Nov 13 - 19, 2006



November 13

Plastic People of the Universe, Gary Lucas & Gods & Monsters - Knitting Factory Main Space

Definitely my pick for the entire week. Plastic People of the Universe are of course the Prague 1968-ers who existed illegally and underground until disbanding in the mid-1980s and re-emerging during 1989’s Velvet Revolution. Some of the bandmembers and their followers were even notoriously imprisoned in the 1970s for their uncompromising radical art. While perhaps a bit smoother than its earlier incarnations, the Plastic People have aged well, still exploring while retaining many Zappa/Beefheart elements. And speaking of Beefheart, you can only wonder why Beefheart sideman Gary Lucas’s Gods and Monsters aren’t more famous. Not only is Lucas one of the most under-appreciated of contemporary guitar legends, but he now performs backed by a proto-punk supergroup featuring Television drummer Billy Ficca, Modern Lovers bassist Ernie Brooks, and his fellow Modern Lover, Talking Heads keyboardist Jerry Harrison. Lucas is never less than interesting and can be utterly electrifying. A bunch of folks that struggled to create many of the better things about our little world and continue to make exciting art. Give it up for ‘em.



...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - Virgin Megastore Union Square FREE
Beat the Devil – Knitting Factory Tap Bar
Bob Dylan, The Raconteurs - Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Double Cloud Golden Age, Darius Jones and Mike Pride, The Young Equestrians – Goodbye Blue Monday
Grand Mal, Ellie Everdell - Pete's Candy Store FREE
Joanna Newsom, PG Six - Webster Hall $20
Modest Mouse, Marcellus Hall - Nokia Theatre $31
O'Death, Brothers and Sisters, Bad Veins - Union Hall $8
People, Peter Evans Solo – Tonic $8
Phoebe Kreutz, Schwervon!, Toby Goodshank, Daouets – Cake Shop $5,
'Precious Metal': I Farm, Jena Berlin, Dear Tonight – Lit $6
Reverend Vince and His Love Choir – Black Betty FREE







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