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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Last night's concert at the Granada was the best I've seen this year. Austin and I went to see Ben Gibbard, lead singer for Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service (and occasional singer for DNTEL).

David Bazan, one of the opening acts, sang a lovely acoustic version of Radiohead's "Let Down," a song featuring blinky bips and the phrase "chemical reaction," which makes it a winner in my world.

The evening was like a gentle Death Cab concert, but with my other favorite stuff they never play, like "Such Great Heights" and "Brand New Colony." Plus, Ben singing Nirvana's "All Apologies," most of the words to which I could surprisingly recall.

I got a photo of the set list! Here's the menu:

Steadier Footing
We Will Become Silhouettes
Why You'd Want to Live Here
(This is) The Dream of Evan and Chan
Title and Registration
Crooked Teeth
You Remind Me of Home
We Looked Like Giants
Passenger Seat
Soul Meets Body
(a Squeeze song dedicated to Robin)
A Movie Script Ending
Brand New Colony
I Will Follow You Into the Dark
Blacking out the Friction
All Apologies
The Sound of Settling
Such Great Heights

The highlight of the evening was definitely Ben at the piano singing "Passenger Seat." It's my favorite song of Death Cab's; it'll be featured in the wedding:

Adding to the evening was the fact that I had very pleasant people surrounding me; usually, I hate humanity after I get out of concerts. But my balcony-mates were funny, friendly, and kind. Thanks, anonymous people!

And the Granada had Woodchuck Cider. That was fizzy perfection. Just like Ben.
I agree that was the best concert I've seen this year. My wife was very pleased with hearing "Lack of Color" and the Nirvana was a great bonus. We were in the balcony too.. in the roped off section to the left of the sound board. Take a peak at my pics on flickr.

This made me all intrigued, so I looked around and found a bootleg recording--not of your particular concert, but of one a week ago in Somerville, MA:

longhorndave, we were right behind you, in the 2nd row of bodies past the front balcony wall, at the division between your section and the sound board section.

(We'd already seen your pics, probably by doing the same flickr search you did!)


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