Thursday, August 11, 2005


Dolls / Burn To Shine 2

The Dolls were fantastic last night. Even though it was essentially the same set as the Philly show I saw, the DC show blew that one away. With such a small percentage of original members of a band that essentially imploded nearly 30 years ago, it would be easy to lump them into the "we're only in it for the money" crowd. Who knows. That may be the case. But they're not just going through the motions. They're kicking some serious ass. Songs like "Human Being", "Jet Boy", "Trash" and (of course) "Personality Crisis" had the club going nuts. There was even a bit of a mosh pit for the last half-hour or so. As I said yesterday, there's really no mind-blowing music here. Just fun, trashy rock and roll. Sometimes it's great to just get out there and rip it up. The Dolls did that in spades. If you missed it, you really missed-out.

Unwanted bit of knowledge from the evening: David was wearing pants so tight they would have embarrassed Robert Plant. He hangs to the right, if you care about that sort of thing.

Other stuff...

The second Burn To Shine dvd is going to be released on August 23. This second film features these Chicago-based bands:

Wilco, Shellac, Tortoise, Freakwater, Tight Phantomz, Pit er Pat, The Ponys, The Lonesome Organist, and the Red Eyed Legends.

I saw this a few months ago at The Warehouse. Very nice. From the Trixie site:

Burn to Shine is a film series produced by Fugazi's Brendan Canty and directed by film maker Christoph Green. ...

We travel from town to town and film bands performing in houses that are about to be demolished or burned to the ground. They document the doomed house, the bands, and the demolition, put it together in a 45 minute movie, put it out on DVD and move on to the next town. Each DVD/town has a different curator that is entrenched in the respective music scene and who can pick out what he or she considers their favorite bands. This allows us to put the bands in a geocentric context.

You can order it from the Trixie site. Go buy it.

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