Photo Gallery: Yo La Tengo @ 930 Club

Gotta say, it’s pretty damn fun to shoot photos at a concert. Gives me something to do and keeps me engaged. Last night I caught Yo La Tengo at the 930 Club to try out my brand new Canon 7D camera. Here you can see Yo La Tengo try out their new special concert format in which they spin a wheel to determine what their first set will be. We got “Sounds of Science Part 1,” an ambient instrumental score to a film (sadly they didn’t screen that). The second set was full of the hits. Solid show.

After some mishaps with camera settings, eventually got some decent shots for a first go at it.

Three Reasons I Should’ve Tried Harder To See The National This Weekend

Since the release of Boxer, The National’s brilliant record from 2007, the band has become one of my favorite bands. So when the band’s two nights (Sunday and Monday, May 24 and 25th) at Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club sold out in less than 3 minutes, I was a little miffed I couldn’t see them without scalping or pulling some strings. The band even lined up a late show on Sunday as well but that was hard to come by as well.

Turns out the band has been debuting some new songs during their recent tour, which makes me even more pissed at myself for not trying harder to get tickets for these shows. From some videos I’ve found around the web, their new stuff looks to be just as great as the music from Boxer and Alligator, not to mention the phenomenal track from this year’s Dark Was The Night compilation “So Far Around The Bend.”

Watch “Vanderlylle Cry Baby” live from Toronto:


Watch “Runaway” live from Toronto: (or an in-studio performance here.)


Watch “Blood Buzz Ohio” live from Montreal:


Man, so freaking good. Maybe next time.

This Is What A Dan Deacon Dance Party Looks Like

So last night, this happened:

That’s right. Dan Deacon at the 9:30 Club put on an epic and extremely bonkers set of electro freak dance party music. NPR webcast the show, though I do wonder how much of what went on translates for a listener. Make sure to check out the amazing shots the NPR photographer took… you can even find me in a crowd shot (it’s like a sweaty hipster Where’s Waldo.)

Deacon performed on stage with this 15 person band playing songs of Spiderman of the Rings and Bromst… a full on melee of synths and percussion and hard driving dance grooves. Deacon also coaxed the crowd through a slew of dance contests and audience participation and sing alongs… all of which the crowd happily went berserk over, especially during songs like “Wham City” and “Crystal Cat.”

The show also featured some of the most hilarious (and awesomely terrible) pre-show music I’ve heard in a long time:

“Another Night” by Real McCoy ; “Bulls on Parade” by Rage Against the Machine ; “Kissed By A Rose” by Seal ; “What’s Up” by 4 Non Blondes ; “Only Time” by Enya; “No Rain” by Blind Melon

It was like reliving early ’90s Bar Mitzvah parties and middle school mixers, but it left no doubt that Deacon himself was programming the music himself, showing a great sense of humor in the process.

All in all, the show was insanely fun and a total blast.

Reblogging: The Story That Keeps on Giving

I was forwarded this story from a friend just now about a Jersey City, NJ councilman, Steve Lipski, who was arrested from Washington D.C.’s very own 9:30 Club for urinating (yes, URINATING) off the balcony during a concert.

Says the press release:

“… 44-year-old Lipski was removed from a place called the Nightclub 9:30 on Friday night.

“That’s after club staffers saw him relieve himself onto the crowd from a second floor balcony during a concert by a Grateful Dead tribute band.”

This story is wonderful from so many angles:

1) NJ Councilman.
2) 44 years old.
3) Grateful Dead tribute band?

You would think a man of his supposed age and “stature” would be able to hold his shit enough at a Dead cover band show. Seriously man, keep it together.

The band apparently according to my skill in surfing internet was the Dark Star Orchestra, who are known to recreate full legendary Dead concerts song for song based on the band’s official set lists. The show that night for anyone who cares to imagine what song he started peeing during…

Show: 1604 • 11/08/2008 Nightclub 930, Washington, DC
Setlist: 10/30/73 – Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, MO

Set 1: H. C. Sunshine, Me & My Uncle, Ramble On, L. L. Rain, Deal, Mexicali, TLEO, El Paso, Row Jimmy, Jack Straw, China Cat> I Know You Rider, Playin

Set 2: Half Step, Big River, Dark Star> Stella Blue> Eyes> WRS Prelude> WRS Part 1> Let It Grow, GDTRFB> Johnny B. Goode

Encore: Saturday Night

“Filller”: Mighty Quinn

I’m guessing it was probably during that totally groovin’ segue of China Cat> I Know You Rider. That would make me piss myself too.