Dandy Warhols – The Wiltern 5/17/12

Los Angeles music lovers, if you weren’t at the Wiltern last night, where were you? In the age of autotune and bedroom producers there still exists a group of bands that walk on stage, strum their instruments, and sing in perfect harmony. The Dandy Warhols are one of these bands.

“This was a great gig.”

Just like head Dandy Courtney Taylor-Taylor said from the stage last night, this was a great gig. You’d think the Dandy Warhols lived in the Wiltern with the note-for-note perfection of last night’s show. When’s the last time you went to a live show where you heard everything you’ve heard on the record? The Dandies made the Wiltern into their own Odditorium and it was sublime.

For the most part, yes, the Dandy Warhols played the hits, though it was also what I like to call a “donut set” where there was a hole of trancey newer stuff in the middle of the set. Not a hole in a nothing sense, but a hole in a rabbit hole dive sense. Concert attendees come out of a haze with a familiar song like “Mohammed” and you’re like “I don’t know what happened just then, but I think Courtney was playing electric percussion.” Did it really happen? We may never know. I’m still dizzy.

I have three personal music rules:

1. Never miss a Dandy Warhols show

2. Never miss an Evan Dando show

3. Never miss a Wilco show

We can talk about Evan Dando some other time (though there is a link there as Evan supposedly wrote at least one word or note in the Dandies’ “The Last High.”) Wilco, well I could talk about them forever.

Going to a Dandy Warhols concert is like musical Pan’s Labyrinth, but with catchier songs and a tambourine.

The Dandy Warhols are today’s Cheap Trick: A greatly unappreciated live rock band that should just keep releasing music and touring the world just because they deserve to. I hope General Motors, Apple, or some other huge corporation licenses the Dandies entire catalog so this band can keep doing what they do best. A few years ago it seemed that “Bohemian Like You” was featured in every movie trailer. Whatever it takes, Ok?

Dandy Warhols at the Wiltern last night, Best Coast at the Wiltern tonight. I hope there are no surprise drug tests coming up because the contact high from a two-day Wiltern hotbox may take a while to wear off.


Download the Dandy Warhols’ latest album “This Machine.”

Check out some nice photos of the show on elfidomx’s Flickr stream.

Here’s the setlist:

Be-In
We Used To Be Friends
Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth
Shakin’
I Love You
The Last High
Holding Me Up
Enjoy Yourself
Sad Vacation – (Killer bass Zia!)
(You Come In) Burned
Mohammed
Well They’re Gone
Every Day Should Be A Holiday
(Courtney acoustic solo)
The Autumn Carnival
Horse Pills
Bohemian Like You
Get Off
Godless
Pete International Airport
Boys Better
Country Leaver