November 8, 1998
by Ron Hromoko
one of the drawbacks of attending the first few shows of a tour is that
things can, and often do, go wrong. on the plus side, todd's voice and
overall condition is usually stronger than at the end of a tour.
tonight proved last night was just a warm up. the second night at club
caprice was some schweet schtuff.
after the election of our stenographer du jour, peter-i, the introductory
ten minute illucidation includes todd stealing The Horns off our center-
piece pumpkin and wearing them for the TRTV modem connecting sequence.
seeing TR photo-posing for kurt while wearing The Horns, round reading
glasses, and a mobile mic around his ear & mouth, lifting up his unbuttoned
gray shirt is not an image i'll soon forget.
an opening set fills the clear, dark room:
these two songs sound real good. todd's voice is booming and the black
takamine sounds like a deep ovation from the late eighties. during
these two songs, i recognize something for the first time: TR can
orchestrate this group of technical activities and explanations to
*open* a show, have a stranger typing freely on his laptop computer
six feet behind him, have no one else on the stage to assist him
musically or technically; then, pick up the guitar and put himself and
the whole audience in a musically peaceful place. that's cool.
- love of the common man
after a status check on peter-i, todd is feeling confident with his
voice and tries 'something stupid'.
testing his voice through the first verse, he hits all notes. the
chorus is killer as todd hits the top of his range. after this first
chorus, he abruptly stops, citing that it's better to get out one good
verse and chorus than one good one, one mediocre one, and one crappy one.
club caprice heartily agrees.
todd has the crowd's full attention for
another extended tuning session precedes jesse coming out taking
the QTVR pictures while todd plays
jesse taking QTVR pictures during this song would seem to be another
distracting element to the performer, or the audience; but no one seems
- you've got to hide your love away
the LA crowd is silent and the takamine is just barely in tune for
Incorrect Media follows. and, due to a technicality, a submission is
excluded of a guy playing the piano to one of his toons with new
lyrics. TR can do that easily enough himself. instead, we get "tonight,
we love" from the incorrect music hour on WFMU in hoboken, NJ.
- i don't want to tie you down
the idea behind Incorrect Media is you've got to 'think you're doing
the right thing', then let yourself be exposed to the masses, ngkay?
todd retires to "satan's coffin" for
'too far gone' sounds good for the first verse then falls apart in the
chorus. if todd were our waiter, he'd tell us too far gone is too far
gone today. he would recommend the
during compassion, todd stops and decides to check on the uploaded toon,
then plays another Incorrect Media submission. this time, a video of
Roadkill to Fall Back On is played on the monitor. the crowd goes wild!
- can we still be friends
- too far gone
back to the coffin for
golden lyre award is next. todd is presented with a heavy trophy of a
lyre by a well spoken small man in a suit. the award is graciously
accepted and given instant credibility by it's other recipients:
ravi shenkar, tito puente, etc. only in LA.
jesse returns for some smooooth bossa nova. while getting ready,
jesse starts a lin sprague-ish version of
todd joins on the piano playing the verse while jesse is already at
the bridge. the fun stops there, unfortunately.
last night's jesse opener was indeed 'believe in me'. i checked.
jesse teases us while TR checks on peter-i with the opening strains of
the boy's got cojones.
todd tosses kurt a few shakers to share with ahvigdor for
all sound great as todd sits on a stool WaT-style with the banana.
'dream' is especially spiritual, as the "here in my dream"s remind
me of jaxx last year, when todd couldn't miss a note at the end.
- never never land
- i saw the light,
- zen archer,
- lucky guy,
- i want you, &
- dream goes on forever
i thought i'd get through a whole show without seeing the p-project.
no such luck, as the encore raged with
todd forgets the words in the usually spot [the bridge coming out of
the solo]. "clapping on the offbeat isn't helping..." BHH!
is funny when todd repeatedly hits an effect with his foot that
doesn't take toward the end as todd is running out of steam. what
does "bank" mean?
tonight's show was better than last night's all around. or, maybe
all the gear just worked as expected. or, maybe todd was in a more
relaxed mood. or, maybe i had a better seat. things just clicked.
we decided to miss the eggs files premier tonight to attend this
second night at caprice... and what a good decision it was.
i'm just petrified about the five questions