Monthly Archives: February 2009

Live Last Night: Three Girls and Their Buddy

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Patty Griffin and Buddy Miller

Reviewed for the Paper of Record. Great music, just not enough of it, especially at $110 per ticket!

Three Girls and Their Buddy: Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, and Buddy Miller, February 3, 2009

The Setlist

01 Belle Star (EH)
02 Truth No. 2 (PG)
03 Twilight (SC)
04 All My Tears (BM)
05 How She Could Sing the Wildwood Flower (EH)
06 I’m gonna miss you when you go (new PG torch song)
07 Fill Me Up (SC)
08 Poison Love (BM)
09 The Other Side of Life (EH)
10 Love Throw a Line [PG]
11 That Don’t Worry Me Now [SC]
12 Shelter Me [BM]
13 Old Five and Dimers Like Me [EH]
14 Up to the Mountain [PG]
15 Keep Your Distance [SC]
16 Wide River to Cross [LH]
17 Abraham, Martin and John [EH]
18 As soon as this over [PG a capella song]
19 Crazy [SC]
20 Chalk [BM]

21 We Shall All Be Reunited

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Black Cat, Black Cat: Coraline

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I bought the first issue of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman at Franklin Farm Books in November of 1988. And every issue after that, until the series concluded eight years later. Gaiman’s career has gone well. I didn’t get to talk to him as I’d hoped I would for this short Washington Post Express feature on the new 3-D film version of his 2002 book Coraline, but I did get to talk to screenwriter/director Henry Selick, who also made The Nightmare Before Christmas. So that was cool. Here you go.

Live Last Night: The Pretenders

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NME Music journalist turned Pretender-in-Chief Chrissie Hynde.

Reviewed for Post Rock.

No “My City was Gone.” Tainted by association with Rush Limbaugh, I guess.

Pretenders at the 9:30 Club, Monday, February 2, 2009

The Setlist

01 Boots of Chinese Plastic
02 Don’t Cut Your Hair
03 Talk of the Town
04 Message of Love
05 The Nothing Maker
06 Love’s a Mystery
07 Back on the Chain Gang
08 Rosalee
09 The Last Ride
10 Tequila
11 Stop Your Sobbing (Ray Davies)
12 My Baby
13 Don’t Get Me Wrong
14 Thumbelina
15 Brass in Pocket
16 Bad Boys Get Spanked
17 Tattooed Love Boys
18 Break Up the Concrete

    ENCORE:

19 Kid
20 Precious

    ENCORE 2:

21 The Wait
22 Up the Neck

The Band

James Walbourne – lead guitar

Nick Wilkinson – bass

Eric Heywood – pedal steel

Martin Chambers – drums

Chrissie Hynde – vocals, rhythm guitar

Well, Since You Asked . . .

What did I think of Bruce?

I think you don’t try for subtlety at the Super Bowl. I think the Prince halftime show of two years ago is the only one I can remember ever being any good at all (although that one was really good). I think Bruce just carries his own gospel choir around with him everywhere he goes nowadays. I think he let Landau talk him into putting in that snippet of “Working on a Dream,” which sounds like a Born in the U.S.A. B-side to me, but not in a bad way.

All things considered, I thought Bruce was great. He generated more excitement in 12 minutes than Tom Petty has in his entire 96-year performing career. I mean, to play the Super Bowl and emerge with your dignity intact is no small thing. (I died a little when U2 did it in 2002. “Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bridgestone Nokia Clear Channel FedEx Nike Tribute to 9/11 Victims! Yeee-haaaaaaaawww!”)

Bottom line, I was not embarrassed to be a fan the way I usually am when an artist I admire plays the Super Bowl. And closing with “Glory Days” might’ve even been Bruce’s sly acknowledgment that with 60 just around the corner, even his expiration date could be looming. I never thought he played that song enough live anyway.

Well, yes, he was out of breath. Not sure what that was about. Just last August, I saw him play a three-hour, five-minute show with no apparent undue physical strain.