|So you hope that one person can solve everything.|
Vanderslice, wearing a Magik*Magik Orchestra T-shirt and with his hair bleached California platinum, accompanied himself on guitar (acoustic and electric) and otherwise played only with a drummer. But what a drummer! I wish my phone camera had properly captured Vanderslice's grin during the drum solos; the guy could also play a little bit on the keyboard at the same time he was drumming. As with Jurado the last time he came through town, Vanderslice is a musician I've always held in generally high esteem, but whose specific songs and albums I probably haven't known as well as those of his peers. And just like Jurado the last time he came through town, Vanderslice's performance Saturday firmly proved to me he's somebody whose records (vinyl reissues on Afternoon Records) I should really get to know better. The man is just a consummate pro, each lyrical twist and turn holding my attention and usually forcing me to mirror his smile. The set ended with the drummer in the audience, Jurado back out with him, and Vanderslice strumming/singing un-amplified-- an old gimmick, sure, but one I never get tired of-- while we sang along (or tried) to songs like "White Dove." At the merch table after the show, our friend Angela M., aka Lady Dusbabaloni, happened to mention to Vanderslice as he was signing a poster for her that he hadn't played her favorite song; moments later, he was sweeping us back to the dressing room, where he proceeded to play "Too Much Time" just for a few of us. As we left, he was still back there with a guy in the crowd who knew all the words-- spending some quality time with a No. 1 fan. Class act.
|It was a trick of the light.|
Also also saw the Des Moines debut of Party! Party! at Hessen Haus. Did I mention liters were $5? Do you know how big a liter is? I sang the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" even though I don't think I've ever sung the entire song out loud before-- it helps the words are very simple, and the melody is, too, and that Nick from Party! Party! sang Fergie's verse for me (he also got the "l'chaim" line, though, which is totally the best moment in the song!). Pat Fleming from PCC went on after me and did "Born to Run." I'm glad I didn't have to follow him.