That’s it... I’m hitting the road!

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With Favourite Sons at Gigantic Studios, NYC - 5/16/06
Photo Courtesy of Doron Gild

There is so much from today I could write about! Up The Empire, The GoStation, and Favourite Sons were all awesome. I’m not sure we can keep up the intensity of the in-studio performances without losing our minds.

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The GoStation at Gigantic Studios, NYC - 5/16/06
Photo Courtesy of Doron Gild

John turned to me after the Ghostland Observatory set and said “Dude, I almost peed my pants when he [the singer] flung himself onto the floor during that last song!” Favourite Sons were...well, they were wonderful! It was an incredibly intense experience to watch them perform. Their songs are so raw and uncompromising but right in your face. They just pull you in close and then knock you out. I felt like I was sucked into a vortex and my mind had been wiped completely blank. After only three songs, all I was able to do was mutter “wonderful” over and over. Eventually, we just had to bail on the interview which, again, pretty much consisted of me mumbling “Wonderful. Wonderful.” and go back to the music.

But... For the love of god, I’m selling everything I own and going on the road to follow Ghostland Observatory. They totally brought it today. It just ended a little while ago and I’m still reeling from the experience of seeing them live. It was a full body sensory experience of the highest order (Okay, I just channeled that sentence. I don’t know where that came from. I don’t talk like that). But, I just have to say that it was one of the most amazing live shows I have ever witnessed. I cannot wait to see them again tonight with Favourite Sons at the KEXP sponsored FRICTION show at Delancey.

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Ghostland Observatory at Gigantic Studios, NYC - 5/16/06
Photo Courtesy of Doron Gild

Aaron, the singer/guitarist, is like a hybrid of Mick Jagger, James Brown, Elvis and Prince -- ONLY BETTER. He shimmied and shooke his way through their amazing set. He dropped his mic during the last song and, instead of picking it up, he launched himself on the floor and writhed on his stomach while he sang into it as it lay on the floor. And, it did not seem like a schtick. It was so genuine. It’s hard to take your eyes off of him. He plays the guitar during some of the songs and it sounds awesome but I could not wait until he put the guitar down for a song so he would start moving again.

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Ghostland Observatory at Gigantic Studios, NYC - 5/16/06
Photo Courtesy of Doron Gild

I’d call it dancing but it’s almost like it’s his own unique thing. Let’s just say he was really moving!! Meanwhile, Thomas was shifting back and forth between the drum kit and his bank of synthesizers jamming away. I didn’t know where to look at any given moment as I didn’t want to miss a move that either of them made. Thank goodness there are only two of them in the band. Otherwise, they would have to do a four hour set for me to soak it all in. As it was, the in-studio went way way too fast.

You can listen to all of the performances from today at our Streaming Archive, and we’re also featuring Ghostland Observatory’s set as today’s Live Performances podcast. It’s totally free and super easy to subscribe.

You do no want to miss Ghostland Observatory if you get a chance to see them live. Trust me on this one!

Doron Gild, our photographer, documented the entire day of performances. Have a look at today’s slide show!

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10 Comments

  1. Posted May 16, 2006 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    cheryl - glad you finally got to experience the awesomeness that is willie nelson on crack. those dance moves are one of my best memories of SXSW this year. we didn’t get the worm though. i’m jealous.

  2. Posted May 17, 2006 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the Ghostland Observatory set, I have had a few listens and I wish I was there!

    Sounds like you were very glad you did.

  3. chris in Austin
    Posted May 17, 2006 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    Cheryl - I just moved to Austin a few months ago, and just saw GLO for the first time last month down in San Marcos. SO glad to see that your reaction was just about the same as mine. :)

  4. Jenni
    Posted May 17, 2006 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    Cheryl, you have cool shoes.

  5. christa
    Posted May 17, 2006 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Ghostland Observatory were AMAZING ! Cheryl, you were cracking me up and so have your blogs and comments about them in your playlist. Wish I could have been there in NYC to witness the madness !!!!!!!!!! Glad you are having such exhilarating experiences there. You and John and doing a fantastic job ! I have truly enjoyed listening. BTW - I checked for GLO on iTunes - not on there yet. Dang !

  6. Stacey
    Posted May 17, 2006 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Ghostland Observatory was the best in studio I have ever heard on KEXP. I was at work, headphones on (as is my normal state) and I cranked it up and did a little dance in my cube. People here expect me to be listening to music but I made a few folks smile when they saw me dancing.

    Cheryl and John - amazing stuff all around. You guys have the best jobs in the
    world! (I’m jealous)

  7. Kyle
    Posted May 17, 2006 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    Many thanks for turning us on to Ghostland Observatory! I went to Easystreet on lower queen anne and they had nothing! Please tell me you’re picking up their CD for me. It’s my birthday on Saturday and I’ll pay you back!

  8. Posted May 18, 2006 at 6:16 am | Permalink

    Wow. That was amazing.

    I just listened to the podcast of the Ghostland Observatory in-studio, and it kicked ass! Does anyone know when the next time they will be in Seattle? Or even the Pacific Northwest? I’d be willing to travel to see them live.

    And a big thanks to Kevin Suggs, the KEXP Engineer...

  9. Cheryl Waters
    Posted May 18, 2006 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    I think it’s safe to say they will be in Seattle sometime this summer. Stay tuned to KEXP for more info. We will DEFINITELY let you know as soon as we know the date. And, we’ll all see you there for some collar-poppin’. That’s Texas talk for fancy dancin’. I witnessed John Richards doing some collar-poppin’ the other night and it was, indeed, a sight to behold.

  10. Cheryl Waters
    Posted May 18, 2006 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Hey there, Sam. Thanks for all the love when KEXP was in Austin. I think you should totally request the worm. It was awesome. We saw a full show later that night at Delancey and they did not disappoint. I get the feeling they never do!

6 Trackbacks

  1. [...] May 2006 « That’s it… I’m hitting the road! : [...]

  2. [...] Read a first hand account from one of our listeners and check out Cheryl’s thoughts on the entire day of performances. Go to the Streaming Archive to listen to Goldfrapp’s performance and check back for more photos from our Live from NYC broadcast! [...]

  3. [...] I have some sad news to report, Tuesday May 16th is the day I decided to leave radio, sell all my stuff, leave my family and go on the road with Ghostland Observatory. Cheryl is doing the same. She’s buying a camper van and we’re going on the road and never missing another Ghostland show for the rest of time. Okay I’m kidding, the in-studio yesterday was one thing but the live show? I was dancing. I was. I wasn’t even drunk. Granted I found me some more of that malt liquor energy drink to keep me going but by the time they hit the stage I was sober enough to not want to freak out. But there I was at the PACKED Delancey with my fellow KEXP’ers front and center and we were indeed, freaking out. [...]

  4. [...] John and Cheryl continue to broadcast live from Gigantic Studios in NYC. Check out their reports from Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. [...]

  5. [...] It’s the final day of our Live from NYC broadcast and we’re going out in style! If you missed any of it, visit the Streaming Archive to listen to all of the performances. Read John and Cheryl’s commentary from Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. John and Cheryl in New York, May 2006 Photo Courtesy of Doron Gild [...]

  6. By Sebbylite » Ghostland Observatory on May 24, 2006 at 5:54 pm

    [...] What, you haven’t heard of Ghostland Observatory? Here’s what they say about GLO: Aaron, the singer/guitarist, is like a hybrid of Mick Jagger, James Brown, Elvis and Prince — ONLY BETTER. He shimmied and shooke his way through their amazing set. He dropped his mic during the last song and, instead of picking it up, he launched himself on the floor and writhed on his stomach while he sang into it as it lay on the floor. [...]

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