Shins/Kelly Willis @ Bumbershoot
- --On Tuesday, September 3, 2002 4:57 PM +0000 lmerlin01
> I LOVE LOVE LOVE theI'm getting the impression you're a fan, Lisa. Nice to hear they pulled it
> 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>?
off in a big venue.
> After that set, we caught theSounds like it. Is Spencer touring with Ms. Willis?
> 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.
>Being new to Seattle, this was my first Bumbershoot >experience. I <BR>That would explain why all of my attempts at finding you over the weekend were fruitless!
>have a difficult time in large masses of people so I only went on <BR>
>Sunday. I saw Modest Mouse, one of my fave PacNorthwest >bands, at <BR>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.
>the huge main stage. The show was full of energy but the >sound <BR>
>wasn't that great in such a large arena.
>Instead of staying for <BR>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.
>Sonic Youth (who did a great set according to friends who >stayed),
>I LOVE LOVE LOVE the ShinsI 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>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.
>got it together.
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.
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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!
> Only thing I walked out of, sadly enough, was Lou Reed on Sat night. Thegold 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.