I should have posted this yesterday so that my NYC friends could have seen the band last night in the city.
Holy shit, is Zooey Deschanel amazing.
Usually I'm not a big fan of actors who decide they are going to make an album. I hear that Russell Crow's group is good, and I kinda like Juliette and the Licks, but that's it. Seriously, Scarlett Johansson, what were you thinking?
I've always been a huge fan of Zooey, though. She's in my favorite movie ever, Almost Famous (which, by the way, I need another copy of and if anyone can find the Untitled version in the black case for less than $50, please let me know. I've already worn out two of them). She's also in The Good Girl (another favorite of mine). What else...Elf, The Happening, Tin Man...etc. You all know who she is. Anyway, back in March there was an article in Entertainment Weekly about her band, so I looked them up. I downloaded the CD but never listened to it until there was another article in my Rolling Stone mag. And it was getting great reviews!
Go buy it. Now. And on a side note, Jason Schwartzman's band Coconut Records is great, too. Zooey sings a few songs with him on his album.
Right after Stephen and I saw the Happening, I checked to see if She & Him was going on tour. And they were! So, we traveled to Philly on Friday to see Miss Zooey. We had a lot of time to kill, so we wandered Chinatown and the mall at Market street station. I'm so glad I'm moving near Philly. There is a great Asian grocery store that has all my staples- Hello Koalas, Hello Panda, Pocky, Yan Yan, and all kinds of other yummy Asian snacks. AND it's about a block away from a really cute Hello Kitty store. The mall had a Five Below, and Stephen has never been to one of those! I'm glad I was able to show him how wonderful the place is.
When we got in line at the Trocadero, there were already a lot of people in front of us. But, once we got into the place, we were only about 3-4ish rows from the stage. Damn, we should have bought Zooey a Hello Kitty present!
The opening band, Freakwater, was definitely not my thing. But, they were good and it's the type of stuff I'm used to hearing when I end up at folk festivals with bands like the Bhoys. The band has been around for a long time, though, since 1989.
She & Him came on around 10pm, and Zooey was wearing this light blue sparkley dress. She looked so pretty. They opened the show with Black Hole which is one of my favorite songs off their CD. Matt Ward is great on guitar, and I just got his new CD. The bass player rocked. Her name is Stefanie Drootin, and she plays with a few other bands, too, including Bright Eyes. I checked out her myspace, and she has a great voice. Anyway, back to Zooey...damn that girl is talented. The band is 100 times better live. Zooey plays piano, too. And the tambourine! She and Matt did a few songs without the backing band, and their version of You Really Got A Hold on Me is so sexy. I could go on and on about how she looked, and performed, and Matt, and the back up band...just go see them if you have a chance. It was great.
They're playing some festival in Maryland on August 10th with BOB DYLAN and Kanye West. But, I have tix for the UCB that night. Still good!
Before we went in, we were told that all cameras would be confiscated or they would take our camera until after the show for $3. Right. Stephen took mine back to the car since I just bought it. But there were a lot of people with cameras, and really I could have hidden mine. Oh well. There are some great pics on flickr here:
And one of my new friends posted some on his facebook: