It List: Monday 10/01/07
!!!/The Field/The Party (Palladium Loft): Looking forward to what will probably be one hell of a live show at Palladium tonight. For those who haven't experienced it yet, The Field's From Here We Go Sublime, released earlier this year on Kompakt, is easily one of the most enjoyable electro/dance records to be released by anyone this year. It features enough four on the floor house influenced party vibe to keep people moving, but what makes the album really good is the Field's ability to keep the party going while infusing it with interesting textures and an un-Kompaktlike focus on emotions and melodies, making it a grim but hopeful sounding record that seems to serve as a memorable soundtrack to just about anything. It is one of the more noteworthy achievements in European techno this year to be sure, and it's a rare treat to have someone like The Field's Axel Willner in Dallas for a performance. I'm also looking forward to seeing !!! live for the first time. I've been a fan since the release of their debut single on Touch and Go (2003's "Me and Giuliani Down by the School Yard"), and although I'm not sure that they've ever surpassed the greatness of that song, I've heard that their live show is can't miss, and I believe it.
Bad Religion/The Briggs/Gallows (House of Blues): Ah, Bad Religion. There was a time many moons ago when I thought they were one of the best bands on the face of the planet. Turns out, they aren't. And although I can't tell you one thing about what Bad Religion has been doing for the past 12 years, I can tell you that I've seen them live twice (both well past their "prime") and they were exceptional both times. You'd probably have to be a hardcore old school fan of the band's to care at this point, and Bad Religion probably can be blamed (indirectly) for the mall punk phenomenon, but in my mind, they've done enough to warrant a mention and some credit, because I'm guessing that for a few of you (like me), Bad Religion was one of the first bands that helped you be pissed off in a more intelligent fashion, and when you're a teenager, that's pretty important. And oh yeah, Suffer is still one of the five best American hardcore albums of the 1980s, and Bad Religion's early stuff really rules. Against the Grain is up there for me too.
Cool Out (Cavern)
Bad Azz Jazz (Amsterdam)