September 29, 2005

New Pornographers concert report

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at September 29, 2005 12:21 PM

The show last night was terrific, of course. However, the fact that indie-rock audiences don't dance is sort of lame. When I have an oscillation amplitude that's above the median, and I'm not moving my feet, something's wrong. (I was really just sort of nodding my head rhythmically.)

The New Pornographers played a pretty long set and managed to hit all the songs I wanted to hear. There was also an unusual level of onstage banter (mainly between Carl Newman and Neko Case) that was pretty entertaining. At the beginning of the first encore they spent about ten minutes just joking around and playing the opening riffs to various highly recognizable songs. (Back in Black and Smells Like Teen Spirit were a couple that I remember.)

The opening bands were Immaculate Machine and Destroyer, the former of which was quite good primarily due to Kathryn Calder on keyboards and vocals. She plays in the New Pornographers as well, apparently since Twin Cinema. Destroyer was less interesting (and didn't destroy anything).

Oh yeah: Nobody cheered at "Going to 16th and Valencia" in Twin Cinema. Possibly because it's a bit difficult to tell that those are the lyrics.

Tags: Concerts, Music, San Francisco

People didn't dance at the Loreena McKennitt concert I attended the night before Ditch Day my senior year. (Timing is suboptimal sometimes...) I came back and all the frappe's that had been made for seniors were all gone...

Posted by: Mason Porter | September 29, 2005 2:33 PM

I don't know how you would dance to Loreena McKennitt. I'm trying to visualize what this would look like and I'm just not able to do it.

Posted by: JSpur | September 29, 2005 3:02 PM

There wasn't even a dance floor. It was in a small amphitheatre. I want to say it was in Universal City.

Several of Loreena McKennitt's songs actually _are_ dance songs, but one should do traditional folk dances to them (Celtic, in many cases, but some of them are influenced by other cultures) rather than what one would want to see onstage at a concert. For what it's worth, her only big hit was a dance mix of The Mummer's Dance---there was an extra dance track in the background, as has also been done in the radio releases of Enya songs at least once [Only Time had two different versions that got a lot of airplay; one had this extra dance track in the background].

Posted by: Mason | September 29, 2005 6:56 PM

Hey we would love to hear more about that night's show, we went the night before and posted about it here. We through up a setlist. It would be cool to know what was different. We linked you too.

Posted by: Pinko Punko | September 30, 2005 2:18 PM

They didn't play Stacked Crooked on Tuesday? I would have been sorely disappointed (it's probably my favorite on Twin Cinema).

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | September 30, 2005 2:45 PM

That was one I would have love to see, but they hit all my previous faves. I also wanted to hear "Falling Through Your Clothes" just to see what it sounded like live. I was totally shocked at how good it was and how much the crowd responded to "Jackie Dressed in Cobras"

Posted by: Pinko Punko | October 1, 2005 2:55 PM
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