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I put some pictures up from the Polyphonic Spree concert last month. There are videos, too!


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Sep. 9th, 2003 07:06 am (UTC)
Guess what! I'm not going to be my usual bad mean self here and try to be a bit open-minded.

Is this (it must be) the same Polyphonic Spree that has the song featured on the VW/iPod commercial? 'Cause I hate that song with all my heart. But! I'm willing to hear you say, "Oh, that's not one of their better songs" or "They're not all like that".

But if you tell me that's the gist of their music ... you sure as fuck will never ever catch me at one of their concerts.
Sep. 9th, 2003 07:11 am (UTC)
Yes, that's them, and it's one of my favorites.
Sep. 9th, 2003 07:13 am (UTC)
Well I am glad you enjoy their music! It looks like the concert was a fun time, and I am thankful you posted pictures!
Sep. 9th, 2003 07:26 am (UTC)
Actually, I'd like to apologize! It's still early for me, and I thought, "Well, I'll just find out if that's the band I'm thinking of and then try to remain open-minded" but reading what I wrote, it appears I failed and was mean.

I'm sorry! I didn't mean to knock some band you like. I mean, yes, I know that my opinion about music doesn't influence what you like, and vice-versa, but it's still rude of me.
Sep. 9th, 2003 07:45 am (UTC)
Hey, no problem! And I realize how cheesy and trite they sound by description. I like their cd okay, but it doesn't even come close to the performance. I think I like it mostly because it REMINDS me of the performances.

If they're in town in some free concert or something, some festival, I'd recommend you go, just to see! Even if you don't end up liking it, just to see. But hey, if you don't like them, you don't like them, no need to apologize.
Sep. 9th, 2003 08:18 am (UTC)
When and where is it again? I'd be down if I could get there etc.
Sep. 9th, 2003 08:33 am (UTC)
September 28th at the Unitarian Church in Philly. Unfortunately, that's . . . a Sunday.

Also, FYI, I believe that the Halloween party is on Saturday November 1st this year, though don't quote me on that.
Sep. 9th, 2003 09:00 am (UTC)
light & day
>>>'Cause I hate that song with all my heart.

gah! that's one reaction i never expected to hear for some reason. "happiness sucks! and fuck the sun!"

seriously though? they're not all like that. i mean, thematically, that's the gist of their music, definitely. but they don't all sound like that. some songs are much more quiet, like "fireworks."
Sep. 9th, 2003 09:14 am (UTC)
Re: light & day
I know, right? How weird to hate that.

Also . . . I'm going to again steal a phrase I just read in the Spin article, which said something about "fist-pumping anthems". The album version of "Soldier Girl" is very nice, but that's it. But in concert they play the chorus, what, ten times, maybe? Possibly more? And each time bigger and louder than the last. All I can think of is how great this girl is, and how in love Tim DeLaughter is. My heart almost explodes during that song. But on the album, all it does is remind me of the performance.
Sep. 9th, 2003 12:07 pm (UTC)
Re: light & day
I ... I don't want to sound all goth, like "WALLOW IN DARKNESS AND CRY MY TEARS OF PAIN" but really, the sun has no attraction for me. It emits light, big whoop, you know?

And my happiness doesn't come from children, or a chorus of voices singing about bright shiny things.

Now, I totally understand where a whole lot of people could get off on that being good and likeable, but not yours truly. Just doesn't float my goat.


I think that with a lot of intentionally down and depressy music (think The Cure) it strikes me as trying WAY too hard. Now, having not heard much PS I can't say this for real, but from the snippet I've heard plus the descriptions I've read, it seems like ... if I wasn't 100% happy when they started playing I would feel that it was forced. You know how when you're having a bad day the last thing you want to hear is about someone else's good day?

Of course I could be totally wrong on that.

Plus I think a lot of this stems from that commercial. Can't put my finger on why I dislike it so much, but I do. I think it goes back to the above statement about things feeling forced. When Nissan plays some snappy bassline while they show some sporty car powersliding in the dust, I feel that. I may not want it but it seems to fit. Same thing with some goddamned country song playing while they overload the back of a pickup by using a crane and a ton of logs. Seems right, even if I don't want to buy it. But this VW/iPod commercial is trying to be ... I dunno. A Beetle is not some amazingly bright sunny happy blissful children flower thing - it's a fucking car. Same for the iPod. It's not God's gift to your pocket, it's a piece of electronics.

I think that I have just now finally typed enough to where I realize why I don't like that song. That stupid commercial is trying to make me think that goddamned goldenrods are going to shoot out my asshole if I buy a VW, and plus they'll give me an iPod that will turn my peenur into a rainbow. That kind of marketing does whatever the opposite of appealing to me is. I hate the song by association.

I bet if you (the washu) had played it in your car for me before I ever saw that commercial I would not hate it. I might not like it, but I certainly wouldn't hate it.

Yes. Too much. Overanalyzation is my middle name. I'm not sorry, though.
Sep. 9th, 2003 08:23 am (UTC)
Also you said on your website that the guy in the red robe is from Hedwig and the Angry Inch, but the guy in the red robe is Tom DeLaughter and Hedwig is John Cameron Mitchell? Explain.
Sep. 9th, 2003 08:35 am (UTC)
No, the guy in red is John Cameron Mitchell, Mr. Smarty-Pants. And the guy in white is Tom DeLaughter. I just re-read the text on the website, and it seems correct.
Sep. 9th, 2003 09:18 am (UTC)
Also, it's TIM DeLaughter, I screwed that up somehow.
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