Loud? Yes. Amazing? Completely. A guy on the bus back to the U-District summed it up perfectly by saying, “I bet that’s what it feels like to fall into a black hole”.
I was able to talk my (non-SLR) Powershot in and grabbed a few photos. Were you there? What did you think?
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SONIC YOUTH, THE JESUS LIZARD, THE GOSSIP, DEERHUNTER, BLACK LIPS, EARTH, THE THERMALS, THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART, MOONDOGGIES, SPINNERETTE, THE DUTCHESS AND THE DUKE, MIKA MIKO, THE BLAKES, SLEEPY EYES OF DEATH, GIRLS, HEY MARSEILLES, THE MALDIVES, TRUCKASAURUS, AKIMBO, PAST LIVES, FUTURE OF THE LEFT, MICACHU, STARFUCKER, FAUX PUNK, NEW FACES, HOTELS, PICA BEATS, FLEXIONS, THEY LIVE!, AUDICITY, BOW+ARROW, SOL, JAPANDROIDS
More to be announced soon….
VERA Project was packed for The Lonely Forest’s CD release show on Saturday. This band has palpably evolved in the ten months since I first saw them live, and they were great already. Certainly in their element on Saturday, their set was passionate and hugely energetic. An entire choir traveled from TLF’s hometown of Anacortes to join them at times, singing from the audience. “We Sing In Time” was a highlight for me, as nearly the entire audience along with the choir in the audience joined in.
New Faces are adorable. They’re also a wonderfully talented trio of musicians who create music I love. They bashed out a great set and I look forward to seeing them again.
I love Wild Orchid Children and so did the kids at VERA, who were still hopped up from New Faces when WOC took the stage. I was thankfully granted access to the balcony, not up for moshy tomfoolery, and I stayed up there for most of the rest of the show. Wild Orchid Children sounded great (once Kirk’s mic issues were resolved) and they blazed through a terrific set.
Dagmar and I proved ourselves to be irrefutable music addicts by choosing the Blue Moon as our post-VERA drinking destination. 13th Grade was nearing the end of their set and I couldn’t resist grabbing a photo. I’ve not seen them before but surely will.
I also caught a show at Blue Moon on Thursday, where a sparse and appreciative audience responded to The Skyfire Puzzle. I love their sound as much as I hate their name, and I hope to catch them again soon. High Divide and The Mass Magicians rounded out the night.
The Skyfire Puzzle
The Mass Magicians
More photos in our flickr pool.
I read this amazing thread on Offsetguitars.com about one lucky guitarist buying a Fender Mustang on Ebay for $500…only to discover it was one of the many pieces of equipment stolen when someone drove off with Sonic Youth’s equipment van in 1999!
To save you reading all 35 pages of the thread, here’s what went down: A police chief in Ohio bought the guitar on Ebay earlier this year, to assist with his dabbling in Most Wanted, an outreach rock group that tours local schools. Here’s the original listing:
FENDER MUSTANG GUITAR 1969 FOR PARTS
As you can see this thing is in bad shape! The body has a crack ,and the pickup hole and bridge hole was routed. I bought this guitar and found this out when I took the pickup plate off .
One tuning peg is missing and the hardware is filthy, The neck is in usable but will need a fret/job. What you see is what’s is included in this auction.
USA Shipping only.
Our buddy the cop then restored it and sold it to Michael aka Sauerkraut, a guitar enthusiast from The Netherlands who just thought he was getting a sweet deal on a new axe. When he found out that his new guitar was the property of one of the most legendary guitarists in alt music history, he emailed the band’s management to simply offer to return the guitar – a really noble act considering he was now the proud/stunned owner of every Sonic Youth fan’s wet dream:
Lee Ranaldo was keen to get his guitar back (as featured in the MacBeth video, among others), and offered the guy tickets to their show in Dusseldorf, reimbursement for what he paid for the guitar, and a little something extra to boot. The official handback is being held up by customs, but arrangements are being made.
It’s amazing that Michael made the connection that it was the stolen guitar, actually decided to contact the band to give it back, and then Sonic Youth were already scheduled to play only a few miles from his hometown! A lovely feel-good story for a Friday night. Enjoy the weekend!
Those cowboys in black, Brent Amaker and the Rodeo will be at the High Dive tomorrow, Saturday, April 25th and this show beckons you. You know it does.
All photos by Dagmar – more photos here & here.