Live music in SF/Oakland, and maybe elsewhere...
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These guys opened for Thee Oh Sees in the last of our series of four SoCal recordings on offer...and have been growing on me steadily. It's a bit jam band meets the Cure, but the psych-tinged guitar stylings of Guy Blakslee, unlike what those [expletive deleted] at Pitchfork would have you believe, is better than just a "middling" guitarist.
taper: thehappyone, using Sonic Studios DSM-6/Ls > Edirol R-09HR
Setlist: soundcheck / Memory Lane / Cool Ice Cream / Anxiety / Sunday's Coming / Tuning Out / Wrapped Up / Isn't It Nice / You Let Me Be Honest With You / Pitch A Tent / Which Way To Go / I Admit My Faults // Rush To Relax / Get Up Morning
The Eddies had the tough task of having to follow up on one of the most punishing, exhilarating, out-and-out jaw-dropping amazing sets from San Francisco's own Thee Oh Sees, whom I was witnessing for the first time. My friend tomzero couldn't decide whether they were indie or punk (I figure the band were fine with whatever category made you comfortable to put them in) but I did greatly enjoy seeing Brendan Suppression at work...hand in glove, and during 'Which Way To Go', up in the air crowdsurfing (preserved on video if you follow the link for the song) and by the time I got to see them again a couple of days later, their set was equally as compelling as TOS all-out sonic assault, which the video I shot only partially conveys, since it was all I could do to hang on to my iPhone, though tomzero got to hold it for 'Block Of Ice' while I flailed around like a madman along with a few dozen like-minded souls.
bcingyou says: "I'd have taken it hard up the ass with a hot poker to have been there. These cocksuckers know how have fun by showering a wad of splewie all over everyone. Best goddamned band since the invention of alternating current"
Third in a series of half a dozen Thee Oh Sees shows in 2010 to be featured here, fast forward to the present...where they appeared playing with OFF! Keith Morris and cohorts playing balls-to-the-wall punk rawk, and the aptly titled White Shit and No Bunny.
bcingyou: "Venue [The Sex] got moved coz cops were gonna shut down at first sight....so we had to drive up to Hollywood to find new empty venue arranged on the fly....Keith Morris let TOS headline after OFF....another floor show rather than on stage like other bands...I got a face full of JPD's elbow...wild wild wild..."
ceiling balls expressway to yr skull
Keith Morris is a very smart man. And a very cool one. This show was even more ragged and anarchic than usual. Which is a very good thing indeed.
Thee Oh Sees 2010-12-17 The Strange Los Angeles CA
intro tuning...w/Ghostbusters theme! / Crashed Grass / Enemy Destruct / Meat Step Lively / I Was Denied / Tidal Wave / Dead Energy / A Heavy Doktor [new song!] / Warm Slim (Summertime Jam)
Prior to Peter Hook's set at the Mezzanine (which for various reasons I won't cover here in this blog), I caught Joy Division tribute band 'Dead Souls' at the Knockout, a bar on Mission at the end of Valencia, performing "Closer" in its entirety in an acoustic set...well, except for the bassist, he was plugged in, and was wearing a very cool Unknown Pleasures shirt with Arabic script.
Kudos to Dave "Ian Curtis" Tibbs for permission to record, the Skibitzke brothers, Sonja Treho, Ray Welter from Carta, and string section(!) as well as a percussionist and sitar player for putting on an entertaining free show.
Ray from Carta guests
Dead Souls 2010-12-10 The Knockout San Francisco CA
taper: thehappyone equip: Sony PCM-M10 with built-in mics
(linked songs feature video I shot with my iPhone 4 with audio blended in from my recording)
Paul and that UP shirt!
Setlist: (soundcheck, intro) / Atrocity Exhibition / Isolation / Passover / Colony / A Means To An End / (end of side one, band intros) / Heart and Soul / Twenty Four Hours / The Eternal / Decades / (end of side two, intro to rest of set) / Transmission / Love Will Tear Us Apart / From Safety To Where (interlude) / Atmosphere