Tonight The Replacements are playing in Forest Hills. Last time I saw them play Ronald Reagan was still President and I was still in school. It was a great show for the same reasons that many 'Mats shows were not-so-great back then. I'm looking forward to seeing them again, this time with former Neighborhood Dave Minehan on lead guitar.
This week I got to see Ty Segall perform, and despite the great energy, the sold out room, and the enthusiastic crowd, it wasn't great. It was almost like the band was playing to a tiny barroom where things like dynamics and intricate playing can be discarded because the crappy sound system and acoustics will not reward paying attention to such details. Problem is they were playing at Webster Hall which has a pretty fantastic sound system, a sound system that for the most part went to waste. Don't get me wrong, the album is great and it was enjoyable seeing those songs performed live and watching the crowd go nuts time and again, it just wasn't as transcendent as the Manipulator album itself.
Also, what's with all of the females stage-diving face-down? The people who catch and hold you up almost can't help but grope you if your breasts and crotch are hanging in their faces. Watch the pros do it -- they turn as they dive. They land on their backs. They surf the crowd on their backs. Inviting the crowd to grope you is doing your fellow females no favors by helping to perpetuate the idea that unwanted sexual advances are fine and dandy.
Getting back to the music, today 480 Minutes will feature new music by Broncho (Norman, OK, @BronchoBand), The Drums (Brooklyn, NY, @TheDrumsForever), Generationals (New Orleans, LA, @generationals), Julian Casablancas+The Voids (New York, NY, @Casablancas_J), King Tuff (@KingTuffy), Teenanger (Toronto, Canada, @teenangerTO), Tweedy (Chicago, IL, @JeffTweedy), Twerps (Melbourne, Australia, @TwerpsTwerps), and Whirr (Oakland, CA, @WhirrBand).
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