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4/27/09: Lost in the Trees @ Mercury Lounge (95/100)

April 27th, 2009

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God damn…this project just keeps getting better. Oh, and my friend Kurt fixed my camera, making the pictures much better, too. It’s a shame it’s almost over. Maybe I’ll have to keep going to 200 or 300 or…um yea, no way!

A folk orchestra from Chapel Hill might not sound like the most exciting thing to go see. But listen, when a band is good, a band is good. And Lost in the Trees was good. Really, really fucking good. They’re an 8-piece band from Chapel Hill lead by Berklee College of Music alum Ari Picker, and they killed it. I could’ve listened twice as long.

They were intense and haunting and beautiful. Not like the Arcade Fire. It wasn’t hat intense or self-important. This band seemed really nice and humble, and the conductor smiled the whole show, just as their music surrounded and then tore away at you.

Picker played a 12-string guitar, strung up as only a 6-string, and was flanked by a cello player, two violinists, a drummer, and three multi-instrumentalists who bounced between two glockenspiels, two tubas, electric guitar and an accordion. Oh, and yes, this was another band with a random floor tom sitting center stage for anyone who’s not a drummer who wanted to play it. I’m giving these guys a pass since they’re an orchestra.

Luckily I didn’t have to work too late tonight, so I was able to make it to this show just after they’d started. It was a bit pricey for a Monday night, and since I only stayed for this band. But whatever, there are only a few days left.

On that topic, I’m already a little sad. I think I already miss the project, and it’s not even over yet. It seriously doesn’t feel like that long ago that I started it. Obviously, it has been, and I don’t feel like I could do another 100 days. I don’t think I could do one more day beyond 100. But I don’t know, I guess I’m just getting the blues now that the real countdown is on. Only five left. Five days. Can you fucking believe it? I can’t.

Here’s a brief list what I’m going to miss:

  • Doing something unique
  • Feeling like I’m doing something unique
  • Talking to band members after their sets and seeing their faces light up when they hear they are a part of the project. Seriously, after the project I’ll just be another fan kissing their ass about how great their set was if I try and talk to them.
  • Planning out my week. I know it sounds silly, but planning out who I was going to see each week was half the fun. To see what sort of music I was going to be experiencing.

I know there’s more. A lot more. But there will be plenty of time for that after the 100 days are over, and I can look back and really get into it. For now, I’ll leave you by saying days 96, 97, 98, 99, and most certainly 100, will be the best of the project so far. Because I will try and soak every last minute out of them.

2/11/09: Lissy Trullie @ Mercury Lounge (20/100)

February 12th, 2009

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I’m in love with Lissy Trullie and I don’t care who knows. She’s hot, can write a great song, covers Hot Chip, plays a mean Strat and has cool hair. She even sounds better live than on her EP - so she’s not a phony. 

This was definitely one of those shows where you felt in on something. There was an electricity. Lissy has been getting a lot of hype, and it was the EP release party, so I guess there’s that. And Lissy definitely attracts a fashionista/designer/model crowd – so there’s also that. I don’t know, it just felt to me like one of those shows when you see a band right before they’re about to get big. Not arena rock big, or That Thing You Do big. (Can that even happen anymore?) But you know what I’m saying. It reminded me of about a year or so ago when I saw The Dodos, also at the Mercury Lounge, sold out on a Tuesday. And the next thing I knew, they were everywhere. 

An oddball band named Linfinity was opening. I was actually looking forward to seeing them, and they didn’t disappoint. But, the thing is, you couldn’t get a band further away from Lissy. Linfinity was like a cross between the Arcade Fire and w/Neil Young. No, wait. That’s too literal. They were more like a cross between Deadwood and Carnivale. But they were solid. They took you to a creepy place. But a creepy place that was fun to visit. Plus, they gave away their EP for free. Respect.

Their set ended and I had step outside for some fresh air. It was about a billion degrees in there. On the way out, I ran into a co-worker of mine, Lindsay, who was there with a friend. So that’s cool, more people I know at a show. This journey might not be as lonesome as I imagined. 

The moment I stepped outside is when I realized the true representation of the hipster kingdom at the Merc tonight. The line to get in looked like a line outside a Martin Margiela tent in Bryant Park. I do recall Timeout NY writing that, “Andy Warhol would’ve loved Lissy Trullie.” So I guess that explains the hipper than thou crowd gathered tonight. Which is why I posted this on FB:

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When is it not Fashion Week in NY? But I digress.

Lissy hit the stage a little after 11p to a sold out, shoulder-to-sweaty-shoulder crowd on a Wednesday  night. Good for her. The only downside I guess is that she doesn’t actually have enough songs to fill more than a 30-40 set. She banged through all her songs on her debut EP, and some others, and was wrapped up around 11:45p. She thanked her band, her management, friends, family, etc for all their support in getting the EP done.

And then she was gone.

I picked up a copy of her EP, and then so was I.