Sunday, 15 February 2015

Jen Cloher (with Courtney Barnett) - Yarra Hotel, 18 December 2014

Originally billed as a Jen Cloher solo show, Courtney Barnett was later added to the bill. Given their combined profile I was pretty surprised that the Yarra Hotel wasn't packed (although it was billed as a sell out, so maybe they wanted to keep it friendly). Those that were there got to see a great show. Jen Cloher's played a mix of songs from her career, including some new songs that bode well for her new album. Most of the set was played with Courtney Barnett on electric guitar and some vocals, but the set was very much focussed around Jen Cloher, who really is an underrated talent.

The sound on the recording is really great. Given the size of the crowd and the nature of the show, there's a little bit of talking, but nothing obtrusive. There's also a little bit of technical trouble during the last song as one of the girls from Broads stands on Jen's pedal. Neither of these really detract from a great show and a very good recording.

Fear is Like a Forest
Everything is Free
David Bowie Eyes*
Kamikaze Origami*
Mount Beauty*
Toothless Tiger*
Stone Age Brain*
Hold My Hand*

Running for the Feeling
Save Me From What I Want (w/ Broads)

* = with Courtney Barnett



Saturday, 7 February 2015

Nick Cave - Plenary Hall, 17 December 2014

I guess this was a while ago now, but for anyone that wants it, here's the second night of Nick Cave (I was at a different show for night three, more on that next week). This wasn't quite as good as the first night, performance or recording wise. It was still good and there were a few really good songs that weren't played first time round, but this just seemed to lack something in comparison.

We Real Cool
The Weeping Song
Red Right Hand
Nobody's Baby Now
Higgs Boson Blues
The Ship Song
From Her to Eternity
Love Letter
God is in the House
Water's Edge
Black Hair
Darker with the Day
The Mercy Seat
Jubilee Street

Jack the Ripper
Into My Arms
The Lyre of Orpheus
Up Jumped the Devil
Push the Sky Away