Soundscapers Ben Neill, Michael Lowenstern and Todd Reynolds combined their imaginative sounds for a unique performance in Brooklyn. The venue was fitting for the artistic and musical spectacle. Each artist displayed their talents in solo, duo and trio sets. They were accompanied by incredible dynamic video projections that perfectly captured the energy and sound in the room in visual form. I knew Ben Neill from my Knitting Factory days and I am so glad he has matured into a more creative composer blurring the lines of electronica and contemporary jazz. These three combined ambient, funk and jazz in such a perfect union and I hope more of these collaborations are planned for the future. Michael Lowernstern will be at SXSW and Todd Reynolds sill be releasing a new album later in March.
Lissie left me speechless at CMJ so it’s not surprising that she packed Webster Hall a few months later. She admitted that she doesn’t alter her set list much, but you can’t complain when she always passionately sings each of her tunes. I am eager to hear new material from this young extremely talented musician. She did a killer cover of Kid Cudi’s “Persuit of Happiness” again to close out the show.
Seeing Tim Fite live is a must. Even though I just saw him last month, his shows are always entertaining and audience participation is encouraged. Sexy Leroy wasn’t there again, but present via “live satellite” He played the same set list with the same video animations, but I still laughed just as loud. RAMBO KILL!
After a 2 year hiatus O’Death returns with a new album. Drummer David Rogers-Berry is back from fighting cancer and the over eager crowd welcomed the whole band back. I love this band because they combine American bluegrass with heavy metal and it all winds up being a chaotic good time. A dancy mosh pit quickly started and they tore some old and new songs. Band members soon lost their clothes and with the smell of whiskey and body odor in the air, it was a good ol time.
NC Taper was there.
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Chris Pureka’s 3rd studio album, How I Learned to See in the Dark, is a bit of a departure from her previous albums. It’s more mysterious and emotional. Although all her songs tend to be a bit melancholy, this album is even darker and yet more beautiful. Longtime friend Merill Garbus of tUne-YaRds co-produced the album and Pureka continues to be the shining example of an independent artist, creating and releasing her own music. Tonight she played to a packed Brooklyn crowd and stuck to her more slower & quieter songs. With a broader musical repertoire now she should try to make her set list more dynamic. Nevertheless, it’s always a pleasure to see her live, especially after seeing her play a much smaller show at SXSW.
Trudging through all the new music that passed through SXSW and CMJ was a long process this year. But alas, the supacomp is here. My favorite tracks whittled down to 120 choice tunes for your ears. Digital and ready to download. Fill out the simple form in this post below and you will receive the download link in an email. Grab 2009 if you don’t already have it, and the others live in DECACOMP. Enjoy!
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The final night to the Palomar Rock Shop residency was a special one and probably one of the best shows I’ve seen this band perform from their 5 night run. The highlight was starting a song in complete darkness and had audience members turn on their flashlights in a subsequent order to the music.
Nada Surf was supposed to play acoustic tonight but due to an instrument mishap we got a treat by seeing the band play stripped down songs on electric gear. Ira was sorta acoustic by playing an empty box. Kudos to him for playing days after getting his cast off his broken hand. Although I haven’t been that impressed with Nada Surf’s recent albums, when they decide to play acoustic they tend to stick with their classic hits. Tonight was an added bonus of having Doug Gilllard of Guided By Voices accompany them onstage.