Tuesday, June 12
Destroyer at the Blue Moose, Iowa City, 6/11/12
A Savage Night at the Opera
A Dangerous Woman Up to a Point
Suicide Demo for Kara Walker
Libby’s First Sunrise
Self Portrait with Thing (Tonight Is Not Your Night)
I drove two hours by myself to see this (the wife wasn’t interested). If I’m not mistaken, I haven’t been to an indie show in about seven years. It was really lovely. I caught the last two songs by Sandro Perri, who shared a saxophonist with Destroyer.
When Dan Bejar started singing it put a huge smile on my face, because here he was, this odd persona in the flesh. He didn’t lift his eyes to look out at the audience for maybe the first three songs. I wondered if he has a muscle memory of the particular placement of his one hand holding the mic and the other holding the wrapped cord at waist height.
There wasn’t much in the way of banter. After “Libby’s First Sunrise” he started to say “That last song was off of…” but the sequencer had already started the riff on “Kaputt” and the band just started playing it full blast. They all looked at each other and laughed. There was really very little talking aside from that.
Hearing the songs from Kaputt thrilled me the most because I’ve lived with that album the most. I listened to it almost every time I shoveled snow during the very snowy winter at the beginning of 2011, and those songs are just embedded now. There aren’t many other whole albums in recent years that have had that effect on me (more like parts of albums: PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake, Wild Beasts’ Smother and Richard Hawley’s Truelove’s Gutter.
When the band left the stage they had to walk through the crowd to exit. As we filed out, the band were sitting at a table watching hockey on TV.