Off the rails I was
And off the rails I was happy to stay

Jul 9 2007

Click Click: GJ, MDR & tUS @ Black Cat

Top notch show on Friday that showcased some of the best local talent here in Washington D.C. All three bands played great sets but the highlight of the night was when Jesse Elliott from These Unites States joined Middle Distance Runner on stage for a cover of "The Business," a tUS tune that rarely gets played (although it got a surprise airing earlier in the night). Ummmm, maybe you had to be there.

Georgie James played some new stuff from their forthcoming Saddle Creek release that sounds great and the best news of all (for all of you) is that before the year is out, all three of these bands are likely coming to a town near you(separately, obvs.). So be sure to check them out when that time comes.

[MP3] These United States | The Business
Georgie James plays a Woxy Lounge Act
Middle Distance Runner on The Hype Machine

As I mentioned last week, all three of these bands have played DCist's Unbuckled in the last year or so. The next Unbuckled is on Wednesday, so come on out and see the next big thing.


I Am Fuel, You Are Friends has MP3's from one of R.E.M.'s recent Dublin performances in its entirety.

Related: Maybe R.E.M. haven't lost the plot after all. Although, I must say, bring your camera free for alls mostly turn into big clusterfuck of flash bulbs popping off everywhere because everyone that's bought a DSLR in the last year or two brings it and lets their flash fly because they don't have fast enough glass to take photos otherwise. On Friday, some stupid lady wormed her way up to the front of the crowd and started taking photos while aiming her external flash right in people's faces! I couldn't believe it. Not only did she stand right in front of me and block my shots, but she was firing flashes every which way and annoying every single person in her vicinity. No wonder people hate photogs at gigs. People like her give us a bad name. OK, rant over. Sorry.

PJ Harvey still has it.

Posted by Kyle in Photos | Permalink


Speaking of bad photogs, have you seen this?

Posted by: William Bragg at July 9, 2007 1:08 PM

I have. The girl in question on Friday had an even more ridiculous flash and a huge diffuser on top.

Posted by: information leafblower at July 9, 2007 1:13 PM

Whenever I'm shooting an event, show or concert, I always try to remain inconspicuous as possible. I mean I'm not the only one there!

Also Kyle, quick question. What noise reduction software are you using?

By the way, your photos are great. I've been browsing your photos for quite some time, and I can't believe how quickly you have progressed these last two (or so?) years.

Posted by: William Bragg at July 9, 2007 2:24 PM

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