6 03 2008


……….. <– I’ll start this off without any words. I saw Bob Mould tonight at First Avenue in Minneapolis (the first show of his recent tour).  I don’t know how to put into words what I’m feeling.  But I’ll sure try.

It was the best show I’ve seen in quite some time.  For the longest time, Earlimart @ 400 Bar in Minneapolis was #1.  That show was October 2005 while they were touring for Treble & Tremble.  There were only 20 people there for that show.

I’m not sure what I was expecting from Bob Mould, but he rocked really hard.  I was sucked in right away as he kicked off the show with 3 songs from Sugar’s Copper Blue.  He ended up playing half of Copper Blue and a handful of other Sugar songs.  I’m not one for dancing at a show.  I stand there with my hand around a beer and the other hand in my jeans pocket so I can take in the show.  I’m more of a visual concert goer.  But as soon as he busted into “The Act We Act”, I wanted to jump around.  Not do the annoying thrashing and slam dancing, but just kinda jump around.  Exert a little energy.  He didn’t play too many new songs.  4 or so with a smattering of Hüsker Dü songs to cap off the night.  I was pleased that he played “Moving Trucks” from Last Dog & Pony Show.  That is my favorite Bob Mould album.  Unfortunately, that is the only track from that album that he played.

The set list is pretty similar to the set list from his Circle of Friends DVD, which was for sale at the merch booth, but I didn’t have enough cash.  (well, I did, but I still needed to pay for parking after the show).  The DVD has a lot of songs from Body Of Song.  Tonight’s show only featured about 3 tracks from that album and probably 4 from District Line.

After the show, I bought my first & only beer of the night and decided to stick around in hopes that as a treat for Minneapolis, he’d come back after the place had cleared out a bit and do an acoustic set.  That type of fantasy has never come true for me.  But he did play for about 90 minutes including two encores.  I tried to meet him so I could tell him how impressed I was with the show.  He was chatting with fans and signing their swag, but by the time it got to me, he had to run.  So, he signed my CD booklet and I said “Thank you…and thanks for the great show!”

Since Minneapolis is where he got his start with Hüsker Dü, I wish he had played two shows.  I definitely would have bought tickets for tomorrow night’s show, if that was the case.  If he is coming to your town, I definitely recommend catching the show if you have $12 burning a whole in your pocket and you’re itching to see a show.  Check his myspace page for his concert calendar.


Bed of Hot Thistle

4 03 2008

Last Thursday, I made my way to 7th St. Entry to catch the Black Lips show.  The opening act was Quintron & Miss Pussycat.  (Who??)  I wasn’t expecting much, but the talented half of the duo, Quintron, held my interest.  Imagine my surprise when I purchased the new Gutter Twins album today, flipped through the beautiful booklet and the name “Quintron” jumped off the page.  This organist whom I’d never heard of had laid down his musical stylings on a track (“Seven Stories Underground”) by two of my favorite artists.  Mark Lanegan, and of course, Greg Dulli.

The Gutter Twins are Mark Lanegan (vocalist for hire. See: Queens of the Stone Age, Soulsavers, Baldwin Brothers, Creature With the Atom Brain, Twilight Singers) and head Afghan Whig/Twilight Singer Greg Dulli, whom I at one point during a conversation with a friend, stated I always thought of him as a “sexual badass who loves his Lord”.  yeah.  moving on.

Saturnalia is the debut album released today on Sub Pop.  It was 5 years in the making.  Rumor has it that for the first 3 or 4 years, they recorded only on Christmas Day.  How cool would it have looked in the liner notes to see “Recorded on Christmas Day 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2007”?

“Idle Hands” is the hardest rock song Dulli has recorded since Powder Burns’ “I’m Ready”.  It starts off with Dulli & Lanegan chanting ominously which, for some reason, brings to mind a clan of blood-thirsty vampires.  This is likely because my sister doctored a picture of me to look like a vampire.  I posted the picture as my default picture on myspace at the same time as I selected “Idle Hands” to be my song on myspace.

In a bizarre turn, the instrumentation on “Seven Stories Underground”, most notably the percussion, sounds like it was taken directly from either Rain Dogs or Swordfishtrombones.  “Each to Each” suggests Greg Dulli’s work last year with Intramural rubbed off on him a little bit.  The track features electronic programming courtesy of Twilight Singer Jeff Klein.

Regarding the subject matter, here is a tally of word usage. Granted, this is give or take, since I do not have a lyric sheet and the lyrics are not posted on the internet anywhere. (Not for all of the songs anyway):
Love – 17
God/Lord – 12
Climb(ing) – 12
Children/Girl/Boy – 9
Heaven – 9
Suffer – 4
Devil/Demons – 3
Mother – 4
Father – 3

Other recurring themes are dark, falling, rain, light.

Gutter Twins will be performing at First Avenue this Saturday, March 8th.  You bet your ass I’ll be there.  Greg Dulli’s shows are what I look forward to most.  I’m very much excited that I finally get to see Mr. Mark Lanegan in concert too.

The beautiful photography above was taken by Sam Holden.
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