I've been dragging my feet across my back

The TMBG show on Saturday was flippin’ sweet. We got there a bit early to enjoy some okonomiyaki at Izumi-ya, and arrived at the Fillmore around 7. We ran into Nicole and Brandon while in line, and we pretty much hung out together for the entire show. I was recruited by the TMBG Street Team to collect e-mail addresses for the mailing list (sign up if you haven’t… free MP3s!), and got an autographed copy of The Spine for my efforts. Sweet!

It was a great show, with a good balance between old and new material… although, as a lifetime fan, I am a bit partial to when they “go way back”, as Linnell says. Of course, their trademark witty banter peppered the performance (including Flansy comparing Dan Miller to Lon Chaney, heh).

They did not do a lot of their unique show bits, like bringing out The Stick, the Glockenspiel, and doing the Conga… although they did fire the Confetti Cannon during Polk there were also new bits, like doing the Wave during Violin, and Dan Miller’s playing of the Flexatone on Stalk of Wheat. As a matter of fact, it was really fun to see Dan Miller participating more and more in the show, with his multiple-instrument playing, his own mic, and his working of the crowd. Danny Weinkauf was very much in the shadows and did not bring attention to himself. New drummer Marty Beller did a stellar job and exuded a lot of energy.

Below is the setlist from the Fillmore show:
1. Intro/Fillmore
2. Thunderbird
3. The Spine/Memo to Human Resources
4. Experimental Film
5. Robot Parade
6. Birdhouse in Your Soul
7. James K. Polk
8. The Spine Surfs Alone
9. Bastard Wants to Hit Me
10. Stalk of Wheat
11. Drink!
12. Dallas Theme/Particle Man
13. Dr. Worm
14. Clap Your Hands
15. Don’t Lets Start
16. Mammal
17. The Wave
18. Violin
19. New York City
20. It’s Kicking In
21. Fingertips
22. Older
23. Damn Good Times
24. Jazz in C
25. End of the Tour

ENCORES (there were two!)
26. John Lee Supertaster
27. I Palindrone I
28. Doom/Spin the Dial
29. Twistin’
30. Sleepwalkers

MP3s of the Fillmore show are also available for download at their website, which is pretty sweet. They’ve been posting all of their live shows from this tour within days of each show.

After the show, I excitedly picked up an advance copy of the Future Soundtrack For America (Flansy’s project with MoveOn.org) and picked up an Orange Dream, Banana Malt and Curly Fries at Mel’s before heading home.

It was a good night.

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