Gigs, dance, art

September 17th, 2009: Amolvacy / Coupe Coupe

@café de paris

Not having seen Coupe Coupe for a couple of years meant I was in for a surprise. Not exactly mainstream, but the drumming was unexpectedly regular. These loops were real cool in my opinion, and made the project more interesting for me. At this point I’m getting tired of the overly experimental noise thing, and this element shook me out of that jaded boredom. The more familiar onslaught at the beginning probably helped easing me into liking it, as did the more usual noise from the others. Anyway any surprise is a good thing for me right now; the only thing I care about is that it woke me up and the rest of the show stoop up well enough.

I liked Amolvacy better though. I think I’m getting a bit weary of Aaron Moore right now, but this time he kept the clowning around under wraps and I could get what made him an interesting musician in the first place. His stuff made sense on drums and on cello, and even though Dave Nuss and Sheila Donovan were the ones who made the set cool to me, he did add something. My favorite parts were the most folk/middle-ages-ish, for the main part because the voice and tom mixed so well — with a worthwhile assist from Moore right there. It might have gotten stale after a while, but they never gave that a chance and went into more regularly weird stuff as well. I happen to like Donovan’s voice, but I like even more the way she uses it. The last song with her handling the drums, Moore playing the cello like an electric bass and Nuss bowing the violin upright was a bit too Volcanoish for me right then, but it did work at the time. Cool project.

September 20, 2009 Posted by | Music | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

October 14th, 2007: Core of the Coal Man / Coupe Coupe / Above the Tree

@saphir 21

Quick belated notes due to computer issues and exhaustion. Nice place, friendly bar with a small but cool basement.

Above the tree was a late addition. A welcome change of pace, a solo guitar act. Pretty calm, and with a real good use of electronics that contrasted with and underscored the guitar playing. Simple sounding at first, but actually richer than that.

Then it was on to Coupe Coupe, at last. Relentless, loose and fun. Nice balance for a first gig, maybe the voice/electronics could have been louder, but it was an interesting mix of different sounds. But then again I’m biased.

Core of the Coal Man‘s set was my favorite. Processed viola — I tend to like that a lot. Good sound and creative processing. I’d like to check his music further, it seemed to warrant a more in depth listening. I could be very wrong about this, but I felt but could not pin down some structure underneath.

October 15, 2007 Posted by | Music | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment