Show: Johnny and the Moon/Beach House/The Walkmen
Venue: Fonda Theater in Hollywood
Drinks: A Newcastle, followed by an Amstel Light (gotta watch my
girlish figure) - nothing more because I got a good spot and didn't
want to have to leave to take a piss and I had to drive home.
Song I Most Wanted to Hear: Beach House's "Heart of Chambers" & The
Walkmen's "The Rat" - they played both. Beach House closed with "Heart
of Chambers" and it was a glorious reproduction of the way it sounded
on the album. "The Rat" is definitely one of the best songs of this
decade and I was surprised The Walkmen busted it out before the
encore, I was not surprised that the place blew up as soon as the
guitar riff kicked in and everyone tried to scream along with the
lyrics. What a fucking kick ass anthem!
Musical Disappointments: Victoria didn't quite strike the piano with
the same 50s sounding time signature during the hook of
"D.A.R.L.I.N.G." Beach House didn't play "All The Years." The Walkmen
didn't play their awesome cover of "Many Rivers to Cross" or any
(awesome) Leonard Cohen stuff that they did for their Daytrotter Session.
Superficial/General Impression on Singer's Appearance: I hadn't really
had a good look at Victoria Legrand before and perhaps it should have
stayed that way. Onstage my first impressions were that she looked
like Antony with a huge wig and that she had an incredibly chubby
face. Then when she lost the jacket, I saw that she wasn't in fact fat
at all, just oddly proportioned and a little frightening. When she
brushed the hair out of her face and I got a good look at what was
doing under that mop of hair, I could see that she wasn't as bad as I
had initially thought and her voice was sexy enough that she probably
gets some action. It did add an extra layer to Beach House's music to
know that they are the songs of a somewhat ugly chick though and that
she was not the goddess that she seems to be on record.
Hamilton Leithauser, on the other hand, looks like a young Dennis
Quaid and has a tremendous amount of confidence onstage. Fuck that guy
for being so cool, imo.
Merch Table: I was hoping they would have a nice silkscreen for the
show but they did not. Both bands had T-Shirts that kinda blew and CDs
of their newest album (Beach House also had previous album and vinyl
of DEVOTION, which is what I bought.
Run-in's With the Bands: An awkward exchange with Hamilton in the
bathroom before the show, I recognized him as we passed and I gave a
half-hearted nod, he returned a "What's up." Beach House was hanging
out by the merch booth, so I talked with the dude Alex, told him that
I really liked DEVOTION. He told me they were writing right now and
they would hopefully be recording again soon, but that the writing was
not flowing as well as it did for DEVOTION. They were just waiting to
find the right vibe or whatever. I asked him to sign my record which
he did, but it took him a long while as he was trying to think of
something clever to write on it. He ended up writing something that I
can't decipher. He then called Victoria over (she was leaving with
friends) and she also signed my record, writing "You Are Our Sunshine,
love Victoria." I didn't talk to her much as she was in a hurry or else
I would have told her how much I love her Uncle Michel Legrand and
especially his work with Jacques Demy.
Best Onstage Moment, Non-Musical: Hamilton Leithauser staring over at
the 4-piece brass section at the end of "Louisiana" with a giddy,
almost goofy smile like it was the first time he'd ever heard the song
A close second place goes to Beach House, when some chick right behind
me yelled out "ACE OF CAKES!!!" and they all returned priceless,
baffled expressions before kicking into their next song.
Best Onstage Chatter: Beach House's Alex: "Hi, we're The Music Box."
(Referring to the huge projected "THE MUSIC BOX" logo on the back of
the stage when they walked out)
Did the Bass Player Look Bored?: The bass player in The Walkmen kept
switching off instruments and definitely did not look bored. The only
person that looked sort of bored was the drummer for Beach House, but
I would be bored too if that was all that was required of me.
Overall Scientific Rating of Show (out of ten): 8.7