standing up, in a mess of hundreds of kids packed like sardines in venues across seattle, watching doug fiddle with his pedal, standing up, looking around, and squeaking out a word in between songs. "Thanks."
the same way, everytime.
this album certainly catches built to spill's live shows perfectly, and the recording can fool you into thinking it's not live at all. the guitars are separated onto different channels, so you have one coming in one ear, and the other....well, yeah. it sounds good, to say the least.
but i can't help but feel that for a live album, it's not exciting. which i guess can be taken as a moot point, who says the show has to be exciting? but sitting there through 20 minutes of self-indulgent guitar fiddling *at* a show, is different from sitting there at home listening to it.
i would stand there and think "god this is great, i hope he doesn't stop playing/god this is great, but i wish he'd stop playing 'cause that kid behind me keeps jumping on my feet." that sort of conflict you can't quite sort out, because what you're feeling is too engrossing.
if for nothing else, the love as laughter cover and the neil young cover make it worth it. And the Halo Benders song sounds good too, you can pretend to be Calvin Johnson and fill in his baritone if you're feeling up to it.... But everything else sounds pretty much the same with slight twists.
not at all a bad album, something to have for a completist, and a good intro for a beginner.
and i still think scotty gets bored on the drums.