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  • broken social scene, richmond @ toads place, 10.21.08

    Out 23 2008, 3h56

    Tue 21 Oct – Broken Social Scene, Land of Talk

    wow. as a last minute thing to decide to go to, this was an intense, intense experience. they played close to 3.5 hours, from 1015 to like 130 in the morning. i dont know i can say besides it was an experience more than a show. there were some really really bad parts and some really great parts too. bad first: as much as i love you forgot it in people's instrumentals, i think opening the show with a drawn out late 90s/shampoo suicide one-two was a painful 15 minute slow burn. though maybe that was the point. anyway kc accidental right after that made me forget about it. also, incessant noodling and jamming took up, id say about 30 minutes of the show (a lot of it based around whiteman). speaking of whiteman, that guy is painful to watch. his excessive pantomiming, rockstar poses, and adding van halen solos to any open space he could find destroyed parts of a lot of songs (particularly, the beginning of major label debut and the quiet middle part of ibi dreams of pavement, and the guitar wanking before cause=time was also pretty painful). at one point during fire eye'd boy, and ill never forget this, whiteman did this dramatic thing where he fake ripped his heart out and fake took a bite out of it like an apple. i hope other people witnessed this too. he did sing really well on "looks just like the sun" and the apostle of hustle thing he performed was pretty good as well, however, so im on the fence about him. the noodling during the "turn the lights off!" jam thing they did before stars and sons was hard to stomach as well.

    now for the awesome, it was a broken social scene show. they played tons of their good songs (no almost crimes, lovers spit, lucky ones, when it begins, possible grenade or safety bricks though) but they played so many songs its pretty impossible to complain about what they didnt play. they forgot lots of lyrics but it didnt matter, and there was a music experiment in the middle of it featuring a recording of a jamaican woman's voice (seriously). kevin drew is a pretty charming front guy, though he did say "ladies and gentlemen" probably 30 times the whole night, and he did introduce every member of the band nearly twice per person, and the whole drunk rockstar thing is wearing thin, though the demanded audience screaming on ibi dreams of pavement is as awesome and necessary as ever. there was political banter ("this is a swing state tour") and regular old weird banter (canning: "i put someone on the guestlist today, and they gave me free bags of coffee. thats what i like. the exchange of gifts and services.") the land of talk girl has a really nice voice and did a good job the whole night. its all gonna break was particularly epic, so was the end of frightening lives. it was an awesome night, a 3 and half hours really well spent. the more they played, the more i was in disbelief, until it was at the 3 hour mark. the whole "we didnt play 3 hours yet? okay, lets make it 3!" and then coming back onstage to play longer is the kind of thing that makes them great.

    as i describe it to everyone else, the best/worst night of my life, but i guess thats a broken social scene show.

    setlist: in (no order, i just grouped them from on the albums theyre on)

    kc accidental (played 3rd)
    stars and sons (with a long, annoying jam with the lights off for 5 minutes before it)
    looks just like the sun
    pacific theme
    anthems for a seventeen year old girl
    cause=time (played 4th)
    late nineties bedroom rock for the missionaries (opened)
    shampoo suicide (played 2nd)
    i'm still your fag (last song)

    ibi dreams of pavement
    7/4
    major label debut (fast)
    fire eye'd boy
    superconnected
    its all gonna break

    farewell to the pressure kids
    fucked up kid
    frightening lives

    chameleon
    hit the wall
    churches under the stairs
    love is new
    (1 other brendan canning song, forgot which)

    also played:

    -hawaii (the band) song- (kevin drew: "the term sexual harassment doesnt exist for the next six minutes, ladies and gentlemen")
    -some apostle of hustle song
    -charles spearins vocal cadence saxophone experiment
    -i might have even forgotten a song or two
  • broken social scene, richmond @ toads place, 10.21.08

    Out 23 2008, 3h55

    wow. as a last minute thing to decide to go to, this was an intense, intense experience. they played close to 3.5 hours, from 1015 to like 130 in the morning. i dont know i can say besides it was an experience more than a show. there were some really really bad parts and some really great parts too. bad first: as much as i love you forgot it in people's instrumentals, i think opening the show with a drawn out late 90s/shampoo suicide one-two was a painful 15 minute slow burn. though maybe that was the point. anyway kc accidental right after that made me forget about it. also, incessant noodling and jamming took up, id say about 30 minutes of the show (a lot of it based around whiteman). speaking of whiteman, that guy is painful to watch. his excessive pantomiming, rockstar poses, and adding van halen solos to any open space he could find destroyed parts of a lot of songs (particularly, the beginning of major label debut and the quiet middle part of ibi dreams of pavement, and the guitar wanking before cause=time was also pretty painful). at one point during fire eye'd boy, and ill never forget this, whiteman did this dramatic thing where he fake ripped his heart out and fake took a bite out of it like an apple. i hope other people witnessed this too. he did sing really well on "looks just like the sun" and the apostle of hustle thing he performed was pretty good as well, however, so im on the fence about him. the noodling during the "turn the lights off!" jam thing they did before stars and sons was hard to stomach as well.

    now for the awesome, it was a broken social scene show. they played tons of their good songs (no almost crimes, lovers spit, lucky ones, when it begins, possible grenade or safety bricks though) but they played so many songs its pretty impossible to complain about what they didnt play. they forgot lots of lyrics but it didnt matter, and there was a music experiment in the middle of it featuring a recording of a jamaican woman's voice (seriously). kevin drew is a pretty charming front guy, though he did say "ladies and gentlemen" probably 30 times the whole night, and he did introduce every member of the band nearly twice per person, and the whole drunk rockstar thing is wearing thin, though the demanded audience screaming on ibi dreams of pavement is as awesome and necessary as ever. there was political banter ("this is a swing state tour") and regular old weird banter (canning: "i put someone on the guestlist today, and they gave me free bags of coffee. thats what i like. the exchange of gifts and services.") the land of talk girl has a really nice voice and did a good job the whole night. its all gonna break was particularly epic, so was the end of frightening lives. it was an awesome night, a 3 and half hours really well spent. the more they played, the more i was in disbelief, until it was at the 3 hour mark. the whole "we didnt play 3 hours yet? okay, lets make it 3!" and then coming back onstage to play longer is the kind of thing that makes them great.

    as i describe it to everyone else, the best/worst night of my life, but i guess thats a broken social scene show.

    setlist: in (no order, i just grouped them from on the albums theyre on)

    kc accidental (played 3rd)
    stars and sons (with a long, annoying jam with the lights off for 5 minutes before it)
    looks just like the sun
    pacific theme
    anthems for a seventeen year old girl
    cause=time (played 4th)
    late nineties bedroom rock for the missionaries (opened)
    shampoo suicide (played 2nd)
    i'm still your fag (last song)

    ibi dreams of pavement
    7/4
    major label debut (fast)
    fire eye'd boy
    superconnected
    its all gonna break

    farewell to the pressure kids
    fucked up kid
    frightening lives

    chameleon
    hit the wall
    churches under the stairs
    love is new
    (1 other brendan canning song, forgot which)

    also played:

    -hawaii (the band) song- (kevin drew: "the term sexual harassment doesnt exist for the next six minutes, ladies and gentlemen")
    -some apostle of hustle song
    -charles spearins vocal cadence saxophone experiment
    -i might have even forgotten a song or two
  • dodos! 9.29.08

    Set 29 2008, 6h53

    Sun 28 Sep – The Dodos, Au, Wye Oak

    great! same as always from the dodos, it sucks that meric long is sick, apparently something is wrong with his throat (he said mononucleosis) and also hinted that this might be "the first and last day" of the tour because of his throat, and they didnt play a while as a result. it added this really tense element to the show though. my only complaint and a really bizarre moment, when they were about to play ashley the xylophonist started playing the casio thing, but it was too loud, and he signaled to the sound guy to turn it down, and the sound guy didnt turn it down enough, and the xylophonist signaled harder and more frustrated, and this continued until they just gave up and played something else instead. which is a shame, because ashley is one of their greatest songs. still, overall a great show and i hope the rest of this tour works out for them

    chickens/trades & tariffs/men/joe's waltz/fools/its that time again->paint the rust/jodi
  • bon iver/bowerbirds 7.30.08 music hall of williamsburg

    Ago 1 2008, 5h37

    this was a pretty good show. ive been listening to bowerbirds a lot, i think their album is really great and theyre talented. the singer looked like a regular guy and couldnt have been older than 25, and his partner accordian lady was good and even sang a lead part on one of their new songs, this awesome duet thing. cant wait for their next album the crowd was extremely receptive for an opening band. live they were really solid, they sounded identical to the record. they harmonize really really well.

    bon iver was also a really great perfomance. i was bored through a lot of the beginning of it, i think the album is pretty overrated and too much of their success is because of that dumb log cabin myth. however, there are some really good songs on the album. they smartly saved their 3 best songs for last; wolves (the sing along ending), for emma (great song, only one on the album that has a whole band feel to me thats interesting), and skinny love (the song everyone knows and loves) was definitely a smart choice to end the set. the talk talk cover was pretty hard to sit through and i wasnt really into the new song they played so much either, but they're all good people and musicians who are clearly emotional about what they do. the way the crowd reacted and the crazy feeling of admiration toward justin vernon is a rare thing ive only seen maybeone other time. i can only compare it to the way people were freaking out over jens lekman when i saw him. but justin ("bon") was really grateful and actually really funny (him forgetting about playing glasslands, making fun of his rhythm guitarist). the crowd was pretty respectful, some drunk dudes but whatever. the show was good, im glad i went.
  • awesome!

    Ago 1 2008, 5h23

    awesome awesome show. id been looking forward to seeing wolf parade for more than 2 years, they tour so rarely. but tonight was great. terminal 5 was terrible as always (especially for wintersleep, i felt bad for them the sound was so terrible. they were okay, singer looks and sounds exactly like travis morrison to me. weird) but it didnt really detract from wolf parade being so good. they played all of kissing the beehive and like half of apologies (sadly no modern world, same ghost every night, or dinner bells, but oh well). spencer krug got really nervous before playing bang your drum, and also lightly admonished the moshing crowd ("that song wasnt even that fast"). dan joked about how putin is trying to ban emo nmusic in russia ("putin says it causes depression, but you know what causes depression? living in russia!"). crowd was a little too much bro, but whatever. they were just enjoying themselves. everyone starting going crazy when they played sons and daughters 3rd, which made me glad because until then people were just standing around like zombies like every other show ive been to recently. all in all, a great night, a great band, and a great show.
  • Bright Eyes. 5.26.07

    Mai 28 2007, 5h19

    i was pretty excited for this show as the last time i saw bright eyes was so pretty sweet. town hall is a pretty awesome place, although the seats made it more of a concert than an involving show. however, it was still pretty damn cool. (excuse my dude adjectives)

    i got there about 820, missing most of oakley hall, which i became pretty pissed off at. we came in at almost their second to last song, and watching that many people on stage with that much energy(plus the "is that conor?" mystique. which it was) was so great, even only for a few minutes.

    gillian welch was a mood killer. and i wasnt alone, people all over the balcony and even some of the floor began talking over just her and Rawlings (who is an amazing guitarist, by the way). They are both extremely talented, but their long songs(the first a slow-burner folk song at 6 minutes), with two many repeated parts killed the mood. Their hour long set really dragged on, besides the awesome Radiohead cover (black star.) but i wasnt alone in being bored at long folk songs and extended guitar solos. but it was still entertaining, despite it not being what i expected.

    finally, the lights dimmed, and they all came out, white suit clad and all. beginning with the intro to the album (the disturbing "cassadaga? go in circles...etc."), leading into Clairaudients. It was slow at first, but the dynamic end of the song really flexed the muscle of the entire 12 piece band. the mostly cassadaga setlist kept it fresh and interesting, except i noticed one glaring problem: the sound. and not of the musicians, which were stellar, but the mixing. the drums were overpoweringly loud(although it was janet weiss,so i might make an exception for her awesomeness), as were conors vocals. with a 12 piece band, it was only possible to hear maybe 4 parts on some songs. this really sucked, considering i saw bright eyes this past march at bowery (im not a stalker, i swear) and the sound was perfect, with all 6(or so) instruments being pretty much equal there. having a projector with live drawings was another awesome touch, something ive never seen before. that and sitting 2 seats away from nick fucking zinner(!) of the yeah yeah yeahs was pretty unbelievable. and i didnt like the ben kweller bit so much, but thats a matter of opinion. anyway, although i have a few pretentious critic complaints, it was a pretty awesome show all in all, and next friday should be just as good (not a bright eyes stalker i swear)