Work has been busy, busy, busy today. Adventurers, please don't beat any of your family members. That's more work for Steanso.
Here's an article from CNN's entertainment section about Austin's very own Spoon. I really liked Spoon's last album, Gimme Fiction, but when Steanso and Crackbass ventured out to La Zona Rosa to see them live a while back (see my February 3rd, 2006, entry for a perfunctory review of their February 2nd show) their live show didn't really blow me away. Granted, they had a fair amount of difficulty with their sound system and some other equipment that night, and by the time they got their problems resolved and really settled into their groove, they were in about the last 3 songs of the show. I couldn't help being kind of disappointed with the fact, however, that Spoon is clearly a band which is more impressive in the studio than they were on stage. Spoon used a lot of different instrumentation and different sounds on their album, but on stage they had a more stripped-down, four man band approach. There's nothing wrong with that, and some bands manage to transition very well in that regard (playing the songs slightly differently so that when there's less instrumentation the songs don't sound empty or like they're missing something), but Spoon didn't always quite manage to fill the voids left by the instrumentation on the album (despite the fact that they relied upon sequencers in a fair number of songs in the live show). Still, it's good to see some local guys making good on the national music scene. For a town that markets itself as the live music capital of the world, Austin often seems woefully underrepresented on the national music scene. By way of a little side note, I think Frank "Little Nicky" Skowronski once told me that one of the guys from Spoon used to work at AMD (or maybe he still does- who knows how long the Spoon train will keep on rolling). Maybe that's just wrong, though.
Anyway, Gimme Fiction is a good album and I may not have seen Spoon's best live work, so I'm still a Spoon supporter. Go, Spoon!!!