June 05, 2011

Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven at Indie West Fest in Ventura

Quickie post for the Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven set we saw yesterday at the VC Fairgrounds. Cloudy/drizzly day (guess it's time for June gloom) didn't dampen anything permanently, but the general vibe of the closing hours at the inaugural "Indie West Fest" gave off a distinctly "is this it?" feeling. The staff people were all very pleasant though, and I hope they do it again next year.

Anyway, David Lowery & Co. did not disappoint; instead of each band playing their most popular album in full (which they'd been doing on the recent "Key Lime Pie/Kerosene Hat" tour), they went for oddball and/or loud choices (there was lots of bleed from the other stages).

Camper Van Beethoven went with an early-80s set: Mao Reminisces, White Riot, Wasted, Shut Us Down, R&R Uzbekistan, Sad Lovers Waltz, Ambiguity Song, Take the Skinheads Bowling, We're a Bad Trip, Tania, Eye of Fatima 1 & 2, Seven Languages, Pictures of Matchstick Men, Club Med Sucks, and Interstellar Overdrive.

Fifteen minutes later Cracker did a shorter, louder, and career-spanning set of their own: Movie Star, Teen Angst, 100 Flower Power Maximum, The World is Mine, Hand Me My Inhaler, Friends, Eurotrash Girl, Lonesome Johnny Blues, One Fine Day, Gimme One More Chance, and Low.

So, that's Costello and Lowery gigs within weeks of each other. A Dylan show would hit the trifecta, but on 7/14 (when he's at the SB Bowl) we have other plans.

About the photo: it's a promo shot for the original Cracker/Camper reunion tour from early 2000, in which Jonathan Segel, Victor Krummenacher, and Greg Lisher joined David Lowery, Johnny Hickman, Kenny Margolis, and Frank Funaro to make a sort of Cracker Van Beethoven supergroup. We saw them twice on that tour.

Oh, one more thing: there's finally an audience-quality bootleg of the Coach House Cracker/Camper show Bryn and I saw last year on the Archive: Camper set | Cracker set

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