music as of late

The past few weeks I have seen a few shows, but have been so busy at work and too tired at night, so I havent really been posting on my blog.  I’m going to give a brief rundown, no real lengthy reviews…just what I saw and thought.

Mogwai, with opening act Fuck Buttons.

Fuck Buttons are a two-piece experimental group from England.  Its alot of distortion backed by some really beautiful harmonics.  Its loud.  Mick really enjoyed it, and I liked it as well, though at times I could have really used some earplugs.  That might have had something to do with the fact that it was at the Grand, and their acoustics kind of blow.

Mogwai is a Scottish post-rock band, not a furry creature that turns into a gremlin.

Their music is really beautifully orchestrated.  The problem I found was that they were too pretty.  Too sleepy to listen to at a live show without having the desire to sleep standing up.  It was the second time I’d seen them…and will likely be the last.  I will listen to their music….but maybe as backgrond music, or as a lovely lullaby.

The next night we went to Slims to see Built to Spill.  God I love that band.  They did the album Perfect From Now On in its entirety, and added a few songs for good measure.  Another amazing show.  I think this was the 9th time Ive seen them.  I will continue to see them every time they come into the city.  Hopefully next time it will be Keep it Like a Secret. One of my personal favorites.

This past Friday we went to the DNA Lounge to see the Bohemian Carnival.  Always a good time.  Pays to be friendly with the klowns who put on this crazy show, but as a whole, a colorful experience.  The Mad Vibe Orchestra was one of the main acts, and Angelo Moore is the front man.  He is crazy.  Back in the day, when he toured with Fishbone, he had a pretty insane mohawk.  I guess when he figured out he couldn’t grow it anymore, he got one tattooed on his head.  Wore black face makeup, and sweat his ass off on stage.  We chatted with him for a while, and he is a nice guy….just a bit insane.

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