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Monday, October 02, 2006
Went To See A Show
I took two days off work to go see the Scissor Sisters on the first night of their North American tour at the Shrine Exposition center in L.A. It's probably not the best venue for a musical performance, being a large cavernous space, and apparently the band wasn't too thrilled with the venue either. But despite some sound problems it was an excellent show. By concert standards it was a fairly small space, which meant the crowd was a moderate size as well, but that just leant the performance a more intimate feel, especially given the excellent rapport the band members have with the audience. If you have the chance to see them live, I strongly recommend it, as they put on a fantastic, high energy show. And Babydaddy and Del Marquis are even better looking in person.
I took my brand spanking new and terribly expensive camera to the show with me and managed to get a few choice shots.
Babydaddy and Del Marquis, with Paddy Boom in the background
Ana and Jake
Since I foresaw the difficulties of getting into and out of L.A., and the exhaustion that would set in after the concert, I decided to take two days off work. Friday, Pete and I just sort of bummed around the L.A. area, mostly up and down Sunset and Santa Monica. We did manage to go to Amoeba for the first time. It's a huge record store, and not the sort of place I need to be going when I have a little extra money to spend. I had to call it quits after I reached the $100 point, or else I'd be in trouble. But their imports...so many things I know I'll never see anywhere else...I had to get them, it was worth it.
Getting back to the band, the new album, Ta-Dah, is really quite good. It's different from their last album. It has less of an electronic sound, and is more polished. There's a continuum in attitude and theme from the last album, though this is probably quite a bit darker than their last effort. The stand-out songs are probably the first single, "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'," "I Can't Decide" (a cheery little song about homicide) and "Kiss You Off."
And I don't usually pimp my Amazon links, but I make an exception in this case, because the management of Transworld, a major record retail chain, has refused to carry the new album because Jake Shears made the startingly true statement that CD prices are too high in chain stores, Transworld's in particular. This sort of short-sighted, "cut off your nose to spite your face" behavior from retailers always annoys me, because the message this sends to their customers is "we don't want your money." So customers who want the new album will have to go to another retailer to get it. A retailer who may be cheaper, more convenient, and provide better service. And now a customer is lost because Transworld wanted to "prove" some kind of point and keep the musicians in their place. So, go ahead and click that Ta-Dah hyper-link or one of my Amazon side-links if you'd like to purchase the album. I know Amazon is an evil-bad corporate behemoth, but at least they're not Transworld.
I did not shoot this video, but someone at the same show I went to did.
Finally, an image that sums up why I both love and hate Southern California.