Tamar Eisenman made feel like a 16 years old girl from Omaha in her first Nickelbeck concert. Aside from being an excellent songwriter and singer, she handles the guitar like the guitar should be handled. When the concert began, the first thing that I noticed was the full fenderish sound of her guitar. This was the sound of a quality guitar being played right by experienced fingers. Then, all of a sudden, she whipped up some solos that would blow your ass apart. The guy next to me started saying "oh, now that's just masturbation", but I said "yeah, and she can keep doing it for as long as she wants!"
With technical admiration aside, Tamar's band is one of the best I've ever seen live. A standard trio of drums-bass-guitar that manages to accomplish so much with so little. The three of them together make a tight rhythm barricade, skipping from one beat to the next, without slipping even once. What really got me, though, was that every song had an immediate hook, whether it was a memorable groovy riff, or just interesting melodies. Every song had its own thing, but they all fit under the umbrella of Tamar's unique and intelligent songwriting. Tamar is a versatile singer, with one of the best accents I've ever heard. She's full of expression, and can perform many styles, like she proved in the rap section of the cover the band did for Sporty Spice's Mel C and Lisa 'Lazy eye' Lopez's Never Be the Same Again.
It's rare to see a confident performer in the local scene. Usually, even those who make excellent music, have trouble expressing themselves smoothly when forced to speak to the audience. I don't know if it was the fact that she was surrounded by friends and fans, or the amount of alcohol that she consumed before / during the show, but Tamar Eisenman knows exactly how handle a crowd. She was flowing, making jokes, telling stories, all without any inhabitations. There was never a moment where I though "God, this is embarrassing", although I may have been thrown off by the "hot chick playing a guitar" thought that was constantly floating through the fuzzy pink clouds in my mind. No, seriously though, she was great. There's absolutely nothing bad I can say about this performance, and you know how rarely that happens.
On another note, it seems that last week's review and comics of The Mars Volta got some TMV fans really riled up. A debate about the review really got heated up at The Comatorium. The irony is, I'm actually starting to enjoy this album. I mean, it's pretty good, if you think of it as a joke. A really painful joke. You know, like when someone tells you a knock-knock joke and then when you ask "ouch who?" he punches you in the stomach? That's a classic.
On a similarly different note, this week's comics is completely out of touch with realty. My cat doesn't look anything like that! Look, she's black and white! I mean, come on. Get with the program!
In conclusion, those of you who are reading this and happen to live in Israel, know that we have a show coming up with progressive rock band Magentic. I won't go into much detail, but I will stress this again – the show is set to start at 22:00 – SHARP. Don't be late, or you will miss us.