Over the Rhine @ Joseph-Beth Booksellers (2/8/11)

I walked up to Joseph-Beth Booksellers last night to attend Over the Rhine’s in-store performance. The last time I saw the band was at an in-store at the same location a few years ago. I wrote a post about that show back on Vox. I’d only been online for a few months and I was basically posting to the wind. My original write-up got about three hits and zero comments. That’s why I have absolutely no problem copying that post word-for-word and pasting it right here. Recycling is good.

I will, of course, edit the old review to make it more relevant to the show I saw last night. I’ll cross out the text that no longer applies and add new words in red. Here goes:

I went down to Joseph-Beth Booksellers tonight last night to see Over the Rhine’s in-store performance. I got there at 7:00 and there was a huge crowd already waiting. I found a place over on the side and watched most of the concert back in the book stacks. It was a good view with a backstage feel but there was a rude guy who kept coughing on me, so I had to leave my original spot and wander around a bit. And then I had to leave my second spot because some parents think it’s totally cool if their odd-looking children blab on and on while an audience is trying to hear a woman sing a song.

Although I’ve seen Over the Rhine in concert a couple times, I didn’t consider myself a fan until tonight the last time I saw them at Joseph-Beth. Before then To be honest, I‘d always found their music a little boring. I find that as I get older, though, Over the Rhine’s music sounds better and better. I just went to the in-store because it was free and within walking distance from my house. I must admit, though, that I was impressed with tonight’s performance. The mini-set 80 minute set drew mostly from Over the Rhine’s new CD, The Trumpet Child The Long Surrender. They played ten songs off the new album. Highlights for me were “The King Knows How”, “Infamous Love Song”, and the Kim Taylor-penned, “Days Like This”. The low point of the entire night was Karin’s lengthy introduction to “Only God Can Save Us Now”. I think she talked about the song for twice as long as it took her to sing it! I’m not sure if the new songs are all that different from their older material, but they sure sounded more interesting to my ear. Some of the songs even had a cabaret vibe to them. Oh, and their cover of “Fever” was fantastic. Even with all the coughing and blabbing children and intros, I certainly enjoyed myself.

There was a meet-and-greet at the end, but I ended up buying a copy of The Trumpet Child. I would’ve stuck around to get it signed by Karin and Linford, but the Annoying Penguin-Shaped Joseph-Beth Employee Lady was at the microphone driving me crazy with her incompetent ramblings, so I left. I’m not into autographs anyway left as soon as the show was over. I walked home in the freezing cold. It was so cold, in fact, that I actually had to jog most of the way back just to stay warm. Three different cars zoomed by me while I was in the middle of the crosswalk on Observatory. I gave them all the finger.

Here’s the setlist:

Setlist: The Laugh of Recognition/Rave On/There’s a Bluebird in My Heart/Trouble/North Pole Man/Undamned/I’m On a Roll/The King Knows How/Oh Yeah By the Way/Only God Can Save Us Now/Infamous Love Song/Days Like This/All My Favorite People


(Singapore noodle)

Oh, and I ate a delicious dinner at Lemon Grass before the in-store. I started with the vegetable soup with soft tofu……and followed that up with the Singapore noodle (spicy #8).I’m not sure why I included the dinner shots. I guess it’s because Lemon Grass is my favorite restaurant and I probably wouldn’t have bothered with the Over the Rhine show if I hadn’t been hungry for some Thai.

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12 Responses to Over the Rhine @ Joseph-Beth Booksellers (2/8/11)

  1. crankypants says:

    Recycling is good!
    I almost threw up today!

  2. I like the dinner photos. I don’t like in-store performances, however. There’s usually not enough space for the musicians and their equipment and the audience: but even in big stores, you have a lot of people wandering in and out who aren’t interested in the music and who don’t have the courtesy to shut up so you can hear. My kids once performed at a music store for some benefit for their high school orchestra, and this family with a bunch of obnoxious kids walked in and began playing with the pianos displayed on the floor. People turned and tried to shush them, but the parents were like “Are you shushing US?” I told my kids later that it was all I could do to keep from slamming the piano lid shut on that family’s fingers.

    I had another story about getting autographs on CDs, but I think I’ll save that for later.

    • M-----l says:

      All things taken into consideration, this was a pretty good in-store. I had to dig deep to come up with some negative things to grump about. (Perhaps a good question I should ask myself is why did I feel the need to emphasize the negative in the first place.) There were a lot of children at the show and the vast majority of them were very well behaved, even after they’d sat there for 20…30….45…60…80 minutes. Even the kids who bugged me weren’t that bad. What struck me the most was that their heads were shaped like light bulbs. I guess that can happen.

  3. homebody says:

    The Singapore Noodles look tasty.

    • M-----l says:

      They were. I finished up my Eat Everything on the Lemon Grass Menu (EEotLGM) project a couple weeks ago, so now I’m free to order whatever the heck I want. I’ve been going with some of my old favorites.

  4. phantomxii says:

    It’s been too long since I’ve listened to ‘Til We Have Faces. (I don’t know what you’re supposed to do with that observation. Maybe ponder it and stroke your beard ruminatively.)

    • M-----l says:

      Strangely enough, I was stroking my beard while I read your comment. I’m not sure if I did it “ruminatively”, though. I don’t think I know what that word really means. I thought it had something to do with chewing.

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