Yacht | 05.10.07

live_yachtSuperfun usually offers a hilarious cover, Weezer's "Beverly Hills" or The Misfits' "Where Eagles Dare," but due to laptop difficulties, Enrique Iglesias's "Do You Know the Ping-Pong Song?" was botched.





w/The Ten Thousand & Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship
Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, St. Louis

I would argue that the Lemp Arts Center is the best venue in St. Louis to see a good band, and on Friday, May 10, three great bands reminded me why: The Ten Thousand (Belleville/STL), Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship (STL), and YACHT (Portland).

I missed the first few songs from local quartet The Ten Thousand, but I was quickly caught up and immediately intrigued by the drumming. Often Lemp bands try to do too much, their untamed talent clashes, and they lack thoughtful arrangements. The Ten Thousand dared to approach intricate compositions, and though amazing guitar riffs, accordion accompaniment, boy/girl duets, and even drum-solos all begged for attention simultaneously, the final product was symphonic. The Ten Thousand played about eight songs, each song containing three mini-songs within them, which had the eerie ability to shift from happy melodies of "Wondrous Joy" (also titled "Wooly Mammadon") with lyrics about being "up on the apple tree" to dark, dramatic tones. The band joked about being a powerhouse at producing records, but sadly leave fans only with three rough recordings on MySpace and three live videos on YouTube.

The man behind the camera in the YouTube videos is Corey Goodman, aka Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship, the next act. Having run into Superfun at opening slots for Robot Ate Me, Man Man, and the Riverfront Times Showcase, I have become pretty familiar with his show. I feel the same after each performance: my jaw hurts from laughing, I'm amazed, and I wish I had his job. Superfun, excited and extremely nervous, tested his two brand new songs. New Song 1 was a sure hit based on the description alone, a song inspired by an interview of WWF wrestler, "Macho Man" Randy Savage (see video). The next new one seemed to really worry Goodman, describing it as a four-minute (by far his longest) pop song that really isn't that funny, which requires audience cooperation, and has choreography that isn't fully memorized. Against many of the greatest hits from his album Chest Hair, "Touchy Feely," "Restart My Heart," "I Like Marvel/You Like DC," "Smell So Good," and his "Intro 101," all of which were played, the two new ones do stand out lyrically, but have potential to become regulars. Superfun usually offers a hilarious cover, Weezer's "Beverly Hills" or The Misfits' "Where Eagles Dare," but due to laptop difficulties, Enrique Iglesias's "Do You Know the Ping-Pong Song?" was botched. Here's another video of this show at various moments, including the climatic ending in which he rips the head off of his life-size Hulk Hogan poster.

Only six minutes elapsed between sets, and next came the night's main act, YACHT, (one-half of The Blow, as you might know him). Jona Bechtolt also rocked the one-man band approach with computerized beats, YACHT played all of the key tracks from his 2007 release I Believe in You, Your Magic is Real. YACHT's set was fun, solid, and succinct and although YACHT was the reason I went to the show, I was already pretty pleased by this point. A remix version from Bobby Birdman, who opened for Joanna Newsom last November, made for a nice twist. YACHT's choreography was less sloppy and crowd-based, but equally impressive. After the third song he held a Q&A and explained his influence, his YACHT on a Yacht performance, and answered a hypothetical question about a speeding car, stolen cats, and the cops. His set included "See A Penny," "Magic Beat," "We're Always Waiting," the show's highlight "It's Coming to Get You," and the closer "Women of the World." Jona said he is used to the weird in St. Louis, his last performance was in the bathroom of a kid's grandma's basement. After Jona's short set, I left, feeling satisfied and rejuvenated. | Joseph O'Fallon

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