Yesterday, I was Culturally Relevant: Flight of the Conchords @ CBGB Gallery
It happens once every couple months—I accidentally become culturally relevant! New Zealand's fourth greatest folk singing comedy duo, Flight of the Conchords, figuratively soared into CBGB and fed our gaping squawkboxes with delicious worms and grubs. Take Tenacious D, subtract Jack Black and that other dude, add two deadpan guys with hip accents, multiply the funny by 3 or so, and then forget this whole banal equation. Flight of the Conchords bounce lyrics back and forth like a dialogue while fingerpicking complex riffs, harmonizing, and beatboxing, complemented by brainplexing intersong banter.
The house was packed like a force fed goose gullet. People on a side balcony. People on a stairwell leading to the balcony. People sitting on the floor. So many people, the cocktail waitress was tossing us beers like a peanut vendor in a ballpark.
Here is the Set List:
--Nice to Meet You, Jenny - A song about a confused dude who runs into an even more confused chick he thought he made love to and adopted children with.
--What’s Wrong With the World – An Al Green deadringer, "We wanted to write a song about what’s important to us—the issues."
--It's Business Time
--Banter about how The Monkees started AIDS.
--Hip-Hopopotomus vs. The Ryhme-ocerous
--Albee the Racist Dragon
--The Future – The Conchords travel to the humanless future to perform for robots.
Best Lines: The Binary Solo - "00000001! 0111111110!" "In the future, we don't say Yes. We only say Affirmative."
--Boom Boom – A Shaggy-esque beatbox and Casio DG-20 flurry.
Best Line: "She's so hot she's makin' me sexist." BOOM BOOM in the BOOM!
After shaking their Boom Booms, they say good night and awkwardly wander about the tiny stage waiting for the moment to come back for an encore.
--Lord of the Rings Soundtrack Song Dismissed by Director Peter Jackson
Best Line: "Hey Frodo! Hey What? Watch out for that thing! Oh nooo!"
--David Bowie Tribute – Back in the time machine, the guys go to the past to hand David Bowie an Eazy-to-Play Guitar Tab book of all his songs and take him through his oeuvre.
Culturally relevant! See Aziz Is Bored for more info on how to go to the free HBO tapings in NYC this week. If Flight of the Conchords comes to your town, go and claim your relevance too.