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06 March 2006 @ 09:13 am
Went to see The New Pornographers and Belle & Sebastian on saturday. Two of my favorite bands. Great, great show.

TNP took a little bit to get jumping, but once they started doing some of my favorites from "The Electric Version" I was totally digging it. I was a bit worried that I'd be disappointed in them without Neko Case, but Carl Newman's niece did a really excellent job. Except for the fact that they didn't play "Chump Change," I had no real complaints.

B&S were awesome. Of course they played my two favorites from the new album, "The Blues Are Stil Blue" and "Sukie in the Graveyard." But they also played "She's Losing It," "Judy and the Dream of Horses," Dog on Wheels," "Me and the Major," "I'm a Cuckoo," "If You Find Yourself Caught in Love," and "My Wandering Days Are Over." Oddly though, while lead singer Stuart Murdoch was fabulous as always and possibly even more charming than the last time I saw them, it was guitarist Stevie Jackson who was my favorite by far at this show. Dressed up in a slick suit and dancing like he was in the Kinks, I felt like they'd plucked him right out of the 1960s. Absolutely fun to watch. Plus I never realized it but he sings my all time favorite B&S song "Jonathan David" (which, of course, they also played).

They yesterday, K. and I made what I'm tentatively calling Pina Colada Shrimp. Grilled shrimp and chunks of fresh pineapple in a pineapple curry and coconut milk sauce, over Thai sticky rice. A yummy weekend all around.

Listening to: Belle and Sebastian - "Jonathan David"
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lilyvalleylilyvalley on March 6th, 2006 07:58 pm (UTC)
That's exactly what I thought when I looked at the pic!

everybody hates a tourist.dynamine on March 6th, 2006 05:32 pm (UTC)
so that's what the thai cans of wonder on the table were for!
Diary of an Ass Monkey: silly:  Yeti DJassmonkeydiary on March 6th, 2006 06:00 pm (UTC)
Yup, at that point we had had the notion and K. went through the cabinets rounding up the usual suspects...
myssk on March 7th, 2006 06:37 am (UTC)
I love Neko Case. Probably to an unhealthy point. You should find a cheesecaky picture of HER for your blog. ;-) I am glad to hear that TNP were still good without her.

Love your pictures. :)
Diary of an Ass Monkey: silly:  albion comatoseassmonkeydiary on March 7th, 2006 02:05 pm (UTC)
I was lucky enough to catch Neko Case and Her Boyfriends in concert five or six years ago, nearly by accident, and have loved her ever since. So remarkable.
myssk on March 7th, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC)
Ayep. There's no voice like hers! And darn her - but she never seems to tour in Florida. I begged her publicist for a Tampa show. I think she could rustle up a crowd. *grin*