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#2187919 TMR to post live shows from Jack's bands on Nugs.net

Posted by J.C. on 31 August 2019 - 11:40 PM in Third Man Records

Heh.  The video and audio on these streams is often a little out of sync, so the slo-mo, with everything lagging behind five-ten seconds, certainly doesn't help matters.  I was a bit annoyed with it too, but I feel like I've been too critical the past few nights, so I didn't want to harp on it.

 

Anyways, I finally figured out why the View New Content tab wasn't working for me for the past, sheesh, year or more:  the "Just Items I Follow" thing was check-marked.  I don't recall clicking that on, but who knows...




#2187915 TMR to post live shows from Jack's bands on Nugs.net

Posted by J.C. on 31 August 2019 - 11:16 PM in Third Man Records

I watched.  Another very enjoyable set.  That slo-mo thing the producers were doing was....interesting.




#2187913 TMR to post live shows from Jack's bands on Nugs.net

Posted by J.C. on 30 August 2019 - 11:09 PM in Third Man Records

Well, the Racs setlists are sometimes only 14 songs, and often the concerts are only about 1 hr 15 minutes (mine was).  Jack solo is usually 90-100 minutes.  The Racs shows being shorter was understandable when they only had one or two albums, but now, it'd be nice if the current shows were consistently 90 minutes, at the very least.  Jack's not by himself out there on guitar, after all.

 

Re: tonight's show, waaaaay better sound than Night One.  I could barely hear Dean's guitar on Help Me Stranger last night, but it was loud and clear tonight.  The kids dancing on stage during the Donovan song was very cute, too.  And finishing with Carolina Drama over Steady is always welcome.  Very enjoyable set, and now I'm intrigued to see what they play tomorrow night.

 

Tam even got a little bit of Intimate Secretary!




#2187911 TMR to post live shows from Jack's bands on Nugs.net

Posted by J.C. on 30 August 2019 - 07:33 PM in Third Man Records

But is it Hugo Strange, or Doctor Strange? ;)




#2187909 TMR to post live shows from Jack's bands on Nugs.net

Posted by J.C. on 30 August 2019 - 02:45 PM in Third Man Records


I would be amazed if they don't pull out some tunes they haven't played yet on this tour. It's a 3-night stand at the Ryman and that means something to them. Plus, they know all three nights are being livestreamed.  Together was a surprise last night, so I'm hoping for Intimate Secretary and Many Shades of Black (probably hoping against hope for Five on the Five, too).  

Yeah, I'll probably check in at the beginning of the stream to see how much they're switching it up.  Man, there was a lot of waiting before the show began last night, though.  I don't think they got onstage until around 9:30pm CT.  It also bugged me a little, given how relatively short these sets are, how Jack went borderline silent with the guitar on more than a handful of occasions, causing the performance to go a little slack at times.  I mean, sure, the spaces between the notes matter, and it's fine to try to build anticipation for the next aggressive guitar eruption, but sometimes it just feels like stalling.

 

I'm not really a big fan of Together, BTW.  To me, it's got really bland lyrics and a so-so melody.  It's one amongst many reasons their debut album is far and away my least favourite of the three.  But yeah, give us more deep cuts off Consolers, or b-sides, or covers:  I'm all for that.




#2187894 TMR to post live shows from Jack's bands on Nugs.net

Posted by J.C. on 29 August 2019 - 11:13 PM in Third Man Records

Well, the first of three shows at the Ryman was streamed tonight, on that site as well as the Racs channel on YouTube.  Good show, but I don't know if I'll watch the second and third if there's not that much variation in the setlist from night-to-night.




#2187831 Appearances, articles, etc for Help Us Stranger

Posted by J.C. on 26 July 2019 - 06:26 PM in General Raconteurs Discussion

I didn't realize they played two songs.  Was Don't Bother Me just online, and not in the TV broadcast?




#2187808 July 20, 2019: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Vancouver, BC

Posted by J.C. on 21 July 2019 - 03:28 AM in Tour Talk

broken boy soldier had "gloria" in it 

So that's what that was...I couldn't make it out.

 

What, did Jack watch some of the St. Louis Blues' Stanley Cup playoff run?




#2187807 July 20, 2019: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Vancouver, BC

Posted by J.C. on 21 July 2019 - 03:27 AM in Tour Talk

Had a great time.  Good, balanced song selection, really tight playing from the entire band, and Jack showing a ton of energy.  Sometimes in this band, I think Jack likes to hang back a bit so as not to overpower the other band members.  Not so tonight.  He was jumping around, and behaving as he would solo or in TWS.  Played some songs with one hand on the guitar and one on the keys, and engaged in some really fun improvisation on the guitar.  And as with most of his songs in TWS and solo, even the quiter numbers (on their respective albums) were loud.  I had earplugs in and it was still exceptionally loud.  Anyways, the crowd was really into it, and no one seemed unhappy with a relatively brisk 1 hour, 15 minute show.




#2187798 July 20, 2019: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Vancouver, BC

Posted by J.C. on 20 July 2019 - 01:57 PM in Tour Talk

I'm sure the actual quality of the show will be good, but based on other shows on this tour, I'm not really expecting much in the way of quantity (14-16 songs, eight or nine off the new album, and three each off the previous ones).  I've made my peace with that.  Wish I'd known about the Neptoon Records gig earlier in the week, but whatever, it probably would've been a nightmare to get in anyways.  As I have a "tenth row" seat to the Queen E show (just a few rows back from the small, standing-room pit), I won't have to worry about standing in line for an extended period of time, so I'll just roll in whenever I feel like it.




#2187797 July 20, 2019: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Vancouver, BC

Posted by J.C. on 20 July 2019 - 01:47 PM in Tour Talk




#2187796 July 19, 2019: Queen Elizabeth Theatre Vancouver, BC

Posted by J.C. on 20 July 2019 - 01:45 PM in Tour Talk




#2187788 Raconteurs tour 2019

Posted by J.C. on 20 July 2019 - 07:24 AM in Tour Talk

No.  I haven't been getting much sleep lately, and fell asleep in my chair a few hours ago.  I'm just getting to bed now, and want to (finally) get eight hours of sleep.  Which means, unless I somehow can't sleep, I won't wake up until the show at Neptoon Records is over.  I just found out about this when I was Googling who the opening act was a few minutes ago.  Had I known, I would've planned ahead.  Sorry.




#2187780 What Was The Last Movie You Saw?

Posted by J.C. on 17 July 2019 - 06:11 AM in Art & Media

Fran and Kat --

 

The Fargo series is terrific, and I'd argue the second season is better than the film, and one of the best seasons of television in recent memory.  It's critically-acclaimed across the board, and won a shit ton of awards.  The show seems a little cartoony at first (then again, so did the movie), but deepens considerably as it goes along.

 

The Coens said they weren't going to put their names on the show as executive producers if it wasn't a quality production, and they did, which should give you some indication as to its merit.

 

The show is artfully-composed, very well-written and -acted,  purposefully whimsical at times, and has a tremendous soundtrack.  Between that show and Legion, to me, Noah Hawley (originally a novelist and playwright) is among the finest showrunners on television.

 

Getting back on-topic (for the movie thread), I found Bohemian Rhapsody to be a by-the-numbers rock biopic that didn't do justice to Freddy Mercury's uniqueness and eccentricity whatsoever.  It actually hits almost all the same dramatic beats as the biopic parody Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story which, while very silly, was way smarter and more incisive about its material than BR.  Rocketman looks enjoyable, and more creative, though.




#2187779 Raconteurs tour 2019

Posted by J.C. on 15 July 2019 - 04:04 PM in Tour Talk

It'd be nice if the CD arrived in the mail (it was sent a few weeks ago) BEFORE the concert on Saturday.  I'd like to better familiarize myself with some of the non-"single" tracks.  Might have to go with YouTube again, I suppose...




#2187722 New album, HELP US STRANGER

Posted by J.C. on 26 June 2019 - 05:29 PM in General Raconteurs Discussion

Oh, I know they're not coming from Third Man.  And even if they were, they'd probably have to clear Customs coming into Canada.  I'd just hoped it'd come some time early this week, 'cuz Mario Maker 2 comes out tomorrow night for the Nintendo Switch, and I'll be all over that for days.




#2187720 New album, HELP US STRANGER

Posted by J.C. on 26 June 2019 - 01:17 PM in General Raconteurs Discussion

Man, I hope the CD arrives in the mail soon.  You'd think for genuine fans of an artist, who spend a good chunk of cash on concert tickets, they'd send those out a day or two before the street date, so they actually arrive no more than a few days after said date.

 

Oh well, oh well.  Oh well.




#2187714 June 24, 2019: iHeart Radio Theater, NYC

Posted by J.C. on 25 June 2019 - 04:15 PM in Tour Talk

These night shifts are killing me.  I mean, I had the night off, but I think I fell asleep during parts of the stream.  Hopefully that doesn't happen when I go to see Toy Story 4 in a few hours.

 

Anyways, what I saw of the performance was good.




#2187691 New album, HELP US STRANGER

Posted by J.C. on 23 June 2019 - 01:30 AM in General Raconteurs Discussion

I honestly wish I could curb the impulse to compare and/or rank things as well.  I tend to hate it when reviewers can't just focus in on the art in question (whether it's a movie, an album, whatever), and spend nearly a whole review comparing something favourably or unfavourably to something else.  It often feels too lazy and reductive, though I do acknowledge the value in couching something in a historical perspective.  At any rate, I'd really have to listen to Help Us in its entirety a few times, and then to Consolers and it back-to-back, to get a firmer grasp on my feelings about the two. 

 

ETA: I'm about to head to work (I work a graveyard shift), so I didn't quite have time to skim over the latest post in your online diary, but I DID read the "Family issues" post from February, and 1) I'm very sorry your parents and sister are having to go through that, and 2) I'm sorry to hear you've been feeling disconnected and whatnot from past friendships, etc.  While I've yet to read your latest online diary entry, I do very much hope you're feeling better now than you were then, just in general.  And not to bring myself into this much, but I'm sorry if my not being around here nearly as much has in any way affected you negatively.  I'm just not nearly the music enthusiast you are, and I've also been really tired and depressed for the past while, so I've not been posting nearly as much as I used to online.  I really only share my occasional opinion here in case you were curious about my thoughts, because you're holding up the fort here, and I figure some input from me is, I suppose, better than nothing.  Regardless, take care, dear. :)




#2187689 New album, HELP US STRANGER

Posted by J.C. on 22 June 2019 - 04:19 PM in General Raconteurs Discussion

I'd have to listen to the new album, in its entirety, a few more times to settle on where I'd rank it, but I definitely prefer the way the guitars sound on this album, and given that, to me, lyrics have never been this band's strong suit, the style of the playing makes a big difference.  Anyways, right now I'd put both Help Us and Consolers in the 8-to-8.5 range.  And hey, it's getting better reviews than Consolers got (mind you, Consolers was a bit underrated upon release), so it's not like this is an unusual opinion.




#2187687 New album, HELP US STRANGER

Posted by J.C. on 22 June 2019 - 02:08 PM in General Raconteurs Discussion

I've just been waiting for my CD to arrive in the mail, so I haven't heard anything other than the four singles and....Only Child, which is terrific!  Strong, evocative melody, unique instrumentation/pedal effects, just about perfect structure.  

 

ETA:  Listened to each of the individual songs I hadn't heard, basically in order.  Strong album, about on par with Consolers, possibly even better.  Like Consolers, light years better than their first album.  Lyrics still aren't as unique or eccentric as Jack's best work (solo and with TWS), but the song structure and musicianship is solid.




#2187549 Raconteurs tour 2019

Posted by J.C. on 22 May 2019 - 12:53 PM in Tour Talk

Man, I hope they don't go and cancel the second Vancouver show, because there are a still a TON  of tickets available.  It could just be that they haven't promoted the added shows all that much, but...

 

https://www1.ticketm...100568ADE425949




#2187507 April 25, 2019: Blitz Akasaka, Japan

Posted by J.C. on 29 April 2019 - 04:02 PM in Tour Talk

I think they've always played short sets, which was understandable when they only had two albums to draw from.  But like I said,they should be able to play ~six songs off each album, and a few covers, bringing the total to ~20.  But whatever, I'm going either way.




#2187504 April 20, 2019: Big Top, Sydney, Australia

Posted by J.C. on 27 April 2019 - 10:21 PM in Tour Talk




#2187503 April 24, 2019: Blitz Akasaka, Japan

Posted by J.C. on 27 April 2019 - 10:18 PM in Tour Talk