Archive for June, 2006

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Birdmonster Show Review

June 29, 2006

There’s no easy way to say this.

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Birdmonster destroyed my face.

Well, it was actually easier to say than I had anticipated, but the sentiment holds true, nonetheless. On Tuesday, June 20, Birdmonster and opening band The Talk played at Off Broadway. I showed up a few songs into the Talk’s set, and I was immediately impressed. They played with energy that, at times, reminded me of The Clash, The Replacements, and even the Walkmen (especially singer Justin William’s voice, which, at times, had a yelp to it that was very similar to The Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser). My preview of the show a few posts back clearly did not tout The Talk enough. They put on a good show and deserved to be seen by more people. The crowd of about 15 people was scattered about the club, sitting in chairs, politely nodding their heads as the show progressed. At the halfway point of their set, in between songs and during a quiet moment while they were tuning their guitars, bassist C.R. Rollyson noted that, in fact, “This is awkward.” So, singer Williams introduced the band to the crowd and decided it made sense to have everyone in the crowd to introduce themselves, person by person, and had everyone say their names. This, of course, took only about 30 seconds and when it was done he said, “well now that everyone knows each other, it’s not quite as awkward” and they continued to finish up their solid set.

Birdmonster was up next. By the time they started their set, there were no more than 25 people in the crowd, including staff and the opening band. Apparently, being a blog darling doesn’t get you very far in St. Louis, or much of a crowd on a stifling Tuesday evening, anyway. The band took the stage, tuned up and met in the middle of the stage, at the drumset. Gathered in a circle, they put their hands together in the middle (I was half-expecting a “Goooooooo Team!”), shook hands and backed away from each other as singer and guitarist Peter Arcuni quietly began playing. The volume and tempo started to increase as bassist Justin Tenuto stomped a foot on the stage in rhythm. The crescendo slowly built until the band was confidently into the Rock Zone. As Arcuni asked the crowd to come closer to the stage to make it feel more intimate, everyone in the crowd realized this show was going to be a collaborative effort. One by one, the crowd obliged and the band returned the favor in kind.

The band tore through its set with abandon and intensity. You could not help but get caught up in the show. They were playing as though there were 2500 people in the crowd instead of the actual 25. Their style of music is hard to describe. It is defintiely rooted in “indie” rock, but has the feel of an alt-country/americana band, with more of a punk rock bent. I was only familiar with two songs, but was playing air guitar and singing each song’s second and third chorus throughout the set. The band had a great stage presence and was able to engage the smallest of crowds, at one point commenting that crowd did a lot of heckling for being so small. After the band played what it had announced to be its last song, the house music went up, and the band began unplugging. When they were finished, the crowd was more than enthusiastic and several asked the band to come back on… Now, this wasn’t the usual situation where we cheered until they heard us and came back out – it was more of a matter of making a personal request to the band to appease the 15 people in the room by playing a few more songs. It was almost like a house show — intimate, hot and sweaty. The band could sense the crowd truly appreciated everything the band had laid out on the stage that night. So, they came back out and played two more songs, making every last person there extremely happy.

You must see this band live when they come to your town.

St. Louis is a funny town when it comes to music. There really is a “show me” attitude about bands and their music here. But when a band puts on an engaging, energetic live show and shows a commitment to play often, this town rewards them. Birdmonster is a band that St. Louis will embrace, like Centro-matic, Slobberbone, Two Cow Garage and Marah, for their intense live show and commitment to rocking the fuck out.

Here’s the video Birdmonster’s “Cause You Can”:

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(smog) and the Supersuckers

June 27, 2006


(smog) is playing at Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room on Saturday, September 9. I saw them play there last year and it was a nice, intimate show. Definitely check it out if you’re into the Crooked Fingers/Iron + Wine/Jonathon Richmond school singer-songwriters.

(smog) – Spread Your Bloddy Wings
(smog) – I Feel Like the Mother of the World


And then, on Monday September, 11, the Supersuckers are playing at the Duck Room. I’m not completely sure what mood they’ll be in on this tour, as they switch back and forth between balls-to-the-wall rawk’n’roll show and acoustic, countrified shows. I’d probably put my money on the former, though, as I think they did a country tour last summer.

Supersuckers – Pretty Fucked Up (live)
Supersuckers – I Don’t Wanna Lose You Yet
Supersuckers – Hey Ya! (live cover)

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Video

June 24, 2006

YouTube is becoming a great way for me to create posts without actually doing anything.

Here’s Broken Social Scene’s video for “7/4 (Shoreline)”

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Bonnie "Prince" Billy

June 23, 2006


Bonnie “Prince” Billy, aka Will Oldham will be playing at Vintage Vinyl on August 15, 2006, as part of his summer tour consisting of primarily independent music stores.

Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Cursed Sleep
Bonnie “Prince” Billy – I See a Darkness
Bonnie “Prince” Billy + Tortoise – Thunder Road


Here’s some crappy video I took of Eagles of Death Metal last month at the Creepy Crawl doing “Stuck in the Middle With You”. When Youtube converted it, the light levels somehow got even worse. Oh well…

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I’m Still a Bum

June 22, 2006

Big posts coming soon.

For the time being, here is a video of the Arcadia burning in Dallas:

And here’s some video of My Morning Jacket performing at Bonnaroo last weekend:

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Creepy Crawl

June 20, 2006

A little birdie told me the Creepy Crawl’s liquor license application was approved and that the first show at the new locale will be on June 30.

Sweet.

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Frank Black

June 20, 2006


Frank Black is playing a solo acoustic show at the Duck Room on Friday, August 11. This one will definitely sell out.

Frank Black – Los Angeles
Frank Black – Fast Man
Frank Black Francis – Monkey Gone to Heaven