Monday, April 28, 2008

Still in Hollywood

I hope everyone had a good weekend. After showering my sister-in-law Saturday afternoon (and weeping at the mere sight of her belly, yes, I have baby fever), my sister and I saw a band called Mudcrutch at the Troubador. Mudcrutch was the band that eventually evolved into Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and they are doing a short tour of California. Basically, it's Tom, Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench playing with two "Pete Best" types, that is, guys who missed out on the fame and fortune. You can read about the reunion here. Some of the songs were a little Southern fried for my taste, but the quality of the musicianship opened my mind and heart. And it was a trip to see Petty on bass instead of guitar. Even though it was 100 degrees outside and maybe 120 on the floor in front of the stage, seriously, how great is it to see R&R Hall of Famers (Petty, Campbell, Tench) in a legendary venue of 450 people? The other great thing is that everyone in the audience was really cool. We met a couple young guys who flew out from Indiana after having won the tickets and trip from a radio contest. It was their first time West of the Mississippi and they were getting an eyeful on the streets of West Hollywood. (Being a jaded Angeleno, I didn't even notice the trannies walking past.) We met a set of brothers who traveled from Minnesota to see the gig. We stood with a woman who turned out to live about three blocks from me. The whole audience was super-friendly, and that's important when you're packed in like sardines. One of the encores was Dylan's "Everybody Must Get Stoned" which maybe half of the audience took as a cue to light up. Good times. The CD comes out today (Tuesday the 29th), and you can preview songs on the website.

In Netflix viewing news, I finally watched the entire first season of Flight of the Conchords (I love Jemaine!). I'd seen single episodes here and there, but not in order, and there's a certain beauty in the continuity of watching all twelve shows in a matter of a few days. Coming up next... The Wire.


At Tuesday, April 29, 2008 7:48:00 PM, Blogger Diane said...

Sounds like a great show!

Flight of the Conchords is freakin' brilliant, as is the Wire - enjoy!!!

(you're starting with season 1, right?)

At Tuesday, April 29, 2008 8:48:00 PM, Blogger GetFlix said...

As my list of concert experiences has grown over the years, I find your description of the Mudcrutch experience as near perfection as I could hope.

A mellow crowd with some rocking tunes at a classic venue is a real nice combination!!

At Tuesday, April 29, 2008 10:38:00 PM, Blogger Ryan said...

I have tried to get into Flight of the Conchords but alas I just don't think it is that funny. I think they try too hard to be funny. All of my friends told me how great it was but when I watched I hardly cracked a smile. Oh well. Now The Wire... that is a great show.

How great was GA last week.

At Wednesday, April 30, 2008 10:58:00 AM, Blogger kookla@work said...

The Troubador! Awesome venue. Reminds me of so many incredible memories I've had seeing so many bands. I'm a Petty fan, that must have been cool to be so close.

Flight of the Conchords is one of those shows that had to grow on me . Like Ryan, I didn't get it at first, but now I call Pelegrim "Ginger Balls" (link below)

The David Bowie dream is LOL funny!

At Wednesday, April 30, 2008 4:43:00 PM, Blogger LA said...

Kook - I loved ginger balls! And I love Jemaine singing like Bowie. The Troub rules.

Ryan and Diane - Unfortunately, I gave it the old college try, but The Wire wasn't really my kind of show.

Flix - It was a good night, for sure.

At Thursday, May 01, 2008 7:24:00 AM, Blogger Prunella Jones said...

Funny, I just heard about this band on the radio. They are coming to Nashville soon I think. Being a Petty fan I'd love to see them.

At Thursday, May 01, 2008 3:28:00 PM, Blogger kookla@work said...

I heard The Wire was really good and unfortunately, by the time I was ready to check it out, it was the season finale. Maybe I will rent from NetFlix.

At Thursday, May 01, 2008 5:13:00 PM, Blogger M-M-M-Mishy said...

I dont know if I love Tom Petty or his flat ironed hair more. He rocked the Superbowl.

Im catching up, when is your niece due? Will she be a Taurus, Gemini or Cancer?

At Friday, May 02, 2008 3:14:00 PM, Blogger Mike V. said...

Man, that is so sweet!
Love Petty, he's awesome live.


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