In 2010 I saw Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard play at the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur. It was an awesome show but I forgot my camera (AND my recorder) so remembering it always brings up a whole slew of mixed emotions. Well, on Wednesday night I got to see B-Gibb in the same amazing place and I can finally let go of some of that regret. It was a beautiful day, Earlimart opened and I was up front for Ben. In Big Sur.
And, most importantly, I DIDN'T FORGET MY CAMERA. In fact, I brought two. Just in case. (Photos)
Earlimart won me over before they finished their first song. Not sure how I've managed to go so long without ever hearing them, but I'm trying to make up for it. I picked up their newest record after the show, got it signed and played it a ton when I got home. Will definitely be looking into their other stuff soon.
Ben played a swoon-worthy set, touching on songs from different projects across the years, with Death Cab and the Postal Service well-represented. He also played a few from his upcoming solo record which made me even more impatient for October 16th. A list of highlights would probably turn out to be the entire setlist, but hearing everyone not sing, but softly murmur the words to Such Great Heights along with Ben under the redwoods was kind of fucking magical.
Even though I was carsick for the better part of three days, this show was worth the trip.
Also, I can't wait to see Ben four more times in November!