Review: The Dismemberment Plan at The Paradise Boston

The Dismemberment Plan at The Paradise
The Dismemberment Plan at The Paradise

Because of the huge amount of snow piled up in Boston, as well as the ever elusive parking spot anywhere near the Paradise, I decided to take the T into the city. The downside of relying on the T to get to a show in Boston is that it doesn’t run late enough, but more on that later. I had missed the first band, Certainly Sir, but arrived before The Forms went on stage.

The first thing I noticed was the huge amount of plaid shirts, then I noticed that pretty much everyone had a beard, something that singer Travis Morrison would acknowledged during the Dismemberment Plan’s set. At this point, I cursed my inability to grow a decent beard while feeling like an outcast. Next, almost all of these bearded, flannel wearing people were drinking PBR’s (I believe the “B” in PBR should stand for “beard”, because you can’t have one without the other). I’m getting off track, this isn’t a review of hipsters.

The Forms
The Forms

The Forms which consisted of two people, went on stage. They played dance music but I just couldn’t get into it. Sort of reminded me of Javelin but different. Something seemed to be missing but I just can’t place it. I didn’t notice too many people dancing though, more of just a light sway. This was kind of disappointing since I saw a lot of posts and tweets saying not to miss these guys.

The Dismemberment Plan
The Dismemberment Plan

The Dismemberment Plan, playing their first show in Boston since 2003, walked onstage to loud cheers from the sold out crowd. The band looked really happy to be playing together again, which is usually a pretty rare thing. It’s great when a band is really enjoying themselves and looking like they are having a lot of fun! I don’t think singer Travis Morrison stopped smiling for the entire show!

The Dismemberment Plan - Travis

They started out with “The Face of the Earth” and went into a “A Life of Possibilities“. I have to say, it was pretty good setlist, which included my favorite song “The First Anniversary of Your Last Phone Call“.

I left during “Ellen and Ben” to make sure I could get back home. So, I was pretty bummed to miss “Ice of Boston“, because it would have been amazing to get up on the stage with them during it! Hopefully, the band will stay together and do another tour. Judging by the good time had by everyone, I wouldn’t be surprised if they did.

The Dismemberment Plan

The Dismemberment Plan

The Dismemberment Plan

Overall, it was a very fun night with a band that I love and hope to see again in the near future. My only regret was taking the T there, which made me miss what could have been an even more amazing experience.

Concert Review: Pavement at Agganis Arena in Boston 09-18-2010

I was looking forward to seeing Pavement live, ever since tickets went on sale back in March. I arrived at Agganis Arena, checked out the merch table, debated on whether or not to get a t shirt (I didn’t) and grabbed a much needed Harpoon IPA, then made my way down to the floor seats where Jenny and Johnny were already onstage.

Jenny and Johnny
Jenny and Johnny

This is a collaboration between Jenny Lewis and her boyfriend, singer-songwriter Johnathan Rice. I’m not really a fan of music that has a “twangy” sound, so I really couldn’t get into them, although there were quite a few people in the crowd seemed to like it as well as shouting their love to Jenny. To be honest, I would have preferred to see No Age or Times New Viking open as they were doing on other parts of this tour.

Speaking of the crowd, it seemed to be mostly older and there were an awful lot of pregnant women. Like, an unusual amount. I’m not quite sure what was going on, but it was weird. I have a theory as to the timeframe between when tickets went on sale and now, but I’ll keep that to myself. Also, the whole back section of seats were completely covered up for some reason. The illusion of filling an arena? Who knows.

Pavement
Pavement at Agganis Arena

After a short setup time, Pavement came out to much cheering and applause. I noticed the lighting felt like being in a mexican restaurant, hanging over the stage and and lots of reds and yellows. Does Stephen Malkmus age at all? He still looked really young. The rest of the band, not soo much. Quite a difference from the 90’s Pavement I still picture in my head.

They opened with “Silence Kit” from Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, and went through a rather long set that started out rocking, but seemed to get a little slow half way through. Malkmus’s vocals seemed kind of low for a lot of the songs, while Bob Nastanovich did more of the screaming and vuvuzela playing (yes, really!). Don’t get me wrong, I loved it! They sounded great and really seemed to enjoy being back on stage in front of an audience. They ended with “Cut Your Hair”, with the whole crowd singing along, but then again, how could you not?

Then they came back for 2 encores. The first encore started with “Rattled by the Rush”, which sounded awesome live! This song always gets stuck in my head, but I was happy to hear it!

Pavement
Pavement
Pavement
Pavement

They finally ended with Slanted and Enchanted‘s “Here”. The band thanked the crowd and waved as they walked off stage. People were chanting for 1 more song but the house lights came up and that was it. I heard several people question why they didn’t play “Shady Lane”, which I was wondering myself. Maybe next time?

Overall, Pavement brought a fun night of 90’s indie rock for those of us who never got to see them live before, as well as for those who did. Most people left very satisfied and even the band seemed to be having a great time playing again. This makes me even sadder that I won’t be going to the Matador at 21 concert in Las Vegas, but there will be other events and I look forward to catching Pavement again sometime soon.

Matador Records Announces “Matador at 21” Concert (Updated 07-07-10)

Matador at 21 poster

Vegas baby, Vegas! As the poster above shows, Matador Records turns 21 this year and are throwing a huge show in Las Vegas on October 1st through the 3rd. The headliners are Pavement, Sonic Youth, Belle & Sebastian, and a reunited 1993 -1996 era Guided By Voices.

I’m really looking forward to this as it should be an incredible 3 days of really great music! There are quite a few bands playing that I have never had the chance to see, including Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Yo La Tengo, who got me through the 90’s. Although the poster says “More artists announced July 5”, the artists announced equals just one, who I’m really excited about seeing: The original lineup of Come. More bands will be announced between now and October though, but it has been confirmed that Mission of Burma will not be playing.

Now, as for the official announcement from Matador, the ticket information is very confusing (I suggest checking the Matador blog for more clarification since things seem to be changing every few hours):

An initial quantity will be on sale Friday for $199.00. .After the $199.00 tickets sell out, the price increases to $225. A Ticketfly.com link will be posted on this site on Thursday, July 8th. Starting Friday, you’ll have the opportunity to reserve standard rooms at the Palms for the discounted rate of $99 per night (the full 3 nights of the festival, only). The rooms feature two double bed and occupancy of up to 4 persons is allowed. The above rate is only available when purchasing tickets thru us. If you are interested in upgrading to a larger room or a suite you will be able to do so after purchasing the standard room. TICKETS FOR THE 3 NIGHTS + ROOMS are being sold jointly — we’re not selling tickets to the shows separately at this time, nor are we selling tickets for individual nights.

(ADDENDUM -i) A limited number of 3-day tickets priced at $250—with no Palms reservation required — will be available Friday morning at 9am PST via Ticketfly.com

So, for the most part, they are forcing you to get a hotel room at The Palms, which I have no problem with, because this means I can go back and relax for a bit. This seems to be an issue for some people, but word is that there may be an installment plan, which would absolutely make this doable.

If I manage to get a ticket on Friday, I’m soo there!

Update: Matador has posted an FAQ page here. It actually clears up a few things as well as gives information on VIP tickets (which I’m trying to figure out if they would be worth the extra $200…after parties, VIP seating, etc…seriously gotta think about this!).