Baltimore, Music

Mercy Me

At the concert at UMBC’s fieldhouse last Friday, Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba dedicated this song to John Waters, substituting “Baltimore” for “San Francisco” in the lyrics. Then he dedicated the next one to … John Waters.

Alkaline Trio was the middle band of the show. This came as some surprise, as only My Chemical Romance was on the bill when we bought the tickets.

The opener was Reggie and the Full Effect, a death-metal band-as-costume headed by James Dewees of the Get Up Kids. Dewees/Reggie came out dressed in purple velour pajamas claiming to be Prince, and threw cheeseburgers he pulled out of his pants into the audience before launching into something really, really, loud. In fact, the only thing that sounded vaguely like a real song was a Slayer cover the band performed.

Then, as my son and I had just about regained our hearing, Alkaline Trio came on to the opening music from “A Clockwork Orange.” They played for almost an hour, and every song was epic.

Finally, around 10:00, MCR took the stage. Gerard Way worked the audience, telling them (us) that they had the potential to be the best audience on the tour (Baltimore was the last US stop). “But you’ve got tough competition…you’re up against San Antonio…”

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Music

What would Jesus Crank?

OK, this whole Christian “punk” thing is starting to get to me. I mean, straightedge I got, ok. And I can almost stand Relient K’sBe My Escape for a few seconds before I have to change the station (thank God for the Sirius radio in my new ride).
But only that long. Christian Emo, I dub thee “ChEmo,” a treatment worse than the disease.

Relient K is, at least at some levels, more naively tolerable than past efforts at merging the music trend of the moment with Christian themes…anybody remember Stryper and Christian Metal? And there are some tolerable exceptions to what ranges from otherwise overly-earnest to outright proselytizing. Switchfoot is one case where the form overcomes the substance to the point where, if you didn’t know they were escapees from the Xtian charts, you wouldn’t care.

However, the rest of the crowd (like Audio Adrenaline, for example) sounds like they’ve escaped off an edgy remix of a VeggieTales soundtrack, or like Avril Lavigne covering Amy Grant songs.

It’s almost enough to make someone go Goth.

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General Chaos, Music

Guess we'll never see poor Madeline again…

My new favorite band of the moment :The Decemberists. Any band that names itself after an ill-conceived 1825 democratic uprising by young members of the aristocracy in Czarist Russia inspired by the American Revoluion (gee, I knew that bit of knowledge from studying Russian history and literature in translation in college would come in handy for something some day), is guaranteed to at least get a listen from me, and these guys fall somewhere on the spectrum between the Polyphonic Spree and The Shins (or maybe the Weakerthans).


The Decemberists

My instant favorite song is a track off their 2001 5 Songs EP, “Apology Song”–a song lamenting the theft of a bicycle named Madeline.

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General Chaos, Music

Guess we’ll never see poor Madeline again…

My new favorite band of the moment :The Decemberists. Any band that names itself after an ill-conceived 1825 democratic uprising by young members of the aristocracy in Czarist Russia inspired by the American Revoluion (gee, I knew that bit of knowledge from studying Russian history and literature in translation in college would come in handy for something some day), is guaranteed to at least get a listen from me, and these guys fall somewhere on the spectrum between the Polyphonic Spree and The Shins (or maybe the Weakerthans).


The Decemberists

My instant favorite song is a track off their 2001 5 Songs EP, “Apology Song”–a song lamenting the theft of a bicycle named Madeline.

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