Destroyer: 3/28 @ Avalon

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29. Mär. 2006, 5:46

Destroyer is a band. This was one of their shows. It was quite good.

I will probably write up a full review of the show in a few days, so if you are interested, check back, say, Friday, and I'll leave a link. For now, I'm just going to post the set list (might not be 100%, but I think it is):

Crystal Country
European Oils
Your Blood
Painter in Your Pocket
Streethawk II
It's Gonna Take an Airplane [played all spacy-like]
A Dangerous Woman Up To A Point
The Crossover
Modern Painters
Rubies
Looter's Follies

Encore: Holly Going Lightly

The highlights were probably Looter's Follies, Streethawk, Rubies, and Painter in Your Pocket. No real weak points, although the band was a little sloppy at the beginning. "Airplane" got a weird treatment where it was very ephemeral, sort of like "Painter," but almost more so, without the whisper guitar. The guitarist played the MIDI flute riff, which actually worked pretty well, but the song itself was just incredibly different from the album version, and I'm not sure if it was an improvement. They closed the song with a echoing delay-pedal jam, with Bejar shaking that tambourine, which got pretty cool, but if I didn't already know and love the song, I probably wouldn't have gotten into it at all. The lead guitarist was a little shaky, especially during the first half of the show, actually, but Dan Bejar is so fucking awesome that it didn't matter. I didn't know the first and last songs because I don't have This Night, and I liked both of them a lot live. From the songs I've heard off of that album, I'm worried I won't like 'em so much since I really don't think the cavernous reverby sound works for Bejar. No Thief songs, too, which is more than a little sad, and there were Streethawk songs I would have preferred to see. Good set though - the band was pretty tight and Bejar is a surprisingly charismatic frontman, surprisingly reminiscent of Dylan, or at least the way I imagine him. I will sink my teeth into these weighty subjects, I promise.

Also, I didn't stay for the "headliner," Magnolia Electric Co., because it was a school night and blah blah blah. I'm pretty sure this was like Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and The National, except that of course CYHSY actually deserves to open for the National... a lot of people left. Was I mistaken to leave? Should I check them out?

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