Blocktoberfest 10.16.2007

Good day to you. Alastair here.

We covered DJ Nave's shift this Tuesday morning. His show, the Vanity Corps, runs for 3 hours directly before ours. It was a long morning. Lots of great tunes, including plenty of back-to-back hits from some of our favorite artists. Thanks Nave.

Vanity Corps (1-4am)
Grand National Championships (4-6am)

Tuesday the 16th, Crowbar
Caribou, Born Ruffians, Dumbwaiters

After five hours of show and a full day of work, I wasn't sure if I would have enough energy to take in the show, but I did, and I'm glad I did.

were playing as I arrived, and finished their set one song later, speculated by some to have been their Last.Song.Evah. It was an amazing song. I'm still regretting not getting there sooner. I hope I get to see them again. I know I'm not alone in that sentiment.

Born Ruffians
set up right against the front end of the stage. Steve Hamelin drummer was on the right side facing towards Singer-guitarist Luke LaLonde and bassist Mitch DeRosier, all of them in front of two well-centered amplifiers placed well behind them. Staring dead ahead, and hunched like a strange combination of Bob Dylan and Beaky Buzzard from Merrie Melodies, LaLonde yelped and mumbled his lyrics while the rhythm section added further percussive elements to their rumbling presence with their vocal harmonies.
They played plenty of new material from their forthcoming album - it should be out in Feburary - and a few from their self-titled EP that came out last year. Born Ruffians' sound nicely filled the empty space featured by their stark stage setup. The songs were peppered with both subtle and extreme examples of tempo shifts and meter changes, from folksified tribal beats to motorik rock.

"Vampire weekend," said a voice over my left shoulder.
"Beg pardon."
"These guys sound like Vampire Weekend." It was one of the guys named Matt. "Have you heard them?"
"There are a lot of bands sounding like this," he said. He liked it, though. So did I.

Don't think that this show was all fun and games, though, because it wasn't like it was all fun and games. At one point a couple of concert-goers that were feeling no pain ruined it for everyone! For reals!! Here's how it went down:
The taller and more rambunctious of the two drunkards was clumsily pumping his fists, and clapping his hands right up in drummer Hamelin's face. After a particularly raucous round of audiencing, the increasingly perturbed musician told him that he had to calm down because his douche-bagging was distracting and bothersome to the people around him. He claimed he could tell this by the looks on their faces. The fellow was then asked by the staff to leave that area. Within a couple songs, the drummer apologized for his outburst, although I don't think anyone minded. That dude was way too tall to be doing that. Later on the offender was seen still in the bar with a drink in hand, so nobody had too bad a night because of it.

When I got home, I went online and I liked Vampire Weekend, too, by the way. I guess I'm simple like that.

It's getting late. I'll tell you what I thought about Caribou tomorrow.

Hit the links above to hear the audio that accompanies this award-winning setlist.

Figurines Drunkard's Dream When The Deer Wore BLue
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minus story Beast at my Side My Ion Truss
Calvin Harris Colours I Created Disco
The Thermals Remember Today Fuckin A
French Kicks Cloche Two Thousand
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Sunset Rubdown Magic Vs. Midas Random Spirit Lover
r.e.m. Bad Day Live (Disc 1)
Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton Rowboat What Is Free To A Good Home?
jason collett Hangover Days Idols of Exile
mathias schaffhauser was es ist -
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The Octopus Project Truck The Octopus Project - Hello, Avalanche
Trans Am Television Eyes Future World
Trans Am Future World Future World
Liars Clear Island Liars
Ensemble Proposal 9 Sketch Proposals
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Radiohead 15 Step In Rainbows
Radiohead Bodysnatchers In Rainbows
Lansing-Dreiden Glass Corridor The Incomplete Triangle
mira calix Skin With Me one on one
orton socket Ice Dint_S 99 Explosions
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neu hallo gallo neu
Black Francis Captain Pasty Bluefinger
Mr. Oizo LnaDJkmd Mix (By Demon) Last Night A DJ Killed My Dog
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Mr. Oizo Bobby Can't Dance Analog Worms Attack
The Most Serene Republic A Mix Of Sun And Cloud The Most Serene Republic - Population
Nico These Days Chelsea Girl
The Velvet Underground and Nico I'll Be Your Mirror The Velvet Underground and Nico
Led Zeppelin D'Yer Mak'er Houses of the Holy
isolee Tout Se Complique Rest
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Radiohead Weird Fishes/Arpeggi In Rainbows
oucho sparks Mercedes 300D --
The Weakerthans Hymn For The Medical Oddity Reunion Tour
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The Brunettes Credit Card Mail Order Structure & Cosmetics
Billy Bragg & Wilco California Stars Mermaid Avenue
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Bullet The Hanged Man -
The Sea And Cake The Kiss The Biz
Black Lips Boone Los Valientes Del Mundo Nuevo
Smoosh Massive Cure She Like Electric
Field Music Give It Lose It Take It Tones Of Town
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Mouse On Mars Mine Is In Yours Radical Connector
Isotope 217 Audio Champion Utonian Automatic
seaweed Kid Candy Four
tenement halls As Long as It Takes Knitting Needles & Bicycle Bells
Sigur Rós Hjartad hamast Ágætis Byrjun
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We Versus The Shark Ten Uh Clock Heart Uh Tack Ruin Everything!
Burning Airlines Deluxe War Baby Identikit
Headphones Hot Girls Headphones
Aloha Your Eyes Some Echoes
28 Gates The Real Rhythm Jawja
Bishop Allen Flight 180 The Broken String
Geri X Hallelujah Can't Make You Happy
Born Ruffians Piecing it together Born Ruffians
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dear and glorious physician Frenzy (What Happened Then) Dear And Glorious Physician
Hightower Report - -
Concert Report - -
caribou melody day andorra
Okkervil River Unless It's Kicks The Stage Names
Clairvoyants Camera On A Track Your New Boundaries
archie bronson outfit Cherry Lips Derdang Derdang
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah The Skin Of My Yellow Country Teeth Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Daft Punk Superheroes Discovery