Compared to a Summer Day
Too hot the eye of music shines
By August March
—“Heavy Metal Drummer,” by Wilco from the album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.
It’s a perfect time to reflect on all those gloriously verdant summer times made possible through the agency of human experience. Or you can just say “Fuck it” to all that contemplative mierda and go see a show.
That’s a pretty decent song to listen to as summer wanes. Labor day and the season’s unofficial end come this weekend. It’s a perfect time to reflect on all those gloriously verdant summer times made possible through the agency of human experience. Or you can just say “Fuck it” to all that contemplative mierda and go see a show. Here’s what I’m looking at this week, either straight-on or sideways, as the three day holiday advances with autumn right behind it.
Saturday, Part I
Saturday, Part II
This Saturday approaches the peak of a traditional American holiday that originally sought to recognize the labor movement in this country, but instead has become about putting summer away with one final and fecund flourish. So, of course there’re plenty of decent concerts that day, from the freshest hip-hop to the dankest drone. I’m getting the sense, though, that one of those celebratory concerts hereabouts has been overlooked. I’ll set that straight though, by talking a little bit about Foreigner. They’ll be playing at Route 66 Casino Legends Theater (14500 Central SW) on Saturday, Sept. 3.
I’d always stayed away from this band and believed wholeheartedly in the hypothesis that they represented the kind of smooth and seductive corporate rock that really was from the devil (and punk rockers and independent labels were angels, of course). After listening to their oeuvre in preparation for this tirade, I’m willing to discuss modifications. Mick Jones, the only original member of the current lineup, wrote some decent pop-rock songs—loaded with ear worms—as a young rocker. In many ways, Foreigner represented “the best” the big record companies had to offer. That’s sad and ironic, but occasionally Foreigner really rocked. Their best stuff is the early work, like “Blue Morning, Blue Day,” where Jones’ sharp guitar licks actually meant something besides money. $36-70 gets you in; the late 1970s or their verisimilitude take effect at 8pm.
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