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by emira » Sat May 08, 2010 2:59 am

This press is REALLY hot ;D


gezyka wrote:How many guitars does he have with him?? [image] [image] [image]


Two so far, I think... plus the bass uke [image]
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by Amily » Sat May 08, 2010 11:22 am

It’s Business Time – an evening with Flight of the Conchords
Saturday, May 8th, 2010

Guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk music fans were treated to a fantastic night’s entertainment this week as Flight of the Conchords took to the stage at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre.

Of course, a gig wouldn’t be a truly good gig unless there was a story to tell, so Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokul, kindly stepped up to the plate and once more spread a plume of volcanic ash into the sky, resulting in Irish airspace being closed. This did not deter the Conchords though; they made it to Dublin on a bus. Troopers.

Our very own David O’Doherty, who had just returned from Australia, supported Flight of the Conchords. O’Doherty combined dryly sarcastic comments about the every day and the mundane with tunes played on his miniature keyboard. He well and truly warmed the audience up with his self-deprecating comments about his French trousers and his observations about the rage levels of passengers who travel in the ‘quiet’ carriages of trains. O’Doherty’s musical whimsy set the tone for the evening and he walked off stage to rapturous applause.

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After a short interval the audience happily crammed back into their seats and as the curtain rose to the opening chords of The Most Beautiful Girl (In the Room) the audience roared their delight at the Conchords having made it to Dublin at all. Bret and Jemaine are noted for their understated style of comedy that relies on the easy interaction between them, silliness and awkwardness. Fans of the HBO TV show that catapulted the duo to fame will be aware of the fact that Flight are the Conchords are nothing if not self deprecating; Bret and Jemaine showed this off to full effect on stage.

The duo gave an outline as to how the show would operate, how the balance would be struck between songs and talk; ‘talk, talk, song, talk’ then launched into firm favourites including The Humans are Dead, Jenny and Hiphopopatamus vs. Rhymenoceros. Bret and Jemaine also had a surprise guest touring with them – The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, also known as Nigel; one man and his cello. This is another example of the Conchords’ self deprecating sense of humour, the self in this case extending to their home land, New Zealand.

The Conchords mixed their established material – including I’m Not Crying and Foux Da Fa Fa – with new songs. Woo A Lady tells the long and extremely complicated story of Jemaine trying to, well, woo a lady in 1353. Bus Driver’s Song pretty much is what you would expect – a song sung by a bus driver as he takes tourists around a small town. Sounds tedious, but the air of whimsy and slight bewilderment added by Bret and Jemaine themselves made the songs work.

It is easy to confuse Flight of the Conchords with their contemporaries The Mighty Boosh, and to that end, it could have been a disappointing show for fans of the Boosh who expected similar from the Conchords. Whereas The Mighty Boosh put on, for want of a better phrase, a play, Flight of the Conchords rely on their music for the comedy factor and really strip down the live show into the main components that made the TV show so strong – Bret and Jemaine.

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Bret and Jemaine handled heckling from the crowd with ease and enjoyment, and when someone shouted ‘Play some Prince’ from the back, they spontaneously began to play Kiss which very smoothly led into Business Time. The duo mixed it up a bit in the middle of the set with Demon Woman, and while Bret and Jemaine’s stage clothes very easily tore away to reveal the rhinestone cat suits underneath, they took several minutes to reassemble, which just added awkwardness to silliness and the crowd loved it. For the encore David O’Doherty came out and joined the lads on drums for the wonderful Bowie, then with a wave and a ‘We like you’ the Conchords were gone.

The show did feel slightly short, and the toy piano displayed prominently on stage was sadly never used, but the show was late starting due to volcanic interruptions to travel plans. It would be easy to say that we were robbed, having missed out on songs like I Told You I Was Freaky and Sugalumps – both of which were on the set list for Amsterdam the night before – but honestly, the crowd seemed so happy that the Conchords actually made it to Dublin they were willing to forgive this, and other small errors that, at the end of the day, didn’t really detract from the show at all.

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by sargifster » Sat May 08, 2010 5:35 pm

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Demon Woman

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by hellomyfriend » Sun May 09, 2010 1:45 am

[spoiler]New song

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by emira » Mon May 10, 2010 5:21 am

I'm moving this video here, because I got the information it's from the 5th May.

HvR



Still...dirty Jemaine [image] [image]
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by gezyka » Mon May 10, 2010 10:22 pm

[spoiler]Demon Woman from Elena at WTF:



A little more Nigelicious than other vids as she's sitting very near him.
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by Red » Mon May 10, 2010 10:28 pm


gezyka wrote:[spoiler]Demon Woman from Elena at WTF:



A little more Nigelicious than other vids as she's sitting very near him.
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I broke down and watched this. I'd stayed away from all the Demon Woman videos until now, but I just couldn't not watch it! Darn you Elena!! [image]
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by Red » Mon May 10, 2010 10:54 pm

Some banter, getting dressed, you know normal concert stuff...

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by drunkagain » Mon May 10, 2010 11:04 pm


Red wrote:Some banter, getting dressed, you know normal concert stuff...

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[spoiler]Bret's "chaps"

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by hellomyfriend » Mon May 10, 2010 11:04 pm


Red wrote:Some banter, getting dressed, you know normal concert stuff...

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That's genius. ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
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by gezyka » Tue May 11, 2010 12:38 am

Another from Elena:

Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenocerous

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by emira » Wed May 12, 2010 2:09 pm


Red wrote:Some banter, getting dressed, you know normal concert stuff...

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Darn! I'm late. It's been removed :-[ .
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by gezyka » Wed May 12, 2010 6:01 pm

As with other reviews, contains spoilers. :)

Flight Of The Conchords

Olympia, Dublin, May 5


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The Flight of the Conchords were almost 'The Grounded of the Conchords' as Iceland's favourite global contribution in the form of a cloud of volcanic dust, threatened yet another gig. Conchords cohorts Bret and Jemaine were gigging in Amsterdam the night before and had to travel by bus when Irish airspace was closed. As with other gigs before there was much speculation as to whether New Zealand's fourth most popular folk comedy duo would make it to the show at all.

Warming up the crowd was home grown hero David O'Doherty, a grown man, who in his own words "plays children's small plastic keyboards". O'Doherty is hilariously self-deprecating; stating his job is not a ‘real job’ and having people look at him as 'some sort of travelling paedophile'. The 'O'Doh-party' really got started however, when he noticed he had a split in his trousers and sat facing the crowd slowly spreading his legs while singing and playing the Beatles 'Here Comes the Sun'. He had the audience doubled over in tears of laughter and was the perfect way to warm up the Olympia audience.

Rearing to go, the audience took their seats after a short interval and the screams were deafening as the curtain rose to reveal the Conchords. They looked a little tired from their journey but it didn't stop them in the least. Hysterical in their awkwardness, the duo explained how the show would work; "talk song talk, talk talk song or even song song talk". Bret and Jemaine went on to introduce the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra to the stage to accompany them for the night; Nigel, a lone cellist, or as we were told the smallest symphony orchestra in the world.

The crowd were enthralled with tunes from the Flight of the Conchords' hit HBO series including 'Business Time', 'Jenny', 'Ladies of the World' and a new track about a medieval Jemaine, who tries to woo a lady in 1353. The gloves (and clothes) came off though, to reveal some 80's glam rock leotards for 'Demon Woman', which fantastically took the duo two seconds to rip off their old clothes but about five awkward minutes to put them back on again. The laughter continued through one of the highlights of the night the Conchords' French song about not really knowing how to speak French 'Foux de Fa Fa'. Genius.

There was plenty of heckling on the night but the guys handled it well, with Bret even remarking "Listen you guys have your own show now, and if I’m being honest it's not going that well", amid shouts to ask them to "show us your tits" Jemaine replied "well between us none of us has a tit to show you". Although there was some constructive heckling when someone shouted "play some Prince", Jemaine responded by launching into 'Kiss' and 'Alphabet Street' which everyone seemed to enjoy immensely.

David O'Doherty joined Bret, Jemaine and Nigel on stage for the encore; 'Bowie' a song devoted to asking David Bowie why he's in space and if there is 'Life on Mars'. O’Doherty played another small child's toy, a miniature drum kit. The crowd erupted in huge applause and it's safe to say many a side was split and many cheeks were aching. The Conchords came, played and conquered.

REVIEW BY SEAN EARLEY

PHOTOGRAPH BY SARAH MACKEY

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by sargifster » Sat May 29, 2010 2:32 pm


gezyka wrote:Although there was some constructive heckling when someone shouted "play some Prince", Jemaine responded by launching into 'Kiss' and 'Alphabet Street' which everyone seemed to enjoy immensely.


I would have loved to have seen this...

Jemaine's version of Prince's "When Doves Cry" is so far up my "Most played" in iTunes that it is slightly embarrassing. [image]

... but not that embarrassing - because I love his version. [image]

(Cues it up in iTunes to add further to its play count. :) )
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