"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


the last two nights in live music

ACL is just a few hours away and I'm already behind on blogging. Quick notes on the weekend's kickoff shows:
  • Calexico's taping of Austin City Limits was amazing. We had no problem getting inside. Their set started off with just Joey and John playing "Convict Pool," and moved through a good mix of old and new stuff. Highlights included "Quattro (World Drifts In)," which had the whole crowd rocking out, the transcendent "All Systems Red," and Salvador Duran and Iron & Wine's appearance for "In the Reins" and a couple of other songs. I especially enjoyed getting to hear the Calexico/Iron & Wine collaboration on Lou Reed's "All Tomorrow's Parties." It was probably the best show I'll see this weekend. Episode airs November 11.
  • Last night at Trophy's (a place that's so much of a dive they have a dog), That's Mister to You show was fun. Their sound has matured a lot in the two years since I last saw them play. That, or Morgan's shiny new guitar made all the difference.

And now, the festival! This year's lineup is not as good as previous years, but that also means it's less stressful in terms of feeling like you need to hear everything. Shows I am looking forward to: Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Okkervil River, Centro-Matic, Ghostland Observatory, Calexico, What Made Milwaukee Famous, Explosions in the Sky (!!!), and Rocky Votalato. I'm also hoping to discover some new bands, and check out a few that have been getting buzz. If you're in town for the festival, definitely see What Made Milwaukee Famous; they're about to hit it big.

I'll try to blog daily reports on the shows, but don't count on it. ACL is an exhausting, fun weekend, so we usually just crash at the end of the day. Also, exciting and new on the blog this year, The Librarian and I will be sharing our catty fashion commentary. We already saw what's likely to be a contender for Most Poor Fashion Choice of the Year on Wednesday at KLRU - a woman was wearing an outfit that managed to be simultaneously crocheted and tie-dyed. Did I mention that it was pink and brown? It was sum-thin'.


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