tigerbeatpoet, xo

what i listen to on the way there and in between

Friday, June 23, 2006

Fiery Furnaces & We Are Scientists at First Avenue This Evening
(aka i suck at posting pictures to my blog)

I found my abandoned review... this is like the web version of what a crumpled peice of paper looks like....

It was a Brooklyn night at First Avenue on Friday. The Fiery Furnaces, transplants there from Chicago's Oak Park suburb along with natives We Are Scientists.
Coming into Friday I was expecting a little more from We Are Scientists, considering the buzz they have generated in the past couple of months. My theory was that since a large part of their album left me looking for more, that their live show would have to be where it was at. Mustacioed bassist Chris Cain seemed to be the instigator, and was the chatty one. (And frankly, the annoying one). He and lead singer Keith Murray had an ongoing banter back and forth. Typically I'd be all for the dialog, but there was something about Cain's manner, his way of making jokes, jokes that didn't really interest the Scientists attentive crowd, including instigating this little Minneapolis vs. St. Paul beef (pitting the residents of the two cities against each other) that didn't really work and left me feeling a rush to get to the next set. I don't think that was the sentiment of the crowd though. They seemed to be very into it, singing and rocking out along with the band. They are a musically solid group, Murray's a dependable guitarist and a fine vocalist a but a lot of the songs to me, sort-of droned into each other, only a few of them seeimg to set them apart from the others.

You get an almost completely different sound when you listen to The Fiery Furnaces live than if you check out their albums. In my case especially, I was missing the keyboards. They have this great multi-dimensional, garage rock thing going with some bluesy fuzz-guitar in there for good measure. Awash in fuzzy, almost psychedelic guitars and without the the sound of that whirring organ. That's going to be my major/only disagreement about the show that I saw. This would be my first time seeing them live. I haven't always been a fan, that's for sure. A couple summers ago, when Blueberry Boat came out I wasn't impressed at all. But something eventually got to me about Eleanor and Matt Friedberger's clever quirky lyrics, and that all the different styles over different layers.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

"Your beats and rhymes confuse me! I'm just a simple rock critic!" Ned Raggett

The kids over at ILM pick on Chuck Klosterman.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Keane - Under The Iron Sea
I'm still trying to figure this album out. When Hopes and Fears hit, I totally burned myself out on it, and here we are now and I'm wondering where the hell I put it. Under the Iron Sea is that good ol' sweeping Keane style, but not as gut-wrenching. Then again, that probably has something to do with me not living a drama-packed life, like I was back in late 2004. Tom Chaplin's voice kills me though, it sort-of seeps right into my heart, stabs me, then holds me in his arms.

I just started to give this a listen, but i pick favorites immediately. Crystal Ball is the definite front runner. I think they should have went with this, not Is It Any Wonder to be the first single. It's not that I don't think it's awesome... but I'm sick of hearing, "meh meh meh, U2, meh meh..."

Monday, June 12, 2006

Song of the week to dance like a fool to:
Don't Call Me Whitney, Bobby - Islands

Directions: Find one of your favorite people, put this song on and dance like you're four or five years old. You know where you just sort-of flail about like you don't have a care in the world...

you can hunt it down here and flail about right now!

Sunday, June 11, 2006


Yeah, I know this is old news, but the resemblance is uncanny. Luckily, I'm not the only person who thinks this.