I’m not really sure. In the 90’s I saw the band Jawbox perform a billion times and each time was amazing. I think they really spoiled me for rock shows because it takes ALOT to really get me into things when it comes to plain ol’ rock bands.
Yo La Tengo had one of the best shows I have ever seen. The first time I saw them they were to perform at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC. While waiting in line, the power went out and the show was basically cancelled which was a big bummer. Then out of nowhere, the band sets up these boxes for them to sit on and perform an entire set unplugged with acoustic guitars and toy instruments. It was pretty amazing. However seeing them perform properly with electric guitars was amaaaazing. The show was like 3 shows in one.
The Boredoms were also quite amazing. In short, I have no idea what the BEST concert I’ve been to. It depends on the night you ask me. Looking back these are some top choices:
1. Yo La Tengo
3. The Wrens
4. LCD Soundsystem
5. !!! (I don’t even like their albums much but live they were KILLER)
6. The Magnetic Fields (their first tour for 69 Love Songs. I’ve never seen an audience so quiet.)
7. Sonic Youth
9. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
10. Elliott Smith
I’m definitely forgetting something here.
My IDEAL concert would be… i have no idea. HORSERIDER
Things of “note”:
Yesterday on the road to north Baltimore I was hit by a smell that reminded me of Japan or perhaps my youth which is strange because I did not grow up in Japan.
I have a new neighbor or perhaps an emboldened one who is now blasting loud bass heavy music 24/7 (more accurately 9/7). This is not a happy development.
I think the hipster waiter in Golden West charged me extra for peanut noodles with my meal when they were supposed to come with it.
though it could also be THIS TIME. Note that I hate both of these songs.