August 24th, 2014

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Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me

So, the show. We were there for the mid-liners, I guess is the term, Walk The Moon. They played most of the songs one would expect --- they're not yet at the point they can quit playing ``Anna Sun'' because they're sick of it --- but included a couple of things from their first album that we forget to listen to around these parts, and a couple of songs from forthcoming work that's left us eager for them to go ahead and release it already. I don't think it rained any during this part of the show, but I might've just missed that, since I was paying attention to the singing.

The opener, Magic Man, is a band from Massachusetts and I believe bunny_hugger said we'd seen them as openers to Walk The Moon before although I'm not able to speak authoritatively about those past experiences. I enjoyed this one and apparently it was just in July that they released their first full album, but we haven't got it yet.

Panic! At The Disco we watched more or less on the understanding that neither of us was a fan of the band, but it's nice to be at a concert, and if it felt like the weather was getting rough faster than we were still enjoying the experience we'd duck out and not feel bad about it. At that we stayed the whole show; they played something like an hour and a quarter. Also based on the crowd reactions everything they played was the favorite song of a substantial fraction of the audience; I didn't realize they were quite so popular.

An oddity: Panic! At The Disco had video playing behind them, most of it tied in one way or another to their song. Part of their performance was to do Bohemian Rhapsody, which is in the class of songs that are fun to see performed even if they last longer than fourth grade. A couple times during this the video played scenes from Wayne's World, which, yeah, I think was a fine enough comedy but which also seems like one time-coded for our generational cohort.

I mean, why should someone who wasn't even born yet when the movie came out care about the movie or references to it? But the crowd seemed to get it. I don't know why. I guess in some ways Wayne's World takes stabs at universality --- it's kind of about being expected to do something grown-up when you aren't really ready for it --- but is that enough? Or is it just the movie was always on Comedy Central when they were kids so it feels warm and familiar? Or maybe the band just threw it in figuring, it doesn't matter what's playing and someone out there will get it.

Trivia: The coast of Provence was renamed the Cote d'Azure in 1877, to make it sound more attractive. Source: The Discovery of France: A Historical Geography, Graham Robb.

Currently Reading: Echo Round His Bones, Thomas M Disch.