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01 Dec 04

joel plaskett in minute detail

last night was the third time i’d seen joel plaskett since he released truthfully, truthfully. this could’ve resulted in me leaving disappointed (as has happened recently), but i’m convinced that i could see joel play every day without getting tired of his show. i reluctantly passed on his monday night show (complete with the emergency band), and elected instead to see him perform solo (which, coincidentally coincided with mitch’s birthday – just like last year).

pete elkas opened the show, for approximately his 329472497th show in kingston in the last year. i always enjoy his set, although this one was pretty much identical to his set with matt barber back in september. i still do like the concept (and execution) though: an autobiographical set with the songs all telling a story of a breakup and recovery. he’s always great, so i enjoyed his set. one variation this time around was the inclusion of a keyboardist (i think his name was dr. jeff, but i could be way off), and that was a nice addition. while he was on stage, and i was standing beside ian mcgettigan (more on that later), it struck me that i first saw pete and the local rabbits play with joel and the thrush hermit boys ten years ago – back in july, 1994. oh, time.

before pete actually took the stage, i had a chance to ask ian mcgettigan about his other band (with rob benvie), camouflage nights. apparently they’ll be playing a number of live shows in the new year, with an album coming out in march. woo! if you haven’t already heard it could be love, do it now.

anyway, joel’s solo set provided another example of exceptions to my full bands are better than solo performers rule, just as sondre lerche did. he played his entire set on acoustic guitar, and and busted out his newly purchased tenor guitar (from some kingston guitar shop) for a song as well. his set was a fantastic mix of old and new…i’ll try to reconstruct as much as i remember:

  • he opened with the thrush hermit classic, before you leave. as i’ve said before, the acoustic version of this song kicks my ass.
  • he played three songs from his in need of medical attention solo disc, she made a wreck outta me (featuring a great line coopted from thrush hermit’s darling don’t worry), news of your son and when i have my vision (one of my favourites, and a set list standby).
  • from down at the khyber he pulled out this is a message, down at the khyber (featuring a fun celticized verse, as well as a shriek from mitch to the guys in front of us that “they don’t even know what a sock hop IS!”), true patriot love (during which joel paused when the same guys fucked up the lyrics, and encouraged them by saying “almost!”), and clueless wonder (sung only because of mitch’s tenacious requesting).
  • he only played a couple from truthfully, truthfully, the day you walked away and work out fine (which is really cool on an acoustic guitar as well – and resulted in an enthusiastic sing along).
  • he played a bunch of new songs from his forthcoming arizona album, supposedly being released in february. i’m not positive of their names, but i think one was called natural disaster, one was called i love this town (written after leaving kingston on their last tour, incidentally), and one was called albert (written in a hotel room in texas after overhearing a woman try to convince her husband over the phone that she’s not cheating on him). i also enjoyed the song he played that was written by his dad in the 70s that he discovered on an old cassette tape. too cool.

anyway, that’s more detail than anyone needed, but hey, i’m obsessive. a few other points of interest: mitch was hammered (as she should be on her 25th birthday) and shouted many many things, including “take it off!” at pete and countless “wooooooo!”s; pete and joel’s biggest fans in front of us really enjoyed pumping their fists while stumbling through lyrics to most of their songs; the woman who blakie pointed out who was CLEARLY in need of a VO5 hot oil treatment; the TWO couples who spent the entire show in insanely close embraces; and the leather clad cougar. at least no one sat on the floor at this show… if you want to read a more interesting description of the show, check out meghan’s blog.

and now i can’t wait until he comes back in january…

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