moby my boy

not to steal michael darpino’s fire as dc metblog’s totally wicked music expert, but i went to moby’s concert at 9:30 club last night and i have to say it was more than interesting. so here’s my take on it, as someone who’s a non-music expert and just likes what she likes.

1) opening act: buck 65. how could someone not like buck 65 open for moby??

dude! he’s canadian, that explains alot (j/k). actually, he’s remiscent of cake, but on super-speed. on stage w/two turntables and a microphone, he laid it onto the crowd with his lyrical rhymes. however, the crowd wasn’t getting into it…i think it’s because he stuff was a little deep to digest as an opening act.

i liked his beats so i spent sometime this morning reading up on him to get a better feel for his style. i’d give buck another chance, but that maybe far and few between. i’m having a hard time even finding samples of his music (that actually work)…it must be the canadian firewall that’s been put up (by us or them, i dunno, but their wav and real formats don’t work on my computer?!)

2) 9:30 ettiquitte. someone asked the post’s “going-out guru” about cameras at 9:30 club

Arlington, VA: I’m going to the Moby show tonight, first time to 9:30 club, what is the digital camera policy there?

Joe: It depends on the artist. Some bands don’t care, others don’t allow it. As for tonight, my guess would be that cameras won’t be allowed. Moby’s pretty high profile. Still, you can call the club directly and ask them. If you drive, bring the camera and if they don’t allow it you can just put it back in your car.


i wish i had read this *before* going there, but it wasn’t that bad. had the bright idea to snap a pic of moby (coz my neighbor did it — honestly!!), at which point we were pulled down stairs where the nice security guard deleted the pic and held our cameras til end of the night. the one and only posted sign was not very obvious, especially from the direction we came in. anyway, funnier point is that i had pictures from another concert of me and lil john (will save another for another entry) and as the bouncer was scrolling through, he was like, huh? lil john?

3) now onto moby. i went to the concert because someone had a last min extra ticket — i like his music, but had no real forewarning of what he’d be like live. there were things i definitely liked (the tech / rave flashbacks, his call-out to ILLINOIS!!! and laura dawn on vocals) and some that left me a little unsure (the heavy metal tribute and the slow version of underworld’s slippy boy). the line-up of the music was just too random for me as the mood went from intense to kitschy to ballad and back.

all in all, moby at a small venue is cool — see him upclose and get to know more about his influences and styles. but i’ll say that i’ve fulfilled my desire to see him live, that is unless someone takes away all the other instruments and he’s solely spinning beats.

4 Comments so far

  1. darpino (unregistered) on April 15th, 2005 @ 6:26 pm

    Ah, Moby, what a schizophrenic little weirdo. Your review sounds exactly like how I felt after I saw him a few years back. The guy needs to pick a style and go with it. Each successive year he seems to distance himself further and further from what he’s good at…dropping some beats. I’m all for an artist growing, but Moby’s all over the map.

    Sorry to hear you had camera troubles with the staff. I never know what shows will be cool and which won’t. At the Slint show they let the audience video-tape. Go figure!


  2. Tiffany Baxendell (unregistered) on April 15th, 2005 @ 10:27 pm

    Tom had the camera problem at a different venue last year. He found a neato little utility that lets you recover the image from your memory card once you’ve deleted it… ;)


  3. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on April 15th, 2005 @ 10:51 pm

    Yeah, if you’re interested in getting the image back, don’t take anymore images on that camera, and consider getting a block-scanner to retrieve the image.


  4. Mike Hoffman (unregistered) on April 17th, 2005 @ 3:53 am

    I almost got dragged away by security there when I was in high school for taking photos. Luckily I was short enough in the middle of the crowd to cause confusion. What a great venue…just watch out if you park in the alley adjacent…getting mugged is no fun (that was maybe 8 years ago).



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