Saturday Looks Good To Me / Make Believe

Saturday Looks Good To Me / Make Believe: live in Chicagolive in Chicago (2005)
Polyvinyl Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5

Contributed by: JesseJesse
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We arrived just in time to see the Elevations setting up. And let me tell you, I was getting pissed off by how long they were taking. I could only guess by their name and the fact that they had a horn section and everyone was wearing suits that they were going to play a terrible murdering of Motown .

We arrived just in time to see the Elevations setting up. And let me tell you, I was getting pissed off by how long they were taking. I could only guess by their name and the fact that they had a horn section and everyone was wearing suits that they were going to play a terrible murdering of Motown funk-soul. And that was even before their corpse of a singer came on stage. Despite the fact that their trumpet player was the sleaziest looking man I have ever seen and their tenor sax player had a Kangol hat on backwards Sammy Jackson style (yes they deserve to die, and I hope they burn in hell!), I decided to give them a chance. And twenty seconds into their show, I was back at my original opinion. Besides being downtempo and sleep-inducing and ripping off bass lines from Otis Redding and Jimi Hendrix, I just could not stand looking at their lead singer. She had dark, baggy eyes, a sickly pallor about her face; overall, just Poe's wet dream of a woman. Well, disregarding that Poe had a penchant for the girl-childs. Blech. My favorite part was when they gave the Sammy wannabe solos and he rippped out some lines that were blatantly in the wrong key signature. I should know this; I play jazz tenor.

The crowd buzzed and gathered around for Make Believe, since anyone in Chicago basically has their dick in their hand, ready to blow a load at the mention of a Kinsella. I was intrigued. Being a fan of Joan Of Arc and CaP'N Jazz, the next Tim Kinsella project had my interest piqued. What was delivered was perhaps a harder version of Owls. The raw energy from CaP'N Jazz was apparent in Tim's screaming (yes, he was doing that again), the basslines were typical of Owls, the drumming hard and quick, but the guitar was extremely fast finger picking. Almost the entire time. Distorted. Experimental and noisy, it was really entertaining to watch and listen to, but it made me think; perhaps Tim needs to slow down in his musical endeavors. Regardless of how interesting Make Believe is, it really is just another Tim project and ends up sounding like everything else. I really like it, but I can only stand the same thing for so long without losing interest.

Saturday Looks Good To Me had no drummer, which was fine by me. In fact, I appreciated the music a lot better with only auxiliary percussion and the bass keeping the beat. They were interesting live in the way that they had a revolving door of musicians filling in where need be, but no one sat down at the drums even though I'm sure a few of them had to be proficient. Anyway, fun pop songs and slowed-down ballads, entertaining and whatnot, but not my cup of tea specifically. The guitar felt overpowering and they played mostly stuff of their latest release, which if you pay attention you know didn't float my boat so much.

So yeah, overall, not a bad show.


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
Anonymous (April 11, 2005)

I thought the female singer of the Elevations was quite beautiful. Even more importantly, see had a great voice. Were we even at the same show? God, what a lame review.

Anonymous (March 18, 2005)

You are not the "bane" of anyone‚??s existence. Well, except for maybe your parents for creating you. I hope they are not as embarrassed as they should be.

Jesse (March 18, 2005)

You know, you're not the first to recommend suicide. I think I'll stick around for just a little bit longer to be the bane of your existence. I find it funny that you care so much.

Anonymous (March 18, 2005)

ya know, suicide is pretty hip and trendy. hmm see what i am getting at jesse? Do it go out with BANG.

Jesse (March 17, 2005)

And I think you smell bad. Let's be friends! We can be an uncouth duo.

theundergroundscene (March 17, 2005)


jesse bashes bands with lame insults and no substance whatsoever

and he tries to argue other people that make fun of him like he is all intelligent and above them or some shit

give it up, man

by the way, i agree with you on pretty much all your musical tastes, i just plain don't really like how you act

Jesse (March 17, 2005)

The fact that you think the other bands are better is an opinion. One that you are very well entitled to. But saying that someone with a prolific career such as that of Tim Kinsella is a hack is presumptuous. He had legions of fans and legions of albums, and I think he at least deserves respect.

But then again, that's all my opinion, so I don't even know why I'm blathering.

Kenjamin (March 17, 2005)

Jesse called me out for my immature actions. Awesome. The fact that Davey Bon Bohlen and Mike Kinsella went on to start bands better than any of Tim's bands leaves me to believe Tim Kinsella is a hack.

istapledmyfoot (March 16, 2005)

Yeah, Jesse, the "I should know" thing was pretty douchey.

ubershep (March 16, 2005)

"No, as I stated, jazz. I never said I was any good at it. I just have a good ear for it. Sheesh."

But the comment did come off as a bit cocky.

Anonymous (March 16, 2005)

shhhh...be careful. i've heard that this reviewer continually responds to the comments posted here. you don't want to upset mr. i should know; i play tenor jazz folk reggae salsa sax. jerk.

Anonymous (March 16, 2005)

Jesse! stop reviewing shows!
you fucking suck. You cant write, you cant project your thoughts or opinions well through text. Just stop. Fuck enough is enough. Allbeit this is one of your best reviews. But it still sucked. You mentioned nothing but your dislike for the bands apperance. Fuck i am sure you are no af model yourself. You are probably a little fat ass whom sits at his mommies computer writing up shitty reviews because you are too lazy and unmotivated to get your ass on a tred mill. You fat little fucking shit goblin. Thanks again for showing the world why chicagos music scene went out with oblivion.

Anonymous (March 16, 2005)

yeah right.

pack up your old smash mouth posters, kiddo!

Jesse (March 16, 2005)

No, as I stated, jazz. I never said I was any good at it. I just have a good ear for it. Sheesh.

Anonymous (March 16, 2005)

"I should know this; I play jazz tenor. "

HAHAHAHAAH!!!! !!!!!!!!

Anonymous (March 15, 2005)

this reviewer sucks. he's almost as bad as that Sammy the Mick dude who writes for AMP.

Anonymous (March 15, 2005)

"I should know this; I play jazz tenor"---- ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

"excuse me, do you have any Grey Poupon?"


what a dork! what a pretentious, condenscending asshole.

Anonymous (March 15, 2005)

not that anyone cares but the below comment was by me.


Anonymous (March 15, 2005)

i've been contemplating seeing the good life and make believe in cleveland in may. i definitely think i wanna check out make believe. ...the tour of two tim's.

Jesse (March 15, 2005)

You're just bitter because you hate Tim Kinsella for being cooler than you.

maverick (March 15, 2005)

Irony, thy name is Jesse.

You telling someone to stop name-calling is like me telling someone to stop eating.


Jesse (March 15, 2005)

Calling Tim Kinsella a hack is not really a good move. Besides writing almost all of the CaP'N Jazz, he's written all of the Joan of Arc material (about 6 albums worth), Owls, Make Believe, Friend/Enemy and a solo record. Calling him a hack after writing all that material is pretty immature. You might not like his material, but that doesn't warrant name calling.

kenjamin (March 15, 2005)

Tim Kinsella is a hack. He wasn't even in American Football

Anonymous (March 15, 2005)

How did you not stay for the pAper chAse?! Did they get dropped from the show? What the fuck.

Anonymous (March 15, 2005)

Did the pAper chAse play this show too?

Jesse (March 15, 2005)

And as for the Betty Barnes commment:

Did the Pope shit on your face?


Well then, come back in a year or two after you have some credentials, my friend. Questions like that need prime financial backing.

Jesse (March 15, 2005)

They played "Down By The River" (at least I think they did), and if they played any new songs they didn't announce them. I'm not a fan, I just caught this coming through and wanted to see how Make Believe was live.

Anonymous (March 15, 2005)

is Betty Barnes still a looker?

Anonymous (March 15, 2005)

how was the lady singer? The one on the last album was pretty hot, but overall flat in execution. Also, did they play down by the river, any new songs, and if so, how were they?

Anonymous (March 15, 2005)

yeah, no.

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