Thursday, October 01, 2009

BIBJ Playlist of the 2000s entry #91: Kick, Push by Lupe Fiasco AND Bad Idea Show Review: Passion Pit at Logan Square Auditorium

Full Details of the BIBJ Millennial Playlist Hullabaloo are available here. Today's entry is #91: Kick, Push by Lupe Fiasco (2006)

It would be disingenuous to ignore the feeling that this song has achieved a great deal of critical acclaim for the simple fact that few hip-hop songs celebrate skateboarding to this extent. That said, the nights of Chicago are getting chilly and brisk, and the strings and horns here instantly remind me of Windy City summers.

Last night I saw Passion Pit play a free show at the 700 person-capacity Logan Square Auditorium. I'm not a huge fan of them, but supposedly they were one of the highlights of Lollapalooza, and considering I won free tickets, it was worth the trip - especially considering they gave us glow sticks at the door.

Glow sticks really cross over all musical demographics, don't they? They're never out of place. Of course when you give glow sticks to 700 people, you are essentially saying, "Hey everyone, here are 700 small glowing piece of plastic for you to throw!" And thrown they were throughout the set. To the point where the singer mentioned, "Those things really hurt when they hit you." Of course, he never really said "Please STOP throwing them at me," so he was sporadically pelted with one stray green light after another.

But this wasn't just a beer-sponsored glow stick party. They played music also! This is a band that works resonably well within an hour-long set. The nasally falsetto vocals got old real quick, and after a while you do feel that you're hearing the same song repeatedly. That said, I defy anyone to listen to "Little Secrets" and not get wrapped up in the catchiness of the PS22 kids choir belting out "Higher and Higher" through the chorus.

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