Eleanor Roosevelt has died again: They Might Be Giants in Vancouver

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Though there are still a few months left in 2007 we can all safely stay at home and not attend any more concerts until the New Year, because the best show of this one has already happened. They Might Be Giants may have had their swaggy merch seized by Canadian Customs but they managed to bring the noise and prompt me to dive deep into the rock and roll cliché box of tricks. Though perhaps too whimsical for some people, they had an extended dialog with Eleanor Roosevelt from beyond the grave (video from another show after the jump) and performed a song from one of their children’s albums, they are in fact far beyond some simple parody band or novelty act.

While playing hide the camera with the Commodore’s security staff the entire night, I was warned once about taking pictures with my small digital camera and was trying to get some bloggable shots without being ejected, I enjoyed myself quite a bit more than usual. The crowd lacked the usual idiots that end up thrashing about on the Commodore’s dance floor more intent on hurting those around them than enjoying the music, and the venue itself was a perfect fit for the band who I last saw a few years ago at Seattle’s Paramount. Rebecca has a really good post about the Commodore, if anyone’s interested [m604] in the building’s history.

It was a bit of a short show, it seemed shorter than the Richards on Richards show the last time they came through town, and though they did mix up the songs focusing a bit on the new record The Else and a bit on their back cataloge, with a group that’s been around this long it’s easy to miss someone’s favorite song. They did play Cub’s “New York City” which was a brief Canadian hit, and has been a staple of The Might Be Giants’ live show since they covered it on the Factory Showroom album.

They did not play their song “Richard’s on Richards”. The show did seem shorter than their Richards show a few years ago, but being tired out from The Arcade Fire show in Seattle the night before, I did not mind the early end. The opening act, Northern Irish band Oppenheimer [ms] were good, and I would have bought one of their CDs had they not all be taken by Canadian Customs.

Promoters, cancel your shows. Try again next year, 2007 has already been won by TMBG.

2 Comments so far

  1. Rebecca (unregistered) on September 26th, 2007 @ 11:25 am

    Yeah they should have just seized your camera when you tried to walk into the building like they do at the Pacific Coliseum *cough*

    We only took like 5 shots but people were holding up their cell phones all night, even taking video.

    It was a really great show, I was smiling the entire time :-)


  2. Jeffery Simpson (unregistered) on September 26th, 2007 @ 11:33 am

    Well I think that for the most part nobody is being hurt by concert photography and they should just let it go. It wasn’t like I brought in my digital SLR, or a large rack of lights. Maybe video is a different story, but I hardly think that YouTube clips is what’s hurting the record industry.



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