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October 27, 2005



I like the sort of lush, dark and decadent atmosphere of the theatre at MSG. The GA area is great with lots of room and, after the show, they open up emergency doors that lead right out onto the street so that everyone can just stroll out with no crush of humanity (ala trying to leave Roseland post-show). The concessions are horribly run though.... I had such low expectations because I had gotten bored of their first album and had not heard the new one. But it was a terrific show. I'd somehow forgotten how grrrrrrrrreat they are live.


I personally love the Franz because they're a lot of fun. I wasn't expecting to be completely blown away by the new album either, maybe because I didn't want to get my hopes up. But I literally cannot stop playing it. I think it's much more intuitive than the debut, and lines like "...The radio sings that Everybody song by rem" (not R.E.M. but 'rem') from "You're the reason I'm leaving," makes Kapranos a fantastic son of a B. Their msg show was remarkable and exciting, and their afterparty was completely strange-just like the band.


The fact that Franz put out a good album is your "Biggest Surprise Of The Year"???

C'mon Jeff, the only reason you thought that Franz was "last year's news" is because hyping bands with 3-month expiration dates is your blog's raison d'etre.

You want last year's news? In October 2004...

You said Hope of the States "were fucking unreal".

You assured your audience that Pity Sing was "about-to-blow-up".

And you devoted a baker's dozen of posts to Elefant, who were already last year's news last year!

So, Franz was last year's news? Since when was there ANY news this year about any of these bands???

It's no suprise that a band EVERYBODY said was incredibly talented put out a decent second album. Now, if Elefant puts out a "must-buy" second album (or any second album at all, for that matter), well, then you should feel free to act surprised. Hell, I'll join ya.


does no one care about Mission of Burma???? jesus fucking christ, they're only one of the greatest bands of the last 30 years come on people. take a listen and learn something, a lot better than Clap Your Hands and Sufjan whateverthefuckhisnameis.

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