Just Call Me Ms. Thang
So, my main squeeze Matt and I had a busy busy weekend. I just spent the last 5 minutes trying to find a decent picture of Ted Leo. This picture is less than decent, but hilarious at the same time. What is this? A Civil War re-enactment?
Anyway, the weekend kicked off with a fabulous and free Ted Leo and the Rx show. I should devote this entire blog to how much I enjoy Ted. Seriously. He's awesome. Openers Tigers and Monkeys were just so-so, to be generous. But the Pharamcists were fantastic. They played Suspect Device. They played new songs, old songs, songs so new they don't have titles. Thumbs up.
Thumbs up as well to Thunderbirds are Now and Les Savy Fav. Thunderbirds put on a fantastic set. They are young, energetic, and cute. These things all work for them. They jump around the stage, I want to jump with them. Now, Matt would tell you that LSF sucked. I would argue that they are an art form. It's really a forum for Tim Harrington, the lead singer. He licks mic stands! He is crazy! Despite that, he recently got married and had his wedding announcement published in the NY Times, with a picture...so how awful could he be?
Saturday night's Of Montreal show was totally awesome. If you like your pop music in equal parts psychedelic and psychotic, then Of Montreal is for you. I've been waiting days to write that. Their most recent album, The Sunlandic Twins, is a brilliant piece of pop songwriting, and the spectacle of the live show made it soooo worthwhile.
And because my post will be better than Matt's, check out their cover of the Shins' Know Your Onion. More audio goodies can be found here.
Lastly, also saw the Minutemen documentary We Jam Econo...a reference to the fact that they toured on the cheap, in a van...gotta love Mike Watt though. He's seriously amazing, a fact that I established for sure when seeing him in concert a couple of years ago. I hope he comes back this way soon, because San Pedro has been hogging him for awhile.