Friday night Jeanne and I headed out to see CYHSY lead singer Alec Ounsworth perform at the Kensington South Forum in north philly. We had a hell of a time finding the place and drove past it about three times. We found it eventually and paid the $5 cover. The neighborhood was a little run down, so it was cool to see artists renovating that particular building. New paint, lighting, wiring, and plumbing turned the forum into a usable and interesting space for music, dance, whatever. We thought about this for a while because we were there really, really early.
We were starved so we headed out to get a bite to eat before the show. I highly recommend you try out Las Caszuelas on Girard Ave, between 4th and 5th street. It’s a great, tiny, mexican BYO about two doors down from The Fire.
We made our way back to the Kensington South Forum just as Alec Ounsworth was getting ready. The whole show had a very living room like quality to it. The 20-25 people in attendence were all sitting on folding chairs we took from a pile in the corner.
Alec’s set consisted of a bunch of material he’s working on for a solo album and no Clap Your Hands Say Yeah songs. That was ok with me, since most of his songs were great. I especially liked one called Dr So and So about seeing a shrink.
We didn’t stick around for the other bands, mostly because we planned to get up early the next day for Live 8 (hah, more that later).
The great thing is, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah just announced a gig at the First Unitarian Church on August 17th! I also heard This Home on Ice this morning on my Sirius radio, which I was really psyched about until I backed my car into a trash can.
Update: And yes I do know this is the fourth Clap Your Hands Say Yeah post in a row.