We'd come mostly to see Envelopes, and yeah, Panther and Ratatat too, but we ended up seeing hardly anything. Emo's was stupid crowded with baby hipsters getting wasted to overcome their social awkwardness -- it wasn't a pretty sight. I mean, yeah, we were already in a sullen mood from the afternoon's news, but to make matters worse, the sound during the Envelopes' set was so horrible (and it wasn't much better inside for Maritime), we just gave up and left without even really having a chance to track down friends in the crowd and bid them a grumpy goodnight. (I'm extra bummed because it looks like the Dallas show and afterparty were way more fun...)
The only highlight of the night was that Ramesh from Voxtrot found us sulking in a corner and cheered us up immeasurably with his wonderful impersonation of Diego from Elefant and tales of the non-stop party that was Voxtrot's UK tour a few months back. And I think he convinced Pinkie to listen to Babyshambles, which was no mean feat (she liked the Libertines, but was understandably wary of Doherty's solo project).
We're looking forward to seeing Spoon tomorrow (ROCKTOBER LIVES -- there's so many good shows in the next few weeks...), but we really hope it's not a repeat of last night's gicky scene. And if you're seeing the Ratatat/Envelopes/Panther bill on this tour, we hope you have a better time than we did...
Envelopes -- Freejazz
Ratatat -- Wildcat (E*vax Remix)
Spoon -- Lines in the Suit
Awesomeness from around the Intertubes this week:
Is it the children's Greek chorus? The sleighbells? THE HANDCLAPS? Who can really say, but I'm completely addicted to Mike Jones' new single "Mr. Jones" from The American Dream (due out in February, apparently), via the amazing filles et garcons at Fluokids.
Look, I can't help but be charmed by faux Brits (they're totes from San Francisco!) Scissors for Lefty -- I swear I've listened to them more than anything else over the past few weeks, pick up tracks @ Big Stereo, MOKB, and Usounds.
Datarock's "Fa Fa Fa" is bloody brilliant, check it out at Big Stereo, catch remixes at Shot Callin' and iPop. The busy disco guitar riffs in the original track are driving me nuts, though. Where have I heard them before??
...and, as ever, greenpeaness.org puts us to shame, posting some of the most-listened to songs of the past few weeks: offerings from Shimura Curves, Neon Plastics, and Air Traffic, and the stellar "Animator" from Pull Tiger Tail.
Have a good weekend, we'll catch ya later!