debs: (Release [Music])
Nickel Creek = still my favorite band.

The crowd last night at the Roseland = crap.

[livejournal.com profile] lunar8i8star and I were trying to suss out last night why audience members these days seem to think it's all right to talk through not just an opening act, but the entire concert. Hi, college chicks with the beer three rows behind us, maybe you have $30 you're able to spend just to go somewhere noisy and have shouting conversations with your friends. I do not. This is the whole reason that BARS exist. It seems to be a younger generation thing. I didn't notice that level of rudeness until I went to see Imogen Heap at the Crystal last winter. I was up in the balcony and couldn't even hear the opening act (who was actually pretty damn good) because of the noise. It's like talking in the movie theater. Bad form.

Anyway. Jon Brion opened last night. I'm not sure how I feel about him, to be honest. He's a multiple instrument musician, which I appreciate, and he plays a mean honky-tonk piano. Vocally and lyrically, I was not impressed. His best numbers were the ones he played with Chris Thile. They had a nice dueling banjos-dance contest thing going. The synchronized jumping was my favorite part.

Randomly, I suspect that Sean, like us, is too old for this shit. He was an extra special level of cranky last night. Usually he just stays over on his side (left side, his pov) of the stage, rocks his guitar. On the rare occasion he'll smile or make a little side comment. Mostly he keeps Sara & Chris from turning the show into some sort of stand-up vaudeville routine. Last night there was this giant orb of hostility around Sean. It culminated in a snarky comment towards the audience which created a long moment of awkwardness that Sara & Chris were only partially successful at tempering.

My favorite non-musical moment was when some guy in the balcony shouted "I LOVE YOU, SARA!" and Chris mock-glared our direction and said "Back off, man." (Sara/Chris is one my OTPs. Don't ask.)

The NC show itself. I have mixed feelings. It was pretty much the same set they used all last year (notable missing song: the cover of Toxic), so I was almost overly familiar with it. I think the highlight of the evening was Chris' new song, "If You're Going to Leave Me (Set Me Up With One of Your Friends)." Yeah, that was awesome. As was the Radiohead cover.

The real strength of any Nickel Creek show is the jam session. At least two or three of their instrumental songs always evolves into something great and often unexpected. The most notable example was the first NC show I ever attended: they played "Lighthouse's Tale" with two extra songs thrown in the middle: Wilco's "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart" followed by the most amazing cover of Coldplay's "Yellow" I've ever heard. They usually do this kind of thing with "Smoothie Song," "House of Tom Bombadil" and "Scotch & Chocolate." Last night they really didn't do any song blending, at least not to the degree to which I've become accustomed. I missed it and silently mourned its absence.

The highlights of the show for me were "Ode to a Butterfly" which is the song that truly made me fall in love with that band, and "Lighthouse's Tale" which is always the most moving and intense (the last few years they've been doing an instrumental break in it that's always breathtaking). Another high point was the slightly paired down version of "House Carpenter." In an interesting twist, they played "The Fox" at the beginning of the show, and twisted the melody just enough to make it off-putting. Nicely done, folks.

The concert was long, the encore was very short, and everyone seemed tired. I think they're very ready to take a break. While they didn't go out on a bang, it was a solid Nickel Creek performance, and I wish them the best with the end of their Farewell (for now) tour.
debs: (Music is my boyfriend)
First of all, a happy birthday to the very talented [livejournal.com profile] jasminskie. You're one of my all time favorite writers in any fandom, and now I always think about you when I go to Depoe Bay. :) Hope you have a wonderful day!

Secondly, so. Nickel Creek is playing two Oregon shows. One at the Roseland in Portland (for which I've already purchased my ticket) and one in Eugene the next night. This second show takes place the night before I fly to England. It's conceivable that I could go to said show and probably be home by 11pm. My flight doesn't leave from Portland until 11:05am, which means I don't really have to be there until 9. What would be great is if I could get someone to drive me up and see me off (hint, hint) and help assuage my flying fears by telling me pretty stories. Also, that would mean that I wouldn't have to leave my car up there for a week.

My flight home arrives in Portland Wednesday the 16th at 7:30pm, for anyone who might consider taking pity on my sorry ass and not make me drive two hours back home after I've just finished 11+ hours on a plane. /groveling

Anyway. Now I'm weighing options. I'll probably be completely wiped from work, but this may be the LAST TIME we see Nickel Creek in Oregon, and currently I do have the money. So. Despite the timing and the constant travel, do I go?
debs: (Up on the divide [Stuart Bros])
Dearest Listener,

After seven years of extensive touring in support of three records (seventeen years as a band), we've decided to take a break of indefinite length at the end of 2007 to preserve the environment we've sought so hard to create and to pursue other interests. It has been a pleasure to write, record, and perform for you through the years and we'd like to heartily thank you for your invaluable contribution to our musical lives.

Yours,

Nickel Creek
(Sean, Sara, and Chris)


:( I feel like I will be losing a dear friend. However, I wish them well in their endeavors and will keep the candle burning in the window for their return.

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