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Aqualung with Sara Bareilles at Hiro Ballroom 12-March-2007

Went to Hiro Ballroom, straight from work. This is my third show there. Lee was meeting me there. Met a couple of nice, interesting people Jason and Kate (I feel really bad because I’m not sure if his name is Jason or James – it was something with a J) and asked to share their booth. The opening act Sara Bareilles was good. Her voice sounded a bit like Sara McLachlan with Norah Jones and some slight Tori Amos going on. Not bad singers to be compared to….

Aqualung were fun as ever with a mix of old and new songs and cute banter. Pressure Suit is available as of today. I finally have a women’s aqualung shirt….damn American Apparrel….some of their XLs fit and some of them don’t….the cute Memory Man shirt fits! Lee and I both wanted shirts, the trouble was they didn’t take credit cards and we didn’t have cash so we ran out to get money from a nearby ATM (at the bodega where I ran to get batteries during the Robyn Hitchcock/Mark Pickerel gig)….the stupid machine wouldn’t take my card but did take Lee’s card. We ran back and the doors to the venue were closed….we weren’t too worried because the drummer was outside smoking a cigarette but I had left my camera with Jason and Kate and we definitely needed to get back in there….thankfully Jason thought to come out to open the door for us….

We then got to talk to Matt and I asked him to sign the Strange and Beautiful poster I got at the closing Tower Records (R.I.P) for me and Kevin….Kevin sent me their music originally and Strange and Beautiful and Brighter than Sunshine were a part of our soundtrack for our long-distance relationship. We used to listen to them together/apart.

Below are photos and videos from the show and a link to their CDs on Amazon:

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Strange and Beautiful
(Music)
Artist:Aqualung
Manufacturer:Sony
Released:17 January, 2006
Memory Man
(Music)
Artist:Aqualung
Manufacturer:Sony
Released:13 March, 2007
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Mark Pickerel Video is on the Bloodshot Records Site

Saw Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 on November 17th. Mark Pickerel former dummer of the Screaming trees opened. He had a very cool dark Sun Records vibe to him and he’s cute. He was also a nice guy – after the show he told me to email his record company with the stuff I shot. Link to their site with the video I shot.

His Cd is worth getting and apparently his dad drew the amazing cover below.

Snake in the Radio
(Music)
Artist:Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands
Manufacturer:Bloodshot Records
Released:09 May, 2006

Video of Mark Pickerel performing Forest Fire:

For a great look at Sun Records – originally saw it at a midnight showing at Doc Aviv:

Good Rockin
(DVD)
Manufacturer:Image Entertainment
Released:08 October, 2002
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Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 plus Mark Pickerel

Went to the Hiro Ballroom tonight to see Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 (Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey and Bill Rieflin) plus an opener I didn’t know. Opener Mark Pickerel was very good. I love it when it when I get exposed to new music I like in an opening act. He had a neat, dark Sun Records vibe. He is the former drummer for The Screaming Trees. And also a nice guy based on the short conversation we had after the show.

Robyn Hitchcock was in excellent form…during his banter he brought up the recent excellent story that has come out about elephants going crazy.

Mark Pickerel : Forest Fire

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Robyn Hitchcock : Snippet of Madonna of the Wasps
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Snake in the Radio
(Music)
Artist:Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands
Manufacturer:Bloodshot Records
Released:09 May, 2006
Olé! Tarantula
(Music)
Artist:Robyn Hitchcock, The Venus 3
Manufacturer:Yep Roc Records
Released:03 October, 2006
Good Rockin
(DVD)
Manufacturer:Image Entertainment
Released:08 October, 2002
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Sondre Lerche at Hiro Ballroom

Sondre Lerche the young, cute, Norwegian reincarnation of songwriting gods was goofy and great tonight. A new album Phantom Punch will be available in January. Show available here for now.

Setlist

01 Everyone’s Rooting For You
02 Minor Detail
03 Dead Passengers
04 Dead End Mystery
05 Across The Land Intro
06 Across The Land
07 Across The Land Outro
08 Don’t Be Shallow
09 Once In A While
10 Days That Are Over
11 The Duper Sessions and Diaries Are For Girls
12 Phantom Punch and Stupid Mammories
13 (You Knocked Me) Off Of My Feet
14 Human Hands (Elvis Costello Cover)
15 After All (from Phantom Punch)
16 My Hair’s So Long Apology
17 Modern Nature (with Audience)
18 Till You Let Me Know (NEW SONG – not on Phantom Punch)
19 (I Wanna) Call It Love
20 Distortion Pedals
21 You Know So Well
22 Wet Ground (Phantom Punch)
23 Living Lounge
24 No One’s Gonna Come
25 Two Way Monologue
26 Encore – Tragic Mirror (Phantom Punch)

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