We are now only 3 weeks away from the big trip to Texas. As the phone prankster Mark Knopfler would say, "I'm getting pretty excited..."
Today's match up is during the 5:30 time slot on Saturday and it pits electro-poppers MGMT up against druggie, trance-rockers Spiritualized.
I bought MGMT's debut CD "Oracular Spectacular" used at CD Cellar right when the song "Time to Pretend" (or "Time to Prevent", if you are Jumbo Slice) starting getting popular. I liked the disc a fair amount though it never really grew on me. Like most CD's I purchase (and most bands I see), it was neither here nor there, a solid B, an 85, or if you like Pitchfork, a 6.8. They opened for Yeasayer on the fabled Black Cat backstage debacle/protest and I have heard they are not bad live. However, due to the popularity of "Time to Pretend", they catapulted from mere backstage openers, to 930 Club headliners (sold-out show, mind you) in about 6 months time. Merely a buzz band? Are they worthy of DCRC's precious time?
Spiritualized is another band that I have enjoyed on CD. Well, to be honest, the only Spiritualized disc I own is "Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space", but a fine disc it is. Jimbromski has been enjoying the new one "Songs in A & E" and we dropped the ball on his suggestion to see them at the 930 Club a few months ago (which I heard was a fantastic show, BTW). I just wonder how the live performance will go over during the day in festival atmosphere. Will they still have the reverb and noise, or will it be more of an acoustic, laid-back vibe? Also, Jumbo Slice better do a good job of scoring us some drugs if we are going to fully enjoy this one.