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.
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.
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.
- 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.)
John Curley, holding down the low end with some of the most thunderous rumble I’ve ever heard out of a Rickenbacker bass.
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.
Here’s another Dulli shot for you.
Greg Dulli, getting his stroll on. (at Wonder Ballroom)
Disco ball! (Taken with Instagram at Rose Garden Arena)
Large cross-section of Portland at the Black Keys show. (Taken with Instagram at Rose Garden Arena)
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.
Caught the bass player’s pick when Nashville Pussy’s set ended.
I still can’t hear a whole lot.