Tony, last night One Lady was even FASTER!
At this rate, the double time part will soon resemble a Circle
What else about last night? I had over all mixed feelings. Service
was subpar, the crowd was not a comfortable fit. The soundman
was excellent as always. The Fawns were excellent, very fun to
watch. Made me imagine the goodeness that will be their debut
recording. Rob made an adjustment to my drums that was pretty
cool. I am so lazy and timid that I adjust to the whims of inanimate
objects, instead of realizing that I'm the one with a brain. What
is wrong with me?
After dropping off Max and Ken, I had a good feeling about the
personality chemistry of this band. I think that we're all (willingly)
latecomers in the whole "growing up" thing. Yes, there
are among us, fathers, husbands, soon to be husbands, soon to
be homeowners, folks with 401K, etc etc. I say latecomers in the
way that, at Theodores there were folks our age who probably look
closer to 40, and are living less colorful lives and probably
expect less out of life than we freaks do (and I'm not talking
exclusively of this band in that last statement, but now I will
return to speaking exclusively of this band). But, like, it's
cool talking with Max and Ken about houses, cars, etc. It's like
we're all creeping into the responsible adult world, but on our
own terms? Does that make sense? It's a nice compromise. Wanting
to continue being an artist for life, but not wanting to sacrifice
a comfortable life. I don't know.
Ken made some sort of comment about sending messages to the universe--I
liked that, it was like something my mom would say, but I don't
know what kind of belief he was reflecting. I was talking about
how suddenly I'm finding cars and houses attractive, and noticing
everything about them. Whereas 2, 3 years ago,"Buick, BMW,
what's the difference?" And every week in the Gazette free
suppliment, I now price the houses and see which one I'd buy if
I could. Am I remotely making enough money, or confident enough
in the future to realistically think about these things? No. But,
Ken said, I'm sending a message to the universe that that's what
I want. I know what I want but I don' tknow how to get it, I don't
wanna destroy passers by, I don't wanna be Anarchy. Or maybe I
I'm experiencing a rennaisance with the recent Sam Phillips CD,
Fan Dance, Though I got it 9 months ago, I'm listiening to it
and the new Beck on shuffle.
The new Beck: wow, man. It's deep, it's dark, it's thick, it's
blurry, you don't wanna dance to it. It's got several point of
beauty. Reference points: the mood of the Stones 'Moonlight Mile'
meets the darkest, prettiest Nick Drake. Spooky strings. At only
one point can you fell like the band or Beck is cracking a smile.
It doesn't demand your attention. It's the hangover after the
mindless lost weekend that was "Midnight Vultures".
Sipping a bloody mary, packing a bowl and feeling extreme remorse
for everything you've done up to that point, but at least you
can see it all in a poetic light. I think the music world needed
a new Beck product.
Back to last night; it was great playing "Walking backwards
(take a breath (like to be there)). It felt like a huge hit
short comments: the fawns opened up and were great great great.
the club's big room/stage/muddy-echo sound could not muck up lesa's
voice, or henning's tasteful but attention-grabbing electric guitar
licks...the band definitely had the (very crowded) room paying
attention, and the applause for them was loud and genuine. i got
to get up and play lead on a cover of the cure's "boys don't
cry," which started off stumbly but righted itself before
lesa came in with the words. whew!!
springfield blues venue crowd was not as enthusiastic about school
for the dead...people moved towards the back of the room as the
set went on, but there were a couple tables on the side and back
that were paying attention (no people, just the tables). we played
well, but i missed tony's presence/parts, although max and i tried
to fill in as best we could, especially with the harmonies. during
the evening, a man in the crowd yelled out "play some weezer."
we debuted "the new one," as announced by henning (i
forget who suggested it...max, i think) and it was a hit...later
on in the evening someone yelled out "play the new one again."
(hey, i had another arrangement idea, which incorporates a bit
from "black dog" and "just what i needed"
sort of...i'll have to explain at practice...)
couldn't help but sneak in a tease of the bruce hornsby song...a
couple guys in the crowd yelled out "PLAY IT!!" but
instead we launched into "one lady dancing," which has
become a highlight for me, thanks to our newfound energy! a little
faster, more XTCish. whenever we go into that "latin"
part, i have to smile (it's brian's major fill/roll, i think).
that's all i have to say. good show. although i'm not sure i'm
really into the "yee" thing. i don't know. for all you
junk food junkies out there, theodore's french fries were the
same coated crisscross fries that the pub in amherst used to have.
also, they had a popcorn machine. i couldn't tell if it was self-serve
or not, so i didn't eat any.
I enjoyed playing with both the Fawns and
SFTD last night. The Fawns sounded a little odd to me, but I thought
we played well and Lisa seemed very confident, decked out in her
brand spankin' new Mates Of State shirt. Before we went on I had
a bowl of corn chowder and the blue punch (I forget what they
called it), and both were great. It was my first time at Theodore's
and I would definitely return for the food. I thought SFTD's set
was excellent. I missed Tony, but was struck by how well this
band can adapt to whoever is on stage. Ken did a fine job of covering
the vocal harmonies. Henning seemed relaxed and was enjoying the
amount of space he had to move around in on stage. Brian was dead-on,
as usual. I liked the new drum feel of Screen Door, and the ending
of Omnivore is fast becoming one of my favorite parts of the show.
Other highlights included Ken's homage to Bruce Hornsby, Lacey
and her friends getting so excited when we acknowledged her birthday,
and One Lady Dancing. Nice to see Dennis and Lauren in the crowd,
and Lauren made me a great picture illustrating School For The
Dead. I'll try and scan it.
I thought the 'yees' were a little much too. But then again, I
don't think most of the crowd was really paying attention.