Turf Club New Year's Eve cover night, 12/31/10

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Photo by Nikki Miller
Leisure Birds
New Year's Eve Cover Night featuring
Vampire Hands, Leisure Birds, Chambermaids and Daughters of the Sun with DJ TRL
December 31, 2010
Turf Club, St. Paul

It seems New Year's Eve revelers broke the Turf Club on Friday night.

With the Turf now closed until at least January 11 and changes in management afoot, Friday night's annual Cover Night, featuring Vampire Hands as the Beatles, Leisure Birds as Creedence Clearwater Revival, Chambermaids as the Pixies, and Daughters of the Sun as Sleep was a beyond kickass end to 2010 at the club.

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Photo by Nikki Miller

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Daughters of the Sun

The evening began with Daughters of the Sun's transition into - whoa - like a "real" band! By "real," I mean like, the guitar, bass and drums with cymbals on stands kind. With Nick Koenigs (guitar, vocals) wearing REPTILE SKIN COWBOY BOOTS rather than bare feet! The Sleep style suits them well, and on this cold, snowy night felt a little more well-suited to these flanneled, Sorel-booted locales and times than the psych music to which you'd bop hackey sacks barefooted in the grass. No offense intended here - hackey sacks may not be a fitting analogy, and Daughters continue to be one of my favorite local bands. I just really like this Sleep stuff because I played D&D once or twice. (Okay, thrice only - I like the kind of music those nerds listen to, but I fucking hate the game.)

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Photo by Nikki Miller
Chambermaids

Chambermaids hit the stage shortly after 10, joined by local drummer and photographer Greg Schaal. A couple of their members have recently experienced health problems, yet the band turned in an admirably lengthy set of Pixies covers in spite of what has likely been a spotty practice schedule.

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Leisure Birds

I'm willing to bet DJ TRL (Modern Radio Record Label's Tom Loftus) got more than a few requests for hip hop/electro music as he spun records from the Turf Club's old stage. You know, the stuff people can dance to. And dance they did, both between sets and at the end of the night, but also during Leisure Birds' set of CCR covers, with the band joined Friday night by Ben Polk on guitar, tambourine and cowbell. See? You can dance to classic rock, man. Dudes, being stuck in Lo-di uh-gain is more than occasion for dancing.

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Vampire Hands

Wrapping up the covers just after midnight was Vampire Hands' solid take on a number of Beatles favorites and obscurities, with Nate Nelson joining the band as he has in past years on guitar. Obscurities? Do the Beatles even have any obscure songs? Okay - they played all the stuff not featured in that crap Julie Taymor movie, and it was perfect - a joyful and energetic start to a new year.

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Photo by Nikki Miller

Critic's Bias: Took Paul McCartney as a lover in the mid-60s.
The crowd: Current girlfriends, ex-girlfriends, plus a smattering of wives and lovers.
Overheard in the crowd: Gaga broke it.
Random notebook dump: Kim Deal dealt with (alky? Heroin?) But that's nothin compared to thyroid probs and (kidney?) Stones. Which are way more rock and roll given their...?
Critic's Disclosure, given the above dump: Was very drunk on UV Blue.
Set lists:
Daughters of the Sun as Sleep:
Dragonaut/The Druid/Holy Mountain/From Beyond
Chambermaids as the Pixies:
Cecilia Ann/Monkey Gone to Heaven/Wave of Mutilation UK Surf Version/Into the White/River Euphrates/Gouge Away
Leisure Birds as CCR:
Susie Q/Green River/Commotion/Bad Moon Rising/Run Through the Jungle/Lodi/Looking Out My Back Door/Heard It Through the Grape Vine
Vampire Hands as the Beatles:
Cry Baby Cry/Dig a Pony/Get Back/Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey/Ballad of John and Yoko/Mean Mr. Mustard/Polythene Pam/She Came in Through the Bathroom Window/Hey Bulldog


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