Saw the Dilettantes a few days ago at Mezzanine in San Francisco. They were playing as part of the California Homegrown Series, a monthly free show for Bay Area bands. Birdmonster played last month, and The Cuts headlined this night.

The Dilettantes are Joel Gion’s band. If you saw Dig!, then you’ll know him as the tambourine-playing ball of energy from The Brian Jonestown Massacre. You’ll recall that towards the end of the movie he was, like everyone in BJM, sick of the strife and tension caused by Anton Newcombe and wanted to do more than just play the fucking tambourine.

He got his wish. Joel is now the lead singer for The Dilettantes… and he plays tambourine. Very well, I migt add.

They started off pretty slow, but picked up a lot of slack with their second half of the set. My online dicitionary says that a synonym for “dilettante” is “amateur.” That’s about right. They do have a couple really good tracks though, and will hopefully build on those and stop fucking around. It’s a liver, not an alcohol and drug locker, Joel.

How was the rest of the show? I don’t know. I was too busy playing Hangcat and getting a perfect score on “catheter” even when my opponent misspelled it. And that, my friends, is why I will always remember The Dilettantes.

There are songs for download from The Brian Jonestown Massacre site, but they’re in the “ogg” format. Whaaaaa? So here’s a Brian Jonestown Massacre song instead.

Brian Jonestown Massacre – Not if You Were the Last Dandy on Earth

A few photos: