Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Southern Culture On The Skids. 9:30 Club. The bass player looks like Kate Pierson might, if the B-52's weren't successful and she lived in a trailer park. Love her. My friend's birthday. He jumped on stage and threw band-provided fried chicken into the crowd. I swear I'm not making that up. Very fun show. I'm not sure if the southern thing is schtick, but these cats can play.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra plays the music of The Grateful Dead. Meyerhoff Sypmhony Hall. Baltimore, Hon. Hippies at the symphony. Odd. We saw Mountain Girl mingling with the crowd, but didn't approach her. I didn't care for the music. They pretty much exclusively chose Jerry ballads. The beauty of Jerry's ballads was the soul he put into them. Completely missing the emotion to pull those off. They should have gone all wacky and pulled out "Dark Star" or gone with "Terrapin," which was recorded with a full orchestra in the first place. Some random kid asked me if it was "...cool to spark up a J in the Hall?" I just looked at him and said "Did you just say "spark up a J?" " He got all nervous and said he would never do that - but his friends were wondering. OK. No - I don't think it's a good idea. He took a sip out of the flask that he snuck in and walked away. At least nobody was dancing in the aisles. This was completely sold-out, btw.
We Are Scientists/Oxford Collapse. Black Cat. Oxford Collapse blew WAS out of the water. Both great bands, but OC brought their A-game. WAS brought their B-minus game. Brain Thrust Mastery is pretty dull. The live show reflects that. A shame, because With Love And Squalor is one of my favorite records of the last few years. Sold-out show though. The kids still love 'em. Oxford Collapse is coming back to The Cat again soon. Backstage, I think. Don't miss them.
You should go see Andalusians at The Cat tonight, because I'm too lazy to do it myself. Basla rules.