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    The Concerts Thread

    I like going to shows. How about you?

    The concerts I went to this year:

    Girl Talk, Studio B, 2/9/07
    Arcade Fire, Judson Memorial Church, 2/13/07
    Les Savy Fav/The Big Sleep/Call Me Lightning, Bowery Ballroom, 4/1/07
    Junior Boys/San Serac/Tigercity, Bowery Ballroom, 4/11/07
    Art Brut/Holy Hail/Ra Ra Riot, Bowery Ballroom, 4/17/07
    Sunset Rubdown/Katie Eastburn, Bowery Ballroom, 5/4/07
    Animal Collective/Danielson, South Street Seaport, 6/1/07
    Franz Ferdinand, Bowery Ballroom, 6/13/07
    Panda Bear/Eric Copeland, Bowery Ballroom, 6/23/07
    Marnie Stern (with Zach Hill from Hella on drums)/Puttin' on the Ritz/Rocket Surgery, Knitting Factory, 7/8/07
    Suicide/The Death Set, South Street Seaport, 7/27/07
    TV on the Radio/Celebration, MCcarren Park Pool, 7/29/07
    The Thermals, Maxwell's, 8/10/07
    Ted Leo & the Pharmacists/The Thermals, McCarren Park Pool, 8/12/07
    Arcade Fire/LCD Soudsystem, Randall's Island, 10/6/07
    Voxtrot, Music Hall of Williamsburg, 10/14/07
    Matt & Kim/Flosstradamus/The Hood Internet, Music Hall of Williamsburg, 10/20/07
    The New Pornographers/Emma Pollock, Webster Hall, 10/24/07
    Damo Suzuki's Network (with members of Akron/Family & Oneida)/Tony Conrad, Knitting Factory, 10/29/07
    Final Fantasy/Cadence Weapon, Maxwell's, 11/10/07

    Favorite performances:
    1. Les Savy fav
    2. LCD Soundsystem
    3. Animal Collective
    4. The Thermals (Maxwell's)
    5. Girl Talk
    6. The New Pornographers
    7. Arcade Fire (Judson Memorial)
    8. Art Brut
    9. Panda Bear
    10. San Serac

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    Pretty bad year for gigs, saw too much post-rock/metal stuff for my liking, at the behest of friends.

    Black Lips + Straight Arrows + Dead Farmers, 18/12
    Die! Die! Die!, 25/10
    Pelican + Stockholm Syndrome, 4/10
    The Stabs, 31/8
    Mono + World's End Girlfriend + Castings, 30/8
    Onani + Fattura Della Morte + Dining in Tuscany, 10/8
    Envy + Brisk, 20/7
    Black Boned Angel + Agonhymn + Wog, 7/7
    Birushanah + Shagnum, 16/6
    Tenniscoats + Milica Stefanovic w/ Ian Pieterse, 4/6
    Boris + Sunn O))), 6/5
    V Festival (Pixies, etc.), 31/3
    Converge, 22/3
    Comets on Fire + Grey Daturas + Dead Farmers, 10/3
    Yo La Tengo + Dave Kilgour, 1/3
    The Evens, 28/2
    The NowNow festival, 20/1
    The Necks, 16/1

    Top 5:

    1. Pixies
    2. The Necks
    3. Boris
    4. Yo La Tengo
    5. Envy

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    Living in NC limits how many artists I am able to see, but these are the shows I saw this year.

    Deerhoof, Busdriver, and the Harlem Shakes
    Smashing Pumpkins and Celebration
    Rilo Kiley, Art in Manilla, and Grand Ole Party
    Flaming Lips and Birds of Avalon
    Little Brother, Pete Rock, and Supastition
    The Avett Brothers

    I will be seeing Yo La Tengo during their Freewheelin' tour in a couple of weeks, and I need to buy my ticket for Wu-Tang.

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    I...uh, saw My Chemical Romance during a field trip to Universal Studios in March or something. And, um...yup, that's it.

    :|

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    Quote Quoting Horbgorbler (view post)
    I...uh, saw My Chemical Romance during a field trip to Universal Studios in March or something. And, um...yup, that's it.

    :|
    Get out of your basement.

    Though I'm not really one to talk, as I only saw about 5 shows this year.
    Wishful thinking, perhaps; but that is just another possible definition of the featherless biped.

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    Regular concerts Belgium style (Not counting the support gigs):
    • Andrew Bird
    • Animal Collective
    • Band of Horses
    • Bob Dylan
    • Daniel Johnston
    • The Decemberists
    • Herman Düne
    • Interpol
    • Joanna Newsom
    • Liars
    • Menomena
    • Modest Mouse
    • The National
    • Tomān
    • Wilco
    Festival stuff:
    • Apse
    • Arcade Fire
    • Badly Drawn Boy
    • Chris Cornell (!!)
    • CocoRosie
    • Devendra Banhart
    • DeVotchka
    • Dinosaur Jr
    • Fridge
    • Fujiya & Miyagi
    • The Go! Team
    • Kings of Leon
    • LCD Soundsystem
    • Liars
    • Low
    • My Brightest Diamond
    • Rilo Kiley
    • The Shins
    • Sonic Youth
    • Spoon
    • Voxtrot
    • Woven Hand
    Favorite performances overall:
    1. Wilco
    2. Interpol
    3. Liars (both times)
    4. Sonic Youth
    5. Joanna Newsom
    6. Spoon
    7. LCD Soundsystem
    8. The National
    9. Animal Collective
    10. Bob Dylan
    Last movies seen
    Frank: Good
    Mistaken for Strangers: Good
    Guardians of the Galaxy: Good


    Last TV seasons watched

    Treme (S04): Good
    The Legend of Korra (S03): Good

    Currently reading
    This Side of Paradise - F. Scott Fitzgerald

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    I typically don't go to concerts. They are expensive, I usually don't like the preceding bands, and they seem to always start very late.

    With that, the only bands I would see right now are The Arcade Fire and The Roots.

    First Man - ***
    The Sisters Brothers - *** 1/2
    Mandy - ***


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    Quote Quoting Justin (view post)
    Living in NC limits how many artists I am able to see, but these are the shows I saw this year.
    Same for SC. We saw less than usual this year. Ranked:

    1. !!!
    2. The National
    3. Of Montreal
    4. Mission of Burma
    5. Okkervil River
    6. Mojave 3

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    Didn't go to many shows myself:

    * Pet Shop Boys
    * Lindsey Buckingham
    * Feist
    * Joseph Arthur & The Lonely Astronauts (walked out on this one)
    * Los Straitjackets w/ Big Sandy
    * MC Chris

    I think that's it for 2007 shows. I was pondering seeing The Police on their reunion tour on account of me being such a fan back when they were together, but one look at the ticket price and it was "fuuuuuck you, Sting".

    Shows I have tickets to see in 2008:

    * Pink Martini
    * Dianne Reeves

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    I saw Joanna Newsom and a handful of classical music concerts. Little else...

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    - Dolores O'Riordan.
    - Hvid Sjokolade

    ... and that's it. :|
    "Listen man, it might be hard to understand, but
    Don't mourn the dead,
    Celebrate the life they gave"
    - Kashmir "Seraphina"

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    Good concerts I attended last year...

    High on Fire
    Pelican
    Zu
    Joe Lally
    Unsane
    Black Lips
    Damon and Naomi
    Kristin Hersh
    Ornette Coleman
    The Ponys
    Brian Jackson
    El Inquilino Comunista
    Shannon Wright
    Patti Smith
    Joanna Newsom
    Built to Spill
    Tara Jane O'Neil
    Lisa Germano
    Julie Doiron
    Diane Cluck
    Josef Van Wissem
    Jay Reatard
    The Orchids
    Sonic Youth playing Daydream Nation
    Slint playing Spiderland
    Melvins playing Houdini
    Dirty Three playing Ocean Songs
    Colin Hare
    Mastodon
    Ex-Lion Tamer
    Slayer
    GWAR
    Deerhoof
    Megadeth
    Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
    Billy Bragg
    Nick Garrie
    Sr. Chinarro
    Fucked Up
    Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra
    Earth
    Thurston Moore
    Wilco
    Nisei
    Grey Daturas
    Motorhëad

    and others I'm probably forgetting.

    Top 10 overall:

    1. Colin Hare
    2. Tara Jane O'Neil
    3. Sonic Youth
    4. Unsane
    5. Diane Cluck
    6. Ornette Coleman
    7. Slint
    8. Fucked Up
    9. Zu
    10. Nick Garrie

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    This year, I just saw TV on the Radio... I think. And that was an excellent concert. There might have been something else. However, I'm pretty much done with concerts, unless it's someone I'm a major, major fan of who I really want to see live. By the time a concert's over, my back aches and I can't hear anything--even less than I can during the concert, since mostly I can't really hear anything the vocalist has been singing. Also, I feel pressured to dance sometimes, and that's horrible for me and for everyone else if I actually succumb.

    I'd rather take my $12 to $30 and buy an album or two.

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    Llopin's list makes mine look like

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    Deerhoof w/Busdriver
    Voxtrot
    The New Pornographers w/Immaculate Machine + Emma Pollock
    M.I.A. w/The Cool Kids
    Happy-Go-Lucky (Leigh, 2008): 6
    Of Human Bondage (Cromwell, 1934): 8 [2nd]
    Watchmen (Synder, 2009): 2
    Rachel Getting Married (Demme, 2008): 7

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    Quote Quoting Acapelli (view post)
    Llopin's list makes mine look like
    Man, hpn is seeping into everywhere these days...

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    Just got back from Built To Spill; oh boy what a letdown. :sad:

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    Quote Quoting Boner M (view post)
    Just got back from Built To Spill; oh boy what a letdown. :sad:
    That really sucks; they were great when I saw them like, two years ago.

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    Quote Quoting krazed (view post)
    That really sucks; they were great when I saw them like, two years ago.
    I just don't know what happened. I was absolutely sure they'd be the only band to redeem my dismal recent track record of gigs, since their live album is one of my faves and they've rocked in all the clips I've seen 'em in. But they were merely workmanlike and competent, with little presence aside from Doug's insanely twitchy singing. My biggest peeve was that they only played one track from Perfect From Now On - Randy - and they turned it into a boring-ass Phish jam for the encore, which ended the night on a serious bum note.

    They did play "Carry the Zero", "You Were Right" and "The Big Dipper" though, as well as a kickass cover of Eno's "Third Uncle", and I guess they were good overall. Still, I left plagued by emptiness from the disappointment.

    Here's to hoping that Battles in the next few weeks perks my summer up.

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    Quote Quoting Boner M (view post)
    Just got back from Built To Spill; oh boy what a letdown. :sad:
    Yeah, that totally sucks. There's nothing more deflating than a bad show from a band you like a lot. I had that experience with Joseph Arthur last year, and it put a pretty big damper on my opinion of his music.

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    I included BTS in my concerts list since I did really enjoy their show, but was left a little disappointed as well. It was at a festival, for starters, so it was more brief than it ought to, more limited, and the band also had to confront some technical problems which prompted it to start twenty minutes late and with general distaste (Doug seemed a bit sore). Still they played energically, but they absolutely ignored There's Nothing Wrong With Love (my favourite of theirs - nostalgia, etc) and stuck too much to their lastest (which is very cool - but given this was their first and only performance in the country since 1994 or so, they could've been more anthological). I eagerly await their return, next time in some venue if it's possible.

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    Quote Quoting BirdsAteMyFace (view post)
    Deerhoof w/Busdriver
    The New Pornographers w/Immaculate Machine + Emma Pollock
    M.I.A. w/The Cool Kids
    What'd you think of the New Porno's show? After thinking about it more, it was a lot better than what I had it ranked as. It was a total crowd pleaser. They came back for two encores and took requests. They even played Letter from an Occupant after me and my friend's constant badgering.

    Upcoming shows:

    The Magnetic Fields, Town Hall, 2/21/08 (bought tickets already)
    Thurston Moore / MV+EE & the Golden Road / Tall Firs / Religious Knives, Knitting Factory, 1/8/08
    Liars / No Age, Warsaw, 2/9/08
    Black Lips / Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Bowery Ballroom, 3/10/08
    Boredoms, Terminal 5, 3/30/08

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    I also saw the New Pornos about a month ago and was most pleased with the show (forgot to list it), the thing is that I cannot totally enjoy them without Neko (I think she does "save", or rather, improve some of the material) - and she doesn't seem willing to come over here. They were correct and played kool songs ("Bleeding Heart", "Use it", "Alcoholism"), but no "Letter from an Occupant"... they were fun, but didn't leave a lasting impression on me...

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    this is the first year probably since i was 15 i didn't see any awesome concerts. i saw a few, but they all weren't very good.

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    Quote Quoting Acapelli (view post)
    What'd you think of the New Porno's show? After thinking about it more, it was a lot better than what I had it ranked as. It was a total crowd pleaser. They came back for two encores and took requests. They even played Letter from an Occupant after me and my friend's constant badgering.
    It's definitely amongst my favorites. Although, running into Neko at a record store before the show slightly biases my opinion, in retrospect. A friend and I drove about 5 hours (from Jacksonville, FL to Atlanta) to see both the New Pornos and M.I.A. back-to-back, so as a whole, it was quite an experience...



    *sigh*
    Happy-Go-Lucky (Leigh, 2008): 6
    Of Human Bondage (Cromwell, 1934): 8 [2nd]
    Watchmen (Synder, 2009): 2
    Rachel Getting Married (Demme, 2008): 7

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