Sunday, October 09, 2011

little scream // john vanderslice

one week ago today, marianne faithful was in town. she played paradiso, amsterdam. upstairs in the same venue, i went to another show. in the kleine zaal (little room), little scream and john vanderslice played to less than 50 people (the total of both gigs, not separately). this is a crying shame. i didn't think that could happen in a city like amsterdam - but i guess sunday night gigs are sunday night gigs the world over and it is one of those nights of the week when it is hard to get punters along. i dunno. but those of us who were there were treated to a fantastic evening, albeit with things slightly delayed (little scream could only soundcheck during marianne faithful's noiser songs!).

little scream
when i was about 14, i had a penchant for little screams. i'd come home from school and go into the kitchen, stand by the sink and scream. laurel sprengelmeyer (aka little scream) sure knows how to scream in one of the songs - in a very lyrical way of course. and she reminds me of someone - not in her looks or the way she sings, more in her stance/dance i think? i wasn't sure who, but then i thought maybe it was jesse stein (from the luyas) but now i'm not sure...

little scream

little scream

little scream

little scream

john vanderslice
when i saw john vanderslice play two years ago in leeds, twice in the same week i had two separate people tell me he was the loveliest person ever. and it is true. at the amsterdam show, there were some folks who'd been at the berlin show earlier in this tour and he remembered their names and whilst chatting with them merrily after the gig, he said if they were ever in california sometime, to let him know and he'd happily be a personal tour guide. and i was also extended this invite! this was after we had discussed somewhere else in california (carmel-by-the-sea) that he wouldn't actually personally recommend (too pricey). anyway, so yes the gig was wonderful. although not at all as atmospheric as the berlin gig apparently due to the smaller crowd i guess. we still did get the acoustic walkabout bit that JV is well-known for now. smiles all round! :)

john vanderslice

john vanderslice

john vanderslice

john vanderslice

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