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April 14, 2006
Stu Spasm of Lubricated Goat... and friends
Tonight there is too much going on to limit it to just one show.
So here's a quick roundup of the top eight from top to bottom:
Gris; Vietbong, Tomorrow's Friend, The Jewish– Cake Shop $7:
OK, if you read this rag, you know that these are some of our favorites.
Gris Gris plays unparalleled unpretentious psychedelia and must
be witnessed live to be understood. Vietbong is the members of Vietnam
doing something a little different... or not. Tomorrow's Friend
just came out of retirement. And the Jewish tickle the funnybones
of the earlybirds. Since Gris Gris is getting more and more notorious,
get there early 'cause this thing is going to be packed out.
X - Brecht Forum:
played with everyone in avant jazz since the late-1960s. He gave
the most intense, interesting, and well-conceived solo performance
I've ever seen outside of string players (who have the advantage
of accompanying themselves with an arsenal of rhythmic and harmonic
tools) - all by himself in the corner of a Texas record store laying
down sonic wall paper, building golems, and making 'em wrestle.
Here he's joined by the superb rhythm section of bassist Dominic
Duval and drummer Jay Rosen in their acclaimed project Trio X.
Goat , The Stabs , Scout's Honor , Down in the Dumps - Knitting
Factory Tap Bar $8:
Stu Spasm's got to be equally one of the most talented, important,
and under-appreciated figures in the history of indie rock. The
Goat's Plays the Devils Music LP was as influential as
any on the underground sounds of the late-1980s and early 1990s
- and is absolutely required listening for all of you that overlooked
it. Stu is still a charismatic, funny, and daring live performer,
a weird guitarist, a top-notch lyricist, and an all-around artful
conceptualist - in the most perverse of ways. The Stab's also from
Australia and approach their rock from a muscular dissonant angle
Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, King Wilkie - Town Hall $33-$38:
Clawhammer banjo specialist Ralph Stanley's gotta be pushing
80. He's been recording and performing with the Stanley Brothers,
the Clinch Mountain Boys, and alone since somewhere in the 1940s.
Not only is he undisputedly one of the greatest bluegrass musicians
ever, but one of the last members of his generation that's still
going. A national treasure - catch 'em while ya can.
things, Knife Skills, Child Abuse – Union pool $8:
of bands I recommend often. n0things, Knife Skills, and Child
Abuse are all three boundary-pushing trios on the heavier
and more experimental end of rock - and some of the better bands
going. Look around this site to learn more.
Dream Day, Antietam, The Red Eyed Legends - Mercury Lounge $14:
I had no idea
Eleventh Dream Day was still going, but this band used to really
spin a mesmerizing Television-style dual guitar web about fifteen
years ago. Antietam was also around back then. I don't think they've
ever broken up or ceased to be cool the entire time.
Caustic Christ, Gorilla Angreb, Mouth Sewn Shut - Knitting Factory
Main Space 6PM $10:
With these type
of things it's difficult to be clear about how many original members
and which ones, etc., but this is indeed the UK one (not the Canadians)
responsible for The Day the Country Died and other classics.
It's cheap and early if you want to take a chance.
Crust, Gods of Fire – Knitting Factory Main Space $10:
Such a gimmick
- but a great one - the first and only time I saw this powdered
wig-wearing enlightenment-era aristocratic bunch - about a decade
ago - they had velvet-roped off the area in front of the stage and
put a bunch of classy antique chairs inside - designating the "posh
pit." Furthermore their AC/DC style of rock lacked no shortage
of wit and they played a song called "Let Them Eat Rock."
Really, eight isn't enough. Among other things, I also
recommend the crazy Iko Mori project that takes up five lines below
at The Stone, +/- at Northsix, jazzhanz at ISSUE Project Room, Oakley
Hall and Miguel Mendez at Brooklyn Lyceum, The Roulette Sisters
and Beat Circus at Barbes. Oh yeah, you'll find me at The Glass
+/-, Say Hi To Your Mom, Hymns - Northsix 18 $10
Crimson Sweet, Dark Skies, Twilight,
ICU – Glass House:
Doveman, Oren Bloedow Easter Spectacular, Spielerfrau - Tonic $10
Flat Broke, Danger to the System, Dead on Friday, The Pushrods –
Tommy’s Tavern $7
Franz Josef Haydn - The Seven Last Words of Christ/Transfiguration:
Song-a Dell'aquila-Cho (1st violin) Naho Tsutsui (2nd violin) Stephanie
Griffin, (viola) Joanne Lin (cello) plus Guests - The Stone 10pm
The Giraffes, Midnight Show - Rothko $10
jazzhandzz with david grubbs – ISSUE Project Room $10
Oakley Hall, Miguel Mendez, The Redcoats Are Coming, Diane Cluck
- Brooklyn Lyceum $10
Paradox Trio – Tonic MIDNIGHT $5
THE ROULETTE SISTERS, THE BEAT CIRCUS, GONDWANALAND – Barbes
S A T O R
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R O T A S - Ikue Mori (electronics) Jessika Kenney (voice) Shelley
Burgon (harp, laptop) Trevor Dunn (bass) Miguel Frasconi (glass
objects) Eyvind Kang (viola, violin) - The Stone 8pm $10
Souvineers Young American, Bunny Rabbits - Northsix $7
Talib Kweli, Wax Po All Stars, Kontrast - The Puck Building $15
to NYNT's Live Archive here.
New York Night Train , 2006