San Pedro by Mogwai

I was looking forward to the live Mogwai show at the Paradise scheduled for April 23. Then, a couple of days ago I received an email saying that

“due to an unforeseen delay in their visa processing, Mogwai must postpone these shows: April 19 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
April 20 Philadelphia, PA Starlight Ballroom
April 21 New York, NY Webster Hall
April 22 New York, NY Webster Hall
April 23 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club

Dates will be rescheduled for Oct TBA.”

A major bummer. Last I saw them playing live was two years ago at the Wilbur. This time I was looking forward to seeing them at the recently renovated Paradise, a small venue with superb sound. I could clearly see myself up front rocking out to the sounds of San Pedro. Well, I guess I have to wait until October. Until then, I will have to settle for some mild rocking in my office chair.

UPDATE: Mogwai rescheduled their postponed US shows and they’re playing Boston on October 1 at the House of Blues. Which, compared to the Paradise, simply sucks. FML.

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Mogwai

Mogwai played live in Boston at the Wilbur Theatre on May 1. I really like their music and of course they didn’t disappoint. I always think that their music will be the perfect soundtrack for the film I’ll someday make. And I’m sure they are already on board. I mean there is the undeniable Scottish connection: they are from Glasgow, I lived in Edinburgh for one year. I know, pretty astonishing.

It was the first time I’d been to the newly renovated Wilbur Theatre. It is kinda cozy, not too big, not too small, there is a standing-only general admission area, and then mezzanine and balcony seating. The sound was pretty good and what would a Mogwai concert be without good sound? Oh, yes, it would be a Caspian show at the Middle East, if you know what I mean. Btw, I saw the tall guy from the band at the Mogwai show, taking detailed notes, I’m sure.

Anyway, I had a very good mezzanine seat and thankfully no 7 feet tall guy sitting in front of me. As I mentioned, the theatre was recently renovated, but at some point there was plaster from the ceiling falling on  the people in front of me. Nothing major, just makes you wonder what the place will look like in a year.

This is a video I shot at the concert with my Nikon D90. The camera gets heavy after a while. Really.

New P J Harvey Song

I didn’t really like P J’s previous album “White Chalk”, so I was really looking forward to her new stuff with John Parish. “Black Hearted Love” is the first single from their “A Woman A Man Walked By”. Me likes a lot.

I just thought of the ultimate kickass group: P J Harvey, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss. 

Christian Bale Loses It (aka Poor DP)

This is way too funny. Christian Bale totally freaks out while shooting the movie Terminator Salvation. The reason? A director of photography accidentally walks in the background (or is it the middle?) of a scene and Bale goes ballistic. “…shut the fuck up, please?” You can hear the whole thing here

The Mae Shi got inspired and made the song “R U Professional”

I hope my favorite DP does not have to go through this verbal abuse ever…

Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird performing “Fitz and The Dizzyspells” from his new album Noble Beast on the Late Show. I’m loving it. Letterman seems to dig too…

I’m going to see him tonight at the Orpheum. I read somewhere that at a recent show he didn’t play any songs from his “Armchair Apocrypha” album, which is a major disappointment. If he doesn’t play “Armchairs” I’ll be 😦