Thursday, January 21, 2010

A. A. Bondy at Cafe du Nord, 1.20.2010

While Bondy isn't much for stage presence -- his banter was limited (and though sincere, quite awkward) and he kept lowering the lights until the entire stage was black with a tinge of red -- it really didn't matter. His dreamlike, heartfelt lyrics, soulful delivery, and sweet melodies punctuated with big Neil Young-esque chords (on one of two Sunburst guitars) didn't need any additional accoutrement.

I'd been waiting for the show to buy his first album on vinyl, American Hearts, and my friend bought the second (When The Devil's Loose, which made my tops for 2009), and both Bondy and his merch/roadie/sound/lighting guy were just sweet as pie and pleased as punch, thanking us for supporting the show and the records. Good people.

What a lovely way to end a rainy San Francisco night where earlier we actually got into the Monk's Kettle right away, and tucked into creamy mac and cheese and Fuller's London Porter on nitro tap. Yum!

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Blogger Kim said...

This sounds like it was a good show despite the lack of banter. I remember going to see Cat Power and she would turn her back on the audience! :)

January 27, 2010 at 8:10:00 PM PST  
Blogger saudade said...

Oh yeah, I heard about that! With everything downloadable pretty much for free if you want it, and merch and shows being the big moneymakers now, I think the days of disrespecting your audience are over for most musicians (unless you're Ian McCulloch!)

Courtney Love (of all people) did a really good speech on this a while back. I especially like her bit on musicians remembering that they are essentially service workers:

January 28, 2010 at 1:39:00 PM PST  
Blogger saudade said...

Erm, or you can read my post about Love and find the full linkiliciousness here.

January 28, 2010 at 1:44:00 PM PST  

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