Marah @ the Southgate House (7/2/09) (part 2)

[EDITOR’S NOTE: I wrote a “review” for the Marah show before it actually took place. Why did I do that?  I was trying to manipulate the cosmos and it actually worked.  If you’re curious, you can go back and read that post.  Or you can forget about that one and read this one instead.  Just trust me when I say that the meat of the original review looked like this:

Blah, blah, blah, concert, blah, blah, Bielanko, blah, blah, acoustic, blah, blah, blah.  Blah, blah, blah, kick out the jams, blah, blah, blah.  And then, blah, blah, merch table, blah, blah, annoying jerk, blah, $15?  P’shaw!  Blah, blah, Serge, blah, blah.  Blah, blah, blah, blah.  Heck yeah.  Blah, blah, setlist.

As you can probably tell, that’s just “blah blah blah” over and over again with a few concert keywords randomly thrown in.  Well, I’ve decided to use the fake placeholder review as a template for my real review.  I don’t know if it’ll work.  I suspect it’ll come out all stilted and weird.  Let’s see.]

Well, I’m back.  I’m happy to say that the CONCERT took place.  I’m also happy to report that Dave BIELANKO wasn’t lying when he swaggered/staggered up to the mic and said, “This show is gonna kick ass”. This time out, Marah was an ACOUSTIC trio with Dave on guitar, Johnny Pisano on bass, and Christine Smith on keyboards, harmonica, and little red accordion-thing.  Even though there were only three of them and they left the electric guitars at home, they still managed to KICK OUT THE JAMS.  It was great.

Something happened and I can’t remember what it was, AND THEN Dave said, “We have t-shirts and you’re fuckin’ buyin’ ’em.”  I could’ve done without the foul language, but I still went over to the MERCH TABLE after the show to check out the goods.  That’s where I met an ANNOYING JERK who was flirting with both Dave and Christine for about 25 minutes.  I just wanted to hand over my $15 and get a copy of Float Away Deconstructed, but this guy kept up with his “blah blah blah”.  “P’SHAW!” I said.  “Get out of my way so I can buy my CD and go home.”  We got into a bout of old-fashioned fisticuffs, but I’m a badass and I’m an especially good fighter when I’m drunk.  I beat up the offending fawner and gave Christine my $10 (I was wrong before when I said it was $15.) and got the heck out of there.  Of course, I gave her a wink first because she was really cute playing that little red accordion-thing.  I gave Dave a wink, too, because I’m totally cool with gay stuff and I didn’t want him to feel left out.  I had no problems driving home as I made up the part about being drunk.  I was sober, really.  I don’t even drink at concerts.  I don’t even hardly drink at home.

Looking back, I can say that missing out on Marah all those years just made this concert more special (or specialer, if you will).  Sure, it would’ve been cool to see Marah before SERGE Bielanko quit to be a dad, but I’m not complaining.  Acoustic trio Marah kicked enough ass for me.  HECK YEAH.

As always, here’s the SETLIST:

Gonna Fly Now (Rocky Theme)/Limb/Roundeye Blues/City of Dreams/Body/Coughing Up Blood/Can’t Take It With You/Walt Whitman Bridge/Billie Jean->Star Spangled Banner/So What if We’re Outta Tune With the Rest of the World/Instrumental/Angels on a Passing Train/Baby Love/The Catfisherman/Long Hot Summer/Faraway You/New York, New York/Formula, Cola, Dollar Draft

And here are the rest of my concert pictures:

Marah marqueeMarah onstageStringed instrumentsEstrella the Little Red Accordion-ThingAftermathMarah setlist
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19 Responses to Marah @ the Southgate House (7/2/09) (part 2)

  1. crankypants says:

    I wonder if anyone has written a song about the Ben Franklin Bridge or the Commodore Barry Bridge? Or even the Betsy Ross Bridge.
    I wonder when my coffee will kick in and make my brain function.
    anyway, glad you finally got to see them and it was good.

  2. M-----l says:

    I went to bed at 3:30 last night. Now I'm drinking three day old coffee (with a bit of soy milk) in a feeble attempt to wake up and start my day.I don't know about the Ben Franklin Bridge or any of those other song-worthy bridges. I checked my iTunes and only came up with the Golden Gate Bridge (by Rose Melberg) and the 59th Street Bridge (by ??? & Garfunkel). I'm sure there are others.

  3. crankypants says:

    three day old coffee? how does one go about acquiring 3 day old coffee, but more importantly whay do you have it and why would you drink it?
    I don't know if the others are actually song-worthy, they are just bridges from Philly to NJ. or NJ to Philly. Well, the BF bridge is probably more songworthy than the WW bridge. Trains go across and when they do colored lights go back and forth. It's just a better looking bridge in general.

  4. M-----l says:

    My recipe for three day old coffee:1. Make coffee.2. Wait three days.3. Enjoy!I've sort of lost my taste for coffee lately, so I'm not drinking it as quickly as I used to. I don't want to be wasteful, though, so I always finish up the old stuff before I make a new jug. Yes, I drink coffee out of a jug.

  5. crankypants says:

    I have one of those Melitta filter things you sit on top of a mug, put a paper filter in, and make one cup at a time. That way, you don't waste any coffee and you get a fresh cup every time.
    Actually one of our painters said that …was it his mom or his wife? Well, one of the women in his life…would make a pot of coffee and use it for the week, just nuke a cup at a time every morning and bring it to work. blech.
    Even I'm not that lazy.
    What kind of a jug do you drink your coffee out of? a little brown jug? like a hillbilly jug? that's what I'm picturing. You drinking coffee out of a moonshine jug with one of those itty bitty handles. It goes perfectly with your new profile pic.

  6. M-----l says:

    I actually use a Melitta filter. I sit it on top of a big glass jug (sorry to disappoint) and run water through it until the jug is all filled up. Then I stick it in the fridge and drink it as iced coffee. I have to stir it with a chopstick before I drink it because the sugar cubes tend to settle. (Did I mention there were sugar cubes?) But anyway, it tastes better than it sounds. I usually go through a jug a day, but I've recently rediscovered popsicles and have been eating them instead of drinking from my coffee jug. I need to switch back to coffee, though. The popsicles are making me fat in the abdominal/pectoral areas.So fat, in fact, that I'm going to go to the gym right now.

  7. crankypants says:

    Oh ICED coffee. that's different.
    don't even get me started about fat in the abdominal area. *sob*

  8. homebody says:

    P'SHAW! = concert keyword, eh? I like it. I'm gonna start using that word in all my reviews (along with frass for when I don't like a band).
    Did you know you could make coffee popsicles?

  9. M-----l says:

    …along with frass for when I don't like a bandHow would that work? Which is the appropriate usage for your made-up word? The Hold Steady can suck my frass. The Hold Steady frassed it up on stage last night. The Hold Steady are a bunch of frassholes. Compared to Marah, the Hold Steady is a pile of stinky frass. Frass you, Hold Steady!Just curious.

  10. homebody says:

    Frass is an actual noun and means debris or excrement produced by insects. (I first learned about it from one of Amy's butterfly hatching posts.) I was thinking of using it instead of another term for excrement.

  11. M-----l says:

    Your academic response has backed me into a corner comment-wise. Nevermind.

  12. homebody says:

    Oh. Hmm … Would you rather I argued the merits of the Hold Steady?

  13. M-----l says:

    No, that's not an argument worth having. I was hoping you'd explain that the word "frass" was a contraction that stood for "fr(om the) ass". I forgot that it was a real word.

  14. homebody says:

    Oh, that's right! Well then, in concert reviews one should use it thus(ly): fr'ass! As in Huey Lewis is …

  15. M-----l says:

    Speaking of Huey, I overheard two naked men talking about him in the gym locker room today. I wanted to stick around and hear what they had to say, but they were naked and all.

  16. homebody says:

    Surely you could have found some excuse to linger.

  17. M-----l says:

    I washed my hands a couple extra times, but I started feeling weird and got out of there. If only they'd bothered to actually use their towels. Do women do that in the gym…walk around naked holding their towels in their hands?(I like how a Marah post can produce a random comment thread about coffee and locker room habits.)

  18. homebody says:

    When I was in the ladies locker room at your gym, I don't remember anyone showering or even changing. I don't have much other experience being in a real gym, but in changing rooms at dance and yoga studios, most of us seem to get through the act of changing clothes as quickly as possible.

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