The Elected – 2006-10-17

October 18th, 2006

Man. I’ve been going to a lot of shows lately. But, you know, I can’t just not go to them. That’s crazy talk for fools and gypsies. I am neither of those thing (no offense to gypsies) so I went to see The Elected and Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s last night at The Paradox. For the uninformed, The Elected is a side project of Rilo Kiley featuring Blake Sennett and Jason Boesel.

When I heard the band name “Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s” I immediately thought of synthy dreampop. I was expecting something straight out of the K Records catalog. You know; 606 drum tracks and a Nord Lead. Well, they had the Nord Lead but they also had: a Fender Rhoads, two guitarists, drums, trumpet, and auxiliary percussion. It was more like big-band alt-country than anything else. Powerfully earnest vocals backed by soft-spoken female harmonies; that sort of thing. Needless to say, it was good. It’s the kind of stuff I dig.

I’d never actually listened to The Elected before this show but I’m more inclined to do so now that I’ve seen them live. The ten minute version of “Biggest Star” impressed the hell out of me. The way Blake and Mike dueled with their guitars… it was like they were making out. The guitars I mean, not the guys. Also: some of the greatest on-stage banter I’ve heard in a while. I will quote:

I bet you can count the number of times someone puts ‘fucking’ in the middle of jelly beans on one hand each year. So, if nothing else, you saw that.

I’ll admit, the awe of being entertained by Joey ‘The Rat’ Epstein never really wore off. I really wanted to scream Live by the rat, die by the rat! at him but I thought that a) would piss him off and b) wouldn’t sound nearly as funny as it does in my head. I think I made a wise choice.

Margot… – 2006-10-17 The Paradox Theatre – Seattle, WA
MP3 Sample: margot2006-10-17sample.mp3

The Elected – 2006-10-17 The Paradox Theatre – Seattle, WA
MP3 Sample: elected2006-10-17sample.mp3

4 Responses to “The Elected – 2006-10-17”

  1. Jeff Says:

    Man–I was hoping you were taping at the Beirut/Hawk and a Hacksaw show last night at the Croc. Sooo good.

  2. Brian Says:

    You know, my friend Paul wanted me to go to that show. I almost went but The Paradox is just down the street so it appeals to my lazy side.

  3. L Says:

    Hello –

    Some lovely person on Rilo Kiley net made mp3 files of your Elected recording. I’d like to host the mp3 versions up on my Elected/RK site, Greetings in Braille ( ) for download, with your permission.

    I can link to your blog or website, if you’d allow it.

    Thank you much,

  4. Brian Says:


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