Friday, June 08, 2007
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A 3am recap of my annotated (I didn't make it out until 11pm) night one of Music Waste...

Secret Mommy @ the Royal Unicorn:
I expected this to suck live (yet went to see it anyways... I don't know what that says about me). I like Plays, but I thought it would just be Andy Dixon fiddling with a laptop and jumping up and down a bit. If I had paid more attention to the Music Waste Guide, I probably would have realized that it was billed as "Secret Mommy Quintet." True to the name, Andy was joined by four of the other musicians that helped him out on his latest record (I only recognized Sarah from the Doers and Greg from the Red Light Sting/Winning). So, instead of Andy fiddling with a laptop and jumping around a bit, it was Andy fiddling with a pair of laptops and jumping around a bit, while also playing a kick drum and keyboard, and getting a little help from his friends on a variety of instruments and vocals, which he then sampled and looped live. It was even better than that monstrosity of a sentence.

Sex Negatives @ the Balmoral:
Improv noise is not my usual thing. I'm not sure if that makes me an easier or harder judge, but I quite enjoyed the 15 or so minutes I saw of this before I split for the Unicorn. Having a drummer and percussionist was what really sold me, especially when the former went into a rhythmic freak out that sounded like a building demolition (in a good way).

Huge Manatease @ the Lamplighter:
My friend Luke loves these guys. I sort of felt like I was the only one there who wasn't in on the in-joke. Some parts were pretty funny, but some parts were really boring. All the people who seemed to know the people in the band were enjoying themselves immensely though.

now playing: Les Savy Fav - One to Three

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5 Comments:

i am really supremely bummed i couldn't come over for secret mommy. who knows when he'll play again!

By Blogger Lauren, at 7:59 a.m.  

well looks like Wolf Parade won't be moved to Commodore since Spoon is playing there also on Sep 7.

By Blogger Pinder, at 3:18 p.m.  

are wolf parade playing victoria too?

i miss spoon by one day. fucking school.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:59 p.m.  

Oh Pinder...

had I read your post three minutes earlier, I wouldn't have bought 5 tickets for Wolf Parade.

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Animal Collective comes to Commodore Sept 15 (doesn't conflict with Spoon or Wolf Parade)

By Anonymous scottclayton, at 10:22 p.m.  

accompanying Andy Dixon, in addition to the folks you mentioned, were Merida Andersen on accordion (his girlfriend) and Shane Krause (of They Shoot Horses, Heartwarmongering, etc.) on sax and clarinet. Rad show, huh? Seeing Andy smack that kick drum while playing guitar and twiddling knobs at the same time made my evening. They rock like a punk band. Or, a sort of punk-ass high school band/conceptual rave team.

By Blogger Saelan, at 2:08 a.m.  

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