SOUNDTRACK: THE ARCS-Tiny Desk Concert #503 (January 25, 2016).
Okay so the Tiny Desk folks make a pretty big deal out of this being their 500th show and I am stating that it is their 503rd show. I have to guess that they post some shows out of order because I have counted twice and gotten the same number. So we will choose to disagree with our numbering system, but I will also agree that this was their 500th episode because, why would they lie?
The Arcs are a band that I wished I liked more. Everyone seems to enjoy them, but I really don’t. Of course, I don’t like The Black Keys either, so this is no surprise, really. Nevertheless, Dan Auerbach, who is in both bands, has a great voice and writes some interestign songs, I just don’t care for his arrangements–the very soulfulness that attracts fans, I guess.
They are accompanied by three members of the Mariachi band Flor de Toloache, who did a Tiny Desk Concert a few weeks earlier (although I’m guessing it was the same day, hint hint). They play a great accompaniment–sometimes all of them play, sometimes just one, and they add interesting elements to the songs. They also sing backing vocals.
The band plays three songs from their album. “Pistol made of Bones” which I like in this version (I don’t know the original, I don’t think). I especially like the way the horn and violin play along with the melody and give it a very Mexican feel. It removes some of the soul that I don’t really like about the songs.
The other two songs are the two singles from the album and I find that I like them less (I guess I’m a deep cuts kinda guy).
“Stay in My Corner” is a fine song. I like the guitar lines and the way he sings it. It’s just not my thing. I really enjoy the backing vocals by drummer Homer Steinweiss, who has this hilarious style of tapping out these beats while leaning (practically asleep) on the drum machine–totally low key.
I really enjoy Auerbach’s singing delivery in “Outta My Mind.” I just wish the song would do more. I want it to be…something else.
So the 500th (ish) episode was probably a lot more fun in the Offices than it was for me. Although I enjoyed the confetti cannons.
But congratulations anyway! Here’s to 500 more–but take a break for a few weeks so i can play catch up, okay?
[READ: January 4, 2016] “Interesting Facts”
I hadn’t been reading all that many short stories at the time that I read this because I had been focusing on graphic novels and books. So jumping back into the short stories at Harper’s has been a real treat. And I really enjoyed this one.
Although I’m always leery of stories that center around a main character with cancer, I thought the way this was done was clever and interesting and it absolutely drew me in to the story. Plus it was funny (at least at the beginning).
I loved the way it started: “Interesting fact: Toucan cereal bedspread to my plunge and deliver.” It doesn’t even fully make sense by the end of the story but an essential part does and I enjoyed the way it was presented like this.
The story is told from the point of view of * a woman who developed breast cancer a few years back. She says that “I’m going to discuss the breasts of every woman who crosses my path.” And indeed she does. (more…)
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