Jonathan Field - Maker of Random Stuff

Concert Update

I managed to organize my office/studio a little on Sunday. Enough so that I actually played some music and recorded an idea or two. Been a while since I’ve done that. I should probably make some kind of commitment, like recording one song per month or something. But that’s too much pressure. Maybe instead I’ll commit to thinking about recording one song per month.

I met up with Romi outside the House of Blues around 6PM. Did you know you can’t buy gum at Mandalay Bay? And I thought Vegas was an “anything goes” kinda town. They did have Mentos, though, so my evening was not ruined.

Inside we saw Gogol Bordello … self described “gypsy punks”. I thought it looked a little more like “Pirate Rock” myself. They put on an amazingly lively show, which included people marching around with bass drums and cymbals, and others who just danced frenetically. I eventually counted nine members — the only time they held still long enough was on their final bow. The lead singer had a big fluffy mustache.

Following up were Tegan & Sara. Their stage show was dramatic in it’s lack of random people flailing around on stage. But their catchy little tunes made up for it. I think I’ll check out that “So Jealous” album that’s getting around…

There was a standup comedian who appeared between each act on a big projection TV. Note: he got pretty good reactions with the words “pot” and “blowjob”.

Cake came on and did a decent job rocking out. But here I will digress… throughout the night the sound was bad. Now, I don’t consider myself a master sound technician, but I know I could have mixed this stuff better. I mean I could hardly hear the vocals for the first two acts, and while I could hear the vocals for Cake, the drums and guitar were pretty much buried. I’m not sure they even had the drum mics on at all — just the acoustic sound of the drums competing with the terrifically loud bass amp. I really just wanted to walk over there, slip the guy at the board a roofie, and mix that shit myself. I mean, just turning everything up to 11 would have been a start.

But despite that, I had a good time. And finishing off with great sushi just put it over the top. Now get back to work, dammit!

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