So, who's up for a hella-belated concert review, then?
I saw Aimee Mann at The Fillmore on the 21st. Naturally, she (and her ridiculously good band) r0x0red.
It was my second time seeing her live (the first time was in November '02 at The Warfield), and I was surprised that the audience at this show was so much younger. We're talking a mean age difference of at least fifteen years here. Aimee went so far as to comment on the issue at the beginning of the show, saying something like, "I'm glad it's not just old people who like me. I saw A Mighty Wind, and I found myself relating a little too strongly to the character of the aging folksinger -- so, thanks."
It was a lively, energetic show, memorable for Aimee's funny between-song banter (a gag she made at the expense of Tom Cruise was rekindled by both audience and performer several times over the course of the evening) and the antics of a bearded man at the edge of the stage who appeared to think he was at a Slipknot show, hooting and hollering and arrhythmically pumping his arms throughout every. single. song. If anyone's attention was diverted from the music, it was only to wonder what in HELL this guy was on.
The setlist was divided fairly evenly among Aimee's four albums and the Magnolia soundtrack, with the welcome addition of two new songs (the "Long Shot"-ish rock number "Going Through the Motions" and the pretty, piano-based "King of the Jailhouse") slated for inclusion on her next full-length.
The complete setlist, for my fellow setlist whores:
Real Bad News [stripped-down ukulele-centric version]
Calling It Quits
Going Through the Motions
That's Just What You Are
Long Shot [extended]
(first encore) I've Had It [by request]
Red Vines [slower, extended]
(second encore) King of the Jailhouse
...And on a couple completely unrelated notes:
I was underwhelmed by Ben Folds's last two EPs (with the exception of the thoroughly enjoyable "Learn to Live with What You Are"), but I want to get my hands on his new one, Super D, as soon as possible, if only to hear his cover of The Darkness's "Get Your Hands off My Woman." If the clip available here is any indication, it should be off the chain.
Dude. Kara's Flowers (who I discovered via an awesome mix my sister's ex made for me) is almost the same band as Maroon 5! I knew I was justified in grooving my ass off whenever that "This Love" song comes on. Damn!
First it was ABBA, then it was well-known defensive driver Billy Joel. Now the Beach Boys are getting a musical:
"Good Vibrations," a new musical using more than 30 Beach Boys songs, will open on Broadway in January. The show will begin preview performances in early December at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. An opening date has not been announced.
"Good Vibrations" has a book by Richard Dresser and centers around a group of small-town teenagers who move to Southern California. It will be directed and choreographed by John Carrafa, who created the dance sequences for "Urinetown" and the Vanessa Williams-starring revival of "Into the Woods."
Among the songs expected to be used in the show are such Beach Boys classics as "Good Vibrations," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "California Girls," "Help Me, Rhonda," "Surf City," "Surfer Girl" and "Surfin' Safari."
So how long is this "box-set musical" thing gonna last? I'm about halfway through that Ani musical I'm working on, but I can't find a plot device enabling my set of small-town teenagers to go to Manhattan and dig. I'm curious to see if anyone out there has some amusing ideas for other artists/bands that should get their own box-set musicals.
Anyway, I'm curious to see how "Good Vibrations" pans out (though it will have to compete with "Spamalot", yikes!). Enjoy the fine second act of the show, in which said small-town teenagers have nervous breakdowns and refuse to appear on stage! Bren1:40 PM
Upcoming Album Releases:
Ani DiFranco - January 20
The Coral - January 27
Moby - February 3
Jonny Greenwood - February 24
The Hives - February 2004
Melissa auf der Maur - February 2004
Garbage - Early 2004
The Vines - Early 2004
The Who - Spring 2004
Wilco - Spring 2004
Beck - Summer 2004
Ben Folds - 2004
Chemical Brothers - 2004
Eels - 2004
Interpol - 2004
PJ Harvey - 2004
Queens Of The Stone Age - 2004
R.E.M. - 2004
U2 - 2004
Coldplay - Late 2004
Paul McCartney - Late 2004
Oasis - Late 2004