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Jahfin

What's the Last Concert You Attended?

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Mastodon live at the Wiltern Theatre, 11-1-11...Another new song, "All the Heavy Lifting":

http://youtu.be/-mH2FRahYZ4

Why is there a one clip limit now as opposed to the old three clip limit? It makes it a nuisance to try to write about concerts when you can only post one clip at a time.

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After Mastodon in the relatively large Wiltern Theatre, the next night was at the much more intimate Troubadour Club, site of Elton John's breakthrough show in 1970.

Nov. 2: Wild Flag @ Troubadour Club

As I posted in the "What's the Next Concert You're Seeing?" thread, I had multiple choices for tonight, but due to my finding out at the last-minute that Stew and Heidi of The Negro Problem and creators of the rock musical "Passing Strange" were appearing at the Hammer Museum for a talk and performance at 7pm, that narrowed my choice to Wild Flag. Since the Stew and Heidi show would end about 9pm, that left me with just enough time to get to the Troubadour, which was the closest to the Hammer of all the possible concerts I had to choose from.

Now, Sleater-Kinney was one of the great unsung bands of recent times, so any band that features Carrie Brownstein(guitars, vocals) and Janet Weiss(drums, vocals) is going to get my attention. Add Mary Timony from old 90's band Helium on second guitar and vocals(just like Sleater-Kinney, they don't need no bass in this band) and Rebecca Cole from The Minders on keyboards, and you've got yourself a nice rocking quartet, and the just-released new album does not disappoint. I missed them the last time they came down to California last November, so was happy to finally see them play; especially in a small place like the Troubadour.

They played most, if not all of their first album, and added some surprising covers: "She" by the Misfits and Television's "See No Evil". They also played two new unreleased songs...presumedly they will be on the next album, or be released as singles.

It was good trashy, punky, rocking songs, and if I enjoyed the show more than I did Mastodon(which I did), it's probably because that's the kind of music I am more interested in these days than prog-stoner-metal, or whatever it is they call Mastodon's brand of heavy metal. Better vocals, too.

Here is one of the first songs of the night, "Romance":

http://youtu.be/B5y5s3eQa_4

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Sorry to keep you waiting Jahfin...things are coming at me fast and furious these days, so that just when one event is over another is coming around the bend and I barely have time to catch my breath, let alone stop and reflect on past shows I've seen.

Thanks for the Wild Flag review, good stuff.

Last night I saw Megafaun with Bowerbirds at Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw, NC. It's on old saw mill that sits on the banks of the Haw River (surprise, surprise). It's also probably just become my favorite venue in the area. Here's a clip of last night's encore:

The Haw River Ballroom sits out in the middle of nowhere in the small town of Saxapahaw. It's about an hour drive from Raleigh but the remoteness of it was also a huge part of the appeal.

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Wilco @ Hollywood Palladium last night. Solid 2-hour plus show with two encores(they played a little past the 11pm curfew) with a few surprises in the setlist. Since they're playing three shows in LA, I'm sure the setlist will vary from night to night...oh, if only Led Zeppelin had done this in 75 and 77.

Jeff Tweedy told a funny Sammy Hagar story which I will relate over on the Wilco thread, as well as talk about the show in more detail. Here's the setlist:

1. Art Of Almost

2. I Might

3. Bull Black Nova

4. At Least That's What You Said

5. I Got You (At The End Of The Century)

6. Born Alone

7. You Are My Face

8. Impossible Germany

9. Kamera

10. I Must Be High

11. I'm Always In Love

12. Jesus, Etc.

13. Capitol City

14. Handshake Drugs

15. War On War

16. Dawned On Me

17. Hummingbird

18. A Shot in the Arm

Encore:

19. Via Chicago

20. Whole Love

21. Candyfloss

22. Monday

23. Outtasite (Outta Miind)

Encore #2:

24. The Lonely 1

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Kathleen Edwards with Hannah Georgas at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC last night. Kathleen brought out Justin Vernon for a couple of songs mid-set, "Wapusk" (which isn't on her new album but can be purchased on 45) and "Mercury" from her debut record, Failer. Justin and Kathleen's lead guitarist got into a guitar duel during "Mercury" that was nothing short of face melting. Justin also sat in on both encores. We absolutely refused to let her leave the stage. Great concert all around with lots of favorites from Failer (one of my favorite debuts ever) as well as a heaping helping from her new record, Voyageur.

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Todd Snider w/ Rosi Galon at the Clayton Center in Clayton, NC this past Saturday night.

There were many highlights during the show, many of which have since made their way onto YouTube, including this one. If you've never heard this song before I strongly suggest giving it a listen, especially if you love rock n' roll.

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Tool, Feb. 8, in Duluth, GA (Outside ATL).

Everything I imagined and then some.

The show was absolutely incredible.

I was in 122, back left corner of the floor, first row (the aisle around the floor was directly in front of me.

Other than a fat bitch (literally being a bitch) working security who kept shining her light in front of me trying to "bust" phonecam users, the view was great, and the sound was incredible.

For me, the show confirmed my opinion that Tool is, without a doubt, the greatest band in existence today.

They have achieved the same iconic level of being that Led Zeppelin had in the 70s.

The only other group to even come close to this level was perhaps Metallica during the 80s.

They combine all the elements: the mystique, the incredible studio releases and the ability to perform the material live flawleesly.

I'm 51, and I've seen a lot of concerts, but last night may have been the best performance (combination of music and visuals) I've ever seen by any band ever.

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Elton John last night for the first time.....been there, done that - next! ;)

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Last show I saw was Jeff Hart & the Ruins at Fat Daddy's in Raleigh last night. Prior to that it was Dan Baird & Homemade Sin with Terry Anderson & the Olympic Ass Kickin' Team at the Berkeley Cafe in Raleigh on Thursday night. Here's a couple clips from the show. The first is of the Olympic Ass Kickin' Team which features Terry Anderson, the original writer of "Battleship Chains" but is probably more well known for the version the Georgia Satellites did. Terry has penned a number of other fairly well known songs including "I Love You Period" and "I Can Give You Everything" which was recorded by the late, great Ms. Etta James.

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Yesterday I attended the Rock Against Amendment One Rally at the Pinhook in Durham, NC which included performances from Amy Ray (of Indigo Girls), Kooley High and Mount Moriah. For those unfamiliar with Amendment One here's some more information on it:

Constitutional amendment to provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.

If it passes, it will amend Article 14 of the NC Constitution by adding a new section:

Sec. 6. Marriage.

Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State. This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party; nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts.

A friend of mine has posted a few clips from yesterday's rally to YouTube. The first one, from Amy Ray's set, includes a brief segment at the beginning from Melissa York, the drummer from Amy's backing band, the Butchies, in which she speaks out agains the amendment.

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Petty at the Germaine Center in Estero, FL on 5/1.

I had never flown anywhere JUST to see a concert before.

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Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot.

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Sons of Bill and the Black Lillies during Artsplosure in downtown Raleigh this afternoon.

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Jane's Addiction this past Tuesday @ House Of Blues. They played a great set all the usual visuals, Perry's wife and another woman dancing, stripping and simulating various acts - including being murdered during "Ted, just admit it..." by a guy who reminded me of the clown in Porno For Pyros sets back in the 90's. They were in fine form both musically and vocally - played some from all 4 studio albums, but heavy on Ritual.... In the middle of the show some goons decided to have a mosh pit, pushing over women and some young teenagers for their own enjoyment. Never ceases to amaze me how people infringe on others without any thought as to anyone else's personal space or safety. Didn't ruin the show....just put a damper on it. Recorded a bit of the show on my phone and it turned out pretty good. Just gotta figure out how to post it....:)

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JKutchma & the 5/Fifth's w/ Randall Brice Bickford and Filthybird last night at Tir na nOg in Raleigh as part of the Local Band/Local Beer series.

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I saw Eddie Money last night. I saw him 7 years ago but he got rained out very quickly. I'm glad he played the whole show this time. I also got his autograph on a T-Shirt after the show. :thumbsup:

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CD release show Saturday night at the Pinhook in Durham for Wood Ear's new one. Also on the bill were Spider Bags and WoWolfoL. They also had a real cool poster for sale at the concert for the CD release party.

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