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Roundhouse, 21 May 2011
Are tickets available?
I actually asked Grasshopper about this very thing a few years ago, he said they'd probably be up for it, so that's nice. They should support themselves as Harmony Rockets, their Archangel Void gig at ATP MBV was aces.
I would have paid £50 to see Mercury Rev supporting Flaming Lips, should have got those badboys together.
£28.25 on stargreen, so that is probably £25 face value
I'm away while this is on.
To be honest though, I'd rather see a best hits of Yerself Is Steam, Boces, See You On The Other Side and Deserters songs. They're an utterly sublime run of albums and deserters songs lost experimentation would make it a tad less interesting live. I'd still go if I could though obviously.
but I'm not sure the band are in a position these days to really do the earlier stuff justice.
Deserters Songs on the other hand I can still see them doing pretty much just as well as they did at the time, as it is pretty safe in terms of tempo, dynamics, energy, and compared to some of the earlier stuff, arrangements. Oddly for these album retrospectives, I'm in a position where I saw the album played pretty much in full at the time, and remember it being brilliant.
Plus Deserters Songs is by far their most famous work, and I reckon a show like this will sell out pretty quick at £25 where a 90s "greatest hits" set probably wouldn't, as criminal as that is.
Hopefully they will do an encore of hits too, I could see them whacking out Chasing A Bee, Coney Island Cyclone, Racing The Tide amongst a couple of newer ones.
seeing as they're doing it in London and at Primavera...
I was just being a bit dreamy and wishful and it obviously couldn't happen in real life, especially as they so rarely play songs from Boces live.
That Encore does sound sublime though, just to hear Coney Island Cyclone live would make me nearly cry with euphoria. I wish I was old enough to see this live before they made the shit-fest that is All Is Dream. My god they were beautiful.
They got patchy after that though.
In that the lack of density in the sound, lack of experimentation and the pop structures make it a complete bore to me. When Mercury Rev lost their psychedelia they lost their soul.
The first 4 albums to me are timeless, perfect, spacey, cute and feel like characters from a great psych mushroom trip being taken in NY State...
I pretty much listen to all 4 around each year leading up to Xmas playing N64 Snowboard kids getting drunk on mulled wine.
I employ you to try this...
just an intern and tea girl is needed...
Google's not coughing up much for me.
with JAMC in the late 90's. Shit was incredible - I have no doubts that they can still pull it off. Anyone planning on going to this will be in for a treat for sure.
Mercury Rev September 17, 1998 - Stubbs Barbeque, Austin, TX. Also if you visit this site:
aprilskies.amniisia.com › gigs
you will see that they did, in fact, play said venue with the band (2 shows after William left).
What I am referring to is that Mercury Rev were on the Deserter's Songs tour, I'm not implying that they played the album in it's entirety, start to finish. I mean that their set leaned heavily on it, as that was the album they happened to be touring. JAMC on the other hand, were I think promoting Munki at the time although I seem to recall (maybe incorrectly) them not leaning too heavily on that material.
sorry for the confusion!!
was on Stargreen but has now disappeared.
I just saw the post and was like, "wait a minute, I know I was there, wasn't I?" Smoked an awful lot of weed in those days...
Jamie - is there a reason ATP isn't using the 'Don't Look Back' name on the Flamign Lips gig and this one? Just wondered like.
actually its possible an oversight that it isn't on this one, will look into it!
And the amount of money i seem to be giving you lately is obscene.
If ATP got a cult, perhaps defunct UK indie band to support doing one of their albums from a few years back in full. This goes for other shows like this too.
Six By Seven performing The Closer You Get
Seafood performing Surviving The Quiet
Mark Morrison perfoming Return Of The Mack
This kind of thing. Thoughts on this Jamie?
to perform how to operate with a blown mind.
Vicar St Dublin on May 18th, 2011
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Roundhouse, London on May 21st 2011