Homey and I had wristband tickets for the City Arts Festival. We were going to use the wristbands to see the Weepies tonight, but that show was inexplicably hyped due to a local opening act, so we decided to see Cat Power instead.
Okay, so we walked down the hill and went for dinner at Cyber Dogs. It’s one of my favorite Seattle restaurants and it’s always an interesting dining experience. This time the owner played a bunch of songs specifically for us while we ate. Marilyn Monroe had a horrible voice, but we made up for it by listening to Ella Fitzgerald singing “Night and Day”. Is there anything better than Ella Fitzgerald singing Cole Porter? I can’t think of anything…except maybe the Red Hot Bayou vegetarian dog. That’s what I had for dinner. Homey got El Bandito. (You thought I was going to say “the El Bandito”, didn’t you? Well, I’m smarter than that. That would be like saying “the the Bandit”.)
Sailor Babo found two sex toys sitting abandoned on a bench a half block outside of Cyber Dogs. One of them was a vibrator with a cord and a handheld controller to set the speeds or whatever. The other was a little rabbit-shaped thing. I’m not exactly sure what it’s for, but I know it’s a sex toy because I’ve seen it for sale at Babeland. I took a pretty fantastic picture of Sailor Babo looking shocked at his discovery, but it shall remain forever hidden in the vaults so I don’t get sued by Pretty Ugly, LLC.
We then made our way down to the 5th Avenue Theatre. Oh my goodness, that place is beautiful. And the seats! The seats are plush! I don’t even think the Weepies’ venue had seats. We definitely made the right choice going for Cat Power at a place with plush seats. Always go for the plush seats. That’s one of my concert-going rules, you know.
Cat Power opened the show with a cover of “Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones. Chan played it solo and it was my personal highlight of the night. Her version is haunting and desperate, but I don’t really care about that. I liked it because the sound was nice and crisp and I could hear the lyrics. The band joined her for the second song and things went south from there. The show was good, but the sound was all off for me. The band was turned up way too loud, things got muffled, and I couldn’t make out much of Chan’s vocals for the rest of the evening.
The sound difficulties made it hard to keep an accurate setlist. I have every single Cat Power album, but I was only able to recognize about half the songs. I took notes on all the others, but I’m having trouble finding them online. Maybe she was playing new songs or obscure covers. I don’t know. What I do know is I’m not going to bother with it today. Here’s what I have:
Setlist: (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction/Good Woman/”but if we could…”/These Days–>Song to Bobby/Woman Left Lonely/Lost Someone/Lord, Help the Poor & Needy/”plans for my future…”/Silver Stallion/Don’t Explain/Instrumental/Bully/Cherokee/Instrumental/”who gives a shit these days…”/I Don’t Blame You/Ruin
That’s the best I can do with the setlist right now. Sorry.