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REVIEW: A 3-day string of shows with Peter Mulvey (Eugene & Corvallis, OR – 11/10 to 11/12/11)

13th Nov 11 (Sun) 3 comments

Peter Mulvey takes the craft of American singer-songwriter out of the humdrum of a “guy and three chords on a guitar” into the realm of oft-comedic-oft-sentimental storytelling mixed in with the grit of the road and the shine of fine silver in your grandmother’s dining room.  He plays Tom Waits with humility and charm, and he plays perfectly ear-worm inducing folk-pop originals.  He plays show tunes, rock covers, and Michael Hedges-executed instrumentals.  His music gets stuck in your head, and for me, any time I hear of new music from him, I get it without question.  I also try to see him whenever I can… which brings me to recount the past three days of fantastic music.

from the house concert, 11/11/11
more photos at the bottom

Three Peter Mulvey concerts, three unique experiences.  First up, an interview with Peter Mulvey on KLCC Living Large (stream it here).  He talks about his tentative new standards album (tentatively called “Pocket Diamonds“) and played a few new songs in the studio.

The first of three shows was at Sam Bond’s Garage in Eugene on Thursday, November 10th.  The opener was local musician Michael Conley.  He played a shortish 25 minute set, but I was impressed with his songs… he fit in really well with fans of Peter Mulvey and Jeffrey Foucault.  Good guitar work.  Gritty songs, yet with a pop edge.

Peter came on at 9:45 and started off with a normal closing song for him, “Sad, Sad, Sad, Sad (And Far Away From Home).”  As expected, Peter’s set was a great mix of originals and covers.  Despite the large amount of covers that he plays, he really puts his own mark on them.  He also pulls songs out that are classics or memorable favorites but not in the forefront of one’s memory.  A favorite from the night was his take on U2’s “The Fly“…

Eugene 11/10 Setlist: ~80 minutes

  • Sad, Sad, Sad, Sad (and Far Away From Home)
  • Are You Sure? [Willie Nelson]
  • Old Simon Stimson
  • “The Rain Comes Down” [new PM song]
  • The Knuckleball Suite
  • Two Janes [Los Lobos]
  • Come All Ye Fair And Tender Ladies [Maybelle Carter]
  • Some People
  • Lonely at the Top [Randy Newman]
  • Black Rabbit
  • What Else Was It? [new PM song]
  • Lord I Have Made You a Place in My Heart [Greg Brown]
  • The Dreams
  • Blackbird [The Beatles]
  • Charlie
  • The Fly [U2]
  • Kids In The Square
  • Encore: The Book of Love [The Magnetic Fields]

Peter is usually good with a few one-liners or jokes.  Some favorites from the Sam Bond’s gig:

Freedom should be fried.
I had a banjo once, and then someone broke into my car… and they left 12 more banjos.

SO, how do you make a concert experience better?  You invite the musician to your house (or a friend’s house in this instance) and have him play in a living room for 35-40 of your friends.

Well, that’s what we did on Friday, November 11th… we invited Peter to play at a friend’s farm in Creswell (near Eugene).  He played two fantastic sets, with only a little bit of overlap from the night before.  There was much fantastic music, fantastic food (a HUGE vegetarian smorgasbord thanks to host Jenny!), vegan cupcakes (yay Divine Cupcake!), great craft beer and homebrew beers and sodas, and great discussion!

House Show 11/11 Setlist: two 45-minute sets

  • Set1 ~ You Meet the Nicest People in Your Dreams [Fats Waller]
  • “shout the battle cry of freedom” [public domain w/ Beatles instrumental tag at end]
  • Kids In The Square
  • Windshield
  • Pearl Handled Pistol [Jeffrey Foucault]
  • The Knuckleball Suite
  • Shirt
  • What Else Was It? [new PM song]
  • …Plus The Many Inevitable Fragments / Dynamite Bill
  • Set2 ~ Black Rabbit
  • Charlie
  • The Trouble With Poets
  • Trempealeau [new from 2010, not recorded yet]
  • Jockey Full of Bourbon [Tom Waits]
  • “The Rain Comes Down” [new PM song]
  • The Healthfood Girl [new PM song]
  • Sad, Sad, Sad, Sad (and Far Away From Home)
    No Encore

I bought tickets to the Corvallis show (Saturday, November 12th) before I even knew about the Sam Bond’s show and before I could organize the house show.  Was I going to go?  Um… duh!

This was my first time to the Majestic Theatre in downtown Corvallis.  It was a gorgeously remodeled theater, and it looks like they’re ramping up to have a lot more exciting things going on (if you’re local, friend them on Facebook or sign up for their newsletter).

We had a wonderful dinner at Del Alma then dodged the rain to catch the opener Joe Von Appen.  I had only seen a YouTube clip of him prior, and it didn’t grab my interest.  Well, I’m glad I showed up for his set.  He was a mix of thinker/agitator/comedian/one-man freak show.  He was thought provoking, humorous, and frighteningly exciting and entrancing.  He is from Portland, and I hope he makes his way down south sometime again.  He was highly entertaining!

Peter hit the stage at 8:45 and played his longest set of the weekend.  Some repeats (hey, we like re-Petes) and tons of untouched music in the three-day run.  He did one of my favorite spoken word pieces from Letters From A Flying Machine – “Vlad the Astrophysicist.”

A new Mulvey tune “The Cardinal” made its first appearance for me.  It was a touching tune that came along with a seemingly non sequitur story about a squirrel getting into a large batch of THC butter.  Another favorite song he played was a Joe Henry cover… “Richard Pryor Addresses a Tearful Nation“… I think I’ve heard Peter play this before.  Prior to this, though, I was only familiar with Joe’s producer/mixer work (he does a LOT, specifically Over the Rhine’s latest album that I’m currently listening to in advance of their gig this coming week – The Long Surrender).

Peter also busted out not one, not two, but three Tom Waits tunes – the last one as the encore, sung off-mic.  He has a side gig in The LPs, and they play Tom Waits’ Rain Dogs front to back!  I’d LOVE to see that gig…

Corvallis 11/12 Setlist: ~1 hour 40 min

  • Kids In The Square
  • “man I’m broke and I’ve got nowhere to go” [Mississippi John Hurt, unidentified title]
  • Black Rabbit
  • Oh What A Beautiful Morning [Rodgers & Hammerstein Oklahoma! teaser]
  • The Dreams
  • Charlie
  • Shirt
  • “The Rain Comes Down” [new PM song, guess on title]
  • Richard Pryor Addresses a Tearful Nation [Joe Henry]
  • Girl in the Hi-Tops
  • Old Simon Stimson
  • Jockey Full of Bourbon [Tom Waits]
  • Hang Down Your Head [Tom Waits]
  • The Cardinal [new song]
  • What Else Was It? [new song]
  • Some People
  • Vlad The Astrophysicist
  • Mailman
  • Sad, Sad, Sad, Sad (and Far Away From Home)
  • Encore: Goodnight Irene [off-mic] [Tom Waits]

Some gems of info… Peter was once in an all-rollerskate version of Oklahoma!  Also, apparently, scientists have a difficult time showing THC toxicity in small animals.  A new expression Peter uttered… “the nickel of espresso dropped.” (explaining when the caffeine kicks in).  I dig it!

Peter has a new guitar duets CD out now, Nine Days Wonder, with long-time collaborator David “Goody” Goodrich.  It’s a fantastic record (click the image to the right for samples) – though it’s not really indicative of his live show.  Based on the amount of new material he played this weekend (five songs not on a PM record yet), it looks like he has a good start on a new studio record.  Here’s hoping!

In the meantime, check him out on Facebook, iTunes/Amazon, YouTube, etc… and go see him live if you get a chance.  He plays upwards of 120 live gigs a year all over the US (and sometimes in Europe, too).

I can guarantee you’ll like him (I’ve yet to hear someone who doesn’t love him when I drag them along to shows). :)

The Appropriate Linkage:

Next shows for me… Cirque du Soliel presents Michael Jackson: The Immortal (Eugene 11/15), rapper Chali 2Na (Eugene 11/16) and the Americana duo Over the Rhine (Portland 1/17).

~Dan – np: Over the RhineThe Long Surrender

PETER MULVEY PHOTOS 11/10 to 11/12/2011

 

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PHOTOS: Chris Chandler & Paul Benoit @ Sam Bond’s (Eugene, OR – 11/5/11)

6th Nov 11 (Sun) Leave a comment

Remember, remember, the 5th of November…

Poet Chris Chandler and guitarist Paul Benoit played a free show at Sam Bond’s Garage in Eugene last night before their late night show at the Axe & Fiddle in Cottage Grove.  I first heard Chris & Paul at Oregon Country Fair 2011, and I loved what I heard.  Paul’s band creates a great backdrop for Chris’s thoughtful, irreverent, insightful and inciting words.

CHRIS CHANDLER & PAUL BENOIT PHOTOS
all pictures (cc) 2011 Daniel Temmesfeld,
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

(click for larger)

freedom is thanking a god that you don’t believe in…

freedom is giving credit to the spacebar as one of the letters in the alphabet…

The Appropriate Linkage:

Next shows for me… My Brightest Diamond at Mississippi Studios (11/6) & Puscifer at Paramount (11/7).

~Dan – np: Ben FoldsThe Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective

REVIEW: Charlie Hunter Trio @ Sam Bond’s Garage (Eugene, OR – 12/16/10)

17th Dec 10 (Fri) 1 comment

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

Having just seen Charlie Hunter in May at WOW Hall, I was debating going to see him again so soon.  I mean, he did just release a new CD since the last outing (the solo work Public Domain), but amongst the busy bustle of December, I was hemming & hawing about going.  Boy was that dumb.

Eight words of advice:
Never debate going to see Charlie Hunter.  Ever.

We got there for soundcheck, and our thoughts of skepticism about Sam Bond’s Garage‘s acoustics was quickly put asunder.  Charlie, Eric Kalb (drums) and Mike Williams (bass trumpet) treated us with a few tasty bits of goodness – which included some Thelonious Monk (thanks, Aaron, for the identification).

The show proper was comprised of two hour-long sets… a lot from both of his recent albums, the aforementioned Public Domain and the most excellent Gentlemen, I Neglected To Inform You You Will Not Be Getting Paid.  Charlie’s guitar-work was mesmerizing.  My comments from the WOW Hall show stands…

“One of the most amazing things from the night was watching Charlie play.  His seeming ease at which he plays bass and guitar on one instrument is stunning (and curse-worthy for the guitar aficionado in the crowd).  If you weren’t watching the stage, you’d easily be fooled that it was a quartet and not a trio.  It’s quite an amazing thing to see and hear.  He’s so unassuming about it, too… a showman without the show-off attitude.”

Or as my guitar-playing friend Aaron likes to say… “f*ck that guy” (said lovingly in awe of Charlie’s chops).  He’s so good, yet so unassuming… and he surrounds himself with great musicians.  Eric & Mike filled in the groove where Charlie didn’t.  They all looked like they were having a great time doing it, too.

No setlist, per se.  Just two-plus hours of groove, jazz awesomeness.  They play Mississippi Studios in Portland tonight (Friday, December 17th).

more photos below

The Appropriate Linkage:

~Dan – np: S (Jenn Ghetto) – I’m Not As Good At It As You

CHARLIE HUNTER TRIO PHOTOS
all pictures (cc) 2010 Daniel Temmesfeld,
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

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REVIEW: Peter Mulvey & Jeffrey Foucault @ Sam Bond’s (Eugene, OR – 10/24/10)

25th Oct 10 (Mon) 9 comments

Summing Peter Mulvey and Jeffrey Foucault‘s travelling show in one word would be: “authentic.”  This was round two for me (link here for my Friday Portland review with photos); so I’ll keep it short and sweet.

They hit the stage at Sam Bond’s around 8:45 and played two great sets.  The show was partially more of the same, but don’t take that the wrong way… it was definitely not a disappointment.  Switching off on vocal duties, about a half originals and half covers.  They also switched up about half of their setlist from the Friday show… great show as usual for these gents.  Quite a talky crowd, but still a bit more subdued than a normal Sam Bond’s crowd.

Setlist: 90+ minutes

  • Set 1: Starlight and Static (Jeffrey on vocals, new tune)
  • Kids in the Square (Peter on vocals)
  • Mesa, Arizona (JF)
  • The Obvious Child [Paul Simon] (PM)
  • Pretty Girl in a Small Town (JF, new tune)
  • Shirt (PM)
  • Last Night I Dreamed of Television (JF, new tune)
  • Some People (PM)
  • Goners Most (JF, new tune)
  • But I Do [Bobby Charles] (PM)
  • Set 2: Everybody Knows [Leonard Cohen] (PM)
  • City Flower (JF)
  • Ithaca [Redbird] (PM)
  • Tulsa Time [Don Williams] (JF)
  • Duncan and Brady [P.D.] (PM)
  • Late Season (JF)
  • Diamond and Gold [Tom Waits] (PM)
  • Tea and Tobacco (JF, new tune)
  • Sad, Sad, Sad, Sad (and Far Away From Home) (PM)
  • 4 & 20 Blues (JF)
  • Encore: Tecumseh Valley [Townes Van Zandt] (PM/JF)
    thanks to Eric for JF new tunes/song identification



more photos below

Re-posting Friday’s NEWS from the stage:

Jeffrey Foucault has a new album out called Cold Satellite. Peter Mulvey has recorded a new duet instrumental album with longtime collaborator David “Goody” Goodrich – release next year(?). And the Peter & Jeffrey collaboration with Kris Delmhorst and Goody called Redbird has a second installment on the horizon. It’s already been mastered (woot!), and the last four songs will have the explicit tag in iTunes. It was recorded live, but they didn’t mention live in studio or live on stage. I guess we’ll see.

Kris Delmhorst (Jeffrey’s wife, fellow singer-songwriter) is coming to Eugene… Tsunami Books on Saturday, November 6th – 8pm.  Make note!

The Appropriate Linkage:

Check out more tour dates below.

~Dan – np: Carissa’s WierdSongs About Leaving

PETER MULVEY & JEFFREY FOUCAULT PHOTOS
Eugene pictures (cc) 2010 Margaret O’Brien
of Emobie Photography, you may use freely
under a creative commons attribution

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Mulvey & Foucault West Coast 2010 Tour Dates

  • 10.22 – The Woods – Portland, OR
  • 10.23 – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
  • 10.24 – Sam Bond’s Garage – Eugene, OR
  • 10.25 – Arcata Playhouse – Arcata, CA
  • 10.26 – Freight and Salvage – Berkely, CA
  • 10.27 – Maverick Saloon – Santa Ynez, CA – w/ Bonnie Prince Billy
  • 10.29 – McCabe’s – Santa Monica, CA
  • 10.30 – Janey’s Coffee House – Cave Creek, AZ

REVIEW: Fulero + Day’s Elliott Smith Tribute @ Sam Bond’s (Eugene, OR – 1/23/10)

24th Jan 10 (Sun) Leave a comment

I had two shows last night… first was the Bill Frisell Trio.  I’ll post that review later today (or first thing Monday morning).  After the show I rode over to Sam Bond’s Garage and got there right around 9:30.  There was Elliott Smith music already going on.  I was confused, as I knew the band was supposed to be a duo, but this was just one guy doing Elliott Smith tunes.  I found at after the fact that I had walked in on the first song (yay!).  I guess the Elliott Smith tribute duo of Fulero + Day had an Elliott Smith solo tributer go before them.  I caught him name as Scotty Paray, but the spelling may be suspect.  No doubling up on songs, from what I stuck around for…

Scotty Paray’s Setlist

  • Son of Sam
  • Can’t Make a Sound
  • Happiness
  • Alameda
  • A Living Will
  • Miss Misery

Scotty was good, switched between keyboard and guitar.  Perhaps not all that strong in the vocal category, but Elliott’s songs shone through, and Scotty’s effort was evident (the crowd was a bit noisy/talky, though).  Fulero + Day came on shortly after Scotty was done.  It was Asher Fulero on keyboard and Nathan Day on guitar.  They switched off in the vocal category.  Great tribute, and again, despite the noisy crowd, Elliott’s songs shone through.

Fulero + Day’s Setlist

  • Pretty (Ugly Before)
  • Bottle Up and Explode
  • No Name #4
  • Clementine
  • Rose Parade
  • Sweet Adeline
  • Coast to Coast
  • Baby Britain
  • Somebody’s Baby
  • (…the show continued whereas I didn’t…)

I left around 10:30pm… partly because it had been a long day, but a lot to do with the annoying, loud & talky crowd.  I caught an hour of great songs that made me remember seeing Elliott play many of them himself back in 2000 at Southgate House in Newport, KY.  He is missed.

The Appropriate Linkage:

~Dan – np: Wayne ShorterJuju

REVIEW: My Oregon Weekend with Peter Mulvey (11/7 & 11/8/2009)

9th Nov 09 (Mon) 4 comments

 FYI… PHOTOS of both SHOWS at the BOTTOM

I’ve been into Peter Mulvey for the past 10 years, right around when The Trouble With Poets came out.  I used to be able to see him at least twice a year in Southwest Ohio (Canal Street Tavern, Southgate House, etc).  Since moving to Eugene, Oregon, I’ve only had one opportunity.  It was a great show, but I needed more… hence the need to drive up to Portland to see him before he hit my hometown the next day. :)

Alberta Street Pub (Saturday in Portland) was packed when I got there.  I didn’t know it was an early show and I showed up right when Krista was going on.  The venue was long and narrow… most of the seating was church pews (a la Dayton’s Canal Street Tavern).  Given that fact, I gladly stood in back (church pews are horrid on my back).  The acoustics in the room were good.  The light wasn’t all that great… but I still got a few shots that ended up being decent (see below).

Sam Bond’s Garage (Sunday in Eugene) is a place I’ve been to many times.  It is also dark; so I usually don’t bring my camera for shows.  I was able to get a few shots, though.  The plus of SBG for the Peter Mulvey weekend is that it seems more spread out compared to Alberta Street Pub… plus their beer selection is tops (Alberta seemed to have half of theirs socked up/out of stock).  So, as far as venue winner… Sam Bond’s.  But I’ll definitely hit Alberta again if a show suits me.

Krista Detor played about a 20-30minute set on both nights.  She mainly played piano, but also pulled out the accordion for a song of her own (and one of Peter’s).  Her songs that I caught in Portland… “Steal Me A Car”, “100 Years More,” “Mudshow,” “Early Grave,” and “Waterline.”

In Eugene, Krista played the same songs except she threw in “All to Do with the Moon” in between “Mudshow” and “Early Grave.” 

Peter Mulvey was in a great mood in Portland.  He had a shorter set due to a different show going on after him, but he was a graceful and funny as usual.  Some of the best parts of the set were his banter in between songs… his bit on Sean Connery had me cracking up.  How can someone with a speech impediment be so well known for his speaking roles?  It was schplendid.   Peter also went off on a riff about Sting that was also pretty funny, surrounding a “wet t-shirt” promo for a recent Saturday Night Live appearance.  I think if Peter’s guitar and voice weren’t so grand, he could be a stand-up comedian. :)

He played a lot from his new album, but also a few older tunes and covers.  He had some limited edition The Bicycle EPs for sale, and I snagged one for me and a couple friends.  He also mentioned that next September (2010) he might bring his bike tour out to Oregon.  Yippie!  Anyway, here’s what he played on Saturday night…

Setlist (Portland 11/7): about 80 minutes

  • If Love Is Not Enough
  • Some People
  • Kids In The Square
  • Here In The Going Going Gone [Greg Brown cover]
  • Letter From A Flying Machine
  • “Sean Connery”
  • Windshield
  • The Knuckleball Suite (with Krista Detor)
  • Shirt (with KD)
  • “Sting SNL”
  • Shoulderbirds (You Know Me) (with KD)
  • Bears
  • Sad, Sad, Sad, Sad (And Far Away From Home)
  • (I Don’t Know Why) But I Do [Bobby Charles cover]
  • Mailman
  • Vlad The Astrophysicist
  • On A Wing And A Prayer
  • Encore: Our Love Is Here To Stay [Nat King Cole cover]

One food-related add-on… close to the Alberta Street Pub was a place called Grilled Cheese Grill.  Holy cow… excellent stuff.  It does for grilled cheese what Eugene’s Off the Waffle does for waffles.  Yummy!

~*~*~*~

Eugene’s set was similar – Peter seemed to be in a pretty great mood.  The crowd was much smaller than Portland, but I figured smaller market to pull from and Sunday night were a factor in that.  I will say that I’m disappointed in Eugene a lot for not coming out to some great shows (I made my best attempt for last night).  We did conjure up a trio of friends to join us, and there were some other definitely Peter Mulvey fans in the crowd – including a couple of teddy bear loving peeps (that was interesting, to say the least).  My friendJenny asked me if teddy bears were a theme with Peter’s fans, to which I blurted out, “noooooo.”  And then Peter announced the spoken word piece “Bears.”  :)

Setlist (Eugene 11/8): about 90 minutes

  • I’m Beginning To See The Light [Duke Ellington cover]
  • Kids In The Square
  • “Time Machine”
  • Some People
  • Letter From A Flying Machine
  • Abilene (The Eisenhower Waltz)
  • The Knuckleball Suite (with Krista Detor)
  • Shirt (with KD)
  • Shoulderbirds (You Know Me) (with KD)
  • …Plus The Many Inevitable Fragments / Dynamite Bill
  • Bears
  • Moonshiner [Uncle Tupelo cover]
  • Vlad The Astrophysicist
  • On A Wing And A Prayer
  • Encore: Sad, Sad, Sad, Sad (And Far Away From Home)

(We also caught a snippet of “Brand New ’64 Dodge” and “A Better Way to Go” in soundcheck.)

All in all, I think the Alberta show was my fave of the two, but both were fantastic.  I hope Peter ventures out this way more often.  He promised again to head out this way next year – and possibly via bike.  It’ll be earlier in the year (September vs November).  If you want to check out some of his stuff… his latest record, Letters From a Flying Machine, is excellent.  I think it’s his strongest since 2000’s The Trouble with Poets.  You can listen to some samples at Petermulvey.com (one free download) or Amazon (samples of all songs):

The Appropriate Linkage:

Check out more tour dates below.

~Dan – np: Galactic CowboysSpace In Your Face

 

PETER MULVEY & KRISTA DETOR PHOTOS
all pictures (cc) 2009 Daniel Temmesfeld,
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

(click for larger)

Fall 2009 U.S. Tour Dates

  • 11/7     PORTLAND, OR     The Alberta Pub
  • 11/8     EUGENE, OR     Sam Bond’s Garage
  • 11/10     ARCATA, CA     Arcata Playhouse
  • 11/11     BERKELEY, CA     Freight & Salvage
  • 11/12     FELTON, CA     Don Quixote’s
  • 11/13     SANTA MONICA, CA     McCabe’s
  • 11/14     SAN DIEGO, CA     AcousticMusicSanDiego
  • 11/20     BURLINGTON, VT     UVM Recital Hall
  • 11/21     FRAMINGHAM, MA     Amazing Things Arts Center
  • 12/1-2     FAIRBANKS, AK     College Coffeehouse
  • 12/3     TOK, AK     Fast Eddy’s
  • 12/4     TALKEEKTNA, AK     Whole Wheat Radio
  • 12/5     ANCHORAGE, AK     Snow Goose Theatre
  • 12/6     PALMER, AK     Vagabond Blues
  • 12/8     KODIAK, AK     The Golden Anchor
  • 12/10     CARBONDALE, CO     Steve’s Guitars
  • 12/11     DENVER, CO     Swallow Hill
  • 12/12     COLORADO SPRINGS, CO     Friends House Concert
  • 12/13     FORT COLLINS, CO     Avogadro’s Number
  • 12/15-19 FORT ATKINSON, WI     Cafe Carpe

REVIEW: Bad Veins @ Sam Bond’s (Eugene, OR – 10/16/09)

17th Oct 09 (Sat) Leave a comment

Rarely do elements of the Cincinnati music scene tromp through Oregon.  I got the opportunity to see Bad Veins about 5 weeks ago up in Portland, and now they’re back through Oregon, but this time in my lovely city of Eugene.  They received a nice write-up in the 10/15/09 Eugene Weekly, too…

We showed up late but before anyone started yet; so we moseyed over to One Cup for some delicious coffee.  On the way back to Sam Bond’s, we could hear the opener (Blue Horns from Portland) blaring through the door & windows… and we were about 2 blocks away.  “Oh, crap, I forgot my earplugs!”  Blue Horns were a good rock band.  Really loud, though (and I don’t think it was their fault).  They had a nice vibe, but it was hard to tell what the guy was singing most of the time.  Listening to them on MySpace now, they’re kinda jangly & bouncy indie rock.  Maybe I should write a letter to SB’s soundguy to turn it down from 17 to 11.  I mean, come on…  11 is enough.

Bad Veins got all set up and ready to go by 11pm… based on the poster (above), they seem to be the main band for this Daytrotter sponsored tour (I Daytrotter), yet they went on before The Subjects.  This was fine with me.  Nothing against The Subjects, but I was done after BV’s set.  Tired after a long week’s work and ears practically in tears.

Sebastien and Benjamin rocked us out for about a half hour.  As they like to say in the industry, Sebastien was “killing the fuck out of his drums.”  OK, maybe they don’t say that in the “industry.”  He was doing it regardless.  Maybe his drums slept with his girlfriend or ate the last breakfast burrito… or… or… both.  Regardless, he was going nuts. :)

After about the first song, we moved outside to help shelter our ears (again, Mr. Soundman… 11 is loud enough).  I was able to find a good spot on SB’s patio and watch through the window.  No pictures this show, as I rarely get any good shots at Sam Bond’s (even with a good camera).  For recent Bad Veins concert photos, check my last month’s review (click picture below)…

Setlist:

  • Found
  • Gold and Warm
  • Crosseyed
  • Afraid
  • Dry Out
  • Falling Tide
  • The Lie

Their set was identical to the time prior, and my wife made a good comment… “well, they use that reel-to-reel so they have to keep things in the same order.”  Duh on my part.  Anyway, it was still a really good set, despite the extreme loudness of it all.  I think Sam Bond’s is not the place to see rock music (prior to this, I’ve only seen Skerik/ jazz, Talkdemonic/ acoustic post-rock, and various singer-songwriters).  Hopefully The Subjects got better sound treatment.

The Appropriate Linkage:

~Dan – np: Foo FightersIn Your Honor

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