Cat Power - Hollywood Palladium - 11/8/12
11:03 PM: Is that a joint she's lighting on stage? No, Cat Power has just lit a stick of incense and stuck it under her arm, her fingers playing gently with the smoke as she sings "King Rides By." This song she's recorded twice with two very different arrangements. One can't help but wonder how many versions of her songs she has in her head. When she goes on the road she plays all of her could-have-been versions of her hit songs. "I Don't Blame You" tonight is played as a blues ballad. Even though I've heard that tune hundreds of times, it's not until the chorus that it was recognizable. Only the new songs off her latest album, Sun, are kept intact.
11:44 PM: A young teenage girl in a pink confection of a dress has bounded on stage to sing "Nothin' But Time" with Cat Power. I suspect it's her ex-boyfriend Giovanni Ribisi's daughter, for whom she wrote the song.
Ian Witlen Cat Power (From an earlier show in Miami)
11:53 PM: The sedated crowd is shaken awake by the thunderous "Peace and Love." All of a sudden she has transformed into a rock star. Hips are swiveling, girls are hoisted by their dates, and electric guitars are out in full force. This is the biggest song of the night. "I thank y'all for being here. I fucking thank y'all for being here. I care about all of you," she says, before launching into her single "Ruins." Grabbing a bouquet of white roses, she distributed them amongst the crowd while continuing to sing. It's clear that despite whatever is going on internally, she's happy to be back on stage winning the hearts of a crowd.
Personal Bias: I'm willing to cut anyone slack if they're having a rough year.
The Crowd: Very excited that cooler weather has arrived in Los Angeles -- tall boots, scarves, and jackets everywhere.
Random Notebook Dump: I have never understood the VIP balcony at the Palladium. Why on earth would you want to be so far from the dance floor?
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