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DOWNLOAD: Think About Life - Paul Cries (old MP3)
I'm sorry if I offended anyone, but I'll stand by my statement that without Marnie Stern, the "Ponytail / Think About Life show at Music Hall of Williamsburg" is/was "still exciting, but slightly less interesting". Real Estate were good, but pretty much any bill will become less interesting when Marnie Stern drops off it.
That said, the highlight of Saturday night's show for me was Think About Life. As the Montreal three-piece (drums, vocals, and Graham Van Pelt on guitar/keyboard/sound effects) pointed out from the stage, it was [almost] three years since the last time they played NYC. I hope they don't stay away so long again.
It was unfortunate that Think About Life played first, but everyone who got there in time to see their 9:30 pm set seemed to be having a good time. And TAL frontman Martin Cesar (aka Dishwasher) was ESPECIALLY having a good time. He let everyone know it, more than once, and it rubbed off. He would occasionaly come into the crowd, and people were actually, even dancing.
Think About Life's set featured a lot more of Martin actually singing than I remember from their sets in the past. It's not that he didn't sing before, but I remember it being heavier with more speaking/screaming than singing. I liked the band a lot before, but this was even better than I remembered. Can't wait to hear their new album, Family (and see them again soon. hopefully).
Ponytail, who TAL are currently still on tour with (updated dates below), also "killed it" (as usual). More pictures from the show below...
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Think About Life - 2009 Tour Dates
Apr 27 - @ Monkey House w/ PONYTAIL Burlington, Vermont
Apr 30 - @ Pike Room w/ PONYTAIL Pontiac, Michigan
May 1 - @ Rubble Bar w/ PONYTAIL Mt Pleasant, Michigan
May 2 - @ Prizzy Prizzy Please Compound w/ PONYTAIL Bloomington, Indiana
May 3 - @ Schuba's w/ PONYTAIL Chicago, Illinois
May 22 - @ Polish Combattants Hall (Over the Top Fest) w/ TUNE-YARDS Toronto, ON
May 23 - @ Babylon Music Hall w/ TUNE-YARDS Ottawa, ON
May 28 - @ Théâtre Plaza w/ TUNE-YARDS Montreal, QC
Jul 18 - @ Le Cercle Quebec