Roscoe Mitchell's Nonaah Sneak Preview, Tarmac Adam at The Royal Room May 28 2013
Random night at the Royal Room (which is what makes that place great: a rad venue where worthy folks can get a gig). First up, speaking of worthy, the most worthy record label Tables & Chairs was previewing an upcoming event at Benaroya Hall on June 17th honoring the monster saxophone player and composer, Roscoe Mitchell. They did some exposition on Mitchell, showed some YouTube videos and then performed some Mitchell compositions, which were avant-garde-o-riffic. A quartet of saxophones bleating and honking in composite unison, flowing from agitation to serenity and back. Pretty amazing to get to hear it. Check out the Nonaah website for more on the upcoming event and Roscoe Mitchell.
Then Tarmac Adam, Australian band on a promo tour for a new record after a 10 year hiatus. The tunes had a mid-eighties vibe big time as does the video below. Consensus at the bar was that the singer invoked Richard Butler (Psychedelic Furs, Love Spit Love) which yr gonna get when you sing with an accent like that. He had presence. Some nice melodic moments, catchy pop tunes. A stripped down band; would be cool to see them with everyone, including ex Crowded House members. Check it: