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|Monday, June 30th, 2008|
My second Spree Show 6/29/08
Just as awesome as the last.
Get Up and Go
Hanging Around the Day
It's the Sun
Light to Follow
Tragiverse (YEAH. I KNOW. WHAT?!)
Live and Let Die (cover)
Together We're Heavy
Light and Day
Everything Starts at the Seam
When the Fool Becomes a King
Happy Birthday to Rick (violinist)
Then after Tim said his parting words he started an a capella cover of Blackbird.
The show was completely fantastic. Turned my sister into a Polyphonic Spree fan, and all was wonderful. The set, except for a few (Gauranteed, Tragiverse, and Live and Let Die, and Seam) was exactly the same as my first show. But Tim and the rest of the Spree were completely awesome and in to it last night. Amazing. There were SO many people there. This was at Summerfest here in Milwaukee, WI... not really a music festival that pulls in this type of music normally. For example Jack's Mannequin was on at the same time on another stage, and like Tim McGraw is playing later this week. ANYWAY. I was SHOCKED how many people were there to see TPS. And the security personale were getting WAY into it. Actually a couple joined during the night in the pit to watch. Major points for TPS for a supremely AWESOME show. :D
Other notes: no confetti or anything extra special tech wise. and they seemed to be having problems with the flute mic all night long. so i saw a lot of the tech guys running around in the pit.
(not all of them are rotated yet, and some are from other things I saw before TPS came on) Current Mood: bouncy
|Friday, February 8th, 2008|
The Polyphonic Spree's latest single/video "We Crawl"
While you may have suspected that The Polyphonic Spree lived together in a commune or all shared one big bed, like The Monkees, the truth is very different as we see in their new video “We Crawl.” The video was shot giving each member of the band a video camera to shoot themselves singing the song in and around Dallas going about their daily business, sans robes or military-inspired fatigues.
The band members walk the streets, feed their kids, play their instruments and pick up their robes from the dry-cleaners, with relatively few shots where we see more than one of them at once. The song’s chorus of “Together we’re better” feels appropriate here, as we see the individual members who make up the band and hear what happens when these 23 people get together. Source
|Friday, January 11th, 2008|
|Monday, December 3rd, 2007|
|Sunday, November 11th, 2007|
I just saw The Polyphonic Spree in Jacksonville today for the first time, at Talleyrand. I must say I was impressed. Right when they started playing I knew there was something different about the group, they're not a band... they're a revolution, they're a movement, they're amazing. The future of music. I felt like I was part of the music, and everyone around me was part of the whole experience as well. I predict that this band will become the next big thing, and that's not something I'm ashamed of saying... the world needs The Polyphonic Spree.
|Thursday, November 8th, 2007|
(crossposted with minor editing from my journal)
Short concert report for the Houston show :
There wasn't one.
I dropped the spouse off at home and went on to Bayou Place, where my parking-fu was strong indeed. I made sure the car wouldn't be towed and went up to the theatre, where I found (A) no crowd, and (B) signs on all the doors reading as follows :
Due to a flu sweeping through the Person to Person tour, The Polyphonic Spree and Rooney have been forced to cancel the Houston show November 8th at Verizon Wireless Theater. The tour will resume at The Telleyran Music Festival in Jacksonville Florida. Refunds are available at point of purchase.
Oh well - it's the Spree, so I'm trying to be positive about the whole thing...
(And I'm betting that they'll be back sometime next summer, and hopefully at the Warehouse again - I am getting to really like that place.)
(Addendum : while writing this out, I was reading the Spree forum and got a LOT more upset - they debuted a new cover a couple of days ago. "Live and Let Die". I plotz just thinking about what their arrangement might be like. I HOPEHOPEHOPE a friendly taper gets this one soon...)
|Monday, September 24th, 2007|
my parents had the tv on in the living room today. as i walked through, i heard a familiar sound. i paused and realized that NBC was playing a snippet of "Running Away" while showing clips of NFL football. that made me happy.
|Sunday, September 9th, 2007|
|Monday, August 27th, 2007|
...so I went to the 'Spree's MySpace site and noticed that everyone had updated their pictures on the "meet the Polyphonic Spree" page. I checked 'em out. They're nice.
One thing, though:
:( Current Mood: worried
|Friday, July 20th, 2007|
I hate to spam everyone again -- but I will -- and hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.
I've posted all of the videos
I can find on YouTube from the El Rey show on my blog
Relive the experience.
X-posted per my usual.
|Thursday, July 19th, 2007|
7/18/07: El Rey Theatre in LA
The Polyphonic Spree's show in LA was amazing
I've posted all of my pictures here
...and will probably write up my experiences in my own journal later tonight or tomorrow. I might cross-post that here, too.ETA
: My personal account of the concert is here
. It is long.
The Polyphonic Spree set-list from the El Ray show (Los Angeles) on Wednesday, July 18th. (I've added which album each track is from.) If I've missed any, please let me know.
American Dream (Unknown)
Running Away (The Fragile Army)
Hanging Around (The Beginning Stages of...)
Get Up and Go (The Fragile Army)
It's The Sun (The Beginning Stages of...)
Light to Follow (The Fragile Army)
Younger Yesterday (The Fragile Army)
The Fragile Army (The Fragile Army)
La La (The Beginning Stages of...)
Middle of the Day (The Beginning Stages of...)
Watch Us Explode/Justify (The Fragile Army)
We Crawl (The Fragile Army)
The Championship (The Fragile Army)
Together We're Heavy (Together We're Heavy AND The Fragile Army)
Lithium (Wait EP)
When The Fool Becomes a King (Together We're Heavy)
Soldier Girl (The Beginning Stages of...)
Light and Day (The Beginning Stages of...)
Ride Captain Ride (cover of song by Blues Image)
Hold Me Now (Together We're Heavy)
Best Part (Unknown)
Apologies for the duplication: X-Posted to _itsthesun
|Tuesday, July 17th, 2007|
My Toronto Polyphonic Experience (reposted from facebook)
To begin, I have to say that words cannot adequately express the magnitude of my Polyphonic Spree experience. But I'll do my best.
I love the Polyphonic Spree - have for years. But I never expected them to come to Toronto. When I found out they were coming to Toronto, I was so excited that I actually almost hyperventilated. I am telling the truth. This is a big deal for me.
I generally don't go in to shows with huge expectations. But I have to admit that for this one, my expectations were pretty high. I don't like to do that, because I'm usually disappointed.
I was not disappointed. Not by any stretch of the imagination. On the contrary, it was beyond anything I could have imagined.
When the music began, it was such a huge sound of bliss, really - it was truly overwhelming. I literally had tears streaming down my face during the band's opening number. You must understand, this was like a dream come true - I had thought I would never hear them live - and the way they sound live is so enormous compared to what can be captured on a CD.
I am going to take a moment to talk about Tim DeLaughter. He's the frontman and mastermind of The Polyphonic Spree. What I'd seen and read of him was very impressive, and I had thought very highly of him. To see him live was incredible - he has such charisma and presence, and comes across so genuine and true. I have seen a lot of bands, but I have never seen anyone own a stage and a room the way he does.
But that's not all - it gets better.
Like I mentioned, I've seen a lot of bands. Most of them in 'small' venues like the Phoenix. And I'm pretty much always right near the front. Some of the frontmen make eye contact. But never, never have I ever seen anyone connect with his audience the way Tim does.
And here's the really cool part. He picked me out. There were a few people he picked out, and I was one of them. Numerous times throughout the show he smiled and sang directly to me. (I have witnesses; this isn't a figment of my imagination.)
Oh yeah... it gets better still.
At one point, Tim came down into the audience. I was in the right spot; he walked right past me. When he went back up to the stage, I sort of patted him on the shoulder, like a 'moral support' gesture. That was really cool.
But it gets better. No, really.
For the encore, the band changed from their really cool Fragile Army uniforms to their classic white robes. And they returned to the stage walking through the audience. Once again, right past me. I once again patted several members of the band on the shoulder as they went by. Some of them were high-fiving people along the way, stuff like that. And Tim came last. I reached out to pat him on the shoulder again. He put out his hand, and turned toward me - I thought he was going to shake my hand. No. He put his arms around me and gave me the warmest, most genuine hug - it felt as though we'd been friends for years. Totally blew my mind.
At the end of the show, as they were walking off stage, Tim was waving and pointing at the several people who'd yelled stuff to him, or jumped up on stage during the show, and he waved at me and said "Thanks!"
The music and the performance in and of itself was spectacular and unparallelled. But adding in the interaction I experienced puts the whole thing so far past any show I've ever been to before - and likely any show I may ever go to yet. At this point, I truly feel that I have no need to go to any other concert. There is no way it could compare.
I'm still smiling! Current Mood: ecstatic
I saw the Polyphonic Spree twice in Philadelphia about two weeks ago. It was the greatest night I've had in a long time. I was in such a good mood afterwards, I slept like a baby that night. I had been waiting since "The Beginning Stages..." to see the Spree live, and it was worth the wait. They basically did two shows at the TLA, one in the Army uniforms, one in the robe, which made my night! The minimalist version of "Sun" was great. And to top it off, they all did an autograph session after the 2+ hour show. I told Tim after the XPN show that I'd bring him my copy of "Splash of Sunshine Vol. 2" to the TLA; he seemed to really enjoy seeing it. Best night's sleep I had in a long time. Excellent, excellent experience. :-D
|Monday, July 16th, 2007|
I love the Spree...I've seen them three times so far (twice in Philadelphia, and just recently in Minneapolis). Always a great show, always a great time, and I always want to run away with them. They are a group I will always see when they come to town, no matter what.
Happy 7th Birthday!!
Joy, powerful swells of happiness, dancing and humor filled the Showbox in Seattle, WA last night with the performance of The Spree's performance wiping away any grey clouds we had inside of us.
I was recently introduced to Hold Me Now and got intrigued by the sound and the band aspects of their performances...the messages of happiness and energy wrapped me up so I was one of the many anticipating the release of the newest album. It was far from disappointing.
Performing a cover of any Nirvana song to a Seattle audience is indeed brave and risky, but Kurt himself would have been proud of their rendition of Lithium. It felt like the song was meant to be performed that way.
I would see this tour again for sure - may have to coordinate a trip somewhere if the tour runs for a while. I can see now why the Spree's following is so enthusiastic. The set up of the instrumental and vocal performers is done in a very brilliant way and the musicians are top notch.
Being their 7th birthday, the audience broke out with the happy birthday song to the band. I'd never seen anything like it. Such joy radiating through the concert venue and our bodies made me reclaim my love for live music - this was real, composed music with a mission of happiness and joy. So different than so much of the manufactured acts that flood the music scene these days.
Top highlighted performers to me include the adorable, powerful presence of Audrey (Flute/Piccolo/EWI), Matt Bricker (trumpet), Jennie (vocals, maggie gyllenhaal lookalike), and Buffi (Cello).
I am now officially a Spree fan. I know they depend a lot on their merchandise sales to get by, so i'm off to their website to see what they have to sell.
Only comment: the freeze of performers on stage was a little too long and became a bit trite.
But wow, brilliant performance all around. Bravo and come back to Seattle soon.
|Wednesday, July 11th, 2007|
i too saw PS for the first time not long ago. caught the show at the House of Blues in New Orleans.
that, i have to say, was one of the single greatest experiences of my life.
The Polyphonic Spree are love.
their opener, Jesca Hoop, reminded me alot of regina spektor. ....except with guitar instead of piano. i wasn't really feeling her.
but, when PS came on, all bets were off. there was a red sheet pulled all the way across the stage about 6 feet high. opening bars of a song began to play and you see some scissors begin to cut a whole in the sheet. the scissors cut a whole the shape of a heart in it. then, the sheet falls and you see all of the band members.
they played a few songs from the Beginnings. a few more from Together We're Heavy and alot from Fragile Army. they even played a few from their Wait EP. from what i remember (because i never take down setlists) they played It's The Sun, La La, Run Away, Get Up and Go, The Fragile Army, Younger Yesterday, We Crawl, Watch Us Explode (Justify), The Championship, Hold Me Now, When the Fool Becomes a King, Everything Starts at the Seam, Lithium, and I'm Calling.
personal favorites were It's the Sun, Hold Me Now, When the Fool Becomes a King, and Lithium. during Lithium, the lead singer came down into the audience and started a quasi-moshpit. being right there, i had to join in.
there was an encore. they all left the stage just long enough for them to change into their robes from their jumpsuits. came back on stage and played for at least another 30 minutes.
after their set, everybody just couldn't stop clapping and screaming. it brought the flute player to tears. :-)
ahhh, i can't stop smiling. their joy is contagious.
pictures can be found here:http://lsu.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2231302&l=11f24&id=23426729 Current Mood: chipper
|Tuesday, July 10th, 2007|
My First Spree show (and surely not my last)
Dude. I mean. I don't know if I can fully ever encompass how fantastic tonight was. A friend just recently introduced me to them, what? 4 months ago, maybe?, and, we're all so glad she did. A friend and I saw them tonight. Oh man. Soooooooo good.
(click the pic for the rest of my pictures)
They played a whole lot of the new album (though, no Guaranteed Nightlite or Overblow Your Nest, but, you can't win 'em all). It was two hours of AMAZINGNESS.
So got a set list. Though, the encore was an hour of it's own. It was amazing. I can't say amazing enough. Really. I can't. Let's see if I can list off a percentage of what they played. I didn't take it down, because I don't yet know all the titles to them all yet. I mean really, Fragile Army's only been out for a couple weeks... ha. Running Away, Get up and Go, Fragile Army, Younger Yesterday, We Crawl, Light to Follow, Watch Us Explode, Championship, Together We're Heavy, When the Fool Becomes a King, Lithium, Soldier Girl, Light and Day, Hanging Around, It's the Sun, La La.... that's a pretty big list.
Then, when my friend and I were walking around getting our stuff signed, We were talking to Tim (he's the lead guy) and the other guy at the merch table says to my friend; "did you make that shirt or is Ben Folds selling it?" meaning the I <3'd Ben Folds before he sucked shirt(It's this summer's tour shirt, if you didn't know). And we told him ben's (I'm a big Ben Folds fan, fyi) selling it this summer. and then he asked us if we knew Corn Mo. like duh! do WE know corn mo? (Corn Mo had us on the guest list at a Folds show back in November of 06) and so somewhere in my brain came out; "did you know that Ben Folds is a big fan of you guys?" "what? really!? I'll have to call him and we should do a show together." and so then we explained how Ben wanted to, that's how we knew he liked them is because he mentioned them in the, "we couldn't get polyphonic spree for the cruise" and they never even heard of the cruise (http://www.benfoldsexperience.com
even though it's now been canceled/postponed). so. tim wants to make it happen. i would be a-okay with that. there was also a guy there that told tim that he'd see if he can get him booked in the pabst. HELLS YES. I guess they've got a Fall 07 tour that they're booking now. I'm 100% OKAY with that one.
And I just love how much you smile after a show of theirs. man. What a great night. Current Mood: bouncy
|Saturday, July 7th, 2007|
They rocked my face in Toronto on Thursday.. a truly amazing band.
The following was written in my LJ this morning before work. I was clearly still fangirling (pfft, I totally still am
fangirling!):I know I've said that 'such and such' concert was the best concert ever before but HOLY CRAP the Polyphonic Spree last night made my entire life! GAH! They were absolutely incredible beyond anything. I can't even believe how much awesome they packed into one room.
I don't have much time to write about it because I have to friggen work but here's the gist of it:
I was already bouncing off the wall with excitement because I just knew that I was about to experience something awesome. I have all of their albums, I'm familiar with most of their songs, most of the lyrics. Together We're Heavy was the first album I bought so I was hoping they'd play a good amount of that one as well as the new The Fragile Army, which rocks my face. I told Jessie beforehand that if they played "When a Fool Becomes King", I will die. That song is 10 minutes of awesome.
So they had a curtain thing that displayed John Lennon lyrics before Tim DeLaughter came and cut it all up: REVEALING 23 MEMBERS OF THE BAND in their respective black uniforms, in their respective places on stage with their instruments. I WENT NUTS.
They're first song was "Running Away", WHICH WAS AWESOME because I was JUST gushing about how awesome that song is and I was listening to it right before I got to the venue.
They did a number or awesome songs and a good mix of all three albums.
They had a small set AT FIRST. I'm not sure how long they played but their "encore" was probably just as long as their show. They came back IN THEIR WHITE ROBES (!) and did their "Lithium" cover (yes, the Nirvana song!), which I didn't think they'd do! BUT THEY TOTALLY DID AND IT ROCKED MY FACE.
THEN.. the last song was.. holy crap.. WHEN THE FOOL BECOMES KING. I could've even believe they were about to play this song. GAH! It was just IN-FUCKING-CREDIBLE. I belted out the song and just sung with all my soul. I had tears in my eyes by the end.. it was THAT good. would've full out cried like a fangirl but I was right in front them and I didn't want to make an ass of myself. I brought my camera too but I was just rocking out way too much at this point. Ahhh so good.
Oh! and I brought FOUR Mr. Smiley Faces. I threw 1 at first, it kept getting in the way of Tim.. he moves around a lot. I threw one at one of the guitarists because that way it wouldn't get in the way of Tim, but the guy ended up throwing it at the front of the stage, thus, getting in the way of Tim. THEN.. I placed the third one with the other two when Tim wasn't looking (I didn't want him to get pissed or anything so by this time, I was trying to be descreet lol). Then the fourth one, I also just placed in front of the fluteist (sp? floutest? ..Girl on flute) before the encore.
Tim shook some people's hands at the end, including Jessie! Later, I brought up that he was the leader singer of Tripping Daisy and she was like "oh yeahhhh!" and I was all "AND YOU SHOOK THIS HAND! Never wash that hand."
So.. almost two hours later.. they were done. They weren't just like "kay, this is our last song.." then played it, then just left the stage. There were many many thanks you's, several bows, so much waving, and group hugs on stage.. best 'good-bye by a band ever.. it was truly sincere.
After leaving the merch table with a Fragile Army LP, a tour program, a tshirt, and a pin.. I noticed a lot of them were putting away their own gear and talking to fans. I ended up saying hello to their chellist (sp? I can't spell these names), Buffi, who was really cool. I just told her that they did a fantastic job, how awesome it was, and that I brought them the smiley faces. She was really cool. Usually when I tell a band how awesome they are, it gets awkward and I want to runaway, but she didn't make it awkward at all and I walked away before it could even get awkward!
On the way out, we saw some other Spree's and told how awesome they were too.
We gushed all the way home.
I'm listening to them right now and I will listen to them on the way to work.
Incubus is next month.. I don't even think THEY will beat the awesomeness of this show, and you know how much I love those guys.
Best show of my entire life so far. SRSLY!
I'll have more pictures in the future.. I took a lot so I still have to sort through them and such. Current Mood: good