Camera Obscura at Henry Fonda

Camera Obscura

Venue: The Music Box at the Henry Fonda

Drinks: I double-fisted two Amstel Lights.

Song I Most Wanted to Hear: I wanted to hear two slow, sad ones: "Books Written For Girls" and "Country Mile;" they played the former but not the latter. I wish they had played more from UNDERACHIEVERS PLEASE TRY HARDER, but overall the song selection was strong and I was reminded that Camera Obscura is quietly collecting a spectacular selection of songs for their eventual Greatest Hits.

Musical Disappointments: Everything sounded good but I wish they had mixed it up more with their arrangements which just sounded like faithful replications of the studio tracks.

Superficial/General Impression on Singer's Appearance: Tracyanne Campbell has a pretty face but a body that suggests she spends far too much time throwing back brews at her local Scottish pubs.

Merch Table: Two boring shirts and CDs from Camera Obscura that I already owned. I bought the CD from opening band Agent Ribbons, which seemed like it could be worthwhile.

Run-in's With the Bands: One of the chicks from Agent Ribbons sold me their CD and said they are currently working on their new album. She seemed flirtatious and cute but it was the middle of the Camera Obscura set, so I was in a hurry to get back to the show.

Best Onstage Moment, Non-Musical: Agent Ribbons had tambourine player in a suit and a bird mask and during the last song he was rocking out so hard with the tambourine that his bird head flew across the stage. At the end of the Camera Obscura encore Tracyanne threw red roses out to the audience. She must not have seen me.

Best Onstage Chatter: Tracyanne said stuff during the show but I didn't understand most of it. No subtitles were provided.

Did the Bass Player Look Bored?: Yes. He was in his forties and dressed in a suit that apparently not only limited his movement but also his enthusiasm.

Overall Scientific Rating of Show (out of ten): 6.4 (although the bacon-wrapped hotdog from the street vendor after the show was so delicious I should probably bump the grade up a few fractions.)

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