The White Stripes @ Union Square Park, 10/1/02

THE WHITE STRIPES @ UNION SQUARE PARK, NYC

Is it just me, or does Jack White have red streaks in his hair now?

The weather was to die for today. It was like summer. It was beautiful. You were all beautiful. I love you. In no order at all: “Astro,” “The Big Three Killed My Baby,” “Jolene,” “Lovesick,” “Hotel Yorba,” “Screwdriver,” “You’re Pretty Good Looking,” “Apple Blossom,” “Death Letter,” “Rated X,” “Lord Send Me an Angel,” “Dead Leaves on the Dirty Ground,” “Sugar Never Tasted So Good,” “Farmer John” (did that go into “Louie Louie” in like the last 2 lines? or was it sun stroke?).

And for your computer wallpaper purposes: Mista Jack White.

The White Stripes

The White Stripes

The White Stripes

The White Stripes

The White Stripes

The Week of Death Continues…

TO ANYONE WHO WRITES ME THIS WEEK, SORRY FOR THE LACK OF COMMUNICATION (AND THE VON BONDIES REFERENCE) BUT THE WEEK OF CONCERT DEATH CONTINUES TOMORROW… THE STROKES AND THE WHITE STRIPES… I CAN’T TALK TO YOU RIGHT NOW… PRAY I DON’T DIE AND I’LL RESPOND SOONER OR LATER. BUT SEND THE MAIL! I LOVE IT. I READ IT, BUT DON’T HAVE TIME TO WRITE BACK. AS VINCE WOULD SAY, IT’S MEGA-SHOWASIS WEEKASIS!

PREVIEW: COLDPLAY @ BOWERY BALLROOM


Coldplay
Coldplay
Coldplay

The Faint @ Bowery Ballroom: Kinda Like Hell, But with Strobe Lights

The Faint @ Bowery. Ehh… Twas OK. It wasn’t exactly the best time ever. I tried to dance it up and get really into it, but just when I started to get into a song it would finish. WTF? I also got shoved around and knocked into a bit, but in a bad way. Dude- those people must have had SUPER POINTY elbows! Some girl behind me must have brought her whole entire fucking LIFE in her bag because it sure as hell was suffocating me. And there wasn’t a collective jumping up and down to the beat, it was just complete fucked up knocking into one another- not even moshing just “OW! YOU BITCH!”

The Faint

And then there was RED… When The Faint does a show, they totally believe in CREATING A SHOW. The lighting was pretty horrid. It was all red all the time because of the use of red floor lights. Kinda like hell… but with strobe lights. I almost had an epilectic fit and there was no warning! OK, not really… and the two buckets of dried ice wasn’t really working properly- which led to much on-stage discussion by the band members pre-show. The ice ended up on the sides by the stage exits. Although it was quite dark, I thought it was appropriate for their sound and look (all dressed in head-to-toe black- skinny as fuck and tall as fuck) and whatever.

The crowd at The Faint

The crowd looked like people who still think Orgy rocks. And a few hipsters. And people who probably took the train in from Long Island. And there was one punk dude with a pink mowhawk up in the balcony.

The Faint

I would have liked more audience interaction by the band. The bassist reminded my of my French teacher from last year for some unknown reason, so it was kinda bizarre watching him. I kept getting freaked out. But Phillipe wasn’t from Omaha…

I didn’t feel that connection with the other audience members or with the band, and that’s what I like and look for when I go to a show. I thought they did an OK job of like producing semi-good sounds and whatever, but there was definitely something lacking.

And their songs all start to sound the same after a while.

I should have bought an Out Hud CD. Duh.

Out Hud

Out Hud

I think I enjoyed one of the openers, Out Hud more than The Faint… with their keyboardist/guitarist that looked like the guy from Jimmy Eat World meets Jack White… and their electric cello player (ELECTRIC CELLOS LOOK FREAKIN COOL!) and that guy that did the entire intro in French, which everyone on stage found reaaaaalllyyy funnnnnnnyyyyy. There was also a plead from one of the band members that went something like, “I’M TIRED OF WORKING, GIVE ME MONEY! I know there are some of you out there with money. Trust funds, whatever…. Outhud@hotmail.com– Give us money. We’ll name a remix after you. Seriously.” I enjoyed that.

The weirdest thing of the night were the people handing out JJ72 flyers outside the venue after the show. JJ and The Faint? Not exactly the same crowd.

I miss Starsailor.

Was it cold in Toronto? Is that why James wore one of his simply GORGEOUS cord jackets onstage? Why do good people make bad fashion choices?

I’m gonna take a moment here to say TORONTO CHARLATANS/ STARSAILOR FANS TOTALLY KICK ASS! They all post pictures. I love them!

Shooting From the Hip

aussies on the subway
Bway and 8th street

Just so you know, New Yorkers be alert! I shoot from the hip- anywhere and everywhere- inspired by the great Lomo tradition.

Alyse is so cool. She knows why.

The Strokes vid is on MTV and no one else is up for me to tell. It’s been so long since I’ve seen it. Shit. It’s so late I’m starting to find the new Alanis song tolerable. Help!

Finally, I can sleep in peace. Ahem… to my London roommie- THE SONG I WAS TRYING TO SING WAS “SPACEMAN” BY BABYLON ZOO!!!! Eternally grateful to Simon.

Hey man! Slatch is up for a Bloggie!!! Go and show the love. WE HEART SLATCH!

The title of Damian Loeb’s latest photo gallery has an interesting reference. Ahem. Yeah. Ok. Can you guess? That’s right Virginia, El Strokes.