Damn my Photobucket has been pissing me off today.
Last night's Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks show was pretty alright. Truth be told, there is nothing I can say about Pavement or Stephen Malkmus that hasn't been said by people who know music and this musician in particular, better than I do. I enjoyed the sold out show, but for me it wasn't life-changing, "epic" or particularly spectacular. I expected more quick starting and quick closing songs, but there were a lot of free jams happening onstage. The crowd was into it, and especially stoked that the drummer from Sleater Kinney is now a Jick. So no analysis, here's the set list for you.
The opening band was called Entrance. They're a three piece, with a chick bassist (who was wearing moccasins and looked like she hit the peace pipe before the show). The vocalist/guitarist plays Hendrix style, with his guitar upside down and really weird tunings. The first four songs to me were pretty cool, psychedelic rock with a hint of gypsy vibe, but they turned more into straight up psych rock as the set progressed and I lost my enthusiasm when the singer switched guitars mid set and had to tune for at least 5 minutes only to come back with only 2 songs. huh? Seemed like a waste. I also felt like the draw of the band was the hollering vocal stylings of the singer and the lyrics fell by the wayside. I guess that's just me. "Don't go walking on the wrong side of the road" just ain't deep.
All in all, I had a good time, but there have been and will continue to be much better shows at the Casbah and around town in '07. Sorry for the indie rock sacrilege.