July 22 Phx Crescent
All right, kateh! I feel encouraged! West side still representing!! I started to post this the day after the show but didn't have time. I saved it, so here it is now!
So YES! I saw the Jicks when they were here in Phoenix in late July. This time I went with my husband and one of my daughters, who is 18. I have mentioned elsewhere on this board that she is a solid fan. In fact, the first time I heard Sparkle Hard was from bed, because the minute that the album dropped-- midnight of whatever date that was-- she was playing it nice and loud from the living room. It was a great moment, really magical, with the music floating through the house.
We got there early, even before the warm up act, and placed ourselves right up front. Though I love Mike and Jojo, I always try to be between sm and drums.
The openers, Dommengang, were excellent. Maybe a bit loud. But they were hard-rockin', and all good players, very tight. You could tell they were ON that night, too. There is a little footage of their performance on the Jicks instagram page. (You can see the back of my head. I'm the blonde who's moving around a lot). I had listened to their album, Love Jail, so I knew I'd like them. My daughter really likes Soccer Mommy, and probably would've preferred her.
After the crew put the setlists up, and being right in front as I was, I could read sm's upside down. I made conversation with the guy next to me. I said, "Well, that kills my dream of hearing Old Jerry tonight!". He laughed and said that he couldn't decipher most of the song titles. I asked him what he really hoped to hear in the set, and when he said, "Pig Lib", I was like, "Yeah!" Except as our conversation continued, I realized he had actually said, "PAVEMENT". Ha ha. Well, you know, ears ringing. His fave album was BTC, and he'd hoped to hear something from that. He became a huge Pavement fan in 2001 (same as me!) but was unfamiliar with most of the post-pave stuff. He had somehow connected with the new album, though. Anyhow, I enjoyed talking with him; I have a perpetual thirst to meet brick-and-mortar people who love the same music as me-- especially malk-music.
The Jicks were in fine form. SM was playing very nimbly, and his voice was in great shape. I am not crazy about the sound at the Crescent, there are several better venues in town, but it wasn't bad. For once I could hear Joanne's bass! :-)
They started with Cast Off, which is a perfect opener. Malediction was really surprising. I mean, it has always been a favorite song of mine. Its lyrics go straight to my heart. It's even a bit of a personal anthem. But I would not have expected it to be a great live song. WRONG. It was a WOW. Solid Silk was particularly interesting. Malk played beautifully, but on that song I was especially drawn in by Jake's drumming. It was downright elegant, if very Mick Fleetwood/"Dreams"ish. The dreamy studio version of Solid Silk makes me think more of "Sara", though in a general way, not just the drumming. I think Sara is a much dreamier song than Dreams (except for the title, of course).
So, the whole set was great. I was RIGHT in FRONT, and it felt UNREAL to have malk, like, right in my god-damned fuckin' FACE doing all his guitar antics (playing behind his head, playing it on the floor, etc). You will just have to trust me on this, since I made the choice to leave my phone in my backpack and take all of my pictures mentally. It's too bad, because he really looked GREAT. You all know how he still has that natural sort of handsomeness and is so cool-looking. It was kind of thrilling! He was looking right at the ol' camera often enough, so I got some really great shots that night. But they are all in my head.
I thought Jake looked "spiffy". He was wearing a silky-looking shirt (the kind that has a collar and buttons), and his hair (facial hair, too) looked neatly trimmed. It gave him a gentlemanly air, suited to the elegant drumming on some songs. Whereas in past tours I've always thought he looked charmingly scruffy. I would imagine him popping up from the couch at show time, getting waked up after a day of tv, snacks, pot, beer, and napping, crumbs falling off on the way to the stage... He always reminded me of a preschooler's teddy bear that has been lovingly toted around and held tight to during the eating of peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches, graham crackers and oreos. I mean this in a good way, of course! I am a FAN. I have always loved his drumming.
Other highlights: Kite was as good as I expected. I enjoyed Out Of Reaches (I'm a drowsy blonde!). I thought Jojo did an excellent job singing her part on Refute.
I am normally a considerate person. I would like to think I'd fit in nicely up in Canada. But when the main set was over, I did not hesitate a second. I shamelessly snapped up sm's setlist and gave it straight over to my daughter. Then I joined the rest of the audience in yelling and cheering the band back for the encore.
And the encore WAS pretty effing great. They played Sin Taxi. It was SO GOOD, it was really mind-blowing. Then that guy next to me got his wish exactly. Stereo and Shady Lane. Even though I thought I would've preferred Old Jerry or Pennywhistle Thunder, or Willy, I gotta admit, I loved it. Them Jicks play so well, and sm sure knows how to make the most of his guitar. It felt so good to hear those songs. Especially Stereo. I was goose-bumpy. Remember, I never made it to the reunion shows.
Here is the list of songs:
No One Is As I Are Be
Out Of Reaches