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Spiritualized At The 930 Club, May 10, 2012

Posted in Music with tags , , on May 11, 2012 by johnbuckley100

The band’s leader, for years bedeviled by drug and health issues, stands off to the side, with evident disdain either for playing frontman or for the crowd.  Brian Jonestown Massacre circa 2009?  No, Spiritualized last night.

It was a badly paced set — we could have done without the long transition between “Rated X” and “Electric Mainline” — but when they were on, ladies and gentlemen, we were rocket-launched through space.  With the exception of “Hey Jane,” which opened, and was filled with air and space so that its tight motorik tempo allowed the engine to breath, the great songs from Sweet Heart Sweet Light reminded us that the five-piece band, plus singers, could have used the further emollient of horns.  But the arrangements were fantastic — we were completely fooled by the intro to “Heading For The Top,” thinking Pierce had gone all the way back to Lazer Guided Melodies to play “If I Were With Her Now.”

Jason Pierce seemed strong, for someone who’s medical records have played out on the pages of music magazines for years.  He’s a big guy, with a head the size of Helmut Kohl’s, and one wished his generous volubility with interviewers would have accommodated more than a single “thank you” as they left the stage.  But when we heard “She Kissed Me (It Felt Like A Hit)” followed by “Come Together,” all was forgiven.

The Leica Store In D.C. Officially Opens

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 3, 2012 by johnbuckley100

Leica M9, 35mm Summilux

The first store in the United States fully owned and operated by Leica Camera officially opened last night with a cocktail party followed by a quite wonderful talk by famed photojournalist Peter Turnley.  Turnley exhibited keen intelligence and great empathy, reminding a full complement of Leicaphiles that photography is about heart, and sharing what you see in the world, not merely gizmolust.  But of course,  it also is partly about gizmolust, which is why we post the above image.

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