Monday, November 26, 2007
we multiply



I quite like Lovvers, AIDS Wolf's most well known release, but I honestly wasn't expecting the band to be all that great live. I figured they'd be good, and definitely worth seeing (especially with Mutators and Shearing Pinx opening), but they were far, far better than that.



The Emergency Room was packed (if you were there on Halloween, it was almost like that), and the band came ready to throw down. If you've seen any promo photos of the foursome, you'd expect that they're well aware of how to make a spectacle out of something, but there was more to things than just some style over substance. Aurally, the performance was sort of like being assaulted for an hour... if being assaulted were one of the more enjoyable things that could ever happen to you. I've always been drawn more to guitar sounds than anything else when it comes to instrumentation, but Yannick's drumming was something fierce. Again, I like the recordings, but no matter how much I crank up my turntable/ipod, the studio versions can't touch the live experience. The crowd, who were amped and unruly seemed to agree, and Chloe spent most of the set "singing" amongst them.



Before the show started, I interviewed Chloe for ChalkedUp so look for that (and some proper photos from the shoot in the first picture) in the next little while.



Mutators (like JPNDRDS, Bison, the Clips, and a few others) have been talked up so much here that I probably can't say anything positive about them that I haven't already said. If you're reading this from the West Coast of the US, check out their tour dates though. They're coming to a town near you (with Shearing Pinx). Don't miss them.



Leif was sans oscillator belt, but her, Justin, and Brody had contact mics running through a bunch of amps/effects fill in in the gyrating noise department.



I was hanging back during Shearing Pinx, and didn't want to shove my way to the front (because I never like to shove my way to anywhere), but even though I couldn't see them, I could hear them, and what I heard was ace. I haven't seen them in months, and the last time I was nursing a nasty headache. As much as I like them, they didn't really help my headache (neither did the decision to drink a double Jameson's), so needless to say, Saturday was a much more pleasurable experience.

As per usual, Steve has some nice photos up.

Shout out to Kristin for bringing AIDS Wolf to town.

Mutators, Shearing Pinx, and Twin Crystals are at 340 on December 20th.

The day after that, my friend Neil is spinning at the Astoria. We're having a joint birthday party. 1981 was a good year... or maybe bad, depending on whether you like either of us.

Twin Crystals open for Glass Candy at 1/2 Alive on the 14th.

DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist are at the Commodore on February 11th.

Ministry are at the Commodore on March 28th. (thanks DB)

The Devlin & Darko (Spank Rock) DJ set is off tomorrow.

Edit: this is just do ridiculous not to post. Keep in mind that this idiot makes more money in a year than most of us will see in a decade (maybe two decades), and you can stop wondering why the (major) music industry is going down the tubes.

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