Saturday, December 31, 2005

The Shows

These are the best concerts I was able to catch during 2005. You will notice that I didn’t include the ACL festival, since there are so many bands there and it is such an all encompassing experience I decided to leave it out, just know that it was a great time. My number one show was The Arcade Fire but the rest are in no particular order.
1. Arcade Fire / The Black Keys What Made Milwaukee Famous Stubb’s Bar b que Austin, Tx
By far the best show I have ever been to. This was my first time to see a show at stubb’s and the first time I’ve ever eaten a bar-b-que sandwich during a show. And a kid in line gave us some chicken strips. The Arcade Fire are my band of the year. All the hype about their live show is true. They rocked the roof off of the place. There was so much going on that I could only process a small fraction of what was going on. They started with Wake Up and 5 Years by Bowie was in there somewhere amongst most of Funeral and part of their first album. That was the first show in a while that had me dancing and moving the entire time. The Black Keys opened and were once again amazing. The opener was a local band What made Milwaukee famous. They were very good and very nervous.
2. Ryan Adams and the Cardinals The Gypsy Tea room Dallas, TX
Emily’s brother got me drunk on the way to this show so Ryan Adams and I showed up in the same state. There were some amazing moments in the show. Ryan Fell apart after abusing some jerks up front and stormed off of the stage giving be a chance to hit the bathroom. He came back after the break in even better form and wearing a t-shirt. At one point during the second set he left the stage and led a sing along of Come Pick Me Up while standing on the bar. He also did a countyed up verson of Dear Chicago.
3. The Black Keys / Henchmen /El Paso Hot Button The Green Door Oklahoma City, Ok
Most of you know that the Green Door is a tiny venue. We were so close for the Black Keys that we sat on the stage during breaks. We were right in front of the drum kit(which was on the very edge of the tiny stage) and would periodically get hit by broken drum sticks. If you never been to a Black keys show it’s hard to describe, two guys are able to fill the room with an absolute fog of blues drenched rock. We got to meet both of them after the show and they were unbelievably gracious. I don’t remember much of the henchmen but the opener was this one man band El Paso Hot Button. He sat down and played jack White style guitar while playing a modified trap set with his feet. He told okryan to stop taking pictures.
4. Bright Eyes / The Faint /Airborn Audio Cain’s Ballroom Tulsa, Ok
Finally I’ve seen bright eyes. He was touring on the Digital Ash album so he played most of that album and a couple of songs from Fevers and Mirrors. The Faint opened up and blew me away, I am now a Faint fan for life. Bright Eyes had several members of the Faint as his backing band along with Nick Zimmer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The most disturbing part of the show was that Conor wore a hooded sweatshirt with the hood up for the first few songs and it was hot as hell.
5. Kings of Leon / The Features Cain’s Ballroom Tulsa, Ok
I believe that the Kings of Leon played every song off of both off their albums at this show. They announced that they had family there and then commenced to rock. They sounded great. The rock was loud and dirty. The Feature were the openers and were beyond belief. I bought one of their albums at the show and had it signed. Once again they were great guys. I predict that they will be pretty big in the new year. The only drawback to this particular show involves the new practice at the Cain’s of offering six packs for sale. The show was pretty short so we were pretty drunk at the end of it and were slightly concerned about getting home but we made it. This was also the first time I ever witnessed someone order a pizza to a concert. I guess being a pretty girl has its advantages.
6. Wilco The Orpheum Memphis, TN
This was a Christmas present from Ryan And Emily and what a present it was. We made a day of it hitting Graceland, eating honest to god one pound burgers and after the show hanging out on Belle Street in the rain. I have to say a couple of things abut the venue. It was this beautiful old theatre with lots of gilt carvings and carpet and seats. Wilco was amazing. They played a pretty good mix of old and new ad they were all sick with the flu.
7. Gomez The Cains Tulsa, Ok
This is the only show I saw without okryan this year. In his place was the much prettier Brittian. I really only knew a couple of Gomez’s songs before going to this show in the middle of the week. It was a very light crowd but every single person seemed into the show. The band rocked like the place was packed to the rafters, much respect to them for going all out.
8. Kasabien The Cains Tulsa, Ok
Ryan and I just went to this show on a whim. We had heard good things about them and the show was cheap and we had money so away we went. They put on a great show to another undersold house. Clubfoot sounded great live really the whole set was perfect.
9. Snow Patrol The Cains Tulsa, Ok
This is another show we just went to for the hell of it. I constantly played the new cd the week leading up to the show and by the time the show rolled around G! was wishing we had bought her a ticket and found a sitter. I was afraid to tell her how moving it was to hear Run being sung by so many people at once, she would have hit me.

24 comments:

ryan said...

We need to work on getting "THE SCRAPBOOK" online so one can the glory that it is.

kingdomforavoice said...

It is a majestic piece of work.

SpanksVosse said...

I went to some amazing shows this year, but there are four that stick out in my mind as the best.

1. Social Distortion!
By far the most incredible show. I found myself jumping up and down right up against the stage, fist flying in the air as people were flying over my head and Mike Ness was playing like the god he is. So amazing! And it was at the Fillmore, which is by far the best concert venue sound and size wise. You are so close no matter where you stand and the sound is clear and booming.

2. Gillian Welch
Again at the Fillmore. Incredible guitar playing with her and her partner Dave. The way the two of them harmonize and are in sync with eachother made me feel so in the moment. Very cool.

3. Alanis Morrisette
Unbelievable. It was her acoustic tour and she delievered. She connected with each and everyone in the audience and her lyrics cut right into you. I will admit that I cried thru most of it I was so completely taken by her.

4. The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
Ralph Stanley & His Clinch Mountain Boys
Emmylou Harris
Dave Alvin
Steve Earle
Joe Ely
Guy Clark
Verlon Thompson
Austin Lounge Lizards
Gillian Welch
Rosanne Cash
Dolly Parton

And these were just the ones Vosse and I saw. The event goes on for two days and by god it's FREE! Unreal! Nothing like it...only could compare the old Newport Folk Festivals in the sixties.
There are five different stages and there is music everywhere you walk...in the air blowing past you as you walk around. And if you're like Voss and myself you have a take no prisoners attitude. We roamed to every stage and made our way up front each time...even had to take some bitches out to see Dolly. It was glorious. If you guys can ever make here in the summer time you must come to this event...it just keeps getting better.

SpanksDia said...

shit i just erased this whole long thing
maybe for the best
briefly

1. bluegrass fest - Dolly Parton - unparalleled in the universe - even on the c corniest stuff... and man, smack dab right on it bulls eye
on the more complex delicate old mountain ballads. She rules. Emmy Lou was in a tough spot c;losing the whole festival right after Dolly's set. She was only a tad auto pilot though
and at the end when she brought out Gillian and Dave the whole place was rockin. and her dog was cute
and the songwriters thing with steve earle and ricky scaggs all great...
and heck an adventure with claudia always raises the level

gillian welsh (and dave ) at Fillmore - down home yet adroit with impeccable detail that you don't notice but you do. Intimate joyous
they got the thing, you know, the thing that gets ya.

the harmonica thing if it was in 2005 - at yoshi's - james cotton and a bunch of harp blowers
joint was jumpin..

Banana - of Bananas - little venue a basement of a house kinda... no stage -- they are so much fun... kinda punk kinda grunge kinda gay but the lead singer looks like
bruce if he weren't handsome and has that jersey growl..
it was ll good

yeah ypou guys come here and we go to shows... although you goptta keep up with dia and me if its a fest or we on the move to the front...
hahahahahahahahaha

lua said...

i saw the shins- it was amazing. loved the brunetts, too. then, i went to france. saw the lavendar fields in the south and went to a jazz festival just outside of paris. i'm picky about concerts. i generally avoid the really crowded areas. sorry guys, you can take mark. i won't be able to keep up.

simon and garfunkel said...

Yeh the shins are still paying our lawyers for the old tapes of us they use on their records...
and artie can't hit the high notes now but shit we'll take their money.
shins shins buy em
buy em now

SpanksVosse said...

Oh right! James Cotton at Yoshi's! Okay that was another one that was truly mind blowing. Spur of the moment decision as well. I love those...and wait! Speaking of Spur of the moment!

DAVID BOWIE!!! I totally forgot! My birthday present from Voss! Soooooo good. You just handed me some money and said go and go NOW! Went over there by myself and got the last ticket. The ticket lady said she had been waiting for me all night. Gave me a seat close to the front and from then on Dave and I had a thing going on.

lua said...

by the way the lavendar fields are not a band. they are these amazing blue fields of lavendar that smell dreamy and seem to go on forever. yeah, the shins do remind me of simon and garf, but that is not a bad thing. i didn't meet them, nor did i get hit with any of their broken instruments, but i danced my ass off the whole two hours. (towards the middle of the crowd) I could see everything fine- no need to absorb the sweat of the lead singer. he is atractive, tho. more importantly, how do you forget david bowie? what did his hair look like? did he sing anything from ziggy stardust? have you heard m. ward's cover of let's dance? oh my gawd! it is fabulous. that is such a beautiful song. (both versions) i am supposed to be back at work. heh heh

SpanksDia said...

oh that ward guy version of lets dance i dunno is like he is swimming in aspic. I read an interview with him and he used the word epiphany 3 times so um,
he'll have to wait outside the wall.


Bowie was great, charming, very energetic and chatty. He played the lirttle deco auditorium at berkeley high school.
He did a broad spectrum of his stuff (and I understand that over any given 2 or 3 night run a number ofsongs are added subtracted. BTW there is a relatively cheap DVD in stores came out in the fall which is essentially the same tour - the first part of the tour when he played larger venues and anyway gives you essentially what we saw.

He's great.
unfortunately he had those idiots in robes open for him. But that's of gave me more time to line up for soft drinks in the lobby.
the rain is worse today. I need some crack

lua said...

what is so epiphany wrong with saying epiphany? i also want to clarify mark's last statement... i would epiphany not hit him, that is not my style. my forms of torture or much slower and less obviously epiphany violent.

SpanksVosse said...

I gotta say...not a fan of the song by either artists. Bowie's versions isn't one of my favs of his and M. Ward...doesn't pull it off for me. Maybe I'm just not a fan of the song.

But, he was very cute in the concert. He really had a hold of the audience and just kept us right where he wanted. He played a lot of his earlier stuff too. And his bass player...hello ma'am! She was incredible. This beautiful black woman with a voice like Odetta.
Good time!

SpanksDia said...

Let's face the music and dance... first of all the shows we saw in berkeley were in 2004... but what the hell they count because we saw him since the last time either of us made a list of concerts we'd seen.
2. later that year right after dia's wedding in fact - was a very good Bob Dylan concert at UC Berkeley in a gym.

RE;"Let's Dance" It is with gratitude I recall Bowie didn't sing it the night I went. WE got "China Girl" instead but it's almost the same experience. neither is much to write home about. However sitting through them is a small sacrifice in order to also be in the room when he did The Superman, Under Pressure (that was with the electrifying bass player/singer), I'm afriad of americans, man who sold the world, ashes to ashes a particularly spirited changes-into-suffragette city --then closing with ziggy which was less convincing than the two before it,
but is deservedly beloved.
But I concur with dia about "Under Pressure" - a bold move and the girl was up to snuff.
(he opened with rebel rebel which remains a fun throwback to the pre-bowie 60's still a good
ride, a perfect starter - biggest change is of course his singing his ever deepening voice which seems richer now...
I loved the neil ypoung style of both the arrangement and vocalizing of the original but this worked very well
to immediately make clear we were hearing 21st century Bowie.
He was doing andy warhol on the tour but - my loss- not the night i went.
I was hoping for "young americans" as well - but why quibble about a great show.

Though only a handful of fans might show up, I would love LOVE LOVE it if he did an evening of the berlin stuff...
and even a handful of "Low" which I still listen to often and think was simply ahead of its time.
I hope he's done with those hari krishna acrobats though. It was
distressing when they came bouncing back on stage to begin his encore set -They are completely creepy.
fortunately they were dismissed after one song.
maybe next time he'll hit the road with arcade fire instead.

SpanksVosse said...

here here! Lucky for me the fairy dancers in robes didn't come out for the encore at the show I went too!

SpanksDia said...

you know what ?
the main one was like richard simmons if he worked for satan and was trying to trampoline himself to heaven to kill john lennon again.

SpanksVosse said...

my thoughts exactly. Richard Simmons could learn a lot from them...especially about clothing options.

kingdomforavoice said...

I think they are talking about the polyphonic spree.

lua said...

yeah, it was nice for a while they actually talked about things they liked, instead of picking apart things we like. alas, it was short lived.

SpanksDia said...

I bet you have never seen polyphonic spreez in concert...
I paid whatever the going rate - 65 bucks or more to go to that show and they sucked
and I paid for and sat through and earned my own opinion on them

But hey David Bowie loves them - so claudia and I are just the tiny voices of the minority in this
miasma
of
gunk.

SpanksVosse said...

i want to be the minority
i dont need your authority
down with the moral majority
'cause i want to be the minority!

lua said...

yes, your opinion is clear. your feelings are valid and very understood. no one will ever accuse you of being a fan.i did see the lead singer when they were the tripping daisy- in stillwater. i think mark saw 'em in austin. i ain't never paid no 65 dollars, tho.

SpanksDia said...

ohhhhh
tripping daisy.
earlier info is slowly seeping back into my brain
I really love music. Even corny.
And I rarely have anything close to hostile feelings during an actual live show
but those people were outright creepy.
It was like the moonies or something.
From their plastered on never changing grins like "young americans"
to the near insulting faux beatles songs
this ensemble is just wrong
and I think they may be aliens
certainly a cult
lock up your children if they come to your town.
disagree all you want about antony and
anything but this thing is a dangerous entity disguised as a band.

SpanksVosse said...

I totally thought they were a cult too. I swear they were serving kool-aid in the lobby. They were just way too happy. Like the Cowsills on crack.

lua said...

why is that so wrong? aren't we all just searching? maybe they are onto something. whatever floats the boat, right? i know, just don't charge 65 bucks a ride.

SpanksDia said...

I'll float YOUR boat little girl, just toss off that robe and get naked.