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jose gonzalez at the great american music hall

Posted by Brad Schelden, October 12, 2007 05:50pm | Post a Comment

I was very close to almost not going to this show. Curt had too much homework so I was left to go to the show all alone. But I am really glad that I did. Not only is the Great American Music Hall only a couple of blocks from my house but I love it there. I know I have said this before. But I really do love it there. The architecture is so amazing. I actually ended up running into about 6 friends there so I had no more worries of standing all alone in the corner once I got there. But I was sort of looking forward to that. I really like going to movies all by myself in the middle of the week. It is usually just me and some retired ladies and grandpas. Maybe cause I end up seeing movies like  "The Queen" and "Letters from Iwo Jima." This would explain the old ladies and grandpas. I went and saw "Eastern Promises" this week. There were still only about 10 people in the theater but the "crowd" was a bit different. More old loner type dudes than old ladies. The movie was really awesome. Cronenberg and Vigo Mortensen fit together so perfectly. They captured the feel of a little russian restaurant so well. I have never been to one. But I feel like now I have. OK, back to the Jose Gonzalez show. I may have been to plenty of movies by myself but I have not really gone to a show by myself before. It is weird though. As much as Curt and I go to shows, I don't really see people I recognize out that much. I am always thinking to myself, who are all these people. Why don't I ever see them anywhere else in the city. But it seems that Jose Gonzalez was the show that all of my friends decided to go to. I had heard great things about his show at Bimbo's last year, so I was looking forward to the show. I really love the new album and wanted to hear it live.

The amazing thing about Jose Gonzalez is that the live show sounded exactly like the album. It is just him on the stage all by himself. But just with his voice and guitar he sounded amazing. It was a little sad that you could barely see him. Since he was sitting down on a chair, all you could really see was the top of his little head. I really felt sorry for the people who were any shorter than I was. They probably could not see anything at all. I sort of feel like I already wrote this blog so I just had to go back and check. But I think that I just wrote it all in my head after the show and then forgot to write it down that night. So now I am trying to remember what I feel like I have already written down. I think what was in my head sounded much better that this sounds. His new album is really beautiful. And everything that is great about it was just as great live. But since I could not really see anything I kept daydreaming during the show.

After his show in Minneapolis tomorrow night, Jose is off to play shows in the UK. But he will be back at the end of November to play in LA again. He will also be playing at the cities that he missed on the first part of his tour in the US. I heard from a reliable source that they added a riser to the stage for his second show at the GAMH. I am sure somebody complained. Or he just realized that nobody could really see him. So maybe the rest of the show will be played from a chair on some sort of riser. If you get a chance to see him you really should go do it. I am seeing Jens Lekman soon so now at least I can compare their live performances.

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