June 1, 2008

The Raconteurs deafen Washington D.C. (what?)

Two of the strongest recommendations I received of places I needed to see while I was in Washington DC last week were The 9:30 Club and The Black Cat. The latter was partially accomplished on Friday night when I found myself at the downstairs part of the club, Red Room. No live music at The Black Cat that night, but Red Room has the best jukebox I’ve ever seen in a venue. I spent many dollars.

The 9:30 opportunity presented itself earlier in the week, when after the conference meet & greet, I found myself with not much to do around 7:30pm. Never one to sit when I could listen to something good, I cabbed it over to the sold-out show at The 9:30 and bought a ticket off some guy standing outside looking vaguely lost and somewhat interested in selling the ticket he clutched in his hand. I think he’d been stood up. I wanted to apologize on behalf of whomever’d done it, but gave him a few crisp bills instead and was on my way into the mysteriously completely unmarked door.

After missing most of the Black Lips’ set, I got a spot up near to the front in a location so close to the speakers that my clothes literally vibrated with each thrum of the bass and kick of the drum. After their fedora’d roadie crew set the stage, The Raconteurs sauntered on a bit before 10pm. The last time I’d seen them was in the overwhelmingly huge chaos of Coachella, but in this concentrated and intimate setting their music scorched and flayed each of us. The riffs were excoriatingly raw but tight, their songs were all blues grit and swagger, and they looked like they were having quite a bit of fun.


The Raconteurs Live at the 9:30 Club (May 27, 2008)

Consolers of the Lonely
Hold Up
Keep It Clean
Top Yourself
Switch and the Spur
You Don’t Understand Me
Rich Kid Blues
Yellow Sun (rockin’ version)
Steady As She Goes
Blue Veins

Shades of Black
Intimate Secretary
The Stones Will Shout
Salute Your Solution
Carolina Drama

[you can stream it on NPR]


  • Glad you had a good time and was able to experience both venues.

    Russ! — June 1, 2008 @ 10:18 pm

  • Just wanted to let you know that I’ve also got the show over on my blog. I cut it up into single tracks if you or your readers are interested.

    You can find the show over here: http://mysticchordsofmemory.blogspot.com/

    Honest Abe — June 2, 2008 @ 3:49 pm

  • I keep stumbling onto your blog as I haunt around the Web. Good stuff! I appreciate the 9:30 Club performance which I had watched on PBS and wished I could have on my iPod. So thanks. Oh, and you should check out a band called The High Llamas if you have yet to hear them. Their best albums are Snowbug, Hawaii and Can Cladders. Lush stuff.

    Thanks again,

    Denver, Co

    claythenerd — July 9, 2008 @ 5:07 pm

  • Great stuff, but the set list is wrong…

    Anonymous — July 18, 2008 @ 5:44 am

  • Help me fix it?

    heather — July 18, 2008 @ 10:01 am

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