Wednesday, July 11, 2007
London-based quartet the Clientele finished up their recent month-long North American tour with a show at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, and it was absolutely gorgeous. It had been far too long since I'd seen them, at JP's Milky Way bowling alley in 1999, when they were a trio and playing their very first batch of U.S. shows.
While those reverb-washed early singles (collected on 2000's essential "Suburban Light") really grabbed me, I admittedly, and inexplicably, lost track of the band in the years since. The recent arrival of their "God Save The Clientele" album (as always, on Merge) remedied that, and loving the setting of the MFA's Remis Auditorium, I was compelled to finally see them again.
While the set leaned heavily on the new album, a few old favorites were greeted with applause, and the TV-themed encore brought us covers of tracks by both Television ("The Fire", off their sophomore 1978 "Adventure" album) and the Television Personalities ("A Picture Of Dorian Gray", from their 1981 debut, "And Don't The Kids Just Love It"). FYI, that Television cover will be available in studio form on a 7" release for the track "Bookshop Casanova", which will also include another unreleased track. Look for that in September, when the UK edition of "God Save The Clientele" gets released.
The addition of keyboardist/violinist Mel Draisey last year has certainly helped the Clientele flesh out their live sound, giving them a way to at least partially incorporate the gorgeous string arrangements provided by their studio collaborator, French songwriter Louis Philippe. And on this final night of the band's road trip, we got a special treat that even further rounded out some of the songs: Louis Philippe himself joined the band on stage for a few numbers in the middle of the set. Not sure if this was a regular occurrence on this particular trip, or if he made a special trip to Boston, but it made an already magical night even more so.
Here's the night, in Mp3 form. Don't miss the Clientele when they return to the U.S. this fall for a tour with Peter Bjorn and John (Boston: September 7th at Avalon), and be sure to pick up some of their work from Merge.
Live at the Museum of Fine Arts
in Boston, Massachusetts
on Saturday, June 9th, 2007
01. Since K Got Over Me
02. We Could Walk Together
03. I Hope I Know You
04. The Queen Of Seville
05. These Days Nothing But Sunshine
06. Winter On Victoria Street
07. Somebody Changed
08. Louis Philippe intro
09. Here Comes The Phantom
10. band introductions
11. From Brighton Beach To Santa Monica
12. Bookshop Casanova
13. Dreams Of Leaving
14. My Own Face Inside The Trees
15. Reflections After Jane
17. The Fire (Television cover)
18. A Picture Of Dorian Gray (Television Personalities cover)
19. (I Want You) More Than Ever
Some Clientele links...
the fine print... If anyone has an issue with these Mp3s being made available, just let me know (my contact info in the 'nac faq). Live sets recorded with a Sony ECM-719 mic and a Sony MZ-RH10 minidisc, converted to .wav and then edited to 192kbps Mp3s. Files are made available for a limited time, and are not reposted once removed.
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