Wooden Indian, Yellow Minute - MIM Music Theater - 8/19/2013
If we hadn't written about it a few months ago, I'd be skeptical of the idea that Yellow Minute was ever a lo-fi, tape-loopy solo project. The Yellow Minute that performed Monday night was almost ostentatiously band-y: Three-part harmonies, a tight rhythm section, dueling guitar parts, even lead vocals from guitarist P.J. Waxman.
And while the songs remain twisting and novel, with verses and choruses connecting and branching off in strange places, the full band reveals a danceable, organic side to Yellow Minute that few could have projected from you+you+you+you=me.
At one point someone in the crowd shouted, "Where's the dance floor?" They were kidding, but they were onto something: At this point, you don't want to watch Yellow Minute sitting down if you can help it. While Wooden Indian is a strikingly good fit for sitting in a plush seat with your eyes closed, imagining the beginning and end sequences from 2001, the reincarnated Yellow Minute demands the kind of movement that the person in the seat next to you at the MIM might not be ready for.
That mismatch and a couple of equipment malfunctions could have been trouble, but Yellow Minute didn't seem fazed by the lack of energy they were getting from a crowd that was supposed to sit quietly and applaud politely after every song.
I went away from this show determined to see more "I Am AZ Music" shows, to listen to Wooden Indian on ever larger and more expensive sets of headphones, and to go see Yellow Minute someplace where I can stand up. It's nice to have your nights planned out for you like that.
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