Monday, March 26, 2007
"So give me your hand, and let's jump out the window..."
First off it is about time I got around to writing this entry! On March 14th I went to see The Shins with opener Viva Voce at the Theater at
I arrived a few moments after doors had opened, and was getting pretty excited. I have always wanted to see The Shins since first seeing their video for “So Says I.” However, my whole time in the DC area the closest they came was when they were one of the openers (the other was M. Ward) for The White Stripes. So once their new album, Wincing The Night Away, was released I started stalking their web site to see if their tour would include NYC. At first it didn’t, but soon more dates were added and so was NYC. Hooray!
The opening act was Viva Voce, a husband and wife duo (Kevin and Anita Robinson), from PDX via
After a 30 minute break The Shins took the stage. They started out with the first four tracks from Wincing: “Sleeping Lessons,” “
After a few minutes they came back, where they started out with Chute’s “Pink Bullets.” By far my favorite song from that album, and possibly my favorite Shins song. They continued on, and at one point covered a Modern Lovers song, where Kevin joined them on stage to play the cowbell. It was fabulous.
The show itself was fantastic. However, there was one thing that just made it not so great. And that had to be the crowd. Not only were there a few people who were just down right rude when Viva Voce was on the stage, yelling at them to “Get off!” and booing, but the amount of talking during the show really bothered me. The sound for The Shins was not really loud. It was a good level, but not as loud to drown out the talking. Even during the songs I thought people would be quiet for, nope…talking. It was really annoying to hear conversations such as, “Dude gonna get another beer. Do you want one? Dude? Dude?” and hearing about an awful date. People you are at a show and from what I can tell you are all adults. You don’t have a curfew. You can hang out with your friends whenever you want. Do you really need to talk about how much your boss sucks in the middle of James Mercer singing? Really? Oh you do? Okay then. Please continue being rude.
But even though a good majority of the crowd seemed to be jerks, the show itself was great. I would love to see both acts again. To end the evening on a high note, as I was leaving to get in the taxi line I saw Kevin and Anita walking by. I smiled and got a wink from Kevin and a wave from Anita. So it was hard to leave grumpy after that.
“From the Devil Himself”