Post by The Horned Grandmother on Jun 22, 2011 11:10:21 GMT -5
If Gunther shooshed someone then it was undoubtedly deserved. Dude has immaculate concert etiquette.
When The Residents came through town a couple of his friends went to the show with us and Gunther took them all and made them stand on the other side of the room so that if they got chatty he would have the chance to be diplomatic with them instead of having me tackle them and beat them into submission.
Rifflandia, Rifflandia, Rifflandia! I’m still riding an amazing high from four of best days/nights ever. This was such a well planned and executed, diverse and fantastic festival.
The park during the day was awesome. It’s not an incredibly large park, however they set it up really well. They had two stages on either side of the park, and pretty much the second a band would finish on one stage, another one would start on the other. I couldn’t believe how smoothly that went. They had the beer garden over about half of the field, with our local hero brewery Phillips creating a giant circus-y trailer with about twenty taps.
Such good beer! Plus you could stand at the front of the garden and be almost right in front of the stage, so you didn’t have to miss any concerts for beer. They also had a bunch of local favorite restaurants doing the food vending. I tried to eat something different every day but ended up with the pulled pork poutine more than once.
At night they had four shows per venue, with eights venues taking part. I thought that I wasn’t going to enjoy it as much, but the lines were never too bad and a small venue is always so much more fun. The coolest venue was Phillips building a stage on their loading dock so that we were all watching the show from their ramp.
Outstanding performances by so many wonderful artists. My highlights were Braids on Thursday night, Mother Mother Friday at the park, dancing my butt off at Lyrics Born & Glass Candy on Saturday night, and then motherfuckin’ Gomez in the sunshine on Sunday. Found some new smaller bands that I definitely like, and really wasn’t very disappointed with much at all. It seems like the whole thing was a huge success all round so I’m really looking forward to them doing it all again next year! The perfect way to cap off summer.
So FD's parents did the world a favour and had two more kids after they realized how awesome FD is, and one of them is in a band. I saw that band last night. It was an awesome night with new people and lots of drinks. So many drinks that I danced my face off to some of the sweetest chunes. FD's brother has even more hair than he does, an he knows how to rock. I'm not really sure how you would classify the band, but I think it was just good old Rock 'n' Roll, but turned in to a party. There were tambourines and trumpets and harmonies and hair swinging. Best night.
Also: I fell asleep in a cab last night. That immediately makes it even better.
Post by The Horned Grandmother on Mar 4, 2012 16:27:23 GMT -5
DJ Anjali was at a little venue in Portland last night, and me and Stormy said fuck it let's go do that so we did. All of our friends are lame, but we had a great time. The highlight of the evening was definitely our after-hours pseudo-conversation with Friendly D, which took place at almost the exact moment that I was passing out.
It was like a little nugget of Sasquatch gold on a Saturday night. I even recognized one of Anjali's beats from when I heard it outside the Nanner Shack.
Post by Friendly Destroyer on Mar 26, 2012 19:21:52 GMT -5
The Drive-By Truckers March 20 @ The Showbox at the Market, Seattle The Drive-By Truckers March 22 @ The Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver
Once again this year me, my brother and some friends made our yearly pilgrimage to gaze upon, have our brains blown to euphoric smithereens, and sweat buckets at the foot of the last bastion of rock n’ roll, The Drive-By Truckers.
I firmly believe that the only artists on earth who’ve been able to blend the true rock n’ roll of soul, blues, gospel and country have been The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, The Band, Leon Russell, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, Elton John, The Allman Brothers and The Drive-By Truckers. It’s a shame they don’t get the mass recognition they deserve, but at the same time I surely benefit from seeing the only fluent rock n’ roll band in the last 30 years blowing the roof off some amazing intimate venues. I also believe that you’ve never witnessed the real power of a rock band until you’ve seen 3 guitars intertwine over a solid bass, drums, and piano groove. As psychedelic and mind expanding as I find electronics and the like to be, nothing cracks my skull completely wide open like seeing 3 guitars seamlessly flowing into eachother like a constant organic audio pan of passing riffs and solos.
One of the best things about seeing the DBT’s is that they never follow a set list, which is pretty fun to watch them call out the audibles on stage or huddle on a crash jam until they all agree on a key and jump into a song. What’s especially great about their “no set list shows” is that if you see them twice in three days you get to hear 43 songs in total, 20 of which were only played once. I started seeing the DBT’s in 2008 and they absolutely knocked me out, it truly felt like what seeing The Rolling Stones might have been like (minus the cultural weight of the song recognition). In that time I’ve seen them tour with two lead guitarists, then with 2 lead guitarists plus a touring 3rd lead, and a touring organ/keyboard player. Next they were officially a band with 3 guitars and organ/keys who had recorded an album together. This time around their long time bassist Shonna Tucker had recently quit the band and was replaced by Matt Patton. Shonna had a very soulful touch to her playing and also wrote and sang for the band so it was hard to see that part go, but Matt Patton really completed their sound. Right from the opening of “I Do Believe” in Seattle you could hear the difference in the bass. Slick, soulful and a rhythm you could set your goddamn watch to! He really freed up Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley and John Neff to do some absolutely twisted psychedelic shit I’d never seen them or any band do.
The crowd at both shows was like a giant stoned drunken family reunion. In a good way. We even wound up standing next to the exact same people as we did at the Vancouver show as last year. The symbiotic atmosphere of crowd and band is unparalleled next to any show I’ve ever seen. The core members are all in their late 40’s or early 50’s and have been putting on over 200 shows a year for almost 15 years and polish off a bottle of Whiskey and Tequila each night on stage between them all. They are the definition of Road Warriors and a band that lives to play live shows. If you love rock n’ roll please do yourself a favor and catch them live when you can at their own show in a sweet intimate venue.
Long live rock n’ roll.
If any one is interested here is a review I had written about The Drive By Truckers - The Big To Do
Sweet review FD. I love it when bands play totally different setlists day-to-day too. It's amazing when a band has a semi-obscure song from an older album or even just a cult favorite, and you actually feel like there is a real chance they could play it.
Drive By Truckers definately up there on the list of bands I want to see but have yet to see live. We'll get there.
We Are The City: I always love seeing these guys. I got to see them twice on Thursday. They always play like they are headlining the biggest festival in the world, even if they are playing to 50 people eating bar food at 3pm. After their second show I had the best chat with the frontman that was worth my ticket cost alone.
The Zolas: This band is known for their piano and guitar harmonies, but they didn't have their keyboardist with them, so I think most of the magic was gone. I'd like to see them again with their own keyboard player.
The Beekeepers: Apparently these guys are big with the teenage girls, but I didn't really get it at all. They didn't really seem to know how to play their instruments and tried to make up for it by acting like idiots, and not in an entertaining way.
The Evaporators: I ran in to Womp right before this show, and it turned in to one of the best of the day. Unfortunately we left right before Andrew WK showed up and turned it in to a real party.
Basketball: I had my dancing shoes on and I thought this was a show to dance to, but there was no one there and I'm not even sure if it was Basketball that was dj'ing. The chunes were funky, but I couldn't get in to it.
Gold: I didn't stay at this show for very long. There were two female vocalists both playing guitar and they didn't seem like they cared at all about what they were doing. They weren't even smiling.
Dirty Spells: This show was my first and only Sax sighting of the weekend. They also had a violin plugged in to something that made it sound like a whole horn section. They had two drummers and they would build their songs in to this crazy psychedelic wall of noise, and then slow it right down and their awful vocalist would wreck the whole song. There was one song with no vocals that sent me directly to the moon. Someone needs to tell them that if no one in your band can sing, don't try, or find someone who can.
Wake Owl: WHO THE FUCK OPENS FOR FEIST WITH HALF OF THEIR BAND?? They were missing a drummer and another member (not sure what they played) so it made for a pretty uninspired and boring show. They had some nice vocal harmonies but it seemed really empty.
Yamantaka//SONICTITAN: Thank you to Lumpy for suggesting that I see this! The show started with three people with black and white painted faces coming on stage to play drums, keys and twist knobs (there was a table with a box that had knobs in it and all she did was headbang and twist knobs, it was awesome). After they had a strange loop going, a two headed paper dragon dances out on stage. The two remaining members of the band put the dragon down and start screaming in to the mics. One has a black garbage bag headdress on that shakes around constantly. I could not look away from this show. It was in a theater and there was no dance floor or else I would have been up and going crazy.
Feist: It wasn't on the same level as the Sasquatch performance (or rather, I wasn't on the same level), but standing in the rain in the middle of Calgary listening to Feist put the biggest smile on my face of the whole weekend. Plus Womp was there professing his love to her to anyone within earshot (which is pretty far for him).
Jon Mckeil: I didn't give his set my full attention, but he did have an amazing voice and it was a good way to start off the day.
Foam Lake: A band of 4 brothers (they lost one of them at a mall so there was only 3 at this show) that could rock the fuck out. The two that sang had some really good harmonies and they got people up and dancing.
Miesha and The Spanks: Ask Womp for a full review of this one, but they filled the afternoon party rock slot for me. I couldn't hear the vocals very well, but she had a ton of energy.
The Hold Steady: I can't imagine dancing in huge puddles in varying degrees of rain for over an hour to the sound of anything else. Craig's voice is so different and perfect and it was worth my jeans and shoes being sloshy for the rest of the night.
Aleister X: A guy with face paint, a boxing robe, no pants, and mad guitar skills. He put me in the right orbit for the rest of the night.
SNAKATAK & Tessa G, Cherie Lily: I actually don't know which of these came first, but they were both insane. Drum machines and dancing and booty shaking.
Andrew WK: The best fucking way to end this crazy festival. It got shut down by the police because people were stage diving and getting hurt, but before that it was the most intense party I have ever been a part of. The floor was so slippery that everyone was just jumping around and falling in to each other. The highlight of the set was him holding up a black shoe and asking the crowd who it belonged to. Today we discovered it was Nater's shoe. You know it's a party when you lose your shoes.
-Friendly D, Womp, Nater, Blacksmile, Shax and all of their friends and family - Getting lost more times than I can count in a strange city - Getting a crush, and then later falling in love with Calgary - Womp getting a talking to for talking loudly during this harp player's performance.