Thanks to the I-can-instantly-have-it aspect of music nowadays, I've found myself getting increasingly annoyed when I go to see live music if there's an extended period between the opening act and the headliner. This, I must say, had never been a huge issue in my concertgoing experience in the years before I was grabbing music online. I can recall seeing the Fall in 1993 on their Infotainment Scan tour and waiting almost two hours for them after the Blues Explosion finished their set, because countless electronic gizmos, screens, computer terminals etc. that were part of the visual set had to be set up it seemed. Of course, there might have been a fight backstage for all I know causing the hold-up, but in retrospect I can see that scene as somewhat of a signifier of what the whole Infotainment concept was about: Mark E. Smith was ushering in the age of instant gratification via internet/technology, but making us all wait while he set up scads of it, which he didn't use anyway during the set. Genius. But again, that's just my take on it, or what I'd like to think anyway. But back to today, and what to do while waiting for a band: now that CB's is going away, you can't take a trip between sets to check and see the status of the bathroom fungal growth since last visit, and with the Ritz long gone you can't check out to see who's being beaten up by the bouncers. Needless to say, I'm very grateful for any kind of between-set entertainment. It was fun checking out the live DJ's outdoors at McCarren Pool shows this summer while concertgoers were invited to hit the Slip n' Slide (after signing a waiver), or pummeling each other in dodgeball in an exclusive, roped-off area. For your average indoor experience though, can't Clear Channel at least get Gallagher II or something between sets? He's cheap. Anyway, nostalgia floods back with the re-release of Sebadoh's 1991 record III this past month, as its bonus disc features an track culled from an extended tape the band used to play over the PA at shows to "pump up" the audience that I think turned up on a promo single somewhere years ago. Here's an MP3 excerpt of this 10 minute piece with Lou Barlow monotonously misprounouncing his band's name while reading hooky accolades (thanks Domino Records) for the sake of "entertainment." And while we're steeped in 90's indie nostalgia, there's the "KROQ DJ" taking the stage prior to Pavement (MP3), which you can see on their Slow Century DVD. Though it was probably Neil Young who had the best between-set entertainment. On this bizarre excerpt (MP3) of a pre-set ramble from a local Seattle DJ cast as MC of a 1980's date of Neil's Shocking Pinks tour, you can feel the Canadian humor of a non-present Young in full effect: after a Rin Tin Tin film shown to the crowd, and the weather is given, the DJ speculates on what Neil might play, points to a camera shot of his dressing room, interviews roadies, interviews the guy who did the photos for the Harvest LP, "fans" are brought up to gush, and at one point Ann and Nancy Wilson of are plucked out of the crowd to plug the new Heart album.