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Oct 10 2005

A Hard Day's Night

I could really get used to four day weekends.

On Friday night I DJed my first ever wedding, something I was quite nervous about. It's a fair amount of pressure, I think, to provide the music at someone's nuptials. My mindset was pretty much "Just don't mess it up" and hope everyone drank alot. I only agreed to provide my services after being assured by the bride that she wanted an indie rock slant to the proceedings, which eased my fears quite a bit.

I played 2 hours of dinner music; AIR, The Shins, Massive Attack, Mylo, Portishead, Nouvelle Vague, Morrissey, Radiohead, etc. and followed that up with 2 hours of dance music; Outkast, Joe Jackson, Postal Service, The Supremes, The Beatles, Phoenix, Mylo, The Cure, etc. It all went really well and I was relieved that I didn't screw up Cyndi and Kenji's special day. Congrats you two! And if anyone out there needs an indie rock DJ for your wedding, just holler.

Saturday I had the unexpected pleasure of seeing the one and only Sir Paul McCartney in concert at the MCI Center. A friend scored some primo (and I mean primo) seats on Friday and invited me. We had third row seats off the side of the stage! It was pretty unreal being about 10 or 15 yards away from a Beatle while he was belting out a bunch of songs I never figured on hearing live. I really wish I would have brought my camera.

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And Macca puts on one hell of a show. It was equal part Beatles, Wings and newer solo stuff. He played most of the newer material early and to be honest, it sounded just fine. After about halfway through the set, it was hit after hit after hit. The highlights for me were a killer, technicolor version of "Band On The Run"(a leafblower favorite from way back), a solo "I Will" (maybe my favorite Beatles tune) and a nice little story about NASA waking up the astronauts on the Discovery space shuttle with "Good Day Sunshine" on the day the crew were finally able to land the shuttle in California. Other Beatles tunes he played were "Magical Mystery Tour", "Drive My Car", "The Long and Winding Road", "Blackbird", "Eleanor Rigby", "Yesterday", "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window", "Penny Lane", "Back In The USSR", "Hey Jude", "Get Back", "Please Please Me", "Sgt. Pepper", "Helter Skelter", "The End". It goes without saying I was creaming my pants the entire time. "Please Please Me" was just incredible. That was a "Like, woah" moment, no doubt.

There was also a surreal moment when the band and everyone inside MCI sang "Happy Birthday" to John, who's 65th birthday was Sunday. Macca played for about 2 and a half hours. The show felt like it would never end. In a good way. The show was so good, I almost forgave him for this and the whole "McCartney/Lennon" shite. Almost. Here's the WaPo review.

It was going to be hard to top seeing Macca in the flesh so I spent the rest of the weekend drinking(wine and champagne), watching movies(The Incredibles, The Machinist and Discs 1 and 2 of Lost). I need more four day weekends like this.

Kasabian hearts Oasis. Ok guys, we get it. If this keeps up, we're going to need a few "No homo" comments thrown in just so we're all straight. No pun intended.

Shut it, you ponce.

Fuck. This makes me want to take back all the bad things I've said recently about REM. Cool as fuck.

Posted by Kyle in Concert Reviews | Permalink

Comments

Dude, let it be naked is best. There was nothing particularly wrong with the original, but you have to admit that it was intended to sound more like the later release -- an album recorded live, rather than crazy phil's stringfest.

Posted by: gorilla at October 11, 2005 4:31 PM

You failed to answer the single most important question about your Wedding DJ escapade -- did it get you laid? BOVS!

Posted by: Uncle Grambo at October 11, 2005 4:55 PM

i'm just following grambo around today. KIDS! ... so did it get you lay lady laid? liking the macca review. he looks younger too.

Posted by: spencer at October 11, 2005 10:39 PM

I attended a wedding at the Kennedy-Warren where the bride let her brother dj from the stage of the grand ballroom during the reception. He started blaring out real head slamming techno, and everyone started leaving the party. I had to wonder about this kid at 14 and if down the road he'd hear these songs when he's older and say "I remember when" with nostalgia.

Washington Cube Was Here. #334

Posted by: Washington Cube at October 11, 2005 10:51 PM

Sadly there weren't many singletons at the wedding, so the answer is no. All the more reason for someone to hire me for my next wedding gig!

Posted by: information leafblower at October 12, 2005 9:39 AM

There's an incredibly terrible video of REM playing "Begin The Begin" here:

http://danmatt.multiply.com/video/item/3

Be warned that it's something like 40M, the sound quality is beyond abysmal and if you look really, really hard, you get to see Bill for maybe 1.5 seconds. But it's there if you want it.

Posted by: Dumbek at October 12, 2005 2:49 PM

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