The Iron & Wine show last night was fantastic. The Orpheum’s a nice venue (except for all the completely insane homeless people outside) and we had fourth row, center stage tickets. The sound was atrocious the last time I was there for the Shins, but sounded great last night. I’m still a little iffy on the new Iron & Wine record, preferring the earlier stripped down material. But Sam Beam assembled an all star, eight piece band. I can sit around and watch pedal steel and vibraphone players all night. I tend to see a lot of amateurish bands (which I prefer to polished, manufactured dreck), but it’s nice to see such talented musicians. I was a big fan of the Thrill Jockey scene and I think a lot of his band comes from that scene. The older songs were given new, fuller arrangements which all pretty much worked for me. One of the arrangements bordered on being a little too chaotic and overpowering for Beam’s delicate voice, but even that was interesting to watch.
Dead Ponies @ Old Towne Pub in Pasadena – A good excuse to go out to Pasadena.
Spain / Let’s Go Sailing (acoustic) / The Minor Canon @ the Echo ($15) – Josh Haden’s Spain is performing their 1995 album The Blue Moods of Spain in its entirety. The Minor Canon and Let’s Go Sailing are both good openers. LGS has discounted tix if you hit them up on Myspace.
The Weather Underground / The Rolling Blackouts @ Silverlake Lounge ($8)
Club NME: The Hedrons @ Spaceland – All female Scottish band that has been on tour with Social Distortion.
The Nightwatchman @ Hotel Café
Carole King / James Taylor @ Troubadour ($225) – It sounds expensive, but it’s for charity and still cheaper than Neil Young (and a much smaller place).
Health Club / The Hectors @ the Scene
Letting Up Despite Great Faults @ the Prospector in Long Beach – A good excuse to go down to Long Beach (and visit Fingerprints while you’re there).
The Decemberists / Laura Veirs @ Wiltern – This show was canceled
Sea Wolf / Patrick Park @ Troubadour – This show was canceled