Monday, April 16, 2007

musical interlude with bullitz + bonus randomness

Some shows:
The Knife

• a few months back at Webster Hall. The visuals were really high-production and theatrical, mostly projections on scrims to make for the 3-D effect. There was also a sculptural/video component that was a verbatim rip-off of Tony Oursler.
• Music-wise it did not deviate from their recordings one iota. The whole thing had to have been lip-synched... in fact, I don't think they ever even bothered to move their mouths. Maybe their lips were paralyzed?
• There was, however, lots of bouncing around in monkey costumes. and they poked at a keyboard once in awhile.
• Throw them to the lions.

Datarock

• at Studio B in Brooklyn last month. Ah, an actual live act, nothing fancy, just a really good, energetic show that exceeded expectations.
• The red track suits and wraparound sunglasses were a little stale, but the band is from Norway, so they probably don't have regular access to TV or the internet.
• You might remember I posted about them a while back. Back when my blog was better, before "the waning."

Kooks

• we're going to see them at Irving Plaza in May! yay. I am having springs implanted in my foot-pads especial.
• click here for an acoustic version of "Ooh La" that was shot in the streets of Paris.


Some other stuffs:
Jazz Butcher

Remembering the Datarock show made me think of the best live shows I've ever seen, which reminded me of The Jazz Butcher, which was definitely in the top 3. Maybe it was even the best. I saw them ten thousand years ago in the Pleistocene Era in a college cafeteria in Winsor, Canada and then again in Ann Arbor. Take a little spin in the way-back machine for a video from the golden age of MTV.

John Cooper Clarke

If you watched the Sopranos this week you heard his poem/rant/song Evidently Chickentown during the closing credits. Here's an a capella version.

Dessert

You have to watch at least part of this before you watch this.
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43 Comments:

At 1:56 PM, Anonymous fb said...

howdy! need to check out the kooks. how did you like studio b? i saw that some of my bands were/are playing there but i missed. sad.

i like this best live show question. really tough to answer. As I think about it I realize that my experience of shows is often influenced by mood and mood-altering chemicals, friends, etc. you know? not to sound lame but it's sort of true i think.

shows that stand out:

spoon - small show at northsix and CMJ festival from like 1997

Guided by Voices at LoungeAx in chicago probably arond 1993-4

joanna newsome/smog double bill a year and a half ago maybe

ugh. there have to be more. my list is lame.

 
At 1:59 PM, Anonymous fb said...

loudest show: flaming lips - 1989
2nd loudest show: das damen - anyone remember them?

 
At 2:01 PM, Anonymous fb said...

most human trampling: jane's addiction aragon ballroom chicago 1991? i swear i walked ontop of people exiting.

 
At 2:37 PM, Blogger Corny said...

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At 2:49 PM, Anonymous fb said...

i would've loved to have seen the libertines.

 
At 2:54 PM, Blogger Corny said...

hi Sloths! I like your music post.

Best show: my first show when I was in Junior High, The Who at MSG in 78.

More recently and by far the best show I've ever seen was the Libertines at the Bowery Ballroom. It was a massive singalong, crazy energy and love flowing through.

 
At 2:56 PM, Blogger Corny said...

Of man, unbelievable, there was just a Libertines reunion with Pete Doherty a couple of weeks ago, it almost broke my heart to read about it. I got to post the video one of these days

 
At 2:57 PM, Blogger Corny said...

Sorry I just screwed up the order of comments by deleating and reposting my first comment, oops.

 
At 3:01 PM, Anonymous fb said...

god, i need to go see something good.

 
At 4:08 PM, Blogger Corny said...

These are showscoming up I'm hot for:
Jarvis Cocker, The Long Blonds maybe Hot Chip.

also I just saw that the Noisettes are playing here soon, FB do I remember you saying you liked them?

 
At 6:08 PM, Blogger Corny said...

I'm so bummed about this situation with all the Honey Bees disapearing. Our world is so fucked, music is all we have and maybe a little art on occation.
And beer.

 
At 8:09 PM, Blogger sloth said...

Beer. Yes, beer is good. Although beer requires honeybees, too... I guess it's time to start hoarding.

Hi, hi. I was at the shack all day with no innernets connexion. Currenly I am trying to make the Dumbest Possible Painting. Not kidding. The results so far are very, very dumb, but they could be even dumber. Reach for the stars is my motto.

FB, wish I could have seen that GBV show... also Spoon sounds awesome. Sorry to say "awesome" ... there has to be a better adjective.

My loudest show was probably the Red Hots in 1989. The Replacements opened for them; they couldn't finish a song.

 
At 8:46 PM, Anonymous sloths said...

The John Cooper Clarke poster is pretty great design. If you click on it you'll see a larger version.

 
At 8:50 PM, Anonymous knife monkey said...

our lips were sealed. by face paint. now we are mimes.

 
At 9:42 AM, Anonymous pd said...

Heart! Yes, I saw them in concert.
But the best concert was Prince, during the Purple Rain tour!!! Yup, dare me to be different.

 
At 11:04 AM, Blogger Corny said...

Dumbest Possible Painting sounds like a goal I can get behind. Coincidently, Medrie and I were discussing forming the Stupid Painting Club the other day. Every week there would be a contest to see who can do it worse. Catagories include:

Most Moronic Concept
Highest Technical Deficiency
Remarkably Ugly
Overall Stupid

You are welcome to join our club of two. You sound extremely ambitious.

 
At 12:21 PM, Anonymous krixfort said...

PD, I saw Heart too back when I was a youngster. First concert though was Styx. I loved it because it was the first event like that I was allowed to go to without a parent or guardian in tow.

Fave concert was a Bowie show. . .not that behemoth Glass Spider fiasco but the subsequent tour where he played greatest hits on a simple stage. Very nice. I may have shed a tear or two.

 
At 6:37 PM, Blogger alex said...

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At 8:58 PM, Anonymous dubz said...

my first concert was great white & tesla. double hair whammy.

 
At 9:13 PM, Anonymous dubz said...

my loudest show was fugazi at the VFW in savannah, circa 1990. then maybe polvo or the melvins... at masquerade in atlanta or whatever that place was in athens, ga... the 40 watt!

if this conversation ended long ago, sorry...

 
At 10:26 AM, Anonymous fb said...

dubz, i loved polvo. that is funny that you mentioned them. i never saw the melvins OR fugazi somehow.

 
At 10:21 PM, Blogger Corny said...

some off those 80's hardcore bands made my ears bleed. The Dead Kennedys, Circle Jerks, Flipper... loud loud loud. I'm really revealing my age here.

Softest show: Joni Mitchell.

Lamest show: Patty Smith at the bowery Ballroom aa few years ago, BORING and retarded. Someone needs to tell her to stop, back away from the mike...

Kookiest Show: Nina Hagen. She ages but the wardrobe stays the same

 
At 11:24 AM, Anonymous fb said...

ever since i read "please kill me" i cannot take patti smith anymore. she needs to go back into hiding in ohio or have her head permanently covered with burlap.

i am sad I never saw the butthole surfers in the 80's.

 
At 11:33 AM, Anonymous krixfort said...

I saw them (butthole surfers) in the 90s after they were pretty much done.

It was a mega show at red rocks and I was really too stoned to enjoy it. Plus like I said, the energy was kind of gone. And red rocks? whatever. They opened for Stone temple Pilots. I'm not sure who convinced me to attend this but I wish I could find them and make them take it back.

 
At 11:57 AM, Blogger fairy butler said...

yeah, when the BS open for stone temple pilots it's pretty much over. things got weird after nirvana with all those bands and stuff. i remember this.

 
At 4:34 PM, Blogger Corny said...

I love that book Fb!
I saw the butthole surfers back in the day. There was a naked girl on a trampeline bouncing behind the drummer thru the set.

 
At 4:37 PM, Blogger Corny said...

those were dark days for rock, but not in jolly old london, I'll never forget hearing my first blur album in whatever it was, 94? That gave me hope. Were you ever into The Breeders. I guess I liked them cause there was nothing else to like, dark days.

 
At 11:34 PM, Anonymous shriv husk of sloth said...

jesus lizard?

 
At 11:37 PM, Anonymous husk said...

pj harvey? sorry if i'm being stupid.

 
At 10:27 AM, Blogger fairy butler said...

corny, i wanted to see the naked girl (can't remember her name) with the buttholes. they probably weren't that great live, i dunno, but it just seems like something one should see.

there were plenty of things in the dark days if one avoided the lame-o seattle spinoff bands of which there were so many. it's funny you mention blur cause my ipod died and i had to use the shuffle for work. I was loading it up fresh yesterday morning and almost put that blur record on it.

 
At 12:27 PM, Blogger Corny said...

I don't know if they were good or not, I saw them play before I heard their albums so I had no idea what I was listening to. If you have any interest in Blur I cant recomend Grahm Coxons last two solo albums highly enough.

 
At 12:28 PM, Blogger Corny said...

whachoo been listening to of late?

 
At 1:23 PM, Anonymous sloths said...

recent cd purchases:

the eternals
the trucks
klaxons

i am getting out of here early maybs! this is good. I will be poorer but well-rested.

 
At 4:06 PM, Blogger fairy butler said...

as of late:

new amon tobin - foley room
the ponys new one - it's okay, not super
new bright eyes - cassadanga or something like that. it's growing on me. i'm a sucker for stuff like this.

arcade fire, yadda yadda

i feel like i'm forgetting something. been meaning to do a new musix post but haven't got around to it.

i'm curious to hear the veils and the new starlite mints record.

 
At 4:50 PM, Blogger fairy butler said...

New LCD Soundsystem, that's what I was forgetting. It has cheesy moments but i like.

 
At 1:11 AM, Anonymous schloth said...

HOUSE OF YES fb, I have been listening to the ARcade fire too, also broken social scene and okay, wolfmother & tokyo poice club, and i am a latecomer to yeah yeah yeahs, but have been eating it up like a hungry guppie. i'll check out your subjestions. I am starving for stimulation here.

 
At 1:13 AM, Anonymous sloths said...

p.s. jest had dinner/drinx with a friend I haven't seen in 11 years, and it was a time-warp trippy experience.

the day I have had. boss literally went into a diabetic coma while explaining a job to me, I blamed myself for not comprehending his cough-syrup logic... don't know where to start with this one.

 
At 1:04 PM, Blogger fairy butler said...

sloth, is the coma for real? that is really really scary. did this person know he/she had diabetes? not good.
not good at all. is everything okay now?

 
At 1:59 PM, Anonymous sloths said...

yes, everythink okay... it was more like shock I guess? It was weird, like watching a record player slow down and then stop. he is not here today, understandably.

 
At 3:59 PM, Blogger fairy butler said...

i have a couple of friends who got type 1 diabetes sort of out of the blue and ended up in the hospital. it was really scary. actually i know 3 people?! glad this person is doing ok now.

 
At 2:53 PM, Anonymous krixfort said...

hi slotherella! nice to run into youse on the streets. not that you live on the streets because you live in log.

see you at the new pain arena.

hearts,
krixfort

 
At 10:15 PM, Blogger sloth said...

Krixy, I am so excited about the new arena of pain! I went there tonight for the first time, and compared with my former arena, this one's superdeluxe. We should jump into the cauldron together sometime... although it would be so much betta if they served cocktails.

 

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