Two great shows..
First, EARTH@ le Poisson rouge. Got right up front, on the stage really. Jesus, this is the best incarnation of the band I've seen yet (after the dylan/Davies duo, and the "bees" foursome) they played stuff from the new record, bees..., crooked axis and ororbouros is broken, finishing with the title track from "angels of darkness". For that one, Dylan detuned his d string, playing the clean stuff on the other five strings and then hitting us with the old school earth 2 distortion on the other. It was really funking stunning.
Today, as a father's day present, I went to see GUIDED BY VOICES classic lineup in mccarren park in Brooklyn. I missed the opening bands as I was watching my son have a watergun fight but im not a big fan of Waaves, Surfer Blood of Babies so no big whoop. Allow me to preface this by saying I've always had a real soft spot for GBV and im pretty sure Robert Pollard is a songwriting genius. The old crew, the majority of em on the other side of half a century, sauntered om stage and just fucking killed it. It would take a man with a far harder heart than mine to raise more than a minor quibble about the screwy mix that buried tobins guitar for the first third of the set or to point out some of the dropped notes and missed cues. Bobs gold plated hooks and melodies overcame all. Greg demos was dressed like meat loaf and mugged like gene Simmons. Toby harmonized like james Taylor, who he's starting to resemble. Mitch windmilled like Pete townshend and had a cigarette tech, whose sole job was to screw a new smoke into his weathered mug after every song ended. Kevin fennels was happy to be there. And bob still hit all the notes, high kicked and drank about half a bottle of tequila. The best thing was the infectious sense of joy from the crowd, a mix of hipsters and aging hipsters who sang along to everysong like they were the radio hits they should have been in a better world.