When I started this blog, I set out to write primarily about food and music. Several years passed, the interests that inspired me tended to change, and, well, I started writing about anything I felt like writing about. Leave it to Noise Pop to create an event that brings me back to my focus. Noisette, which was held at Public Works in San Francisco last Saturday, was an event dedicated to sampling food prepared by some of the city’s finest chefs while listening to great music. Really, who could ask for more? For the price of the regular admission, you were given a punch card to sample nine dishes, all while listening to music or drinking to your heart’s content.
Unfortunately, my arrival to San Francisco was slightly delayed so my partner in crime and I did not make it to the event until about an hour into the event. For the food, this wasn’t a problem as the plates were being served throughout the event. We did miss the first performance, however.
It appears that I have abandoned this blog once again. Things got hectic for a while. They still are, but school’s almost back in session, so my level of procrastination will be on the rise. Anyway, I guess it’s been almost a month since I saw the New Pornographers and The Dodos. I actually meant to post and have had a pretty lengthy draft sitting around, but it just never happened.
What can I say about that show now? To be honest, I’ve forgotten many of the details, but man are they good live.
I missed the opening act and came just in time to see The Dodos. The only other time that I had seen The Dodos was when I went to their free show at Amoeba earlier this year. Their vocals kind of sounded muffled live at first. It was the same thing at Amoeba, but I just blamed it on bad acoustics then. Nevertheless, they sounded great and put on a pretty solid show. Played a lot of my favorites in their 45 minute set. Neko Case even came out and sang Walking (I think?) with them. I also ended up talking to this sweet, but drunk girl next to me. She was very nice, but she ended up talking to me during the second half of their set. I therefore missed them play a lot of my favorite songs. It’s nice meeting new people at shows, but GAAAH the Dodos!
Neko! Unfortunately, this was the least blurry picture I got of her at all during the show. She’s so amazing live! I want to see one of her solo shows so bad now!
The New Pornographers were next.
Okay, I have a confession to make. I have been a fan of the band for quite some time. I own all of their albums and listen to them semi-regularly. Nevertheless, I know the lyrics to one of their songs at best. I don’t know how or why this happened, but it is kind of a depressing realization to come to during a live show.
They’re also quite a large band. The last time I’ve seen three guitarists of the same band perform together on stage may actually have been back in the old Phantom Planet days (circa 2004).
Also, they’re a fairly well-known and well-established band that has been together for an incredibly long time. Why, then, were they SO AWKWARD between songs? They mumbled and giggled among themselves. It was so strange.
Apart from that, the band was amazing live. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to see them.
I have two summer shows to look forward to so far, maybe even three. I’ve had tickets for one for a couple of months now, but have been holding off on confirming until I knew I was working in the Bay Area this summer. The other was a similar set up. Didn’t want to get them until I knew which side of the state I’d be on. I’ve had a pretty dry run this school year as far as live shows go. The last one was Foreign Born during Noise Pop. This semester has been far too busy to even think about anything otherwise, but there were quite a few the last few weeks that I am kind of sad I missed (Beach House, Vampire Weekend, Love Is All, The Antlers, etc.).
She & Him
Going to see She & Him at the Fox Theater in Oakland on May 29. My uncle bought tickets for this a while back, but I am still totally excited. I love Zooey Deschanel and I’ve been totally obsessed with M. Ward for a while now (would love to see just Him one time, but I’ll save that for another day). Volume Two was even more disgustingly adorable than Volume One. All in all, I’m pretty excited.
New Pornographers and the Dodos
I have wanted to see the New Pornographers for a long, long time. One of those bands where I’ve had plenty of near misses. So glad that I’m finally going to see them. I heard the preview of the new album on NPR last week and am so excited for the release. I saw the Dodos do a live show at Amoeba in September (or was it October?), but I don’t know how much that actually counts. Seeing them perform together is going to be quite awesome.
Cold War Kids (?)
Third show may be Cold War Kids. They’re playing Music in the Park this year, but I also am going to be in SF, so we’ll see how that goes. It’s on a Thursday as are all other Music in the Park shows. I think it depends on my mood when the time rolls around, but even the boyfriend said he’s interested in going and getting him to go to shows is kind of a rarity. I’ve really wanted to see these guys, though, so if I can go I’ll be quite happy.