Saturday, January 31, 2009

Mary Hicks on Letterman and the banned routine

Last night, the mother of the late, great stand-up Bill Hicks, Mary Hicks, made an appearance on David Letterman's show. They also showed the controversially edited routing that Hicks did on the show 15 years ago. Letterman did the right and just thing, for the family and for the fans. RIP Bill.



One of many apologies that Letterman makes during the night.



Mary Hicks.



The routine.

Once again, RIP Bill.

Review of Morrissey, "Years of Refusal"



Morrissey
Years of Refusal ***

The cult of Morrissey is still going strong 25 years after the band that made him famous, the Smiths, released their debut. Morrissey seems to transcend the generations. Think about it - whenever you see an Elvis fan, it's always some middle-aged dad embarrassing his kids with his pseudo kung-fu moves. When you see a Morrissey fan, it's always going to be a teen with a glum look on his or her face, wearing a Meat is Murder shirt. It's been like that for 25 years. There's a possibility that this will continue for another 25 years.

Right now, however, Morrissey fans will obviously be salivating for his new album, the ninth of his solo career and the third of his current middle-aged renaissance. Said renaissance began with 2004's You are the Quarry and continued with Ringleader of the Tormentors. With these albums, Morrissey is smooth, suave and approaching 50 with much class. The same goes for Years of Refusal, which continues the same formula as the previous two albums. His lyrics are still clever and ambiguous, and his voice doesn't sound like it's a day over 30.

It might be difficult to understand the album. Fans are so accustomed to the Morrisseyisms of his lyrics, vocal range and song titles. The music feels the same and is listenable, but there is a sense of confusion over this album. The reason lies in the music.

Sure, it is like the previous albums, but it's a bit harder. The previous two albums had songs that were soft, poppy and occasionally hard punk. Years of Refusal doesn't really give you a break from the pummeling guitars, though it's not really a bad thing.

Some of the tracks stand out really well. "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris" is classic Morrissey, filled with his witty lyrics and melody, and it may or may not be about America's Most Well-Known Socialite (you know who I'm talking about). "When Last I Spoke to Carol" is dominated by a flamenco guitar, and "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell" has some trumpets
with a little southern flavor to it.

Both are obvious nods to his legion of Hispanic fans, and the former is a fine tune. The latter is okay; the trumpets add some excitement to it. "That's How People Grow Up" is another atypical Morrissey song. It's a good song, but it doesn't really have its own voice, as it's a bit similar to other songs of his.

All in all, Years of Refusal is your typical Morrissey album, though it's a little too typical. Some artists can never pull off sounding the same, or do sound the same from song to song, but it gets redundant.

Morrissey has had a unique sound to him for the last 25 years, and the common moments in Morrissey songs haven't hurt him, but rather made him an alternative rock icon. However, this album doesn't add much and sounds a bit stale.

Conversely, there's nothing to worry about with this album. Many artists like him have not aged gracefully and have been accused of losing their way or getting soft. Morrissey still keeps it cool, and maybe his next album will be a return to his renaissance form, as with You are the Quarry.


Who says we're NSFW?

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

It has finally happened...



After 15 years, David Letterman will have Bill Hicks' mother and will show the infamously banned final appearance on the show. This is bringing a tear to my eye. 15 years after Hick's death after battling pancreatic cancer, people finally will give well deserved respect to one of the all-time greatest stand-ups ever. I'll probably write something too. The man deserves everything.

Absolutely Fucked Up Right Here.



I am confused...

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Monkey making random picks - The Oscars


It's Oscar time again, an this years nominations are filled with surprises. So I'll look at the more improtant nominees and make my picks (guesses really) on is going to win big at the Oscars this year.

Let's start small.

Best Foreign Language Film



Revanche (Austria)
The Class (France)
The Baader Meinhof Complex (Germany)
Departures (Japan)
Waltz with Bashir (Israel)

Who will win: It's a close one, to be honest. The Class won big at Cannes, Waltz with Bashir and The Baader Meinhof Complex are have had incredibly positive reviews this year. However, I am going to have to go with Waltz with Bashir, it's crazy animation, and it's story will most likely win over the votes. If not, then it would be The Class. Then again, the Foriegn Language Film category normally screws it up because of uninformed voters.

Who got snubbed: Gommorah, the crime drama from Italy, also recieved unanimous praise from critics and did very well at the film festivals.

Best Animated Feature



Bolt
Kung Fu Panda

WALL-E


Who will win: No question needed. It's going to be WALL-E.

Who got snubbed: I don't know really. Probably Waltz with Bashir.

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Eric Roth and Robin Swicord
Frost/Nixon - Peter Morgan
The Reader - David Hare
Slumdog Millionaire - Simon Beaufoy
Doubt - John Patrick Shanley

Who will win: Slumdog Millionaire. Simon Beaufoy excellent adaptation of the novel Q & A is a shoe-in to win.

Upset: Benjamin Button. I'll get back to you on that one.

Who got snubbed: Can't tell really.

Best Original Screenplay

WALL-E - Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon and Pete Docter
Happy-Go-Lucky - Mike Leigh
Frozen River - Courtney Hunt
In Bruges - Martin McDonagh
Milk - Dustin Lance Black

Who will win: Milk. Can't deny the fact that Milk is one of the year's best pics, not only that it has an excellent screenplay.
Upset: It's a long shot, but possibly WALL-E. An script that managed to pull of one of the most interestinf films out there with minimal dialogue.

Who got snubbed: The Wrestler. The who can't deny the brilliantly original true story from Robert D. Siegel? It's a strange thing to leave out this film, but these nominees are quite fine.

Best Supporting Actress

This isn't France, Penelope...
Amy Adams - Doubt
Penelope Cruz - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis - Doubt
Taraji P. Henson - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa Tomei - The Wrestler

Who will win: It's a very close one, with each and every one of these fine actresses has a chance to grab the Oscar gold. However, I am going to have to go with Penelope Cruz, the only reasoning being that she won the Golden Globe.

Best Supporting Actor



Josh Brolin - Milk
Robert Downey, Jr. - Tropic Thunder
Phillip Seymour Hoffman - Doubt
Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight
Michael Shannon - Revolutionary Road

Who will win: Heath Ledger. Duh. Sure he was excellent, but the voters will not turn down the chance to honor him. Ledger's Joker also became a cultural phenomenon this year, so you can't ignore that either.

Upset: PSYCHE.

Who got snubbed: James Franco for Pineapple Express and Milk. He is the the soul of the former, and received praise for the latter. And the "New James Dean" hype doesn't hurt. Also, Madhur Mittal in Slumdog Millionaire for his portrayal as the corrupted brother Salim.

Best Actress



Anne Hathaway - Rachael Getting Married
Angelina Jolie - Changeling
Melissa Leo - Frozen River
Meryl Streep - Doubt
Kate Winslet - The Reader

Who will win: Once again, it's too close to call. This is the tightest of the nominees we'll see this year. However, this will come down to three actresses: Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, and Kate Winslet. Expect one of the three to win.

Upset: Melissa Leo for her acclaimed turn in Frozen River. It's one thing that the film was a very indie film, but thanks to the petitioning of the critics she got in. If somehow she wins, expect some clueless presenter to flub her name as "Marissa".

Best Actor



Richard Jenkins - The Visitor
Frank Langella - Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn - Milk
Brad Pitt - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke - The Wrestler

Who will win: It's going to be a battle between Penn and Rourke. Rourke won the Golden Globe, but this is the Oscars, and Milk has the Best Picture nomination. Milk got snubbed in a lot of categories at the Globes this year, and nominations play a part in a film's Oscar bid. Sean Penn may just upset the film about the underdog. But all analysis aside, I see Sean Penn winning this one.
Upset: Brad Pitt for the Curious Case. Voters can be stupid sometimes, and this maybe a case of voters confusing special effects and makeup for acting chops. This isn't Pitt in Fight Club or Seven, but rather a Pitt doing a backwards Gump.

Best Director

Danny Boyle - Slumdog Millionaire
Stephen Daldry - The Reader
David Fincher - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard - Frost/Nixon
Gus van Sant - Milk

Who will win: Danny Boyle. There's no denying that Slumdog is an excellently directed film.
Upset: David Fincher. Sure, he's a directing talent, but Button isn't his best film obviously. And special effects aren't always a good thing. Once again, the voters are easy to fool.

Best Picture



The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon
Milk

The Reader

Slumdog Millionaire


Who will win: Slumdog Millionaire. There's no denying it. Everything is falling into it's place. Kind of like the film itself.

Upset: Milk or Button. Two films may just pull the upset. One of them is a biopic, Best Picture territory. Button uses effects and has drawn comparisons to another Best Picture winning film, Forrest Gump. Also, there has been an intense media hype surrounding Button. Button, however, does not have the critical praise to back it up compared to other films. It's score on Metacritic is currently a 69/100. u2 3d got better reviews dammit.

Who got snubbed: Many. I'm just too lazy to list them.

Tune in February 22, on ABC, to see who will be triumphant. Now I am returning to my state of hibernation.











Friday, January 23, 2009

Thank You For Being a Friend


Pistol Youth - In My Eyes from Pistol Youth on Vimeo.

Sounds like Weezer, has a video like Weezer, but they are not Weezer.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Review: Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion



Animal Collective
Merriweather Post Pavilion *****

2007 will go down as possibly the finest year in music that this young century has seen so far. It was an especially positive year for indie artists. Bands like the Arcade Fire played Saturday Night Live, others had their albums place in the top 5 on the Billboard charts, and Radiohead released In Rainbows, independent of any label to great success.
One group of musicians also had their own personal landmark year, and that was Baltimore-bred Animal Collective. They started their year when AC member Panda Bear (aka Noah Lennox) released Person Pitch, a joyous tone poem of sorts about living the good life, and sounded like the Beach Boys if they hadn’t scaled back after Pet Sounds. Following Pitch a few months later was Strawberry Jam, the band’s seventh album, which was released to unanimous praise in indie publications, while to somewhat indifferent ones in mainstream publications. However, Jam was a colorful celebration of music. The opening track “Peacebone” immediately threw the listener into the music with it‘s bizarre layered feel. Tracks like “For Reverend Green” and “Fireworks” were startlingly beautiful, and the album as a whole solidified the band’s status in the indie world.
Now the follow-up, Merriweather Post Pavilion is being released, and the hype is at a level that hasn’t been seen for an indie artist. Rumors of leaks happening, and a bizarre email allegedly sent out by member Geologist (Brian Weitz) stating that the album should be leaked as soon as possible, which Deerhunter front man Bradford Cox claiming that it was a fake sent out by a hacker. which turned out it was the work of a hacker. I do not remember Arcade Fire’s Neon Bible being released to this kind of hype, nor any other artist back in 2007. Now this question begs to be answered: With the hype at fever pitch, is Merriweather Post Pavilion any good, if not great?
The answer to this question is a big “Yes”. Merriweather Post Pavilion is Animal Collective’s finest work yet, being both incredibly diverse yet accessible at the same time. They manage to make genre-defining tunes, yet they will not alienate current fans and scare away new ones. The album sees the group abandon guitars completely, going for danceable rhythms and melodies instead. With this sound, they create a jubilant record that is more clear and concise than the joyful abstractedness of Strawberry Jam. At 55 minutes, it is their longest album, but it feels like their shortest. Like that old saying goes, “Time flies when you’re having fun.”
Some of the tracks could work very well in a club setting especially “My Girls” and “Brothersport”, two of the best songs on the record. “My Girls” is probably the band’s most accessible song, with it’s upbeat melody, tinkering keyboards, and the somewhat catchy chorus, it is the closest thing the band has made that could somehow crack the Billboard 100, and that alone would be a surprising thing to do. “Brothersport”, the album closer, with it’s climax building up with a beat that would come straight out a nightclub on the Mediterranean (Panda Bear currently resides in Lisbon; not exactly the Mediterranean, but it’s a short drive away.)
Other songs work well as unique pop songs. “Summertime Clothes” is the sound of the band having much fun, with a rising keyboard riff matched with their skilled melodic vocals. “Lion in a Coma” has the didgeridoo as it’s main instrument, but once again, the band has made another upbeat electronic pop melody.
Another interesting change in the band’s method is the more adult subject matter to the songs. Strawberry Jam and other albums seem to rely on childhood memories. “Peacebone” from Strawberry Jam, has lyrics that would work well in a fairy tale. The songs on MPP are more soulful and adult, like “Blueish” which reminded me of “Nude” from Radiohead’s In Rainbows. It’s a soulful and peaceful tune, with Avey Tare (Dave Portner) crooning over the soft melody. Animal Collective are dealing with more adult issues here, but not in a disappointed way, but with much happiness.
Merriweather Post Pavilion is easily Animal Collective best album. Now this doesn’t mean that AC’s other works weren’t great, but MPP is their finest hour. With MPP, they are at their most experimental, and their most accessible. They continue to produce their always wonderful melodies, and it only begs the question of where will Animal Collective go next? How will they top this album? The band has been continually improving since the start of the decade, so it should be no surprise that the next album will be as good, if not better, than Merriweather Post Pavilion? However, it is all about MPP, and I’m fine with listening to this one for years to come.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The new Morrissey album has leaked


I looked far and wide on the Internet for news about this, but for some reason, it seems that no news source knows about this. Well, I'm listening to album that I got from a friend, and so far so good. Review to come sometime soon...

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Changing my Favorites List

Yeah, you know how I did that list of my favorite albums a few weeks back. And you know how I did that albums not reviewedin 2008? Well, two albums were worthy enough of being graced with a spot on my top 10 list (inlcuding a new No.1).

The Old Top Ten:
1. TV on the Radio, Dear Science
2. Deerhunter, Microcastle
3. Vampire Weekend, Vampire Weekend
4. Sigur Ros, Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
5. The Hold Steady, Stay Positive
6. Los Campesinos, Hold on Now, Youngster... and We are Beautiful, We are Doomed
7. The Gaslight Anthem, The '59 Sound
8. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III
9. Bloc Party, Intimacy
10. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Dig!!! Lazarus, Dig!!!

The New Top Ten:
1. Fleet Foxes, Fleet Foxes
2. TV on the Radio, Dear Science
3. Deerhunter, Microcastle
4. Vampire Weekend, Vampire Weekend
5. M83, Saturdays=Youth
6. Sigur Ros,
Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
7. The Hold Steady, Stay Positive
8. Los Campesinos, Hold on Now, Youngster... and We are Beautiful, We are Doomed
9. The Gaslight Anthem, The '59 Sound
10. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III

So goodbye to Bloc Party and Nick Cave, you now get honorable mentions. Congratulations to Fleet Foxes and M83, especially Fleet Foxes, as they are the new number one. Any Thoughts on the changes?

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Murderer’s Row: 2008 albums that weren’t reviewed in 2008

Here's a compilation of albums I did not review in 2008. Some of the albums I listened to after the brunt of releases, and my Favorites list. Some of the albums were somewhat reviewed, well, those that were on the list. Others I did not feel like reviewing. Expect to see more updates on this list.



Beach House
Devotion ***½
Pretty dream pop from the duo. Could’ve had a little more “umph” to it, as it’s a bit quiet, but still a nice listen.



Boo and Boo Too
No Tempo ***
Half-way decent post punk from the band with the worst name.



The Clash
Live at Shea Stadium ***½
The Clash were the only band that mattered, but some of their best songs come off a bit flat on this record. Still, it’s the Clash, and they were incredible live.



Crystal Castles
Crystal Castles ***
Canada’s answer to Justice. Actually more difficult than the hard rock accessibility of Justice. Some songs are just noisy while some give off a good ambient beat.



Cut Copy
In Ghost Colours ****
I remember I saw Cut Copy open for Franz Ferdinand back in 2005. They sucked. Fast forward three years later and they make the smooth In Ghost Colors. Some songs are great dance numbers, while others make for great ambient disco jams.



Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes *****
Okay, I just listened to this album, and I’ve been hooked. Hell, I might even changed my No.1 ranking for 2008’s album of the year. Beautiful melodies and the singing is absolutley wonderful. You get the field of Appalachia, and it doesn’t feel hickish but just like art. Highly Recommended.



The Gaslight Anthem
The ‘59 Sound ****



The Hold Steady
Stay Positive ****



Kanye West
808s & Heartbreak **½
You tried Kanye. Sometimes much emotions can produce masterworks. Some other times it comes off awkward as the person dealing with emotion may have trouble understanding oneself and thus comes a mismanaged effort. This isn’t a bad album in the sense of “This is crap”, but a bad album done for a rather noble reason.



The Killers
Day and Age **½



Kings of Leon
Only by the Night **
Glossy and lacking the grit that made the Kings of Leon a favorite of mine, I get the feeling that KOL did this album to finally find success in the states. The only songs I will recommend on this one are “Sex on Fire” and “Manhattan”. The rest is slush.


Los Campesinos
Hold on Now, Youngster **** We are Beautiful, We are Damned ****



M83
Saturdays =Youth ****
Like Kraftwerk making a baby with My Bloody Valentine. Great tunes all around, and easy to get into. “Kim & Jessie” is a fine song, and so is the eight-minute nu-gaze jam “Coloeurs”.



My Morning Jacket
Evil Urges **½
The first four song are great, but as the album progresses, you lose interest, and until “Scream Pt.2”, you don’t really want to slave through the album again, only going through the first four songs.



Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! ****



Of Montreal
Skeletal Lamping ***
An album that manages to both not work yet be very fun at the same time. The songs work better by themselves, or if there is a break in between songs. As one big rock-opera-esque epic rave, it gets on your nerve a bit. Like The Beatles set to dance music.



Okkervil River
The Stand-Ins ***½



Sigur Ros
Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust ****



The Standard
Swimmer **½
The Portland band makes an album full of alt-rock clichés. Some songs have nice melodies, but are brought down by generic lyrics.



Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend ****½

Friday, January 9, 2009

Review of Slumdog Millionaire



Slumdog Millionaire
****
Directed by Danny Boyle
Written by Simon Beaufoy
Starring Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, and Irrfan Khan

Let’s be honest here. 2008, not so great on the films. The writer strike practically crippled the industry, as the audiences mostly got quickly produced films (I’m looking at you W.), or generic, cookie cutter films. In the summer, there was a bright light called The Dark Knight. Did it jumpstart the rest of the year in film? No. I didn’t unfortunately. The end of the year Is usually a blowout of the finest films of the year. But unlike 2007, where almost every film produced was a classic or close to a classic, this season isn’t generating the same hype as ‘07. Enter Slumdog Millionaire, an instant classic to spruce up the award season. I’ll be frank here: See it now. Do whatever you can to do to see this film. It’s probably 2008’s best film, and if this film doesn’t get an Oscar nod for Best Picture, I’ll eat my hat (Well, no. I won’t. I’ll just be really, really mad).
What is Slumdog Millionaire about? It’s about Jamal, a call center attendant who is also an orphan. He grew up in the slums Mumbai with his brother Salim (spoiler alert: he’s a douchebag). After an anti-Muslim raid in his slum, Jamal and Salim’s mother is killed, and they orphaned. Eventually they team up with Latika, an orphan girl. Skipping the details of their life, both disappearing from each other then finding each other again, Jamal ends up on the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, and is one question away from winning the top prize. However, Jamal is accused of cheating after the taping of the first episode, and his life story unravels as he proves his innocence.
The plot seems pretty simple right? Over the years we’ve seen those underdog movies like Slumdog? But why is it so good?
It’s so good because Slumdog is a beautiful film about destiny. It’s not only an intense film going experience, with beautifully shot sequences and scenes, but the ultimate feel good film. It doesn’t toy or manipulate with our emotions or anything like that. It’s a human drama in the Dickensian sense. Matched with Danny Boyle potent direction, is Simon Beaufoy’s excellent adaptation of Vikas Swarup novel Q and A. The performers here are spectacular, even the child actor have made an impact on me (a rare thing to do in any person’s case).
Slumdog does not need much explanation really. It is not a headscratcher, but the simple plot still makes it a wonderful film. Anybody can love this movie. Even the regular movie lover can fall in love with it. Like I said before, see this movie. It’s a must see film, and don’t let that R rating fool you,. I wouldn’t necessarily make an 8-year old see it, but I can agree with a 10-year-old seeing it.
Films like this don’t come around like this easily. Especially in these tough times, Hollywood would make it easy to make a so-called “feel good” film. This isn’t just a feel good film, but a perfect film that celebrates the art of film. It’s a masterpiece. See it now, and you will feel like a millionaire.

Monday, January 5, 2009

BREAKING NEWS: Florian Schnieder leaves Kraftwerk




Wow. I didn't see this coming. A surprising announcement comes from Kraftwerk, that after 40 years of collaboration with Ralf Hütter, Florian Schneider has left the pioneering electronic group. It an absolute surprise that this happen, as the names "Ralf und Florian" are synonmous with the famously stoic and robotic group. Let's hope the best for Kraftwerk and Schneider. For now, let's enjoys this wonderful interview of Florian on Brazilian television.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Photos: Yo La Tengo and The Feelies rock the Wellmont


On New Year's Eve, I went to the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ to see indie rock icons Yo La Tengo and the Feelies, with opening act the Vivian Girls. I hung out with my friend from school, who is the daughter of Feelies drummer Stan Demeski (You should have seen my reaction when I first heard this from her a few months back).

The Wellmont is located off the corner of Bloomfield Ave. in Montclair. It used to be one of those movie palaces from back in the day. It's a rather intimate setting, and is rather leinent to where you sit, as I moved from the floor to the balcony many times throughout the show. The aucoustics are rather good, as the bands sets sounded really good.


The opening act was the Vivian Girls, a Brooklyn-based trio who released their debut earlier this year. Thier short, about twenty minutes, but it was still a rather good set. Hope to see some more from this gang of girls.

Now the Feelies came on to play. For you noobs out there, the Feelies are one of the earliest indie bands, or in their day "college rock". Their debut Crazy Rythyms has appeared on many "Best of the 80's" lists, and have been cited as an influence of R.E.M. After the subsequent albums The Good Earth, Only Life and Time for a Witness, they broke up in 1992 (according to my friend, Bill Million one of the members, I forget who exactly, moved to Florida, and it just led to that). They reunited this year (Once again, the member in Florida keeps coming back for the shows). Their set was a wonderful, filled with their early indie gems that won them a cult following, which includes Johnathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs).

Glenn Mercer

Stan Demeski

Bill Million and Brenda Sauter

Dave Weckerman

I was in the presence of some Feelies before the show; I shook Stan Demeski's hand (well, he is my friend's father), and Brenda Sauter talked to Stan's daughter beforehand too.

Their set was very fun as they played their tuneful songs. They didn't play like a band who hadn't worked together in 16 years, but like they toured together for as long as possible. They played the classics from Crazy Ryhtyms like "Raised Eyebrows":




My favorite part of the set was when they rocked out my personal favorite "Stay", where it just builds up in the beginning and then they jam out. Good fun and dancing. Now it was time for Yo La Tengo.


Once again, so that my noobish friends would understand, a little something about the bands. As one aging hipster near me put it, "They are the elder statesmen of indie rock." Awhole lot of truth in that statement. They formed in 1984 in Hoboken and have been working ever since. Some of their most notable albums include I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One, Fakebook and the aptly titled, I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass.

Ira Kaplan

Georgia Hubley

James McNew

The band opened up with a 10(?) minute jam, where Ira raped his guitar the first time. Then there was an hour period where they played rather quiet tunes, and some rockers. Then around 12:15, people where already celebrating the New Year, and throwing balloons and a beach ball around (Ira kicked the beach ball when it came on stage), the band proceeded with a 15 minute jam that was damn inspiring, filled with feedback and Ira's ferocious guitar playing.


After that with much feedback, he proceeded to jam on the keyboards, while James McNew this time did the duty of guitar.



After the earsplitting coda, the band played the fan-favorite "Autumn Sweater", and then they played with Glenn Mercer and Bill Million of the Feelies, in an indie rock extravaganza, playing the Velvet Underground's "What Goes On" and from what I heard, I think a Rolling Stones song.





(sorry, it's distorted; should have shot this on the digital camera)

They closed out the night, and since the Wellmont doesn't have a backstage, the bands go to a trailer on Bloomfield Ave. On the way out, I ran into Glenn and Bill of the Feelies, who are both very small in size, and wished them Happy New Year. What a spectacular show. I hope everyone there had a good time too, and a Happy New Year.