Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

I had a great time at the Sharon Jones show on Friday. I can’t describe it. I really can not. Any attempt to review would be lacking in enough emotion and would not do the show any justice.

If she’s coming to you town just buy a ticket already.



Last night at Walter’s on Washington there was a hell of a show! Afrodisiac opened up for Yeasayer (aka my favorite new band of 2007) and MGMT.

There were a lot of people there, about half of the crowd was below 21 years (and most of them were below 18), which made for an interesting crowd… or should I say a less interesting crowd? I got stuck for a minute next to a girl who had a bad cough and didn’t once cover her mouth and she talked ceaselessly about cuddling with another girl because “that’s what girls do” (it wasn’t what she said it was how she said it). None the less, I had a really decent time. Oh yeah, “decent” if I ignore the fact that despite my best efforts, I could only get 2 beers from the bar (the 3rd one came from a stranger). And if I ignore how badly my new shoes were pinching my toes! But decent seriously if I add in the fact that I made a new friend and got to experience Yeasayer live.

Honestly, I think my favorite new band of 2007 was a little tired last night. A great (borderline phenomenal) performance, but you can see they were a bit in zombie mode. Like maybe they played ‘2080’ from memory. Hell of a memory, though, right?

The turn out was good numbers. Yeasayer made a comment from stage thanking all the underage people that snuck it because it probably was going to make them a lot of money. Which is great! It’s good to see Houston support their music scene. This town is very finicky about going out consistently. There can be an amazing band to come through and have maybe a dozen standing out there, and other times on other nights you might get a sea of bed heads and tight pants. I’m not sure there’s a way to even predict which outcome you’ll get.

I didn’t know MGMT from name before hearing them play the song ‘Electric Feel’ last night. Then I was like, oh duh, right! That song is nice. But I never know what to do with bands that make a hit like that, but have a completely different sound in general. I’d kind of label MGMT as a space rock band, but that song ‘Electric Feel’ is really funk inspired. Maybe the relation between their songs is more subtle than I expected, so I’m going to say that until I further research this subject, this is a case of “my bad!”

Afrodisiac was a cute little one man band with quite a bit of Myspace notoriety. Lot’s of indie lo-fi power pop from him. I came in at least halfway through his set. His backing band was either a CD or tape of good quality. It was nice though. The high school kids loved him.

Next show up will be Sharon Jones and Dap Kings on Friday, at the same location. I don’t think there will be any kids there… at all! Which I’m looking forward to.

Afrodisiac links courtesy of Hands Up Houston message board. Thanks guys!

This week in review

November 16, 2007

In case you missed it, this is what we posted this week in the blog:


Coming next week:

An un-sponsored holiday gift guide.
Who knows what else. Ooh, exciting! Stay tuned kids.

Better get it right

May 21, 2007

I’m stupid, ok.

I get so many bands confused with each other. Some of them are kind of self-explanatory (i.e. they are similar in names or similiar in name and sounds). While other band name confusions make no sense at all.

Come, explore the complexities of my wee, little brain when it comes to storing information by band name.

Now, here are some very understandable band name mix-ups:

Junior Boys Junior Senior
Junior Boys v. Junior Senior
Kings of Leon v. Kings of Convenience
!!! v. Clap Your Hands, Say Yeah
The Dirty Projectors v. The New Pornographers
Sloan v. Spoon
And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead Murder by Death
And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead v. Murder By Death
Matmos v. Momus
Les Savy Fav v. Ranier Maria
Fiery Furnaces v. Arcade Fire

When it comes to the Fiery Furnances versus the Arcade Fire, the similarities in band names can be disastorous. For the longest time last year I kept saying “I hate the Arcade Fire.” But really meant was, “I hate the Fiery Furnaces,” because I love the Arcade Fire in actuality. I just couldn’t remember that they were two different bands with two different, yet similar, names.

Let’s not forget about the bands I confuse with each other that make less/no sense; like:

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club My Morning Jacket
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club v. My Morning Jacket
The Flaming Lips v. Violent Femmes
Blonde Redhead v. Xiu Xiu
LCD Soundsystem v. Ratatat v. Junior Boys
Low v. Yo La Tengo
Mad-Lib v. J-Dilla

There’s no real rhyme or reason for that previous list, but I promise you it takes me a second to remember who is who. Now, some of that list can be explained by the fact I learned about some of these bands around the same time (in the case of The Flaming Lips and The Violent Femmes) and some of it is due to the fact that they have similar sounds and arrived on my radar around the same time (i.e LCD Soundsystem, Ratatat and Junior Boys).

Then there are bands that I don’t really get mixed up, but you could understand if I did; like:

Deerhoof Deerhunter
Deerhoof v. Deerhunter
Wilco v. Spoon
Joanna Newsom v. Neko Case
Coco Rosie v. Tegan and Sara
Be Your Own Pet v. The Grates
Amy Winehouse v. Lily Allen

So, there you have it. Bands I can’t ever seem to keep straight. Now, I know you must have a list yourself. What bands do you get jumbled up with another?