Reviewed: PB&J, Kiss Kiss, PopRally
01-30 Peter, Bjorn & John @ Bowery Ballroom
Don't hate me, but I went to this show without being a huge fan. My presence and unfamiliarity wasn't the reason it wasn't a spectacular show; I've seen plenty of bands I know little about and they've left me in awe. Peter Bjorn & John just didn't do much for me that night. They left me feeling they were an average band with a handful of good songs. Writer's Block is fine and all, but my favorite songs are all in the beginning. "Young Folks" isn't even my favorite. Maybe it's overplayed, but I find myself more drawn to "Amsterdam" [which they mangled in concert] and this one:Peter Bjorn & John - Objects of My Affection [mp3]
01-31 Kiss Kiss @ KF Old Office
The week I got the Kiss Kiss album Reality vs. the Optimist in the mail was the Friday that the Arcade Fire album leaked, and as much as I was tempted to preview the Fire, I couldn't tear myself away from this damn band. It draws from a variety of sounds, some mainstream [
MCR Queen] some not so [Balkan?] that the album never got repetitive or derivative . I mean, it's not innovative either, but as Jeff said, "Can't exactly tell if they're actually a good band or just an extremely enjoyable one, but the distinction is more or less irrelevant." They have great energy on stage and a sound that was too big for that dinky room. They played again this past Saturday at Sin-e, but replaced their lead singer with a female vocalist. The result -I was told- was as disastrous as I can imagine. The guy's ranging vocals are the bones that make the glue stick. Here's another song off the album, this one sounding a little like the Stars or Dirty on Purpose [especially the end]:
02-02 Cat Power @ MoMa [PopRally]
Open bar, large attendance: not the best circumstances to see Chan Marshall play on a minimally raised stage. It was so impossible to see or even hear her that the attempt was comical. Hell, in our inebriated state, riding the elevator was the pinnacle of hilarity. Even so, I can't complain about a Friday night boozing it up at the Museum. The MoMa would be my favorite bar if it was always serving, and always free.