Monday, May 2nd 2005
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Beth, you snarf! I'm so jealous of you!!
Chris, remember you have to play Marquee and the Moon or else.....
Just got back from the Sloan show at Slim's. Loved the set list (okay, maybe one or two songs I had no idea what they were, but they still rocked along with the two new ones). I've got a ton of pictures ... will upload soon if I can figure out how to do so. :) Sloooooan!
and the band did it! they played M & M, and it was purrrrrfect. we had a fabulous time (for a tuesday night). turnout was great but the audience energy was lacking, the band seemed a bit out of it too and they confirmed they weren't as into it as usual. regardless, we in the front had a blast and we'll post pix soon. these are GREAT too, some of the best i have seen and have shot. here is the setlist as it appears on the sheet:
LINES YOU AMEND
ALL USED UP
MONEY CITY MANIACS
BEFORE I DO
ANDREW'S PICK: ON THE HORIZON
SAY WHAT SHE MEANS
EVERYTHING YOU'VE DONE WRONG
TRY TO MAKE IT
SUPPOSE THEY CLOSE THE DOOR
* MARQUEE & THE MOON* (I THINK IT WENT HERE)
REST OF MY LIFE
GOOD IN EVERYONE
THE OTHER MAN
FEELS GOOD DO IT
if i missed anything, please fill in the gaps. had a nice chat with the boys afterwards and got so many trading cards i have no clue where to display them :) not too big of a problem i guess! Thanks Mike for the cards!!! hopefully i'll catch them at Kee or in NYC again, this time no fiery buses or planes :)
It may be true that there is nothing truly new under the sun when it comes to rock and roll...however, every time Sloan plays with bands as derivative as Jet, or so self-consciously "retro" as the Shore, they just prove that if you're just yourself...and yourself just happens to be talented, charismatic, and rockin' as fuck, you can really make it your own.There were so many songs that I didn't get to hear that I wanted to, but they could have played for five hours and still not gotten to them because they are so prolific. Sloan seems to me to exist as a natural phenomenon, rather than as an expression of some guys who want to be the center of attention. I first saw them in 1992 and they all seem to have gotten younger, freer, and better and better at being themselves and writing excellent songs. Yeah, I went to the show with a nasty chest cold, and woke up with NO voice..but I have two packs of Sloan trading cards to open...and..er...trade, I guess, and a fucking wonderful night of memories. Sloan fans are the funnest and happiest people ever.
Catching last night's show entirely made up for being sick the last time the band came through SF. Here I thought I'd be out of the loop on the latest, and they were kind enough to play the greatest. Y'all come back now!
ok folks, here is my best attempt at re-creating the setlist from the amazing show @ slimâ??s last night...the song order is definitely not accurate:
losing california (superslow version)
all used up (patrick flying v version)
everything youâ??ve done wrong
before I do (album-speed version, as opposed to the double-time 4 knights version)
the lines you amend
try to make it (sing along version)
money city maniacs (clap along version)
she says what she means
on the horizon
suppose they close the door (letâ??s tease the marquee and the moon fan version)
marquee and the moon
rest of my life
the good in everyone
come on come on
people of the sky (andrew in a straw hat version)
if it feels good do it (letâ??s fool the crowd into thinking the song is over early version)
there was a big public clamouring for 500 up, snowsuit sound, and g turns to d; this sloan fan was content to hear underwhelmed live for the first time since 96â?¦onward!
Great show in front of a pretty good crowd. Good mix of fans (one guy constantly yelling for "Gimme That" notwithstanding). Sloan got better as the night went on. At the request of at least one fan (with a hand-lettered sign they passed up to Chris), the boys put on a moving performance of Marquee and the Moon, which I'd never heard live. They opened with Losing California (very appropriately) and then went into Underwhelmed (a bit of a surprise so early in the show). They also played (in no particular order) Sugartune (wow), Suppose they Close the Door, People of the Sky, The Lines You Amend, Everything You've Done Wrong, The Good In Everyone, The Rest of My Life (and that was it from Action Pact), She Says What She Means, C'mon C'mon (We're Gonna Get it Started), a very rousing (of course) Money City Maniacs, On The Horizon, Before I Do, Coax Me, If It Feels Good Do It, The Other Man (which was actually okay live)... and their two new songs from the greatest hits album, All Used Up [I yelled out "Instant classic!" after the song, which amused Chris], and Try to Make It (both solid Sloan rockers). I may have missed some. I want to say they played Deeper than Beauty, but I can't remember now.
They opened the encore with Stand By Me, Yeah, with Chris on the drums and Jay on bass (during the song he looked over Patrick's shoulder at the chords he was playing) as they waited for Andrew to come out on stage. Chris had to coax Patrick to finish the song ("You haven't even played the chorus").
It was a terrific show. Afterwards Chris signed a Sloan Trading Card for me (which I'd never seen before... were they a Canadian thing?) and made bad puns. He also said he wants to write some new songs... we're waiting!
Really incredible show - You guys made me actually like Slim's again. The set list was fantastic, the guitars in tune (!!!), and the Murph in top form. Jay, you sounded phenomenal on C'Mon C'Mon, best I've heard it done. And (having heard it twice now), Try To Make It translates really well live, I think the crowd loved it. (And as Lil indicated up there, photos to be uploaded soon...)
And last but certainly not least - huge thanks to Chris (ok all of you, I suppose he didn't do it alone) for Marquee & the Moon. It was really reaaallllllyy lovely, absolutely made my night. Chris, I will never tease for again for missing the high notes - you nailed it.
And thank you for NOT playing Pick It Up & Dial It.
I just heard about the show today. Sorry I missed you playing in my (fairly) new hometown. Let me know when you come through again.
All the best, Miro
I love Sloan so much it hurts....really. Even though I'm 38 Sloan (and only Sloan) make me feel like I'm 14...bless them.
I've seen them about 10 times over the last 10 years and I'm always amazed at how much fun their live shows are. This one was even more rockin' than their last show at Slims. I thought audience participation was strong although I don't know how I could hear anyone over my own screaming. The guy standing next to me asked me if I was Canadian...no shit.
Sloan has always been my stardard to which all other pop bands must be compared to. When folks ask me what I'm into (because no one seems to understand my tastes) I just pull out One Chord to Another or Navy Blues and say THIS is what I like. The whole AESTHETIC appeals to me from the perfect perfect perfect production, mind blowing songwriting, the way all 4 sing their own songs, everything down to album art and all of Chris' "Whoos!" The whole sound is so what I want to hear. Sloan fans appreciate the band in such a true blue way. We notice the trumpet, the little piano part, the love that is so obviously there. OK NOW I sound so Californian!
Thank you Sloan and thank you Sloan fans...we all rock...
You're all forgetting the Andrew-less version of Stand By Me.
Personally, I would have rather heard Pen Pals or even more songs from the last record than Marquee and the Moon, but hey, it was a great show as always.
Joe Powers - dude, don't diss my song.
I have to give props to Beth and Kevin for those AWESOME tag-team effort pix. I enjoyed shooting with them both. Between the 3 of us, these have to be some of the best I've shot and seen. it was a treat :)
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AAhhh.. I finally dug out my Sloan CD because I had them in storage when I moved to California. The last time I saw them was in Ottawa almost 10 years ago! I can't believe I missed this show, considering it was right before my birthday, that would have been nice. :) Please come back to SF!!
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