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01 Dec 03

i came for the emergency, but stayed for the waylon jennings covers

oh, so much good music.

friday night, post-christmas staff party #1, mitch and anne and i enjoyed a fantastic set by boy at the grad club. this is the 3rd time i’ve seen him/them since late september and they’ve improved a lot since then. their set was fun and tight and the crowd wasn’t pissing me off immensely (like at the peel pub) and the venue was intimate (unlike the grand). but wow, boy’s groupies/cult are INSANE. i spent most of the night watching their crazy stalkerish antics. i enjoyed the part where stephen referred to one of them as “crazy emma”. apropos.

saturday night was the much anticipated joel plaskett emergency show, also at the grad club (what’s up with the grad club getting ALL the good shows this term?) this was the 5th or 6th time i’d seen joel since the demise of thrush hermit, and i think it was the one i was most excited about – and for good reason. what’s funny is that, by my count, i’ve seen thrush hermit 7 or 8 times, and the emergency 5, and at at least half of those shows, joel has been in some way sick. his repeated coughs into the mic on saturday night illicted a number of “awwwws” from the crowd.

anyway, his new cd is amazing, but interestingly enough, he only played 4 songs from it (work out fine, extraordinary, mystery and crime and come on teacher). he squeezed in a few more off of down at the khyber (true patriot love, light of the moon, there’s love in the air, waiting to be discovered, and this is a message i think), and threw in the token when i have my vision, which he claims sounds better when he’s sick. aside from that, they played an awesome pseudo-adlibbed medley of willy nelson, waylon jennings, charlie pride, r kelly, rolling stones, thrush hermit (north dakota!) and steve miller (what did i miss?), as well as an amazing accoustic version of thrush hermit’s before you leave and a matthew grimson song whose name i forget. and wow, his encore included a van halen song and the hermit’s from the back of the film. man i wish i had a tape of that show.

and now i’m done being a fan boy. but at least i didn’t scream “JOEL YOU’RE SO HOT!” and “WE LOVE YOU JOEL” like sofi and mitch did.

3 Responses to “i came for the emergency, but stayed for the waylon jennings covers”

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    el scotto Says:

    we saw him last sunday at the good ol’ trash. he put on a really cool show here too, and he played forever. he also seemed pretty sick as well. he said he’s sick of this canadian winter shit and that he’s moving to florida.

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    el scotto Says:

    i know cool….and that’s definitely it.

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    pager Says:

    ah, i’m glad you went to plaskett. i meant to ask.

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