The Rich Girls Are Weeping

29 September 2006

It felt like the worst show ever. Even worse than that time I tried to soldier through the Gang of Four show last summer even though I was pretty freakin' sick, or that time I went to see Ted Leo/RX when I was having uh, girl problems, and nearly hauled off and punched this giant fat guy and his reedy friend when they decided to slamdance into me.

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, 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!


Blogger Pinkie von Bloom said...

i'm still not sure i'm convinced. i'll try babyshambles. maybe. oh hell, ramesh says it's good, it might be. thank you for putting it out there that i just "liked" the libertines, since i'd hardly call myself a "fan." but yeah, they were their most amazing on the edge of falling apart.

in other news, dude, i'm not sure i'm up for rocktober quite like i was last year. then again, we're not seeing calla in more than one city, hot on the heels of seeing interpol in a whole lot of cities. and didn't all that end with spoon's christmas show? i don't think rocktober ever stopped. i'm so going to see my folks next weekend. there's a craft fair with a quilt display and funnel cake.

Friday, September 29, 2006 4:55:00 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Baby hipsters. Sounds cute, but really not. Despite the bad sound and the rude people talking during the set, the Envelopes managed to pull it out of the doldrums for the last couple songs. Then the house got even fuller. The sound was much better for Ratatat though, and they rocked it out. What about the people who brought their sub-10 yr. old kids to the front row? Not that I'm totally against kids at rock shows, but it was a school night. I think Emo's could use a "You must be this tall to enter the club" rule.

Friday, September 29, 2006 7:17:00 PM  
Blogger James said...

Babyshambles' album: meh.
Single release of "Killamangiro" produced by Paul Epworth released in 2004: YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES.

It really is kind of striking how pronouncedly inferior all the "big" attempts to Pick Up Where The Libertines Tragically Left Off are to the more casual attempts. I mean, Carl Barat's song w/ Clinic just craps all over that Dirty Pretty Things record in every way possible; same for Doherty's songs w/ Wolfman and Littl'ans vs. the Babyshambles record. And then there's everything ever released on Young & Lost Club to boot.

Saturday, September 30, 2006 3:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you've ever been stared at by the creepy bassist from Scissors for Lefty, you might revise your judgement.

Monday, October 02, 2006 6:17:00 PM  
Blogger cindy hotpoint said...

Oh. Burn.

Maybe he's just socially awkward?

Monday, October 02, 2006 7:54:00 PM  
Blogger monica said...

the envelopes sound- disturbingly off. ratatat- much better.
panther- fucking hilarious.
drunk baby hipsters, (shaking of head) i'm hearing ya.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006 3:32:00 PM  

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