Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Grizzly Bear and Beach House at the Hollywood Palladium, 10/20/09

Beach House

This band needs a new
Producer - so much better
Live than recorded!

Grizzly Bear

You know you've made it
When bros leave before encores
and merch is pirate!

A few notes on the phenomenon that is Grizzly Bear in 2009 (this can likely apply to Animal Collective and, to a lesser extent, the Dirty Projectors as well):

I wonder if the surreality of watching one's favorite little band skyrocket out of obscurity ever wears off. Last night as a foursome of your average Los Angeles non-hipster 20-somethings got their flirt on (in the form of extremely loud yapping betwixt one another), I wondered what they could possibly have gathered from the experience of witnessing "Colorado" or "Fine For Now." These tracks, constructed for the likes of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, wore their Palladiam garment somewhat awkwardly, for their assertive loveliness was not designed to support/promote apathetic conversation among onlookers. The rush of interest spurred by "While You Wait For The Others" subsided before they could even clear the stage, and I had to bite my tongue so as not to snap at the loud, rude masses as they filed out during the encore's "He Hit Me".

Don't get me wrong. I am overjoyed at the prospect of the world listening to better music as a whole. I love the idea that Ed Droste and co. can continue to create ornate, beautiful, odd music that manifests the inner workings of my wildest imagination. I love that our ticket dollars are sustaining this. That being said, I hope these fair-weather fans derive something from the experience besides "just another night out on the town." I can't ask that people feel art the same way that I do, but I can hope that they at least recognize that it's art. I hope they received something besides "Two Weeks" and "WYWFTO", because "Lullaby" and "Ready, Able" were strong enough to steal breath away!

As we emerged onto Sunset Blvd, I witnessed a site I never expected: Pirate merchandisers were hawking Veckatimest t-shirts shamelessly. Perhaps the farthest cry from the band's three-eyed cat t-shirt at the merch table, these solid black beefy tees with the band's promo photo stamped onto them screamed irony (not necessarily of the hipster variety). As though we were attending a Bon Jovi or U2 show, everyone was trying to capitalize on the Grizz's success. That being said... I wanted one. My boys have made it, and for all my gripes re: their new-found super stardom, that is a badge I would have worn proudly. Alas, no cash. :)

Frank Fairfield with Blind Boy Paxton at the Redwood Bar, 10/19/09

A shtick so seamless
That we all became part of

Friday, October 16, 2009

The Flaming Lips at the Ricardo Montalban Theater, 10/15/09

Too few synonyms
For 'honest' and 'candid' in
English for Wayne Coyne.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Great Lake Swimmers with the Wooden Birds at the El Rey, 10/12/09

The Wooden Birds

With Bruce Springsteen jeans,
This boss smoothed all the night's rough
Edges - so gentle!

Great Lake Swimmers

In keeping with the
'Softness' theme of the evening,
Lullabies most kind.

Nadja at Vacation Records, 10/12/09

With proper patience
The guitar work of this band
Can rip out your heart.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Sneaky Snake and Robedoor at the Old Teepee Hang on the Hill, 10/8/09

Sneaky Snake

Two minds, one light, one
Dark, one rhythmic, one static,
One soul shared in both.


Without walls off which
To ricochet sound bullets,
We got warmer vibes

Thom Yorke with Flea, Nigel Godrich, and friends at the Orpheum Theater, 10/5/09

Hail to the Thief sparks
For the Twilight audience
Juxtaposed cultures

Neko Case at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Fest in Golden Gate Park, 10/4/09

That voice was built for
Open appreciation
In Cali's best park!