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Monday, March 19, 2007

Menomena + Tree Wave: Live in Dallas

Thanks to everyone who came out to last night's sold-out Menomena/Tree Wave show in Dallas. The Cavern was actually over double its capacity for most of the evening...I'm so proud of you Dallas. (All photos by David)


Tree Wave's Paul Slocum rocks the Atari

Tree Wave's Paul Slocum put on one of the most innovative, visually interesting sets I've ever seen. Using old-school videogame gear to generate hypnotic images that are perfectly synched with gorgeous waves of electronic pop music, Tree Wave had the crowd transfixed for their full 30 minute set. We told some young kid that he was using an Atari 2600, and the kid had no idea what we were talking about.

Tree Wave May Banners mp3


Menomena

I assumed Portland's Menomena would be exhausted after playing numerous SXSW shows and sitting in ridiculous traffic on the way from Austin to Dallas, but about 2 minutes into set-opener "The Pelican," it became apparent that this was not the case. The entire set was loud and intense, culminating in an overpoweringly beautiful version of "Evil Bee." Seeing the band live twice in two days completely reinforced our belief that Friend and Foe is one of the best records of the year, and that Danny Seim is one of the best drummers we've ever seen.

Menomena E is Stable mp3

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10 comments:

Blogger matt said...

i totally agree that friend and foe is album of the year, at least so far

8:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tree wave is unreal

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

the show you probably missed... either because you don't know Menomena, you didn't get there early enough and it was sold out... or you are ignorant for either of the previous reasons.

first i have to give a props to lance with spune.com for making sure i was aware of this show.

by the time tree wave started, i couldn't get close enough to see them or their video apparatus. but to be honest, Tree Wave is a artist that i want to hear, not see. lance turned me on to them when the Cabana EP+ came out in 04'. if you don't own it, go get it. lets just say that tree wave turned it out, and i was glad to give audio witness.

now... Menomena. i pushed my way up through the sold out show to watch. the music i have come to cherish on I am the Fun Blame Monster is not something i believed they could pull off live... of course i was wrong.

i came to know Menomena on a drive to lawrence, ks. the local student run radio station played Cough Coughing and then followed with the Time Out Drawer's Terrible Secrets Revealed for an Instant by a Flash of Lightning. even though i was so high i didn't know what road i was on, lets just say that i had a moment of clarity. at this time i had been working for the corporate concert touring machine for 3 years, and i had lost the passion of music. my days were filled with interactive marketing plans for the mega-pop & country bands of the day, and i has lost my belief that good music was still being created and invented. i immediately drove to Love Garden Sounds, in lawrence, and purchased I am the Fun Blame Monster. i soon discovered that i could work for an empire and maintain a passion for music. for this epiphany, i will be forever grateful to Menomena.

back to the show.
every time justin picked up the huge bass sax, my eyes widened with the anticipation of the driving melody that was to ensue. as approaching keyboard riffs were summoned, i couldn't help but watch the delicate precision of brent's hands landing on the keys. even though my expectations for danny's chops were high, they were exceeded... i especially loved that his crash was right mounted above the ride. i found myself with my hand above my head, finger pointed, and moving arm to each beat and change as it occurred. as i was by far the oldest person in attendance, i was relieved to know that there were young north texans who know and love Menomena... until this show, i was convinced that i was the lone soul who regularly included them in my playlists. i can't tell you how amazing it was to hear a third of the crowd singing the lyrics out loud (please note: it was not the type of singing that generally accompanies dashboard confessional concerts, but more of an outburst of singing you would find at a Neutral Milk Hotel show... i'm not sure why they are different, the just are). i also want to point out my appreciation for Menomena's knowledge and employment of dynamics. while many artists can pull it off in the studio, it rarely translates to the live show. i had intended to only push my way to the front long enough to hear a few songs, but i was so enthralled with the beauty and the love that the band members showed for their music... that i just couldn't leave, and stayed for the whole set.

after the show, i spoke with justin and brent after the show, and tried to convey what they had meant to me. and i'm sure they are tired of stupid people like me telling them how great they are and how their music 'moves' them. but alas, i didn't care. now that i no longer work for the corporate touring machine, and Menomena had brought me back to an appreciation of music, i have become a fan again...

thanks boys... i owe you.

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