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JFFFF(reezepop)

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So, last Friday, we did our usual jennifriendfoodfriday thinger, but instead saw a show in the city. For the food part of JFFF, we hit the downtown Les Halles, which was part of the great Bourdain fiefdom, yet different in some noticeable ways. More casual dining options, fancier decor, but less of the "traditional French Brasserie" feel. The portions, if I'm not insane, seemed smaller than those at the Park Avenue location. jenniever and I both agreed that it was good, but not as amazing as the original location. Maybe not enough Bourdain. They didn't have my favorite dessert, and the waitress even admitted that the Park Avenue one had the better desserts, but offered up some nice alternatives from their menu. Don't get me wrong, it's still well worth trying, but it's obviously a place meant for the Wall Street crowd. The extra hike to the better location is well worth it.

So why did we go to the Lesser Les Halles? Because we had to go see a show! runstaverun and kikibird had often played Freezepop for me in the past at their place or during a car ride, and I had enjoyed it, despite the lead singer not really being married to Chris Onstad from Achewood. So when it was suggested we check it out, I was down. It was the same place that Brother Joe or Cousin Jim or whoever played one prior night, the Pussycat Lounge. Any venue with a strip club on the first floor that's next to a 24 hour sketchy sushi purveyor with a porn store next to that can't be all that bad. The band before them was... special. God bless. Freezepop themselves were a lot of fun, how often do you get to see two keytars on stage at once? The music, however, seemed better to me in the studio than live - the exact opposite of VHS or Beta. Considering the problems I've seen acts have there with the sound system, I wonder how they would sound elsewhere. But the audience more than made up any sonic lacking. Between insane thumb waggler who made them a picture or the hot dancing geek girl and her overly enthusiastic dancing and yelling boyfriend, it was a great show for watching people. We stood on the balcony, and had a perfect view of those folks, the Spock jacket guy, and all the colors of the rainbow that is NYC area Freezepop fans. They played the song about jenniever's favorite character from Achewood, which was all I was really hoping for anyway, and was pretty damn enjoyable to boot.

Poor jenniever is home sick right now, yesterday after a Church event for her father and a brunch with his family her nose just started running, and she hasn't been able to catch it since.

Feeling: full full
Listening to: Freezepop, Here Comes a Special Boy

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Comments
runstaverun From: runstaverun Date: March 27th, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
I fully support your views of studio vs live for both Freezepop and VHS vs. Beta. Makes you wonder about the instrumentation -- it would be the appropriate victories if you were guessing based on instruments used.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 27th, 2006 11:02 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
With VHS or Beta, it really is a shame. I wish they found a way to capture their sound in the studio to express how great they are live. Too bad they changed the kind of music they do to be more studio-friendly instead.
jenniever From: jenniever Date: March 28th, 2006 01:56 am (UTC) (Hard link)
I've been listening to Freezepop for the last two days or so (I picked up two of their albums off iTunes), and I honestly think they were better live.

Like, I had nothing to drink on Friday night and I really thoroughly enjoyed the show. At certain parts, one might say they really rocked (mostly the parts where the girl wasn't singing and the boys were playing). I have yet to recreat that thorough enjoyment via MP3 - although it's not shabby stuff on it's own.
kikibird From: kikibird Date: March 28th, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
yeah, I feel like the girl doesn't do well live... she is either too quiet or too off key
dosboof From: dosboof Date: March 27th, 2006 09:16 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
After living here for nearly 2 years I'm still not used to how small a city Boston is and the results of that.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 27th, 2006 10:48 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Well hello there, Freezepop!

Nice.

Yeah, the scale of other "cities" in the US of A always throws me for a loop while traveling. That's one reason why I really want to visit Mexico City, to see what it's like the other way around.
dosboof From: dosboof Date: March 27th, 2006 11:45 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
Rick has a talent for taking pictures of me with the stupidest expressions on my face.

Mexico City, eh? Not the usual choice amongst big cities 'round these here Intarnets.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 28th, 2006 12:29 am (UTC) (Hard link)
Don't get me wrong, I've been dying to visit Japan since I was a wee cyberpunk with chrome in my eyes and Neuromancer in my little chubby hands, but Mexico City's also a fascinating urban area. And cheaper.
agentorrange From: agentorrange Date: March 27th, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
What is it about Freezepop that cannot be resisted by metal heads? I think they are electronic demons of happiness sent to usher us to a Hell that will not vaguely resemble the album covers we've had over the years, and therefore, uniquely suited to our punishment.

Beware the very special boy. They are likely talking about Felipe (Rook/Raul/Roach) from CyberSphere. Now the fear should be in you.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 27th, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC) (Hard link)
You mean it's not really about this Philippe??
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