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Another weekend down

November 2, 2008

I returned to State College an hour or two ago after a nice weekend at home that began with an Of Montreal Concert, as pictured above. I took a bunch more photos, and I’ll post more of them eventually, but none came out good enough to make uploading them immediately pertinent.

Anyway, the show was, as expected, pretty wild. Of Montreal has a tendency toward the theatrical anyway, and Halloween only amped up the occasion. The band took the stage in matching Superman costumes (and even played an apropos cover of fellow Athenian REM’s “Superman”) and only a few of them remained in the same costume for the entire show, which somehow includes guitarist Bryan Poole who for some reason chose a children’s Superman costume.

The band also covered “Dayman” from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (appropriate both because the show took place in Philly and because there were at least three people in Greenman costumes at the venue) and Nirvana’s grunge anthem “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (appopriate only because it rocked as hard as the rest of the show).

Naturally, Of Montreal also played a lot of its own songs, too. The set was dominated by Skeletal Lamping cuts but featured a handful from Satanic Panic in the Attic, Sunlandic Twins and Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? as well.

The songs hold up well live, of course, and the band certainly makes the most out of a larger budget and more stage space. Only a part of me (whatever is the most selfish part*) was wistful to see the band in a smaller venue, but Of Montreal is a band whose grandiosity can fill a football stadium.

More to come.

*What part of the body is the most selfish? Common sense says it should be the dick or something, but if I had to guess, I’d say it was something weird like a kidney or something.

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