Tuesday, August 16, 2011

True Widow w/ Bad Dreams @ Union Pool, Saturday August 13th, 2011

I invited quite a few fools to this True Widow show, but alas, I think maybe the darkish heavy tones of this ultra-slow rock band from Texas scared away my aging girlfriend-tied friends. Or perhaps, the minor threat of some kind of goth-doom inspired mosh-pit in a crowd of questionably-showered hipster metal-heads was too good of an offer to accept. But sincerely it was their loss, since instead of some kind of slow depressed nightmare sadness, True Widow's live show came across as more of a heavy, warm, peaceful blanket of sound to curl up next to the fire with, and slow down your life.

Something about playing songs that down-tempo and overdriven, comes as only a relief and reprieve from our distracted fast-paced modern city life. I get a similar feeling at a Ducktails or Kurt Vile concert, a chill-out factor that puts me in a nice low-key mood, of course True Widow does it in a louder, heavier way, but the effect is the same. For all of you tone heads, how does he get those sick guitar sounds? Well, I can't say for sure, since he hid half of his pedal board in a box of cables (is this a new trend?) but he was playing gibson humbuckers in stereo through a twin reverb for clean and a tweed deluxe for tube amp distortion, with a boss blues driver for boost/overdrive grit. Can't beat that setup. Beautiful.

I missed opener's Herzog Rising, who have the most insane band blog I've ever seen (check out the obama video!!). But Brooklyn's Bad Dream was pretty solid, similar to True Widow in a heavy bluesy way, but maybe not as slow and with more angst. Their singer/bassist has a fantastic scream, more like a roar, so you don't care if you can't make out the lyrics, since the melodies, tone and emotion are all there. Overall quite a satisfying show, and I have no regrets blowing off all other saturday-night invitations, in fact it was my friends' loss, for not taking a chance on an under-rated band from out of town.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Joan of Arc @ Shea Stadium, January 20, 2010

If you were ALT in the late 90's, or a fan of Cap'n Jazz, there's a decent chance you had a brief love affair with Joan of Arc, especially for their energetic live shows. While most bands from this era have broken up and grown up, JOA apparently didn't get the memo. They've only gotten better, with less emo and angst, more fun and groove. There's nothing like a tight veteran band with years of experience still rocking out, doing what they love. And you can still catch them in a small venue. Know what I mean?

Friday, January 7, 2011

Beck - "Cancelled Check" - Live at KCRW 1995

I was trying to remember this one quote from a Beck radio show but couldn't: "The past is a cancelled check, your maximum point of power is NOW!" It was relevant at the time. Anyway, I thought I would share, so i uploaded this video mp3. Oh, and I did some "internet research" and the televangelist he's talking about is Tony Robbins. Of course.