It’s getting close, y’all.
It’s getting close, y’all.
As promised, a Spotify playlist of my dream set list. I’m going to try to keep track of what they actually play tonight and maybe make a playlist of that, too, since I’m fucking obsessive and nerdy. Also going to try to get them to sign my vinyl copy of Emergency & I, but we’ll see.
"I’m trying to be both a Buddhist and a businessman."
“What’s the most difficult part of that?”
“Wanting to be successful, while at the same time letting go of the attachment to desire.”
“Isn’t that impossible?”
“You can desire. You just can’t be attached to desire. It’s about living in the moment and enjoying the attempt to realize your ideas, while at the same time letting go of the need for a positive outcome.”
Not sure if I’ll have the chance to finish posting all of the Plan songs from my fantasy set list. Not like anyone had noticed or cared anyway. The day has just gone sideways and I’m not sure how much free time I’ll have. I’ll probably just link the spotify playlist I made. Fuck commentary. No one gives a shit anyway.
I’m somehow astounded yet not astounded that Spotify doesn’t have the split EP with Juno that this song is supposed to come from. Instead, the only version of it that I could find is this one from a compilation. Luckily, it’s one of the greatest fucking songs ever, so it doesn’t really matter where it comes from.
Again, I’m about 100% sure they’ll play this tonight, because they pretty much always do, and it’s always amazing. They have little dance moves coordinated with certain parts of the song, and the audience seems to know every word, which is pretty fucking hard to do, to be honest.
This is pretty much always one of the two or three songs that I’d play for someone to introduce them to the Plan.
Again, two in a row from the same album, but the strangest thing at this point is that there haven’t been any songs from their new album, which they’re ostensibly trying to promote. That’s why it’s my fantasy!
This comes right after “Time Bomb” on this album, so I think it could be a cool lead-in. Also, there’s a terrific remix of this song on their remixes collection, and if there were any way that they could re-create that live (even though it’s technically by someone else), I’d be delighted.
A chance for everyone to catch their breath a little bit, since the song at least starts with a little less tempo. It eventually builds, though, and becomes almost as manic and cathartic as anything on Emergency & I, however. Pretty sure we’ll hear this tonight, since it’s been almost a staple of their live sets since just before this album came out. I always feel like I don’t like it all that much, but then when I hear it, especially live, it always gives me the shivers, so I guess it is connecting to me on some level.
Yeah, starting off with two songs from Emergency & I, which I know they’d never do, but this is another great banger, and actually the only song I have a good version of them doing live on video. It’s from the Michiganfest DVD that I have, which looking back on it, was an odd festival for them to be playing at. But I’m glad I did, because it’s allowed me to show people how amazing the Plan are live if they never had the chance to see them in person. Which has been the case for the past ten years or so.
In honor of the fact that I’ll finally get to see the Plan again live tonight in Portland, and will be braving some incredibly low temperatures (and in the case of my town, some incredibly uncared-for roads) to do so, I decided to put together a little fantasy setlist. I’ve already looked at what their recent setlists have been like, and they’re playing twice as much from their new album as I have in mine, and about 20 songs altogether on average, while mine has 24 in it. So, fantasy. Also, I’ve noticed that they’ve had one song in their setlist a couple of times lately and not played it, so I hope that doesn’t happen again tonight, since it’s in mine as well.
Starting off with “Gyroscope”, because I think it’s the one I saw them start their shows with more than any other track. And it’s a great opener. It’s immediately propulsive and dance-y, has a great hook, and isn’t too long, all things considered. In fact, it comes right in the middle of this album, and that’s why I probably forget about it sometimes when I’m thinking of all of my favorite songs. I haven’t noticed them playing it lately, but it would be a nifty place to start.