Monday, April 4, 2011
Put a nail in it
This might go in circles for a while... I'm finding lately that I'm a bit nervous going to shows because I'm nervous that something is going to be ruined for me. The chance that I'm going to experience something great and memorable is far less than the chance it's going to suck and I'll be disappointed. Case in point, the Dodos. The first time I saw the Dodos, they opened for Les Savy Fav at Richards. Holy shit. Just knocked me right back. There were two dudes on stage, one had an acoustic guitar and the other had a drum kit and they were just so powerful. Les Savy Fav became just a silly little sideshow that came on after the Dodos played. It was incredible. I've seen them a few times since then and it has been less memorable. But the show last week was the definition of mediocre. They've added a member. They play electric guitars. Yet all the power is gone. It's generic rock music now. And I don't want to see them again. Worse, the image of the Dodos in my mind is forever ruined. Now, in other news, LCD Soundsystem helf their "last show ever" over the weekend, whatever that means. I think the LCD Soundsystem show that I saw at the Commodore was the greatest show I've ever been to. One of them, anyhow. I've never felt so immersed in music before in all my life. I went to New York a few weeks later and saw them again and it was amazing, but the inherent repetitiveness of seeing a band twice in one month lessened the experience. The last time I saw LCD Soundsystem was at the Malkin Bowl and the only thing I remember about that show was this crazy old dude doing the weirdest dance I've ever seen in my life. I can't even imagine wanting to go see LCD Soundsystem performing for 3 hours at Madison Square Gardens. Is this what getting old is about? The build-up of knowledge until all your comparables outweigh potential new experiences? (I'm talking about music, by the way) Hopefully you guys actually read this one because I'm curious to hear what you have to say. It's honestly at a point for me that I only want to see bands that I've never seen before because the bands that always killed it live for me end up being a disappointment and if they sucked the first time they almost certainly haven't gotten any better.