Saturday, September 09, 2006

Dandy Warhols and Brian Jonestown Massacre- Sept.8, 2006 : The Showbox in Seattle

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I couldn't have been more excited to hear about this double bill in Seattle. I saw DiG! for the first time because of the Dandy Warhols but the movie is really about Brian Jonestown Massacre and Anton Newcombe. If you've seen it, then you know what a disfunctional human being Anton is, and although the movie ends with all sorts of bad feelings, they have apparently been worked out over the years.

We arrived early, and heard from some very friendly locals that the Dandy's and BJM all jammed during the encore the night before in Portland, so we were extra expectant.

I saw Brian Jonestown Massacre at SXSW this year, and he looked pretty good. This time he was almost unrecognizable. It's weird that some can deteriorate so badly in six months. It turned out we'd been standing almost right beside him before the show by the sound board, but I swear we didn't recognize him. Even after he got onto the stage, Glen and I looked at each in confusion.
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The performance itself was amazing. It was almost a completely new band from Austin with some new cute young guys which only made Anton look worse by comparison.

I loved DiG! and all the BJM songs in small doses, but albums worth leave me cold so I wouldn't consider myself to be a fan. This show was like a best of show, with all the songs I love and no long extended jams.
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Anton was very talkative, and chatty with the crowd. He never lost his temper, and even when having a girl removed from the front of the stage for bad behaviour, he made it clear to security, to not throw her out.

Funniest moment? Well, to me, that was when he offered a drink from a cup to the guitarist, who wouldn't take a drink until Anton took a drink first. Anton followed this with the classic, "I Chinese, I play joke, I make pee pee in your Coke".

Ironic moment? When Anton earnestly thanked all the black people in the crowd for keeping it real. Um, that would be the two security guards??

The Dandy Warhols took the stage and the house was completely packed. So many people, I'm sure it was oversold.
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They opened with one of my favourite songs, Godless. They had no trumpet player, which the song really missed, but it was a great crowd pleaser. Zia looked amazingly hot with some sexy new hair and a glamourous new look.
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Peter, looked sullen as usual, and sorry, not photos because I was on the other side of the stage. Fathead played his drums in the middle front of the stage. That's twice now this year I've seen that set up, so I guess it's a trend.
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My problem with the last couple times I've seen the Dandy's is that don't seem to be having much fun when they play anymore. The first time I saw them five years ago, it was like being at a party but now a smile rarely passes across Courtney's face. Only Zia really ever seems to be having any fun.
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This show was better with momentum of having the BJM open, Courtney went on and on towards the end about what an amazing genius Anton was, and how lucky we were to have seen such an amazing show. HOWEVER, the awaited special guest appearance didn't occur this night.
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Now it says on the set list that they closed with Country Leaver from 13 Tales From Urban Bohemia, but I swear it was a song I'd never heard before. I'll have to look into that later but for now I'll just say the last song was a crazy barn burner that shook the house down.


2RedShoez said...

there were some black folk in the crowd. not many, but we were there, and we were indeed keepin' it least i was.

LeFemmeMonkita said...

You nailed it when you wrote about how the Dandys looked like they just weren't having very much fun. I saw them at the Showbox this time last year and thought they were, at least, a bit more enthusiastic. BJM made for a great show though! Man was it ever hot in that place, huh?

Keri said...

Wow, you BOTH actually read my blog! Thanks so much guys. To 2redshoez, well, thanks for keeping it real! I stand happily corrected.

To lefemmemokita (great name) yeah, I don't know why they've lost that fun. I will say that after the show, as we were drinking next door, Pete did smile and wave at us, so it was pretty much 100% more emotion then he'd shown during the show. Still love them though.

LeFemmeMonkita said...

You have some great photos on Flickr. Were you the one with the long lens at the Showbox? Tucked underneath the soundboard?

My dear friend in NYC would die over your Marah shots I'm sure (

Your blog was mentioned on Seattlest today (

Take care!

Keri said...

Thanks so much for letting me know about the Seattlest. That's awesome to see my photo on another site.

No, that wasn't me by the soundboard. That was me in the throng near the front of the stage with my little point and shoot Canon. I generally don't like to use a flash, so Friday photos aren't my fav but you do what you can with what you've got.

Your friend was at that special Marah show I see. I would have loved to be there. I love my Marah shots as well, especially the one of Serge (hatless singer) playing the harmonica with a halo of light behind him.

Anyway, Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

i wish i had been a little more diligent in keeping an eye on the tour shedule...
i would have even hitchhiked to van if i had realized BJM were playing.
this is me weeping -> -=:weep:=-

Thanx for posting about it though; i am listening to Their Satanic Majesties' Second Request as i type, and wishing i had been there.
next time, no matter who i have to kill! :)

Anonymous said...

Awsome pics of Pete Yorn!! Such an amazing show, thanks for the great close ups!