I have to say i wasn't expecting much; i hadn't seen them before, and i've only ever been a casual SY fan, more appreciative of what they did for music, and how long they've been doing it, than the actual contents of their songs. Which is not to say i don't acknowledge their awesomeness, i do... they're awesome. I know it's blasphemous to say, and i'll probably have my No New York record taken away from me; but their albums (dirty and day dream nation withstanding) never really held my interest until their last 3, and i wasn't exactly blown away by their latest...
All that being said; they fucking rocked my cock off. I havn't heard a tighter live show in as long as i can remember; their energy was excellent, ripping into song after song just shy of with ferocity, and segwaying into quieter numbers like the well oiled (and aged) machine they are. kim bopped around and looked like she was enjoying herself a bit; thursten fucked around w/ his guitars and made some righteous feedback. - There was noise when they wanted noise, and otherwise, they just rocked. Later i wondered to myself, if their 20+ years of blowing minds and amps has left them almost too good at what they do - If i have one complaint its that I was in no danger; while i'm not an expert on SY nor was any more than 9 years old in the 80's i am aware of what was happening in New York, and how destructive their sound was... But last night there were no melt downs, no broken guitars, no destroyed amps, bashed electronics, or crowd alienating feedback onslaughts, - it was Controlled Chaos, though at it's finest to be certain.
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All that being said last night - it was a great show; the crowd had fun - i had fun, even Jenny who's usual sonic diet consists of Donovan, Joan Biaz, and Dilan, had fun. I got a chance to see a bunch of faces i hadn't seen in while thanks to old man winter; Casey and Brooke, lovely as ever, Nick (who was listening to something labeled DJ Tanner on Ipod when i picked up my tickets, leaving me wondering how he got his hands on it...) Josh "European shag" LaClair, Luke and for the first time, the very sexy, very friendly Jay... what a piece of beefcake that guy is huh? ladies, are you with me!?
JDK did some sort of a promotional thing w/ thank you cards for sonic youth; you can view the whole thing here.