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music as of late

The past few weeks I have seen a few shows, but have been so busy at work and too tired at night, so I havent really been posting on my blog.  I’m going to give a brief rundown, no real lengthy reviews…just what I saw and thought.

Mogwai, with opening act Fuck Buttons.

Fuck Buttons are a two-piece experimental group from England.  Its alot of distortion backed by some really beautiful harmonics.  Its loud.  Mick really enjoyed it, and I liked it as well, though at times I could have really used some earplugs.  That might have had something to do with the fact that it was at the Grand, and their acoustics kind of blow.

Mogwai is a Scottish post-rock band, not a furry creature that turns into a gremlin.

Their music is really beautifully orchestrated.  The problem I found was that they were too pretty.  Too sleepy to listen to at a live show without having the desire to sleep standing up.  It was the second time I’d seen them…and will likely be the last.  I will listen to their music….but maybe as backgrond music, or as a lovely lullaby.

The next night we went to Slims to see Built to Spill.  God I love that band.  They did the album Perfect From Now On in its entirety, and added a few songs for good measure.  Another amazing show.  I think this was the 9th time Ive seen them.  I will continue to see them every time they come into the city.  Hopefully next time it will be Keep it Like a Secret. One of my personal favorites.

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i told you so

So for a few years now I have gone to the High Sierra Music Festival (HSMF). Full of jam bands, funk, electronica, and bluegrass, the festival caters towards those that are hippies at heart. Not necessarily only the crunchy, granola hippies…but the normal class of people (like myself), who just enjoy good music. Its a variety. Most people going can find something they like, especially with so many bands.
This year however, I was going to opt out. Not enough funds, not enough vacation time, not enough desire to go see the bands that they had already lined up. Keep in mind there is this other insane festival that weekend in Michigan somewhere, that stole all the good bands. All the regulars. All thereason I go.
Till now. I was totally content not going. Saving money, saving vacation time….but as of today, I have a decision to make. They just announced that Built to Spill would be making an appearance. Srsly? One of my favorite bands at one of my favorite festivals? A band, who jams. A band who no one admits jams, because god forbid their indy rock band fall into that category. Cmon people…..its just good music.
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Yes, its a bit indy, but have you heard their version of Cortez the Killer? Its 25 minutes long. The thing is with their jams…they dont get boring. They pull you in..they melt your soul.
now…to be fair, one of the only reasons i got into this band was because of an ex. He was obsessed with them. Actually come to think about it, when we started dating, he only had 2 albums. now he owns them all, he ONLY listens to them (at least it seems that way), and he even planned his honeymoon with his soon to be ex wife around their tour. So Jeremy….I told you so. I told you that they jammed. You going to go to HSMF this year? I bet you are.