After impressing crowds and press in June with sold-out, full-album performances of Exile in Guyville, Liz Phair is trying her hand at similar shows later in August.
Meanwhile, New York’s September installment of All Tomorrow’s Parties features Tortoise, Built to Spill and more performing classics like Millions Now Living Will Never Die and Perfect From Now On in their entirety.
The trend is virally replicating: Bands who have received lukewarm receptions to new material, or just want to give their fans sweet treats, are now going back to the well and performing classic efforts and fulfilling the wish lists of their audiences in the process.
See, recycling works!
Of course, the practice isn’t exactly new, but it is achieving a sort of critical mass in the 21st century. And it tickles the lobes: I’ve been sitting around thinking about which of my favorite discs I’d like to see performed from front to back in concert. And since it is indeed a wish list, I’ve got no qualms about getting purely hypothetical about it. But for the sake of balance, I’ve concocted two Top Five wish lists: One that can actually be executed, and one that has zero chance in hell of happening.
Top Five Full-Album Wish List That Will Never Come True
The Beatles, The White Album
Jimi Hendrix, Electric Ladyland
Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin
Charles Mingus, Mingus Ah Um
The Doors, The Doors
Top Five Full-Album Wish List That Could Come True (Given Enough Cash and Hype)
Pixies, Surfer Rosa
My Bloody Valentine, Loveless
Tom Waits, Rain Dogs
De La Soul, De La Soul is Dead
Three Mile Pilot, Chief Assassin to the Sinister
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