Friday, October 21, 2005

Sign Says Long-Haired Freaky People...

Picture this scene for an encore: a long-haired, bearded group of freaky musicians named Hairy Fairy, fronted by a long-haired, bearded freaky guitarist named Devendra, who's singing a song about a schizophrenic pedophile hermaphrodite that wants to marry little boys, with the band's friends and members dancing and falling all over the stage, girls being picked up from the ground and inverted in potential suplex positions, awkward group hugs...

...And oh yeah, two dudes, one long-hair with total plumber's butt and a leather vest and one boyish dude with a bowl cut that looked like Marco Benevento, stripping and groping each other's asses in the center of the stage's mayhem. It was basically a crystal meth and Viagra carnival up there. Hmm, not a bad way to close a show.

It was that kind of night at Webster Hall, as Lukas, Em and I went down to see indie folk rocker Devendra Banhart and his band of likely heroin addicts. All three of us had seen him before, but the two of them had seen the seemingly homeless musician since he added an electric flavor and a full band behind him; I had not.

This move isn't quite on par with Bob Dylan going from acoustic to electric with the help of four Canadians and a Levon, but it was a welcome addition to see Devendra with a solid back-up band and some extra voltage. It seems like he's on his way to becoming a star amongst a scene I can't categorize, and this is clearly a necessary step for him. He's got some rockin' tunes now, and he still can kick them offstage to play some acoustic stuff for the crowd. Throw in some stream-of-consciousness witty banter in between songs and you've got yourself an enjoyable evening.

The highlight of the night, however, was when Devendra called a random kid out of the crowd (like a magician and his volunteer) to play an original song while the band took a quick break. Apparently he's doing this at all his shows, and it's a pretty cool move. Devendra picked out this kid, who identified himself as Andrew. The band left, Andrew said he wrote this song when he was 12, and busted into a catchy little tune with a simple-chord progression that brought the house down. Seriously, I think the biggest applause of the night went to this kid, who couldn't have been older than maybe 20. Kudos bar to you, Andrew, definitely my favorite part of the evening.

The band came back out for another 45 minutes or so, and they continued to try and pick up what I thought was a pretty laid-back crowd. I left impressed, but for some reason, not quite as impressed as I was the last night I saw him solo. Good times, though, I give the night a B-plus. But I give the encore five gold stars and a smiley.

Games Notes
Here are some pics and a quick review from a fellow blogger who hit up last night's show at Webster Hall ...

I've stood next to the drunkest girl in the room at seven or eight of the last 10 shows I've attended. I'm not kidding and I'm not exaggerating. Why me? What did I do to get the screaming, falling, spilling, drooling, elbowing, excitable girls to bother me all night? Is this God's way of telling me to commit some sort of assault? That's not such an intelligent design ...

We walked in for the last 20 minutes of Tarantula A.D.'s set, one of the worst musical performances I've ever witnessed. In my review of the last Devendra show, I kinda enjoyed Tarantula, but between February and last night, they really forgot how to be good. Maybe it's because they added the letters A.D. after their name, which I later remarked stood for "Additional Dogshit" ...

At one point in Tarantula's set, Lukas says, he looked back at me and I had a really strained look on my face, like I had just eaten a whole lemon and been kicked in the balls. The five people around me also had that look on their face, he claims. Not a good night for those guys ...

Devendra & Co. will be in Vegoose next week, so if you're going, make sure to check out his set at the fairgrounds ...

After the show, Devendra asked if anyone wanted to come on stage and tell some jokes or "do their thing." One kid took a shot at it, playing some song on Devendra's acosutic guitar. As the room started to clear (in all fairness, it was 12:20 and the show was over), someone yelled out "Way to clear the room," which was almost immediately followed by "You're no Andrew."

Slack Song of the Day: Obviously we'll sample some Devendra today...it's a whole different vibe live, and he's a pretty funny guy in between songs, so you won't get a good feel, but this is his music. Last night's highlight, Long Haired Child; the encore, Little Boys; and an acoustic number I've now seen twice, Little Yellow Spider.

Slack Link of the Day: Handstand gave me the heads up on this pupper, a hilarious video of Jeremy Roenick dancing during a break in a pre-season Kings/Avs game. Apparently the crew was changing a broken pane of glass, and Roenick took the opportunity to entertain the fans. Whether you're a hockey fan or not, whether you like Roenick or not, this is a must watch clip (with sound).

Slack Anniversary of the Day: Nine years ago tonight I came back to New York with TJ in OH, Romack and Akshay from a five-day reunion trip to Tufts for the 10/21/96 Phish show at Madison Square Garden. It wasn't the best show I ever saw, nor was it even memorable in any real way, but it was one of my first fun evenings with the Phish from Vermont, and that's special. They opened with The Star-Spangled Banner, played a sick Divided Sky, a great Life on Mars, my favorite tune at the time, Reba, and ended with a stellar Funky Bitch encore.

7 Comments:

At 11:25 AM, Blogger ethan said...

why do hockey people dislike roenick so much?

 
At 11:50 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

It's not so much me as it is Roenick.

I like the guy.

 
At 11:56 AM, Blogger ethan said...

i wasn't referring to you - i just get the feeling from espn/media that he's hockey's barry bonds or something.

 
At 12:14 PM, Blogger PaulNoonan said...

I think it's because he's overrated in NHL 94 and NHL 95, as one of the few "99-rated" players, along with Federov, and Mogilny, and a few others.

 
At 2:21 PM, Blogger offpeak34 said...

as far as i know, roenick was well liked before the lockout. thing is, he was always one of the most outspoken players, and never hesitated to rip into the NHL. during the negotiations last year, he said something along the lines of "all the fans who call the players greedy can kiss my ass and shouldn't come to games." i've always been a fan of jr though. how could you not like a great american hockey player who can score lots of goals and is about as tough as it gets on the ice, and well-spoken (aside for his lockout outburst) off of it?

 
At 3:07 PM, Blogger ethan said...

i thought there must be more to it than that outburst, because as far as i could tell (which isn't much, my hockey knowledge is ~nil) the players weren't really at fault for the lockout. maybe this isn't true though but if it is i wouldn't care about his statement.

hasn't roenick played through some horrific injuries in the past? if so, i care even less about the outburst.

 
At 4:58 PM, Blogger offpeak34 said...

i definately agree that the players weren't at fault, but bettman was trying to place the blame on them. there was a point where a bunch of people started blaming goodenow and the players union, and that's when roenick said what he did.

he has also played through a lot of injuries, and is about as tough as it gets in hockey. the islanders have been rumored to be interested in him for years and could never pull the trigger. i wish they did.

 

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