Posted by admin on Thursday, July 16, 2009 |

The drummer from Minsk is my new hero.  He is not to be fucked with.  They kicked ass live, dynamic tunes, sprawling and heavy.

Wolves in the Throne Room: Olympia represents.  All songs starting with these ambient, swirling, noise texture that washed over, then always the assault.  Intense. Here's a pic from the show taken by @daswans from http://twitpic.com/amken

Posted by admin on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 |

Caught Yak Ballz and Cage at Nectar. Bummed cause missed the two home town openers, Rudy & the Rhetoric and Sadistik, because they started right at nine on the dime. What's up with that?  Shows starting at 9PM? Guess it was cause it was all ages. What, kids can't stay up late?

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Yak Ballz was a good time.  How often do you get to shout "Yak Ballz!" with abandon in a club?  With a NYC accent? The beats were phat; the raps were tight.  Dag he's prolific, volumes of words emitted.  All his lyrics are posted.  He's all about the new media -- there's not a social media site he isn't on.

Lots of people seemed to be into Cage, knew the lyrics, sing along. Angry dirge rap, pretty slow beats, often around 80BPM, maybe 100, never more than 120.  He got pissed off when someone was taking a video and asked them to put it away -- "Fuck YouTube!"  Fired up, angry white man.

Posted by admin on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 |

Caught Hidden Number at Nectar as final act of a comedy show called Magical Heroine and Secrets of the Blue Moon which had some pretty off the hook comedians -- Dan Dan MacinTire going off on Back to the Future, Mauricio on Mexico, Jake Merriman on the Cheesecake Factory. 

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Then Hidden Number took the stage in lab coats, with guitars, Korgs and a theremin. There is no simple verse-chrorus-bridge to their stuff:  every song was intricate and bounced between genres as it wound its way to its eventual conclusion.   Composed pastiche that rocked. Super smart. Loved it. Ending with an over-the-top cover of 'Don't Come Around Here No More'. 

Posted by admin on Saturday, June 13, 2009 |

Trip Audrey unplugged at The Josephine. First a guest appearance by BH going back to some old stuff from Pilar like 'mrs jones' and 'to the lake' from Noisy Midas.  Then they played a song about Dick Cheney working in the mines, in harmony. Last, they played some songs in Russian that were adaptations/interpretations of Pushkin poems.

Next, Psoy, rockin the Casio with Russian/Yiddish folk songs. He sang a great song about pizza backed by Trip Audrey's drummer.

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Posted by admin on Thursday, June 11, 2009 |

The John's Guerrilla from Japan were rad:

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Lead singer in foppish Hendrix-like digs with scarf and bell bottoms. And did it up, put on a show.  Howlin and flailin about. Making restraint in rock'n'roll look as sad as it is.   Last song was this epic number with about 12 different parts that was high theater.  Big Marshall's filled up the club. This weird refraction of rock that rocked. They are from Shibuya in Tokyo on their US tour. Dug it.

Then, The Wildcat Choir, just guitar and bass drums, cool stuff. Some rockin tunes.  Their MySpace page has tracks from their rehearsals, sounds good.  Like this flyer too:

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