Rasp. at The Casbah in San Diego

(crossposted to inourbloomers for no real reason)

Just got back from the concert, and I was pretty impressed (though it has been quite a while since I last saw them live). Unfortunately the crowd was pretty small- I'd been hoping the place would be packed. Rasp hasn't been out on the west coast in a long time, and San Diego gets skipped over a lot by tours in favor of playing more in LA. Also it was an early show, which is always kinda weird.

Considering how Melora said that she'd been feeling under the weather, she certainly hit those high notes in "Watch T.V." with a damn vengeance. It was the first time I'd seen the new lineup, and it sounded wonderful to me. Daniel DeJesus can actually do a good job at singing the female backup vocals from the older songs and I really enjoyed his playing/singing. The drumming was awesome as well. Hopefully the wee ones don't run off to do solo projects too fast from the Rasputina Music Internship Program.

Highlights included Melora deciding to play a series of quick cello notes every time Daniel took a drink between songs, Melora confiding in us "even though it's none of your business" that she'd cannibalized the corpse of a gay relative that she'd just finished having sex with (yipe!), and accidentally making a sex joke during a song while she was slowly playing ascending notes to match where Daniel was... she said "hold on a second, I'm coming" before hitting the crescendo, and then got embarrassed after the song and said that wasn't what she meant. Yes, this is the sort of fabulous storytelling you have to resort to when you don't take a camera to a concert.

I tried to keep track of a setlist in my head, but they had Arrogant Bastard on tap, so that plan didn't quite work out. This is definitely incomplete and completely out of order, but it seems like they've had a pretty consistent setlist for this tour.

Thimble Island
Hunter's Kiss
American Girl
Rose K.
Wicked Dickie
Secret Message
Bad Moon Rising
Rusty the Skatemaker
Cage in a Cave
Identity Tokens
Oh Bring Back the Egg Unbroken
In Old Yellowcake

Concert tonight.

In little old Eugene Oregon, I got to see me some Rasputina which I haven't done since last year, when I was also their waiter. I must be the luckiest fan ever, 'cuz tonight was Ms. Creager's birthday and the whole place sang her happy birthday. Daniel is quite the new talent also. Many funny things occurred including the sound guy attempting to be artsy on Rusty the skatemaker and instead making what Melora referred to as "weird baby recordings". Was a fun concert though. That's all for now.

Melora a la Basilica-Thoughts?

What are your thoughts on the new album?

When I heard this was a limited-edition 1000-disc copy I snatched one up right away; I think mine is something like #576. I have to say I'm diggin Melora's red hair and the silver medieval outfit/theme is interesting. Although I did not expect this sort of religious motif from Rasputina (i.e: "basilica" or Christian church; the bible quote on the certificate)

Unlike many people I find Daniel's voice to be lovely with a sexy quality that harmonizes well with Melora's, and I would have liked to hear more of him on this album.(I think some just need more time to warm up to the sound of a male vocalist in Rasputina)

Clowns has become one of my most favorite songs, of all time. It is utterly poignant and beautiful, and I can't find any other words to explain how moving this song is to me. I have heard the Goldfrapp original and acknowledge the greatness from which it came, but Melora just knocks this version out of the park. Best cover EVER.

"I want to marry a lighthouse keeper" is so lively and cute I've been singing it to myself for days. :P

However: Rusty, Identity Tokens, Wicked Dickie, Rose K, Why Don't You Do Right? Girl Lunar Explorer & American Girl were all brilliant the first time and I feel they should have been left alone. You can't re-create perfection.

Also, I don't understand why the bonus track had to be a poor repeat of a song already on the track...

So there's my brief take on the latest offering from my favorite music group. I know this was a quickly made, low-to-no budget album and am grateful for the undying prolific-ness of Rasputina. Looking forward to Sister Kinderhook!
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Hiro Ballroom Post 2

Was anyone at the Hiro Ballroom show last night? I was sitting on the floor in the second row and asked about How We Quit the Forest when we did a Q&A.
I was and I have to say I really loved it. I never thought I'd see a fellow playing cello in Rasputina, but Daniel and Catie were awesome. I tried to take some pics but my cell but the resolution was ghastly.
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I just joined this community a minute ago-- I LOOOOOVE Rasputina!! I have been listening to them for some years now and they are one of my absolute favorites.

And thanks to YouTube I've been able to see what they are like live, but unfortunately, I have yet to experience them. I am so disappointed that I just missed their recent tour because they were in the area.

I was wondering, is there any way to get a DVD of their live performances? I don't think I've seen anything official and I've even checked eBay... not sure if anything has been put together for people to buy.

If reading simple innocent questions offends you, then don't read this scaaaaaaaaaaaanndoolous post!

Okay so I recently posted an entry in "inourbloomers", and apparently wondering who Melora's daughter's Daddy is, is a horrible question to ask because "I don't have a RIGHT TO KNOW" (according to some angry users).

So I'll ask again, here. I will simply ignore any irrationally pissed off responses because, well, it's just not worth my energy to respond to such silly things.

I KNOW it is not important. I KNOW it's "none of my business"


But does anyone know if "Sebastian Lane" (listed in the Thank You's on Cabin Fever) is Hollis Lane's dad? I think Melora said once that she "was married" and I was curious to know who the lucky gent was.

That is all. Thank you for reading.
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New York Dances of Vice Festival 2008 - feat. Rasputina + Neo-Victorian ball

Hey guys! If anyone's thinking about reserving 2-day or VIP tickets to the 2008 New York Dances of Vice Festival in February (Rasputina is headlining in the context of a neo-Victorian costumed ball) the the special promotion for those two passes ends on Saturday. The Two-Day Ticket is going to go from $40 to $45, and the VIP pass will go from $50 to $60.

The individual day pass for the Rasputina show date will remain $28. Additional entertainment for the date include performances by The Deadfly Ensemble, Desert Sin, Oryx Incruentus, Nicki Jaine - plus an art show, Victorian fencing demonstrations, vendors, and much more.

For those of you who haven't heard about the Dances of Vice Festival, this year's festival possesses a distinctly Neo-Victorian aesthetic which widely appeals to the gothic, Victorian, steampunk, glamour, Lolita, burlesque, performance artist, vintage lifestyle, costumer and alternative culture demographics.

More info: http://www.dancesofvice.com</span>
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