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#1 spoonman1100

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Posted 20 January 2006 - 05:24 AM

as you can tell from my sig., i like concerts. a lot. there's just no getting around them for me. if a band comes through town that i even have a passing interest in, chances are i'll fork down the money and request the day off of work. i also have random urges to write, especially after said concerts. add the fact that my camera is with me at all times and well it gets to be simple logic. this is by no means meant to be well-crafted and carefully edited work. i just want to start getting something down in text and save it for memory's sake. whenever possible, pics and (hopefully) video will accompany these things at all times. enjoy.
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January 18, 2006
An Albatross @ Beat Kitchen
openers: Lazer Crystal + two bands i missed

editor's note: first two bands were missed because i came straight from work. show @ 7 pm. out of work @ 7:30 pm. you do the math.

i've never been to this place before, but after tonight, i'd love nothing more than to go back. located one block west of Damen Ave. right on Belmont Ave., the venue itself is the back room of a bar with a capacity for probably no more than 150-200 people. all black walls with makeshift lighting and a slightly elevated stage (no more than 3 feet high), it's a barebones set-up but it gets the job done.

i arrived as the 2nd band was finishing their last song. as i approached the venue, i heard nothing but incoherent roars, bassy growling, and firecracker-esque double bass drums. so i was thrilled when i got in and the lead singer snarled a fast "thank you, goodnight." a quick set change brought Lazer Crystal to the stage. with only bass, drums, and an organ with a plethora of effects, they made 30 minutes of instrumental that, while a little formulaic in nature, was good for what it was. they had a heart full of electricity and rhythms that could've lasted all night long. one more set change brought An Albatross to the stage. oh what a glorious start. they fired off songs in explosive bursts. the lead singer channeled iggy pop more than anyone i've ever seen, dancing incoherently in his circle of space and making frequent use of the crowd in front of him. shredding on guitar and bass, smashing ivory with a theremin at their side, they put forth more energy in their 35-40 minute set than most seasoned bands do in a single tour. "thank you for cleansing your souls with us. goodnight." and with that comment, three of them collapsed to the floor in exhaustion while the other two scattered for another beer. an excitingly brief encore ensued minutes later and the lights came glaringly on. this was probably the best start to a year of concerts i could ask for. next please :)
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(video note: the lead singer jumps into the crowd near the beginning and rolls back to the stage over me. so the video goes vertical for a few seconds while i help ferry him onto the stage. the rest is fine, a little dark but definitely watchable)
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Posted 20 January 2006 - 04:11 PM

yeah, this is a fun idea. you go to so many fucking shows, you might as well tell us about them :D

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Posted 20 January 2006 - 11:56 PM

Hey, what about the Soledad Bros on March 16 @ The Empty Bottle? DUDE!

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Posted 22 January 2006 - 03:04 AM

Hey, what about the Soledad Bros on March 16 @ The Empty Bottle? DUDE!

haha i would if i could. it's a 21+ show, but i dont turn 21 until March 27. 11 days is keeping me from that one :(

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 09:29 AM

i can't believe you're only 20! How was Colin the other night? He was amazing in LA, my first time at the venue (El Rey) and I will definitely be going back. Did you get any of his limited-edition EPs? I grabbed five and the merch guy gave me such a look! Ha Ha!

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Posted 23 January 2006 - 11:20 AM

i can't believe you're only 20! How was Colin the other night? He was amazing in LA, my first time at the venue (El Rey) and I will definitely be going back. Did you get any of his limited-edition EPs? I grabbed five and the merch guy gave me such a look! Ha Ha!


you want to sell me one sir?

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Posted 24 January 2006 - 03:01 AM

i can't believe you're only 20! How was Colin the other night? He was amazing in LA, my first time at the venue (El Rey) and I will definitely be going back. Did you get any of his limited-edition EPs? I grabbed five and the merch guy gave me such a look! Ha Ha!

alas i wasnt able to make it to see Mr. Meloy (which was a few hours ago actually), nor will i be able to make it for Ms. Feist. by the time i got my things in order to get tickets and request the day off from work, the deadline for notice had passed and i usually work monday and friday nights. so while he crooned the park west audience, i was stacking boxes in a chilly stockroom :(. happy to hear you had a blast though. those merch people are shifty sometimes when we give in to our urges :lol:

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Posted 24 January 2006 - 05:08 PM

What's the story with that Yeah Yeah Yeahs show? It seems that they only have a handful of dates listed on their website as they go from New York to Chicago to San Francisco.

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 12:25 AM

What's the story with that Yeah Yeah Yeahs show? It seems that they only have a handful of dates listed on their website as they go from New York to Chicago to San Francisco.

i dunno. i think they are just road testing the new album before releasing it and doing a full-fledged tour. it should be an interesting night since it'll be my first time seeing them.

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Posted 13 February 2006 - 01:00 AM

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February 10, 2006
Nine Inch Nails @ Assembly Hall (Univ. of IL-Champaign)
opener :: Moving Units
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first nite of the new US tour; oh what a glorious glorious time it was. this was the first time i've ever seen them live and they blew me away in every respect. but, before i get ahead of myself, the one and short-lived opener: Moving Units. I've seen them before and, after a second round, am convinced their drummer is a spastic of some sort. he has some of the jerkiest arm movements while drumming i've ever seen. it was still a decent set despite lasting little more than 20 minutes. 40 minutes of waiting followed and it was pleasurably agonizing. to watch the numerous lights being set up, the giant grey semi-transparent screen dangling with no explanation, it was like watching a christmas gift being assembled in front of you. out comes Nine Inch Nails at around 9:05 pm and bliss ensued. opening with a blistering three-song string of Mr. Self Destruct > Sin > Terrible Lie, i couldnt help but bounce around like a kid hopped up on Nerds. the bulk of the set were from the expected lot (Closer, March of the Pigs, Hurt, songs from With Teeth, etc.), and they predictably closed a near-two hour set with Head Like A Hole, but it didnt matter for a single minute. trent reznor seemed almost herculean until, mid-way through the show, telling the crowd how, in the middle of "Eraser," he stepped back a bit to puke something resembling salmon, even though he hadnt had salmon in some time and ending with "so now i have puke breath." a great night in every sense of the phrase :)
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Posted 27 February 2006 - 12:07 AM

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February 25, 2006 (early show)
The Ivorys @ Old Town School Of Folk Music
opener :: a hawaiian chant and a girl with a guitar
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never been to this place before, and considering the last act i know of that performed here was Bob Mould a few weeks back, it felt a little odd to show up for an open mic night. after a nice hawaiian chant and a nice cross of joni mitchell and jewel, The Ivorys came on for a brief 3-song set. the drummer is a Little Roomer as well (kudos to you whitestripesman), so it was nice added perk. they did very well with what time they had, and i hope they play again soon. i had some time to kill until the late show for the night so i stuck around for the two bands after The Ivorys. bad 3-chord punk and enough ska to make me wish i was deaf.
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Animal Collective @ Logan Square Auditorium
opener :: First Nation
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ooooooh weeeee! i do say they are still a sight to behold in the live setting, and a treat to every visceral sense. you feel it as soon as they walk on, and they dont let go until they leave. i had flashbacks to the last time i saw them like it was a great acid trip. go. travel as far as you have to. see this band as if your life depended on it. hell, pay the $15 or whatever for We Tigers alone. or for the beauty of Bees or Loch Raven. or to be enthralled by new material. just go see them.
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(forewarning: while a spectacular show and very much a visually pleasing show, the sporadic nature of their lighting system isnt the best of friends when it comes to recording video. the audio is good enough though. download at your leisure.)

last 1:42 of Grass
2:32 of one of the new songs
most of We Tigers (2:06)
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Posted 27 February 2006 - 12:47 AM

Nice! you should definitely have a blog for these things just in case for some reason this gets closed... anyway, always good to read an intelligent person's concert reviews, pics and videos (!). It's funny, i saw the Stripes in Chicago in the fall and I laughed when I saw your title, because it was stunning to me how quickly parts of the downtown shut down after 10. Had to have dinner at that freakin' rock and roll McDonald's :P

some very nice photos you've got there - especially of An Abatross. I'm sensing a great avatar, especially from that third one! :D

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Posted 27 February 2006 - 05:35 AM

Nice! you should definitely have a blog for these things just in case for some reason this gets closed... anyway, always good to read an intelligent person's concert reviews, pics and videos (!). It's funny, i saw the Stripes in Chicago in the fall and I laughed when I saw your title, because it was stunning to me how quickly parts of the downtown shut down after 10. Had to have dinner at that freakin' rock and roll McDonald's :P

some very nice photos you've got there - especially of An Abatross. I'm sensing a great avatar, especially from that third one! :D

haha thanks for that. i do have a blog (of sorts) that i just copy this over to for everyone i know who isnt part of this forum. gotta use that myspace for something i guess. i used to be all over the place with blogs, but of all the journals i've tried (blogger, xanga, livejournal, etc.), i like myspace the best. something about it that is very encompassing in its presentation.

and that "rock and roll" mcdonalds is not deserving of its title. they took all the great parts from the original restaurant and stuck barely a few of the items in a 10 x 10 ft outhouse next to the main building. 40 inch flat screen TVs and a giant mural to the history of McDonalds is not rock and roll damnit... just had to get that out ;)

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Posted 01 March 2006 - 03:54 AM

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February 27, 2006
Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Logan Square Auditorium
openers: The Ponys, Imaad Wasif
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happy happy joy joy is all i can think of when it comes to last night. compared to saturday - same venue. same energy. same atmosphere. different line-up. Imaad Wasif came out with a guitar in hand and a little effect box on a stool behind him. after his very good, but very brief 20-25 minutes of folk-nouveau, the stage was quickly shuffled for The Ponys. good to see some local talent added to the bill, they kicked a whole lot of ass in their short set. to the delight of a fan who was front and center, they ended on a joyfully cacophonous note mashing away at their keyboard, pounding erractically on drums, bass, and guitar. it was a sign of things to come in many respects. shortly after clearing their equipment, prep ensued for the YYYs. disco balls were carefully placed, effect panels properly configured, mic checks ad nauseum. lights down and feet ready - here come the motherfuckin Yeah Yeah Yeahs. opening with a much tighter rendition of Cheated Hearts, the house was bouncing like kids full of Nerds from minute one. Karen O made it clear right off the bat, "we're gonna play a bunch of new songs tonight, because, well fuck it; you already know the old shit." man that held true. for an hour, they played a set skewed heavily to their new album, with only 6 songs of a 14 or 15 song set coming from their previous work. it should be noted too, however, they were serious when they said these were "warm-up gigs." there were some notable kinks that needed working out, but nothing so much to the point of detracting from the song. the new material sounded fantastic live. look forward to dancing your hearts out to the likes of Honeybear and Phenomena.
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Posted 02 March 2006 - 05:09 AM

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March 1, 2006
GZA (of Wu-Tang Clan) w/ DJ Muggs @ Abbey Pub
openers :: Self Scientific, Verbal Kent, & Mr. Greenweedz (missed)
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how do you follow a string of atmospheric mind rock into bare bones balls-to-the-wall rock? with some straight up hip-hop goddamnit. i missed the first opener because i won free passes to see an advance screening of Dave Chappelle's Block Party. in essence, i was immersed in the hip-hop world for a good 5-6 hours earlier tonight. by the way, go see that movie - spectacular in every sense. great music. great comedy. all around good times. it has Dead Prez for christ's sake. but back to the show in review. Verbal Kent seemed more like filler than anything. decent beats with the occasional smart lyric. but nothing to get wild over. records were swapped and out came Self Scientific. imagine if Twista slimmed down and slowed down a bit and you've got this guy right here. to his credit, he had more than a handful of lyrics worth repeating and made good use of the crowd in front of him. swap some more records and bring out the champagne bottles. DJ Muggs (of Cypress Hill) comes out to prep the crowd. and does very well at it, scrolling through a medley of Cypress Hill hits and other early 90s throwbacks (i.e. House of Pain). the one and only GZA comes out and lights a fire on the crowd. song after song after song seemingly without end. notable moments included a brief tribute to Ol' Dirty Bastard with a massive crowd sing-a-long of "Shimmy Shimmy Ya," a very well-aimed attack at the current generation of free-style rap thats muddying up the market and killing the meaningful heart of hip-hop (which i wholly agree with), hints at a new Wu-Tang Clan album and full tour later in the year. oh, and my favorite moment: "chess is the illest board game of all time. fuck monopoly. fuck checkers. it's all about chess."
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Posted 11 March 2006 - 08:02 PM

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March 10, 2006
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists @ Abbey Pub
openers :: The Duke Spirit & Les Aus
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this venue is quickly climbing my list of favorite places to see a show. i arrived early cause the show sold out. met some nice people while i waited and it wasnt long after we secured spots front and center of the stage that we just kept talking about things. good people they were. Les Aus comes on first. they're a two piece of guitar and drums. garage punk by way of Barcelona, Spain. to put it bluntly, they're the first band in a long time to be so loud as to get my ears to ring. by far, one of the greatest openers i have ever seen. see below for a song of theirs, which happened to be the last song of their set. a quick set change brought The Duke Spirit. a 5-piece straight from the UK, they brought out a good amount of rockin. nothin spectacular, but good enough to keep me interested. the lead singer strutted around like much better looking Mick Jagger. and one of their guitarists looked uncannily like a young David Byrne. after their solid set, prep came around for Ted Leo. if there is anything to be known about a Ted Leo show, it's that he is a walking talking ball of energy. he gives it his all, dancin and jumpin while playin his guitar. every song inspires dance. just balls out, move your feet til they bleed dancin. it was good times from start to finish, and ranks up there as one of the best shows i've ever seen.
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Posted 12 March 2006 - 12:26 AM

I always enjoy reading your show reviews. Keep it up!

Didn't you have tonight's Belle and Sebastian/New Pornographers show in Milwaukee in your signature at one point? No go? I was actually thinking of going for a while and when I finally decided I wanted to go it had sold out. Bummer.

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 12:29 AM

Thanks for that GZA review. Looks awesome.

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 07:11 PM

I always enjoy reading your show reviews. Keep it up!

Didn't you have tonight's Belle and Sebastian/New Pornographers show in Milwaukee in your signature at one point? No go? I was actually thinking of going for a while and when I finally decided I wanted to go it had sold out. Bummer.

thanks. yeah i was going to make the trip north, but the same thing happened to me. i was holdin off until i got paid the week before the show. and by the time i went to get tickets, they had sold out. ah well. the new pornographers will be here again for lollapalooza. and hopefully belle & sebastian will too.

Thanks for that GZA review. Looks awesome.

no problem. appreciate the comment :)

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Posted 12 March 2006 - 09:47 PM

thanks. yeah i was going to make the trip north, but the same thing happened to me. i was holdin off until i got paid the week before the show. and by the time i went to get tickets, they had sold out. ah well. the new pornographers will be here again for lollapalooza. and hopefully belle & sebastian will too.
no problem. appreciate the comment :)


Whoa whoa whoa... They've announced performers for Lollapalooza already?? I soooo wanted to go last year but ended up not being able to. I'm hoping to go this year.

Edit.... I was just looking at the Lollapalooza site, they don't have any bands listed there yet but it says they will announce the lineup on March 16.

It also says they sold 3,000 $45 tickets in 34 minutes. Crazy...

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