Friday (May 15th) night Wolves in the Throne Room played at the Triple Rock in Minneapolis. The show was amazing and transformed the familiar tropes of metal into an apocalyptic pagan ritual. The music ‚Äì‚Äì propulsive and trance inducing ‚Äî possessed the audience‚Ä¶ flailing bodies, devil signs, and flying hair became part of a
Wreckers of Civilization A few weeks ago Throbbing Gristle played the US for the first time since 1981. I went to two shows: April 16th at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, and April 25th at Logan Square Auditorium in Chicago. They didn’t disappoint. I liked the Brooklyn show a lot, despite the marginal sound of the
On Monday, Morrissey played in Funnyapolis. Some insist that he said ‘Fannyapolis.’ Either one is a pretty apt description of Minneapolis as far as I’m concerned. It was much more of a production than I was expecting. Huge sound, huge backdrop and a huge light show. Drawing was more challenging than I expected it
Junior Boys and Max Tundra played the First Avenue Main room Friday night. Max Tundra’s hyper-spastic set was the highlight of the evening for me… but then I’ve been a big Max Tundra fan since his first, electronica inflected, Children at Play single (from Warp) and I consider his Some Best Friend You Turned
Stereo Total was the headliner at the 7th Street Entry, but most of the audience clearly showed up to see Leslie and The Ly’s. As usual the drawing conditions at the Entry were challenging. Half the audience was wearing some form of gem sweater. Unfortunately the radiance of plastic jewelry embedded in yarn did
On Saturday night at Bedlam Theatre several laptop musicians took the stage and lit up the crowd with abstract visuals, spooky experimental soundscapes, and some good old fashioned techno. Electronic music has taken a back seat to a series of revivals and re-inventions (80’s psychedelic freak folk metal, etc.) over the last decade or
Bill Patten doesn’t get old. Valentine’s Day ended on a high note with rousing performance by Bill and his cohorts. The high point was an excellent rendition of Smoke on the Water led by the gentleman with the accordion. Click to enlarge the images.
The concert at 7th Street Entry proved to be the most challenging yet to draw. The lack of a reasonably well lit surface demanded I draw standing up, holding the sketchbook in my hands, at an angle that made it possible to catch some light on the drawing surface. The drawings are consequently faster
It was my first time at The Red Sea. I went there to see Blue Magick (also for the first time), my friend Dan’s band. The two drawings below were made in a low light conditions while eating a tasty Kitfo Sandwich and drinking Red Stripe. Click to enlarge.
Every other Saturday, at a small bar named Dusty’s, in Northeast Minneapolis, Bill Patten and his posse perform a variety of songs. His musical tastes are eclectic, but impeccable. Watch especially for the Dick Dale meets Ennio Moricone mashup which frequently ends the night. No matter what mood I’m in when I get there,
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you will already know that I’m a big fan of Momus. As of yesterday he is offering as a free download the first of his six albums recorded for the now defunct Creation label. The first one is The Poison Boyfriend, his second solo effort.
“I am a child living in the body of Juri Gagarin. He is empty like a corpse. His eyes move slowly like radars. First comes the idea then the technology. Children are angels, sometimes they fall into nothingness. I am Juri’s ventriloquist.” – Felix Kubin