I can't say specifically what my ideal set is, but I sincerely hope he plays "Just Wait Till Next Year" the next time I see him. I think it might be worth him considering mixing it up with some of his slower compositions to give himself a break (and then maybe we could watch him for a while longer before he is on the brink of self-combustion). I know there is much to be said for the 100% engaged, full throttle, violently physical approach, but I think "The Silent Chorus" is one of his greatest moments and I would love to see that live.
Also on the topic of youtube videos, I got talking to my new friend from Turkey (He found me on twitter via one of my Maus pictures: I don't know if he's on here or not) about shows. He linked me to a clip of this John Maus gig he attended in Istanbul in 2011. He remarked on how intimate the show was and said he was hoping for John to return to a dive bar on some cold winter night in the future to relive the experience.
This is the video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tux4t_sYgk
. You can see a couple of guys actually launching themselves onto John's shoulders, piggybacking, slinging their arms around him and singing with him. One of the most incredible things I've ever witnessed. John doesn't seem to miss a beat and just carries on. I read earlier about a show in England where he just kept on playing when a small portion of the ceiling collapsed onto the makeshift stage. I must say, I think John Maus has a lot more punk rock spirit than a lot of these self-proclaimed 'punk' artists of today who just brand themselves with some fashionably sneery Identikit attitude. Punk to me is all about community and being 'real,' whatever that is. John's transparency and raw energy in the live situation definitely speaks volumes to me.