Meant to do this last night/early this morning, but I got tired and fell asleep, so back off. Where was I? Oh, pretty good first day — except for the fact that Wednesdays are now as crowded as Saturdays used to be five or six years ago. But, you know, no big deal. Could be worse. First band I saw was the band I wanted to see the most down here: Wavves. They played at Emo’s. It was good — though live you notice that the drummer could stand to learn a second beat — but I felt a little jet-lagged, even though I drove down. Took a few hours to get back up and running, and after a stop at this place (I’ll make a separate post later), it got going again.
Oh, no — is that the time? Okay, I’ll just list the bands I saw and some brief commentary: Ladyhawke (sort of a Kiwi cross between Fleetwood Mac and Blondie, but better than that sounds), the Temper Trap (like Smokey Robinson fronting one of the subjects of Michael Azerrad’s This Band Could be Your Life), former Husker Du drummer Grant Hart playing solo (delivered exactly what you’d expect; I expected solid), the Decemberists (should have skipped this — kind of a snoozer, at least the part I saw), the Gay Blades (like Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, for better or worse, with Judas Priest/Iron Maiden screeches thrown in), and finally, Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head (a bunch of kids from Seattle with synthesizers, a ton of enthusiasm, and a few good songs). So not bad. I realize I kind of glossed over pretty much everything. I’ll wrap up everything much better when it’s all said and done. Probably.