It List: Thursday
Bonde Do Role/The Death Set (The Loft): This is the first night of back-to-back showcases of Diplo cohorts, and both should be big, rude, fun spectacles. Bonde Do Role has survived some tough lineup changes, and continues to be an internationally influential force. Death Set is a little much, there's a weird glossy pop-punk aspect to their music that brings to mind images of badly spiked hair and X-treme snowboarding highlights.
Landlord/Party Garbage/Brickfight (Exploding House): Bloomington Indiana's Landlord is the standout act, with the pretty good mid-tempo demo songs on their page, which feature some nervous but unique vocals.
Kanye West/N.E.R.D./Lupe Fiasco/Rihanna (Superpages Center): Recently, the 25th Anniversary Edition of Michael Jackson's Thriller was released with "bonus tracks" including several atrocious updates by current popsters, including a particularly bad outing by Fergie. Either surprisingly or not, depending or where you stand, there was one excellent contribution by Kanye West where he (melo)dramatically saps "Billie Jean" of its original beat, and ice-funk feel, and instead adds some very stirring stings, thus rendering the song into a nightmarishly dark piece of postmodern 80's chamber pop. How's that for pretentious? Anyways, listen to it. Not only is it really great, it made me respect his production ability, whereas I previously hadn't thought much of it other than the sped up sample technique being the one-trick-pony polar opposite of DJ Screw's revolution. As for N.E.R.D., I'm not much for Steely Dan, and certainly not through the cloudy revisionist lenses of studio geeks smirking from behind their aviators.
The Raconteurs/Birds Of Avalon (House Of Blues): If you pay fifty dollars to see this show, you get what you deserve: a willfully dumb regression to "good ol' fashioned rockin'" that makes "Smokin' In The Boys Room" sound like it was written by a fucking genius.
Gazelles/Broadcast Sea/Western Legend/Western Civilization (Rubber Gloves)
80's Night With DJ G (Hailey's):