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Friday, June 24, 2005

Diggin' the Sleater....

Hey now. Took a bunch of pictures at last night's Sleater-Kinney/Dead Meadow show, but don't have access to my camera (or a USB cable) at work, so I'll have to post them later. I'll also post a more extensive review much later this evening (after Mets/Yanks action) when I'm not at the office and hopefully not in the throes of a huge stomachache (cheese fries + Blanche de Brooklyn only seems like a great idea at 11:45 at night).

But in a nutshell...new material was utterly fantastic, older songs felt a little awkward, and hopefully the 6 foot 2, spiky blonde-haired guy in front of me who jumped like he was shooting 3-pointers the entire show got hit by a car on his way home. The best part of the show for me was unquestionably "Let's Call It Love" --> "Entertain". I was proud of the ladies that they threw the audience for a loop by not seguing into "Nightlight" (the only song off the new record to go unplayed). While the Dead usually chased "Scarlet Begonias" with "Fire On the Mountain", every so often they chased it with "Touch of Grey" or something else, and that's what made them great. Anything resembling improvisation is more or less extinct in indie-rock shows these days, so S-K deserve much credit. A cheeky cover of Danzig's "Mother" into "Dig Me Out" for the second encore was fantastic as well.

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