Sufjan Stevens + The Raconteurs: Live at ACL Studio
We just returned from a Detroit-themed taping of the Austin City Limits television show, and at the risk of sounding predictable, this was the highlight of the weekend for me, hands down. Scott, Amrit, Rachel and I had front row seats, literally less than 10 feet away from where 3 of Detroit's favorite sons would take the stage. I could go on forever about the sixth floor studio; the lighting and sound were better than you can possibly imagine, and the theater is much smaller than it appears on TV. Amazing venue.
Sufjan's set was flawless, and this was the ideal venue to see one of his performances. He was in rare form, cracking himself up on several occasions, and he even dedicated "Detroit, Lift Up Your Weary Head" to Jack White (and himself).
The Raconteurs were great as well, and Jack White returned the favor by dedicating "Together" to Sufjan. The band tore through most of Broken Boy Soldiers, and threw in Gram Parsons, Nancy Sinatra, and Flamin' Groovies covers to boot ("The Christian Life," "Bang Bang," and "Headin' for the Texas Border," respectively). The band absolutely killed a face-melting rendition of "Blue Veins," but Jack White, ever the audiophile, wasn't happy with it and made the band do it again. Ah, the magic of television. Can't wait to do it all over again tomorrow evening for the Cat Power taping.
I believe this episode will air the first week of November, so don't miss it. And for all of you people who pretend not to like Sufjan, Jack White, or Brendan Benson, here are a few gratuitous shots of Husky Rescue singer Reeta-Leena Korhola from their performance this afternoon: