Saturday, May 23, 2009

Flight of the Conchords

A couple of weeks ago I went to see a band that I have been really wanting to see for a little over a year now – Flight of the Conchords. I missed seeing them last year when I was in DC for the Radiohead show because I didn’t know they were in town until it was sold out, and I didn’t want to pay the high scalper prices I saw. Anyway, I was very happy when I found out that the Conchords were coming to Dallas on their current tour.

I really wanted to bring my camera because my seat was in the 5th row, right in the center. Camera rules at concerts are so schizo – the venue’s website said “no cameras”, but there was a PA announcement outside the venue that cameras without detachable lenses were allowed. Some places don’t care, and camera phones are used just about everywhere (I don’t have one). I brought mine along to see if I could get it in, but the lady at the door wasn’t having it. She told me without hesitation that my camera wouldn’t be allowed. Seeing as how I decided she was the one most likely to let me in, I didn’t try at the other entrances and I took it back to my car. So, the outside photo below is the only one I took. Boring!

The comedy at this show started early. The older man who scanned my ticket saw the Charlie Brown T-shirt I was wearing and said “I haven’t seen a Snoopy costume in years.”

The place was pretty packed. I was surprised to find out that the show was a sellout. I guess I didn’t know that FOTC appealed to so many people.

The opening act was Eugene Mirman, who plays the landlord on the FOTC TV show. He did a bit of standup, and it was pretty funny. He ended by telling a great bit about his experience with Delta losing his luggage, the capper of which is that he used the money they gave him to buy a bunch of postcards with a hilarious rant that he wrote on them. He hands them out at shows for people to send to Delta. I snagged a couple, and you can see scanned images below. I was a little disappointed that Kristen Schaal, who plays Mel on the show, didn’t appear on this stop.

After Eugene left the stage, the boys came out with their robot heads on and played “Too Many Dicks On The Dance Floor”. They put on a great show. Bret & Jemaine are ace comedians (if it isn’t obvious from their show & their songs). They did a great deal of between-song banter that was just as funny as their songs, and it also displayed their improv chops as they riffed on current events or some of the people in the audience. I love their deadpan and dry sense of humor. The crowd was really into everything – they laughed a lot. It felt a little weird that everyone was sitting down for most of the show up until the encore.

Beyond being comedians they are really good musicians too. Only one other musician joined them on stage. Nigel the cello player, or “The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra”, came out after the third or fourth song. Bret played the drums on “Mutha’uckas”, but other than that it was mostly guitar and cello. They played a lot of songs that were new to me, because I haven’t seen season 2 of the show yet . The vocals were quite good and matched up with the records very well, with some nice little improvs thrown in now and then. One song that they didn’t play that I missed was “Robots”, but overall I was pleased with the setlist. Some of the highlights for me were “Hurt Feelings”, “The Most Beautiful Girl (In The Room)”, “I Told You I was Freekie”, “Not Crying”, “Think About It”, “Hiphopopotamus vs.Rhymenoceros”, “Albi The Racist Dragon”, and “Bowie”. The show was about 2 hours overall including the two one-song encores. Of course I would’ve been happy if they had played 3 hours or more, but I didn’t feel ripped off at all.

If you’re into the Conchords their live show is well worth seeing.

Too Many Dicks On The Dance Floor
Hurt Feelings
The Most Beautiful Girl (In The Room)
Carol Brown
I Told You I was Freekie
Foux du Fafa
Mutha ‘uckas
Business Time
Not Crying
Busdriver Song
Epileptic Dog
Think About It
Hiphopopotamus vs.Rhymenoceros
We’re Both In Love With a Sexy Lady
Albi The Racist Dragon

Encore 1:
Encore 2:
Demon Woman

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Front of Eugene's postcard

Back of postcard (worth a read!)

I found some videos on Youtube:

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Blogger Vedrana M. said...

nice! it's bad when you can't take photos but i can see you had a great time :)

p.s. "I haven’t seen a Snoopy costume in years.” - lol! :D

5/25/2009 3:12 AM  

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