Posts Tagged ‘9:30 Club’

Mogwai @ the 9:30 Club: too short!

Wednesday, September 10th, 2003

I saw Mogwai today. Very mixed feelings about the show. It was fucking awesome, on the one hand - they opened with “Yes! I Am a Long Way From Home”, and I was instantly in a state of total bliss; and they did a shortened version of “Mogwai Fear Satan” that was absolutely blazing; and they closed with “Ratts of the Capital” from the new album, which was similarly ass-kicking. The band’s famed use of dynamics - beautiful, quiet melodies contrasted with brutal distorted noise - translates surprisingly well into a live setting. The crowd was nearly as quiet as the crowds at Godspeed You Black Emperor shows, allowing the quieter sections to really shine.

The only real problem was, the set they played was only like 70 minutes long. Pretty fucking shitty, if you ask me. And most of the songs they played were on the short side, no more than 5-6 minutes for the most part; even “Mogwai Fear Satan” was truncated big-time. And there was no “My Father, My King” to close things out, which I was really hoping for. No “Christmas Steps”… not even “Like Herod”, which I’m told is a concert staple. These aren’t really legitimate complaints I suppose, especially since I really like the band’s latest two albums, Rock Action and Happy Songs for Happy People, from which much of the show was drawn. Still, I couldn’t help but be very disappointed with the lack of length, both in terms of individual songs and of the set as a whole.

Ultimate prog & farewell to the D-Plan

Monday, September 8th, 2003

Two of my favorite pastimes - progressive rock and Ultimate Frisbee - finally combined into one: the New York Ultimate promotional video (Quicktime 5+ required) features King Crimson’s “Thela Hun Ginjeet” as its soundtrack. Pretty cool. Unforunately the video itself doesn’t feature all that much exciting footage, Ultimate-wise, but for anyone who’s never seen the sport it might be pretty interesting anyway.

Also: I was lucky enough to see the Dismemberment Plan’s final show, at the 9:30 Club here in DC. The critics and the fans are raving, but frankly I didn’t enjoy it all that much. I’ve seen the Plan live several times - four or five, I think - but this was the first time I’d ever seen them in their hometown of DC. Clearly all the people there were longtime, hardcore fans. There was a lot of back and forth banter between the crowd and the band that was fun, and the band had a ton of energy and clearly was having a great time. Unfortunately, the sound was fucking horrible - loose, muddy bass that completely swamped everything else, most noticeably the guitar and the vocals, which were completely inaudible from the all of the three different places on the floor that I tried standing. I expect that had I been able to hear anything but the drums (I could hear bass, but not the bass playing - it was all too muddy), I might have enjoyed the show a lot. Too bad.

I guess to a certain extent the music was only part of the point of the show, anyway. Which, in this case, is fine.