I thought this show might sell out so Vanessa and I arrived just a tad after the doors opened to get tickets. We took a quick look around, noticed there were only 20 people in the club, and then headed over to Rudy's for a pizza and a search through The Pitch for band opportunities.
We arrived back at the club around 9:15 and visited with Rita and Vince.
A little after 9:30 Kento stopped DJing and sat behind the drumkit . Tae
Won Yu strapped on his guitar and K.G. played a quick 15 minute set. They
sounded good, and made a real connection with the 20 folks up front, but
the set was just too short.
Vince told Nessa and I of his legal troubles while Miranda July set up several projectors and screens on stage. I really liked the MJ album and had heard good things about her show earlier that day from a friend who saw her at SXSW so I was definitely interested.
She started off with a long interesting piece that seemed to hold
everyone's attention, then a short audience participation piece pulling
a couple of folks up on stage but that really bombed. The final
performance piece (or songs as she referred to them as) was shorter and
a little less enthralling. What I enjoyed about her albums was the level
of enthusiasm in her voice(s) and believability of characters. It was
much harder to get that same effect live and I wasn't terribly impressed
with the show though you have to admit it kicks ass to be doing
something different from the norm.
icu (pronounced ick-ew I learned) began carting equipment up on stage -
an upright bass, a keyboard, turntables, guitar, theramin, and a sequencer.
I enjoy their CD and wondered how they could pull it off live. Sadly
they really didn't. The thick production of the studio album suffered as
they played the songs live. With the exception of Aaron on bass, watching
them was like watching an EE student work on their senior project. It was
largely Kento leaning over the turntables with one ear to the headphones
and Michiko chain smoking and playing an occasional note on the
keyboards. There were some great moments in the set and Kento showed us how
talented he is whether as a DJ, theramin player, guitarist or drummer
(in the case of the other two bands). I think the audience was getting
restless by the time their long set concluded with a song from the
Miranda July/icu record coming up. Unfortunately they used her sampled voice
rather than her joining them on stage. A real disappointment there.