Atlas Sound at the Troubadour

Show
: Atlas Sound/Broadcast

Venue: Troubadour

Drinks: Two Samuel Adams.

Song I Most Wanted to Hear: "Shelia" and Atlas Sound (Bradford Cox with The Selmanaires) played it about half-way through the set. Bradford adjusted the levels on his amp and said "I have to get that Breeders sound." and then he strummed a little and said "Oh wow, that's nasty. I like it." Then they kicked into "Shelia" that sound very faithful to the terrific album version of it. It was indeed a highlight, as was "Walkabout" which was reconfigured as a harmony between Cox and Broadcast singer Trish Keenan.

Musical Disappointments: There were some audio glitches that flustered Bradford Cox and his between song talks to the venue sound man were a little heated. "Can you give me some electric guitar in my monitor? A lot. That's too much. [suddenly very sarcastic] You know, a normal amount!"

Superficial/General Impression on Singer's Appearance: Bradford is a very strange looking guy. He looks like Alice Cooper but stretched out and shoulders hunched forward.

Merch Table: They had some cool shirts for Atlas Sound and Deerhunter but the sizes were very limited (none past Large). They also had a selection of Atlas Sound/Deerhunter/Broadcast albums (including a very limited tour EP from Broadcast). I bought Atlas Sound's LP LOGOS.

Run-in's With the Bands: Bradford Cox sat outside the venue talking with his friends before the show and while I was tempted to approach him, I decided against it. Then, during the Broadcast set, Bradford passed me and I decided to ask him to sign my record. He motioned for me to walk with him to the next room and he seemed like a completely delightful guy. He asked me if I thought the set sounded fine and I told him that it did. He signed and drew on my record cover and gave me a hug.

Best Onstage Moment, Non-Musical: During a new and still untitled song, Bradford Cox went from instrument-to-instrument playing different parts that he looped before moving onto another part. It was incredible, very similar to the some of the YouTube clips I've seen of Bradford sitting behind a drum kit playing and looping and more looping.

Best Onstage Chatter: Bradford Cox kept checking in with the crowd to make sure the show was still going well. He said that when he talked to his mother tomorrow on the phone he was going to tell her that the Los Angeles show went very well and that they were nice to him. At the end of the show Bradford singled out two people by the front of the stage (who had apparently not been paying much attention despite their prime spot) and he said that the entire show he had been trying to entertain *only* them and that the rest of us were hired actors who were pretending to be entertained just to rope them in.

Did the Bass Player Look Bored?: All of the members of The Selmanaires looked genuinely stoked to be playing with Bradford and grinned large when he introduced them as his band for the night.

Overall Scientific Rating of Show (out of ten): 7.8




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