Tuesday, July 15, 2008

musings on rumour and humour and tumour and blooumer

I understand that The Crowd Scene performed last night at the Galaxy Hut, supported by New York's rootsy singer-songwriter Matt Keating.

Because of work stresses, I was unable to attend. But I'm told it was brilliant.

Keating opened the night performing as a three-piece band. The dearth o' '51 Squiers, Squires, was painful, but the earnest singer was strong, and the band was tight. Vocal harmonies were quite evident, making the act an excellent fit with the Crowd Scene. Some changeovers were a bit . . lengthy, but bassist Catherine displayed a puckish humour that led to [rumour has it] many a crush amongst the assembled men [and three amongst the assembled ladies]. The ladies all commented on bassist's looks, while the men all commented on her attitude. Had I been there, I wouldn't have seen the look, as spectacles do not correct Mister Blind-post-ERetinal-Surgery-Man's eyes. But I would have heard the attitude. Mr. Keating also brought good, healthy attitude --I dug his vibe.

I hear that Crowd Scene also tore the roof off the sucker, adding the live rockage to introspective tunes like It's Not Easier [or perhaps It's Easier; those crafty popsters confound and confuse with their titles], and Ill Take the Blame,, revisiting Global Village Idiot, and the crazy world of Arthur Brown [I don't even mess with that title].

I hear the Teles were played a lot.

I hear that the vocal interplay of the Crowd Scenesters was MOST excellent.

I hear there was less puckish humour from the CS, because the between-song interludes were mercifully short, and the band was tight and spot-on.

I hear that 15" bass speakers boom and thud.

I hear that the collection of beautiful, beautiful women was amAZING. The notion that the distaff side hits its stride at 40 was confirmed.

I hear.

Update: Catherine, the bassist for Matt Keating played a 1966 Precision. Anne, the bass player for Crowd Scene, played [what looks to me like] a late-70s 4001 Rickenbacker bass. Any chance it's a Chris Squire model?

I don't really know my Rick basses, y' know.


Little Johnny Jewel said...

It's a '74.

mister muleboy said...


Despite my reputed disdain for Rickenbacker 4001 basses, they more-closely fit my desired sound than many other basses. It would be fun someday to play Anne's 4001 to see how it fits.

I liked Anne's new cabinet quite a bit. I think I am more closely in tune with the tones that Matt's bass player got; Anne occupies a different, less-scooped space than my ears hear. But Anne fit in with your electric and with Evan in a just-right way

Little Johnny Jewel said...

I've always thought one of these would be right for your idiom

mister muleboy said...

I've come close a couple o' times, once even getting set to buy a Nikki Sixx model.

But the sound o' the buggers does not appeal to me, and the rosewood neck, sticking way out there, encourages me to play too many different notes.

This is not a joke.

So I have eschewed to date.

tomanonymous said...

But it has speed knobs standard!

mister muleboy said...

where's the fun in that?

mister muleboy said...

btw, had I been at the show at GalHut, I also probably would have commended the musician on stage right for selecting and using a Vox AC30, which had an awesome sound that at times was a whirrrr in my head.

Little Johnny Jewel said...

Shame you weren't there, I could've used some positive affirmation.

lupner said...

You were deeply missed. A fine time was had by all, and The Crowd Scene, and Matt Keating, were brilliant as described. Sitting on seat's edge for upcoming Glossary for Squares. And future performances, please . . .

Perhaps I shall put a blond Tele on my list in the meantime . . .