Friday night I went to go see two of my recent-favorite bands, Twin Shadow and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. It was, first and foremost, a fantastic show and, secondly, an interesting exercise in bands being out of their element. Twin Shadow as I previously covered is an individual making synthpop, while on stage he plays a guitar backed by a drummer, a bassist/electronics and a keyboardist/electronics. The live set was a completely different take on his very, very good debut album, Forget. There was this imperfection to the timing that all but the most manufactured live shows have, and in this case, is also the polar opposite to the slick and minimalist production on the LP.
The Pains (covered here) are a dream-pop/shoegaze band, which is a combination not making for an interesting live set - the very term "shoegaze" comes from the general immobility of the band on stage. However, Kip Berman (vocals/lead guitar) was as alive as you could be and doing everything short of tearing his guitar in twain. Fortunately, someone did take some good footage of their encore:
Also, I finally found some video of the Zola Jesus show I went to a few weeks ago:
I usually don't give music I dislike a second shot, but I am glad I did this time. At first, I didn't think much of Twin Shadow's album, but when Dave re-recommended it to me, I gave it another go. I was reminded of when I didn't enjoy my first go-around with Boards of Canada -- I was listening to the music, but spending the whole while anticipating a beat would drop. I originally heard Twin Shadow as a decent singer with a Casio default setting backing track, but after a couple of listens, I think the strength of the vocals -- New Romantic crooner with a bit of Peter Murphy-dark -- makes up for the backbeat.