Saturday, 11 February 2012

Beirut - The HiFi, 9 January 2012

I know I mentioned this one was on the way quite a while ago, but I messed up one of the tracks and had to redo it.  Anyways, this show had a few features that set it up poorly - a Monday night show, and at the HiFi.  Don't get me wrong, the HiFi is an OK venue, but for some reason people at shows there tend to want to talk a lot.  You'll notice that the couple next to me succumbed to this (at one point it sounds like the woman is speaking directly in the mic when she asks 'What age is your mum again?'.  Really?!? Is there any possible justification for that?  C'mon please just STFU).

Anyway, things started off a bit slowly and the show seemed to be teetering on the edge, where if the band or audience lifted it could take off, but if not...  Fortunately the band did start to lift and the audience followed.  By the end of this was a really good show (the band seemed to agree, adding an extra song to the encore).  Anyway, heres the set:

Scenic World
The Shrew
Elephant Gun
Postcards from Italy
Sunday Smile
East Harlem
Port of Call
After the Curtain
Santa Fe

My Night with the Prostitute from Marseille
The Gulag Orkestar
Instrumental [Not sure what its called, but its something they ocassionally come out and play after the show if the audience sticks around, at least based on some youtube evidence]

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