The Polyphonic Spree set-list from the El Ray show (Los Angeles) on Wednesday, July 18th. (I've added which album each track is from.) If I've missed any, please let me know.
American Dream (Unknown) Running Away (The Fragile Army) Hanging Around (The Beginning Stages of...) Get Up and Go (The Fragile Army) It's The Sun (The Beginning Stages of...) Light to Follow (The Fragile Army) Younger Yesterday (The Fragile Army) The Fragile Army (The Fragile Army) La La (The Beginning Stages of...) Middle of the Day (The Beginning Stages of...) Watch Us Explode/Justify (The Fragile Army) We Crawl (The Fragile Army) The Championship (The Fragile Army) Together We're Heavy (Together We're Heavy AND The Fragile Army) Lithium (Wait EP) When The Fool Becomes a King (Together We're Heavy) Soldier Girl (The Beginning Stages of...) Soldier Girl (The Beginning Stages of...) Light and Day (The Beginning Stages of...) Ride Captain Ride (cover of song by Blues Image) Hold Me Now (Together We're Heavy) Best Part (Unknown)
Okay, I want to know if there are any Secret Machines fans here. I have been listening to them for a little while now and I'm just continually amazed by them. The drummer of this group, Ben Curtis, was the last drummer for Tripping Daisy. Check them out sometime.
Holiday tale takes a wacky turn with Dallas ensemble at the helm
By THOR CHRISTENSEN / The Dallas Morning News
Few people ever figure out how to put a fresh spin on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Then again, few people dare to draw as far outside the lines as Dallas' Polyphonic Spree.
The Spree turned A Christmas Carol inside out Saturday night at Nokia Theatre, recasting it as a surreal tale about sloth, evil media giants, Armageddon and, of course, a certain 24-member symphonic rock band that dresses in robes. In lieu of Ebenezer Scrooge, the star of A Polyphonic Christmas Carol was none other than Spree bandleader Tim DeLaughter.
The play opened on a note of reality, with Mr. DeLaughter complaining about how hard it is to run a 24-piece rock band.
"You're like selfish children dragging behind me all the time," he shouted in a fit of frustration. "I wish I'd never started the Polyphonic Spree!"
Just like in the Dickens story, he gets his wish and then some. Instead of piloting the Polyphonic Spree to worldwide acclaim, the singer grows up to be fat and bored, his rump glued to the living-room sofa as he mindlessly switches stations on the boob tube.
From there, the story spins wildly. Before long, the "Clear Station" media conglomerate takes over the world, World War III is on the horizon, and all forms of creativity are outlawed. It's Neil Young's Greendale, by way of Rush's 2112, divided by George Orwell's 1984.
The play was hampered by audio snafus, but what it lacked in cohesiveness, it made up for in music and laughs. The mid-show minifilm was particularly witty, with its dreamlike snapshots of the Spree appearing on Oprah and singing at the White House.
And the songs were every bit as lush and powerful as you'd expect from the Spree. "The Carol of the Bells" turned into a hypnotic waltz about Mr. DeLaughter's mental health. "Do You Hear What I Hear" bordered on Gothic art-rock, while the multilayered "Christmas is Here" and "Little Drummer Boy" sounded like outtakes from A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector.
The big show-ender, "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," left some fans scratching their heads: Is writer-director (and Spree member) Louis Schwadron really a fan of the Dirty Dancing song – or was he being ironic? Either way, it was a fitting finale for a band that's based its whole career on leaving fans dumbfounded.
A Polyphonic Christmas Carol was the centerpiece of the group's fifth annual Holiday Extravaganza, which previously took place at the 800-seat Lakewood Theater. About 3,000 fans turned out Saturday to help the Spree celebrate another triumphant year, but the event was still full of homespun, offbeat charm. Opening acts included an accordion duo, and the Syncopated Ladies, the Denton Senior Center's answer to the Radio City Rockettes.
I absolutely adore the Spree and am super heart broken that I cant make it to the holiday extravaganza even though I only live about 5 hours away grrr....I just don't have any luck, seems that they were also about an hour away the weekend of my birthday, but I didn't know them yet, gah. Someday.
So is it just me or did anyone else dislike the blonde on Las Vegas? I looved the look Tim gave her when she was like " I have a great everything! I can be the new face of the band!"
Anywho.. I've been listening to the band for a couple months but still haven't figured out something: In When a Fool Becomes a King (I think thats the song it's in) they talk about the 16 ways.. i.e. "Your 16 ways will blow your mind.." does anyone have any idea what those 16 ways are and what it means?
Look for the Spree and Tim on the NBC show Las Vegas monday night.
A GIRL GOES MISSING AND DANNY SEARCHES FOR ANSWERS - TIM DELAUGHTER GUEST STARS -- Ed (James Caan) and Mike (James Lesure) piece together the clues of a possible kidnapping. Their efforts lead to a man with a criminal past and also force Mike to recall a terrible memory from his childhood. Meanwhile, Danny (Josh Duhamel) and Mary (Nikki Cox) leave Las Vegas for a romantic trip to Los Angeles, amidst rumors that they will return as a married couple. Elsewhere, Delinda (Molly Sims) becomes enamored with The Polyphonic Spree, a unique musical group, and their leader Tim Delaughter (as himself). Vanessa Marcil and Marsha Thomason also star.
i don't think i've been giving this community the attention it needs lately. my co-mod moved away and closed her account, so i'm looking for someone to help out with promoting and maintenance. if you're interested, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org telling me why i should pick you. i want to make some kind of banner and change the layout, but i'm not very good at those kind of things.
its close ta 3 am here, i got a midterm in the morning(at 8 o clock) And i can't sleep... so wgadda am gunna do? Im turning on the spree and rockin out until i get tired enough to sleep or pass out....