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04/15/2004: "alone in kyoto."

I adore Air and all, but as a live act, they're sort of pointless. See, the way I generally like to listen to Air is in my bedroom with the lights off. I think their live act could work really well if the band wasn't really foregrounded in a rock-showy way; they'd be great doing incidental soundtrack music for a series of continuously pulsing video feeds or something. They did work pretty well onstage as an unintentional comedy act, though. So the shorter dude in Air, sporting some greased-over hair and a sorta Star Trek-ish suit, squeaks "So zis one, zis one is a...love song," before solemnly strapping on his keytar.

"Haha he's so French!" I say to no one in particular, all while trying to crane my neck to scope out the shorter Air dude's '70s prog-worthy rack of awesome synths. The random guy standing next to me, who had the foresight to bring several spliffs to tide him thru the boring bits (a snoozeworthy 'Cherry Blossom Girl', a far-too-sped-up 'Alpha Beta Gaga'), snickers and takes a deep puff. Five minutes later the random guy collapses on the floor with a cold thud!*

"Good weed, eh?"

Anyway, my favorite song on the new record is "Biological," which has all these beautiful subtle studio fx going on. These were totally lost in the bombast of the live setup. (They played it during the encore.) My favorite part of the song is about four minutes in, when the vocals cut out and it's just this slow, ambling guitar line, chased by this wash of barely perceptible synth echoes. I was really curious to see how they were going to duplicate this live, and when I saw how they did it--by playing it very straight and literal, with less detail, and faster--I was pretty disappointed.

*He was fine later, though.


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Alone in Kyoto .The title of this blog is one of the songs from 'Lost in Translation', which i saw yesterday night. Such a gentle and humorous and human story. Absolutely loved it. Bill Murray was fantastic and you really felt for his character. Loneliness is such a common theme - more than we give it credit for and the movie absolutely captured that. But it was also so positive and gives hope of finding love. Scarlett Johansson was mind blowing. I think I am in love with her. Her beauty is in her simplicity and the ability to communicate without speaking a word.She is beautiful. I could go on and on about her for the whole post but will refrain from it for now and will leave you with a beautiful snap from the movie.

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