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  • mtbaldie
    Dear fnw, Saw The Franchise in action at the large cluster-job arts and music festival we pacific northwesterners call Bumbershoot. Though rain- shortened
    Message 1 of 6 , Sep 2, 2002
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      Dear fnw,

      Saw The Franchise in action at the large cluster-job "arts and music
      festival" we pacific northwesterners call Bumbershoot. Though rain-
      shortened ("pissing" said Sally), and PA-speaker-challenged, it was
      great! Of course, they're always great, even on their off-nights,
      if those can be detected.

      It began with "Hard to be Human Again," and ended in the sideways
      wind and rain with "Where Were You?" twelve or so songs later.
      Several surprises were contained therein, including "Bastard"
      and "Rosanne," both of which I never thought I'd see performed. The
      singular new one, "Thee Olde Trip to Jerusalem" was perfect.

      All tolled, if this is any indication of how the rest of the tour
      will be, the USA is in for a real treat.

      I am always thrilled to see the Mekons bring post-punk music to the
      masses, AND WIN! They have an uncanny ability to cast a spell over
      the most docile, taciturn Seattle crowds and make 'em scream like
      none other.

      ROCK!

      TC
    • Carl Zimring
      --On Tuesday, September 3, 2002 4:22 AM +0000 mtbaldie ... Cool. The new album sounds like it will translate well to the stage. Carl Z.
      Message 2 of 6 , Sep 3, 2002
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        --On Tuesday, September 3, 2002 4:22 AM +0000 mtbaldie
        <no_reply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

        > The
        > singular new one, "Thee Olde Trip to Jerusalem" was perfect.

        Cool. The new album sounds like it will translate well to the stage.

        Carl Z.
      • lmerlin01
        ... music ... Being new to Seattle, this was my first Bumbershoot experience. I have a difficult time in large masses of people so I only went on Sunday. I saw
        Message 3 of 6 , Sep 3, 2002
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          --- In fearnwhiskey@y..., mtbaldie <no_reply@y...> wrote:
          > Dear fnw,
          >
          > Saw The Franchise in action at the large cluster-job "arts and
          music
          > festival" we pacific northwesterners call Bumbershoot.

          Being new to Seattle, this was my first Bumbershoot experience. I
          have a difficult time in large masses of people so I only went on
          Sunday. I saw Modest Mouse, one of my fave PacNorthwest bands, at
          the huge main stage. The show was full of energy but the sound
          wasn't that great in such a large arena. Instead of staying for
          Sonic Youth (who did a great set according to friends who stayed),
          we opted for barbequed salmon sandwiches and beer before we ambled
          over to another huge venue to see the Shins. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the
          Shins and they did an amazing set for playing in such a cavernous
          space. I suck at describing music but I guess I'd call them
          pyschedelic Beach Boys like indie pop. I love the Shins. Have I
          mentioned that I love the Shins <g>? After that set, we caught the
          tail end of Buddy and Julie Miller and stayed to see the lovely
          Kelly Willis (with Mark Spencer playing guitar which was a pleasant
          surprise). Sound mix was terrible for the first few soungs then they
          got it together. Altogether, it was a great day of music.

          Lisa
        • Carl Zimring
          --On Tuesday, September 3, 2002 4:57 PM +0000 lmerlin01 ... I m getting the impression you re a fan, Lisa. Nice to hear they pulled it off in a big venue. ...
          Message 4 of 6 , Sep 3, 2002
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            --On Tuesday, September 3, 2002 4:57 PM +0000 lmerlin01
            <lmerlin01@...> wrote:

            > I LOVE LOVE LOVE the
            > Shins and they did an amazing set for playing in such a cavernous
            > space. I suck at describing music but I guess I'd call them
            > pyschedelic Beach Boys like indie pop. I love the Shins. Have I
            > mentioned that I love the Shins <g>?

            I'm getting the impression you're a fan, Lisa. Nice to hear they pulled it
            off in a big venue.

            > After that set, we caught the
            > tail end of Buddy and Julie Miller and stayed to see the lovely
            > Kelly Willis (with Mark Spencer playing guitar which was a pleasant
            > surprise). Sound mix was terrible for the first few soungs then they
            > got it together. Altogether, it was a great day of music.

            Sounds like it. Is Spencer touring with Ms. Willis?

            Carl Z.
          • Kathleen Loebig
            ... That would explain why all of my attempts at finding you over the weekend were fruitless! ... I skipped out on Modest Mouse in favor of the Dave
            Message 5 of 6 , Sep 3, 2002
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              >Being new to Seattle, this was my first Bumbershoot >experience. I <BR>
              >have a difficult time in large masses of people so I only went on <BR>

              That would explain why all of my attempts at finding you over the weekend were fruitless!

              >Sunday. I saw Modest Mouse, one of my fave PacNorthwest >bands, at <BR>
              >the huge main stage. The show was full of energy but the >sound <BR>
              >wasn't that great in such a large arena.

              I skipped out on Modest Mouse in favor of the Dave Edmunds/Dave Davies show in the ice-rink-turned-opera house. Dave Edmunds played a great set that I had trouble paying attention to as I was trying to find my lone friend for the day in the crowd. Highligh was his arrangement for solo acoustic guitar of the Allegro from Mozart's 40th in g minor. Dave Davies played an odd collection of old and new stuff - didn't expect to hear "Death of Clown" or such an incredibly stunning version of "Seeing my Friends" sandwiched between plugs for his new alien-abduction/armageddon concept album titled "The Bat". He also encored with "You Really Got Me" and "All the Day (and all of the night". It rocked.

              >Instead of staying for <BR>
              >Sonic Youth (who did a great set according to friends who >stayed),

              Sonic Youth did a respectable set, but as Lisa said, the sound sucked, they played at dinner time and it was hard to pay attention.

              >I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Shins

              I have always been skeptical from the production quality of the records, but I walked out of this show with a big big dumb grin on my face. It stayed for the rest of the weekend.
              >Kelly Willis (with Mark Spencer playing guitar which was a >pleasant surprise). Sound mix was terrible for the first >few soungs then they <BR>
              >got it together.

              The sound wasn't so good, and Kelly seemed to be struggling with her voice the whole set long. I hadn't seen her live before, but I thought she was consistently stronger on the songs where the song-writing credits were someone else's. Her husband writes some killer tunes.

              Sunday I would echo all of TC's comments re: the Mekons. They just tore up the lawn, even in what's a downpour for these parts.

              Richard Thompson also put on an incredible show earlier in the afternoon. It was my first time seeing him live as well, I was unprepared for how hilarious his stage banter is. He did a quick sampling of his Milleniums worth of music in a hour thing he does at the Getty which included a Middle Italian bawdy ballad, a stunning version of Shenandoah and a cover of Britney's "Oops I did it Again". I'm not sure if it was a good or bad thing that the crowd didn't seem to know the chorus:)

              Only thing I walked out of, sadly enough, was Lou Reed on Sat night. The gold lame jacket, the trying too hard to sing and the painfully out of tune bass that made my bones hurt through my ear plugs drove me quickly from the grounds.

              All in all, a fabulous weekend of music.

              KL

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            • mosurock
              Lou came into the video store I worked at recently and bought a bunch of those cheap-ass knockoff kung fu DVDs. Looks like he s back to junk! doug ... gold
              Message 6 of 6 , Sep 3, 2002
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                Lou came into the video store I worked at recently and bought a bunch of
                those cheap-ass knockoff kung fu DVDs. Looks like he's back to junk!

                doug


                > Only thing I walked out of, sadly enough, was Lou Reed on Sat night. The
                gold lame > jacket, the trying too hard to sing and the painfully out of
                tune bass that made my > bones hurt through my ear plugs drove me quickly
                from the grounds.
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