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

9.17.2007

acl day 3

By the pictures/what I really thought:

Midlake was fantastic, although I would really like to hear them in a club in order to better pick up the nuances of their music. These guys know what they're doing.

Also, the marriage proposal, though cheesy, was kindof sweet.

Don't tick off Lucinda Williams. She will write a song like "Honey Bee" about you. And she will have her revenge. Regina Spektor. Right. We were more concerned with securing our awesome Wilco spot, and as the crowd pressed in, our ability to hear Spektor diminished proportionally. But I'll see her tonight, so no worries.
Wilco was so fantastic I'm going to write a separate review later today. They played "Casino Queen!"
We only saw a little bit of Ghostland Observatory, but they continue to grow on me. You can't not dance to it.

Bob Dylan was just so bad I can't believe it.

Look, I've never seen him before, and I think he's a genius. The music, despite his gravely voice early in the set, was good. Starting with "Rainy Day Woman #12 and #35" is a sign that he knew his audience. But there is NO EXCUSE for playing to 65,000 people and not allowing cameras close enough to get your face, or closeups of the soloists. Because no one could see his face (jokes abounded in our section as to whether it was him, or whether he's been dead for years and we were being put on), Dylan never connected with the crowd. It was seriously disappointing.

2 Comments:

Blogger euphrony said...

Yeah, that's just Dylan. Recluse. It's dissappointing when a musician is on stage in his own little world. Went to a Steve Miller concert around 10 years ago and I loved the music he played; but I got sick and tired of his long breaks between songs to name-drop about the people he's worked with over the years. Yeah, we all know you've been in the business and done a lot, but we're really here to hear you play.

Monday, September 17, 2007 2:08:00 PM

 
Blogger texasinafrica said...

Yapping on stage is no good. I saw Steve Miller a few years ago and was more disconcerted by the fact that he looked like your typical middle-aged suburban dad more than, oh, I don't know, a pot-smokin' hippie rockstar.

Monday, September 17, 2007 3:02:00 PM

 

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