The Stale Taste of Recycled Air

On Friday, Kevin, Brendon and I attended a Tsunami Benefit Concert at the Great American Music Hall for the Save The Children organization.

At around $20 a pop, the show was a good deal, which was a bonus, since donating our money to such a cause was worth it anyway.

We arrived about half an hour before the doors opened, with a line that went almost to the end of the block at Larkin St. It’s really not as bad as it sounds, that’s actually a pretty short line. It started to rain as they started letting people in (late, I must say) close to 8pm. The show also started late, I think around 8:30 or so.

Set to perform this night were Eric Bachman of Crooked Fingers, Mark Kozelek of Sun Kil Moon and Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie. I was also delighted to find out that Jonathan Richman was added to the bill (love him!). Each artist performed solo (save Kozelek, who brought on a girl named Emily to sing a duet with him on two songs) and performed purely acoustic sets. They all delivered, the performances were great, raw and heartfelt, because I think they performed what they wanted to perform.

Ben Gibbard was obviously the headliner of the show (although the show was not touted that way), with his performance being the last one, and the audience’s anticipation was incredibly apparent. His setlist seemed a bit more thought out than the other performances, with a lot of crowd-pleasing songs. He performed a bunch of songs from both DCFC (more than half a dozen songs) and The Postal Service (2 or 3 songs), as well as a song from All-Time Quarterback (his lo-fi solo album)… oh, and a couple of cover songs that I cannot recall.

It was a quite a good show. I would’ve gone to this one, regardless of it being a benefit show or not… definitely worth it.

If anyone out there has a setlist, I would be very grateful.

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