Thursday, October 13, 2005

Thunder only happens when it's raining...

I was wet most of the day yesterday. But my soaked pants legs and squishy shoes weren't the worst of the problems: with so much rain, trains were flooded (as were neighborhoods) and everything was just a big ol mess. But I decided I couldn't let that keep me down (or inside) so I headed back out into the storm after work to catch The New Pornographers with Nikhil, Robin and gang at Webster Hall.

I've had their two albums since the summer but didn't really get familiar with them since I've been drowning in a deluge of music (one of those intrinsic ipod problems with so much music, so much choice, so little time -- discuss). So I figured this was a great opportunity to have some context and foster a connection to the music instead of some mp3s playin in the background.

Of course, it's a great set of musicians with one of my favorites singing vocals -- Neko Case. After wading through puddles to get some drinks near Union Square, then once again out into the rain to get to the hall, Dan Bejar and Destroyer tried to warm us up. Sadly it didn't help (too affected and whiney for my taste -- and I do enjoy a good whiney singer). But once Neko, Carl Newman and the rest of the Canadian hit list came out, that all changed.

I have to say, Neko was risking humiliation with her neon yellow prom vamp outfit (a probable Grand Ol Opry one-off with waist-bow and sleeve cape?) but as Robin pointed out: "With a voice like that, you can get away with an outfit like that." Oh yeah. We rollicked through the power pop, a moment for indie kids to have a good time without guilt for not standing still and looking mopey enough. But it was when drummer Kurt Dahle made a comment that Neko looked like Stevie Nicks and then started into Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams," the band following suit and Neko singing right along. Why can a good cover be the best damn thing when you're cold and shivering and wondering why you came out in the rain after 8 hours of work? Just warms the heart, don't it?

Today is more rain. Tonight is Antony & the Johnsons for me but for anyone interested, TNP will be at Webster Hall tonight as well. Damn the rain, it's all worth it.


At 10:43 AM, Blogger TRAYB said...

I'm beside myself with jealousy that you saw Neko.
As Johnny Cash would say, "Damn your eyes."

At 10:51 AM, Blogger Jerry said...

I was actually thinking how much you'd have loved seeing her with her yellow "wings" and singing Stevie Nicks.

So sorry you were workin instead.

At 5:11 PM, Blogger Dee said...

Antony and the Johnsons won--beating Bloc Party, MIA, and Coldplay--the 2005 Mercury Music Prize--20,000 pounds given for best album of the year by a British or Irish act--for "i am a bird Now."

Both Rufus Wainwright and Lou Reed appear on the CD.

Reed's partner, Laurie Anderson, asked Antony to appear in her newest film, "Hidden Inside Mountains."

Anderson--as well as Portishead singer Beth Gibbons--claim "bird" as their favorite album of the year.

On "I Fell in Love with a Dead Boy," the second track, "Mysteries of Love," is a cover sung originally by Julee Cruise in David Lynch's "Blue Velvet."

The "Dead Boy" EP is available through New York City's Rebis Records.

The word "rebis" appears in alchemical texts, referring to the marriage of antinomial forces.

Writing "Doom Patrol" for DC Comics, Grant Morrison introduced a hermaphroditic character named "Rebis."

Antony's lyrics have been described as "Blakean." Antony, himself, has been described as "androgyne."

At 10:26 AM, Anonymous Ryan said...

I saw 'em last night in Philly. Good show; but it was all ages so it was over by 11.

No Fleetwood Mac covers this time.


At 9:21 AM, Blogger Dee said...

Huh. That Vicodin sure is somethin'!

At 9:54 AM, Blogger Jerry said...

Casey Dryden, you're my hero...

At 10:38 AM, Blogger heidi said...

i have a date with the new pornographers and my favorite hussy this very evening....

At 11:14 AM, Blogger Jerry said...

Damn, they get around fast. Hope you enjoy sweet cheeks.


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