William Lim

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Jeff Rosenstock Live

As many of you know, Jeff Rosenstock (my favourite musician of ALL time) has been down in Australia for the past month or so recording the new Smith Street Band record. He did a small solo tour around the state with an amazing local band called The Bennies but all the shows were 18+ (bummer for me). However, just a few days ago, he announced that he would be playing one last show on the day before his flight out of the country in a record store as a farewell. IMPORTANT NOTE: Jeff noted that his new record is called "We Cool" (or "We Cool?" maybe) and that it is coming out next year. I REPEAT: NOT OCTOBER, BUT NEXT YEAR.
1Jeff Rosenstock

Due to my train stopping in the middle of the track for about ten minutes on my way to the show straight from school, and then me foolishly getting off the tram about 200 street numbers from my destination because I wasn't sure whether I was going the right way, I arrived at Poison City Records LATE and soaked by the rain that would turn into a hailstorm later that night. I could hear Jeff's voice penetrating the door as I started to push it open, and the place was completely filled with people, and more kept coming in as the set continued including Lee Hartney (of The Smith Street Band). I stood by the door for the whole show and Wil Wagner (SSB) gave me an eye as I came in. Jeff was in the middle of playing "Nausea"--apparently, this was the first song, so I wasn't that late--and he proceeded onto the new song "Hey Allison" afterward. The rest of the set was as follows: "Side Projects Are Never Successful" (YES), "'80s Through the '50s", "Teenager", "Felt Just Like Vacation", "25!", "I Don't Love You Anymore", and then "Future 86". "Hurricane Waves" was supposed to be in there somewhere but Jeff remarked that it was too similar to the previous song. There was another song that he couldn't really play that he replaced with "Felt Just Like Vacation" after a vote. Jeff's voice filled the small store completely, even through his constantly cracking throat which strained as he attempted to breach his emotional limits. His acoustic strumming was a frantic mix of ferocity and light-heartedness, alternating between them through each song. There were hilarious moments of beautiful bromance with Wil and Fitzy (SSB), and (literally) complete fade-outs mid-song which left the audience in puzzled suspense before Jeff's voice returned. At some point, Jeff explained a new genre that he and Wil had created called "Burn City Hardcore", which basically means "progressive ska", and with his dying, cracking voice Jeff affirmed that "it will never die". At the back of a crowd of people all at least 5 years older than me, I couldn't see anything for the entire set over their super tall adult heads but Jeff's performance filled the room in a way that made up for all other disappointments.
2Wil Wagner

Wil Wagner came on afterwards, lamenting that he had only learned an hour beforehand that he was going to be playing at the show, and that he had smoked weed accordingly. His set was three songs long: that one song with that chorus "gimme East London summer / gimme North Melbourne summer" (dunno the name), "Ducks Fly Together" and "Young Drunk". Somewhere amidst a heartwarming farewell speech to close Jeff Rosenstock's last night in Melbourne, Wil dedicated "Young Drunk" to "the kid who came in halfway through Jeff's set* in his school uniform by himself and just...beamed. I'm not sure if he's still there" [*I actually came in at the start of Jeff's set], and half the room turned around and gave me a glance. I shouted back "I'm there", realising after the crowd stopped chuckling that that doesn't make sense. Anyway, Wil's set hit just as hard as Jeff's, trading in Jeff's whimsical showmanship for the skill of actually hitting notes accurately. Wil's solo performance is well known to be stunning for the impact he conveys through his surprising skill as a live player, and its something that almost rivals a Smith Street Band performance, though he clearly gives several more fucks about SSB shows than his own solo shows.
Stuff I bought

Algernon Cadwallader, "Parrot Flies" LP ($26)
4Stuff I'll remember

At the end of the show, somebody turned on Built to Spill's "Keep It Like a Secret" on the store speakers which was promptly met with a "YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH". After getting props from a nice young lady for rocking up to the show straight from school, I went over and hit up Jeff just as two guys were preparing to have him sign their records. I quickly greeted Steven Farmer (Sputnikmusic user Spare) as he was exiting the show. Jeff remarked about how cool it was that my school's logo (as shown on the uniform) is a unicorn. He seemed a little drunk. I was totally awkward. The show was announced as a "free OR donation show" so I was gonna give Jeff my last $20 because he's getting nothing for this fucking amazing performance. Instead, Jeff basically told me "nahhhhh don't worry about it" and told me to buy something from the store instead so I went and bought an Algernon Cadwallader record. I gave him my name, a good handshake, and after paying storeowner Andy for my record and commenting on how Built to Spill is "perfect after-show vibes" (he replied "they're always perfect"), my wonderful night came to an end. The point of this very in depth reminiscence of the show is that I really doubt that I'll forget this night right down to its smallest details. So very little happened in the span of about an hour but after a terrible week, I stepped into Poison City and it whisked me away from all my problems completely, reminding me of how important music is to me, and how one day I want to be performing in a small room full of friends hanging on my every word in a strange country. Jeff Rosenstock does that to you, man.
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