We saw this guy last night.
It was the second of two sold-out shows. And, for whatever reason, we were probably two of the 10 oldest people there. Everybody else was college or high-school age. This is a change from a lot of shows we’ve seen (ex. Robyn Hitchcock, Belew, Junior Brown, etc) where we’re the youngest b far. What kind of shows do people our age go to see ?
Whistling and playing the same melody on a glockenspiel, while holding a guitar chord. The guy’s a genius.
The mic in front of his glockenspiel is in 90% of all the shots I took. I should’ve moved it out of the way – it was only inches from my face.
He was great, as usual.
And unlike last time, we could watch him work his array of samplers and effects – shoeless, no less.
He had a band with him this time, which made for a bit of a different experience than when he’s solo – louder for sure, more focused too.
St. Vincent opened.
I’d never heard her before, not even of her, actually. St Vincent is the stage name of Annie Clark: the guitar player, singer, songwriter, etc., behind it all. What she, and her band, sounded like was… usually melodic though sometimes brutally harsh and dissonant, loop-based, complex in both layering of parts and in rhythm and structure, dense, with multi-layered (sometimes looped) vocals delivered by a woman who spent a lot of time with a haunted distant look on her face. She was also a really good guitar player.
Unfortunately, I didn’t really get into most of it, because the sound where we were standing (right in front of her), was just a huge barrage of noise. That’s what I get for standing up front – I don’t necessarily blame them. The crowd was more familiar with her stuff, and they seemed to love it.
Curious, I listened to some of her stuff on iTunes, today, and it sounded like a more experimental version of Fiest, or a more melodic Deerhoof. All that dissonance and harshness from the live show is pushed way back in the mix, the parts that jutted-out like rusty knives last night are texture in the studio, and the result is shiny and pretty. I like it.