LOCATION: Canal Street Tavern
LINEUP: Karin, Linford
REVIEW BY: Bruce Lachey
They played jazz standards!! I couldn't believe it. I'm a HUGE fan of jazz standards and have been since high school. They opening up both nights with Night and Day and played My Funny Valentine & Paper Moon in the last few songs. NEW songs, getcher NEW songs. Woohoo. Stella's Tarentella is my personal favorite. At some point during the weekend I said I wanted that song to live inside me and a few people nodded their agreement. Okay, they played a song they dedicated to Spinner, and which Kylie is particularly fond of. I'll let her explain that. I forget the name of the song. Well, still too groggy, oh well. Two more new songs, both righteous. This is gonna be an exciting new album, methinks. Other songs I remember them playing, in no particular order (I won't remember them all right now, so feel free to add to the list peeps): Remind Us How Long Have You Been Stoned Rhapsody Latter Days Suitcase (dedicated to Michelle) Hometown Boy The World Can Wait (she was reading the Films for Radio booklet because she forgot some of the lyrics...too funny) Karin did get political, more so in the first show than the second. I've got a whole post in me head over this, but I'm going to post that in the political forum when I get a chance. Awesome, awesome shows. The first show was so intense...it was like they needed to get something out. I started crying towards the end of the second half of that show and kept on until the end. It was too much in a wonderful kind of way. Saturday show was as powerful, but more laid back and playful.Jeanne
FRIDAY Night and Day Faithfully Dangerous Anything At All Looking Forward To Looking Back Stella's Tarentella Bothered Suitcase (for Michelle) Hometown Boy Drunkard's Prayer Remind Us ------- (break) World Can Wait ("I get a lot of requests in the ladies' room..."), complete with forgotten lyrics, despite the use of the FFR liner notes, but it was a dark room Far From Danger (I call this one "Bluer," but that looks funny written out) Fever My Love Is A Fever Little Blue River/In The Garden (subliminal block, Bruce?) How Long Have You Been Stoned Changes Come ------- (encore) My Funny Valentine Paper Moon Rhapsodie SATURDAY Night and Day Faithfully Dangerous Anything At All Looking Forward To Looking Back Stella's Tarentella another new one - don't remember much (It went something like "I want you to be my love" and it was the debut performance.) Bothered Drunkard's Prayer Remind Us ------- (break) Happy Birthday (for Linford) Latter Days Far From Danger She Seahorse Suitcase (for merch guy and another friend) How Long Have You Been Stoned Changes Come ------- (encore) My Funny Valentine Paper Moon Rhapsodie I really like the "Far From Danger/Bluer" song. Linford sang backing vocals, and it was really nice. I mentioned in another thread how much I love "Stella's Tarantella" as well. These were great shows. Karin & Linford were very playful with each other and with the audience both nights and they just seemed delighted to be there. The crowds each night were very nice and although Karin did make some political comments, she did note that she knew everyone in the audience wouldn't agree wih them and she wasn't trying to alienate "half our audience." She just felt that this year she needed to voice her opinions. I want to hear a whole album of OTR covering standards now. Next up on my list of requests is "I'll Be Seeing You," but there are plenty of other good ones out there. It was nice to meet a lot of new folks (I'm afraid I'll leave someone out, so feel free to chastise me if I do, because it's my aging brain that needs a kick...): Scotty (and Paula), Kevin, Dan (Taliendo), Michael (I think we did meet briefly before), Toby, Zayne, Jess, Scott W.. Damn, there's still not enough time to hang out with everyone. Okay, so for Maui 2006, we'll all be there longer than 2 days, right?michelle
When they opened with Night and Day I got instant giddy butterflies and My Funny Valentine rocked my world, and I said so to Karin after the show. That woman knows how to bust out with a standard. I've seen OtR 6x in 3 trips and I have to say that Karin was ON in a way I'd not seen before. It just blows my mind how you'll see her and chat before a show and she's smily and laughing and we all make short chit chat like she's another audience member - then they take the stage, her hand(s) grab the microphone stand and out of her comes this channeling of a hypnotic, seductive, angelic, broken, lovely and stunning goddess. Call that fan gushing if you think that's what it is but I'm just stating it as I witnessed it - and that's why I won't blink an eye to spend $$ on a plane ticket and fly 13 hours each way for 4 days and play with other apples - so I can be in the presence of it. How does every new song and record they share have me yelping and clapping my hands raw at the end? Looking Forward to Looking Back is going to be a favorite sing-along in the truck. Correct me if you know what the first verse actually was but it was close to... standing out in the freezing rain feels all right cause it's numbed the pain i'm looking forward to looking back looking forward to looking back on this day .. done to upbeat strumming. I greatly enjoyed Stella's Terantella - Karin was very seductive with this. After they performed it Saturday a man yelled out "Please record that!" and I concur. Please do, K&L. Far From Danger - I'm thinking that's the title for the one Linford sang with her for a lot of the song(?). I loved it, absolutely loved it. Please record it the way it was performed - it was wow'ing to see/hear Linford and Karin sing together. The only time we've gotten that served to us on cd is the chorus of Green Clouded Swallowtail and I'm positive I'm not the only one who wants more of a K&L voice meshing. i die just a little bit, just a little bit, each day bluer than the blue devils, bluer than the _________(?) Saturday night Karin did another new one that they didn't do Friday - it was lovely, so lovely and it's killin' me that I can't remember one darn lyric to it. I can hear the melody and the way her voice floats up at the chorus, but not one word is coming to mind!! I'm calling it right now as a big time contender to Rhapsodie for a favorite in the "What OtR song should I play at my wedding?" question game. Serious. Faithfully Dangerous this weekend was moody and stunning. And I've always been amazed how they've taken songs that have been full band recorded and reincarnated them as two-person acoustic songs. For example: How Long Have You Been Stoned - the acoustic version kicked the recorded version's ass, it may have even left some scratches and blood it was that good. Same with The World Can Wait. I'd heard the FFR version for so long before hearing them do it with only the piano and it's just, so much more. Karin said the ladies room is where it's at as far as getting requests go and someone had requested TWCW. And Anna wasn't joking - there was Karin, "Oooh, Oh oooo Woe Oh'ing" The World Can Wait with the FFR insert in her hand. She was doing a bang up job too, up to the second verse when her eyes went to the book too late and what I think should have been the "every day a page of paper, every night a photograph, a moveable feast..." part came out as "Sooooaaaaahhh OooooOoooo OhhhOhhh..". Karin spent most of the remainder of that song holding back smirks and trying not to laugh. When it was done she tossed the booklet over her shoulder in a way that said "oh forget it". HAH! I LOVE IT!. I loved hearing Drunkard's Prayer again on both nights. Karin does lovely in her songwriting unlike anyone else (to me). On Friday night she booboo'd Rhapsodie on the "and if you should ever leave" line, smiled, continued the song, then Linford did some piano thing and she booboo'd again and said "that one was Linford's fault." They both smiled through the end of the song and once Linford hit the final keys Karin walked over to him and kissed him on the cheek - just, what a show. Both nights. What amazing shows. I thoroughly enjoyed sneaking peeks at Scotty/nimrodcooper at certain times/songs during the shows too. Many times I'd look over and his head would be leaned back agaist the pole he was sitting in front of, eyes closed and head slowly turning. He's as much of a fan of My Love Is A Fever as I am. We both were yelling and clapping loudly after it both nights. By the time they went in to Paper Moon I realized that if they were to do a show of only old jazz standards I'd do my best to get myself to that show - and *cough cough*, if they were to put out a cd of covering old standards, I'd sure enjoy that. Anna used euphoric to describe they're attitude/energy. That's a spot-on description if you ask me. About 3-4 songs in on Friday Linford said something about how good they were feeling and before Paper Moon the same night Karin said "we're in a mood so we're just gonna go with it." I'm so happy they did. Thank you Karin & Linford, again, for doing what you do, the way you do it. I'll have to get into seeing apples again and meeting new apples (and not yet apples) in the other thread. There's so much going on in my mind - to the apples I met for the first time, I had an amazing weekend and I'm so thrilled to have met and talked with each of you, no matter how few words may have been exchanged and shyness not overcome with some. You helped make my weekend. And to those I had the joy and honor of seeing again, you proved the first CST weekend wasn't just a whirlwind high - you're fabulous. All of you. Karin and Linford and all of you, thank you for being a part of memories that I'll always think are almost unbelieveable cause they're so good.