Broken Wingdales

Didn’t get out early enough to hit Ted Leo or ToL on Saturday, so we ended up at P.A.’s Lounge to see a Famous Author in a Band with Two Indie-Cred-Toting Musicians: Rick Moody’s musical sideline, the Wingdale Community Singers, with Gastr del Sol's David Grubbs and singer/songwriter Hannah Marcus. An eyewear company should’ve sponsored the show, considering that the 100 or so folks seated Indian-style on the wooden floor (what was up with that?) could've been an ad for how to turn bad eyes into scene points. (Alright, we wear specs too — but they’re a tool, not an accessory. Sorta.)

As for the Wingdale Community Singers’s live, well, they weren’t very good. To be clear, we’re happy that a Famous Author would deign to play one of his two only live shows ever (scroll) at our local shithole — and rumor is that the WCS record’s pretty good. But live, well, they fell somewhere between a Saturday Night Live sketch and a rained-out trio of camp counselors who’d had to relocate their campfire singalongs indoors. “Give it a Kiss” was a pretty ditty, but the rest of the songs we heard (yup, fleeing to the adjacent bar after six or seven was in order) seemed to be sung in the key of off. Ouch.

Sorry Moods, we really liked the Ice Storm, but we have to agree with our intrepid tin-whistle player who tends to call ‘em like he sees ‘em: “I took a shit this morning and it sounded better than this.”
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