This is what I’m looking forward to more than anything this week. This show, at the 7th street entry tomorrow night. There’s something about this song that makes me so happy and so fucking sad at the same time. The music itself (though it’s Canadian) sounds so Minneapolis to me, the music I grew up with, the music I still love but the lyrics, they somehow trigger some nostalgia in me that is sad not to be a teenager anymore. I generally don’t care about growing older, but still, I can’t remember the last time I said, “we’ll sleep when we’re dead”.
Last night my boyfriend and I went to First Ave for our early valentines day celebration - to see ‘The Darkness’ because if we had ‘a song’, which we don’t, it would be ‘I believe in a thing called love’. After last night, ‘I believe in a thing called love’ still firmly remains in the ‘not-technically-our-song’ category as ‘The Darkness’ were completely and utterly upstaged by their opening act, ‘Foxy Shazam’ (video above). Holy shit, I can only think of one other show where I felt like the main act was upstaged by their openers and this was Neil Young being upstaged by Sonic Youth. We all know Neil Young can write a mean song but you need stage presence to be a good performer and he lacks it, but I digress. Last night these unknown (to me) guys blew the roof off first ave. It was showmanship I’ve only seen the likes of in old footage of Queen, David Bowie, Iggy Pop… It was raunchy, it was glam, it was well written rock and roll anthems at their best it was everything a good show should be. Hats off to you Foxy Shazam… it’s not everyday the little guy blows the big guy out of the water. I’m so fortunate to have bore witnessin your church of rock and roll.
Avett Brothers - Perfect Space
The last time I saw the Avett Brothers live was at a non-sold out show at the Minnesota Zoo. That show had a pervasive feeling of warmth and happiness and good energy. Last night I went to see them again but this time the show had been sold out for months. This time the local radio stations were playing the shit out of “I and love and You”. This time the venue was PACKED. Body to body. Normally that’d be OK but I’ve got to say I ran into some absolute douche bags there. My friends and I got some cocktails, hung out at the side of the stage and talked and laughed and waited for the band. At one point I had to go to the bathroom and I start navigating my way through the crowd to get upstairs. But no one would move. Finally I say, “um, can I get through” to which some girl responded “doubtful” and turned around, making no further effort to move. Really!? Anyways time goes on and we’re watching the show and the band is great and out of no where this tall blond girl starts trying to push my friend colleen off the step she was standing on (we weren’t imagining this). So colleen and my boyfriend start jumping around and screaming to annoy her. It worked. But she proceeded to get in my boyfriends face, “what’s your problem man?”, “chill out man”. To which he responded something like “leave colleen alone”. Then she starts OBVIOUSLY trying to get in colleens face and push her off the stairs - I then take my Jameson/water and throw it on her (ok, this is SO uncharacteristic of me, I’m about as sheepish and non-confrontational as it gets. I don’t know what came over me other than this fierce loyalty to defend my friend). She gets in my face and says “fuck off, man”… she stares me down. My boyfriends starts to get ancy. Finally she moves away. All this is happening and then the song “The perfect space” begins and we all sing together:
I wanna have friends that I can trust,
that love me for the man I’ve become not the man I was.
I wanna have friends that will let me be
all alone when being alone is all that I need.
I wanna fit in to the perfect space,
feel natural and safe in a volatile place.
And despite the fact that there were some negative vibes floating through that bar I think we all felt really close at that moment. Maybe it was all the Irish Whiskey I don’t know. But I think we all meant those words when we sang them - I know I did. And suddenly I was overcome by that sweet feeling that I thought was lost with the bands growing popularity. Our anger dissipated as we let the old-timey-bluegrass-rock-and-roll take its place. The rest of the night was a blur of jumping around, dancing, drinking, singing… and all of us being overly nice to the people around us to make up for the rare asshole in the crowd.
It’s a special music these boys create. They deserve all the popularity they’re getting.
And it Spread - Avett Brothers
I’m going to see the Avett Brothers tonight in Minneapolis. I’m almost giddy about this show. I’m never quite sure how to describe the music of this group, its kind of old-timey-folk-bluegrass-punk-in-the-way-violent-femmes-are-punk music. yeah. that does it I think. There’s just something about this band that feels so unbelievably genuine and raw in an emotional way and they just seem to have such a good time playing live and in turn, I have a good time seeing ‘em.