Search And Destroy: Afghan Whigs

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BECAUSE SOMEBODY DEMANDED IT! Farewell Afghan Whigs. And as the ever-estimable Pinefox mentioned somewhere else, can we limit it to ONE thing searched and one destroyed (thing = album, single, track, tour, whatever unit of musical currency takes yer fancy).

Oh yeah, and let's tighten things up even more. If you're going to answer S you have to answer D, and vice versa.

Tom, Tuesday, 13 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Search: "My Curse," with Marcy Mays from Scrawl doing the vocals. Lurvly.

Destroy: Greg Dulli's face fungus. Okay, fine, it's not *musical*, Tom, but as you've argued yourself, image is just as much a part of the situation, is it not? ;-)

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 13 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Search: their cover of the Ass Pony's "Mr Superlove" on the B-side of the Gentleman CD single. All your usual Whigs-tastic mayhem, but with BANJOS too!!

Destroy: 1965. Just 'cos.

alex thomson, Tuesday, 13 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Are you *really* saying that the Afghan Whigs have never recorded a bad song? ;)

Anyway. Search: The first side of '1965' - the sleekest rock they ever made but somehow the sexiest too.

Destroy - the second side of '1965' - a sudden descent into Primal Scream style Southern kitsch.

Tom, Tuesday, 13 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

they were quite funny live, all those monologues and stuff. I never really liked the cover of Gentlemen, a little creppy, but who am I to stand in the way of artistic expression?. bye!

jel, Tuesday, 13 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

creepy even!

jel, Tuesday, 13 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

You said something to destroy, Tom -- fine, I want *that* destroyed. ;-)

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 13 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Search: Gentleman (duh). Destroy: 1965. I still think they were the Blues Brothers on the last couple tours.

Andy, Tuesday, 13 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Search: Big Top Halloween (they've done themselves a big disservice over the years by not reissuing this).

Destroy: All of 1965 *except* "Omerta/Vampire Lanois."

J.Lu, Tuesday, 13 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Search and Destroy - what a great format!

Search: Bootleg copy of a CONGREGATION-era show I saw where Greg Dulli returns to the stage during Teenage Fanclub's set to put the lead vocals on TFC's "Everything Flows". Or was it "The Concept"...? I was in such bliss maybe I blacked out...

Destroy: A lot of BLACK LOVE. A few great songs but...

Tim Baier, Tuesday, 13 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Search: Uptown Avondale, "Be Sweet", "Lost in the Supermarket"

Destroy: Most of Up in it & Congregation; second side of 1965 (but only because the album would be absolutely perfect without it; as it is, it's still pretty good); fat, drunken, bar-fighting Greg Dulli

larmey, Tuesday, 13 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Search - "Milez iz ded" (dont forget the alcohol oh baby) Destroy - erm...

simon, Tuesday, 13 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I just don't understand the acclaim for the Afghan Whigs. (Terrible name, by the way) The supposed soul influence just doesn't come through. How the hell does a few soft-porn lyrics and the occasional 'I wanna take you higher, girl' slapped on top of a grunge-ordinaire sludge equate to 'soul'? "Hey let's get a clavinet in, cos Stevie Wonder used to play one of those. Don't want it too high in the mix though".

'Gentlemen' - dire and tuneless - Destroy. 'Black Love' - little better. '1965' - the best of a bad lot. Search for "Uptown Again"

Yeah, I know there's other, earlier stuff that I haven't heard. Yeah, I know there's an EP of, no surely not, SOUL COVERS! Who cares.

Dr. C, Thursday, 15 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Word Dr.C! They were shite, although you could search for the very funny NME interview with Dulli on his drug-exploits while skiing.

Omar, Thursday, 15 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

search: 'miles iz ded'/'rebirth of the cool.'

destroy: i really didn't like that twilight singers record all that much, with the exception of the first track. can that count?

(hey, you want the blues brothers, by the way, you should listen to the first track off the delta 72's '000.')

maura, Thursday, 15 February 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...
Search: Gentlemen. I didn't like the album at first, but it ages like wine. Search: Antoher band as unique as the Whigs...do they fit snugly into any genre? Destroy: whatever made them break up...now Generation X is up shit creek musically. Cobain's dead, STP sucks now, Pearl Jam finds a way to suck harder with every new record, and nothing on 120 minutes keeps me interested anymore. Fuck....

Antoine harris, Monday, 10 December 2001 01:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
Revive.


Only because after giving it some time, and many listens, I realize 1965 is a brilliant record. It's hard to get passed the production, which is so sleek it cuts them off, but I love the songs, and the guitar work and vocals are amazing.

David Allen, Saturday, 8 November 2003 05:56 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Search: their cover of "Creep" by TLC. Dulli knew how to pick a cover that suited his voice and sensibility perfectly.

Destroy: Black Love. A meandering, hookless soup of despair.

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Saturday, 8 November 2003 06:06 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

And yes, 1965 is underrated, especially on this thread.

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Saturday, 8 November 2003 06:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

1965 is fantabulous. Absolutely dripping in smut.

Nick H, Saturday, 8 November 2003 16:37 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Destroy: Black Love. A meandering, hookless soup of despair.

It's many things, Black Love is -- but "hookless" isn't one of them.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Saturday, 8 November 2003 16:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Search: 1965
Destroy: Gentlemen, which put me off them for a long time.

Colin Beckett (Colin Beckett), Saturday, 8 November 2003 17:05 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Search: their cover of "Creep" by TLC. Dulli knew how to pick a cover that suited his voice and sensibility perfectly.

Definitely, see their "Lost In the Supermarket", too.

-Colin

Colin Beckett (Colin Beckett), Saturday, 8 November 2003 17:06 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

yeah that Lost In The Supermarket cover is ace! Which is especially funny cuz basically everything else on that Clash tribute album is horrible.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Saturday, 8 November 2003 18:16 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

oh, I think in hindsight I only like "Congregation" and "Uptown Avondale".

jel -- (jel), Saturday, 8 November 2003 18:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

search: the major label albums (especially the two on Elektra), the first Twilight Singers album, "I'm Her Slave," "Milez Is Ded," "Conjure Me," "Turn On The Water," the actual covers on Uptown Avondale, the covers of "Miss World," "Creep," "Lost In The Supermarket," "Mr. Superlove," the Skip Spence cover.

destroy: that horrific remix of "Milez Is Ded" called "Rebirth Of The Cool" on Uptown, the songs on Congregation I didn't search (ESPECIALLY "The Temple"), the second Twilight Singers album (though a stray great track might reveal itself to me later), and if we could bleep out the bullshit references to the devil from all tracks that'd be great.

I haven't heard anything before Congregation.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Saturday, 8 November 2003 18:29 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

It's many things, Black Love is -- but "hookless" isn't one of them.

Oh, no! It's the Strokes argument all over again!

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Saturday, 8 November 2003 18:40 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

So, Twilight Singers tonight.

Dulli sounded great, his band sounded great--and not unlike the Whigs at all. There's something about when he's playing (and I use that term loosely, because while he had a guitar strapped on, I'm not convinced that it was actually plugged in) that no matter what he quotes or plays (a Kate Bush song, A Love Supreme, etc.) it seems like music was absolutely meant to sound exactly this way and no other.

On the other hand, he rambled more than I remember--no one to rein him in, I guess. And he made a long, convoluted (I guess) tribute to Elliott Smith which was frankly awful. If he was your friend, fine, play a song and shut the fuck up--it's not something I want to hear him use in his Mr Superlove shtick.

So same old, I guess--way over the top, not someone I wanna be friends with, fucking sounded great. But not as good as the Whigs.

mookieproof (mookieproof), Saturday, 15 November 2003 06:32 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Greg Dulli - is the fact that he's an asshole redeemed by the fact that his songs are about the fact that he's an asshole?

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Saturday, 15 November 2003 06:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

whoa. too many facts in that sentence.

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Saturday, 15 November 2003 06:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Mookieproof -- where were you in the Cat tonight? I was up front on the left with some friends of mine.

Also, did you stay for the second encore?

j.lu (j.lu), Saturday, 15 November 2003 07:40 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I like the 2nd Twilight album. Whoever reviewed it as "pomp rock" was dead on. I am seeing him Monday night. My first Dulli encounter.

bnw (bnw), Saturday, 15 November 2003 08:02 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Whoever reviewed it as "pomp rock" was dead on.

Last night Dulli praised The Darkness. And I so wished I had my cigarette lighter when they played "Faded."

j.lu (j.lu), Saturday, 15 November 2003 19:02 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I keep meaning to give the second TS album another try but I think the problem is I like the original so much, that I'm disappointed he didn't head further into that direction. Black Love (esp. "Faded" and "Bulletproof") is the awesome god of pomp.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Saturday, 15 November 2003 19:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I was kind of hoping for more R&B flavor. (What I especially love about 'Clyde' on the 1st album is that as soon as that beat starts up, people will look at you like you put on a porno.) The low point of the Blackberry Belle has to be the 'dark side of the moon' ending with the woman screeching. Ick.

bnw (bnw), Saturday, 15 November 2003 21:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

This is probably one of the more on the pipe things I could say but I think that Justin Timberlake would KILL to make an album like the first Twilight Singers album. He'd be all "oooh I actually sound like an adult!"

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Saturday, 15 November 2003 21:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Guh.... that was the best show I have been to in like 5 years. Whigs songs "66" "Uptown Again" "If I Were Going" which was more a crowd sing-a-long. Covers "purple rain" "hey ya" some fleetwood mac. Dulli babbled a ton. I was front and center. So so good.

bnw (bnw), Tuesday, 18 November 2003 07:08 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I finally got around to buying an Afghan Whigs album (though actually I used to have Gentleman on tape a long time ago), since apparently I resemble Dulli (hopefully in his younger, hottter days). I bought Black Love because it was used. Pretty good. More dramatic than what I usually listen to, but pretty good. Need to listen to it more.

NA (Nick A.), Tuesday, 18 November 2003 12:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i went to an afghan whigs show about 3-4 years ago and don't remember one lick of what they played. damn little barrells of Mickeys will do that to ya.

Chris B. Sure (Chris V), Tuesday, 18 November 2003 12:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Search: Black Love - as a fairly clueless young music fan I bought this without having heard anything by the band... I've never regretted it and keep coming back to it - compare that to all the albums I bought only to find that the single I already had was the only good thing on it or that the band I thought I loved had lost it... "Hookless" = you are on crack.

Destroy: my current financial state which means I have no idea when I can get hold of the new Twilight Singers album.

Flyboy (Flyboy), Tuesday, 18 November 2003 13:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Greg Dulli - is the fact that he's an asshole redeemed by the fact that his songs are about the fact that he's an asshole?

I think it's an act, the whole asshole thing. I think he's a nice er gentleman.

scott m (mcd), Tuesday, 18 November 2003 15:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Hey j.lu--

Yeah, I was there, but had to leave early (i.e. 1:15) due to some, er, relationship issues. So I missed the encores. :(

See, the problem with these late shows is that it gives you way too much time to drink beforehand...

mookieproof (mookieproof), Tuesday, 18 November 2003 16:27 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Anyone heard their cover of "If only I had a heart"? Fantastic.

Chuck Tatum (Chuck Tatum), Tuesday, 18 November 2003 16:57 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Congregation
Gentlemen

christoff (christoff), Tuesday, 18 November 2003 17:08 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

about 10 years ago, they put this really great song "delta kong" on selected german versions of the "come on the water" single.

there's a crappy mp3 floating around on soulseek.

gygax! (gygax!), Tuesday, 18 November 2003 17:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Anyone heard their cover of "If only I had a heart"? Fantastic.

Among the reasons the Whigs never had a big crossover hit: most of their best songs wound up as import CD single b-sides.

j.lu (j.lu), Tuesday, 18 November 2003 22:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

two years pass...
Back together!? (for four tracks on a forthcoming compilation, but hey)

http://www.summerskiss.com/category/news/

StanM (StanM), Tuesday, 29 August 2006 20:52 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Oh. Sorry.

Search: everything between their first and last albums.
Destroy: their first and last albums.

StanM (StanM), Tuesday, 29 August 2006 20:54 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Maybe it wasn't their best album but I don't think there was anything wrong with 1965.
Congregation to 1965 was a fine run of albums.

Brigadier Lethbridge-Pfunkboy (Kerr), Tuesday, 29 August 2006 21:02 (eleven years ago) Permalink

As I've said on other threads, "Gentlemen" is THE best break-up album ever, full stop.

Tantrum The Cat (Tantrum The Cat), Tuesday, 29 August 2006 22:33 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i'm definitely enjoying this a lot more than the last one overall, even if nothing's quite as good as Lost in the Woods

ufo, Tuesday, 2 May 2017 14:58 (eleven months ago) Permalink

yeah i think it's way more consistent than do to the beast (which imo falls apart during side two)

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 2 May 2017 15:00 (eleven months ago) Permalink

"light as a feather" is fucking amazing

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 2 May 2017 15:07 (eleven months ago) Permalink

yup this is really good, nice tidy runtime too

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, 2 May 2017 15:09 (eleven months ago) Permalink

prob his best album since blackberry belle, i'm calling it

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 2 May 2017 15:10 (eleven months ago) Permalink

yeah, light as a feather feels straight out of black love. i wish that the classic dulli soaring bit in the middle was actually the chorus and showed up more than once like it feels like it should though

ufo, Tuesday, 2 May 2017 15:14 (eleven months ago) Permalink

tbh a lot of these songs have parts that could work as traditional choruses but dulli just kinda lets them happen once and then the song is over. interesting approach

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 2 May 2017 15:30 (eleven months ago) Permalink

the only thing that's really lacking in terms of Classic Dulli Flavor is that the lyrics haven't really been jumping out at me at all

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, 2 May 2017 15:33 (eleven months ago) Permalink

"so far inside you now / i am your silhouette" from "demon in profile" is one of my fav dulli lyrics of all time at the moment

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 2 May 2017 15:34 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Listening again, I think "Light as a Feather" must be one of the clear highlights I referenced a few weeks back.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 2 May 2017 15:39 (eleven months ago) Permalink

"copernicus" has an amazing chorus/bridge/outro whatever it is

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 2 May 2017 16:13 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Glad to hear he's still blasting full perv in his lyrics

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 2 May 2017 17:13 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Kind of? Sometimes it's embarrassing.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 2 May 2017 17:13 (eleven months ago) Permalink

i'll love it forever

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 2 May 2017 17:19 (eleven months ago) Permalink

goddamn this really is great, every song (except for the opener which is wonderful in its own way) is so densely packed with incident

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 5 May 2017 13:58 (eleven months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Via FB:

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our friend, brother and inspiration.

Dave Rosser passed away peacefully last evening surrounded by love. Thank you to all who kept him in their hearts. He is forever in ours.

More details here:

http://pitchfork.com/news/the-afghan-whigs-dave-rosser-dead-at-50/

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 28 June 2017 16:22 (nine months ago) Permalink

Damn that's awful. The guitarwork on both the recent albums is splendid. And the new one has only grown on me, to the extent that it's a Top 10 contender

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Wednesday, 28 June 2017 19:54 (nine months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

"Light as a Feather" / "I Got Lost" / "Into the Floor" is the best closing run of any album this year imho

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Wednesday, 11 October 2017 17:46 (six months ago) Permalink

it was def the best part of seeing them play the whole album live a few weeks ago

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Wednesday, 11 October 2017 17:55 (six months ago) Permalink

"i got lost" is so crushing

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Wednesday, 11 October 2017 17:55 (six months ago) Permalink

arggh I'm so jealous

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Wednesday, 11 October 2017 17:56 (six months ago) Permalink

I totally forgot that Afghan Whigs released an album this year!

ArchCarrier, Thursday, 12 October 2017 07:01 (six months ago) Permalink

Going to do something about that right now.

ArchCarrier, Thursday, 12 October 2017 07:01 (six months ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Last night may have been the first time I saw them since they released both of their reunion records (and the first since the death of Dave Rosser. which apparently almost scuttled the whole tour). They were strong if not really exceptional last night, and I missed the horns and singers, who added a lot. They did, however, bring out Marcy Mays for a rare performance of "My Curse!"
Other highlight might have been the moody slow version of "Going to Town" with Dulli on keys that featured him goofing on "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover," which lead him to admit that you can sing any song over his moody chords, after which he sang a bit of "Tom Sawyer."

As I also expected, Built to Spill was such a weird pairing. I guess the bands have been swapping the headlining spot, but for the life of me I can't imagine BtS following the Whigs.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 13 April 2018 12:21 (one week ago) Permalink

I think that's what I'm getting when I see them. :/

Simon H., Friday, 13 April 2018 12:29 (one week ago) Permalink

I honestly sometimes think Built to Spill is being boring on purpose. Tune guitar in silence, play song, stop song just when it is building up steam, tune guitar. Current drummer and bassist really passionless and dull and methodical to the point of intent. Sometimes a guitar solo. Last night they started "Broken Chairs" and then stopped, because Doug was out of tune. While he was tuning someone requested "Carry the Zero," so he says they could do that one instead, "we don't care."

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 13 April 2018 13:01 (one week ago) Permalink

after which he sang a bit of "Tom Sawyer."
lol/sob bc i missed it :(
i work thurs nights and there was no way i was cancelling my class for this

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 13 April 2018 14:34 (one week ago) Permalink

haha

mookieproof, Friday, 13 April 2018 15:46 (one week ago) Permalink

the first time I saw them since they released both of their reunion records (and the first since the death of Dave Rosser.

this would mean that you last saw them before Rosser joined the band

which apparently almost scuttled the whole tour).

they toured for three months after his death last year (and two months before it, without him), with his amp onstage and illuminated in tribute. did he have a special connection with Built To Spill?

(I'm not going this time due to disinterest in both Ed Harcourt and BtS)

҉ (sic), Friday, 13 April 2018 16:21 (one week ago) Permalink

I can't remember if Rick was in the band both shows I saw. I guess he was? Anyway, Dulli last night said they almost didn't make it out on the road again, and implied is was due largely to the loss of Rosser. And at the end he said something like "have a good summer, maybe we'll see you next year," which implies some time off.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 13 April 2018 17:04 (one week ago) Permalink

Regardless, I just meant it's the first time I've seen them minus Rosser, not that I ever saw them with him. I could be misremembering, but they seemed to make a bigger deal about his death than about Rick leaving, and there were a few references to Rosser from the stage.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 13 April 2018 17:07 (one week ago) Permalink

Inasmuch as the nu-Whigs.2 is just The Greg Dulli Experience, Rosser has been a much bigger part of his 21st century life and music than McCollum. and he & Curley seemed firmly relieved to move forward without Rick.

҉ (sic), Friday, 13 April 2018 17:30 (one week ago) Permalink

caught the Whigs/BTS in Toronto last night, first time seeing either. The Whigs set was sadly short - only 12 songs, only 2 of them pre-reunion ("John the Baptist" and "Going to Town," with a "These Eyes" interpolation). Dulli acknowledged the attack that had taken place earlier in the day which was nice. It is truly remarkable that his pipes have not aged a day. I can't imagine how awesome they must be with additional players cause they sounded massive with just guitars and keys.

as for BTS, I have to echo Josh's complaints upthread. The three-piece setup as very dull to watch. If you had told me in advance I'd be bored by this setlist I'd never have believed you.

https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/built-to-spill/2018/danforth-music-hall-toronto-on-canada-23ec1cff.html

Simon H., Tuesday, 24 April 2018 13:37 (yesterday) Permalink

the one surprise of the Whigs set was "The Killer" which I gather got its first/only airing of the tour and was as grand as you'd expect

Simon H., Tuesday, 24 April 2018 14:00 (yesterday) Permalink

the whigs were the best i’ve ever seen them* at the brooklyn date. they covered david gilmour’s “there’s no way out of here” and it was one of the least whigs-ified covers i’ve ever seen them do, they played it so straight. would like to echo simon’s comments about dulli being in incredibly good voice rn

i was actually enjoying bts (nb: i was high) but the crowd demographic shifted so significantly from the relatively diverse whigs crowd to a thick wave of jam band bros. as someone who normally spends most of any given concert freaking out, the guy in front of me was freaking out at every guitar solo way too hard (i think what annoyed me was that he only seemed to care about his experience of the music without being remotely conscious of how distracting, irritating, and disrespectful of other people’s space he was being. also i was high). i left early

* without rick

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 14:04 (yesterday) Permalink

I'm extremely jealous you got "Omerta"!!!

Simon H., Tuesday, 24 April 2018 14:06 (yesterday) Permalink

oh i also finally fucking saw “omerta” live. only og whigs tracks we got were “debonair,” the slow “going to town,” “john the baptist,” “somethin hot,” and “omerta,” but honestly the new stuff sounded so amazing and they were playing so hard that i didn’t mind at all

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 14:07 (yesterday) Permalink

xp lol

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 14:07 (yesterday) Permalink

i was at that brooklyn show too, sorry for freaking out at all the guitar solos brad :(

808s & Deep States (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 14:09 (yesterday) Permalink

just kidding, that thankfully was not me

808s & Deep States (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 14:09 (yesterday) Permalink

honestly if BTS had gotten stopped at the border and the Whigs got to play the whole night I would have died of ecstasy

Simon H., Tuesday, 24 April 2018 14:10 (yesterday) Permalink

anyway, i'll echo brad's sentiments that the show was a ridiculously powerful experience. greg went to the piano about halfway through for 'it kills' and once he got back up to the guitar for 'john the baptist" the show reached a level of intensity i've rarely seen at a rock show.

built to spill was very good, i thought. i saw them in 2016 at brooklyn bowl and they sounded very thin and very disinterested, but in last week's show it sounded more comfortable and like they figured out how to play as a three-piece. (that brooklyn bowl show also happened during a Mets WC playoff game, so the crowd was even more distracted than usual at that venue, which might've affected their performance. also they had to follow hop along)

808s & Deep States (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 14:13 (yesterday) Permalink

greg went to the piano about halfway through for 'it kills' and once he got back up to the guitar for 'john the baptist" the show reached a level of intensity i've rarely seen at a rock show.

god for real. everything aligned during "john the baptist" that night. it sounded even better than when they played it at the first reunion show

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 14:47 (yesterday) Permalink

I think BTS was extra underwhelming in context coming after that tbh, like after that maelstrom you're not at least gonna give us two guitars? c'mon man

Simon H., Tuesday, 24 April 2018 14:51 (yesterday) Permalink

it didn't feel weird to me that there was a profound energy difference between the whigs opening and bts closing, it felt like a really pleasant comedown after the overwhelming intensity of the whigs. also doug's solos were generous and interesting! i sorta wish they had a second guitarist myself but dude can kinda do it all himself

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 15:02 (yesterday) Permalink

experience still fundamentally ruined by the dude in front of me shouting "DOUG!" in the exact same way deadheads shout "JERRY"

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 15:02 (yesterday) Permalink

hahaha

it helped that the BTS setlist was ridiculously strong and Keep It Like a Secret-heavy

808s & Deep States (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 15:09 (yesterday) Permalink

The jam band bro element of the Built to Spill fanbase has long perplexed me

JRN, Tuesday, 24 April 2018 18:41 (yesterday) Permalink

i had a much better time watching them with a crowd full of beer nerds last year

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 18:46 (yesterday) Permalink

y'all are lowering my expectations :/

they call me melo gelo (Spottie), Tuesday, 24 April 2018 18:54 (yesterday) Permalink


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