Thursday, February 02, 2006

Gogol, Elijah, Tegan, and Sara

On Tuesday night my wife and I headed to Los Angeles, to the Wiltern Theater (I just can't bring myself to call it the Wiltern LG as it's now known). The headlining band was Cake, but if I'm being honest, I don't think I could name a Cake song to save my life. My wife says they are one of those bands that once you hear a song, you say to yourself, "Oh, that's Cake." So, if you're catching my drift, I wasn't really there to see Cake.

What turned me on to this gig were Tegan and Sara, the twenty-five year old identical Canadian twins. I had heard about Tegan and Sara when I was listening to KCRW, and heard Nic Harcourt mention their names. Sounded sort of interesting to me. A few days later I found Tegan and Sara again, when I was looking for the lyrics to the song "Walking with a Ghost". I had heard White Stripes play the song on KCRW earlier in the day. Much to my surprise, the song was originally written and performed by Tegan and Sara. So to complete the tri-fecta, I found out Tegan and Sara would be playing in LA real soon.

Fast forward to January 31, 2006 . . .

The drive up to the Wiltern was pretty easy, and we made it there just before 8:00, the stamped on the ticket stating when the show would begin. However, it seems as though show had already started, with a stand-up comedian, (who would serve as the evening's emcee) Jeff Mermin. He was pretty funny, and he got some good laughs out of us. He played a call he received from a Christian Conservative company selling Christian long-distance telephone service.

Next up was Gogol Bordello, self-described Gypsy Punk. There could be no better description. I'm a bit biased here, as I actually own a Gogol Bordello album. Gogol Bordello was loud, and outrageous, and in many ways reminded me of Frank Zappa. The lead singer even looked like Zappa. I had been anticipating hearing this band and seeing them live, and they didn't disappoint. I would suggest using ear plugs if you should go see Gogol Bordello, they are a very loud band.

While waiting for Tegan and Sara to come out, we had a star sighting. Standing in front of us for about 10 minutes, talking to a group of friends, was Elijah Wood. I was just spacing out, when my wife nudged me, and I said, "What?"

"Are you serious?" she replied. So, I looked a little harder, and there he was. Elijah was definitely having a good time, as he seemed to be pretty excited. I'm not sure who he was there to see, but if I was guessing, I would say Tegan and Sara.

Tegan and Sara are new, hip, and some fresh faces to rock. There songs are great, and their voices remind me a little bit of Steve Nicks at times. On this night, maybe my expectations were a little too high, but the performance just didn’t do it for me. I would like to see them on there own for a full show, instead of just the 45 minute set. There voices were really good, but the music was a little too loud, and kind of drowning them out a bit. Don’t worry, I’m still high on T&S, and plan on getting their album.

After the Tegan and Sara set, we decided to bail. We weren’t the only ones, but at the same time, there were people just entering the door. To each their own, and that’s what makes us special.

Kosher Ham

Highlight of the night: Having security open my lip balm to check for pills. I was flattered that he thought I was cool enough to try and sneak in drugs to the concert.

Lowlight of the night: Watching the usher scurry away Elijah Wood and his friends. I was having fun watching that scene.

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