Archive for November, 2008

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Birthday Party Video and Pictures

November 29, 2008

As previously mentioned on here, a few friends and I threw ourselves a little birthday party that featured three bands: Gentleman Auciton House, The Thang and The Frontier Brothers. The Thang played a nice set of funk-rock party music and The Frontier brothers played a great set of straight-ahead rock. Gentleman Auction House played one of the tightest sets I’ve seen them play in a while. They played a bunch of songs from their newly released Christmas EP, Christmas In Love, including this one that I caught a little video footage of:

Gentleman Auction House – “On the Rooftop” (live):

And a few photos of Gentleman Auction House:

The Frontier Brothers:

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In Which I Briefly Review the Republic Tigers Show

November 28, 2008

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. I have been way behind on posting. As usual.

Anyway, a little over a week ago I saw Republic Tigers, from Kansas City, play a mid-week show at the Billiken Club. The first band of the evening was a good local band called Grace Basement, a band I had heard of and read a lot about, but had yet to hear or see live. They were very good and I will definitely be checking their CD and trying to catch them again.

The second band, however, was awful. I can’t remember their name and am not going to make any effort to look up what their name was. They were a mix of awful 90’s FM “alternative” rock wannabes. I managed to get this shot of them:

Republic Tigers were great. They mixed electronic atmospferics with guitar rock and in a way that hit all the sweet spots for me. I am not very familiar with their music, but woudl see them again. Unfortunately for me, the show was on a school night and it was getting late, so I headed out before the end of the set. Here a fwe pictures I got of them — the singer definitely reminded me of Bruce McDonald of Kids in the Hall doing a classic 80’s synth-pop singer.

Republic Tigers:

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Gentleman Auction House at The Bluebird on Saturday

November 21, 2008

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As you may have read, my real birthday was last month. However, I like to stretch those sorts of things out as long as possible. So, occasional DBZ contributor AJS, his sister, and I are hosting a little birthday party at The Bluebird tomorrow, featuring Dividing By Zero favorites Gentleman Auction House and two other great bands: The Thang (from New York City) and The Frontier Brothers (from Austin, TX).

So head on out, enjoy some music and buy me a drink.

MP3: Gentleman Auction House – The Book Of Matches
MP3:
Gentleman Auction House – Every One Has Taken Their Hat Off But You

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In Which I Review a Wolf Parade Show

November 8, 2008

Wolf Parade
The Blue Note
Columbia, MO
11/7/08

A friend and I drove up to Columbia last night to catch Wolf Parade at the Blue Note instead of waiting until Saturday to see them at the never enjoyable Gargoyle in St. Louis. It also worked out nicely that I would be able to catch the Missouri-Kansas State football game the next day.

We got to The Blue Note just as opening act Listening Party was starting their set. It had been at least 7 years since I had been to The Blue Note – Modest Mouse and The Anniversary in 2001 – and even though I’ve seen dozens and dozens of shows there, I had kind forgotten how intimate the venue is for a theater. I guess I had gotten used to The Pageant in St. Louis.

Listening Party was good, but nothing to write home about. Several in the audience, though, really seemed to be into it. I imagine if I had been familiar with their catalogue I would have appreciated their set more. I did really like the way the would loop the rhythms for some cool effects and rhythms.

Wolf Parade came out and it seemed like the venue suddenly got packed – I’m not sure where all the people came from – and upon the opening drums of set-opener “You Are A Runner and I Am My Father’s Son” the crowd immediately showed that they were going to be into the show.

The set list was split evenly between the band’s two full lengths and featured all but one song from their latest, At Mount Zoomer. The set’s flow was perfect and the band followed a basic pattern of alternating between Spencer Krug-lead songs and Dan Boeckner-lead songs. It occured to me that I generally have a more immediate, visceral reaction to Dan’s songs, but realize that the band would lose what makes it so great if Spencer’s unique voice and songwriting were missing from the equation. The band was super tight and the show-closer “Fancy Claps” was played particularly faster and louder than the recorded version. All-in-all it was an absolutely great set.

After the show, we headed to a nearby bar for another drink, and trying to give my friend a taste of Columbia, we headed to a second bar for another drink. When we got to the second bar, however, we were told it was at capacity, so we headed to yet another place – I’m not sure what it’s now called, but it used to be The Music Cafe – where they let us in for a reduced cover because the band playing (who was never identified to us) was almost done. We walked in during the band’s encore break, hit the bar, ordered a drink and started talking. Over our conversation, the band got back up on the stage and my friend noted, without looking at the stage, that the guy sounded like former Drive-by Trucker guitarist Jason Isbell. Upon actually taking a look at the stage, we realized it in fact was Jason Isbell. We had completely randomly walked into a Jason Isbell show at a tiny relatively obscure bar in Columbia, Missouri.

So that was fun.

I will have pictures tomorrow, but here’s Wolf Parade’s set list:

You Are a Runner and I am My Father’s Son
Soldier’s Grin
Call It A Ritual
The Grey Estates
Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts
Language City
An Animal In Your Care
Shine a Light
Grounds for Divorce
Fine Young Cannibals
California Dreaming
This Heart’s On Fire
Kissing The Beehive
–encore break–
It’s A Curse
I’ll Believe In Anything
Fancy Claps

I found some video from the show on youtube:
“I’ll Believe In Anything”

“Grounds for Divorce”:

Listening Party:

Wolf Parade:

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Video: Blitzen Trapper Live At Vintage Vinyl

November 7, 2008

Here’s some video of Blitzen Trapper performing “Sleepytime in the Western World” Live At Vintage Vinyl on Nov. 2, 2008:

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Live Black Joe Lewis Videos and Photos

November 3, 2008

As I mentioned in my previous post, I was able to catch Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears last week at The Bluebird. I missed them this summer when they shared a bill with Gentleman Auction House and What Made Milwaukee Famous.

I had no idea what to expect, but I was blown away by the band’s tight set of James Brown-meets-Bo Diddly jams.

Photos:

Videos:

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Live Jon Hardy & The Public Videos (and Photo)

November 3, 2008

Last week, I caught Jon Hardy and The Public opening for Black Joe Lewis in a great double-bill.

Here are some videos I got of JH&TP doing a couple covers:

Jon Hardy & The Public – “Here Comes the Night” (Them/Van Morrison cover):

Jon Hardy & The Public – “You Can Leave Your Hat On” (Randy Newman cover):

…and here’s a picture: