Friday, September 07, 2007
once again

I actually got some decent photos of Girl Talk et al last night at the Pit, but I'm at work, so you'll have to let my words guide your imagination until tonight or tomorrow... everyone's waiting with baited breath, I'm sure.

The Blow, who consist entirely of Khaela Maricich, started off the show with little fanfare. In fact, she was partway into her first chorus before I realized she was playing. Khaela didn't make any attempt to grab the attention of the chattering crowd (the bulk of whom were queuing up for drinks), and instead geared her performance towards the steadily increasing group of people who gathered up close enough to enjoy her set. From further way, you might find her attitude a bit blase or too-cool-for-school, but up close the nonchalance translated into a performance that seemed extremely intimate, and was underscored by her casual charisma. Khaela took a request for the (I think) rarely played "Come On Petunia," and also busted out "The Sky Opens Wide Like the Tide," for "maybe the last time." It was a bit of a shame that so many people were more focused on the decision between Sleeman's and Pilsner, but for those of us that were paying attention, it was a great start to the evening.

I had no idea that people were so into Thunderheist. The affection is definitely warranted, but it was still a bit surprising to see so many people who recognized the duo's songs. They're not exactly breaking new ground musically (Only characteristically described them as "booty bass with repetitive, meaningless lyrics"), but they can sure rock a party. Isis looked like she downed an entire bottle of Grey Goose as she worked the crowd, eventually stealing a bit of Girl Talk's thunder by inviting people to fill the stage. And when they finished their set, DJ Grahmzilla kept spinning tunes as security cleared the kids away.

By now, you've already heard about Greg Gillis' rather spectacular performances, so I won't go into detail. If you were at his show in May, last nigt was more of the same, with the only notable differences being Greg dropping some fresh tracks, and also the fact that he was sporting a beard. If the crowd was still warming up during the first two acts, they were in full-on party mode by the time Girl Talk's set started, and he noted a couple of times that the audience was a pleasant surprise since College crowds can often "suck balls." Apparently, he was going to head to the home of the Student Society's VP Finance, who offered to host the official-unofficial after-party, but I don't know if actually went down or not.

If you're not at Spoon or Wolf Parade (or a million other cool things going on) tonight, you might want to check out Ghost House, Karen Foster, and Winning at Pub 340.

Oh, and if you are at Wolf Parade, you can stick around at 1/2 Alive for free after the show. Alternately, you can leave and come back, and it's only $4 with your ticket stub and stamp.

now playing: actually, I'm not allowed to play music here. It's a bit depressing.

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1 Comments:

hey quinn - do you/does anyone know who's opening for spoon?

By Anonymous rob, at 2:06 PM  

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