27-2007, 08:21 AM
I bet John could make a living as a promoter or something.

mob roulette
09-27-2007, 08:28 AM
Right. I think so too. Or else maybe like a desert dwelling Lester Bangs or something. Boy can write.

TomAz
09-27-2007, 08:35 AM
yeah. Like Lester Bangs, only more alive.

amyzzz
09-27-2007, 09:28 AM
You should be going to all those shows for free, John.

TomAz
09-27-2007, 09:35 AM
if he were a non-dead Lester Bangs, he's get paid to go to them.

mob roulette
09-27-2007, 09:39 AM
500 words on Black Sabbath, John. I'm paying here. More if you can nail down the Guess Who for us. You'll have to take your own pictures though. Leibovitz is in Spain through the end of October.

bballarl
09-27-2007, 04:31 PM
I hate reading Lester Bangs. John is much cooler.

york707
09-27-2007, 05:14 PM
I hate reading Lester Bangs. John is much cooler.

Agreed on all counts.

TomAz
09-28-2007, 08:35 AM
I find it odd that John has quit posting in his own thread. Lester must have scared him off.

TomAz
09-28-2007, 08:39 AM
http://www.multimafia.no/revolusjonkel/images/395/lester_bangs.jpg

mountmccabe
09-28-2007, 09:53 AM
:~{)


I was at the Black Angels last night, Tom. I was doing other things before and I was sleeping after.

Also, umm. I dunno?

Courtney
09-28-2007, 12:07 PM
WIN.

How were the Black Angels?

mountmccabe
09-28-2007, 04:10 PM
The Black Angels were the Black Angels. They aren't a particularly fun band but their songs have a domineering, seductive power. They got up there, pulsed out a wall of noise and then went on their way.


I got there late. Strange Young Things were already playing so I only caught their last few songs. I'mn't sure if I kinda liked them because I felt bad for missing them or because they were actually good. Or maybe because I had expected them to be awful based on their MySpace. The third possiblity was the reason for the first possibility and at that point it gets complicated so I'm going to move on.

Strange Young Things were not terribly complicated. They were a good act for the Rhythm Room though it was their first time there. A blues-influenced garagey rock trio; their singer had a strongly resonant voice. At times I thought of Heartless Bastards and at other times, the Vines. They had a boldness to them that was refreshing but they are clearly still a young band and nothing terribly exciting, but good.


Next up was another local, Hands on Fire.
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Shows/Black%20Angels/bc4736ea.jpg

I am honestly not sure what to say. Once again, they were a good fit for the Rhythm Room. The singer has a stronger voice than his tepid speaking voice portends; the songs were fairly good but, apparently, not terribly memorable. I honestly can't remember a thing about their set. Oh, wait. They had a "slow jam" which was a slow burning bluesy number. Everything else was a more standard bluesy rock without much fire.

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Shows/Black%20Angels/df0a5cf1.jpg

mountmccabe
09-28-2007, 04:11 PM
then came the Black Angels. This Austin sextet (septet if you count the projectionist) brings forth a wild wall of noise. It is deep and heavy, slow and atmospheric.
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Shows/Black%20Angels/2843954e.jpg

The six people on stage keep shifting their configuration to mix things up but I don't mean to imply that there are changes in the orchestral colors; throbbing drones still dominate the proceedings.

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Shows/Black%20Angels/817196fd.jpg

Their songs don't have much in the way of brightness; there are no sing-along choruses, no clap your hands fun.

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Shows/Black%20Angels/bbaf39b7.jpg

They played for about an hour including a short encore break. Despite how much I enjoy them I'mn't sure I'd be up for a whole lot more than that, though.

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Shows/Black%20Angels/7bfdafbb.jpg

Setlist:
Ronnettes [Jam]
[Yo]U on the Run
[The] Sniper [at the Gates of Heaven]
Better Off [Alone]
Empire
Black Grease
"New One"
Young Men Dead
[The First] Vietnam [war]
[Yo]U in Color

Also: the projections were awesome. Mostly 60s or 70s era home-shot reels with lots of warm colors and funny outfits. Some of the reels were news/war oriented and there was some that was just abstract psychedelics.
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Shows/Black%20Angels/da83f02d.jpg

mountmccabe
09-28-2007, 04:14 PM
I split it into two posts because I thought I was running into a picture limit so I tried a new post to get that last picture to show up. That wasn't it but recopying and pasting the link worked. And I don't see a reason to go back and edit it into one post and delete these extras.

mountmccabe
09-30-2007, 08:08 PM
I got to the Clubhouse and I was early. It was about 7:40 pm and there weren't many people there yet so I went to Los Favoritos for some dinner. I had a machaca plate. Their machaca has egg in it. It was good enough, though. Then I went back to the Clubhouse.

Jeremy Fisher was up first.
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Shows/Weakerthans/6b6213be.jpg

He was boring. He played milquetoast acoustic guitar pop songs. The lyrics were uninteresting. After a couple songs his band grew ("like sea monkeys"); Steve came out to play lap steel on a couple songs and Jim came out to play bass for those songs plus the last one. I last saw Jim Bryson as Kathleen Edward's touring band.

The songs with the guys from the Weakerthans eventually got somewhere decent but otherwise yawn.



The Last Town Chorus
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Shows/Weakerthans/3ba646d7.jpg
Megan's voice reminds me of Kathleen Edwards. She isn't Canadian and her songs aren't as country, though. Her lap steel was awesome especially with the huge board of pedals. Only on one or two songs did it seem like she was biting off more than she could chew.

She was funny. Not LOL-funny but still funny. I forget the funny parts, though.

Also she said that her band is whoever she could get to come with her. About 12 people played on her album which was recorded back in New York. This guy (Rich?):
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Shows/Weakerthans/79bf0d8d.jpg

was the only one that played with her tonight. He sang backing vocals on some songs. His accoustic guitar was mostly straightforward but it added quite a bit to the sound.

I liked their set a lot; it lasted about 40 minutes. It included her cover of "Modern Love" by David Bowie.



Then the Weakerthans came out. I tried to keep a setlist but I quickly realize that I don't know their song titles that well. "Aside" was a highlight as was "Our Retired Explorer." They played 4 or 5 songs from Reunion Tour and 6 or 7 from Reconstruction Site.

John sounded great.
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Shows/Weakerthans/aaa9558d.jpg

Sometimes the backing vocals weren't quite what they could've been. See: "Night Windows."

Greg and Jim:
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Shows/Weakerthans/15c26c11.jpg

Steve (he also played the pedal steel)
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Shows/Weakerthans/bf6db734.jpg

Greg and Steve were all over the place during their rockier songs. John too, some. Jumping around and covering the whole stage and doing huge windmills and whatnot. They looked like they were having tons of fun.

John was funny.
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Shows/Weakerthans/c451eff9.jpg

After they played for about 55 minutes they said thank you, goodnight and went backstage. About two minutes later John came back and did a solo version of "One Great City" then the rest of the band came back.

Overall it was good stuff. I would've prefered more of their rock side, at least in the encore. The encore was about 4 songs and three of them were rather mellow. "Pamphleteer" got a big response, though.

The crowd of about 400 was generally responsive and the during the show talking was mostly limited to the opening acts. Though I was also almost right in the front so that might have something to do with that.

full on idle
09-30-2007, 08:23 PM
YES

I am so excited to see the Weakerthans on Wednesday.

I second and third and fourth how awesome these reviews are to read.

mountmccabe
10-01-2007, 08:39 PM
Just for updating I did not make it to Metric tonight. : (

Next planned show is Jesu with Wolves in the Throne Room on Saturday at the Sets in Tempe. I have never been to the Sets.

Also thank you all for your kind words and whatnot about the reviews, etc. : )

amyzzz
10-02-2007, 10:16 AM
Oh crap. I didn't make it to Metric either, and I was counting on YOU to fill me in. Damn you, John.

breakjaw
10-03-2007, 01:24 AM
Just for updating I did not make it to Metric tonight. : (

Next planned show is Jesu with Wolves in the Throne Room on Saturday at the Sets in Tempe. I have never been to the Sets.

Also thank you all for your kind words and whatnot about the reviews, etc. : )
What and where is the Sets?I've never heard of this venue.Also how good are Wolves?

mountmccabe
10-03-2007, 08:42 AM
The Sets (http://www.thesets.com/) is a small bar at the corner of Southern and Mill in Tempe, AZ. I have not been there but from the website it looks rather divey so yay. Also they have pool tables.

Also it is good you asked, breakjaw, because I likely would've forgotten to look anything up and been screwed when I realized this driving there on Saturday not having a clue where to go.

I've only heard one album from Wolves in the Throne Room (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolves_in_the_Throne_Room), Diadem of 12 Stars. I am still finding my way with Black Metal bands but they sound good and should be intense live.

mountmccabe
10-03-2007, 08:44 AM
Breakjaw are you going to go to this show? You should go to this show. We can play pool.

keriann
10-03-2007, 08:57 AM
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Shows/Black%20Angels/bbaf39b7.jpg

John - the guy in the blue shirt - is it intentionally 2 different colors of blue or is that just sweat?

mountmccabe
10-03-2007, 09:14 AM
Sweat.

york707
10-03-2007, 05:12 PM
Sweet.

ewiggy
10-03-2007, 05:41 PM
valarie and john your sigs made me lol just now. i never saw either of those things said. i hate missing the funny on the board.

bleep
10-03-2007, 06:04 PM
when was this black angels show? saw them at the swerve fest in LA this past saturday - the keyboardist & guitarist wore the same outfits then as in your pictures...am wondering if they bathe...

mountmccabe
10-03-2007, 07:21 PM
The Black Angels show was Thursday here in Phoenix.

breakjaw
10-04-2007, 12:51 AM
Breakjaw are you going to go to this show? You should go to this show. We can play pool.

I'm thinking of trying to make it,especially since you said it's a dive bar and that it's not Scottsdale.I was thinking of going to the hockey game earlier in the evening,but I'm not sure if I am or not.I will definitely play you at pool if I do go.I'll wear my AIDZ Needlez shirt (Rat Fink on the front).

breakjaw
10-06-2007, 11:43 PM
Jesu was good.Wolves In The Throne Room were GREAT,IMO.Meeting John was fun.I hope he posts the pics here...

mountmccabe
10-07-2007, 10:08 AM
Last night was Jesu, Wolves in the Throne Room and Via Vengeance at the Sets in Tempe, AZ.

The Sets is a big pool hall, basically. There are four areas, all about the same size (legal capacity around 250), the main/entry room which has a bar, some TVs where I watched Phillies-Rockies because I got there way early, couches and tables and such. There's another room full of pool tables. Then there's an outside patio with a bar and tables. They serve food, too, I guess. Then there's the show room. It has a bar that had an area around it roped off for the drinkers; the rest of the room was all ages.

Local artist Via Vengeance (http://viavengeance.com/) went on around 8:10
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2227/1506429253_05b7214540.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/14669732@N07/1506429253/)

One man band; he played his seven string guitar and his drum kit simultaneously - as in he held his pick with his thumb and index finger and his drumstick with the other fingers as shown and in one stroke would strum the guitar and hit the ride (or just whichever one was desired.) He also had a kick-snare along with his kick-drum.

The music was very heavy rock, maybe a sludgy metal. It was cool. He played a little over a half an hour, ending with the instrumental intro to "Iron Man."

Breakjaw recognized me after Via Vengeance played. It was fun; I'm glad you made it. I posted a pic from after the show (not sure why the marquee is missing the last "s") in another thread (http://coachella.com/forum/showthread.php?t=11855&page=5).

Next up was Wolves in the Throne Room.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2087/1507292114_8c5a1519f8.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/14669732@N07/1507292114/in/set-72157602306058547/)
They are a black metal band from Olympia, WA, though their music has other influences that offer the occasional break from the onslaught. They have two guitarists; Nathan (follow those photolinks to Flickr for more) played drones nearly non-stop; Rick played the faster figures. Their set lasted about 40 minutes.

I liked them but never was really grabbed. I did talk to Rick a while after the show about touring and whatnot; he was a cool and very down to earth.

Then came Jesu
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2045/1507296458_2f3a064425.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/14669732@N07/1507296458/in/set-72157602306058547)
Jesu is Justin Broderick of Godflesh and Napalm Death (1983-1986) along with drummer Ted Parsons (Swans, Prong, Godflesh's last album) and bassist Diarmuid Dalton. Their music a drone doom with strong shoegaze and industrial influences. Long, slow, loud, beautiful songs that just wash over you.

I don't know what the hell they played other than "Silver" (oh wow) and the closer "Medicine." Introducing that last one Justin said "Last time we tried to play Phoenix... Tempe... Arizona... was with Isis and we couldn't make it... and now I'm ill so I'm not 100%..... Well... I'm never 100%."

Jesu probably played about 45 minutes and yeah, awesome.

bballarl
10-07-2007, 10:26 AM
Hooray for drones.

breakjaw
10-07-2007, 02:09 PM
They played "Conqueror" towards the end of the set also.

mountmccabe
10-12-2007, 03:54 PM
The schedule for the SoCo Music Experience Tempe (http://www.southerncomfort.com/scmxtempe/home.aspx) was in the latest New Times. This event is free and 21+

October 20, Tempe Marketplace (McClintock Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway)
Doors at 2 pm

Main Stage
3:00 - 4:00 - DJ William Reed (local)
4:30 - 5:30 - Architecture in Helsinki
6:00 - 7:00 - Sick Puppies
7:30 - 8:30 - Girl Talk
9:00 - 10:00 - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
10:30- 11:30 - Cold War Kids

Other Stage (I think these are all local artists)
2:30 - 3:00 - Neba
4:00 - 4:30 - Faucet
5:30 - 6:00 - Army of Robots
7:00 - 7:30 - the Love Blisters
8:30 - 9:00 - Awake and Alert
10:00 - 10:30 - Violet Wild

captncrzy
10-12-2007, 07:16 PM
That's weird-they're having a two stage mini festival at an outdoor mall? I wonder why not Tempe Beach Park instead.

mountmccabe
10-12-2007, 08:50 PM
I am betting it won't be the best of showgoing environments but I've only seen both Clap Your Hands and Girl Talk at Coachella so I'm excited for the chance to catch them again. And it should be cool to see Architecture in Helsinki as well.

And Neba were good enough to see again.

I'd like to see the Love Blisters again as well as Awake And Alert (http://www.myspace.com/awakeandalert) (partially so I can maybe not mix them up with Awesome anymore) but they're in the worst possible spots for leaving the main stage. Though I guess I'll see how the crowd is.

I'ven't seen Faucet (not even heard of them) or Army Of Robots (http://www.myspace.com/aor) (they might be worth seeing.)

I have no desire to see Violet Wild again. I can imagine seeing Cold War Kids again but I doubt I'll be in the mood for sticking around that long.

amyzzz
10-13-2007, 03:10 PM
I'd kinda like to go, but I'm pretty sure it won't happen. I couldn't quite get into Girl Talk at Coachella, but I can see how they would be lots of fun if you're in the mood.

mountmccabe
10-13-2007, 04:57 PM
Knock 'em out the block, Aes, knock 'em out.

Woohoo!

captncrzy
10-13-2007, 05:50 PM
I'm throwing a baby shower on that day but it's supposed to end at 6. Rick's going to be up here so maybe we can just come down after. I'll keep an eye out for you if we make it. I mean, shit, it's free. BTW if you're looking for a place to eat ahead of time, there's a pretty decent Vietnamese place open now on Mill called Dragonfly. Pretty good Pho.

mountmccabe
10-14-2007, 10:40 AM
Doors at 8:30 pm. Line all down the strip mall. I'mn't sure if it sold out but it had to be close.

Blockhead and DJ Signify go on about 9:50 pm and spin for about 35 minutes. The crowd sort of cares. Mostly when the songs are very recognizable, such as "Another One Bites the Dust."
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2274/1570215537_2aad2f308a.jpg (http://flickr.com/photos/14669732@N07/1571110378/in/set-72157602416760360/)

The songs are all modified and changed with different beats and such. It was alright. It would've been better had the house PA been up at a reasonable level.

After a short break Black Moth Super Rainbow started up.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2239/1570218907_84375d90c4.jpg (http://flickr.com/photos/14669732@N07/1570218907/in/set-72157602416760360)

They had two people playing keys, a bassist, a drummer - up front and center - and this guy singing through a vocoder:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2201/1570220799_615a953614.jpg (http://flickr.com/photos/14669732@N07/1570220799/in/set-72157602416760360)

The drums were tom heavy and constant, the vocoder was the lead instrument, really. The songs were much more straightforward (structurally) than what I had expected. They were OK. They also were on about 35 minutes.

Shortly after they broke down their equipment DJ Big Wiz came out and got things going. He was quickly followed by Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic.

Their set was most of None Shall Pass plus a rushed version of "Lucy," "Fast Cars" and the encore, "Daylight." And several of Rob Sonic's songs that didn't strike me as anything special. Oh, and Aes did an unaccompanied version of... for the life of me I can't remember but it was a highlight.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2418/1570232701_d3b078faa7.jpg (http://flickr.com/photos/14669732@N07/1570232701/in/set-72157602416760360)

The crowd was mostly cool and very much into it. Aesop and Rob were all over the place and seemed to be in good moods. Aesop laughed about how hot it had been last time he was here (I don't know when that was) and how nice it was out this time around.

Other than with "Lucy" I could easily hear what Aesop and Rob were rapping; the accompaniment could've been louder, though, especially with how full None Shall Pass sounds.

They were on about 75 minutes; it surprised me to figure that out after they were done; it seemed much shorter.

mountmccabe
10-14-2007, 10:51 AM
Also Colorstore is opening for Earlimart on October 22 so Man Man loses out. I mean I'll swing by the Rhythm Room to see if they're still on but wow I'd heard that Colorstore were all done with. This is such a win.

denies the day
10-14-2007, 12:45 PM
Knock 'em out the block, Aes, knock 'em out.

Woohoo!

Man, I suck for missing this. I blame work and Three Olives.

mountmccabe
10-15-2007, 12:04 AM
Oh wow it's late. I need to go to sleep. But here is a picture from tonight's show:
http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i269/mountmccabe/Shows/45d4165a.jpg

It is Scout Niblett. It is crappy because it is a cellphone pic because I forgot my real camera.

She played for about an hour. The first three songs were her solo with effectsless guitar. They were "Dinosaur Egg," "Do You Wanna Be Buried With My People" and another from the new album, This Fool Can Die Now.

This album is one of my favorites of the year and has several songs that are duets with Will Oldham. He is the guy what was Palace/Palace Music/Palace Brothers and now records as Bonnie "Prince" Billy. His music is somewhat similar to Bill Callahan and Jason Molina. He is from Louisville and took the picture what is now Gabe's avatar. Well... ehh, you know what I mean. He was 20 and wouldn't release his first record for another 3 years.

At any rate he wasn't there. This is not surprising. What was surprising was how much I enjoyed the duet songs even without him. Like remember when Beth Orton played "Concrete Sky" on Letterman (can't find a YouTube) and my main response (after the initial "Fuckin' A! Beth Orton!") was that it showed how much Ryan Adams added to the studio version of that song? Well as much as I like the studio versions with Will singing I loved hearing these songs with just Emma singing.

Anyway after those songs her drummer came out and they played some louder songs. This means that they generally still started quiet and fragile and then there were bursts of simple but loud distortion and drum explosions.

The only songs played not from This Fool Can Die Now (I love this title) were "No-one's Wrong" and the closer, "Hot to Death." Oh, and a cover of "The Pine Tree" which was recorded by Johnny and June Carter Cash. She played about an hour with no encore.


The openers were Chris Koza from Minneapolis who played a set of near an hour of decent country-influenced pop/rock. There was no twang but at times the lead guitar almost sounded slidey. Chris played an acoustic. There was a guy what was playing piano. I was unexcited but it was pleasant.

The first band was My Feral Kin. I caught the last 3 or 4 songs of their set. They are a local indie pop/rock band. They didn't have great energy but the songs sounded good.


It was a low turnout (40? 50?) and they even set up chairs.

Courtney
10-15-2007, 02:28 PM
Your phone takes pretty good quality pictures considering that it's a phone. Also good review. Please carry on. I enjoy reading these.

Also you better be going to Architecture in Helsinki at the SoCo thing because win.

mountmccabe
10-15-2007, 05:49 PM
Thank you, I will continue.

And yes, I am quite interested in seeing Architecture in Helsinki; I'ven't seen them before.


Also, google street view of Modified Arts (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&time=&date=&ttype=&q=407+E+Roosevelt+St,+Phoenix,+AZ&sll=33.461019,-112.067628&sspn=0.008467,0.014591&layer=c&ie=UTF8&ll=33.462827,-112.067177&spn=0.008467,0.014591&t=h&z=16&om=1&cbll=33.45866,-112.068358&cbp=1,174.48473344396285,0.5,0,1.5043417256633766) .

denies the day
10-15-2007, 09:57 PM
Thank you, I will continue.

And yes, I am quite interested in seeing Architecture in Helsinki; I'ven't seen them before.


Also, google street view of Modified Arts (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&time=&date=&ttype=&q=407+E+Roosevelt+St,+Phoenix,+AZ&sll=33.461019,-112.067628&sspn=0.008467,0.014591&layer=c&ie=UTF8&ll=33.462827,-112.067177&spn=0.008467,0.014591&t=h&z=16&om=1&cbll=33.45866,-112.068358&cbp=1,174.48473344396285,0.5,0,1.5043417256633766) .

I can't get enough of these reviews either. Keep 'em coming.

And does anyone else feel Architecture in Helsinki got screwed with a 4pm time slot? Now I gotta ditch out of work earlier than planned.

And how the fuck does Google have a view right into my front door?! This is too creepy...

mob roulette
10-16-2007, 08:29 AM
That Scout Niblett video is probably my favorite of the year. So good.

mountmccabe
10-16-2007, 08:32 AM
To what Scout Niblett are you referring? I have not yet seen it.

mob roulette
10-16-2007, 08:52 AM
The aforementioned duet.

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J~$$$
10-16-2007, 08:55 AM
ooooooo I will go see Scout Niblett in concert tonight.

mountmccabe
10-16-2007, 11:31 AM
The other Scout/Will duets are "Do You Wanna Be Buried With My People" (the opening 8 lines are from a folk song), "River of No Return" from the movie of the same name sung by Marylin Monroe and Robert Mitchum and then "Comfort You" which is a Van Morrison song.


Boris tonight!

denies the day
10-16-2007, 08:35 PM
I'd be at Boris but I really wanna catch that Winnie Ruth doc at Trunk Space in like 26 minutes. It's with puppets!

Maybe I'll head over if it ends early enough...

denies the day
10-16-2007, 08:42 PM
And wassup to the M-O-B. You going to Soco also?

BTW, Modeselektor at the Brickhouse tomorrow night. This show is gonna kiiilllll.

mountmccabe
10-17-2007, 08:39 AM
Dear Faux Show,

Who the hell thought it was a good idea to send someone through the very front of the crowd during the headliner's final song to pass out fliers? You really think that is a way to convince people to go to more of your shows?

Boggled,
John

-------------

Dear Patrons of the Brickhouse,

I can understand that it's fun to hang out with friends and talk and that all other things being equal I can see how a bar with a band playing would be a congenial place for that. But c'mon, other people are there see the bands. There are times for talking; between sets, even comments between songs are reasonable. And plus if you're there drinking anyway you're over 21 so you can go outside if you want talk. Other than that please shut the fuck up.

Zip it,
John

-------------

Dear Staff of Brickhouse/Chop Shop Grill,

Hi. I'll start this by saying I'mn't nearly as annoyed at you as I am at those I wrote to first but I'm still puzzled as to why you thought it was a good idea to start cleaning up - i.e. throwing away large amounts of glass bottles - during the headliner's encore. It might've worked if they had chosen something louder but they didn't so every bottle you threw onto the pile of bottles was audible to everyone in there.

I know you want to get out of there. I know you probably don't care about Boris. But... wow. Way to piss off your patrons.

Annoyed,
John

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To Whom It May Concern,

Reviews and some mostly low-light photos from the show'll be up this evening or tomorrow or something. I'lln't be going to Modeselektor because I can't imagine going back to the Brickhouse for another gig put on by Faux Show tonight.

Gotta work and all,
John

bug on your lip
10-17-2007, 08:42 AM
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Courtney
10-17-2007, 10:39 AM
Dear Brickhouse,

Modified Arts 4EVAH!

nah nah,
Courtney

denies the day
10-17-2007, 04:49 PM
Dear Patrons of the Brickhouse,
.... Other than that please shut the fuck up.

This annoys me to no end. I'm pretty good about shutting up people around me during quiet performances but it amazes me how many people feel they can just fuck with others' music experiences with their loud and (usually) inane convos.

They must have really been carrying on. I can't recall you ever dropping an F-bomb in a post before.

bballarl
10-17-2007, 05:44 PM
How was Boris? JOHN HOW WAS BORIS

amyzzz
10-17-2007, 07:31 PM
I think I've only gone to 1 show at Modified (when it first opened). I am so ashamed.

mountmccabe
10-17-2007, 10:11 PM
OK so Damon & Naomi were a mellow folk group. They had a cellist and a soprano saxophonist and Damon and Noami and also Michio Kurihara.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2246/1609562985_f1c92d6596.jpg (http://flickr.com/photos/14669732@N07/1609562985/in/set-72157602323253000/)

Damon and Naomi were in Galaxie 500. Michio Kurihara is in Ghost. He plays guitar. He does so fucking awesomely. Honestly this would've been a bit dull without his awesomeness on the guitar.

The songs were sparse, stark folk songs with a bit of a light free jazz feel with the soprano sax and cello there. To these simple, bare melodies Kurihara added a bit of edge with his noisy but restrained guitar work.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2035/1610442270_48bc3d7de8.jpg (http://flickr.com/photos/14669732@N07/1610442270/in/set-72157602323253000)

They played about an hour to a fairly unresponsive crowd. The folks in the back (the 21+ section) talked and ignored them. The crowd up front would clap politely but showed no excitement. Though I guess this isn't the sort of music that expires shouts and "woohoos!"

At 10:30 pm Boris started. Michio Kurihara played with them, too.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2291/1609567385_ef646aa80a.jpg (http://flickr.com/photos/14669732@N07/1609567385/in/set-72157602323253000)

There was smoke. And there was noise. There was a fuckload of noise. It started out very tough to follow. Maybe I was in a bad spot for sound or maybe they just took some time to figure out what they were doing but it took me about 20 minutes to like it at all. I seriously considered walking out.

But I didn't. I moved to a different spot and maybe the mix was better there (closer to the amps for Wata and Atsuo) but I all of a sudden I could hear her guitar! And I could hear more than just the hardware from the drumkit! And I started to be able to follow the noise they were making... and... and... wow. Just wow.

There were three guitarists (and four guitar necks) up on stage and one (yelping) drummer... they produced an immense volume of noise... and once I figured out what was going on it was awesome. It wasn't quite slanted towards the beautiful side but it was definitely good stuff.

They played for a total of about 80 minutes, and, as seen from the setlist below the set focused on songs from their collaboration album with Michio Kurihara.

So yeah, it was interesting. It went from "what the hell is this shit?" to "how the hell are they so good?" rather quickly. Though maybe it just took until they played an Akuma No Uta song that I really got into it.

Setlist (I took a pic of one some other person grabbed)
Rafflesia
Rainbow
Starship narrator
PINK
Furi
Time To Go
Sun Flower Rain
Sweet No 1
My Rain
You Put Up Your Umbrella
Just Abandoned My Self
Farewell
[encore song: Wata did vocals but they already played "Rainbow" so it wasn't that.]


The crowd couldn't've been more than 200 and might not've been much over 100. They had a ton of merch and it was mostly very expensive, like $25 for a vinyl copy of Rainbow. Or ten times that for the special edition (on clear vinyl, with a bonus disc with two 20 minute tracks, a book and DVD.)

mountmccabe
10-17-2007, 10:13 PM
Also just to be clear I've switched to Flickr for most of my photohosting needs and I'm putting more up there than I'm posting here. So that means that for the Jesu show and the Aesop Rock show and the Boris show there're more photos there if you wanna see 'em. Follow the photo links for your further photographical needs.

denies the day
10-19-2007, 05:38 PM
I am listening to the new Blockhead album and really really really regretting not going to Aesop last weekend.

captncrzy
10-19-2007, 07:01 PM
Hey John, I was at the Tempe Marketplace this afternoon-they're setting up the stages on the north side of the mall-north of Target, Barnes and Noble...FYI.

mountmccabe
10-19-2007, 07:21 PM
Cool. Good to know.

When I get there will depend on how quickly I get up and all tomorrow. I might be there by 2:30 pm to see Neba but for sure I'll be there by 4:30 pm for Architecture in Helsinki. So at either rate I'll be there when/if you make it.

captncrzy
10-19-2007, 08:02 PM
We're coming; just will prob be later.

mountmccabe
10-21-2007, 01:00 AM
I'm posting this here so I don't lose it

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, setlist Oct 20, 2007:
Satan Said Dance
Mama, Won't You Keep Them Castles in the Air and Burning?
In This Home On Ice
Yankee Go Home
Is This Love?
Gimme Some Salt
Over and Over
The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth
Details of the War
Goodbye to Mother and the Cove
Clap Your Hands!
(Instrumentalish song I didn't recognize)
Heavy Metal
Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood

bmack86
10-21-2007, 01:40 AM
That's a good set.

mountmccabe
10-21-2007, 11:43 AM
So, yeah, I made it to the SoCo Music Experience - Tempe yesterday. It was a warm day (high 80s) and I was being lazy so I didn't make it there until about 4:15 so I missed Neba. I did have time to walk around a little bit while Faucet was playing.
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The stages were set up in the North parking lot of Tempe Marketplace; a large outside Mall. The crowds near the minor/local stage were never very dense. Actually come to think of it the crowds near the mainstage were never that dense either. As you could see from the schedule a local band would get a 30 minute set on the small stage and then a touring band would play for an hour on the mainstage. By the end of the day they were running a few minutes late but that's it.

There were a couple things to do other than watch bands; there was a tent where people could play Guitar Hero and a couple cornhole sets.

Architecture in Helsinki went on at 4:30 and played for an hour. They had a fun set that, from where I was standing, seemed to get a great crowd response. The six members up on stage all switched around and played different instruments.
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I don't know their music that well but they did mention several of their songs were from their recently released album. They also played "Do the Whirlwind." And they dedicated one of their songs to the freeway! Even us non-performers on the ground could see the 202 just North of the concert area. They interacted with the crowd well and were quite entertaining.

My friend and I then decided to go get some dinner. They did sell kettle corn and Indian fry bread and burritos and burgers and various other food items inside but it was also a free, not-busy event which mean easy re-entry. We headed just South to the Mall area. There was a band playing there.
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We ate and watched the Indians @ Red Sox game and several college football games. We missed Sick Puppies. I am sure Tom will be writing extensively about them because he loved them so much.

Yeah, we got back as they were finishing up (yikes) and hung around waiting for the Love Blisters on the local stage. And met up with Tom. Yay.

The Love Blisters played rock influenced by 60s and 70s pop.
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They aren't amazing but they're a solid band. Well, OK, their cover of "Laid" by James was pretty awesome.

Jen and Rick showed up during the Love Blisters set so that was nice.

Next was Girl Talk. They had picked about 20 people to dance up on stage and they all seemed to be having fun. Greg was in a great mood, dancing around and jumping into the crowd at times, even. I watched from a safe distance with various groups of friends but there was still dancing.
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The set was almost entirely different than the partial I saw at Coachella. He closed by actually doing his own singing for Nirvana's "Scentless Apprentice"... which, honestly, didn't sound all that good.

I decided to stick close for a good spot for Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. I was one person back from the rails and it was never crowded. My calves got a good workout, though, as I was standing on an inclined plane.

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I posted the setlist above and I loved it. "Details of the War" suffered a little from crowd noise but the band sounded great.

It wasn't transcendent but it'd been a long time since I'd seen them at Coachella and it was great to hear their songs live. The crowd near me were really into it, the guy next to me sang along to every song. The whole crowd lit up for songs like "Is This Love?" and the closer, "Upon This Tidal Wave of Young Blood."

I then took off to hang out with my brother rather than sticking around for Violet Wild and headliners Cold War Kids as I've seen both of them and don't feel like going through that again.

The weather was great, it cooled off some as the day went on but never got to "cold."

Oh, I bought a bottle of water. It was $2. That's horrible, just criminal. They also sold (in addition to the food already covered) lots of drinks with SoCo and beer which presumably wasn't spiked with SoCo.

And all told I was in the area for near 6 and a half hours, almost five hours in the festival, an hour eating and the rest trying to find my car because I am confused by things like multiple exits.

full on idle
10-21-2007, 12:33 PM
hahahahahahahaha

edit* specifically to the dedication to the freeway, the "I don't want to go through that again," the $2 water and the confusion by multiple exits.

denies the day
10-21-2007, 04:07 PM
Architecture was a lot of fun, the highlight of the day for me especially "Frenchy, I'm Faking". I think a lot of people may have enjoyed them as Tempe/Phx doesn't seem to dance much early in the day. Coulda been the SoCo.

Girl Talk was... uh... a good fit for Tempe? I dunno. I guess it can be kinda hard to maintain that kind of energy for too long, even Greg (GT) said so. He even brought up his show at Modified a few years ago and called out everyone for not going. At any rate, anyone else getting tired of 90s frat-hop? Eh...

We left after GT. I think I may have spied John but wasn't sure as it was a long Newcastle-y afternoon.

captncrzy
10-21-2007, 07:31 PM
Hey John-sorry we disappeared after girltalk. I was pretty tired from my party-hosting afternoon (not to mention all the champagne I drank) so we wandered over to the Harkins and caught "30 Days of Night" at the Cine Capri. (Really great scary movie-btw-very well done).

Girl Talk? I was pretty disappointed. I mean, seriously, "Whoop, There It Is"? That song should be permanently banned from anywhere other than NBA basketball games, and only after a game tying shot is taken in the last two minutes of said game.

full on idle
10-21-2007, 08:18 PM
*whoomp

TomAz
10-22-2007, 09:56 AM
I left because my wife was buying a car and kept texting me and telling me to call her.

Sick Puppies is the single worst band I've seen ever. didn't I post that already somewhere? Actual quote introducing a song: "our mates told us to ban this song because it has too many 'shits' and 'fucks' on it, but we got it out on the internet somehow".

mountmccabe
10-22-2007, 10:45 AM
It was loud in there everywhere. Even at the offstage; the bumper music was up as loud as the actual bands.

And yeah, no need for anyone to apologize for leaving or going off in different directions; and it was good to just get a chance to say hi and hang out for a bit.

amyzzz
10-22-2007, 03:27 PM
I'm glad I didn't go.

mountmccabe
10-25-2007, 10:19 PM
So Monday night I went to the Paper Heart and saw Earlimart with Office and Colorstore opening.

The Paper Heart is an art gallery/performance space/bar - the latter being the real kicker. Their beer is only bottled but they have a good selection. They have wine, too. And interesting seating options:
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They also have a few tables with chairs around them and also a decent sized open area. This is a rad place to see a show.


I didn't take any pics of Colorstore this time. They are a local band that I've now seen 13 or 14 times. They are awesome. They played a killer set of (about) 7 songs of which only "Sister Mary Loves Me" has been released. They are very much still together and're near done recording their new album but aren't able to play out so often.

Next up was Office. They are a rock band from Chicago.
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Their influences were fairly easy to spot; unblended, if you will. The strongest comparison would be Green-album Weezer - which is to say when that band still sounded alright but were basically aping themselves so it wasn't terribly exciting - but at times one thought of Television and, oh, this far out I forget. They weren't bad but they also weren't anything to go out of your way for.

Earlimart were brilliant.
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They had some piano issues and skipped one of the songs from the setlist but things got worked out, mostly.

Here's the setlist, as written
Fakey
A n' Q
Nevermind
700
Heaven
Happy
Suzani
Hidden
Drink
Just Be
Gonna Break
Everybody

After that they left for a few moments and came back. Aaron asked us what we wanted to hear. I shouted out "Novelty Baby." I only had one Boddington's, shut up. At any rate he laughed and said that he had no idea how to play that one anymore but tried to pick out some chords. He got something close and played a snippet and I threw up my arms in triumph and they went on to play "Burning the Cow" which is probably their best and certainly one of their most popular songs and was a killer closer.

mountmccabe
11-09-2007, 07:48 PM
After seeing No Country for Old Men last night I rushed to the Modified hoping to catch Parts & Labor. I arrived around 9:45 pm and caught the end of the set by one of the opening bands. I do not remember their name and didn't hear enough to say anything anyway.

Fog just released Ditherer which is his first full-length to fully incorporate the live band. I've heard a few of older studio material but that's it. After the live show I'm definitely interesting in hearing more. And seeing them live again. Andrew played guitar and also something that I think was an adding machine.
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This trio played long-form, multi-part compositions that can mostly be called songs but that doesn't seem the most apt term. I loved the bass, at times very restrained but he could pull off something like a lead when necessary.

One of the songs included a section of "On the Beach" by Neil Young. This made me SOOO happy.

They played a set of about 35 minutes.


Next up were Parts & Labor from Brooklyn. Dan said that the first time here they played across the street from where a sniper was shooting at cops and that ever since their Phoenix shows have gotten progressively better. There were less than 30 people in the crowd but they got a good response.

Much like at that Boris show I really hated the sound for the first two songs. After the second - "New Buildings" which is one of my favorites on record but left me cold - I moved back, contemplating going home. Fortunately they either fixed the mix or the change in positioning helped enough that I really started to enjoy the show.

Dan mostly played keyboard but had a guitar for the last couple songs. BJ's bass was deep and rumbling
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Their songs didn't seem as anthemic live but that may've been lingering deficiencies in the mix. Joe's charging drums and Dan and BJ's high powered vocals were still there, though.

They played about 35 minutes counting the one minute encore break where they didn't even leave the stage and the one song encore.


And, just to say, those images are links to flickr where I have a dozen total images from the show.

bmack86
11-09-2007, 10:58 PM
I like BJ's Can shirt. The show at Spaceland was relatively disappointing compared to their New York show, which was transcendent.

mountmccabe
01-16-2008, 08:56 PM
OK, so I've been slacking. I failed to mention anything about the two local shows I made it to the end of last year. Sorry. Won't happen again.

Last Friday I saw Six Organs of Admittance at Modified Arts.

The opener was local Monique Reagan; she played her songs solo accompanying herself on either keyboard or guitar. She was in New York for some time this summer and couldn't bring her keyboard so she had to pick up guitar. She still needs work, there. Which she freely admitted. One of the guitar songs was good, though. The piano songs were better and she has a voice with promise but the arrangements, the structure of the songs was troublesome. Her best song, the local "hit" I guess was in the vein of Regina Spektor's poppier side.

There were maybe 70-80 people in the audience when she played. I am less sure than normal because there were chairs set up throughout the front area. I am not used to this. I certainly do not prefer chairs at Modified.

I am glad I went, though, because wow oh wow Six Organs yum.

It started with just Ben playing an acoustic instrumental.
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He sang on the next few songs, in that lazy doom folk style. Nearing the end of the 3rd (or maybe it was the 4th) song he started looping the final figure via a pedal and got up and switched to a Telecaster and Elisa came up on stage with her Stratocaster.

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Everything just built. Ben would play the deeper, slower tones and figures and Elisa would focus on noise and feedback. It was a great study in contrasts.

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My only real complaint is that I wasn't anywhere near ready for them to be done by the time they said we're out of songs, good night. They played about 35 minutes. It was wonderful.

mountmccabe
01-16-2008, 09:20 PM
Tonight I saw the Section Quartet at the Rhythm Room. They did not have an opener.

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Their first set was random "hits." The setlist:

Queens of the Stone Age - No One Knows
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Phenomenon
Muse - Time Is Running Out
the Postal Service - Such Great Heights
the Strokes - Juicebox
Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
Failure - The Nurse Who Loved Me
Led Zeppelin - Heartbreaker

After the second song Eric said that it's fun for people to guess what songs they played. He asked what the first one was. Someone said "No One Knows." He said "Well, it's a song by Queens of the Stone Age. Somebody guess." Yeah, he went there.

I didn't recognize any of the songs they played. Or, rather, I wouldn't've been able to name any of them. I sang along to "Such Great Heights" in my mind but I couldn't tell you what it was. Granted I'm not counting the Muse or the Soundgarden but they announced the original artists before starting those.

They then took an intermission and came out and played OK Computer. All the way through.

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This sounds a lot better than it was. I mean, the crowd seemed to love it but I was let down. I mean, I feel lucky to've seen it but I don't think I wanna see it again. There were no surprises; we knew exactly what was going to be played. Also I think a more pop album would've been fitter, happier.

"Karma Police" worked the best; probably because it is one of the most straightforward songs on the album. Beyond that they didn't cover the emotional or sonic depths at all. With just the four string instruments everything started to sound the same; there wasn't enough variation in colors and textures. I almost drifted off, to be honest.

I mean, yeah, I knew what was going to be played at the last string quartet concert I attended and they had the same instrumental limitations... but those pieces were written directly for a string quartet; Brahms and Hayden knew the strengths and limitations and took that into consideration when writing. Radiohead were writing for a rock band.

It was certainly interesting but it got old. And despite the fact that OK Computer is one of my favorite albums of all time I don't think it was a good choice to play this way.

I am glad I went but I need to remember to be wary of novelty acts in the future.

Mr. Dylanja
01-17-2008, 10:46 AM
I enjoyed the show, I had never seen them before. I do agree that at few points it seemed repetitive but not too much to become disinterested. They did an exceptional job of covering the album in my opinion but I do think the first set had a little more "pop/energy" to it. I would definitely see them again and would love to hear them do some Tool and Nine Inch Nails, Lateralus in its entirety, now THAT would be incredible!

suprefan
01-17-2008, 04:50 PM
Wow no Tool songs? They love doing Tool, I mean those guys are so obsessed with Tool that there are 2 discs worth of material that they put out. I have seen them a few times and its always a fun time. I dont really get bored of this, but maybe the right environment can help too. I imagine that place is small so it was pretty intimate, I dont know the last time I saw them I was sitting so I guess it had a whole other feel to it. They will probably do Coachella again this year, why not? Always a good time.

mountmccabe
01-17-2008, 04:57 PM
Capacity for the Rhythm Room is about 350. Though that is for a chair-free venue; with all those chairs set up I doubt they got 200 in there last night.

Also my friend asked them about playing Coachella this year and they said they haven't heard back yet.

mountmccabe
01-19-2008, 02:07 PM
I'm going to post this in here because this is where I'll find it and add in the classical concerts I'm considering as well.

January 24 - Yeasayer, MGMT @ Rhythm Room
February 5 - Super Furry Animals, Holy Fuck @ Club Congress, Tucson
February 8 - Dead Meadow, Tokyo Electron, the Great Northwest @ Modified
February 13 - George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic @ Marquee
February 20 - Liars, No Age @ the Clubhouse
February 26 - the Lymbyc Systym, This Will Destroy You @ Modified
February 28 - PSO playing Mahler 5 & Mozart @ Symphony Hall
March 6 - Bill Callahan, Jonathan Meiburg @ Rhythm Room
March 9 - Why?, Cryptacize @ Modified
March 15 - PSO playing Tchai 4, Glijov & Paart @ Symphony Hall
March 15 - Boredoms @ Cane's, San Diego
March 16 - Boredoms @ Henry Fonda, Los Angeles
March 20 - Built to Spill, Meat Puppets @ Orpheum
March 22 - PSO playing Nielsen 4, LvB PC 5 & Brahms
March 27 - The Avett Brothers @ Rhythm Room
March 28 - The Black Keys, Jay Reatard @ Marquee
April 25-27 - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
May 2 - PSO playing Martinu 6, Schubert's "the Great" & Mozart

mountmccabe
01-25-2008, 04:10 PM
So I saw Yeasayer and MGMT last night at the Rhythm Room.

Shockingly the place was nearly full. We got there lateish and missed the local opener, mostly by design.

MGMT played next though it seemed most of the crowd was there to see them. They are a five piece band. Their first several songs brought to mind old progressive rock such as 70s Queen and Fugazi-era Marillion with stoner-type rock influences. At times Elephant 6 was brought to mind but their songs're much slower than the ones from that crowd. A couple songs hit on 80s touchstones - the delicious synthy pop of "Time To Pretend" and the Prince-aping disco funk of "Electric Feel" - but other than that it was mostly 70s rock/metal. They did well with the crowd though they didn't do much up on stage other than stand there.

Next up was Yeasayer. They were more difficult to explain. They were brighter and more spacey though they certainly still brought some rock along. They had the best song of the night though I can't tell you what it was or what the hell happened. It was too awesome. They had their share of dull stretches, though. Also a guy with long hair and a mustache and a headband playing a fretless bass. A lot of unison vocals. And making fun of John McCain.

Also I didn't bring my camera in because I figured it would be too crowded to get any good shots. Not good reasoning even if there was some truth to it, but, yeah, no pics this time.

Sushov23
01-25-2008, 04:40 PM
MGMT/Yeasayer tonight in SD

bmack86
01-25-2008, 06:13 PM
John, you made me very excited to see that show tomorrow. Very.

mountmccabe
02-14-2008, 08:57 PM
Last Saturday I saw Dave Friesen and John Gross at the Modified. Dave is a bassist, John is a saxophonist. They played jazz. It was good. They played a set of about an hour and then another of about 40 minutes after the break. The first set was mostly Dave's compositions; the second had more standards such as "My Funny Valentine."


February 20 - Liars, No Age @ the Clubhouse
February 26 - the Lymbyc Systym, This Will Destroy You @ Modified
February 28 (or March 2) - PSO playing Mahler 5 & Mozart @ Symphony Hall
March 6 - Bill Callahan, Jonathan Meiburg @ Rhythm Room
March 9 - Why?, Cryptacize @ Modified
March 15 - PSO playing Tchai 4, Glijov & Paart @ Symphony Hall
March 15 - Boredoms @ Cane's, San Diego
March 16 - Boredoms @ Henry Fonda, Los Angeles
March 17 - Nada Surf, Sea Wolf @ Clubhouse
March 20 - Built to Spill, Meat Puppets @ Orpheum
March 22 - PSO playing Nielsen 4, LvB PC 5 & Brahms
March 27 - The Avett Brothers @ Rhythm Room
March 28 - The Black Keys, Jay Reatard @ Marquee
March 29 - Red Sparrowes, Russian Circles @ Brickhouse
March 29 - Tokyo Police Club, Eagle*Seagull @ Clubhouse
April 17 - Cat Power @ Marquee
April 25-27 - Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
April 27 - Man Man, Yeasayer @ Brickhouse
May 2 - PSO playing Martinu 6, Schubert's "the Great" & Mozart
May 18 - Destroyer @ Rhythm Room
May 22 - the Kills @ Brickhouse

This is all Phoenix area unless noted.

roberto73
02-14-2008, 09:08 PM
John, I just caught the reference to Fugazi-era Marillion in your review of MGMT. Pretty funny. I don't know for how many other people that reference would mean something. Now I need to listen to MGMT again with that in mind to see if I catch it. Do you see a resemblance to Fugazi-era Marillion as a good thing or a bad thing?

mountmccabe
02-14-2008, 09:31 PM
At one time I loved Fugazi; at this point I don't know the last time I've heard it. "Assassing" is stunning and "Incubus" reaches such heights.... Maybe I should give it a spin again sometime.

At any rate... it's really neither here nor there. I found it briefly interesting - the moment of recognition - but MGMT never really seemed to do anything with these various influences. Nothing novel comes out of the combination of forms, no insight is reached.

Though maybe I'm saying it was pointless and therefore bad. Or maybe I'm just saying that about them. They'ren't bad, they're just rarely much good.

full on idle
02-14-2008, 09:34 PM
Well you're the expert huh.

Abe Lincoln
02-15-2008, 05:43 AM
And I'd like to add "They'ren't" is an excellent new addition to the list of mountmcabe-invented conjunctions!

mountmccabe
02-27-2008, 10:58 AM
This will be quick: This Will Destroy You are fucking awesome.

They played a set of about 45 minutes to a nearly packed house (the Lymbyc Systym are popular here, apparently.) The first 30-35 minutes were seemless; the crush of one song would fade and the bassline would start up for the next one.

It was awesome to hear and see in stereo - the guitarist on the left mostly playing the (extremely) slow melodic notes and the guitarist on the right playing for noise and power.

The drummer was fantastic. And he was definitely running the show. That is the songs are built with cues in the drumming for what's about to happen. Well, on a couple songs the right-hand guitarist would start something but mostly it's the drummer.

Also they kinda forced me to buy the limited of their new album on vinyl; they had the Young Mountain EP in clear, cream and 180 g black vinyl; they had the new album in clear blue or clear red. Plus it's a double disc set PLUS they were cool enough to mix up a set so I have one disc in clear red and the other in clear blue. Also the cover is not to be believed, especially considering the simple, elegant CD cover.

mountmccabe
02-27-2008, 07:24 PM
And now some This Will Destroy You photos:

Left:
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Bass:
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Drums:
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Right:
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mountmccabe
02-27-2008, 07:34 PM
And the lp cover (I did not take my own picture to show off the red and blue clear vinyl)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3125/2297720584_d0809b4920.jpg


And the CD cover, for comparison

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3061/2296929463_1fe4d60aa8.jpg

Hannahrain
02-27-2008, 10:45 PM
Just got back from Mountain Goats. It was fabulous but way too short. They should have played at least another five songs.

luckyface
02-28-2008, 12:03 AM
Thanks for the review. I am so stoked for the show tomorrow. I am waiting on that vinyl to arrive, but I wish I would have waited to buy it in person. I ordered a month ago and still haven't gotten it. Oh well.

Do you know what they played?

mountmccabe
02-28-2008, 08:07 AM
I am not sure what songs they played. They did not have setlists out and matching titles to instrumental songs is not one of my skills. Also I have only heard the new album a few times. I do know that "Sometimes the Remedy..." off the EP was one of the highlights.

What color vinyl did you get? From looking it up last night I learned that it is also offered in white. I am not sure if it is a clear white or not. Also being forced to write "clear white" shows me that I should be saying translucent or transparent because "clear white" is an oxymoron.

Hannahrain
02-28-2008, 08:24 AM
They played some good stuff off the new album (Autoclave, Michael Myers Resplendent) and a few things off Sunset Tree (Tetrapod, This Year). They also played a few things I didn't recognize, because I don't have all the albums. There was more that I knew, but I'm not recalling it now.

It was a really great venue for them. Small, with the audience is right up against the waist-high stage.

Oh, and if you talk while John Darnielle is singing slow and a capella you should be shot. Stated. I almost cut a bitch.

Hannahrain
02-28-2008, 08:32 AM
There were two other guys. The drummer, and the guy who looks like Cyrano De Bergerac.

Cyrano's suit was better than John's was.

He didn't seem too cranky, although there was minimal banter. He did laugh at something Cyrano said in response to someone yelling something about having their babies. There was a little of that.

Jeffrey Lewis wasn't what I was thinking he was. Mainly, I was thinking he was horrible, and I enjoyed him. His cartoons were pretty adorable. And he had this funny, also adorable combover where from the front he looked normal and then when he'd tilt his head, you'd be like "Oh! Balding! I'm shocked!". Secret baldness. Yeahhh.

full on idle
02-28-2008, 08:34 AM
Cyrano's name is Peter Hughes, and he a PIMP.

I'm glad you had a good show. I'm looking forward to this weekend.

WAIT - one more question. How was the photo-taking/taping situation? Was it obnoxious or low-key or not allowed at all?

Hannahrain
02-28-2008, 08:38 AM
It was obnoxious. Lots of kids with HUGE cameras and big flashes pushing their way in between people who were trying to enjoy the damn music.

Pimping explains why his suit was so nice. Thank you for clearing that up.


(And yeah, he was completely awesome).

Hannahrain
02-28-2008, 08:41 AM
Also it was nice because I was a friend of the soundguy who was right by where we were at the side of the stage, so he moved some stuff out of the way so we would be comfortable and told us to let him know if we wanted the fan on. So it was not only amazing, but comfortable.

mob roulette
02-29-2008, 07:21 AM
Is it just me or does the Darniellion really seem to be rocking out and enjoying it for once on "Lovecraft"? Nice. I dig. Little stamps of approval over here. Stamp stamp stamp.

mob roulette
02-29-2008, 07:26 AM
Cause, you know, my opinion's so important.

gmoneyak
02-29-2008, 11:08 AM
This will be quick: This Will Destroy You are fucking awesome.

They played a set of about 45 minutes to a nearly packed house (the Lymbyc Systym are popular here, apparently.) The first 30-35 minutes were seemless; the crush of one song would fade and the bassline would start up for the next one.

It was awesome to hear and see in stereo - the guitarist on the left mostly playing the (extremely) slow melodic notes and the guitarist on the right playing for noise and power.

The drummer was fantastic. And he was definitely running the show. That is the songs are built with cues in the drumming for what's about to happen. Well, on a couple songs the right-hand guitarist would start something but mostly it's the drummer.

Also they kinda forced me to buy the limited of their new album on vinyl; they had the Young Mountain EP in clear, cream and 180 g black vinyl; they had the new album in clear blue or clear red. Plus it's a double disc set PLUS they were cool enough to mix up a set so I have one disc in clear red and the other in clear blue. Also the cover is not to be believed, especially considering the simple, elegant CD cover.


Fantastic!! They just got added to the Helio Sequence show that I'm catching tomorrow night, and now I'm even more stoked for this. It's seems even better now that the venue will be of the small and cozy variety.

full on idle
03-01-2008, 10:01 AM
http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y209/VJHStarr/022908_23311.jpg

Still basking. More later. He fucking played Waving at You. This is my favorite weekend of the year.

mountmccabe
03-02-2008, 09:54 AM
He fucking played Waving at You.

!!!

mountmccabe
03-02-2008, 03:32 PM
This afternoon I went to Symphony Hall to see me some Mahler.

First they played some of the instrumental incidental music Mozart wrote for a play, Thamos, King of Egypt. I was not familiar with this portion of the program but it sounded very much like Mozart sounds. This was about 25 minutes. Then there was intermission:

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I love hearing everybody warm up. I love hearing snippets of the pieces they're about to play. Even with all the standard room noise of people talking and other folks on stage playing scales or whatnot... there's nothing like that preview, these highlights.

And then they played Mahler's 5th symphony. This is was written just after the turn of the century (end of the 19th, I mean) and it is massive. It was the start of his instrumental symphony phase which I love because he chose such horrible texts, even if that may've been on purpose. This piece runs about 75 minutes and was written for a huge orchestra.

Also: the opening theme for the British television program Red Dwarf - the trumpet part, not the song - is the start to this symphony.

But, yeah. It was overwhelming to hear in such a good setting; you're just sitting there listening. I loved it.

Somewhat Damaged
03-02-2008, 08:39 PM
Are A Place to Bury Strangers playing up in Phoenix, John, or would you have to come down to Tucson to see them? If so, were you planning on making it down? I'm planning on being there Tuesday night based on all the rave reviews they've gotten 'round here.

full on idle
03-03-2008, 08:36 AM
Ok - so anyone that has the chance to see the Mountain Goats on this tour (I'm looking at you LA - Troubador - this Wednesday) really, really ought to. They are in great form right now. Friday night at Bimbo's was incredible, me and PvK were right in front of John and he was ON POINT what with the Noisepop people filming him directly to my left. As previously stated, they played Waving at You which brought the mists to my eyes and they also played Going to Georgia which is always wonderful plus the majority of Heretic Pride (sans Autoclave boo). Anyways, a really fun night. I got some video of In the Craters on the Moon but I thought my camera battery was dying so I stopped recording so the beginning and the end are cut off so I'm not going to upload it. Opening bands at Bimbo's were one mediocre band, one truly awful band, and then Jeffrey Lewis whom I really, really enjoyed and will be looking into further. He reminds me a lot of Kimya Dawson, very sweet and clever. I was laughing really hard at his Will Oldham song.

Sunday at Bottom of the Hill was a trip. So weird to be there in the daytime. First band was like three dudes making really loud noise with some keyboards, second band was called Caves and had the skinniest dirty-haired boy singer I have ever seen, but I really liked the set and I talked to the guy after his set and he said he just made a record but he didn't have any to sell yet. Then was So Many Dynamos who seemed le fromage to me at first but as their set built up it got really fast and every person in that band was ROCKING OUT. PvK says they reminded him of Dismemberment Plan.

The Mountain Goats were awesome, again, although it was a lot less comfortable than Friday night's show, people were crammed in, but the energy was mostly good (I was able to tell John that we love him and he told me that he loves us too). I got two videos that are just okay, I am not steady with the camera and the focus pitches in and out (I can't figure out how to keep that from happening) but I thought these two videos were important to share with those that care:

Lovecraft in Brooklyn:
KT_f0JUrkh8

The Sign (Yes, I am serious.)
YmEwizdJrtM

/swoon.

Somewhat Damaged
03-03-2008, 08:44 AM
Wait a sec, foi, I thought this was the "mountmccabe's shows thread." Where do you get off posting a review of a show YOU went to? :mad:

Somewhat Damaged
03-03-2008, 09:05 AM
Haha, what's funny is that you took me seriously.

bleep
03-03-2008, 10:01 AM
The Sign (Yes, I am serious.)
YmEwizdJrtM

i shall come out of the woodwork now. folks, i confess that Ace of Base was the band that first got me interested in music. with this video, i feel like i've come full circle.

mountmccabe
03-03-2008, 10:06 AM
Are A Place to Bury Strangers playing up in Phoenix, John, or would you have to come down to Tucson to see them? If so, were you planning on making it down? I'm planning on being there Tuesday night based on all the rave reviews they've gotten 'round here.

APTBS are not playing Phoenix, as far as I can tell. I am not going to be able to go to Tucson to see them, partially because the calender here in Phoenix is so full.



Opening bands at Bimbo's were one mediocre band, one truly awful band, and then Jeffrey Lewis whom I really, really enjoyed and will be looking into further. He reminds me a lot of Kimya Dawson, very sweet and clever. I was laughing really hard at his Will Oldham song.

Jefry Lewis is opening for Kimya Dawson here this coming Saturday. I will now be sure to make it early enough to see him.

mountmccabe
03-03-2008, 10:06 AM
Also just for the record I totes approve of reviews/video of the Mountain Goats in here.

PotVsKtl
03-03-2008, 10:09 AM
Dillinger Escape

Dismemberment.

mountmccabe
03-03-2008, 10:14 AM
The Sign (Yes, I am serious.)
YmEwizdJrtM


This needs to be on every page of this thread.

canexplain
03-03-2008, 10:21 AM
This needs to be on every page of this thread.

where was that ? and btw, slow here, but of course i havent forgotten ... x****

Hannahrain
03-03-2008, 09:09 PM
So, apparently, the TMG show didn't just feel short to me. They were slated to play until one, according to my friend at the venue. They finished the one-song encore at eleven thirty. So we're in a fight. Not like a "we're broken up" type of fight, but a "The Mountain Goats are definitely sleeping on the couch for a few nights" type of fight.

mob roulette
03-04-2008, 06:01 AM
Maybe they had to catch a flight or were late for something. Intriguing either way.

Also I concur that those videos are fucking great. Thanks for posting.

mountmccabe
03-06-2008, 11:29 PM
Jonathan Meiburg played first. He started a little after 9. His first song was a capella. I am not sure if I half-recognized it or just loved it because it was Jonathan and his distinctive singing style. For the next couple of songs he played banjo.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3159/2316371330_7cc2c34550.jpg

Then he switched to a guitar. He played a lot of - possibly only - Shearwater songs. Many were from Palo Santo, some were from Rook which is due in a few months. He played a short set but it was great. He played way over to the left side. Because that's where everybody was because that's where there were seats. And there were only a few - possibly no - under 21 folks there.


Then out came Bill Callahan and band, which meant Jonathan again on guitar and a drummer who's name I didn't catch. Bill was over on the other side of the stage and seemed all alone.

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Then he invited us to move our chairs over and we did.

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He played a number of songs from his latest, such as "Sycamore" and "Diamond Dancer." He also played several from the final album as Smog such as the encore songs, "The Well" - with Jonathan playing melodica - and "In the Pines."

It was funny to hear his almost monotone baritone voice and the the music doing stuff. Also he would mostly stand there. And then start marching in place or doing weird dancing kicks. It was great.

He played about 70 minutes in all.

My sister went. She liked it. It was at the Rhythm Room. The end.

bmack86
03-07-2008, 03:59 AM
He's a weird dude. When I saw him in 05, I didn't expect that at all, and I enjoyed it. My friend asked if we had seen Jandek afterwards.

captncrzy
03-07-2008, 06:38 AM
John are you going to any show(s) on Monday night? I'll be out on the town for my (belated) birthday and we're wondering if there are any good shows going down.

I trust your judgment.

Hannahrain
03-07-2008, 12:20 PM
Yesss. I love Meiburg. He's like a male Jeff Buckley.

amyzzz
03-07-2008, 12:24 PM
so what sex was Jeff Buckley?

mountmccabe
03-08-2008, 10:07 AM
John are you going to any show(s) on Monday night? I'll be out on the town for my (belated) birthday and we're wondering if there are any good shows going down.

I trust your judgment.

I probably will not. I am going to Kimya Dawson tonight and Why? on Sunday and I might be showed out for a bit. Plus the options aren't amazing.

From SilverPlatter (http://silverplatter.info/)

The Lemonheads, Icarus Line @ the Brickhouse
Delta Spirit (I am ehh on them) @ Modified
Mika Miko, No Age (LA punk(ish) bands) @ the Trunk Space

bmack86
03-08-2008, 02:05 PM
Mika Miko and No Age would be good. Lemonheads and Icarus Line would be fun too, but Icarus Line aren't nearly as insane as they used to be.

bballarl
03-08-2008, 03:32 PM
Lemonheads.

mountmccabe
03-09-2008, 11:57 AM
I don't have much to say about the show last night. There was already a show at the Trunk Space and at some point Kimya Dawson, Angelo Spencer and Jeffrey Lewis were appended onto it. Thus we had seven or more artists performing from approximately 7 pm until well past midnight.

I got there late. I saw locals Businessman's Lunch (very good, I want to see them again), Black Swans (from Columbus, OH and also (West?) Virginia), Jeffrey Lewis and the Jitters, another (local) artist the name of whom I did not catch and Kimya Dawson.

The first set of shows were inside at the Trunk Space, including Jeffrey Lewis.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2309/2321773272_08f8a12298.jpg

That is him presenting one of his "low budget movies" where he spoke/sang a narration to his story book. This one was about finding a severed hand and here it is hitchhiking and they're about to be picked up by a bus of nuns that are not pleased to find this severed hand. Also they played music. Mostly, even. He only did two movies. They were fantastic.

Next we went outside for a local artist's solo acoustic songs. I didn't know the Trunk Space could do shows outside. It was getting chilly. After her short set I went to my car to get a jacket rather than go back inside - where it now felt quite hot - for Angelo Spencer's set. He is Kimya's husband. I wanted to see him but it was very crowded and, as mentioned previously, hot.

Kimya played to a shivering, smoking audience (it was in the 50s! Maybe the high 40s!) so I really, really wanted to just leave so I could not be cold and not breathe smoke. There were some chairs set up in front so if you left where you were standing you were stuck in the back; the chairs impeded movement quite significantly.

But I stayed because Kimya kept playing songs and talking and being funny. She played several songs from her new children's album, Alphabutt, including a surprising number of songs about farting.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3057/2321834068_f153b64d79.jpg

mountmccabe
03-09-2008, 06:40 PM
I did not see Panda.
Yes.

Me too!

I gotta go to it now.

Hannahrain
03-09-2008, 06:49 PM
Did anyone else see the slideshow of Jeffrey Lewis' Total History of Communism (Part One) when he played? I'm not sure how consistent the movies were. It was an expressive word that means really really good and exciting that just isn't coming to me right now.

Hannahrain
03-09-2008, 06:55 PM
Resplendent.

mob roulette
03-09-2008, 06:57 PM
I missed Kimya, Jeffrey, and Why? And I had two chances for all three. I totally fucking fail at this.

I have seen the Black Swans before though.

John, please update us upon your return. Anxious as to the setup, crowd, etc. Thank you.

mountmccabe
03-10-2008, 11:24 AM
Modified was near full last night for Why?

It was also near full for Crypaticize but I'd like to speak as little about them as possible. Their songs did nothing, the lyrics were not interesting, the autoharp was out of tune. I walked outside after four or five songs (just after Nedelle switched to guitar) but I probably would have stuck around subjecting myself to their set for reporting's sake if I were feeling better. They had very good cookies, though, ginger snap with chocolate chips.

Why? started shortly before 10 pm; Yoni sang and played toms or at least drums of some sort with mallets. I was not close enough to see much of anything. I could hear well, though, which is what is important. I don't have a full setlist but they hit songs like "The Hoofs," "Rubber Traits" and "The Hollows" early and "Gemini" and "Waterfalls" later on.

The crowd was good, mostly. I mean, they mostly just stood there and cheered/clapped when songs ended. There was some yelling out for songs ("Light Leaves" a lot) but it was not too obnoxious. Also it seemed weird how late people were showing up; just before I walked up a couple showed up, with advance tickets, even.

After about thirty minutes I headed out to the entrance/merch room and sat on a stool and listened from there. I was still stuffed up from the smoking and dust the night before and Modified was full and dusty tonight. I was enjoying the songs but the pull of getting home early and drinking something hot won over at about 10 till 11.

The end.

TomAz
03-10-2008, 12:57 PM
It was at the Rhythm Room. The end.

it looks empty. was it empty?

mob roulette
03-10-2008, 01:21 PM
I don't think Callahan ever draws that big of a crowd. Maybe in like Chicago or something. That pic does look weird though. Was it roped off or what was the deal?

Courtney
03-10-2008, 01:30 PM
Yeah that orange mesh construction-type divider stuff is weird.

I used to occasionally go go to a club/music venue place in New Haven called Toad's Place that used that stuff to separate the underage area from the bar area. I don't think that even counts as a good faith effort.

mob roulette
03-10-2008, 01:32 PM
That's what I thought it was too.

Also, hi Courtney. How's the weather?

Courtney
03-10-2008, 01:33 PM
Also John are you finished with shows now for at least a couple days? I hope that if you are still feeling under the weather, you will give yourself some time to rest.

Courtney
03-10-2008, 01:35 PM
Hi Mob the weather is good. I went swimming this morning at Kaimana beach in Waikiki and the water was a little chilly, but otherwise it's perfection.

What have you got going on that's been trumping Kimya, Why? and the like?

mountmccabe
03-10-2008, 01:44 PM
it looks empty. was it empty?

There were 100-120 people there but until Bill asked no one was on the dance floor.

The orange roped off area was for under-21 folks. I am not sure any showed up though some people did occasionally sit over there.

mountmccabe
03-10-2008, 01:45 PM
Also John are you finished with shows now for at least a couple days? I hope that if you are still feeling under the weather, you will give yourself some time to rest.

I don't have another show planned until Boredoms on Saturday. There will be plenty of resting which is good.

denies the day
03-11-2008, 12:13 AM
Dammit, I shoulda gone to see Why?. Now I'm kicking myself for it. Fuckfuckfuck

I heard the commotion at the Trunk Space Saturday night but never made it over there. They don't do many shows in the parking lot, if ever. Maybe 'cos of Art Detour.

Health and Crystal Castles DJ set tomorrow at the Rhythm Room. Looking forward to Health, CC not so much.

Welcome back, Mob.

bmack86
03-11-2008, 12:33 AM
I don't have another show planned until Boredoms on Saturday. There will be plenty of resting which is good.

So you are gonna go for sure? I'll be there. I've got money that I didn't think I had.

miscorrections
03-11-2008, 09:34 AM
Yes yes yes. You people will need to call me.

amyzzz
03-11-2008, 10:08 AM
Where are they playing Saturday? Is there a Boredoms mix somewhere? Kids are away this weekend.

mob roulette
03-11-2008, 10:17 AM
I think it's in California, Amy.

Hey Courtney. Too much going on. Trucks, deadlines, commitments, etc. Then I have a drink and I'm too tired to get back up off the couch. ESPN rules everything around me lately.

But this isn't about me.

Also, Hi Manny. Thanks. How are you? Hey, is Crystal Castles even going to be at that show? I didn't ask Jared and them yet.

Okay. Enough names.

amyzzz
03-11-2008, 10:29 AM
oh yeah. I remember John posting that. Nevermind then. :thu

bmack86
03-11-2008, 10:58 AM
Where are they playing Saturday? Is there a Boredoms mix somewhere? Kids are away this weekend.

Yeah, we're gonna drive to San Diego to see them at this beachfront place. Maybe they'll take the show outside and do some Seadrum shit. I just now thought about that.

mountmccabe
03-11-2008, 03:47 PM
I really am not sure what to expect from Boredoms other than lots of noise and fantasticness but 'Canes is awesome and tiny and I haven't been there in almost 5 years.

mountmccabe
03-11-2008, 03:47 PM
Plus walking on the beach will be cool.

amyzzz
03-11-2008, 03:53 PM
Canes is tiny. I saw The Sundays there. So awesome. I think I saw someone else there, but I can't remember who.

mountmccabe
03-11-2008, 04:02 PM
I saw Spiritualized with BRMC opening 6 years ago and then Mercury Rev with the Shins opening 5 years ago. Both shows were so worth the drive out. Partially because it was my first time seeing the artist in each case except the Shins.

amyzzz
03-11-2008, 04:05 PM
I don't think there are any decent shows this weekend in town except Explosions In the Sky--which is kind of out of town since it's Tucson--and I already decided not to go to that.

bmack86
03-11-2008, 04:29 PM
I really am not sure what to expect from Boredoms other than lots of noise and fantasticness but 'Canes is awesome and tiny and I haven't been there in almost 5 years.

I'd almost recommend checking out the Youtube videos of recent performances, but I'd say you'll probably be happier being surprised by what they're doing. Lemme just say that eYe has a new setup for sample triggering and insanity, and it's awesome. And, they've been doing songs off Super AE and Vision.

denies the day
03-12-2008, 08:34 PM
Hey, is Crystal Castles even going to be at that show? I didn't ask Jared and them yet.

I wound up not going because I realized I had a CAT scan this morning at 8am that I figured I prolly shouldn't miss or show up hungover for. I understand there was some sort of auto accident where the girl from CC wasn't able to attend so the guy just did a DJ set. I hope HEALTH sucked but they prolly di'na.

And John, perhaps the Trunk Space will be doing more outdoor shows from now on. They had another last night but I couldn't make out whether it sounded interesting enough for me to get off my stoop and investigate. God, I'm lazy.

mountmccabe
03-16-2008, 08:14 PM
I saw Boredoms last night in San Diego with MountMccabe.

Yeah. It was awesome. They are crazy.

Not awesome was that they did not allow photography during the performance.


Also Human Bell opened. This is Nathan Bell who used to be in Lungfish and Dave Heumann from Arbouretum. Also a drummer. Their songs were all instrumental.

The first one - and the best one - had Nathan playing trumpet and Dave on guitar. All the other songs had both of them playing guitar. It was acoustic or at least acoustic-styled guitar, usually slow, intertwining music. The drummer was quite restrained, often playing with brushes or mallets. The songs were on the long side and were very good.

They played about 40 minutes.

My next post is going to be about Boredoms and is going to be all spoilered out, in deference to Bryan and his waiting on reviewing.

mountmccabe
03-16-2008, 08:30 PM
Boredoms had three drum kits and then Yamantaka Eye playing synthesizers, yelping and playing a fucking guitar tree.

Yoshimi P-We sang/yelped some and also had a keyboard she could switch to. Yojiro and Muneomi Senju were on their kits full time. Or, rather, actually, for the start of the encore song Eye was on the kit closest to us and the guy that was normally there (sorry, i don't actually know their names) was playing percussion on the back of the guitar tree.

In addition there were two other people on stage: a tennis ball guy that waited and did things like pick up knocked over cymbal stands and tightened cowbell holders and such and also a sound man who seemed to be mixing the sound at the back of the stage and also, when Eye was not playing it, tuning the guitar tree.

OK, the guitar tree. You know those guitars, that are, like, double guitars? This was like that except it was a septuple guitar and it was all mounted. The necks alternated so four were pointing to the left and three to the right. Eye would play it with a variety of sticks, sometimes a pair of drumsticks, sometimes a larger (say 3') stick big enough to hit all the necks on one side at once and sometimes with cloth balls on strings from drum sticks. Like a cat o' nine tails whip except fewer tails and also they are like cloth hackey sacks on strings rather than whipping things.

I don't even have anything to say about what they played. It sounded like Boredoms. It was long-form, fluid songs that sometimes took a bit to get going but always got awesome and you could watch the drummers play off each other and pass beats around and damn it was something.

Their main set was about 70 minutes long, and, yeah, was about two songs. Then after a very short encore break they came back and played another song of about 15-20 minutes. Then there was cheering and exiting.

Oh, yeah, Human Bell were set up in the middle of the floor and because there was no room on the stage what with Boredoms' setup and it must've taken then hours to get that put together.

We did not get to 'Canes until about 9:30 pm which was far to late to take full advantage of the beautiful beach front location. I was happy with the venue, though.

PassiveTheory
03-16-2008, 09:03 PM
Why did you choose that font?

Hannahrain
03-16-2008, 09:07 PM
The "dark olive green" (third color in on the top left) makes a much better spoiler color. Not that there's anything wrong with the blue, but you can't read the green without highlighting it.

mountmccabe
03-16-2008, 09:23 PM
Good find. The way I have the brightness set on my monitor the Blue works well but now that I play with it I see that at other settings it is less effective.

PassiveTheory
03-16-2008, 09:36 PM
HAI GUIZE AM I DOIN IT WRITE?

Hannahrain
03-16-2008, 09:37 PM
I'm whispering this.

PassiveTheory
03-16-2008, 09:41 PM
I can taste the colors!

bmack86
03-17-2008, 12:02 AM
John's review is right on. It was quite a bit of fun.

mountmccabe
03-26-2008, 10:40 PM
I am going to the Black Keys on Friday night at the Marquee. Jay Reatard is opening. I am just now checking him out via the MySpace.

The listed influences: The Clean,Wipers,Wire,Tall Dwarfs,Ramones,Urinals, Brian Eno, Adverts,The Verlaines. The weird thing? I'm on the fifth song now and I don't disagree there. This is good shit.

Mr. Dylanja
03-27-2008, 10:01 AM
I haven't heard the Black Keys but am considering going, what should I expect if you don't mind?

Hannahrain
03-27-2008, 10:09 AM
Bluesy rock by two regular guys. Go.

mountmccabe
03-27-2008, 10:34 AM
Searing, bluesy garage rock from a guitar/drums duo. I expect a rather full house but I have not bothered with getting tickets beforehand or anything.

What I've heard from their latest album has less of the blues to it.

mountmccabe
03-29-2008, 09:09 AM
So I saw the Black Keys last night at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, AZ.

Jay Reatard canceled due to illness. I was really looking forward to seeing his set.

Doors opened around 7:30 and DJ Johnny D is up on stage spinning his funk and soul records. He didn't mix but he also didn't talk so it was fine.

After an hour, though, they turned up the sound and he really started. He still didn't mix anything but he started talking over the records ("this one has great horns!" and "this one was produced by ... and recorded here in Phoenix, Arizona" and "you're getting down to the funk with DJ Johnny D at the Marquee") and being the annoying moron that he is. Yes, he has a gigantic and awesome collection of funk and soul recordings. But no, he's not terribly well skilled at what he's doing up there; which is playing records/tracks on a CD and adjusting the sound some. He's also not that good at his self-promotion and record hyping bit that he does.. though possibly I am biased because I don't like people talking over music.

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So I'm pissed at the Marquee for being a pain of a venue that won't publish start times consistently - at least with Mesa Amp you know they're going to start an hour before any published time - and I'm pissed at Stateside Presents for not warning us that they booked DJ Johnny D... but... then that dude leaves.

And the Black Keys come on. Actually first their sound guy came on and tuned the guitar and electric piano and did the sound for the drums. It was kinda hilarious hearing the crowd cheer him every time he walked out.

But yeah, anyway then the Black Keys played. They rule. Dan was in good form, jumping all around the stage with his full beard and long flopping hair. And Patrick was Patrick, really getting into the drums.

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They played a main set of about an hour and then after a couple song break they came out for three more. They played maybe five tracks from the upcoming Attack and Release - which you could pre-order but not actually purchase - and a slew of older songs such as "No Trust" and "10 A.M. Automatic."

Dan played the electric piano for one song, something off the new album. It sounded good.

The crowd was fairly good for the Marquee, not as many drunken idiots as you might think. There were maybe 700 people there.

Oh and yeah, I didn't bring my point and shoot because I didn't expect/want to be right up on the rail and wasn't even sure they were going to allow them in and the lighting was rarely worthwhile anyway. So all I have are the camera phone pics.

denies the day
03-29-2008, 12:36 PM
Doors opened around 7:30 and DJ Johnny D is up on stage spinning his funk and soul records. He didn't mix but he also didn't talk so it was fine.

After an hour, though, they turned up the sound and he really started. He still didn't mix anything but he started talking over the records ("this one has great horns!" and "this one was produced by ... and recorded here in Phoenix, Arizona" and "you're getting down to the funk with DJ Johnny D at the Marquee") and being the annoying moron that he is. Yes, he has a gigantic and awesome collection of funk and soul recordings. But no, he's not terribly well skilled at what he's doing up there; which is playing records/tracks on a CD and adjusting the sound some. He's also not that good at his self-promotion and record hyping bit that he does.. though possibly I am biased because I don't like people talking over music.

I'm not a fan of DJs talking over the music they play but Johnny D is definitely an exception to that. He's Arizona's living music historian and for the most part, his commentary over a track is for the purpose of schooling everyone in attendance about what they're listening to. He's keeping alive a (sorta) lost tradition in this respect.

His doesn't mix as fluidly as we have been accustomed to hearing DJs mix but that's because his tunes are incredibly diverse and changing tempos would almost certainly distort the music. I have the impression Johhny is a guy who loves the music he plays out so much, fucking with them is not what he's aiming for. His background is in radio so you can always hear a bit of the "plug" come through. I don't feel self-promotion is a priority for him either. Before MCs, it was the disc jockeys that had to rock the crowd (nothing new here).

This town is so incredibly lucky to have him. And when talking to him, it always seems he feels very lucky to get to do what he does. Especially for a lot of young people in town who would have never had a chance to listen to this kind of unknown stuff. Unfortunately, the weekly with Johhny D and DJentrification at the Ruby Room had it's last party on Thursday night. It's moving to once a month and frankly, that's not enough for me.

"Annoying moron", John? You're breaking my heart...

denies the day
03-29-2008, 12:44 PM
He's wearing his "no requests" shirt. Awesome.

It sounds like the Black Keys put on a good show. I really wanted to see them 'cos I really dig this new album. My buddy was supposed to get me into the Black Keys last night but then kinda flaked. Then my other buddy told me he could get us into BRMC at the last minute but I kinda flaked on him. My friday night ended on the couch in front of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. I suck. The end.

mountmccabe
03-29-2008, 05:43 PM
I'm not a fan of DJs talking over the music they play but Johnny D is definitely an exception to that. He's Arizona's living music historian and for the most part, his commentary over a track is for the purpose of schooling everyone in attendance about what they're listening to. He's keeping alive a (sorta) lost tradition in this respect.

His doesn't mix as fluidly as we have been accustomed to hearing DJs mix but that's because his tunes are incredibly diverse and changing tempos would almost certainly distort the music. I have the impression Johhny is a guy who loves the music he plays out so much, fucking with them is not what he's aiming for. His background is in radio so you can always hear a bit of the "plug" come through. I don't feel self-promotion is a priority for him either. Before MCs, it was the disc jockeys that had to rock the crowd (nothing new here).

This town is so incredibly lucky to have him. And when talking to him, it always seems he feels very lucky to get to do what he does. Especially for a lot of young people in town who would have never had a chance to listen to this kind of unknown stuff. Unfortunately, the weekly with Johhny D and DJentrification at the Ruby Room had it's last party on Thursday night. It's moving to once a month and frankly, that's not enough for me.

"Annoying moron", John? You're breaking my heart...

Maybe next mix I make I'll dub in a track of me talking about why I chose those songs and what I like about them. And I'll keep saying "You're listening to a mix by mountmccabe from the Coachella Message Board." My radio voice isn't terribly smooth or confident so it'll be much like DJ Johnny D.

I wanted to strangle the guy.

He is lucky to be able to do what he does; I can't discern any talent he possesses. Having a huge collection of funk and soul recordings and knowledge about them is not as a talent.

I want to say that I would love to actually hang out with him and listen to records and hear about this sort of thing... I want to say that I would take a class at community college or something taught by him... but these things are not true.

Maybe it's just his on-stage persona - I've seen him before and it has gotten worse as he has gotten better technically and more equipment - but he comes off as an aloof, lordly know-it-all. And, honestly, reading your response I had to wonder if you were him; "Arizona's living music historian," "keeping alive a (sorta) lost tradition" and "This town is so incredibly lucky to have [me]" could be quotes from his over-the-song blather.


That being said I'll take back the "moron" part; he's not stupid. I almost would say that it seems like he doesn't understand what he's doing and why he's annoying but I suspect much of this just has to do with personality differences. Also it's rather arrogant for me to presume to know what he should be doing.

It isn't, however, arrogant for me to say that I never again want to stick around for him doing a set like his second one.

denies the day
03-29-2008, 08:36 PM
hahaha no, I'm not Johnny. I seriously doubt he would ever make statements like that. I just have experienced many of his sets and really enjoy what he does. It's no secret I'm in the minority on this one.

mountmccabe
04-07-2008, 10:56 AM
Not much to see in April but May is going to be great.

April 8 - Xiu Xiu @ Rhythmm Room
April 9 - Sick Puppies @ the Brickhouse
April 10 - Enon @ Modified
April 12 - French Quarter, Soft Shoulder @ Trunk Space
April 14 - Dillinger Escape Plan, The Bled, Heavy Heavy Low Low @ the Brickhouse
April 17 - Cat Power @ Marquee
April 19 - Kind of Like Spitting, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Porches @ Trunk Space
April 23 - The Swell Season @ Orpheum Theatre
April 24 - Rogue Wave, Grand Ole Party @ Rhythm Room
April 25-27 - Coachella @ Empire Polo Grounds
April 27 - Man Man, Yeasayer @ the Brickhouse
May 2 - Hot Water Music @ Marquee
May 2 - PSO performs Martinu 6, Schubert 9 & Mozart
May 3 - The Breeders @ the Clubhouse
May 4 - David Dondero @ Modified
May 5 - Atmosphere @ Marquee
May 6 - Nina Nastasia @ Modified
May 7 - Laura Veirs, Liam Finn @ Rhythm Room
May 9 - Somebody Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin @ Modified
May 18 - Destroyer, Devon Williams @ Rhythm Room
May 22 - The Kills @ the Brickhouse
May 23 - The Dresden Dolls @ Marquee
May 24 - The Police, Elvis Costello & the Imposters @ Cricket
May 27 - Ladyhawk, Neva Dinova @ Modified
May 28 - Margot & the Nuclear So and Sos, Mike Bloom @ Rhythm Room
June 3 - Local H, Gomi @ Rhythm Room
Jun 16 - Dosh, Anathallo @ Rhythm Room

Scout Niblett, Norfolk & Western, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks w/the Joggers, Caribou and Clinic are all playing Plush in Tucson in this time period but I doubt I'll make it to any of them.

paulb
04-07-2008, 11:06 AM
4.27 Man Man at The Brickhouse? you going to Coachella or not?

mountmccabe
04-07-2008, 11:17 AM
I am going to Coachella. The shows in italics are for information only; the bold shows are the ones I'm all but certain I'm going to. The unformatted shows are ones I am considering.

mountmccabe
04-07-2008, 11:51 AM
Have you seen Somebody Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin before? I still haven't. I want to. Kristen said they were good live, last year.

I have not!

miscorrections
04-07-2008, 04:33 PM
John, go see Enon.

mountmccabe
04-19-2008, 09:23 AM
Cat Power, April 17, 2008 at the Marquee....

...didn't happen. She canceled because her doc said she needed to rest her vocal chords, according to Pitchfork. One of my friends reported (via someone he ran into at the MGMT show) that Chan herself was handing out T-shirts to people that showed up only to be turned away. She wasn't there when I went by, though. Also that same Pitchfork report mentioned that there are plans to reschedule for later in the year.

So because I was already in Tempe and because Somewhat Damaged and mob roulette were over at Tempe Marketplace for dinner and MGMT I headed over there.

This was a free show, part of their Third Thursdays thing. The stage was set up in the middle of the (outside) Mall, not in the parking lot (see: SoCo Music Festival.) For a while we were right in front of San Felipe's Cantina.

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MGMT did seem to gain some energy as the set went on but maybe that is because they started so lifelessly. Or maybe because they held their more popular songs - such as "Time to Pretend" and "Electric Feel" - until the end. Or maybe the more disinterested members of the crowd had gotten away by then. It's hard to say. There were people crowd-surfing (not in this pic, btw.)

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The sound was bad, the mix was bad, the songs were bad. It was free.

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mob roulette
04-19-2008, 01:02 PM
We hit Bikini, Trunk Space, Modified, and The Lost Leaf immediately after. All in all, pretty dead for a Thursday night. The screamo band at Modified was aight, as alluded to in another thread, but John, whomever was closing out the night at Trunk Space was freaking awesome. I only heard the last two songs, but they owned.

EDIT: I think this (http://www.myspace.com/mehoplazamusic) might be them, but I'm not sure. They did kind of have that Japanther sound.

Hannahrain
04-19-2008, 01:04 PM
Who cares about the bands. How was John? You know, as a person? And vice versa. John, how was Mob? Somewhat Damaged, how were they? Guys, how was Somewhat Damaged?

Hannahrain
04-19-2008, 01:08 PM
And yeah I know some people already know some people, but that last post was convoluted enough already.

bmack86
04-19-2008, 02:40 PM
Japanther, woo

mob roulette
04-19-2008, 02:42 PM
John is a lovely, lovely man. He was wearing a Rainer Maria shirt. I couldn't have asked for anything more. I cannot speak for anyone else here.

gridcitygirl
04-19-2008, 03:10 PM
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=290055381

band at trunk. delightful.

mob roulette
04-19-2008, 05:38 PM
Ahem. Also magnanimous and kind when he really didn't have to be, given I'm not always the nicest person in the world. I forgot to add that before but felt it important enough to state for the record. Anyway. Thanks again for your hospitality sir. See you around, I'm sure.

mountmccabe
05-03-2008, 04:07 PM
I went to Coachella.

Friday

Rogue Wave were good without being stunning. But I'm getting ahead of myself; we had gotten into the festival early and had been wandering looking at merch and the art and things.
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That Mojave had more people in it for Redd Kross, including the first huge mass of board people, maybe 10 of y'all. They sounded great; a good rocking start. Or, rather continuation.
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It was tough walking by the full Gobi where Battles were just starting but I couldn't stay because Les Savy Fav was at the Outdoor. I didn't take a single picture. I was never distracted from the music and the show enough to think of pulling out my camera. It was my first time seeing them and hopefully it won't be my last. I mean, sure, they don't play note-perfect renditions of their songs but that's not what they are after and it was still awesome.

Next up was Mr Lekman.
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He played a great set, once we moved back to a reasonable distance from the speakers (to where other people were, even) it sounded good. He played many of his great pop songs. Then we left early for

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I thought The Breeders sounded a little tired. I enjoyed them but felt there was some energy lacking. They played a good selection of their songs, though.

After that was dinner time at the Outdoor Theatre end of that food court where we could sorta hear Vampire Weekend. I didn't need to be any closer or more observant but it was fine for dinner music.

Then came the National. Best set of the day, possibly of the weekend. They sounded so full, so warm. Matt's voice came across wonderful and they have amazing songs. The outburst at the end of "Squalor Victoria" was awesome and a great lead into "Abel." I was expecting wonders but hot damn.
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Less affecting was Aphex Twin; I stuck around for a good while, trying to figure out what there was to enjoy but got nowhere. I mean, it wasn't awful but there seemed to be very little going on.

The Verve were way good. Richard sounded good and they busted out some great songs. The last new one, as mentioned by most everyone else too, was fantastic.

Caught just the last few minutes of Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings and felt bad about that. That bit sounded great and the crowd reaction was stellar.


Saturday

I got in later on Saturday. It was really hot already so for the end of Man Man all I was able to do was sit in the back of the tent.

I tried the AT&T Blue Room after this to cool off but it was not that cool. It felt nice when I first got in but then it was crowded and much less blue than I had been expecting so I left.

I headed over to the Outdoor Theatre to try and find folks before DeVotchKa.
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I do not know their music very well but various folks have raved about them enough that I wanted to check them out. They sounded good. The aerialists were exciting to watch.

There was quite a bit of time before Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks so I wandered a bit and got some water and chatted with board folk that were waiting for the show. There were a lot of us there for Malk, at least 20 that I knew of. They were a little noodley but very good. Stephen is hilarious. His hat looked funny.
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I probably shouldn't talk, though.

We left a little early to see St. Vincent.
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This was not an ideal location to see her; she seemed a little quiet. I love her music, though. And the crowded kept thinning - probably because of this - so we slowly moved up.

That spot was lost as dinner was next. Then a return to the Gobi Tent for Cinematic Orchestra.
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I didn't remember as much singing from hearing Ma Fleur. Maybe I am just unobservant. They were good, though.

Next up was Islands. I had not seen them before; I hope to see them many times again. They played "Swans" and "Where There's A Will There's A Whalebone" - complete with Busdriver! - and the rest (I think) was all new. The new songs sounded fantastic. I am excited for the album.

The Mojave was running late so Islands didn't end until about 8:25 pm so there was a trip to the locker and the last song or so by Kraftwerk before Portishead. Oh, my, the wait was worth it. I got into them shortly after they dispersed for other pastures so I'd never had the pleasure. Also, much like with Massive Attack in 2006, though I love the records I didn't expect it to translate so well live. I love being wrong. Beth sounded so haunting, everything was so powerful. Easily the best set of the day; in contention for best of the weekend. And I have liked Third but wow those songs translate live so well. I mean, damn, their music just works so well live. "Threads" was a highlight.

Then there was Prince. He is an amazing showman. I was hoping for more songs that I knew - that is the 80s hits, etc - but everything was still good. The band sounded so strong. And Prince is a wonderful guitarist. I was a bigger fan of the "Creep" cover than the "Angel" cover but both were good. Also I liked the Prince-sung Prince songs more than either. There were enough of the old hits and enough other good songs for the set to be enjoyable. Plus I was able to accept Prince's extreme confidence, a term I'll chose over say "arrogance" or some such.


Sunday

We started walking a little before 2 pm, after about 15 minutes I realized I left my ticket in my bag. Fortunately I was able to get a hold of Kristen and she was awesome enough to track it down and hand it off to me on her drive in. Thank you again, that would've been an annoying walk back and I probably would've missed most of I'm From Barcelona.
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They were bright and poppy and fun. They had those giant balloons going and other balloons and were throwing tons of confetti into the crowd and I counted I think 16 people on stage.

I was quite warm once again so I went and got an acai smoothie (my third of the festival) and also headed over to the Coachella stage for Stars.
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They were a little uneven, I thought. They sound really good on CD but not always quite so warm and full live. It was a good set without being mindblowing.

Next was Swervedriver. I don't know their entire catalog but Mezcal Head is a favorite of mine. Sure, they only played two songs from it but "Duel" and "Duress" are choice cuts. They were loud and, I quite enjoyed their set.

Then Spiritualized happened.
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The crowd was a little talky, the Sahara was a little bumpin', the sound mix was a little off... but ahhhh. "Walkin' With Jesus" is untouched in the catalogs of the other festival performers. "Ladies and Gentlemen" and "I think I'm in Love" also worked very well acoustically. Not perfect but enough amazing to make it worth it.

The next show was Love & Rockets. They're another band - like Portishead and the Verve and Swervedriver - that I've been listening to at some middling level for a decade and that I've never taken the chance to see. They were surprisingly good.
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Those are palm trees, btw, I couldn't get any good pictures of L&R, it being dark and all. They got through the songs I knew well early but it was all good.

Then there was Roger Waters. Actually, first there was beer. Then there was Roger Waters from the beer garden. And then a long set break. And then we took refuge in the VIP area. Because there was also exhaustion. But, I mean, how could one really leave Roger Waters? He played so much deeply classic material, it was good to hear.

iv3rdawG
05-03-2008, 04:08 PM
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Great picture.

mountmccabe
05-23-2008, 03:59 PM
I saw the Kills at the Brickhouse last night.

Dax Riggs played first.
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Mostly the guy on the left played drums, though. Their songs, at times, reminded me of Danzig. But not that heavy, almost on the folky/acoustic side. But certainly that gothy feel. They covered "Wall of Death" by Richard Thomspon. I did not particularly enjoy them so I went over to Cooperstown to have a couple beers with my friends.

The Kills were much better. They started around 9:45.

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Alison was all over the place. When she wasn't singing or playing guitar she was either pacing the stage in large circles or staring at the crowd.

Jamie was bad ass. I love his guitar work.
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I snapped a pic of a setlist (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2016/2517461620_d6eb20c7c2_b.jpg) but did not get one myself. I'm not posting it because from the stamp I get the impression that there's not a lot of variation involved.

They started "Cat Claw" but then screwed up somehow and just moved on to the next song. Alison explained "I don't like to repeat myself" which is hilarious considering the structure of their songs. Highlights were "Wait" and "Good Night, Bad Morning."

Then I walked back to my car in the rain, using my new LP as an umbrella since it was in plastic and all.

mountmccabe
05-23-2008, 04:00 PM
Also it was good to meet you, denies the day. I wish I had been up for going out afterwards but as it was I was tough getting up for work this morning.

thelastgreatman
05-23-2008, 06:43 PM
Holy shit, John, we saw practically a completely different Coachella. I don't think I saw more than two of the same bands as you except for Waters, Prince, and Portishead.