Wednesday, October 12, 2005

The ringing in my ears

It's been a pretty loud several days for me and I think my tinnitis is only getting worse. Of course in the grand scheme of things it's all been worth it. This has been a pretty rockin' music week and the best is yet to come. To recap:

Last Tuesday was the Black Crowes at the 9:30 Club. I'm so glad this band is back in full form and out on the road again. Doing 2 full sets a night, no less! The show was great and rivaled that of the last time I saw them at the 9:30. The sets covered just about every piece of the back catalog. The Ballad in Urgency/Wiser Time jam is always good; the Non-Fiction jam was as usual not good; the older gems off of The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion were particularly great; the Halfway to Everywhere jam was probably the highlight of the night. Overall the
best thing about the show was seeing Marc ford back with the band. He's certainly not the greatest technical guitar player but god can he make that thing sing. Last night night it became really apparent, for me, what they missed without him on the last two albums.

Last Friday was Bob Mould at the 9:30 Club. He definitely delievered
everything that I was expecting and more. It was so fantastic to see him on stage and really playing the old Sugar and Husker Du material like he meant it. Prior to that I had only seen him as a solo act and that show on Friday was by far the most fun I'd ever seen him have. So much material off of Copper Blue that I didn't know what to do with myself. And the old Husker tunes really took on a new life for me after finally hearing them the way they're supposed to sound; live and LOUD.

Monday night was Weezer at the Patriot Center. Again, another great loud
rock show. While I think their albums following the Pinkerton release do less and less for me, they still know how to put on one hell of a show. And knowing which side their bread is buttered on, you can always count on 5 or 6 tunes from the "Blue" album. Seeing as they may be the only band to ever release a front-to-back perfect pop masterpiece, I will always see them when they are in town. Highlights from the show were El Scorcho and Why Bother? which were both first times for me. I'm so glad that they're digging more into the Pinkerton material. What a loud awkward album.

This run of shows ends on Saturday night when the New Pornographers come to the 9:30 Club. I could go on and on about how great this show will be but I think I'll wait until the end of the week for that.


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