Friday, August 04, 2006
Raconteurs live @ First Avenue 8/3/06
Flickr photos / slideshow
You know, I try not to swear too much on my ole' blog, but tonight's show was fucking unbelievably great. Jack White is a genius. Period. Brendan Benson is way underrated. I go to a lot of shows; this was easily one of the best. Make no mistake, this is Jack's band. However, Brendan & Jack traded off vocals and guitar solos quite a bit. The Greenhornes' guys were pretty awesome themselves... loved the bass, loved the drums.
A few random observations from the show (I posted a few of these on the HWTS Forum, so I'll copy and paste. Yeah, I'm lazy, I know):
1) The gig was extremely crowded. I mean "Arcade Fire" kind-of-crowded.
2) By the end of the show it was at least 95-100 degrees on the main floor.
3) The volume level was at least 100+ decibels.
4) Jack White is a genius.
5) Brendan Benson is way underrated.
6) Jack White is a genius, and this is his band.
7) The first encore, Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" was fucking amazing. I was surprised of how many people didn't know the tune. I didn't weep. Rather, I jumped and danced like a "crazy" person. So did the girl next to me.
8) I met Brendan after the gig. Very cool guy...
9) I didn't meet Jack after the gig. He was hiding in the tour-bus...
10) Raconteurs are unbelievable live. The record is not even close.
11) Jack's plaid pants were awesome.
12) My Flickr pictures are up
13) This guy got way better pictures than I did. Didn't help that my camera/memory card died during "Crazy". Fuck.
14) I have a pretty cool video of the show... no, not "Crazy". Unfortunately YouTube is doing maintenance right now and I can't upload it... That figures... (See update below)
15) Their album already sounds 1000% percent better, now that I've seen them live.
Yes, it's that great:
mp3: Raconteurs - Crazy (Gnarls Barkley Cover - live 7/23/06 San Francisco)
Did I mention Jack is a genius? Ha ha...
Have a great Friday. This was one of my favorite live tunes they played:
mp3: The Raconteurs - Call It A Day
Update: YouTube is working now... Let's illustrate the difference between the "album" version of the song and the "live" version:
1) mp3: The Raconteurs - Yellow Sun
2) The Raconteurs - "Yellow Sun" live @ First Ave:
I think you get my point, right?!
Sorry the audio/video sync is screwy... YouTube (or I) is having some problems.
I'll leave you with this little video recorded in San Francisco (we've covered why I don't have footage of this):