I just finished listening to Mess and I can't believe that this is the same band that released They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top. That album is the only one that I have ever listened to or owned by Liars. It's worlds apart, but in a good way. Looking forward to their set.
Oddly, Mess is the most they've sounded like They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top in years.
Yeah, I suppose if you've ONLY heard those two Liars albums they sound different, but everything else they made is starkly different from those two. Drum's Not Dead is a singular piece of music, for instance.
Kraftwerk was good. The crowd was so OLD. It's the first time I've felt young at a concert in a long time. Every cool old person in the Bay Area was there.
It was the third night of three sold-out shows. To be honest, I think I was held back from fully appreciating it for three reasons:
1) Someone near me smelled like vomit 2) I just found out Florian left the band in 2008, and Ralf is the only original member in the lineup. It was sort of obvious during the show. I sort of felt like it was like seeing Ween without Gene. Ralf and Florian are Ralf and Florian. 3) Tickets were expensive. I didn't remember how much I paid until I printed my ticket yesterday. Too much, especially when compared to the incredible St. Vincent show I saw at the same venue two nights prior.
They sounded fantastic, and the Fox has great sound. They more or less faithfully reproduced their "hits" - I'm like a medium-range Kraftwerk fan and I knew almost every song. Even casual fans probably knew most songs. Not a lot of experimentation or crazy transitions or anything, though some very cool moments. The animations were cool at first, then dull, then sort of better. Honestly, Primus' 3D was way better. Hilariously, there were some EDM bros in the crowd dancing like they were watching Skrillex, which was amusing for me and everyone else in the audience.
The saddest part is that the whole time I was thinking about how much fun this would have been at the Gorge. It would have been really cool. Glad I saw it, but definitely didn't take me to new places.
OSL is always stacked at the top and then doesn't have shit for an undercard. Which sort of makes sense for a festival in a city that gets toured ad nauseum. Last year I only saw Paul McCartney and the National one day, and only like three bands and NIN another day.
Back to Bottle Rocket. That's even more ridiculous than last year. This is the weirdest music festival. The best part is it costs like $600. It's made exclusively for 40-something rich people with no taste living in wine country...plus Deerhunter and Thee Oh Sees. Last year it was all that....plus Iron and Wine and Sharon Van Etten.