Friday, October 07, 2005

A Good Idea

Bob Mould @ Irving Plaza 10/5/05
In a word, this show was great. For the first time in many years, Bob Mould went out on tour with a full band (including Brendan Canty of Fugazi on drums!) and along with the requisite 5-6 numbers from his excellent new full-length Body of Song, they played 7 songs from Sugar's Copper Blue and a mini-set of about 5 Husker Du songs, all at a really loud volume (I'm glad I brought my earplugs!). One of the highlights was an excellent version of "High Fidelity" from the new one. It's a song that I first heard Bob perform live when I saw him play a solo show at my college back in 1997.

Of course, new songs and solo material weren't the reasons that I bought the ticket, however. All of the Sugar songs aside from "A Good Idea" (which just sounded off; it was the only misstep of the night aside from his solo college-radio hit "See A Little Light", which is a great song but it doesn't work with a full band) absolutely rocked and the Husker Du songs did as well, though most of them were played at breakneck, almost thrashy speeds that were faster than the respective recorded versions. With that said, it was still great to see them play this material, which included "Chartered Trips", "Could You Be the One", live favorite "Celebrated Summer" and the uncharacteristically (for Husker Du) brooding, slow, breakup ballad "Hardly Getting Over It". The crowd (myself included) enjoyed it immensely and it was definitely by far the higlight of the night for me. And even better, for the last song of the 2nd encore, he finished the night off with "Makes No Sense at All" from 1985's incredible Flip Your Wig. What a fitting end to a great night!

Oh, the above picture was taken from Chrome Waves, who went to the Toronto show. Check it out. It's a great site.


Anonymous Megan said...

Hey! Jeremy and I were at that show, too! We even wondered if you might've been in the crowd. :)

It was indeed a very good (and VERY LOUD) show!

11:41 AM

Blogger japanesegodjesusrobot said...

It's good to hear from you Megan. I also had a feeling that you and Jeremy were at the show and I looked around for both of you at certain points during the evening, so it's too bad that we missed each other. It was indeed really loud (in fact one of the loudest shows I've seen in recent memory along with Dinosaur Jr, Mission of Burma and The Stooges) and very good.

11:49 AM

Anonymous drewo said...

thanks for the review. Great to know that Bob is dipping into his rich back catalog. Will have to check out the Brooklyn show in December.

2:43 PM

Blogger japanesegodjesusrobot said...

You're welcome drewo. Thanks for stopping by. Just so you know, though, Bob's show here in December will be a solo acoustic show, which means that he'll probably play a few Husker Du and Sugar songs, but my guess would be that most of the show would concentrate on his solo career. At least that's how it was when I saw him solo about 8 years ago.

2:55 PM

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