Friday, March 7, 2008

A Good Idea

So I had a rare night out last night and I couldn't have spent it any better. I went with some great friends to the hilariously titled Shank Hall in Milwaukee to see one of my musical heroes; Bob Mould. I have worshiped at the alter of Bob ever since hearing Husker Du's 1987 opus, "Warehouse:Stories and Songs". That album remains one of my all time favorites and I have followed Mould's career ever since.

Touring on the heals of the fantastic new release "District Line", Mould appeared with a killer four piece band that my ears are still ringing from. The show opened with an electrifying one-two blast of the first 2 tracks from Sugar's "Copper Blue". Going into the show, I would have been thrilled to hear any songs from that album, but Mould treated us to 4 of them throughout the night. The show featured a great mix of tracks from his solo discs, Sugar, and a seven song Husker Du explosion at the end (including Divide and Conquer, Celebrated Summer, Chartered Trips, Could You Be the One, Makes No Sense at All, and Hardly Getting Over It). But this was no nostalgia show. The five tracks played from the new CD sounded perfectly in place with Mould's best work, and that includes the Husker Du material. What stuck me most is how passionate Mould sounds after all these years. He was screaming those Husker Du songs as if the wounds that spawned them still hurt like hell. Go see him if you have the chance!

Listen to six new tracks here.

Bob Mould 2008 Tour Dates:
03/07/08 Chicago, IL @ Metro
03/08/08 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
03/09/08 Hamilton, ON @ Casbah
03/10/08 Toronto, ON @ Mod Club Theatre
03/12/08 Boston, MA @ The Paradise
03/13/08 New York, NY @ The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
03/14/08 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
03/15/08 Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
03/17/08 Charlotte, NC @ The Visulite Theatre
03/18/08 Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
03/20/08 Austin, TX @ Antone's
03/22/08 Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
03/24/08 San Diego, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
03/25/08 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater
03/26/08 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
03/28/08 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
03/29/08 Seattle, WA @ Neumos
03/30/08 Vancouver, BC @ Richards on Richards

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