I know the concert was last Sunday (5.18.08), but Comcast problems and school work have delayed me writing about the really good concert at Bimbo’s 365 Club in San Francisco. I had never been to Bimbo’s, but it’s really nice — mixing casual table seating with a standing/dance floor.
The concert started late (as most concerts do) and Anna Ternheim took the stage. I had never heard of her before, but she has a nice surreal voice — similar to Cardigans lead singer Nina Persson. She definitely did more talking than the next two artists. I would have pictures, but we found a seat way in the back and wanted to enjoy our beers and french fries before venturing out onto the floor.
Lykke Li was awesome. I have the Little Bit EP and didn’t know any song beyond the EP’s four tracks. I know her debut album Youth Novels is already out in Europe so now I’ll have to get it. Lykke had a lot of energy, mixing her softer songs and her danceable up-beat stuff well. A lot of people left after she performed.
Here’s a cool video of Lykke Li performing a stripped down version of “Little Bit”:
El Perro Del Mar was great. Her album has minimal instrumentation, but here she played most of the time with a full band. It was interesting to hear a suedo-ballad like “God Knows” with drums, a keyboard, and an electric guitar accompanying Sarah’s vocals.
These are pictures that I took on the crappy camera on my cell phone. I need to be better about bringing my actual camera to take some decent photos.
Here are some real photos from the event, courtesy of ToastyKen:
[photos via ToastyKen]
That last photo is my favorite, with him getting the incense in the right light. Nicely done.