Jay Pixies H & E

Hey, it’s No Age!

Well, in a rare instance, this post is mostly reserved for the opening band, Jay Reatard.

Hopes: Jay plays all of my favorites, plays for an hour, and his new crew sounds infinitely better than his last band, whom were entertaining and talented in their own right. And for the Pixies, I hope they put on the best show I’ve ever seen and play all my non-Doolittle, favorites.

Expectations: Jay and gang have better chops than his previous band mates, but aren’t as amazing as I suggest above. Seeing them live will be fun, but not the same experience as the previous show at Harpers Ferry, because we will be seated and what not. He will play a good amount of my favorites. The Pixies’ performance will be top notch and the show will enter my top 5 or at least top 10. They will play at least a few of my non-Doolittle favorites.

Chris

Concert Review: Sonic Youth & The Feelies @ Wilbur Theatre (11/22/09)

Artist(s): Sonic Youth, The Feelies
Location: Wilbur Theatre, Boston, MA
Date: Sunday, November 22, 2009
Grade: A+

The Feelies:
I can safely say I was feeling the the Feelies haha. Nothing too special, but decent. I sensed some really catchy material and I could tell the young to the young at heart audience dug it; particularly one fan who was wildly dancing, to the point that it looked like he was having a seizure a la Ian Curtis. This continued during Sonic Youth’s set lol. I’m surprised he took a break in between performances! Anyway, the band seemed pretty chill, making very little contact with their fans. With that being said, the lead singer/guitarist rocked out and hopped and bopped a little. I might listen to them more, I haven’t decided; either way, they were a solid opening act. Clearly, the audience was pleased enough with their performance that they applauded long enough to elicit an encore. An encore for an opening band? I’ve never seen it. So, hats off to them!

Sonic Youth:
It never ceases to amaze me how cool, hip, YOUNG, Sexy( especially Kim in her black and white dress!) and all around mysterious these guys and gal appear to be. When Sonic Youth hits the stage, it’s not “Hello, Boston are you ready to rock?! Now we’ll kiss your ass with all our hits you know and love!” Nah, lame for these Artsy Fartsy hipsters. Instead they produce an enormous, four guitar assault, simply a Pounding, Pulsing Wall of noise,feedback, distortion, and killer tunes! Not to mention a crazu light show to complement the music. They essentially played their latest album, The Eternal in its entirety, minus “Thurnderclap For Bobby Pyn,” one of my favorites, but that’s okay. They played the somewhat new songs in no particular order with a few tracks from their 1980s catalog as well. One of the most memorable moments for me was when Thurston laid down frontwards on the stage and practically scraped his guitar across it, generating some sweet, guitar sounds. Everyone else, except the Nightwatchman, would have fucked up their strings and created some cacophanous racket. As of now, SY holds the candle (no pun intended) for best encore, previously held by King Khan & The Shrines. They kicked right into “The Sprawl,” track 3 from 1988’s Daydream Nation and followed it in sequence with track four, “Cross the Breeze,” an amazing powerhouse. Then they said peace and left the stage. But, that wasn’t good enough for us! We screamed for our No Wave heroes to return and return they did for Encore 2. I don’t think I’ve seen 2 encores by a band, but for some reason I feel like I have, either way it could not compare to the Supreme Genius of this or else I would have stored it better in my psyche. So, they blasted into “What We Know,” a new classic from The Eternal and finished the terrific evening with the 80s bizzaro Americana anthem, “Death Valley ’69.” Definitely my favorite song all night. As the married couple of Thurston and Kim made their way backstage they playfully pushed each other around like teenagers flirting with each other in the hall between classes. That’s pretty cool, considering they have been married for 25 years!

Overall: This is a well-deserved A+. I loved every moment of Sonic Youth’s set and I dug The Feelies too. This concert ranks as # 5 for all time best concerts. In fact, SY were, musically, the best performers I have ever seen, with The Shrines, Radiohead, and Dinosaur Jr as moderately close rivals. The cool thing about these folks is the fact that they can be so damn, high energy and engaing and at the same time, so modest and mellow. It’s very fascinating, to say the least. Simply stated, seeing Sonic Youth is a spectacular attack on multiple senses!Pixies have tough competition, but I think they can do it…

Glen: I wouldn’t argue with Chris on SY’s performance. Stunning. If I had done my homework and listened to more of The Eternal before this show I’m sure this  would easily be a top 5 concert. It was nice to sit down and bask in the glory of the sound around me, but an all-time favorite for me is one where I’m standing front-row and doing various “dances” such as the pogo, mosh, or head movement all while basking in the glory of the sound. That said this show made “Death Valley ’69” an instant favorite for me and made damn sure that “‘Cross the Breeze” is freaking amazing. I’d give this show an A.

Here’s the setlist with the name of the album each song appeared on.

1. “No Way”
2. “Sacred Trickster”
3. “Calming the Snake”
4. “Stereo Sanctity”
5. “Walkin’ Blue”
6. “Anti-Orgasm”
7. “Leaky Lifeboat (For Gregory Corso)”
8. “Shadow of A Doubt”
9. “Antenna”
10. “Malibu Gas Station”
11. “Poison Arrow”
12. “Tom Violence”
13. “Massage the History”
——-Encore Break——–
14. “The Sprawl”
15. “Cross the Breeze”
—–2nd Encore Break—-
16. “What We Know”
17. “Death Valley 69″

1-3, 5-7, 9-11, 13, 16- The Eternal (2009)
4- Sister (1987)
8 & 12- EVOL (1986)
14 & 15- Daydream Nation (1988)
17- Bad Moon Rising (1984)

Chris

1 WEEK SUCKA!!!

That’s right, in exactly one week, Glen, John, Paul, and I will witness the Supreme Genius of The Pixies, not to mention, supporting act, Jay Reatard and his new crew, whom apparently have more chops than his former band mates. Anyway, The Pixies are playing their 1989 magnum opus, Doolittle in its entirety at the Wang Theater!

But wait…. before then, Glen, Paul, and I will experience the Supreme Genius of Sonic Youth in just two days!

WARNING: More Pixies updates will probably come this way.

Chris

1 WEEK!

Children of the KLYAM, in exactly one week Glen and I will be attending the Sonic Youth concert at the Wilbur Theatre! Yes, I know you’re envious. Well, to make you even more fucked in the head, totally outta your mind, crazy, a mere five days later we will witness the glorious Pixies, as the below post notes. And with opening acts like The Feelies and the one and only Jay Reatard, all time favorite shows could and should be expected!

P.S. Kim is sexy in that pic. Yeah, I know she’s like my mom’s age. So what? Excuse me for having blood pumping through my veins!

Chris

Nov./Dec. Shows

There may not be a stretch of as amazing shows as the ones I attended in the period September 1 through October 31. That said, November and December look to be pretty awesome months for rockers. The next concert that I am excited for most is Sonic Youth November 22 at the Wilbur Theatre. The perennial alt-rock noise band released a pretty well-received album in 2009 called The Eternal on Matador. They’ll be back the next day for another show. The Feelies, a Velvet Underground influenced group that disbanded in 1992 and reunited in 2008, will be opening. Then just four days later on the 27th, Pixies will be performing their classic album Doolittle in its entirety as part of a big 20th anniversary tour. The two-day show will take place at the Wang Theatre and will feature Memphis garage-pop king Jay Reatard as the opening act for the first night. Three or so weeks later on December 13th the Arctic Monkeys, who made a trip to Commonwealth Avenue back in August for a Paradise show, will be at the larger House of Blues for a second go-around in as many months. Noisy-punks Screaming Females will open.

JAY REATARD + PIXIES = GREAT BIG WANG!


Earlier this month, Memphis garage punk Jay Reatard lost his rhythm section. Bassist Stephen Pope and drummer Billy Hayes quit Reatard’s band, an event that Reatard himself addressed on his Twitter with characteristic restraint and maturity: “Fuck them! They are boring rich kids who can’t play for ahit anyways … Say hello to your ugly and boring wifes opps I mean lifes guys suck it.”

But the Matablog reports that Reatard has already lined up replacements: bassist Anders Thode and drummer Jacob Elving, both of the Danish punk band the Cola Freaks. The two will join Reatard on a European tour next week, and in November, they’ll come to the U.S. for more shows, including some opening the Pixies’ Doolittle tour. All those dates are below.

Jay Reatard:

10-28 Paris, France – Maroquinerie
10-29 Cologne, Germany – Luxor
10-30 Munich, Germany – 59 to 1
10-31 Berlin, Germany – Lido
11-01 Copenhagen, Denmark – Loppen
11-02 Oslo, Norway – Parkteatret
11-03 Malmo, Sweden – Mejeriet
11-04 Hamburg, Germany – Logo
11-05 Prague, Czech Republic – Matrix
11-06 Vienna, Austria – B72
11-07 Bologna, Spain – Covo
11-08 Clermont Ferrand, France – Coop de Mai
11-09 Brussels, Belgium – Botanique Rotonde
11-10 Birmingham, England – Bar Academy
11-11 Glasgow, Scotland – King Tuts
11-12 Manchester, England – Roadhouse
11-13 London, England – Underworld
11-14 Bristol, England – Croft
11-15 Liverpool, England – Masque
11-16 Dublin, Ireland – Whelans
11-21 Chicago, IL – Aragon ^
11-22 Columbus, OH – The Summit
11-23 Pittsburgh, PA – Brillobox
11-24 New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom ^
11-25 Northampton, MA – Iron Horse
11-27 Boston, MA – Wang Center ^!!!
11-28 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
11-30 Washington, DC – Constitution Hall ^
12-01 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
12-02 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
12-03 Atlanta – The Earl
12-04 Orlando, FL – Backbooth
12-05 Tampa, FL – Crowbar
12-07 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks
12-08 Houston, TX – Walter’s on Washington
12-09 Austin, TX – Emo’s Outside
12-10 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
12-31 Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theatre #

^ with Pixies
# with Spoon
– Pitchfork.com

Chris