The City on Film / Piglet

The City on Film / Piglet: live in Chicagolive in Chicago (2006)
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Reviewer Rating: 4

Contributed by: JesseJesse
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The show took place at an old church right by UIC that's been turned into an arts center. It still had the gigantic neon cross hanging above the altar and movie theater seats. I can't remember what the hell it's called, which is a shame, since there are more good shows coming up. Sad to say, we m.

The show took place at an old church right by UIC that's been turned into an arts center. It still had the gigantic neon cross hanging above the altar and movie theater seats. I can't remember what the hell it's called, which is a shame, since there are more good shows coming up.

Sad to say, we missed Brian Moss play. Piglet was the first band we saw, a three-piece consisting of guitar, drums, and six-string bass. I was a little bit weirded out by the six-string bass, since I'm a pretty firm believer that you don't need more than four strings to play anything, but it looks like I was wrong. That guy used those six strings, and he used them well. I guess the best way to describe them is early-ninties indie rock with a jam band sensibility. It sounds atrocious, but Piglet pulls it off. The drums are a relentless hammering of varied grooves, and the guitar and bass trade off and mirror noodling riffs and melodic interchanges faster than you can say King Crimson. And the band is tight. You can tell they practice hard and love what they do. Maybe an easy way to describe them would be caP'n Jazz and the Grateful Dead, if the Dead weren't country-fried. With some elements of free jazz. Anyway, it was an amazing experience live, and made me buy their CD.

Closing the show was the City on Film ¡ la electro-band. This was my second time seeing them with this lineup: Bob on electric guitar, Mike on bass, Lauren on keys and backing vocals, and Rachel on violin. And electronic beats supplied by what I think was Bob's iPod. And let me tell you, it was a lot tighter. And as always, it's interesting to see how the songs are arranged. On the album, "How a Helicopter Sounds" is an acousitc ditty, but with this lineup, it's an upbeat dance-y number. "For Holly," one of the full band numbers from In Formal Introduction, translates slightly odd since the organic, full band sound from the album is now hollowed out a bit by the electric drum beats. "Pony's Last Trick," a decent full band track from the American Diary EP, is perhaps the best song to hear live, as the arrangement spans the gap between melodic indie rock to full-fledged electronica. Other songs were a guitar/violin version of "A Dozen Roses," and a cover of "Come on Eileen" that had the whole church clapping along. All in all, it was a solid show by Bob and Co., and definitely worth seeing if you're a fan of the albums. This is Mr. Nanna at his best, exploring the possibilities of having a solo project.


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Anonymous (February 22, 2006)

i didnt see this show, but ive seen piglet perform countless times (probably close to 10 or 11) and i think that they are one of the best bands to come out of the chicagoland area (highland park in their case) in a long time. not only are they tight and competent musicians, but they always seem to put on a great show! you can really tell that music means the most to them 'cause of the copious amounts of passion in their music. you can just really see it when they play. plus, they are so fluid and connect so well together.

Anonymous (February 20, 2006)

i disagree the ghost rock live

Anonymous (February 19, 2006)

Brian Moss is alright...not all that special.
Ever see the Ghost live?
Not much to talk about

Anonymous (February 17, 2006)

Robert Nanna is just an amazing spectacle to watch live. Whether it be Braid, Hey Mercedes or The City On Film.

One of my favorite musicians in the indie scene.


plaidical (February 15, 2006)

I love Bob Nanna, but I saw him play at my school last weekend at it was pretty boring. City on Film makes good music, but translated into weird electronic stuff and leaving out the drums makes it hard to listen to.

and I saw piglet open for the 'Cast a few months ago and agree that they are a tight band.

Anonymous (February 15, 2006)

This shit is B. Nanas.

Anonymous (February 15, 2006)

Moss was in The Ghost

great band

I love Bob Nanna

Anonymous (February 15, 2006)

im gonna sound like a total dumbass but what band was brian moss in? i fuckin know it but am drawing a blank

Jesse (February 14, 2006)

We missed Brian Moss because we got distracted while picking up a friend. And well, my ride is usually "fashionably late."

steveman (February 14, 2006)

I wanted to go to this so bad. The place is South Union Arts. No Jawbreaker cover though? I've been kicking myself for not going though.

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

love the Moss

Love the piglet

Love the Nanna

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

It's called South Union Arts

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

wow, if you have never heard piglet before then you are out of step with the chicago scene.
Missing B moss is pretty lame too

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

bob nanna fucking rules

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

I'm sorry Jesse, but missing Brian Moss is not acceptable, I would rather see that man then Nanna, but its a close call...

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