September 21, 2008

UNBOXING DAY:

In Rainbows album coverImage via WikipediaRadiohead: Live In Concert (Bob Boilen, 9/05/08, NPR: All Songs Considered)

When I think of the best concerts I've seen, I always flash back to Pink Floyd in early 1972. Almost two years before the band released what would become Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd performed the entire suite of songs to the amazement of us all. We'd never heard any of the songs (then titled Eclipse: A Piece for Assorted Lunatics), and with its quadrophonic sound, it remains the most massive musical surprise I've experienced.

Radiohead's show at the Santa Barbara Bowl came as close for musicianship and creativity as any show I've seen in 37 years. I've seen a lot of shows.

These guys write great songs, and sometimes you can even sing along to them, but what they do better than any band is create a sonic adventure — a soundscape which, at its best, stretches time and allows the mind to wander and rejuvenate. I think of it as resetting the synapses. Creativity breeds creativity. When the music was over, I felt unboxed and changed and pretty darn happy. Drugs are overrated; music is underrated.

Set List

Reckoner

Optimistic

There There

15 Step

All I Need

Nude

Talk Show Host

Weird Fishes/Arpeggi

The Gloaming

Morning Bell

National Anthem

Faust Arp

No Surprises

Jigsaw Falling Into Place

The Bends

Karma Police

Bodysnatchers

First Encore

Cymbal Rush

House of Cards

Paranoid Android

Go Slowly

Everything in Its Right Place

Second Encore

Videotape

Lucky

Idioteque

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Posted by Orrin Judd at September 21, 2008 7:33 AM
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