And now, the post you’ve all been waiting for … well, at least one of you.
Allow me to backtrack to the National show in LA last week. Annie and I are having a splendid time at the bar with Justin and his wife, Melissa (two of the nicest people you’ll meet). Then the house music dies and a tall man with a button-down shirt (white collar/cuffs) takes the stage. He’s by himself. Singing. There’s some electronic-type beats backing him. Nothing more, nothing less.
So we’re sorta stunned. Like, this isn’t for real, is it? It is. And, admittedly, we kind of have a laugh at it. Until … um, well … I start getting into it. For a guy who is like a cross between Harry Connick and Rick Astley (props to the wife for that reference), I’m thinking this is some ironic/hipster ploy. It isn’t.
And it isn’t funny anymore when all the cool kids start slowly migrating toward the stage, eager for a closer look whilst bobbing to the beats. I can’t decide: He’s retro, he’s ironic, he’s hip, he’s ballsy, he’s … good. Hell, he has a pompadour. And he’s sort of doing this mic-in-one-hand, mic-cord-in-the-other-hand dance that you might do if you were at home by yourself listening to Wham!. In a matter of about a 40-minute set, Baby Dayliner converts elitist hipsters to cooing fans.
Melissa was so enamored with Baby Dayliner, she just had to get her picture with him. So she steps to him at the bar, tells him he put on a great show, and he’s a real nice, laid-back cool kind of dude. He makes small talk â€“ and makes some pretty sweet faces for photos:
- Dodge is rockin’ a new Black Keys track here.
- Eric, probably my favorite-ist writer out on these here blogs, kills it yet again with another well-written piece on the exaggerated notion of “payola” and what it means to mp3 bloggers.
- Peter saw Blackalicious Tuesday night, and I’m jealous.
How about some upcoming shows in the A to the Z?:
- Jax may severely injure me if I don’t go check out the Cold War Kids opening for Two Gallants at Modified on Thursday.
- Fruit Bats visit Modified on April 15. Alas, I work. The second time they’ve come through that I’ll have to miss out.
- Bloc Party and TV on the Radio, April 27 at Marquee Theatre in Tempe.
- How about John Vanderslice on May 9 at Modified? With Laura Veirs. I missed JV in November because I was in Chicago. Not this time, my friends.
- Next day, May 10: Soul Position at the Clubhouse in Tempe.
- May 24 is Prefuse 73 with Edan at the Brickhouse in Phoenix.
- May 29 is Pinback at the Clubhouse (Jesus, Stateside Presents is bringin’ it!)
- And June 17 … the Walkmen with Richard Swift and Talkdemonic at the Clubhouse.