The Third Shift


  1. My girlfriend not only noticed that the Mountain Goats were playing a week from Sunday but then went to the Aladdin Theater the next day to buy the tickets in person to save $22 in processing fees.
We’ve been dating for two months. If I don’t love this woman, then the day I know I do isn’t very far off.

    My girlfriend not only noticed that the Mountain Goats were playing a week from Sunday but then went to the Aladdin Theater the next day to buy the tickets in person to save $22 in processing fees.

    We’ve been dating for two months. If I don’t love this woman, then the day I know I do isn’t very far off.

  2. the sole complaint to register about last night’s show.

    The merch table was just laughable.

    I know this is a reunion tour and it’s an expensive one with six musicians in the band, but I refuse to pay $30 for a T-shirt or $60 for a hoodie — even if it sports my favorite band on it. 

    And apparently Van Hunt had a merch person who was not at the table after his set ended — because the dude told me I had to wait for her to get back so I could buy a CD. I waited five minutes and went back to my girlfriend, and of course they were out of CDs after the show ended. Christ.

  3. the Afghan Whigs’ set list by recording.

    I can’t remember the exact order, so we’ll go by album:

    • Up In It: “Son of the South”
    • Congregation: “Conjure Me”
    • Gentlemen: “Gentlemen,” “Debonair,” “When We Two Parted,” “Fountain And Fairfax,” “What Jail Is Like”
    • Black Love: “Crime Scene Part One,” “My Enemy,” “Going To Town,” “Faded”
    • 1965: “Somethin’ Hot,” “Crazy,” “Uptown Again,” “66,” “Omerta,” “The Vampire Lanois”
    • Covers: “See But Don’t See,” “Lovecrimes”
    • Borrowed Bits From Other Songs: The Beatles’ “She Loves You” in “Omerta”; Prince’s “Purple Rain” in “Faded”

    "Somethin’ Hot," "Omerta," and "The Vampire Lanois" were the encore songs.

    I would have liked one more song from each of the first two albums, but it’s hard to quibble with that set list.

  4. assorted, paraphrased witticisms and stage banter from Greg Dulli.

    • During the opening to “Crime Scene Part One”: “Hey, you two — get the fuck away from each other. You go to that side, you go to that side. I will stop this song if there’s any fighting.”
    • "I’ve been in Portland for the last two days. I’ve been coming here for 25 years. I was at a Whole Foods in the Pearl [District] yesterday. There didn’t used to be a Whole Foods in the Pearl."
    • Before “Conjure Me”: This one goes back to the Satyricon days.” (Satyricon was a venerable, scuzzy rock club where everyone who was anyone in alt-rock in the late 80s-early 90s played — it was demolished two years ago.)
    • "I know you all have paid to see this because I’m a neurotic motherfucker. There’s a serious voyeurism thing going on here. That’s the show you want to see. I get that."
    • "Cully [Symington, drummer]: drop the big one on ‘em."
    • Before “When We Two Parted”: “If you’re with the one you love tonight, hold her close for this song and don’t let her go.” 
    •  ”Who the fuck fights during ‘Faded’?” (He then stopped the song, went down and confronted the guys, walked back on stage, and started again.)
    • During “Omerta”: “Brothers, does she love you? [Dudes: “Yeah, yeah, yeah!”] Sisters, does he love you? [Ladies: “Yeah, yeah, yeah!”] Well, sisters, if he doesn’t love you, come and meet me backstage!”

    (Did the best I could for accuracy from memory.)

  5. John Curley, holding down the low end with some of the most thunderous rumble I’ve ever heard out of a Rickenbacker bass.

    John Curley, holding down the low end with some of the most thunderous rumble I’ve ever heard out of a Rickenbacker bass.

  6. Rick McCollum and Dave Rosser. There are few things like listening to them recreate the multi-tracked slide guitar parts McCollum put on records in a live setting.

    Rick McCollum and Dave Rosser. There are few things like listening to them recreate the multi-tracked slide guitar parts McCollum put on records in a live setting.

  7. Here’s another Dulli shot for you.

    Here’s another Dulli shot for you.

  8. Greg Dulli, getting his stroll on. (at Wonder Ballroom)

    Greg Dulli, getting his stroll on. (at Wonder Ballroom)

  9. Disco ball! (Taken with Instagram at Rose Garden Arena)

    Disco ball! (Taken with Instagram at Rose Garden Arena)

  10. Large cross-section of Portland at the Black Keys show. (Taken with Instagram at Rose Garden Arena)

    Large cross-section of Portland at the Black Keys show. (Taken with Instagram at Rose Garden Arena)

  11. The Reverend certainly knows how to ring in the new year. I have to write a more detailed review soon, but suffice it to say that’s a good way to spend New Year’s Eve. I have a Supersuckers set list and one of the Rev’s guitar picks as well.

  12. Caught the bass player’s pick when Nashville Pussy’s set ended.

I still can’t hear a whole lot.

    Caught the bass player’s pick when Nashville Pussy’s set ended.

    I still can’t hear a whole lot.