Earlier this spring, back in Seattle, we bought tickets to see the Junior Boys, both being huge fans of their last album, So This Is Goodbye. Blonde Redhead had a show scheduled for the Showbox, but when we went to buy those tickets we realized it was on the same night as the Junior Boys show. Luckily, Kelly's diligent research uncovered a Köln stop later on in the tour. That show was last night.
The end of a busy day, it was an excellent show. But then, Blonde Redhead are one of the best live bands around, so why wouldn't it be? They were already playing when we arrived, but continued to play for another 75 minutes, with two encores. If I'm not mistaken, all selections were culled from their three most recent albums. Speaking of which, their newest album, 23, is really incredible. I don't mean that in the this-band-is-always-good-and-this-album's-no-different way. I mean, its one of their best albums. Hey, what the heck, here are two of the album's highlights.
Doesn't that second track sound like it be in The Neverending Story or something? Anyway, unlike most Seattle shows, this one was over and done with well before midnight, so we were tucked in and asleep at a decent hour. As for the crowd, we kept checking for familiar faces. Looked and acted like a typical Seattle crowd - heavy on beard, light on faux-hawk.
Oh and what the heck, here's a noisier Blonde Redhead circa 1995, just to round things out.
(I Am Taking Out My Eurotrash) I Still Get Rocks Off