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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Thursday, October 11, 2007

if i don't find it this time

last night i went to see PJ Harvey at The Beacon Theatre. it was perfect. just her and 2 beautiful guitars and a piano and keyboard and beatbox thing and cymbals and some echoy and grungey distortion pedals. wow, hearing her voice live! there is nothing like it. and she had these really cool sexy black strappy high heels and that dress from the White Chalk album cover. but the dress now has words and things stitched/sewn on it a bit, and what looked like spray paint. i could make out the words, "like" and "grow" and maybe some numbers near her neck? her in-between songs banter was good too, not too much and not corny, but just enough to seem polite and happy and witty with still remaining mysterious. i was so glad she played My Beautiful Leah. a week ago i listened to that song thinking, this is one song i bet i'll never hear her play live cos it'd be too hard to recreate. she did and it was so fucking good, better even. i never knew PJ Harvey was such an amazing performer as this. the time flew by, you'd get lost in every song, watching her, listening.....and the audience really wanted a second encore. everything seemed flawless and i was even able to block out the psycho yelling fans.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

you trust your insight

September 25th i saw Bat For Lashes at Bowery. it was a great sounding show. they're an all girl band. it's pretty much all about the lead singer, Natasha Khan. i think i read somewhere that she used to be an elementary school teacher in the UK. i thought about that while i was watching the show stand-leaning over the plastic barrier covering the soundboard pit in the balcony. i'm pretty sure i love every song on the album and the band sounded just as good live. the tracks eerily sounded exactly as they do on the album (which is a bit unusual, i think.) anyway, a lot of male bloggers are panning them....such dicks. they don't get it. i would kill to be in a band like that. is it music made by girls for girls only? i want to see NK on the cover of Bust then. no, fuck that, i want to see her on the cover of my magazine.

October 1st i saw Animal Collective at Webster Hall. i've never really gotten into them before, but this last album as a whole really made an impression on me. also, having Vampire Weekend as an opener sealed the deal (even though i didn't check out Okkervil River a few nights before cos Webster Hall is a shitastic venue for sound and reasonably priced drinks.) maybe if O.R. had a better opener, i would've gone. it heard it was a great show too. anyway, i really enjoyed Vampire Weekend but after awhile their songs sounded exactly the same. Animal Collective sounded good and the main singer guy had a lot of energy and passion, but after an hour into their set i got tired of standing. i craved lemonade and fresh air. something else i dislike about that venue is how stagnant the air is. smells like despair and fog machine smoke. when i got outside, no one was around except some people milling about at the VIP entrance/exit. when i passed by i glanced at a lot of familiar faces....mostly Brooklyn bands like Grizzly Bear and whatnot. BKLYN bands hooking each other up.

man, i gave no insight whatsoever to their performances other than a "good" and an "enjoyed." here's David Byrne writing something a lot better than what you just read--picture him typing.