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Recommendations for Friday, March 10, 2006
Mi and L'au
If I had to pick only one show tonight, I probably could but
I don't feel like it, because I can name at least half-a-dozen
that are first class - A#1 - top notch - all the way... baby....
and L'au, Samara Lubelski - Tonic 8pm $10
I missed Mi and L'au last time and wondered if I’d get
another chance because, unless it’s all crazy Michael
Gira authenticity-building media assault, they apparently
inhabit some cabin out in the middle of nowhere in Finland.
And while Gira recorded their record in Brooklyn, it does
feel a lot like a smoke escaping the tiny cabin’s chimney
and getting lost in the Fluff™-y winter landscape. And
did I mention that they look like forest creatures? Sumara
Lubelski is also soft but, whereas the Mi and L’au softness
comes from sparse nudity, her light psychedelic folk’s
mellow is a lush and intricately embroidered pillow stuffed
with layers of sonic feathers. Though she’s certainly
unsung for one with so many great accomplishments as an artist
and engineer, she won’t be for long if all of you that
think this sounds like your thing start lending her your ears.
BIG A little a, Big Bear, Parts & Labor – Tonic
The folks from the early show are in for a rude
awakening. Perhaps the best local bill of the night - and
of late - chock full'o'heavyness and chaos. If you stay and
watch Mi and L'au and Samara Lubelski and stay for this, and
know what everything is, and enjoy at least 2/3rds of the
entire night, you're my new aesthetic hero of modern life.
Dice, White Magic, WIZARDZZ - Secret (tickets
at Eat Records – Todd P)
Black Dice also always gets ink here as have Lightning Bolt’s
Brian Gibson’s WIZARDZZ - and they’re playing
a secret show (oooh – no one knows where it is unless
they get a ticket from one of New York’s finest - Eat
Records - such mystery...) with the mighty White Magic - who
I just discovered that I haven't written about (I assumed
I did - damn you Google site search). Black Dice just get
more and more out there and I’ve already said enough
to defend ‘em and will continue to do so. White Magic,
who I haven’t seen around for a while, are led by Quix*o*tic’s
Mira Billotte and are totally sophisticated, paced, and ethereal.
WiZARDZZ, on the other hand, I’ve never seen (have they
played here?), but so far sound like quite the opposite of
White Magic – a goofy cartoon of serious mass culture
Ladd - The Kitchen $8/$10
OK, so Mike Ladd got the recommendation here yesterday,
and I try not to recommend the same person every day - but
damn - how often do you get a chance to visit the legendary
Kitchen for some cool music? And how often do you get to see
Mr. Ladd these days?
Early Man, Priestess, The Sword - Northsix $10/$12
If you like the heavy stuff you already know this
is the place - but do you know that out of these three of
the best at their game, Austin's Sword cuts them all?
Hellacopters, The Datsuns, Nebula - Bowery Ballroom $16/$18
If the Early Man bill
is the new metal of the last couple of years, this was the
new metal almost a decade ago. But don't be a trend-monger
- don't fall for the discusting indie capitalist trends of
killing yr idols so you can purchase something a little cuter
and younger - stay out of the loop and get rocked - you'll
still get whatcha need here.
Boy Least Likely To - R & R $10
I think these guys get enough ink already from all
of the obvious sources, but should be worth checking out live.
Who's their publicist? And do you believe that the publicists
are now the most powerful force in the post-Pitchfork/Insound
indie world? What happened to word of mouth?
Islands, Men, Women and Children - Bowery Presents @ Webster
Damn it - I loved the Unicorns and am also partial
Five O'Clock Heroes - Mercury Lounge $10
I know I'd probably dig
Battle live. Why don't I ever try to go see 'em?
billy martin & cyro baptista – ISSUE Project Room
The Brian Wilson Shock Treatment – Tommy’s Tavern
Les Sans Culottes - Magnetic Field $6
Les Savy Fav - Warsaw $16.50
The Presets, Gregor Samsa, A Northern Chorus, The Bonapartes
- Cake Shop $5
Ran Blake/Charles Gayle Piano Solos - 8pm $10
to NYNT's Live Archive here.