Tuesday, October 19, 2004
While the rest of Red Sox Nation was still celebrating last night's win (or gasping for breath on their floors), I was racing over the Charles towards the Middle East Upstairs in Cambridge, where Walter Schreifels' Walking Concert was about to hit the stage. A man of many great bands (Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand, Rival Schools), his latest project is a poppier affair, and judging from the sadly-too-small crowd last night, his former hardcore fans may not be along for the ride. Or you could blame the weeknight, or the Sox game... that's some pretty serious competition.
That said, I seem to dig everything the guy does, and W.C.'s debut disc "Run To Be Born" is no exception. Short, sharp, shocks of pop rock, guitar goodness and catchy hooks aplenty. Expectedly, most of last night's set was from the album, with a few really promising new ones thrown in.
The mix at the MidEastUp wasn't all that hot, so my recording suffers a bit, but here's the setlist and mp3s nonetheless...
1. Eyes Reg? (a new one, faded in, title abbreviation from setlist)Despite their NYC origins, they dedicated new song "Save the Savables" to the night's pitching hero, Tim Wakefield, and ended the set with a "Go Sox!". Mets fans, I'm guessin'. As if he needed to endear himself anymore to us Bostonians, he was also sporting a Modern Lovers t-shirt. Nice.
They shoulda had a much larger crowd, and I hope the low attendance doesn't keep 'em from returning sometime soon. It didn't seem to effect their performance, Walter was rockin' out, but these guys deserve a weekend show (and a non-playoff night). Looks like they're taking a live break for awhile, but hopefully they'll get back out there. In the meantime, pick up their disc over at the Some Records site.
Jon Stewart recounts his Crossfire appearance on last night's Daily show here. The clip has been tough to grab from the original link, so I've shared it up on my server. Get with the grabbin'. Washington Post story on Crossfire's reaction to his appearance here. The idea of James Carville calling anyone a 'pompous ass' amuses the hell outta me. Carville, meet Kettle.
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