music: velvet underground / jason falkner
let’s see…..okay, tuesday I went to spaceland to see bare jr, the hacksaw boys, bigger lover and the court & spark. It was a country rock kinda thing going on. thursday I went to the detroit bar to see helio sequence for the 3rd time, they just didn’t do it for me this time around.
friday was amazing! I met a few friends at the largo to see jon brion, it was sold out for dinner but we ended up getting a table right up front anyway. his show the week before was just okay….no second set or anything special. but omg. this show was one of my top 20 shows by him. grant lee graced us with his spectacular self, and josh played the drums for a bit. they did a cool version of “funkytown” and then “isn’t it a pity” I just about lost it! He did two sets. It was such an amazing night. my friend wrote down as much as she could remember of all the songs he did....so here goes: in no particular order.
isn't it a pity (george harrison) - all you need is love (beatles) - you shook me (ac dc) - hail to the chief (including bits of purple haze, day tripper, star spangled banner hendrix-style etc..) - i just wasn't made for these times (beach boys) - god only knows (beach boys) - here we go (punch drunk love soundtrack) - 2nd set goodbye yellow brick road (elton john) - grant lee phillips song (forgot title) - take me to the river (al green/talking heads etc...) funky town (lipps inc.)w bits of../every day is like sunday (morrissey) - baba o'riley (the who) man, josh rocked on the drums on this one - i was just about in tears it was sooo friggin rockin'! - instant karma (john lennon) - why don't we do it in the road (beatles) - love will keep us together (captain & tennille) - what's so funny about peace, love & understanding (elvis costello) what a night!!
he spoke to the audience of the war and about relationships with such passion that I just wanted to hug him. jon has been doing a lot of new songs lately along with covers, not so much of off meaningless anymore. his new stuff is amazing. I know I say that word a lot but it’s true.
in-between sets my friends and i were speaking of the old days at largo when it only cost 5 bucks and you could actually sit on the floor in front of the stage and watch him. although we all didn't know each other then - it was nice to know we were all there during the first few years. i'll never forget the two most amazing shows ever that we all witnessed. it was jon doing the history of music. he started out on the floor banging his hands on it, keeping a beat and he moved on from there to everything else that he had laying around. i think i had tears in my eyes that night because it was such a beautiful experience. another night was when he did the song "jet", and he sang parts of it through this telephone/megaphone thing (that was my favorite). there has been lots of amazing nights where he would do straight beatles covers all night long, singalongs with the audience. okay you get the idea...
saturday was a busy day/night. cari and I met at amoeba music to catch tim easton playing, that was a bitch to get to because all the protesters were right there at the CNN building on sunset next to ameoba!! that was very moving to see, glad I had my camera in tow. i did do some shopping (aaargh) nothing new just stuff that I once had and either sold or thought I had, trying to build my collection – I already need to build myself another cd wall unit.
anyway so after seeing tim, we went to the mark ryden opening reception…it was his “blood” series of paintings and drawings (great stuff). He was there with a really cool red velvet suit on and his kids were hanging ‘round looking cute, you can definitely tell that his kids are his muse. After running into a few of my friends and chatting with ‘em for awhile, cari and I went to eat then to the movies to see SPUN. I think I may just have to go see it again. the movie was all about crystal meth. It was well done-the way it was shot, wonderful cast-great acting. I was surprised to see eric roberts play a gay dude in it, (did i just say that?!) it was hilarious! Jason S., Britney M. and Mickey R. were superb.
okay so after the movie we head over to the hotel café to catch mark lane play and to my surprise I got to see a few other wonderful singers….sara, a girl I had met at the largo while kennedy was playing-didn’t even know she was a singer. then Luther Russell and chris joyner from the freewheelers joined mark on stage, all very talented musicians. What a great night!! I’m looking forward to catching luther at el cid on wednesday. then there is that elvis costello tribute going on at the knitting factory on thursday the 27th. and I just found out the elvis is actually playing at the royce hall at UCLA on the 28th and 29th!! I wonder if it’s sold out? He is amazing live- in fact he is one of my favorite “big name singers” to have seen live besides Tom Waits (the best ever!)
i spoke to my buddy mark today and we were talking for a long time on the phone about being social and shyness and he brought up an interesting point that i just wanted to write. there is a certain amount of egotisim in shyness. if you are always thinking that people are thinking about you and your actions all the time .....well, thats pretty egotistical. dontcha think? i think everyone has a bit of that in them but some people have alot more. i used to think i was shy and i still do to a point. i'm trying hard to break out of it. i think my shyness was/is more than ego related though.
i think most musicians are shy and egotistical but thats what makes them interesting and great.....here i go turning everything back to music again. i'm not a musician but i've always loved to be around music, it's what keeps me going.
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cherish what you have because you may not have it for as long as you might think.
i say that because i think my cat "pete" is dying. sniff *sniff ...(i only hope it's just a cold!) i feel bad because i left him with my mom and she takes care of him. my place didn't allow animals, and i found that out after i picked him up off the street so....anyway i feel bad because my sister did the same thing with her cat "moo" . he died before my sister could fly back from boston to get him after she was settled in. sad. it was just a cold!!