Live music in SF/Oakland, and maybe elsewhere...
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I don't remember if headliners Vivian Girls actually played and why, if they did, I didn't record it.
YouTube does document a couple of songs, so it looks like they did, and the reason I may not have taped it was...because I was being petulant. Or thought Best Coast just blew off Vivian Girls and didn't think I needed to...
Actually, according to my previous post (I had forgotten I covered this show when Best Coast came back to play the GAMH later in the hear) it was simply because I forgot to hit the record button!
01 4:07 In This Light And On This Evening 02 2:34 Lights 03 3:58 An End Has a Start 04 4:37 You Don't Know Love 05 4:22 Bones 06 4:48 The Boxer 07 4:38 The Big Exit 08 3:51 Blood 09 4:45 Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool 10 4:18 The Racing Rats 11 3:49 Walk the Fleet Road 12 5:04 Like Treasure 13 3:31 Bullets 14 4:59 Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors 15 8:34 Bricks and Mortar - 16 5:17 Munich 17 5:37 Papillon 18 5:21 Fingers in the Factories
There's a rule of taping, the sweeter the spot, the more obnoxious the crowd around you.
I'd say this is a really good pull, as the Warfield being one of those cinema-type setups looks pretty tough to tape in...believe it or not, it's my first recording there, but it's occasionally marred by nattering drunk chicks, no offense to those who like their drink, and/or females in general. "Walk The Fleet Road" gets the worst of it, sadly. If you want to chat with your friends, go to the foyer and do it. If you want to take pictures of your friends, be mindful of other patrons and don't use the band playing as your backdrop. Yes, I tried to minimize the chatter by shifting around, but wasn't always successful. Perhaps I should stopsounding like an old crank and gotten drunk.
I also missed the very start where Tom Smith says "Hello, Everyone". He has some mutton-chops growing. The band were tighter than a duck's behind, as one would expect, since they're by all accounts an excellent live act, and the vocals were as clear as a bell. While I prefer the material off their first album the most, I didn't really mind the electronica-driven songs, though here they bear more than a passing sonic resemblance to Depeche Mode, as the start to 'The Boxer' is eerily reminiscent of 'But Not Tonight', and 'The Big Exit' sounds like it could have been slotted on Violator. However, while I don't feel the most recent material is quite as transcendent as "The Back Room", it's still pretty good, and the band gives it a good accounting...everybody who tweeted about it during and afterwards really liked it.
And yes "Eat Raw Meat = Blood Drool" is a god-awful song title.
I've provided the usual blurry iPhone pics, anybody else's photos are likely better.
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