zoo_music_girl: (Metal!!! *ahem*)
Subject line ruthlessly nicked off [livejournal.com profile] naturalbornkaos. If you'd like to see a very silly music video which can be summed up thusly, go here and look up Mastodon in the Full Vote List. (And then vote for them!)

It features a prehistoric man thawed from ice by the power of metal, a scantily clad cavewoman and the Abominable Snowman, what more could you ask for from a music video?

It's best viewed full screen. If you really don't like metal you could fast forward to 2 mins in where the video really gets going.
zoo_music_girl: (boots)
Last night I went to the Water Rats for the first time in February, to see godlike genius Michael Gira doing one of his acoustic sets that have reduced me to jelly twice. Fortunately I've been to the Water Rats before so I had low expectations.

Now some of us are weak, and some endure )

Apologies to Craig for the cut text quote (from "Blind"). Couldn't resist. ;)
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This is rather special. Nick Cave (and a couple of Bad Seeds) doing Hey Joe with the guy who played the Sesame Street theme. Bear with it, it starts a bit oddly but it's a brilliant version.

Found on [livejournal.com profile] nixa_omfg

zoo_music_girl: (Bikers Jacket)
La Muerte.

A long time ago someone taped three of their records (Scorpio Rising, Every Soul by Sin Oppressed and Kustom Kar Kompetition) for me and I've been keeping an eye open for them ever since without any success. (I actually thought they were Spanish, turns out they're Belgian.) Getting hold of the actual vinyl/cds will still be a GEMM job, but I'm delighted to have found their myspace page and website, and it looks like a DVD is in the pipeline.

They're a bit like the Birthday Party, but even bluesier.

zoo_music_girl: (Bikers Jacket)
I liked Lords, they were a raucous, bluesy three piece who reminded me a bit of the deeply missed Penthouse/Fifty Tons of Black Terror. (They also seem to be sharing an EP with former Penthouse man Tim Cedar's new band Part Chimp.)

Shellac were great. They have a tendency to go a bit noodly, and sometimes the between songs Q&A and general banter could be cut just a little bit shorter, but the power, precision, and dark humour make it a great show. When they really get into their groove it's awesome. I can't remember everything they played but we definitely got "The Squirrel Song", "Prayer to God", "Watch Song" and "The End of Radio".

Apparently the new album is out on the 4th June.
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Tonight Simon and I went to The Coral Sea, a tribute to Robert Mapplethorpe by Patti Smith and Kevin Shields. Unfortunately I'm still feeling absolutely dreadful (although I did go back to work today) so we only saw the first half and missed the actual Coral Sea bit as I wasn't sure I could get through the second half without having to leave in the middle of something to pass out or throw up, which as I was in the second row would have been distracting for Patti and embarrassing for us.

The first half was excellent though. When she was just talking I kept thinking I was going to have to leave, but during the songs the music was so beautiful that I mostly forgot how ill I was feeling. It lasted about an hour and started off as Patti, Tony Shanahan (who I think was with her at Charleston) and Italian cellist Giovanni Solima, who was brilliant. It was the usual mix of great songs and political polemic in between, and she did her daffy thing again, talking about trying to find a square with a poet's house in it and getting distracted by the squirrels and eventually realising that the square she was looking for was on the other side of London.

She put it on a bit too though, I'm never sure how much of the daffiness is real (although I don't doubt she really did end up knee deep in a cow trough at Charleston) pretending to have forgotten the words to a song that she wanted us to sing along to, presumably to get a good second cut as they were recording. Later she was joined by Jason Pierce (of Spiritualized/Spacemen 3 fame), and for the last song of that set, by Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine).

We'd actually arrived at the Queen Elizabeth Hall just as she was finishing an (I assume, as it didn't seem to be advertised) impromptu solo acoustic set in the foyer and that was great too. She's a total legend. I suspect we've missed a great second half.

Review of Monday night's show from the Independent.

You can download new track "Qana" here.
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Last night we went to see The Sisters of Mercy. I use the word "see" loosely as there was a huge amount of dry ice and we only got occasional glimpses of the band. I used to be a huge Sisters fan. I have This Corrosion in three formats. I have umpteen bootlegs because my local record shop used to keep them by for me. I've even got an original copy of "The Damage Done". This was my third attempt to see the Sisters (there weren't a lot of opportunities for gigs living in North East Scotland as a teenager). I had a ticket for the infamous cancelled Birmingham gig in 96 or 97, and I was at the Astoria in 2000 (2001?) but got stuck right at the back and the guy I'd just met in the pub wouldn't shut up. (He was cute, but he wasn't that cute.) Third time lucky?

We'd planned to skip the support band and have a drink with Steer and Jane first but we missed them (bumping into them as they were leaving) and ended up at the Astoria really early anyway. We were both feeling a bit crappy so we made the most of being early and grabbed a table upstairs with a good view of the stage. I'm glad we were early because support band The Ivories were very much my thing, three Chrissie Hynde impersonators on vocals, guitar and drums and a bloke on bass playing bouncy punk flavoured rock. The singer was channelling Patti and pre-Juju Siouxsie. Great stuff. I'll be buying their album, which I think the singer said was out on Monday. She used to run a club called "Release the Bats". Be still my beating heart.

The Sisters, unfortunately, sucked. Big time. The sound was awful, not much improved when we ventured downstairs, and Eldritch's vocals were absolutely buried in the mix (apparently he couldn't hear himself either), in fact the only thing I could hear clearly was Doktor Avalanche, and it was sounding tinny. For me the lyrics and Eldritch's amazing voice are absolutely crucial to the songs. What's "Giving Ground" without the deep bass growl on "ground"? I didn't even recognise "This Corrosion" till the "hey now now" bit came in, and the lovely phrasing at the end of "Dominion" was almost impossible to make out. The best ones were definitely the big crowd pleasers, because you could actually hear the words.

Lousy sound aside I'm still not sure it would have been that great a gig, there was just too much damn dry ice for them to put on a decent visual show and I really didn't like what they did to some of the songs. I felt like calling the RSPCA for what they did to "Anaconda", and you can call me a boring purist if you like, but "Something Fast" really shouldn't have a guitar solo. Even Simon said so.

On the plus side, there were lots of songs I didn't know, so it looks like they actually have new material. Unfortunately I didn't like any of it much, but perhaps it will be better on record. We stayed for one encore and buggered off. I doubt there'll be a fourth time.
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Last night I went to see The Tiger Lillies with Alexander Hacke performing "Mountains of Madness", a tribute to H.P. Lovecraft with visuals by Danielle Picciotto. First though, we had to sit through K&A, who were the second most dreadful support act I've seen in my life (at least they weren't as loud as Final, who supported Jarboe in November). They consisted of seemingly random electronic noises and effects with a backdrop of kitsch, possibly ironic, 70s interiors and catalogue shots with K&As heads superimposed on the models' bodies. It was truly, deeply awful. It was actually quite funny, but that was more to do with the piss taking going on in the audience than any intended humour.

But enough about them. I don't really know Tiger Lillies' work beyond "Banging in the Nails", which Alasdair put on a compilation for me, nor had I heard much of Hacke's solo work, so I didn't really know what to expect. It opened with a projection of a snow covered peak, sinister and icy. Hacke walked on first to a subdued reaction and started some wonderful swooshy noises, then the Tiger Lillies joined him to only a slightly greater reaction and they started playing.

It was fabulous! Hacke told stories about and of Lovecraft in between the most wonderful, quirky, humorous and yet sinister songs sung castrati that somehow didn't grate, accompanied by accordion or piano, electric double bass or musical saw and toy drum kit, complete with rubber chickens. The visuals were just perfect too, and were sometimes projected in waves to create movement. They played for maybe an hour before going off, only to be called back on for encore after encore and eventually a standing ovation. They actually played the same songs again for the encore, presumably not having anything else to play that would include Hacke.

Afterwards they all signed DVDs and CDs and I got to thank Hacke and tell him I thought it was wonderful! I'm slightly regretting not buying a DVD of the show now.

They're playing again tonight. It's returns only, but it would be worth trying for a ticket.

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From [livejournal.com profile] kneeshooter, some excellent photos of the Birmingham performance.

(My post about the London show.)


Feb. 11th, 2006 10:24 am
zoo_music_girl: (Just the Jacket)
I haven't plugged Emusic for a while, and they're running a limited referral offer where I can get 50 free mp3s for referring someone, who also gets 50 free mp3s for trying it. Let me know if you'd like a referral!


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Last night Simon and I went to see Kodo, a taiko drumming group from Japan. Their former member Leonard Eto played with Siouxsie Sioux at the 100 Club and Royal Festival Hall shows at the end of 2004 and was impressive, so we were curious to see what his old group were like.

I'd gone in with some expectation of huge amounts of drumming but it was actually more subtle than that and there were pieces that included lighter percussion instruments, a flute, even a woman singing at one point, but the bits I liked best were the straightforward drumming. One piece sticks in my mind "Monochrome", which was done mostly on wooden drums, which made pleasing "thock" sounds when struck lightly and gently but when all five or six drummers started hitting them fast and insistently, turned into an unholy noise like the buzzing of a gigantic metal wasp. Amazing, and slightly scary.

For me however the music was pretty much secondary to my absolute awe at the performers' skills and strength. Some of the drums required the drummers to lie on the ground in a half crunch to play, a position that is hard enough to hold when you're not drumming at the same time. We were in the front row of the balcony and couldn't really make out individual faces, but even from back there we could see the stomach muscles on these guys.

For most of the show the performers wore black leggings with really quite horrible eighties/clownish black jackets with white squares on, but for some of the more intense pieces they stripped down to various levels of undress, right down to just loincloths for the really big drum and the floor level ones, and you could see every muscle work and their bodies start to glisten with sweat from the effort.

A lot of the performance was quite intense but there were lighter moments too, a trio playing hand held percussion instruments that sounded comical, an effect enhanced by the silly walks the performers did at the same time. There was even a chance for audience participation as a drummer beat out a rhythm for us to copy by clapping while the rest of the group set up for the finale, we did quite well until she got really fast and complicated!

The only thing that spoiled the experience for me a bit was that some of the drumming, especially in the second half, set up reverberations in the air conditioning ducts at the back of the hall, which was a bit of a distraction. I'd make sure to sit further forward if I were going to see something that percussive at the Barbican Hall again.

Highly recommended. There are still seats available for tonight's performance.

Photos from the Birmingham performance, by [livejournal.com profile] kneeshooter.
zoo_music_girl: (Bikers Jacket)
I've waited 20 years to see Bauhaus (I was living in darkest Aberdeen last time they played and was about 13 years old when they split up), but it was worth the wait.

Bauhaus were one of the big three of my teenage years - Bauhaus, The Sisters and the Banshees. I had their logo scribbled all over my school folders and photos of Pete Murphy sellotaped inside. Oh, but he was gorgeous. Twenty years later he's put on a bit of weight (the buttoned up smoking jacket he wore for the first few songs did nothing for him. I never thought I'd go to a Bauhaus gig and hope Pete Murphy would keep his shirt *on*!) and he's lost a bit of hair, but he's still a handsome man, and has amazing stage presence. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

They opened with a song I know but can't place[1], starting with just Daniel Ash on guitar, hair (a full head of it) tied back in a tight topknot and looking painfully cool in shades and some sort of designer-looking gothic punk outfit of trousers and a long coat. Then Murphy's voice came in, although I couldn't see him till much later on in the song. (My only slight complaint was that he spent too long at the back of the stage where those of us at the front right couldn't see him.) David J and Kevin Haskins arrived onstage as their parts came in, and the years have been kind to them too. In fact I'm not convinced there's not been some sort of diabolical pacts going on, possibly involving portraiture.

I can't remember the order things were played in, but they played pretty much all the old favourites. I don't remember hearing "Spirit", but that was the only thing I would have expected that they didn't play. They did "Rosegarden Funeral of Sores", which delighted me as it's probably my favourite Bauhaus song, (despite actually being a John Cale song :}), possibly not least because of the very sexy performance of it in the Shadow of Light live video, and it was still pretty sexy tonight.

Other highlights for me were a very spooky "Hollow Hills", singalong Pete to "Kick in the Eye" (Kick! Kick! Kick!), and "St Vitus Dance" mixed into a storming cover of "Transmission". I'd never realised before how similar Pete Murphy and Ian Curtis's dancing styles were! At the end of "Stigmata Martyr" they stopped for a few minutes and the stage went dark but they didn't go off. The two more conventional breaks between encores had mercifully brief gaps too. It was a long show, I'm pretty sure they went on around 9pm and didn't come off till 11pm.

The only slightly jarring thing was a cover of a Dead Can Dance song (thanks Ed), a requiem, which was beautiful but broke up the rhythm of the night. We'd already had "Hollow Hills" and then had the tempo pick up and it didn't seem the right moment to take it down again.

"Ziggy Stardust" was clearly the big crowd pleaser, which I've always thought was a bit of shame as on record it's such a carbon copy of the original and not as interesting as their other covers, but they really owned it tonight. They also played "Telegram Sam".

They finished with "Bela Lugosi's Dead", of course. Murphy changed out of his white shirt and into a black tshirt and cape and the years just fell off. I swear the guy got younger as the night went on, perhaps appropriately for that song...

At first I was enjoying the show mostly as an exercise in nostalgia, and enjoying seeing how things had changed, but as the band and the audience warmed up I got so into it and by about eight songs in was absolutely swept away. It wasn't one of my live music as religious experience nights, but it was a great performance and a fun gig.


[1](anyone want to save me going through my entire Bauhaus collection when I get home? Burning From The Inside, thanks Matthew. Never was one of my favourite Bauhaus albums.)

Guardian review of Manchester gig.


Oh, and yes, I wussed out of going to Dead and Buried. Christa and I got on the Victoria Line, sat down, and realised we weren't going anywhere. Maybe next month. :}


Killing Joke are playing Koko on 5th April, is anyone else going?
zoo_music_girl: (Just the Jacket)
I wish I'd written this last night. Not only because I want to remember every single detail but also because I slept restlessly reliving the show and writing this in my head. I need to exorcise it because it's just impossible to continue with the mundanity of daily living while it's still in my head.

where violence and love collide inside )
zoo_music_girl: (Bikers Jacket)
Tagged by [livejournal.com profile] bootpunk. This is not my seven favourite songs. I couldn't possibly... blah blah blah. So, seven of my favourite songs that I thought I could say something about.

The Stooges - Gimme Danger
This is one song that is always in my list of favourite songs. I love his voice, it's pure sex, even if the lyrics are a little suspect, and it just sounds to me like summer. "Kiss me like the ocean breeze." Surprisingly good to dance to, as I found out at [livejournal.com profile] zotz's last night djing at The Calling.

The Birthday Party - Wild World
This band are my first love and picking just one track is so hard, even if I do only have three albums and a handful of EPs to choose from. A wonderful, sexy, bluesy track, and possibly the most romantic thing the Birthday Party ever did. "Our bodies melt together, we are one." Well, I don't *think* anyone ends up dead or disfigured by the end of it...

Einsturzende Neubauten - Seele Brennt
Ooh, whisper to me in German, Blixa baby. German is my favourite foreign language and was even before I got into Neubauten, so this track, which starts with Blixa whispering urgently in my ear, is just heaven. Starts very quietly with the whispering and just a few quiet background noises and then builds up to a strident climax, featuring lots of clanging and the occasional whip crack.

Lydia Lunch and Rowland S Howard - Black Juju
More whispering. This could qualify for this list just for the last gasped words from Lydia - "Black. Juuuujuuu", but before it gets there there's around ten minutes of dark rock posturing, quotes from the Satanic Bible that somehow stay just this side of cheesey and the awesome guitar powers of Rowland S Howard. Blows the original Alice Cooper version away, in my not particularly humble opinion.

Patti Smith - Gloria
"Jesus died for somebody's sins, but not mine". That line alone, which speaks to me about strength and taking responsibility for your life, would make it one of my favourite songs but it's also a powerful, stomping singalong of a track. This made me cry when I heard it live, just from the sheer joy of it.

Swans - I Crawled
This was originally a Gira track, from before Jarboe actually joined Swans, but it's the version on Swans Are Dead with Jarboe doing vocals that really gets me. It's an incredibly long track, over ten minutes, but it never seems too long. It starts slow and threatening and ends with Jarboe screaming herself almost hoarse. Awesome.

Jarboe & Neurosis - Within
The most recent song on my list. This album was only released last November, but the whole thing became an instant favourite. This is the opening track, and it starts with a metallic whine that I now hear everywhere in assorted machinery, and which will kick this off as an earworm every time. It goes from full on guitars behind a mantra in a Southern drawl "I tell ya, if Gawd wants to take me he will" to a whispered "he's coming!", lots of panting, then the guitars fade out, it goes all pure and sweet and quiet but suddenly it's back into the madness again.

"I like short songs" the Dead Kennedys once said. I seem to have a penchant for the long ones.

I'm not tagging anyone, but I could happily read these all day if anyone would care to indulge me.
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I've seen Killing Joke three times now. The first time was in Edinburgh at the Network in 1991. Afterwards my friend Marisa and I went to a club, which I've since discovered was run by [livejournal.com profile] bootpunk and [livejournal.com profile] zotz. It was a great gig, and Jaz scared the hell out of me, staring into the crowd like he was memorising faces for doing dreadful things to later... I saw them again a few years later at the Mayfair/Garage in Glasgow on the Pandemonium tour and they weren't quite as good, but they were still pretty scary.

Jaz didn't scare me at all on Friday, but I had a great time. He looked terribly pleased to be there and seemed more like he was recognising old friends in the crowd, and perhaps he was, Killing Joke have been around more than 25 years now and have a devoted and loyal fan base.

Geordie was as aloof and utterly cool as ever. I'm told Paul Raven didn't look too happy, but I couldn't see him because a bloke who reminded me of a very tall version of [livejournal.com profile] mr_tom was blocking my sightline. The drummer wasn't Dave Grohl in the end, but he did a good job.

They opened with Communion, which was strong, but then they went into Wardance, which was absolutely storming. Much jumping around and singalonga Jaz ensued. Actually it was that sort of night, lots of bouncing around and joining in at the chorus. Jaz even seemed to encourage it. I seemed to have been lucky to be near the bit of the pit that apparently had NMA fans in it, they were pulling each other up and generally looking out for other people, but I heard the audience was aggressive and pushy elsewhere.

I can't remember everything that was played, but we definitely got The Wait, Complications, Requiem, Primitive, (it was heavy on the first album, which suits me fine) Darkness Before Dawn, Money is Not Our God, Whiteout and Asteroid. They went off for a few minutes and then returned for an encore of about three songs. They were joined onstage by a female violinist (Jaz told us to be nice and welcome her and afterwards they gave her a bouquet of flowers) for the final song Pandemonium, dedicated to their merchandise guy, Jester, who sadly couldn't be there as he has cancer, because it's his favourite song.

I really enjoyed the gig, they played lots of my favourite songs (I was actually disappointed that Wardance was second, as that's my very favourite and it's nice to have something to hope for and look forward to) and the atmosphere was strange great!

Probable setlist (looks about right!)

Sun Goes Down
Darkness Before Dawn
Total Invasion
Money is not Our God

Inside the Termite Mound
Blood Sport
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*yawn* I'm sleepy. Good weekend though. On Saturday afternoon Simon and I helped [livejournal.com profile] kixie pack and then went to [livejournal.com profile] nisaba's housewarming in the evening. We missed the last tube home by seconds but caught a bus that dropped us at the other end of Simon's road, so it was ok. The party was good, and the Creme de Violette was delicious. I need some of that. Unfortunately we were both horribly hungover on Sunday, which was unfair as neither of us were drunk the night before. On Sunday afternoon I went home and in the evening [livejournal.com profile] denalyia came over and we had a good girly night in.

This morning I discovered that my broadband has been successfully upgraded to 2Mb, for free! It's been especially bad for downtime over the past week and I've been kicked off in new and different ways so I'm hoping it was related and that this is going to sort all of that out. I also got a seat on the train this morning, so the week is starting well.

Answers to the music picture quiz are below the cut. I'll unscreen comments on the post when I get a chance.

answers )


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