It List: Tuesday
Yndi Halda/Florene/Here, In Arms (Hailey's): Tonight's headlining act is yet another group mining that tricky territory between modern composition and regular old instrumental rock bands with tunes so stretched out and unimaginative they border on becoming a planned, collective, somnambulism featuring guitars. The recent glut of instrumental rock music has left me sadly convinced that it is usually better off in the hands of a select few, akin to being a professional gymnast or something even more esoteric. It can work really well but more often than not it's a couple of open chords with a violin, piano, or accompanying guitar thrown over it for cheap effect. We can thank Godspeed and Explosions In The Sky for a lot of it, but I'm hoping to hear some new instrumental bands wipe this tired shit off the map and prove me wrong. Which reminds me, you know who's pretty killer? Lychgate.
The Faint/Jaguar Love/Shy Child (The Palladium): Though I've heard several of The Faint's fans proclaim that their new record is somewhat of a return to form, I would argue that the form isn't necessarily something worth returning to. The Faint are largely for to blame for the often hated 80's revival that they helped usher in around the last gasp of the 90's. The resurrected Reagan Era brought its share of horrible music, as has any era, but I have found that The Faint are one of those groups who are actually worse than the groups they inspire, which is not usually the case. Speaking of groups they inspire, they luckily don't have to worry about being out-performed by either of tonight's acts. If someone hasn't made this joke yet, here it goes: their new album should have been called "Fasciinatiion Street."
Young Jeezy (House Of Blues): I really like that Young Jeezy's new album is called "The Recession." Hell, yeah. Fuck a hedge fund.
MINIME With John Walker/Josh Kynd (Moosh)
Disqo Disco (Fallout Lounge)