Can't believe I last witnessed Fishbone insanity in 1991. Untouchable back then and have heard nothing but raves about the recent lineups with two original members. Then it was three and then it was four with touring guitarist JB back. A hardcore fan said last night's set was better than any they'd played in ages, opening with the amazing Christmas EP in full, which they hadn't done in 20 years. Absolutely crazy beautiful mess of a set. They always came out guns blazing, so to open with a tear-inducing Xmas standard was.....PERFECT.
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds were playing the Cosmopolitan Hotel while I was in Vegas last weekend. 10th row seats were less than $60 on Ticketmaster and going for twice that on Stubhub. Oh, why not? It'd been 13 years since I'd seen a Gallagher onstage and despite fronting an Oasis parody years ago, I've kept up with their interviews far more than their music since 1995. I knew the aging Brit crowd would be half the show and they were. The band delivered tight mid-tempo saminess for 90 minutes or so. No surprises but sounded great with Noel in fine voice without taking a sip of liquid the entire show. Oasis' Gem Archer has returned to the fold to look exactly like Paul Weller and replace Tim Smith, who I'd hoped to see with the Birds for years. A full horn section was a nice surprise but featured backing singer Y-See took things into American Idol territory every time she came out. Points to flute/scissors/rotary-phone player Charlotte Marionneau for rocking an amazing Byrds bowlcut/cape look tho! Recent show's visuals are gone in favor of a static image with colors projected but the light show distracted from the band's famed stoic-ness a bit. In fact, they move far more than Oasis ever did. There were a few fun moments with Noel asking if the people still not standing in the front row had accidentally wandered into the wrong show but he mostly kept quiet, not even stopping to say hello until the first set was more than halfway through. No unexpected Oasis tunes but hopes for a fun cover were answered with a faithful "All You Need Is Love" closer that fit the multi-singer, horn-laden lineup and, shock of all shocks, they did the end refrain from the Rutles' "Love Life" at the very end! Nice to see him still at it with faithful followers stateside still flocking.
Second instore from cancelled Observatory show this week because of repairs. Got roped into helping keep KFlay fans off the sidewalk.

Great lineup. Not sure why I didn't go. I would've had a four year streak if I hadn't been out of town in 93. You go?

Members of Sonic Youth, Pavement, Hole and other bands look back on alt rock’s high-water mark.

Albums That Made An Impact Thing 3/10. First album I can remember loving that wasn't getting any radio play. The ultimate grower: infamously possibly the only platinum album to never chart. Can you think of an album that wasn't a radio staple until almost a decade later? Me neither. Huge fave with my highschool friends. We'd literally ditch boring parties and do Femmes singalongs instead. YDG's favorite Jim Cathcart gets the credit for the introduction. The 33 1/3 book folks liked my pitch on it but I never followed through, unsure how to tactfully talk about my friend's groupie moment....

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