The Veils w/ top hat @ Mercury Lounge, NYC - June 7, 2007
The Veils have great songs (even if one sounds exactly like a U2 song - even more so than that Polyphonic Spree song sounds like Blondie), and they were a lot of fun live, though at times I wished the band members could play better - especially during this one slower jazzy song that I like a lot on the album (the one he wrote in his mom's laundry) - it kind of fell apart.
Finn Andrews is an excellent frontman though. I was happy to see him wearing his hat - it may be permanently attached to his head - nobody knows for sure. Overall good stuff, and I'm still enjoying the new album. The cover of Bruce Springsteen's "State Trooper" was nice too. Music Snobbery has the whole setlist.
The Veils have Billy Corgan-like taste in bassists @ Mercury Lounge
Then I ran to Gramercy Theater to see Calexico, I mean Califone (I always do that). The contrast was amazing - I was looking forward to both shows, and they were both great, but in different ways. Califone have that talent I was wishing for at the Veils. In fact Califone don't just have one ridiculously awesome drummer - they have two, and a whole band full of extremely talented musicians that put me in a trance - there were seats, and I was seated. Really, really nice....
Califone @ Gramercy Theater, NYC - June 7, 2007
Tony was there. Really, really awkward....
Califone & Tony @ Gramercy Theater, NYC - June 7, 2007
But more on that tomorrow (or feel free to leave the story in the comments).