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The Dandy Warhols

  • 5th Dec, 2005 at 11:59 PM

The Out Crowd
Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

I went to a show last Friday at Le Spectrum. I was a little concerned that they wouldn't let me in because my ticket had ripped in half, but the security guy matched the numbers on the back and waved me through.

I thought I had shown up early, but this was obviously not the case. The front was full of people sitting with their backs to the stage. I asked one guy if the space next to him was free sort of stuttered that nobody was there. Then he didn't pay attention to me for the rest of the show, except to sneak surreptitious peeks at the photographs I was taking.

Actually, this was the first show that I saw with crazy posters on the door. "No professional cameras! No audio recording! No video recording!" It made me thankful that my tiny little camera that fits in my back pocket can take reasonably good looking photographs. I guess I'm not that envious of SLR owners after all.

The Out Crowd, a band from Portland, opened the show. I only remembered they were from that city because Avery is there now at a conference for Linux Desktop Architects. I was invited to this conference, but I think Avery does a better job at representing us at these particular events.

Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

Where was I? So this band got on stage and I could already tell that they're fun people. The bassist immediately started smoking (in the non-smoking venue) and their keyboardist was wearing a coonskin cap. They played a song and then motioned that they needed more sound on the monitors. Then they played another song and motioned for more monitors. And another, with more monitor-motioning, that basically blew into very loud feedback. They fought with the soundcrew for the rest of their (reasonably decent) set.

After the set, Matt the lead singer, tried to engage the crowd in a chant of "Fuck the house sound guy" but was cut off before he got very far. The girl running the sound board then chastised him for his inability to project into a microphone. Fireworks erupted on stage and people stormed off angrily.

So... we stood around waiting for things to calm down. Eventually, they did and people set up the stage for the next band. I looked around at the audience as I'm wont to do and noticed this girl with the best outfit ever! It looked like she stepped out of a Jane Austin novel. I asked her if I could take her photograph and she obliged; in return, I offered to e-mail her the photographs that I took.

The Dandy Warhols
Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

Eventually, the lights dimmed and The Dandy Warhols showed up on stage to much cheering. I figured that this would be a long set, because they started playing at 21:00. They started off the first hour with some pretty mellow songs which were not particularly fun but weren't bad. As the show progressed, the stage lights got brighter and brighter, which made it much easier for me to take photographs. Unfortunately, the crowd got rowdier and rowdier, which made it much harder for me to hold the camera steady.

After the first hour, Courtney and Brent got too warm, so they started taking off their clothes. Cries of "get naked" and cheering from the girls did not actually encourage them to do so. This marked a transition to quicker songs, that involved more rocking, some trumpeting, and Zia bouncing up and down to the beat.

Sadly, I only got reasonable shots of Zia by means of the flash. But this was not particularly bad at this concert, because they were firing off the strobe lights constantly. I would have taken advantage of them if only the strobe light pointed at her didn't illuminate just her legs. The pictures I got were really weird, with this bodiless pair of legs dancing around.

The Dandy Warhols
Originally uploaded by sfllaw.

The last hour of the concert was quite exciting. More people had crowded up to the front, so I could no longer really move nor stretch. I was fairly sure that my back was shooting pain all over the place since I had to stand ram-rod straight. And the woman behind me kept hitting me with her purse. The band played some songs that the audience sang the choruses to, which was pretty fun.

Then they stood in the back for a five-minute smoke break; like the tough kids at the back of the classroom.

They came back and did a five-song encore, which people started moshing to. Do you know how difficult it is to take decent photographs when people keep on bouncing into your back? I think the woman in back kept on getting pushed repeatedly into me. After the show was over, the crowd quickly dispersed. I dug my jacket out of my bag and some people ran up to the stage looking for set lists and guitar picks. I didn't get one because they all looked really torn up.

There was a big lineup at the coat check, so I just let myself out the back door. I'm not really sure I should have but it was convenient.


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6th Dec, 2005 05:16 (UTC)
lucky you!

i miss montreal...
but i'm attached to winnipeg and i have a super cheap apartment, and i have friends and family here.
6th Dec, 2005 05:25 (UTC)
You're also lucky to have friends and family where you are. And besides, if you moved over here, I'd have to make up some flimsy excuse to visit Winnipeg.

You can always come visit in the summer. I know a couple of people who would be happy to see you again.
6th Dec, 2005 07:40 (UTC)
I should apply to the montreal fringe again!
only deal is, i lost money last summer... and i'd be worried about losing more money in '06.

maybe now that i have some friends there, it might help to get word-of-mouth out and about...!
Deadline for me to apply is Dec 7th...
6th Dec, 2005 16:50 (UTC)
Winnipeg is mostly ass.

I lived there for 18 years - i'm allowed to say that. :P
6th Dec, 2005 19:13 (UTC)
winnipeg itself maybe be mostly ass...
but it's the people i'm talking about.
and hell, i have a cheap 1bdrm apt for $345/mo that includes heat and water.
6th Dec, 2005 19:20 (UTC)
The prices for apartments, depending on where you live here, are quite comparable to Winnipeg actually. To be blunt, the whole cost of living here is comparable. I've found that some things are even cheaper due to the population density, such as organic foods and so forth. The overall cost of living here is higher per annum - sure - but the wages are higher, too. In fact, pound for pound, i'm financially better here, because my wage increased proportionally greater than my cost of living.

That said, yeah, the people in Winnipeg are the only thing i miss. And i miss them a lot, sometimes. :/
6th Dec, 2005 05:37 (UTC)
Not sure if you're aware of this but your pics of the Mediaeval Baebes concert were linked in the community of the same name.

I was there and the concert was beautiful!
6th Dec, 2005 05:45 (UTC)
I wasn't!

Thanks for the pointer.

Hey, I didn't know you were at that concert with me.
6th Dec, 2005 05:55 (UTC)
I had no idea either. I was up in the balcony with travelbunny and a few friends.

Even managed to stick around forautographs and a picture with Marie. (go see my info page)
6th Dec, 2005 06:04 (UTC)
I was done in front trying to get good photographs. I didn't know much about concert photography at the time, so I only got some decent, but not good, desktop-wallpaper-style photographs.

This seems to have made one person happy.
6th Dec, 2005 06:17 (UTC)
Followers of the Baebes seem to be quite appreciative.

The pics looked just fine to me too!
6th Dec, 2005 06:02 (UTC)
Zia does bounce quite nicely, doesn't she? :-)

So were you familiar with their music at all before the show? I saw them open for Curve once here in Toronto, but we missed them on Lollapalooza earlier this year.
6th Dec, 2005 06:13 (UTC)
I only had one CD of theirs, that I didn't listen to very often. But I recognised some of the music from that.

I'm not sure I'd be compelled to buy their entire history. But the show was fun, so I'm sure I'll see them live again.
6th Dec, 2005 20:02 (UTC)
What cd do you have?
6th Dec, 2005 20:16 (UTC)
I got their most recent one, Odditorium or Warlords of Mars, which seemed less popular than their older work. Except for Smoke It, which seemed to have a good number of people singing along.
6th Dec, 2005 14:09 (UTC)
Yay Dandy Warhols! I'd love to see a show.

13 Tales from Urban Bohemia is one of my favourite CD's. Their latest one, I can't even remember what it's called, it ok too but the 13 Tales is better I think.
6th Dec, 2005 20:01 (UTC)
Have you heard welcome to the monkey house? It's by far their best, I think.
6th Dec, 2005 20:01 (UTC)
This review is kinda funny. Have you seen the movie Dig!(?) It would help you understand who The Out Croud were, at least inasmuch as you get to know Matt Hollywood and how the Dandys know him. The strobe was pretty intense, and am I alone in noting that most of the video played behind them was of breasts?

Well, anyway.

I like that girls earings!
6th Dec, 2005 20:04 (UTC)
Also, Zia's bouncing is all kinds of wonderful.
6th Dec, 2005 20:20 (UTC)
I haven't seen the movie, but I sort of understand how Matt Hollywood knows them.

Man, I only noticed the old Disney Cartoons and the black and white newsreel footage. Are you sure you weren't too busy taking photographs of Zia?

And those earrings were amazing. I would have been sad to have no photograph of them.
6th Dec, 2005 21:31 (UTC)
Hahahaha! We didn't have any black and white cartoons. I guess we got the special reel. Odditorium is alright, it has a few good songs on it, anyway. But really, welcome to the monkey house is ten times more fun. It's one of those cds that is a *whole* cd, and is best listened to in order.
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6th Dec, 2005 20:17 (UTC)
There were lots of people heating the place up. It was quite packed up front where I was.
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