Monday, March 24, 2008

Beach House @ the Hi-Dive 3/22/08

The crowd seemed ready to see Beach House, more people than I expected and they waited patiently for the soothing sounds. Singer Victoria Legrand guested for a song with opener Papercuts, and we were ready for more of her beautiful voice.

The trick I think with following a lot of opening bands is that your audience might be a bit loaded. At times it was difficult to concentrate on Beach House's artful songs, with their stillness and sameness, when surrounded by a 100 or so drunks. So it goes.

Listening to their album on Easter morning, I felt the Beach House sound might be better suited to the morning after than to the bar scene.
Beach House @ Hi-Dive 3-22-08

Papercuts @ the Hi-Dive 3/22/08

San Francisco's Papercuts opened for Beach House at the Hi-Dive Saturday night. We made it to the crowded Hi-Dive just in time for their set. With each song, we liked them more. By the end of the set we were warmed up and ready to sway to the music.
Papercuts @ Hi-Dive 3-22-08
Papercuts @ Hi-Dive 3-22-08

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Clinton, Obama and OK Go

Maybe you heard -- it's been a busy week here in Laramie, WY.

First Bill Clinton came to town Thursday. I waited in line for 1.5 hours only to see the doors closed less than 20 people ahead of me. Then I took my influenza-ed body back home to bed. Reports on his speech = inspiring. All the old Bubba magic intact.

Cold, sick and no room at the rally.

The next night, Obama came to town. I stayed home with my Nyquil, but the rest of the gang ventured out and Kaijsa took pictures. Folks in attendance said that Obama was eloquent and gave good speech, but did not speak directly to Wyoming issues.

OK Go (yeah, the treadmill guys) postponed their already scheduled concert that night to follow the Obama rally, which members of the band attended. Their show was "pretty good" according to my team and a nice turn out for them at the UW Arts and Sciences Auditorium.
The next morning, with a fever not entirely born of excitement for the democratic process, we caucused with about 1,300 other county democrats. Truly an interesting day for Wyoming and we felt less lonely in our chosen party as we looked through the crowded civic center to see co-workers, mentors, professors, pillars of the community, all out to support their candidates. A great week to be in Laramie, flu or no flu.

And in case you did not hear, Obama won our county and the state.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Ghostland Observatory vs. Pitchfork

Pitchfork was bitchier than usual this morning, saddling Ghostland Observatory's new album with a dismal 1.5 rating and the description "daft punk for frat boys".

I love me some Daft Punk. And some Ghostland. Can't say the same for frat boys.

As for reviewer Eric Harvey, I've agreed with him more often than not in the past. His Yeasayer review made me seek out their album, which proved to be a favorite. No one would read Pitchfork if not for the occasional flash of genius combined with the occasional snark.

Decide for yourself gang. I've seen GLO live a few times and they always win over the entire crowd by the end of the show. It might be their very populist quality combined with lack of irony that drives the Pitchfork crowd to the breaking point.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Live preview: too many to contemplate

March coming in like a lion!
  • March 4: Grand Archives @ the Hi-Dive
  • March 6: MSTRKRFT @ the Church
  • March 7: A Place to Bury Strangers & Holy Fuck @ Larimer Lounge
    • Gogol Bordello @ Filmore
  • March 8: British Sea Power @ the Hi-Dive
  • March 10: Pela & Liam Finn @ the Hi-Dive cancelled!
  • March 11: Xiu Xiu @ the Hi-Dive
    • Helio Sequence @ Larimer Lounge
Dang, I'd be happy to see any of these, but it is snowing again in Laramie. Tell me all about how awesome they are if you go.

Sasquatch days + lineups announced

Looks like I'm in for all three days. Saturday especially knocks my socks off.

From the official Sasquatch site:

Saturday, May 24th

R.E.M. / Modest Mouse / M.I.A. / The New Pornographers / The National / Ozomatli / Beirut / Dengue Fever / Fleet Foxes / The Breeders / Okkervil River / Crudo (featuring Mike Patton & Dan The Automator) / Destroyer / The Little Ones / Dead Confederate / Grand Archives / David Bazan / Joshua Morrison / Vince Mira with the Roy Kay Trio / Throw Me The Statue / The Shaky Hands

Sunday, May 25th

The Cure / Death Cab For Cutie / Michael Franti & Spearhead / Blue Scholars / Cold War Kids / Tegan & Sara / Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks / The Kooks / Mates of State / Rogue Wave / White Rabbits / The Heavenly States / 65daysofstatic / Sera Cahoone / The Blakes / The Cops / J. Tillman / "Awesome"

Monday, May 26th

The Flaming Lips U.F.O. Show / The Mars Volta / Flight Of The Conchords / Rodrigo Y Gabriela / Built To Spill / The Hives / Matt Costa / Ghostland Observatory / Jamie Lidell / Battles / The Cave Singers / Thao Nguyen with the Get Down Stay Down / Pela / Kinski / Dyme Def / Say Hi / Siberian