who was it that we saw that night?
Last Thursday, I saw Spoon at Amoeba Records, and they put on an incredible show. They were out promoting their new album, and were a bit surprised by the huge crowd that showed up.
Spoon's new album reminds me of a pair of perfect vintage jeans, the kind found buried underneath some mill and bought for a thousand bucks by Levi's. The songs on Gimme Ficton start out with a good denim pop structure, like previous masterpieces Girls Can Tell and Kill the Moonlight. The new records adds a little sonic wear-and-tear to an already classic sound; tape machines, hip-hop shouts, and shotgun guitar shots tear and rip the song's fabric in just the right places. These little details make all the difference, giving the album a wonderful lived-in feel. Openner "The Beast and Dragon, Adorded," weaves together lines and images from the rest of the album, working as a great stand along song and an excellent introduction to Gimme Fiction. "I Summon You" is touching love song, while "I Turn My Camera On" winks at 78 Jagger and shows bands like the Killers how to do dance-rock without turning into Duran Duran. From "The Infinite Pet" onwards, Spoon play with rhythm and micro percussion, sounding a bit like lcd soundsystem's "Yr City's A Sucker." Go get Gimme Fiction and show up all those kids in their spotless Evisu and bright green Diesel jeans what rock and roll is all about.
The next morning, Spoon appeared on Morning Becomes Electic. Check out the video.