Thursday, December 27, 2012
X AND THE REVEREND HORTON HEAT AT IRVING PLAZA
The Reverend Horton Heat played first so let's start with them. It's no secret that I'm a huge fan. Their last album Laughin' And Cryin' was one of my favorites of 2009. I go and see them in concert any chance I get. They have never let me down, and they didn't this time either.
I've wanted to see X in concert forever, and finally got my chance over the summer, when I saw them at Jay-Z's "Made In America" festival of all places. They pulled a small crowd, but it was a loyal crowd. Everyone in front of that stage knew what was up: X is the real deal. After all these years, they're still the real deal. Not everyone will get it, and that's just the way it is. They had the true punk rock ethic: they played to us as if their lives depended on it.
The show at Irving was a different vibe: it was mostly their crowd. They played like their lives depended on it even more than they had at Made In America. "Your Phone's Off The Hook, But You're Not," "Sex And Dying In High Society," "In This House That I Call Home," "We're Desperate," "Adult Books," "Los Angeles" "Nausea," "Johnny Hit And Run Paulene," and their cover of The Doors' "Soul Kitchen" sound as urgent as ever. I would imagine that when these songs were new, they made 75% of commercially successful rock music sound silly. Today, its a reminder of how important music should be. Today, they're a reminder of how great music is supposed to be, how much it should mean.
Actually I was thinking that thought throughout the show, before Exene told us (as if we didn't know) "These aren't just songs, we're not 'entertainers!' Do you ever actually listen to the words? Pull out your cable, throw out your television, don't be 'sheep-le!'"
Another thought I had: if this was the last rock concert I'd ever see, it would be a good one. Most people don't know who X is. Most of the hipsters in town were at a show across town (Dinosaur Jr. was playing that night also). But sometimes "the unheard music" is also the best music.
(all photos by Maria Ives)