The feel-good vibes I picked up from seeing The Cat Empire four years ago haven’t worn off. This joyful group is meant to be experienced live.
That little show at the Independent was the most FUN show I have ever been to.
My face was sore from smiling for days afterward.
And they’re finally coming back to North America in 2012.
What a great day. I’m a tipple winner! Today I heard Ben L’Oncle Soul for the first time AND I get to hear him live for the first time AND the show is at Stern Grove in San Francisco. Oh, AND he’s opening for Sharon Jones! That’s a quadruple winning day.
I don’t know what he’s saying, but he sounds merveilleux!
A friend and I caught Taylor Hicks at the Rrazz Room in San Francisco last week.
It was my first time at the venue. It had a great vibe and great sound.
It was my zillionth time seeing Taylor Hicks. He also had a great vibe and a great sound. I thought it was one of the better TH shows I’ve seen. I still think The Roxy was the best TH show I’ve ever seen, but this Rrazz Room show is now my second favorite. That’s my second favorite out of a zillion shows, so that is saying something.
He was relaxed, but serious. He rocked it out, mixed it up, was liberal with the tags, and had an entertaining set list. It was a treat to have LiMBO band members Jeff Lopez on the sax, Brian Less on the keys, and Sam Gunderson on guitar. Those guys seem like old friends I haven’t seen in a long time, and it was great to see and hear them again. They were joined by the excellent Leif Bondarenko and Matt Kimbrell on drums and percussion and the excellent Brandon Peeples on bass.
The venue had an aura of ‘cool,’ and the crowd was cool, too.
We had good seats and I had planned to record the show as usual so obviously I brought my recorder. Unfortunately, but I forgot something I needed to make my mics work, so I couldn’t use them. It’s too bad too, because the sound was great at our seats and it would have been a pretty good recording.
At the last minute I decided to try my luck with using the internal mics on my recorder. I hit record, and let it go.
I think it doesn’t sound too bad for using the internal mics, so I’m going to go ahead and post the recording…
Can’t You Hear Me Knocking
Soul Thing (love the tags starting around the 6:00 mark…)
Back to Louisiana
Seven Mile Breakdown
Hold On To Your Love
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Love the One You’re With
Soul Thing —tags: San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair), East Bound and Down
Can’t You Hear Me Knocking
What’s Right Is Right
Hold On To Your Love –tags: It’s a Man’s Word, Ghost In This House, (not really a tag: he said, “Bay Blues. San Francisco Bay Blues”
Maybe You Should — said “Sausalito town” instead of “Alabama town”
Back To Louisiana
Seven Mile Breakdown tag: The Valley Road