Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Out of Pocket

Hey, Leaguers.

Sorry for the light blogging.

Went to go see Stuart and Hilary play tonight at Hickory Street on Congress. Tomorrow is the Mono E Rollerskate Party (consider yourself invited) and then ACL Fest.

So, blogging isn't likely to get much crazier until, like, Monday. I'm letting myself off the hook.

If you're going to ACL Fest, I'll be joining Camp X-Ray for the first time. You can find us under the Crack flag. I don't know where we're setting up.

White Stripes canceled, which simplifies things, even as it complicates them. I wasn't sure if I was seeing them or Arcade Fire. Sounds like I'm seeing Arcade Fire.

Anyhow, hope to see you at the Rollerskate Party and/ or at ACL Fest.


Anonymous said...

I will be interested to hear your (and Steanso's) thoughts on Arcade Fire. When I saw them in Asheville, I was underwhelmed, though I really, really wanted to be overwhelmed. The songs were swell, but the acoustics weren't that great in the theatre and the band just didn't seem into it. (Although they got pretty miffed at the acoustics and pouted for a bit.).

One thing is for sure: RĂ©gine Chassagne sure appears to think a lot of herself. She nad her husband, Win Butler, have that sort of sense of entitlement that a Radiohead or a Pixies has onstage, but they've only put out two albums. Yikes.

J.S. said...

I saw them two years ago at ACL Fest and it was probably the best show of the festival. Even the guys from Coldplay (who were headliners that year) came out and said they couldn't compete with Arcade Fire's set. We'll let you know how it goes this year.

The League said...

I haven't been to too many live shows in the past five years, and haven't been to a festival since I was 20 or so. I really have no idea what to expect.

Anonymous said...

Most of the crowd in Asheville really wanted the show to be some kind of religious experience. I thought it would be akin to something like a Radiohead show were everything just comes together wonderfully and perfectly. It did not. What irked me also was that they did two encores, but each only featured one song, and the final encore song was a very, very slow song. I, as did many, -knew- that they would close with "Wake Up," but they didn't. They never played it. Alas.

They did play MOST of the songs I knew and liked from both albums, though, so I suppose I shouldn't complain. Although it was just odd that they didn't play what may be their most famous song, especially considering the show ended with such a slow song.

The League said...

I am in no way a fan of the the slow song for encore/ last song. The rule should be to leave the audience wanting more, not "let's mellow everyone out to wind up the show". It's kind of weird when you respond to uproarious applause with "and now, a dirge."

JAL said...

What can you expect? You can expect me to seduce Bjork with my "Bikini Inspector" t-shirt. I bet she'll LOVE that shirt. What's Matthew Barney going to do about it? That's right, nothing, or go homo. 50/50. Anyone's call.

I'm sure we'll bump into you and Jamie at some point.

J.S. said...

I think you're setting yourself up for disappointment with almost any show when you go into it hoping for some kind of religious experience.

The League said...

I don't expect a religious experience. But i do expect for a band to understand the age-old show biz techniques of not out-staying their welcome (impossible to do with hour-long sets at ACL, really) and knowing that you always end on an up note/ leave them wanting more. As much as crowds shuffle and start heading for the beer line during ballads, it seems a weird way to end a set.

Now, I'm no musician, but I do know that I'd rather say "Yeah, and they ended on a kick-ass version of (insert song here)" than "Oh, yeah. They played (insert slow song) for the finale. It was weird."

Anonymous said...

At least you guys will get to see them, or in JMD's case got to see them. I probably never will, and I worship "Funeral".

McSteans said...

Sadly, jal, I am one of probably 15 people not attending ACL this year.