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The first Tibetan Freedom Concert in San Francisco
The NC State Basketball Arena
The Reading Festival
The First Union Center in Philiadelphia
Field Day at Giants Stadium
and The Backstage at the Black Cat. Capacity approximately 150.
Above are the venues where I've seen Beck perform. Actually, he got hurt at Field Day and didn't perform, but I'm going for scale here, so work with me.
Last night's Beck show was pretty incredible. Half of the set was his new record, the other half was requests from the crowd.
I had to sign a photo release to take pics at the show, so head on over to DCist to read all about it.
Even though I got to bed really, really late last night, I can't complain. I caught The Decemberists and Beck in a matter of hours and got to cover both shows. Not bad for a crappy little music blog.
I have info from a very reliable source that Beck will playing a surprise set at the Black Cat tonight. He'll be taking the stage sometime around midnight. I have no idea what this means for the Apples In Stereo show already scheduled.
Don't forget, you heard it here first!
**UPDATE** Here's the review of the show.
My interview with Matt Berninger of The National is up over on DCist. Matt was extremely nice during our interview and he really opened up and talked about how much he hates me, D.C., Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, the Yankees, the follow up to Alligator, Bruce Springsteen, touring and Nethers*. I can't wait for their D.C. show on Thursday!
* Disclaimer: Matt doesn't hate any of those things at all. In fact, he really likes them. Except for the Yankees. The whole band hates the Yankees. Sweet!
Here's an excerpt:
I remember reading about the tour you did together [with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah] when they were opening for you and supposedly everyone was coming to see them. What was that like? I know you guys are friends...
The first few shows of that tour were really awkward because between when we set up the tour and when we hit the road, they blew up and became a phenomenon...I'd say there were four or five shows where that happened and you could really tell that half the crowd had left. But at the rest of them, we didn't get that feeling at all. But we kind of just swallowed it and said that's the way it's going to be and I think we played really well. I think ultimately we ended up getting more attention than we would have if we'd have gone out without them...And after that tour, we suddenly started getting the feeling that more people were paying attention to us than before. But during the tour, between the two bands, it was just constant joking. They were ribbing us and it was a really playful thing. We've been talking about potentially doing another tour in the Spring with them.
Go read the whole thing. I'll (hopefully)be back later today with The Linkage.
In yet another sign of my approaching senility, I find it harder and harder to figure out who is who on the ever-expanding indie rock landscape. I'm always confusing one band for another (and this is off the top of my head):
Brakes, The Rakes, The Grates
The Cassettes, Cassettes Won't Listen
Cloud Cult, The Cloud Room
Dirty Pretty Things, Death By Sexy, Dirty On Purpose
Wolf Eyes, Wolf Parade
Wolfmother, Guitar Wolf
Guillemotts , Two Gallants
Catfish Haven, Hootie and the Blowfish (just kidding!)
The Black Keys, Black Heart Procession, The Black Angels
Rock Kills Kid , Boy Kill Boy
Mates of State, Hope of the States
The Noisettes, The Pipettes
French Kicks, King of France
Mya, M.I.A., Sia
Pony Up, The Ponys
There's also a band I keep confusing with TV on the Radio, whose name escapes me at the moment. I'll add more as I think of them. Feel free to add your own in the comments.
Behold the latest
cash grab alternate road unis for the Washington Wizards. I vote Fugly. meh.
We Are Scientists are playing the Black Cat in December. I missed them last time around, so maybe I'll go check out this gig.
Jarvis Cocker takes over as guest editor for the Observer and initiates a round table discussion with Nick Cave, Beth Orton and others. Highlights:
Nick Cave: People have been married to my music ... and I just don't think it would be very cool for them to switch on the TV and "The Ship Song" comes on a Cornetto ad or something.
Paul Morley: All those things we thought were important ... they've been co-opted by the capitalist world to give what it has to sell the illusion of hipness and cool, so that the whole world feels as if they're in on the revolution and that they're hip and they're cool. But the meaning of it has been sucked dry. I blame Busted. Before Busted there was no guitar music anywhere; it had been wiped away by pop groups and by Pop Idol ...
Nick Cave [quietly, to Beth Orton]: Who are Busted?
I got a copy of the new Wowee Zowee reissue last night (and in the interest of full disclosure, Beggars/Matador, unbenkowknst to me, bought an ad on my site for said CD this morning) and am really loving it. I was going to post some MP3's for everyone to download, but Pitchfork has done it for me. P4K, good for MP3's, not so good for photos or puncutation. Head over there to download a live version of "Fight This Generation," (my fave song by Pavement), a live version of "Heckler Spray/In the Mouth of a Desert" as well as "Rattled By The Rush." Sweet! And of course, click on the ad for more info.
Ooh, I almost forgot. I interviewed Matt from The National yesterday and we had a great conversation. I learned why they hate Washington D.C. (they don't) and we talked about their new record and that tour with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. I'll have it up next week.
Thanks to Matt 5500 for spotting the latest in a growing number of Pitchfork typos in today's Pet Shop Boys album review. He's guessing they meant "worth noting" and I have to agree. Am I gonna have to make a separate category for Pitchfork typos? If anyone else spots one, send it along.
Maybe if another blog wasn't so busy trying to become the new Entertainment Weekly while showing us all what great tastemakers they are, they could get around to doing the things they laid out in their ballyhooed "manifesto" and calling P4k out on this stuff. But it's not like anyone's sticking around to read them...
Continuing yesterday's post (hey, I'm not above beating a dead horse), I just don't get Pitchfork's photo based concert review posts. The reviews are all well and good, I just think it's curious that the photos get the main billing when they are generally pants. The images they post are rarely more than passable and look like they were taken on a 3 year old Canon Powershot. Couldn't Pitchfork get a photographer with a decent set up to tag along with the reviewer and take some shots worthy of the bandwidth from mightiest indie rock news source in all the land?
For the record, I'm not trying to say that I'm Mr. Super Duper Blogger Photographer Extraordinaire. I take lots of photos with my camera(s) and have improved alot from the beginning of the year, but I will be the first person to say I have a LONG way to go before I start to get a big head about my photos. But if and when it happens, you'll be the first to know.
Yay! Yeserday was Celtics Media Day! The season tips off four short weeks from now. Even better, the Wiz open at home against the C's.
Hey, if it's October, it must mean the A's get the first game (10 o'clock in the a.m. on the West Coast) and the Yanks get the primetime slots. Whatevs. For the record, I'm pulling for
Red Sox West The Dodgers.
A music blogger's personal manifesto. I have some thoughts on this whole thing that I've been meaning to put together, and hope to soon, as soon as I'm done beating dead horses.