31 October 2007

This Girl's Life Among the Electrical Lights

FBB Scrivener and I caught the New Pornographers show last night. Fantastic, electrifying, energizing show! I semi-sang and semi-danced and semi-grooved in the dark, while Scriv socially butterflied the playhouse (I didn’t know coeds from our state engineering university were so hot) and introduced concertgoers to one another.

This isn’t going to be a well-written concert review; I’m a bit too overwhelmed at work and with life to Paste this one. If you’re looking for a great write-up, check out Bad Tempered Barbara’s review. You should read her blog daily. If you want to be a cool kid.
I didn’t playlist the show, so I’ll just tell you that New Pornographers performed all the good ones (except for “Chump Change”), from one end of their catalog to the other. My favorite number was “The Laws Have Changed.” I always along with Neko on that one — and I kept up with the much-adored lass during that song. Luckily, the band was quite loud and my voice didn’t offend my fellow concertgoers.

Speaking of Neko (because I know you boys are wondering), she was casually dressed in jeans and a top. She played the tambourine. I could play the tambourine in a band — but I’d play it more like Betty Cooper, banging it on my hip instead Neko’s style with the heel of her hand. “Sugar, Sugar,” anyone?

I once dined at the fabulous Walter's Hotdog Stand, across the street from New Rochelle High, the school on which the Archies comics is based.
The band had a comfortable, friendly vibe, which spread among the near-sellout crowd. They staged the indie Canadian version of a George Clinton show, with some members (including the wonderfully coiffed Dan Bejar) coming on and off the stage throughout the two hours (and two encores).

We missed the first act, but I enjoyed the second act — Emma Pollack (according to the Barbara Zombie, she used to be in the Delgados). Lovely Scottish accent. I’ll probably download some of her stuff this week.

To summarize: Show was good. Tickets should be purchased in your hometown. Neko is still hot. Anyone looking for a tambourine girl?

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At 10/31/2007 08:49:00 PM, Blogger Barbara Bruederlin said...

Awww, thanks for the sweet shout! I thought yours was a fantastic review, and I'll bet you would absolutely rock that tambourine. I'd be more tempted to do the heel of the hand method myself - I'm too uncoordinated to do the hip thang.

Doesn't Dan have the most fantastic coif? I'm really starting to love his songs, as well; his is such a unique voice.

At 11/01/2007 10:46:00 AM, Blogger pistols at dawn said...

The Delgados! They are a fun band from a few years back. The show sounds like fun, and not only because "the indie Canadian version of a George Clinton show" is a fantastic description.

At 11/01/2007 12:35:00 PM, Blogger Michael K said...

It's nice to hear that people outside of Chicago are into NP. Neko usually gets all the press and NP just gets also ran status.

At 11/01/2007 05:22:00 PM, Blogger Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Most any coed from any institution of higher learning is hot. Get with the program girl.

At 11/01/2007 11:20:00 PM, Blogger Scott said...

Ahhhhh, the New Porns! I enjoy living vicariously through you when it comes to attending concerts, because we don't get any of the good shows here.

At 11/02/2007 02:10:00 AM, Blogger Moxie said...

I love how you and the Scriv get together for concerts. I gotta find me some blog buddies to hang with...

A former coworker turned me on to New Pornographers about a year or so ago - since then at least one of their songs manages to be on my MP3 player at all times.

At 11/04/2007 08:46:00 AM, Blogger bigshoulders said...

I'm with Moxie... I'd go to a lot more concerts if I didn't have to do the driving home part. I've never seen the New Pornographers, but I've seen Nico case a couple times and I appreciate the wardrobe mention. (^_^) j/k.



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