Using Bees To Effect Vengeance

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Friday, March 19, 2004
Thursday shows:

Madeleine Peyroux: A delightful set of intimate, swinging jazz vocals, with the crown jewels being a beautifully nuanced take on Dylan's "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" and a stunning rejiggering (!) of Elliott Smith's "Between The Bars". When Lady Pey wrapped her pipes around that tune and guitarist Anthony Wilson and bassist David Piltch got stuck into the changes, ravishing new harmonies emerged, and the song was transformed into a lost Billie and Lester tune. It'll probably be on her upcoming summer release, so I look forward to getting reacquainted with it then.

The Natural History: OK, some clear debts to Spoon and to a lesser extent Costello and Davies, but who isn't in debt these days? The drummer was pounding away, the guitar was taut and rifftastic, and the bass-playing was staccatolicious. Scrubbed away any post-Peyroux dreaminess.

Gingersol: Big tunes, big rock. They really do seem to have everything -- thoughtful lyrics, a real way with melody, a willingness to play with conventions without getting precious or self-conscious...but don't take my word for it.

Have to go, so I'll tell you about the amazing Montreal band The Dears some other time....


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