Review by Andrea Troolin, First posted 9/15/99 on The Landing
The band played a really great cross section of old and new songs, they opened with one of my personal favorites, the Swedish Wedding March (from Thrills), and they ended up playing a good deal of music from that album (50 pieces was incredible! as was Minor Stab) in addition to lots from Oh! The Grandeur! and a few new ones. Here's a vague set-list, from what we can remember: 1st set: Swedish Wedding March Candy Shop Dora Goes to Town 50 Pieces Wishing for Contentment Eugene Pathetique (What's Your) Angle Tea and Thorazine Minor Stab Wait Coney Island Shuffle 2nd set: Respiration Cock o' the Walk Waiting to Talk Head Soak Too Long Fatal Flower Garden Idiot's Genius Vidalia Feetlips Beware After You've Gone Confession Depression Passillo encore: Dear Old Greenland Bessa Me Mucho (I probably spelled this wrong) El Cuarto De Tula They had a special guest, Nora from the Chicago band the Blacks, who sang harmonies on a few songs during the 2nd set, (Head Soak and a cover of Mississippi Shakes "Too Long" were standouts) Now of course I am biased as I know and love the band so they are bound to get grand reviews from me, but I must say that with every show they really seem to be getting better and better. I think the fall shows will be pretty incredible. Seeing the band at the Old Town School of Folk Music was great, it is a gorgeous sit down venue, and the sound was really amazing - it was nice to hear the subtlety and musicality of what they were doing instead of getting doused with beer in some packed rock and roll club. Though that is fun too sometimes. Apparently downbeat.com recorded the performance for an internet broadcast at a later date, so you will all be able to attend vicariously later! We'll keep you posted with that.