Monday, April 17, 2006

She wanna pillow fight in the middle of the night...

Plotting the graph of hipster behavior (disturbing on the x axis; annoying on the y), a giant pillow fight lands to the near-southwest of cuddle parties (less disturbing but more annoying) and to the extreme northwest of wearing ties to shows(less annoying but considerably more disturbing). And in all places, it's in my "hometown" of Philly (yeah, okay, I'm from the burbs. Step off).Don't get me wrong: it's fucking puppy-dog adorable so more power to them. People may complain that Japanese students are head-and-shoulders better than ours at math and science, but no one seems to mention that our hipsters are making great strides when it comes to catching up to their hipsters in disturbing infantalism. USA! USA!

Friday, April 14, 2006

We live in bars and dance on tables...

Cat Power's playing the 9:30 on June 14, unless she has some breakdown and cancels. And you're not supposed to know this, but they're on sale right now.

On a related note, why is using like defusing a bomb? Constantly with the "your have 1 minute 45 seconds to complete your transaction." If there's one thing I love more than service charges is the stress they give you free of charge. I think I sweat through my shirt.

Monday, April 10, 2006

He sang nursery rhymes to paralyze the wolves that eddy out the corner of his eyes...

Neko Case has a voice that can shame a room into silence. Well... almost; they banned smoking, not assholes, at the 9:30 last night. (What are torch songs without smoke? Turns out Neko was sick and doesn't usually request no smoking, if the tattooed guy on U Street is to be believed.) But goddamn if her voice didn't make people take notice. It was almost a curse, because after an hour, the amazing becomes mundane and the show became pro forma. "Here's another slow one with soaring vocals." But I blame me alone and a lifetime of video games for my attention span.

While she played almost all of the new album, she played so much that it wasn't as if she was showcasing it. It's always interesting to see how musicians tackle live shows supporting tight albums. Fox Confessor isn't the sprawling narrative that, say, Separation Sunday is, but it's bound by, if anything, atmosphere. I mean, the album is thick and creepy. Turns out it's not as complicated as I make it out to be, after seeing Neko and the Hold Steady in the last few months. She started with the close-to-accapella "Widows Toast" and bound through The Tigers Have Spoken (the title track, "Hex", "If You Knew"), Furnace Room Lullabies ("Set Out Running"), and even the Canadian Amp EP: the night was supposed to end with "John Saw That Number," but she honored a request for "Knock Loud" (I had to look that up). And of course, a lot of new stuff, and probably some stuff I'm unfamiliar with and forgetting. Damn good show.

Martha Wainwright? Didn't do it for me.

Actually, who cares what I think? You can listen to the whole show here.

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