Post by famousblueraincoat on Aug 14, 2007 14:38:35 GMT -5
I think the poll speaks for itself. I grew up as a huge fan of this band, and I've always believed that they were very talented. I'm sticking to my guns since I can still listen to and enjoy their entire discography today, but I'd like to know how everyone else feels about Duritz and the Crows. Talk amongst yourselves.
John: We don't even understand our own music Spider: It doesn't, does it matter whether we understand it? At least it'll give us . . . strength John: I know but maybe we could get into it more if we understood it
They are definitely one of the live bands that nobody expects to be that good... but get blown away by. That being said, if none of my absolute favorites were playing another stage at that time, i'd see them.
Saw them open for the Rolling Stones once....wasn't impressed. But it was their first major tour so maybe they were just having an off night ???....would give them another chance if there was no one else playing that I really wanted to see. I like their records well enough....just wasn't impressed with them live.....
I'm still surprised they haven't performed at roo yet. I think they'd be great. Could easily see them doing a set right around sundown - would be a nice segue into a headliner.
Just saw them last month for the first time - great set, including a cover of "Friend Of The Devil." I'm anxious for their new double CD(!) due in November. The new song "Come Around" that leaked is vintage Crows.
Post by famousblueraincoat on Aug 16, 2007 20:48:52 GMT -5
Just because music has achieved commercial success doesn't mean that it's like everything else that's ever achieved commercial success, nor does it mean that it's bad. (Obviously COunting Crows sounds nothing like Smash Mouth or Backstreet Boys). This quote from Dave Eggers has always summed it up perfectly for me:
"No is for wimps. No is for pussies. No is to live small and embittered, cherishing the opportunities you missed because they might have sent the wrong message. There is a point in one's life when one cares about selling out and not selling out. One worries whether or not wearing a certain shirt means that they are behind the curve or ahead of it, or that having certain music in one's collection means that they are impressive, or unimpressive. Thankfully, for some, this all passes. I am here to tell you that I have, a few years ago, found my way out of that thicket of comparison and relentless suspicion and judgment. And it is a nice feeling. Because, in the end, no one will ever give a shit who has kept shit "real" except the two or three people, sitting in their apartments, bitter and self-devouring, who take it upon themselves to wonder about such things. The keeping real of shit matters to some people, but it does not matter to me. It's fashion, and I don't like fashion, because fashion does not matter. What matters is that you do good work. What matters is that you produce things that are true and will stand. What matters is that the Flaming Lips's new album is ravishing and I've listened to it a thousand times already, sometimes for days on end, and it enriches me and makes me want to save people. What matters is that it will stand forever, long after any narrow-hearted curmudgeons have forgotten their appearance on goddamn 90210. What matters is not the perception, nor the fashion, not who's up and who's down, but what someone has done and if they meant it. What matters is that you want to see and make and do, on as grand a scale as you want, regardless of what the tiny voices of tiny people say. Do not be critics, you people, I beg you. I was a critic and I wish I could take it all back because it came from a smelly and ignorant place in me, and spoke with a voice that was all rage and envy. Do not dismiss a book until you have written one, and do not dismiss a movie until you have made one, and do not dismiss a person until you have met them. It is a fuckload of work to be open-minded and generous and understanding and forgiving and accepting, but Christ, that is what matters. What matters is saying yes."
But you're totally entitled to your opinion. I just don't agree with your logic.
Along with the John Butler Trio they are my favorite band. I have grown up listening to them and have learned to love them as artists. I have seen them live twice and they tend to stay away from all their mainstream sucesses, instead taking their songs and changing them around into versions that are often better than the originals. It would make me very happy if they played bonnaroo.
Post by steveternal on Aug 21, 2007 22:54:57 GMT -5
"August and Everything After" is a gem. The rest of their catalog is mediocre. I've never seen them, but I've heard bootlegs and could never decide if they were beautiful and imaginative live or a God-awful racket. As such, I voted 'maybe'.