October 19, 2005

Intermission [Open Thread]

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at October 19, 2005 3:43 PM

I saw The Hold Steady last night! It was a great show, although somehow they got away without playing "How a Resurrection Really Feels". The actual Craig Finn took some getting used to, as he looked like some nerdy accountant who stumbled up on stage after a few drinks too many, but he ended up being pretty entertaining. Due to his arrhythmic singing style he was able to change up and improvise the lyrics in interesting ways, and he had elaborate hand gestures to go along with all the songs. At one point during "Charlemagne in Sweatpants" he delivered a long monologue on baseball while the band looped in the background. The Constantines also played at this show, decent indie-rock, and the opening band was Tim Fite, who was a musical personification of WTF.

And tonight I am seeing Iron & Wine and Calexico. Speaking of which,

Iron & Wine/Calexico: In the Reins:I don't know what Calexico sounds like by itself, but when combined with Iron & Wine's Americana/folk sound the result is a really excellent EP. The sound here is more varied than on Iron & Wine's previous releases: the opening track has a southwestern feel, and then there's a country-ish prison ballad, and then "History of Lovers" which is more like a pop song. The only downside is that there are only seven tracks. More, please!

Tags: Concerts, Music, Open Thread

"Charlemagne in Sweatpants" is a great title. I approve!

Posted by: Mason | October 20, 2005 1:18 PM

Hold Steady songs tend to have good titles. The lyrics have recurring characters who tend to have grandiose names: Charlemagne is one, also Gideon and Hallelujah (but the kids call her Holly).

How's the new Depeche Mode album?

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | October 20, 2005 6:11 PM

I don't know yet. I stupidly ordered it with something out 10/25, so I don't have it in my grubby hands yet.

I downloaded the first single early, and it's awesome. If I weren't stupid, I would have just bought it in person. (When I buy something legally, I prefer to have a hard copy.)

Posted by: Mason | October 20, 2005 11:08 PM
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