Friday, December 15, 2006

Vodka Latka

Show: Vodka Latka at The Independent
Headliner: Golem
Openers: Conspiracy Of Beards, DJ Anaan, Festival of Rights Menorah-Lighting
Location: The Independent in San Francisco, CA
Date: Thursday, December 15, 2006
2006 Show #: 15

Vodka Latka was the second annual festival put on for Hanukkah. We managed to win some free tickets via the Noise Pop mailing list, making the price of the evening right. The evening began with more freebies. Specifically, free latkas (though no free vodka). The latkas were tasty and plentiful for those who arrived early.

One interesting note though was Latka hippy lady. Before the latkas were served, a rail thin looking women came up to us (the group I was with) and started going on and on about how hungry she was and asked whether we thought they'd serve the latkas to us. I tried joking that they wouldn't, but she didn't get it. She then proceeded to walk over to the supplies and proceeded started sticking her hands into things. Until she got swatted away by a staffer. The last I saw of her she was dancing by herself in the middle of the floor between the sets...

DJ Anaan played between sets. There isn't much to say about the DJ. Standard enjoyable choices, but nothing particularly significant.

The festival of rights menorah lighting was interesting. For each candle, a person came up and spoke about their social action initiative and how people could act. Good stuff.

Conspiracy of Beards is about a 30 man acapella group that sings solely the songs of Leonard Cohen. It's an interesting concept. Unfortunately, it just wasn't working that night. I enjoyed that they sang "Everybody Knows" (though I like the Concrete Blonde version best), but that was the first song they did. They didn't hold the audience's attention, which is kind of death for a acappella band.

Golem played about an hour set from 10:35p ish to 11:30p. A very high energy set. Though not as high energy as I'd expected, at least in comparison to Gogol Bordello. There were often times of a more sedate nature. Golem is an eastern European Jewish folk punk band from New York (thus validating the Gogol Bordello comparison). They do put on a good show though. One song, they had 3 professional dancers in the crowd to really get things going at one point. Their attempt to dance the hora resulted in an effective mosh pit. We ended up doing a 1 song encore, but we split between the main set's end and the start of the encore. Overall, a good show. Not worth going too far out of the way for though.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Best Of 2006

This list could change at just about any moment, but as I sit down to write this, here's my best of lists for 2006.

Top Songs of 2006
1. Oppenheimer - Breakfast In NYC
2. Band Of Horses - The Funeral
3. Swan Lake - All Fires
4. The Pipettes - Your Kisses Are Wasted On Me
5. Built To Spill - Conventional Wisdom
6. Beirut - Postcards From Italy
7. Sufjan Stevens - Springfield, or Bobby Got a Shadfly Caught in His Hair
8. Sunset Rubdown - They Took A Vote And Said No
9. Psapp - Hill of Our Home
10. Destroyer - European Oils
11. Tortoise & Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Thunder Road
12. Danielson - Did I Step On Your Trumpet
13. The Hold Steady - First Night
14. Wolfmother - Tales From The Forest of Gnomes
15. Electric President - Good Morning, Hypocrite
16. Herbert - Something Isn't Right
17. Lily Allen - Knock 'Em Out
18. El Perro Del Mar - G-d Knows (You Gotta Give To Get)
19. Final Fantasy - This Lamb Sells Condos
20. Cat Power - Could We
21. Voxtrot - Mothers, Sisters, Daughters & Wives
22. Hot Chip - Over And Over
23. Psapp - Hi
24. The Pipettes - Pull Shapes
25. The Hussy's - Tiger
26. Cansi De Ser Sexy - Let's Make Love And Listen To Death From Above
27. Sufjan Stevens - The Henney Buggy Band
28. Destroyer - Looter's Follies
29. Islands - Rough Gem
30. Lily Allen - LDN
31. Zero 7 - The Pageant Of The Bizarre
32. The Dresden Dolls - Shores Of California
33. Borat - Kazakhstan
34. The Awkward Stage - Heaven Is For Easy Girls
35. The Carrots - Beverly
36. Man Man - Engwish Bwudd
37. Midlake - Roscoe
38. Belle & Sebastian - Sukie In The Graveyard
39. Snowden - Anti-Anti
40. The Sounds - Song With A Mission

Top Albums of 2006
1. Build To Spill - You In Reverse
2. Pipettes - We Are The Pipettes
3. Band Of Horses - Everything All The Time
4. Lily Allen - Alright, Still
5. Hold Steady - Boys And Girls In America
6. Voxtrot - Mother, Sisters, Daughters & Wives EP
7. Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche
8. Sunset Rubdown - Shut Up I Am Dreaming
9. Dresden Dolls - Yes, Virginia
10. Destroyer - Destroyer's Rubies
11. Electric President - Electric President
12. Cat Power - The Greatest

Top Concerts I Attended in 2006
1. Built To Spill/Brett Netson #9
2. Britt Daniel/Laura Veirs/Martyn Leaper/Meric Long #6
3. Radiohead/Deerhoof #11
4. Belle & Sbastian/New Pornographers #4
5. Nada Surf/Rogue Wave/Inara George #3
6. Laura Veirs/Your Heart Breaks/Karl Blau #14
7. Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young #13