Scene and Heard
By Jen Carlson
For the past month or so, Ive been living a seemingly normal life from the exterior but inside, theres been a giant clock ticking, counting down in anxious beats to June 13th, 2006. Finally, the ticking clock turned in to a metronome as I stood in a sporadically lit theater, excited hushing and yelping echoing around me as the opening notes to You And Whose Army? were played. Radiohead began their set.
I was about 15 feet from the stage, watching the only band Ill ever call my favorite band (such a simplistic turn of phrase doesnt do them justice), in a relatively small Theater at Madison Square Garden. So much to take in, and every sense soaking it up. Thom Yorkes voice bringing me to a familiar place that Ive visited quite often yet have never heard quite so clearly. Lester Bangs once referred to sounds heard during an insomniac postmidnight, and for whatever reason I recalled this term on that night, even though time was standing still and midnight didnt exist. I was awoken from my trance by two older men who, if I had anything to do with it, would never have been allowed to purchase tickets to such an experience. The two were drunk, loud and clearly unappreciative of what they had somehow become a part of, and yet, on this night, even they couldnt ruin my mood. Not even after they spilled their over-priced vodka tonics on my jeans. Not even after they accidentally groped my...unmentionables. Nope, I would shift my body and block them out.
At least I didnt have one of the Bush twins in my sight line. Thom Yorke, outspoken on his dislike for their father, wrote about their appearance at the next nights show on his blog. He wondered if he should object belatedly on moral grounds to their presence, or simply shut up and smile. Ultimately, no matter how much he would have rather done the former, he ignored them, just as I ignored those aforementioned grabby, drunk distractions.
If I had more space, I would certainly write more about this band. However, there is a new clock ticking and one must move on. There are more shows coming up in this city, and heres what I suggest checking out:
The Black Hollies (www.theblackhollies.com) were recently named one of the top 7 bands in New York to watch by the L Magazine. They play Fontanas on June 23rd.
Final Fantasy plays Tonic on June 24th. We first, and last, saw this young man open for The Arcade Fire at Webster Hall, soothing a restless crowd with his violin. On the same night, Liars play Warsaw. I honestly didnt love their last album more noise than rock but I recently heard some new tracks and have decided to give them a second chance. Theyre also at Avalon on June 26th.
On Tuesday June 27th, The Grates, The Lovely Feathers, Tokyo Police Club and Persephones Bees play Mercury Lounge. A well-booked show is often underappreciated, so be sure to check this one out. The Grates ( www.thegrates.com) will be coming up from Brisbane to deliver their playful and innocently flirty pop, so dont stand them up.