A small but appreciative group of fans showed up on Thursday night to see the great Lisa Germano perform a nice, long set which was well-balanced between classic tunes and her new album, In a Maybe World. She opened on guitar with Geek the Girl's "My Secret Reason" and Happiness' "The Earth", then switched to her Korg keyboard for most of the rest of the set.
I'd never seen Germano perform before despite being a fan for longer than I can remember (I don't believe she's played a solo show in the DC metro area any time in the last six years, although she has appeared with Neil Finn and the Eels). With an artist like Germano, who doesn't have any hits, per se, you really don't know what to expect with the set list. Of course I knew she'd play a good number of tunes from In a Maybe World, but beyond that it was a mystery. I went in with low expectations, hoping to hear a few of my favorites.
Fortunately it seems my favorites from her catalogue also seem to be hers. "Wood Floors", from the peerless Slide, sounded just about perfect, a beloved warm blanket. She went to on play lots of songs from Slide, including "When I Think of Love" and "Reptile", as well as my favorite song from Exceprts from a Love Circus, "Small Heads". She seemed very much at ease playing piano, once commenting that she didn't like to stop between songs, preferring to lose herself in the music. A friend who didn't know her music called it very "sensual", an apt description; to me it was just Lisa Germano. The new material sounded better and more immediate live, especially the soaring "Into Oblivion".
I met her afterwards; she sold merch from the stage, including a cool rarities disc with a handmade cover, Rare Unusual or Just Bad Stories (which you can also order off her web site). She was kind enough to let me have the set list and sign it. Please go see her play; she'll be in Europe through November and back for another US leg in December.
Also see a nice interview with Germano in Wears the Trousers magazine.
MP3: Lisa Germano - Too Much Space