apr 23

Play That Album

This whole "play the entire album as your set" meme? It was fun for a while, but aren't we tired of it? Hasn't this form of packaged nostalgia -- nostalgia not only for the band but for the idea of the album -- run its course? Anyway, the cast for All Tomorrow's Parties has been announced and it looks like a lost CD changer from 1997: Built to Spill performing Perfect From Now On, Thurston Moore performing Psychic Hearts, Meat Puppets performing Meat Puppets II, and Tortoise performing Millions Now Living Will Never Die. Oh, and My Bloody Valentine is headlining. September 19-21, Monticello, New York (two hours from Manhattan).


It's true that the concept does have a few problems, especially with the rap albums that have been selected (which rely a lot on guest spots and almost always have some dead weight in the track list). But like Garrison said, i think it's worth it just so you can see songs that aren't really played live. It took all those Daydream Nation shows to get the Youth to start playing "Total Trash" again so it's not all bad.

posted by bg5000 at 10:09 AM on April 23, 2008

Is there any record that you'd like to see played in its entirety? Is there any record that impacted your life in a way that you'd like to hear it live completely? The experience of seeing tracks that might have never been played live would be excellent.

posted by Garrison Reid at 10:10 AM on April 23, 2008

I'd like to see the Led Zeppelin box set.

posted by Rex at 10:11 AM on April 23, 2008

The idea of an album is dead? Except in the context of all your muxtapes? Album2.0? Two point oh!

What about when one band plays an entire album by another band? Gimmicky? Yes. Packaged nostalgia? Ok, yes again. Run it's course? I hope not.

posted by dav3 at 3:03 PM on April 23, 2008

Dav3, when has a band played an entire album of another band? That's an incredible idea that's blowing my mind at this point. There are so many bands that should just cut the crap and play their influence's record. Or the better idea: crap band covering other crap band's full record in entirety. Now that's hilarious.

posted by Garrison Reid at 5:07 PM on April 23, 2008

I'm sure there are other examples, but one that's swell known - at least in the jamband circles - is the mid-90's Phish halloween show stuff. Velvets and Talking Heads and Beatles oh my.

posted by dav3 at 6:26 PM on April 23, 2008

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