Friday night at Alt-J I leaned over to Jeso and told her I had no idea what any of the members of the band looked like before they walked out on stage around 9pm. She squealed, “me neither!” The show was awesome. Live music is the best, no? Listening to them live was lysergic acid diethylamide for my ears. Also, the song Fitzpleasure (so conveniently featured in the Youtube video above) was amazing live + a movement masterpiece. Gwil Sainsbury totally rocked out while playing the castanets (also featured in the video!). It was one of those times in life when you’re like “yeah, that person is really into this and it is awesome.”
Music weekend continued Saturday night with Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly and Bryce Dressner at BAM for their concert, Planetarium, inspired by the solar system.
It was incredible.
It’s incredible to see talented musicians that are making serious and intelligent work without the sarcasm and cynicism that seems to come with art created by young artists. To see something that is so well crafted, that seems so much bigger than you, and comes from a level intelligence and brilliance that most of us will never reach… well that shit is incredible.
Did I mention there were lasers and a beautiful video projected on a globe and perfect lighting? My fear is that this show was so good that it has ruined me for all other shows.
At the end of it all, after that end-of-concert clap-a-thon surprise-we’re-coming-back-onstage-for-one-more-song, Sufjan sang an acoustic “Over the Rainbow” and Jeso and I lost our shit.
Someday I’ll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemon drops away above the chimney tops
That’s where you’ll find me
So. Effing. Amazing.