I almost didn’t make it into Webster Hall last night to see the Weakerthans. I forgot my ID and had to convince the bouncer that yes, I am definitely older than 16. Thankfully that worked otherwise I might have tried to scale the walls batman-style.
Oh man, what a show. The band played a fantastic mix of old and new material, rocking numbers and sad slow songs. If there’s one thing I can say for John K. Samson, the man knows how to write a sad song. I’m not always up for sing along shows but the crowd was there with Samson for almost every word and instead of being annoying it lent the whole night a feeling of collective joy. On a side note, if you ever need you’re faith in humanity reaffirmed go see a Weakerthans show. The crowd was probably the most polite, enthusiastic
and friendly I’ve ever seen.
MP3: The Weakerthans- Aside
MP3: The Weakerthans- The Reasons
MP3: The Weakerthans- Hyme Of Medical Oddity
Nazis? Disneyland? Say it ain’t so! I instantly fell in love with The Dickies “Stukas Over Disneyland” the first time I listened through. The Dickies used to open for the Ramones, and the influences are evident. However, the so-cal Dickies definitely have a strong(er) Beach Boys vibe in a lot of their songs (check out the title track to see what I mean). These songs have the catchiest choruses (lets just say I went to bed last night singing them, and woke up this morning doing the same). I can’t believe I let this classic slip under the radar for so long.
The Dickies – Stukas Over Disneyland
The Dickies – Pretty Please Me
The Dickies – She’s A Hunchback
It takes alot to get me out to a show on a Sunday night but I’ve been there with Big D since high school and since I missed them on their last tour I figured I’d head out to see their show at the Knitting Factory.
The A.K.As were definitely the standout opening act. They played simple punk rock with an amazing amount of energy. Although the band is from Philly they reminded me of a few west coast bands like the Teenage Harlets, the Phenomenauts and the Secretions.
MP3: The A.K.As- Shout Out Loud
During their set Big D mentioned that they had been playing as an opening act for the past three years and that this was one of their first headlining tours so they were going to play as long as they wanted. They did. Big D played almost an hour and a half set with a good mix of old and new songs. Below are a few favorites from last night, others were I’m Yours Boston, What The Hell Are You Going To Do?, New England (Jonathan Richman cover), L.A. X, My Girlfriends On Drugs, Shining On and Souped-Up Vinyl.
MP3: Big D and the Kids Table- Can’t Be Caught
MP3: Big D and the Kids Table- Those Kids Suck
MP3: Big D and the Kids Table- Wailing Paddle (Rudiments cover)
Big D and the Kids Table
Hey guys, just a heads up. While the last Sunday in October is usually the day to change clocks back for Daylight Saving Time, because of Bush’s Energy Policy Act of 2005 the date has been changed to the first Sunday in November. There are plenty of good ways to protest the Bush presidency but changing your clock this weekend is not one of them. In fact, if you change your clock tonight your fellow students or co-workers will laugh at you.
MP3: Built to Spill- Mess With Time
MP3: Oppenheimer- Time Loss/Gain
MP3: Jeff Mangum- I Will Bury You in Time
MP3: The Spin Doctors- What Time is It? (whatever, you love it)
Buy: Built to Spill, Oppenheimer, Jeff Mangum, The Spin Doctors
I wasn’t off the wall excited about seeing the New Pornographers on Thursday last week because I had just seen them this summer, I had kind forgotten I had tickets to the show and the event was eclipsed by the excitement of having my friend Andy come visit me.
So I got Webster completely unprepared for the band to knock me the fuck out. I can say without hesitation that the New Pornpgraphers at Webster Hall was one of the best show I’ve seen this year. The entire recorded band played including Neko Case and Dan Bejar. The band played for almost two solid hours including two encores. I think I could live the rest of my life in the moments they played The Laws Have Changed.
It’s always a huge treat to hear Neko live and Bejar put on a fantastic performance. Carl Newman also rocked out pretty hardcore joking with the crowd that Testament to Youth and Verse was like that Rage Against the Machine song Killing in the Name Of because you have to suffer through the first four minutes to get to the “fuck you I won’t do what you tell me” part.
When they left the stage for the first time I had no idea what was even left for an encore but they came through with an appearance from Gordon Gano of the Violent Femmes.
All the Things That Go to Make Heaven and Earth
All the Old Showstoppers
Miss Teen Wordpower
The Laws have Changed
Spirit of Giving
My Rights Vs. Yours
Testament to Youth in Verse
Adventures in Solitude
Bones of an Idol
Sing Me Spanish Techno
Bleeding Heart Show
These Are the Fables
Jackie Dressed in Cobras
Violent Femmes cover w/ Gordon Gano
Letter from an Occupant
Thanks to Matt for the photos.
I love the new Weakerthans album Reunion Tour, I usually listen to it at least once everyday at work. The band made a video for one of my favorite songs, Civil Twilight and to be honest it’s not that exciting but I watched it a couple times in a row just to hear that song again.
MP3: The Weakerthans- Civil Twilight
Three or four years ago when I was home from school on summer vacation I was surfin the net and I noticed Robert Sarazin Blake was on tour. I checked the dates but realized I had already missed the shows close by. Sadly I scrolled down the list of upcoming dates and saw a show in Philadelphia. I had never been to Philly before and it was 4 hours away but I saw I had off work that day so I decided what the heck. Me and my friend Jim drove the four hours only to get to the show and find out it was 21 and up! We were not 21. After much pleading with the bartender he let us stay and brought us some sodas so we looked “less suspicious.” After all that Blake took the stage (a corner of the room) and delivered a fantastic show, an anti-folk explosion. He’s currently touring to promote his new album The Beautiful and the Afternoon and I’m pumped to see him again after all these years. If he’s gonna be in your town or within a 4 hour radius I’d definitely recommend catching a show.
MP3: Robert Sarazin Blake- Zoe
MP3: Robert Sarazin Blake- Weary
Same Room Records
Ever since their Union Hall show I’ve been listening to Ravens & Chimes debut album Reichenbach Falls. In alot of ways it’s what I’ve been looking for all year. Initially I heard a nice, if somewhat generic indie-pop band. R&C; are in the Arcade Fire school of thought, using every instrument they can find. This causes the album to have a fun, lush sound but they’re not only kids in Brooklyn with a glockenspiel. What sets the album apart is how well the songs fit together. Instead of being a handful of breakout blog hits packaged with some filler Reichenbach Falls comes across as a well-crafted album smoothly transitioning from mood to mood.
Better Looking Records
I was internerding around a couple weeks ago reading about Ping Pong when I happened across the album Ping Pong Warriors by the west coast pop punk band JeKKeL. It was a good find. The album is 85% catchy hooks and sing along choruses (the other 15% is a little emo for me). In any case I’d definitely recommend Ping Pong Warriors, I couldn’t pick just two songs to post. Unfortunately information on the band is scarce and it doesn’t look like they’ve put out an album or had a show in awhile. If anyone knows whether these guys are still around or not let me know.
MP3: JeKKeL- Brodie
MP3: JeKKeL- Car Keys
MP3: JeKKeL- Friday Night
Well, the updates around these parts have been scarcer than a new Streetlight Manifesto new release… oh wait, I can’t use that line anymore. Damn. Anyway, yours truly just got back from his good ole’ college town (where the housewives all met.) Besides being dragged to the homecoming concert of Eve6, it was a pretty sweet weekend. Thus, the theme of the day shall be ‘friends’. Now to hit up Brooklyn, Boston, and New Orleans shall be the next on my diabolical agenda. Muwahaha.
Bigwig – Friends
Atom And His Package – Before My Friends Do
Bouncing Souls – Manthem (anytime I goto shows, it’s girls who request this song.)
Lagwagon – To All My Friends