Tonight Tonight in Music
posted by November 8 at 9:00 AMon
Tape TevoTiVo The Office. There’s too much stuff happening around town to stay home tonight.
*The 826 benefit is at Town Hall with Dave Eggers, Todd Barry, Eugene Mirman, Sasha Frere-Jones, Rosie Thomas, and Geologic of Blue Scholars. Jonathan Zwickel had a conversation with Dave Eggers and the evening’s host John Roderick of the Long Winters. Here’s an excerpt:
THE STRANGER: Aside from you, John, it does seem like the musicians involved are of the tame, fuzzy-sweater rock variety: Ben Gibbard, Sufjan Stevens, this generation of lit rock that’s popular right now.
EGGERS: You know what—I’ve actually never seen Ben Gibbard in a fuzzy sweater. I have to say that. He’s never worn one around me. I don’t know what he wears at home.
RODERICK: I have seen him in a fuzzy sweater, but he wasn’t wearing anything else.
EGGERS: But there’s going to be some hiphop at this show. And 826 performers, students in some of these shows in the past, or songwriters who appreciate a good turn of phrase and are good at it themselves… that’s the connection. They’re very similar in the attention paid to the written word, whether it’s in hiphop or—what did you call it? “Lit rock”?—which I hadn’t heard before, but I like that. I think the students recognize the common DNA to all those forms. So many of our students also do spoken word. They can put words on the page and perform them, too. There’s a blurry line between all those forms, but I think the bottom line is that the words are important and they mean something.
*Billy Joel is at the KeyArena. Zwickel claims you can’t appreciate him as an adult.
Billy Joel has sold more than 150 million albums worldwide. He set the record for sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden—12, two more than runner-up Bruce Springsteen—and had 13 Top 10 hits and 11 Top 10 albums. His songs are radio mainstays and his tours gross millions of dollars. But nobody cares about Billy Joel—nobody who matters, anyway.
*Drop the Lime is at Chop Suey’s Club Pop and Eric Grandy interviewed him (Luca Venezia) for this week’s paper:
Live, Venezia rocks a laptop, turntables, and a microphone, mixing songs on the fly, triggering samples, and singing over his own tracks. But for an artist who chops and spews such disparate styles at an often breakneck pace, he approaches his live sets with a kind of casual spontaneity.
“It’s very loose,” he says. “I like to see how the crowd feels. Maybe I’ll drop a dubstep tune, and if the crowd really goes crazy for it, then I’ll focus on putting more dubstep into the set that night. Or if I play some old-school Chicago house and people really go crazy for that, then I’ll shift gears and take the set in that direction. And that keeps it really fresh for me; every time I play, it’s a different set. I’ll have a rough outline or certain combinations of tunes that I like, but I like to jump around and not stick to one method.”
*And finally, Sondre Lerche is in town too.
Sondre Lerche, Dan Wilson
(Nectar) Sondre Lerche might take a keener-than-usual interest in the daily machinations of opener Dan Wilson, given that Lerche composed the just-released soundtrack to Dan in Real Life. The Norwegian singer-songwriter’s sprightly instrumentals and earnest acoustic numbers intertwine with the movie’s action, proving essential to its heartfelt, casually comic tone. Lerche’s chamber-pop version of Pete Townshend’s “Let My Love Open the Door” (which he coached Steve Carell to perform in the film) figures to represent Dan in Real Life live. Dan in Real Life follows February’s Phantom Punch, on which the erstwhile lounge crooner delved into noisy garage rock with his backing trio the Faces Down. Lerche left his band behind for this tour, but his charismatic presence and sensitive vocals, both magnified in a solo setting, should compensate for what the stripped-down Phantom Punch selections will lack in volume. ANDREW MILLER