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These Days You Never Know If It's Dan Deacon Or Swine Flu

04.29.2009

Not swine, but define

It's certainly true that these days when a new blog entry pops up in your feed reader, your skeptical nature kicks in. Will it be about the weird April weather, with snow, hail, rain and sunshine all happening at once? Or will it be a silly or serious, or a slightly seriously silly post about swine flu?

The good news is that this entry will be on neither. Sorry to swine flu fans, this entry is flu free.

Last weekend once again featured some musical fun for The Teacher and myself. This time around we had a concert on a Friday in Portland. This meant that I did the drive to Astoria, got right back in the car and went back to Portland with The Teacher. Not exactly a short day in the car, so standing at a concert actually sounded pretty darn good to me.

We returned to the Wonder Ballroom once again for a trio of performances. First up was the band Teeth Mountain:

Teeth Mountain

The best way to describe the music of Teeth Mountain is ambient noise with a tribal drum beat. I mentioned to The Teacher how it reminded me of an episode of Seinfeld when Kramer played a lot of seductive jungle music in his apartment to set the mood. It might have been the ear plugs, but she didn't seem to get the subtle hint. ;)

Teeth Mountain

After two long songs, the set from Teeth Mountain was finished. Honestly, it was enough. It was interesting music, but not something you wanted to watch live for very long.

After a relatively short wait and a few technical issues with the microphone, the next band was up. This band was Future Islands:

Future Islands

They were very different from the previous band, which the vocal performance being the focus of the songs. Frontman Samuel Herring was an extremely enigmatic performer. The biggest downside of this show was the very dim lighting which made taking photos very challenging. The expressions and movements of Herring were great, but very difficult to capture in the darkness.

Future Islands

They played a much longer set than Teeth Mountain, but it didn't feel too long. After listening to recorded songs from the band, I can easily say Future Islands is much better live and the performance on stage is very entertainly.

The final performance was by Dan Deacon. I was very curious to see how he would pull off his latest album Bromst live. I knew regardless of how the music was, the show would be interesting, based on stuff I had read about the typical Dan Deacon concert experience. For example in some shows he didn't even face the crowd, but in this show I knew he'd be performing along with 15 others on stage.

Dan Deacon

Not long after Future Islands finished, Deacon emerged onto the stage and began setting up his equipment. During the Future Islands set, Deacon actually came out into the crowd to watch them perform and stood right next to me. I noticed his arm in a sling, and wasn't quite sure how that was going to affect things. Anyway, back to the set up.

Dan Deacon

It went on and on and on. Seriously, we waited well over an hour before Deacon began to perform, as he plugged in lights and props and had numerous sound checks.

Dan Deacon

Finally the performance began.

Dan Deacon

Dan Deacon

Dan Deacon

Even though this was the main performance, the lighting was not very bright for Deacon's set. I probably shot twice as many photos, simply because I knew many were not going to come out. It was a challenge.

Dan Deacon

Dan Deacon

The performance itself was very odd at times. Deacon would ask the crowd to make circles, and perform odd dances and at times asked the crowd to make a train and go out the building and around the block. I watched the security personnel's eyes get huge when he said that and they quickly blocked the doors. ;)

It could certainly be described as a high art dance party. A typical performance this was not, but interesting indeed it was. The show was long, ending at about 1:00am.

Dan Deacon

Thankfully, The Teacher and myself had a place to crash for the night in Portland. A drive back to Astoria would have been a little too much. We were both very beat from a very long day for the both of us.

The next day we did the most sensible post concert activity: bridal registry.


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