Wednesday was the difference between “think” and “know” for me. On Tuesday I thought Idiot Glee was great — his show Wednesday proved it to be fact. Believe it or not, that was my first time seeing James play live as Idiot Glee. He seems to be playing every two weeks in Lexington, but I’m just always in the wrong place at the wrong time. But after catching that show, it’s apparent that I’m going to have to start making time for Idiot Glee. We all are.
Let me tell you what really convinced me, though. It wasn’t “All Packed Up” or his cover of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine.” Those local hits are great, but not what did it. The first was “Trouble at the Dancehall,” a new track whose sampled riff he described as sounding like a “snake charmer.” Of all his great songs, that one might be my favorite. The next was a track I’d never heard before that was one of the best of the night. Making that great of an impression with an unheard track is a really great sign. No wonder he made such waves opening for Women in Europe.
To close, James was joined by Women to play “Don’t Drink the Water.” It was great to get a preview of what he’ll sound like with a full band at our Halloween party — except, you know, playing Fleewood Mac covers…
More photos and video after the break
Idiot Glee + Women: “Don’t Drink the Water”