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Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #2100 on: October 23, 2019, 07:39:21 PM »
I was too quick to pass judgement in my last post because it was really fucking good fun. The crowd went absolutely bonkers, they played for like an hour and half - including the classic bit where they do like 9 short songs in 2 minutes - Yasuko kept talking about how much they love the UK and always enjoy being here, and they closed with a cover of “Neat Neat Neat”!

I fucking love them, man. They’re a technicolour cartoon explosion. Full band or not, their show is a total blast.

Going to see them tonight! Only got into them last couple of weeks then suddenly found out they were in Leeds.
Been years since I went to a gig.

Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #2101 on: October 23, 2019, 08:40:03 PM »
Saw Sunn O))) the other day. They were very very loud, as expected. The hypnotic effect of hearing this arse-rupturing guitar BUZZ and seeing only the occasional looming shape through the coloured smoke shrouding the stage was impressive, but spoiled somewhat by their going on for two hours and everyone starting to want to have a sit down, especially as there's not an awful lot of variety in there. Nice trombone solo.
The support was, much to the bemusement of all the black t-shirted beardy chaps in the crowd, a 60-year-old Swedish conceptual artist named Carl Michael von Hausswolf. I've seen an exhibition about his project Elgaland-Vargaland, where he and a collaborator have basically set up their own micronation (claiming as their territory all the world's non-physical spaces or somesuch) and just kept it going for 25 years or so. Now it turns out he wears a hat and does fairly interesting electronic drones too.
Overall enjoyment slightly lessened by losing my cloakroom ticket and having to wait until right at the end to get my jacket, thus missing the last metro before the night timetable.

Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #2102 on: October 24, 2019, 10:57:37 AM »
Saw CM von Hausswolf at a Touch Records thing years ago. Considering it was just drones it was amazingly action packed, with sounds bouncing off the walls so you felt like you were surrounded. The slightest move of your head changed everything. Was brilliant. I have the Elgaland-Vargaland National Anthem CD, which i-tunes thinks is The Best of Van Morrison when I put it in my laptop.

Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #2103 on: October 24, 2019, 11:25:28 AM »
Looking forward to seeing Imperial Wax - basically the final and longest-serving Fall line-up, minus MES of course - tomorrow night.

boki

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Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #2104 on: October 24, 2019, 03:47:07 PM »
Conjurer at Rock Citeh tonight, lads!  I'm going to bang my head.

Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #2105 on: October 24, 2019, 03:52:09 PM »
Conjurer at Rock Citeh tonight, lads!  I'm going to bang my head.

Why? Are the ceilings really low?

etc etc

boki

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Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #2106 on: October 24, 2019, 04:13:27 PM »
No, but I'll be walking into a bar.

alan nagsworth

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Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #2107 on: October 24, 2019, 05:07:36 PM »
The support was, much to the bemusement of all the black t-shirted beardy chaps in the crowd, a 60-year-old Swedish conceptual artist named Carl Michael von Hausswolf.

Very interesting that Sunn O))) are playing with Carl Michael von Hausswolf for part of their tour, and his daughter Anna von Hausswolf for another part.

Conjurer at Rock Citeh tonight, lads!  I'm going to bang my head.

Let us know how it was! I've got them next week, as part of a three-night run succeeded by Snapped Ankles and then Daughters. Gonna be a fucking intense few nights that is. Some might even say TERRIFYING (because it's Halloween). Not me though because I'm hard.



FAO: Neville Chamberlain (and anyone else who cares): Copped black midi at Fabric last night, and am pleased to report back with the news that is was very good indeed. I'd not known until last night that they'd be playing every song pretty much seamlessly with no gaps in between, so that was quite exhilarating! The sound was a bit guff in places and it wasn't quite as impressive as the KEXP set I'd seen online which made me really swoon for them, but it was still ace.

It's great to see such a young band belting out a tight and refined sound to a crowd both young and old (by my estimation between 20 and 50 years old at least) who are thoroughly lapping up every bit, even if they are a bit derivative (my mate said it was a dead ringer for how Polvo's live shows used to sound). I don't really give a fuck though, if it leads on to ver kidz discovering stuff like Wire and Slint then I won't be complaining.

Anyway highlight of the gig for me was the stage security: one bloke, who made absolutely no attempt to try and curtail the crowd-surfing as security normally would, because he was stood behind the drummer, transfixed with him and grinning from under his bucket hat for the whole set. The gig world needs more security like that guy.

Lordofthefiles

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Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #2108 on: October 27, 2019, 02:50:00 PM »
Du Blonde at The Cumberland Arms last night.

The room was tiny, she was great on stage and proper lovely mingling about in the crowd.
She autographed my missus’s Metro ticket thus creating the most Geordie piece of memorabilia ever.

king_tubby

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Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #2109 on: October 27, 2019, 07:42:34 PM »
Very interesting that Sunn O))) are playing with Carl Michael von Hausswolf for part of their tour, and his daughter Anna von Hausswolf for another part.

She was really good on Friday, some proper noise. Sunn O))) were fucking ace, but then I'd watch GA and SOMA shit in a bucket and laud it, so not much else to say. They blew the power after 20 minutes, and my mate said the same thing happened there with Behemoth, so maybe QMU need to spend some money on their electrics.

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Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #2110 on: October 31, 2019, 07:47:54 PM »
I was too quick to pass judgement in my last post because it was really fucking good fun. The crowd went absolutely bonkers, they played for like an hour and half - including the classic bit where they do like 9 short songs in 2 minutes - Yasuko kept talking about how much they love the UK and always enjoy being here, and they closed with a cover of “Neat Neat Neat”!

I fucking love them, man. They’re a technicolour cartoon explosion. Full band or not, their show is a total blast.

Seeing these guys (Melt-banana) in a bit tonight at the Portland Arms Cambridge so looking forward to it (although I did see them here 2 years ago so sort of know what to expect - it was a crazy blast and very fun. Same guy is doing the support slot this time too)

Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #2111 on: October 31, 2019, 11:21:51 PM »
Bah. My friend who was taking us to Melt Banana on Saturday has an emergency so we can't go. I'm fucking skint so it's almost a relief but even so...

I came here to ask how People Like Us and Negativland were?

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Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #2112 on: November 01, 2019, 09:27:18 AM »
The blurb on the OTO site sums it up pretty well:

Quote
Negativland's new album is TRUE FALSE, and their new live show is NO BRAIN. Teaming up with hands-on video artist Sue C., the legendary sound collage groups new performance project is about our nervous systems, our realities, and the evolving forms of media and technology that inevitably insert themselves between them. Original music, found sounds, unique visuals, Boopers, and a few surprises....NO BRAIN will all make sense eventually.

Lots of throbbing 808/606 with live Booper and Kaospad tweakage accompanied by cut-ups about iPhones etc. They squeezed a loose version of Christianity Is Stupid in there, too. The venue was pretty airless and I had to find a place to sit (in case I whited out), so wasn't as engaged as I could have been, so hopefully one of the others can give you more detail.

I was fully conscious for People Like Us' and it was my main takeaway from the evening; excellent stuff. Essentially a presentation of an audio/visual collage entitled The Horror!!! which "selects from the more scary (and funny) segments of Vicki’s work, newest and old." It was all new to me as I'm only familiar with her audio work from years back. And her set opened brilliantly with "The Sound Of The End Of Music" (2010) which mashes up footage and music from The Sound Of Music & Apocalypse Now; check it out on Ubuweb:

http://www.ubu.com/film/plu_sound.html

I have much catching up to do.

alan nagsworth

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Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #2113 on: November 01, 2019, 09:39:37 AM »
The ever-uncompromising Daughters were once again a force to be reckoned with at Islington Assembly Hall last night. Excellent acoustics in that venue which they — and the support from noise rock veterans Jerome’s Dream — filled out brilliantly.

Frontman Alexis Marshall seemed in somewhat higher spirits than when I saw them in April, by which I mean he actually spoke last night to give thanks to the crowd, and at a few points during the performance he broke from his demonic, maniacal rage to exhibit a grin that was ... well, demonic and maniacal. Somersaulted into the crowd a few times, vomited bile into his hand which he then dipped the microphone into, flogged his bare torso with his belt and twatted himself in the face and limbs with the mic numerous times. His getup and his mental swagger have the air of a young Nick Cave, complimented greatly by the macabre romanticism of some of their most recent material. Whoever says rock music isn’t dangerous any more needs to see this band.

They are my favourite noise rock act by a country mile and their performances are blistering and captivating. I fucking love them. I was worried that after seeing three gigs in three nights and following an exhaustive week at work I wasn’t gonna be in the mood at all but boy they drummed the energy outta me and then some.

“DON’T TELL ME HOW TO DO MY JOOBBBBBB!!!!”

Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #2114 on: November 01, 2019, 11:02:31 AM »
The blurb on the OTO site sums it up pretty well:

Lots of throbbing 808/606 with live Booper and Kaospad tweakage accompanied by cut-ups about iPhones etc. They squeezed a loose version of Christianity Is Stupid in there, too. The venue was pretty airless and I had to find a place to sit (in case I whited out), so wasn't as engaged as I could have been, so hopefully one of the others can give you more detail.

I was fully conscious for People Like Us' and it was my main takeaway from the evening; excellent stuff. Essentially a presentation of an audio/visual collage entitled The Horror!!! which "selects from the more scary (and funny) segments of Vicki’s work, newest and old." It was all new to me as I'm only familiar with her audio work from years back. And her set opened brilliantly with "The Sound Of The End Of Music" (2010) which mashes up footage and music from The Sound Of Music & Apocalypse Now; check it out on Ubuweb:

http://www.ubu.com/film/plu_sound.html

I have much catching up to do.

Oh you do. Thanks for that. I love that track too.

I'm sure I have a friend who has put OTO on his list of places with shit sound so glad that was okay.

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Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #2115 on: November 02, 2019, 03:15:42 PM »
Lots of throbbing 808/606 with live Booper and Kaospad tweakage accompanied by cut-ups about iPhones etc. They squeezed a loose version of Christianity Is Stupid in there, too. The venue was pretty airless and I had to find a place to sit (in case I whited out), so wasn't as engaged as I could have been, so hopefully one of the others can give you more detail.

Most of the samples they played are ones that also appear on their latest album True/False (though I read that many of them had been used in their live shows for years) and they were generally themed around the internet, social media and such. Some of the best come from this YouTube video of a right wing lady angrily ranting about Obama winning the 2012 election.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLoqti0lzAw

They also skyped/facetimed the Weatherman during the show so he could recite some non-sequiturs for them in real time.

Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #2116 on: November 02, 2019, 06:27:52 PM »
Enjoyed Melt Banana in Brighton last night. Speaking as a one time guitarist myself, Agata must have the world's highest tolerance for lactic acid build up. I would've lasted maybe 2 songs before giving up in pain.

Egyptian Feast

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Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #2117 on: November 13, 2019, 07:20:31 PM »
I'm still buzzing from The Raincoats' 40th anniversary gig in Hackney on Sunday. I've missed a few chances over the years to catch them live but it was worth the wait. It was the first time in a few years that my partner felt well enough to attend a gig with me and she loved every minute. Due to her mobility issues, we were taken out of the queue immediately and placed at the front, next to the band's extended family and friends. It was lovely to witness all the little reunions as we waited for the gig to begin - original member Vicky Aspinall was present (though declined to do guest vocals on 'Off Duty Trip'), as was a very cool looking woman sat next to my partner who turned out to be Lora Logic (as we found out when she came up to play sax on 'Black And White').

The Raincoats played their still incredible debut album in full over the first hour of the show and sounded fantastic throughout. The odd mistake and senior moment only added to the fun - the banter between Ana and Gina regarding their cultural differences was very amusing and endearing. The current drummer, the intriguingly-named Vice Cooler, acquitted himself admirably, while Anne Wood, the current violinist, was a total badass, absolutely dripping with energy.

For some reason, a bunch of hipsters and younger family members decided to go down the front and dance during 'No Looking'. One of the most incongruous moments I've witnessed at a gig - the band playing one of the most visceral, devastating break-up songs ever recorded while a bunch of grinning fools danced like they were playing 'Get Lucky' or something. Weird.

The band then took a break and the mysterious 'Special Guests' took the stage. When my partner heard there would be unknown guests, she hopefully wondered if her old 80s pop crush Green Gartside would make an appearance. Lo and behold, half of Scritti Politti (Green and Rhodri Marsden) took the stage and played a short set of hits - 'The Sweetest Girl', 'Wood Beez', 'The Word 'Girl'' and debut single 'Skank Bloc Bologna'. Still sounding superb and my missus was grinning from ear to ear.

When they came off-stage, she nipped to the backstage disabled loo, which had one of those locks that are ambiguous about the occupancy status, so she rapped on the door. Out came a sheepish-looking Green and they had a brief chat. When she thanked him for playing and said she'd been hoping to see him live for years, he looked a bit awkward and showed her his busted-up hand & the bump on his head to change the subject. He'd had a nasty fall on the way there, but still showed up and played like a dream. She told him to go to A&E sharpish and to vote Labour. He still hung around to the end of the show (but will be voting Labour).

Next up was a band I'd never heard of, Big Joanie, doing their first acoustic set. Apparently they're usually a bit more raucous, but they were excellent and I regret not picking their album up from the merch stall (staffed by Gina Birch's kids). One to add to the list.

Finally The Raincoats came back and played a short set of their later stuff - a couple of songs from Odyshape and a couple of 90s tracks I'd never heard before. The dancers came back for closing number 'Shouting Out Loud', another track that doesn't quite inspire one to dance like a hipster finally getting to hear 'Electric Feel' at an MGMT concert, but the band didn't seem to mind. We were escorted outside as soon as the show stopped, so didn't get to hang around for the band signing merch, but the show had overrun by an hour and it was a Sunday night, so we didn't mind that or the shitty return journey. We were still buzzing and unable to sleep for hours after getting home. One of the most inspiring gigs I've seen in years. What a band!

Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #2118 on: November 17, 2019, 02:57:35 PM »
nice write-up Egyptian. sounds great.

saw The Cosmic Dead last night in Bath. 25 watching at peak. probably one of the 5 best bands I've ever seen live, just relentlessly spraying hard and heavy psych like it was their last ever show. 20000 fb followers and just done a tour of reasonably sized venues in EU where I'm told they were heaving most nights. no cunt here cares. broken Britain.

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Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #2119 on: November 22, 2019, 06:39:23 PM »
Fat White Family on Weds night.

Was dragged along by mates, not really knowing much about them. It was great, with a refreshing lack of engagement with the audience, just pure continual intense music which reminded me a lot of the Bad Seeds, and The Idiot-era Iggy Pop. Have been enjoying the new album since - 'Feet' is colossal.


Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #2120 on: November 23, 2019, 01:33:04 PM »
Going to see ACR at the Subterania in a couple of weeks.
Didn't really know much about them when I saw them at Green Man earlier this year, but they were amazing live. Best thing on at the whole festival.
Fat Whites were also very good, still contemplating seeing them in a couple of weeks.
Final gig of the year for me (a year full of great ones) will be Shellac. Hope they don't let me down.

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Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #2121 on: November 23, 2019, 10:39:23 PM »
Just got out of seeing CAB hate figures Fat White Family at The Boilershop in Newcastle. Absolutely incredible. It’s hard to think of many current bands that suffer such a disparity between live and on record. I find their albums patchy at best (their latest one is pretty solid though) but tonight they were on another level. I haven’t enjoyed myself at a gig like that in a long long time. I’m not sure what other places are left on the tour but if you’re near by and have a free evening I urge you to catch them, even if you think their recorded output is rubbish. Nine bags of smack.

grassbath

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Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #2122 on: November 23, 2019, 11:52:39 PM »
^ Yeah, have to echo the fact that I'd have never been interested in properly checking out their recorded work if I hadn't seen them live.

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Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #2123 on: November 23, 2019, 11:57:42 PM »
^ Yeah, have to echo the fact that I'd have never been interested in properly checking out their recorded work if I hadn't seen them live.

Sorry, I only just realised you had essentially said the same thing two posts previously and should’ve acknowledged that. Glad you had a good time too, it seems from popular opinion this is the tour to catch them on.

Lordofthefiles

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Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #2124 on: November 24, 2019, 04:02:24 PM »
Just got out of seeing CAB hate figures Fat White Family at The Boilershop in Newcastle. Absolutely incredible. It’s hard to think of many current bands that suffer such a disparity between live and on record. I find their albums patchy at best (their latest one is pretty solid though) but tonight they were on another level. I haven’t enjoyed myself at a gig like that in a long long time. I’m not sure what other places are left on the tour but if you’re near by and have a free evening I urge you to catch them, even if you think their recorded output is rubbish. Nine bags of smack.

Seconded.

They sure can make a pounding ritualistic noise them lads.
I've just emerged from my post gig / post aftershow coma.

They really have to be seen live.

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Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #2125 on: November 24, 2019, 04:51:49 PM »
I'm really jealous of people having the opportunity to watch Shellac live. have fun lads

king_tubby

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Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #2126 on: December 12, 2019, 10:14:07 AM »
Hot Snakes last night at the Brudenell, concise punchy one hour set, all the classics, not much new stuff, big grins all round. And the short set meant we were able to catch the last half hour of Torche in the other room (what numpty scheduled this? Both gigs far from full, there would have been lots of crossover) which was fucking brutalising.

Shellac tomorrow then Boris next Wednesday and that's me done for 2019.

alan nagsworth

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Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #2127 on: December 12, 2019, 11:26:55 AM »
Yeah I’ve got Boris tomorrow and I’m extremely excited to be seeing Årabrot supporting as well.

The set times are dog shit, though: Svalbard are kicking things off at 5:20, then there’s Årabrot and Envy and finally Boris are on at 20:45. There’s absolutely no reason that, on a bloody Friday night, Oval Space (which is also a club venue) can’t stick Boris on at 9:30 till 11:00 so all the other bands have a later start.

Aye cheers cunts I’ll just head straight to the venue from work in my shirt and trousers without any dinner.

Svalbard fans with regular office hours jobs are gonna be quite disappointed, the place will be fuckin empty.

king_tubby

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Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #2128 on: December 12, 2019, 11:58:30 AM »
They're playing with Mono the next night aren't they? You should go to that too.

I also was excited to see Årabrot  down as support up here, told my missus (who demanded a Boris ticket thinking she'd be into it, but judging by her face during the heavier bits of Torche we saw last night, I dunno - she's already reconsidering) there'd be no nice pre-gig meal out which is the usual case when we're shelling out for a babysitter and we'd be down early for them.

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Re: Gig 'whores
« Reply #2129 on: December 12, 2019, 11:59:14 AM »
Gotta say though, love a half ten gig finish, back home in bed by 11 with ringing ears and a cup of herbal tea.