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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Review + Setlist + Photos: Brian Jonestown Massacre Jangles, Drones and Drops Cake at Sold-Out Off Broadway, Friday, June 11

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For reasons both obvious and obsolete, the songs Hollywood sang were some of the set's best. "Got My Eye on You," from 1998's Strung Out in Heaven, and closer "Oh Lord" lapwinged on a higher plane by virtue of their propulsive oomph and their vocal clarity. "Not If You Were the Last Dandy on Earth" still had the tang of a kiss-off to Courtney Taylor-Taylor (of the Dandy Warhols), though that matter seems long settled and the song, consequently, an obsolete curio.

click to enlarge Birthday boy Matt Hollywood. See a full slideshow from last night's show. - JASON STOFF

Hollywood himself looked subdued all show; his T-shirt, reading "Old Fart," might have indicated why. After a birthday cake was brought on stage and promptly dropped (or thrown) on the floor, Newcombe's mood -- and his stern commands to "clean it up" -- visibly soured. The cake was left to molder. Where ten years ago that might have detonated a brawl, what happened last night -- Newcombe quietly sulking, then abruptly exiting the stage after "Oh Lord" -- was almost quaint, a PG-reminder of his yesteryears. Nevertheless, it didn't appear to warrant that reaction. Hollywood, after all, was the poor bastard with the birthday.

If you want to cry over spilled cake, just make sure to put on a combustible rock show -- steady, excessive, reliable -- that leaves ears ringing and necks aching. Lesson learned, and lukewarmly received.

Setlist Super-Sonic Vaccum Boots Wasted Got My Eye on You Here It Comes Let Me Stand Next to Your Flower Servo Anemone When Jokers Attack Sailor Jennifer Cabin Fever Nevertheless Prozac vs. Heroin Wisdom Going to Hell Not If You Were the Last Dandy on Earth Who? That Suicide Girl Whoever You Are Hide and Seek Oh Lord

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