Saturday, October 13, 2007

Spoon: A Quick Recap

  1. First time at the Riviera. It's right around the corner from the Aragon, and they're both very convenient for me by train, which is nice. It's kind of like the Vic, only bigger. Not so much side to side, but it extends back farther, and the balcony is larger. But if you get their early enough to see the opening act (I was there about 10 minutes before they started), you can get up pretty close on the main floor.
  2. Ponies: They were OK. Better than Liars. Somewhat entertaining, but I was tired, and I just wanted Spoon to start.
  3. Spoon, not surprisingly, were very good. They've been at this a while now, and they now how to put on a good show. They played for about an hour and ten minutes, left briefly, and did a three song encore.
  4. Interestingly, they played the initial set album to album. Nothing from Telephono, which is kind of a bummer, but they played two from Series of Sneaks, and then proceeded to go through each album playing three to six songs before the set ended. As such, the out of order setlist isn't as out of order as usual.
  5. Incomplete and out of order setlist:
    1. Utilitarian (opened with this)
    2. The Minor Toughs
    3. Anything You Want
    4. Me and The Bean
    5. Fitted Shirt
    6. Small Stakes
    7. Stay Don't Go
    8. Someone Something
    9. Vittorio E.
    10. Johnathan Fisk
    11. Beast and Dragon Adored
    12. I Summon You
    13. I Turn My Camera On
    14. Two Sides of Monsieur Valentine
    15. Don't Make Me a Target
    16. The Ghost of You Lingers
    17. Don't You Evah
    18. Rhythm and Soul
    19. You Got Yr Cherry Bomb
    20. Black Like Me
    21. The Underdog
    22. Chicago at Night
    23. The Way We Get By (closed with this)
I would like to have heard My Mathematical Mind and Finer Feelings. And I'd love to someday hear them do stuff off of Telephono. I have a feeling that people who have discovered Spoon recently would be surprised at what their early stuff sounds like, especially stuff like Not Turning Off, Nefarious, and Government Darling. Would like to have heard Car Radio and The Guestlist/the Execution from Sneaks as well. But there's only so much time.


Anonymous said...

I like the concert reports. Keep up the good work, looking forward to the New Pornographers show write up.

robola said...

I like them, too!

Finer Feelings would have been awesome. That's my favorite song on GGGGG. Fitted Shirt, Fisk and Beast and Dragon are great, though. I'm now sad I didn't go to this, though I agree about their professional chops. When I saw them at L'palooza they were very workmanlike in the rain.