DOWN AT THE ROCKandROLL CLUB....
The Ex back in the day kicking
it to the old-school
The Ex, Aloha,
DJ Rupture - Knitting Factory Main Space $12
OK, I know this one's kind
of obvious, but you'd be hard-pressed to find many other bands from
the punk spectrum that are still making challenging culturally relevant
music over a quarter-century into the game. This Dutch politically
conscious art collective/band have never stopped expanding their
experimenting way beyond the usual realms - incorporating an infinity
of regional musics and genres into their highly distinct and energetic
sound. A strong argument against cynicism towards aging rockers,
role-models for anyone thinking of the possibilities of a different
way of approaching countercultural music and lifestyles in the long-term,
and an exception to most every rule. I wanna be just like The
Ex when I grow up.
The recently reformed Ohio
post-rock band Aloha,
while a couple of decades younger than The Ex, is also aging well.
Their latest, Some Echoes, though abandoning the trademark
vibraphone, is their trippiest and, hence, the first one I've been
Finally, if you're into
turntablism, Barcelona's DJ
Rupture is worth the trip to Tribecca all by himself.
Like The Ex, his reach exceeds all boundaries and his experimentation
is rarely at the expense of the groove.
I also highly recommend
the sparse and sexy funky instrumentals of Moisturizer
at Black Betty, the wild and rickety train ride named Langhorne
Slim at Northsix, and Todd
P's The 8 Guys, 8 ' Bands', 15 Minute Sets, 2 Hours Tops , $5 Show
at Rocky's. Finally, don't forget that, after your show, New
York Night Train's free weekly hoodang at Motor City
continues with The
Butthole Surfers' DJ Gibby
Haynes and myself spinning strictly psych... We rock