Last year Beth and I went to all three days of the Capitol Hill Block Party. I saw 26 different bands perform. We didn’t like the lineup nearly as much this year, so we only went on Sunday. We saw the Posies perform twice!
The first time was a “secret” show for 49 people at The Bean Room, a barnlike space next to Caffé Vita. I think it’s usually used as a warehouse for storing coffee beans, but it was all set up as a music venue on Sunday. KEXP had people there with audio and video recording equipment; the show was broadcast live. The Posies ran through a quick soundcheck and then performed a 6-song set. They played 5 songs from last year’s Blood/Candy album and an older song from 2005’s Every Kind of Light. It was a great show and I’m glad the nice guy from Everyday Music told me about it. I felt like a VIP insider just for being there. Here’s the setlist for the early show:
The Bean Room soundcheck: Licenses to Hide**/So Caroline
The Bean Room set: So Caroline/Plastic Paperbacks/Conversations/Licenses to Hide**/The Glitter Prize/Enewetak
A few hours later we walked up Pike Street and heard the Posies perform their full 45 minute set on the Main Stage. It featured all six songs from the Bean Room show along with a selection of their older material. It was especially fun to hear some of the songs I was familiar with from Frosting on the Beater and In Case You Didn’t Feel Like Plugging In (sadly, the only two Posies releases I owned until I bought Blood/Candy on Saturday). “Flavor of the Month” and “Solar Sister” are two of the best pop songs ever. Here’s the setlist for the second show:
The Main Stage set: Plastic Paperbacks/So Caroline/When Mute Tongues Can Speak/Dream All Day/Licenses to Hide**/Conversations/Enewetak/Flavor of the Month/Throwaway/Solar Sister/The Glitter Prize/Everybody Is a Fucking Liar
We caught parts of other bands’ sets while walking around throughout the day, but I don’t think anything we heard was anywhere near as good as the Posies. The only non-Posies highlight worth mentioning was Grand Hallway’s set on the Vera Stage near the end of the day. We listened from the roof of a nearby office building. Grand Hallway had a nice thing going, but the rest of the day’s music wasn’t worth mentioning.
I took some fun shots of Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow engrossed in their smartphones just prior to the Bean Room show and a couple other Posies-related pictures that I’d like to include here. Those are all stuck on my camera until I get home, though. In their place, please accept this picture that Beth took at the early show.
[** = with Rachel Flotard on vocals]