So last night, when contemplating the potential awesomeness of a Sufjan Stevens live show, I came to thinking about who Iâ€™d really really really love to see live this year.Â Then, because I like to torture myself, I was thinking about who Iâ€™d love to see live regardless of circumstances.
So, here is a list.Â There are dead people on this list, yes.Â There are defunct bands on this list, yes.Â Basically itâ€™s bands and/or musicians Iâ€™d possibly give a limb to see live some time soon, regardless of how many times Iâ€™ve seen them, current music producing status aside.Â There are musicians on this list that wouldnâ€™t hit my all time favourite list, but because I A) havenâ€™t seen them before and B) have been digging their music lately, theyâ€™re here.Â So here we go.
A girl can dream, right?
- Neutral Milk Hotel.Â Although, a Jeff Mangum acoustic set would do just as well.Â I donâ€™t think this requires any explanation.
- The Mountain Goats.Â Yes I saw them in January.Â And more than once last year.Â But did I ever tell you GREATEST SHOW EVER!?!?Â And I tell ya what, if someone said give me your left arm or youâ€™ll never see the Mountain Goats live again, Iâ€™d find a way to be right-handed.
- Sufjan Stevens â€“ Stories of angel wings and orchestras and other wonderful things have me so excited about the idea of this.
- The Arcade Fire â€“ If I hear Wake Up or Intervention live Iâ€™m not sure what will happen to my brain.Â Some sort of atrophy no doubt.
- The Flaming Lips â€“ Their live shows kinda have legend status now.Â I want to be one in a sea of thousands of people singing â€˜do, you, REALIZEâ€™ etc.
- Ani DiFranco â€“ Itâ€™s been ages, really.Â And I get that she just had a baby, and I get that sheâ€™s probably a crazy busy woman, and I get that Australia is a loooong way away from Buffalo NY.Â But fer serious.Â Please!Â Tour soon!
- Jeff Buckley â€“ He makes my heart hurt.Â He was taken from the world way too early.Â To be in the same room as that voice would just be an amazing experience.
- Jeff Tweedy.Â Live.Â Solo.Â Iâ€™d put Wilco on this list too but I just saw them a month ago and that would be kinda greedy.
- The Decemberists.Â In a little hole in the wall bar where I can stand maybe 3 or 4 metres away from Colin Meloy.Â And they should play that 20 minute song thatâ€™s in FOUR CHAPTERS because how awesome is that?!Â Not that Iâ€™m fussy though.
- Pavement â€“ Recent viewing of a DVD has left me kinda sad that I missed this opportunity.
- Okkervil River â€“ This is new, but, I am rapidly going all CFG over this band.Â Please tour soon.
- R.E.M. â€“ Never seen them live.Â Really badly want to.Â Enough said.
- Bonnie â€˜Princeâ€™ Billy â€“ Or Will Oldham or any of this other incarnations.Â Hopefully somewhere like the Hopetoun, in a dark, smokey room, with a crowd that shuts up and listens.
- Death Cab for Cutie â€“ I just know, given the right venue and the right crowd and the right setlist, a set from the this band might blow my head off.Â Although, considering the awesomeness of some of the solo acoustic stuff Iâ€™ve heard of Benâ€™s lately (including that cover of Palmcorder Yajna HOLY CRAP), a solo acoustic set from Mr Gibbard would do.
- Broken Social Scene.Â I have it on good authority that their live shows are A-MAZ-ING, and just seeing that many stupidly talented musicians on one stage at the one time would be kinda staggering.
- Give me another week and Wolf Parade will be on this list, I have zero doubt.
- Rodriguez would have been on this list a couple of months ago, and not only that, I would have fully expected him to be a â€˜yeah but neverâ€™ edition.Â Just goes to show, hey?Â I can live in hope RE: NMH.