These are the notes I recorded on my phone during the shows. In some cases, I added my tweets from that night.
usual caveats apply: I am not a music critic, I don't pretend to be. I
likes what I like. These are my opinions only, worth what you paid. If you are a thin-skinned band member, you should think twice before proceeding. You have been warned.
Home by Hovercraft. Absolute genius. Short set. It's so amazing, how happy of a place they take me to. So thankful
Low dark hills.
Good, mellow shit. But boring, in the end. Wall of sound, but audience
lost. Medium tempo strumming, never rock out
The orange. Kinda heavy rock. Audience lost, totally. Who the fuck booked this show???
Chambers, from Denton. Baruch the scribe as lead, plus violin. Dug it
Air Review. Beautiful stuff. Two covers, tho, ugh. Third cover as encore, wtf? Had to look up lyrics on his phone, funny
Glossary, from Nashville. High energy, but super-ordinary rock, lead with cabby hat, chick w tambourine
company. GodDAM! Love Quiet Company
- so great, such energy. Been a fan since 2007. Still blow me away,
every time. Touching tribute to his wife, dancing in front of her. Red
trombone. Quit their full time jobs. Re-recorded shine honesty.
Telegraph canyon. Shrooms in the desert story. Lotsa oldies. Awesome set, as always
Bethan. Violin. Strong voice. good
Gotta call it like I see it - not diggin Datahowler at all, don't get how it fits with HxH & Bethan. Not just me, either, crowd uninterested
Just when I thot Home by Hovercraft couldn't be any better - violin!!
No "special guest" opener, as advertised. Liars
Nicole Atkins opened at 8:15. Solo w hollow body electric. Fine, but boring
Eels. Meh. Too many new ones
3/8/13 35 Denton, Day 1
Sleep. Not my thing at all. Seemed like they played the same song for hour & a half.
Peopleodeon at the hive. Fucking awesome, cept we couldn't hear the vox. Is the sound guy deaf? Loved it, tho.
Mellow mushroom for king automatic. Started at 11. Blech, bluesy guitar rock
The hive, zorch. Way more electronic than I remembered.
Man Man. Longest
sound check in history. Bad ass piano rock. Loved it.
3/8/13 35 Denton, Day 2
The hive. Killer mike/ magic mike. Preachin Jesus & killing.
Sweetwater for hope trust.
Demigs. Then pageantry. Meh.
Back to dans for valleys
Akron/family. Uh, no. Crowd totally disengaged
3/28 prophet bar
Reinventing Jude. 3 guitars, violin, sax, drums. No one here. Funky, jazzy, poppy. Good
Paco Estrada. Oh no
Sorne. Second time to see. Some awesome, crazy-ass shit.
Wintersleep. Good shit, Scott joined em for a song
Frightened rabbit. Orgasmic. No Nitrous Gas, tho :(
5/2 prophet bar
Old warhorse. Chris welch from pine box serenade. Yucky rootsy bluesy rock
Spooky Easy. Didn't really enjoy it as much as I'd hoped
Hacienda. Bass, keys, drums. Didn't dig it, left early
Goodnight Ned. Freakin awesome. 2 guitars, violin, keys, bass, drums. Multiple harmonies, gut-busting music. Fantastic.
Telegraph Canyon. Beautiful.
Sons of Fathers. Incredible set. Spine-tingling harmonies. And damn, can that dude rock the upright bass. Amazing
Home x Hovercraft. Sound mix bad at first. Can't really hear cello.
Quiet Company. Awesome energy, as usual.
The Features, from Nashville. Awesome. Very catchy songs, slight country touch, very heartfelt. Loved it
Birds of night. Denton. Don't like lead's voice. Dirty gritty rock.
Goodnight Ned. Good stuff.
Pretty sure every band here tonight has prepared for this show by not showering for several days.
Room sounds. Blech. Ordinary. Buncha longhairs, every song sounds like a pseudo-rootsy version of 'hey jealousy'.
Bravo Max! Now we're talkin', much better, not rootsy at all, great catchy songs. Dug it
Listened to Radiolab on kera on way down. Fascinating.
Dada, big crowd already, daylight, very young.
Rooms. Daniel hart. Violin. Tracking shit. Lotsa Falsetto. Can't hear
backing vox. Standup drummer - Lisa Bonet? Ok, but wouldn't see again.
Savoir Adore. Lotsa electronic recorded shit, too much for my taste. Good, for that kinda thing.
No AC. Ridiculous.
Wolf. Speaker problems 2 songs in, sound man on chair, tryin to fix
things. First 2 songs kinda boring. Never got better. Vox never rose
above the music.
What the HELL is going on with the whole college-girls-wearing-poochy-grandma-jeans/shorts thing? It's wrong, just wrong.
The Chloes. All girls. Sleestak lead. Lotsa covers. Bubble machine. Awful.
& the clams. Ick. Complete copy of 60s rock, no unique take on
it. Hated it. Josh & Jessica loved it. So curious - why are most of the folks into them under 5.5',
(both male and female)? Sociologists, discuss
Mikal Cronin. Meh, not my thing
rooms. First 2 songs kicked ass, downhill all the way after that.
Audience bored to tears. Needs to learn how to pace. Too much recorded
shit for my taste. Couldn't hear Lisa bonet's backup vox (again).
Seryn. Glorious. Harmonies a bit repetitive, same intervals over
& over, but still good.
Alpha rev. Great, but closed w Hallelujah cover. Lead w Travis-like mullet.
Curtains. Goddam, they never fail to blow me away. Loved the new stuff,
loved how they made the "old" stuff fresh. Cool visuals, too
Blackstone rangers. Gal in shiny stretchy pants, dude a win-butler-wannabe in art smock. Not bad
Octopus project. Damn - an amazing melange of electronica, kick-ass guitar, and theremin. Always an incredible show.
8/7 prophet bar
All wearing stupid-ass hats. Long stringy hair. Backup singer axl rose wannabe.
Harmonies horrible at times, painful. Pontificating about the future of our
children. "It'll get u down!!" Awful rendition of I shall be released, led
by key player. Horrible. Way more Americana than I remembered.
arcade. Lead not playing anything, never a good sign, stupid headband. "Caught in a cross.
fire. The flames of my de. sire". Awful 80s rock. Horrible.
Overly earnest. Everyone in black. Dear gawd, he takes himself so
seriously. Muse-like. 10-minute stop-down for falsetto bullshit.
8/24 dada GOBL showcase
Empty at first.
Supposed to be Venetian sailors, but only one guy on acoustic showed. Lotsa covers. Boring
piano. Trey from Sorta, 2 keys, upright bass, no guitar, gal backup singer. Piano pop.
Very ordinary. Whistling.
sgt. Shawn & Seth singing every song. Trombone. Not great. Most song intros: "Here's
another song originally sung by someone else famous who isn't here (Will
Johnson, Rhett miller), etc"