Monday, October 13, 2008

It List: Monday

Magnetic Fields (Majestic Theater): First things first-- if you're heading to the Majestic Theater tonight, you should know that the WSJR fact check department has confirmed that there is no opening band, and that the show is supposed to start at 8pm on the dot. So be aware. Stephin Merritt and Magnetic Fields are touring in support of Distortion, their latest record, and in some ways, their new material sounds sort of like a return to what I believe is their greatest record: Holiday. The total number of people who have ever agreed with me on this is zero, but hey, most geniuses go unrecognized during their time anyway, right? I could chalk it up to nothing more than being a big fan of lo-fi bedroom synth pop a la OMD, but really-- the next time you sit down and listen to Holiday, think about the fact that it came out in 1994, and then think about how many bands the record surely had an influence on after its release. You'll realize, I think, that it is a lot more important than most people claim. The official backstory behind the latest MF release is that Merritt was influenced by shoegaze and Jesus and Mary Chain specifically (check their My Bloody Valentine inspired promo photos for further evidence), and while that is certainly true in most surface level respects, the songwriting and the shimmering fuzz found on most of the album's tracks really reminds me of some of the electro noise found on that aforementioned favorite record of mine. Of course, all of this is analysis has very little to do with what you'll hear tonight-- based on an assortment of online reviews I've read concerning the latest tour, we'll get a stripped down Magnetic Fields this evening. This is probably how most people prefer it, and although I'm looking forward to it, a part of me is just a tad disappointed.

A Place to Bury Strangers/Sian Alice Group/Red Monroe (The Loft): Shit. Thanks for scheduling this show for tonight. The one night that something even arguably better is going on. Brooklyn's A Place to Bury Strangers have been building a reputation for themselves as one of the loudest bands in existence these days, and their live shows have become fairly legendary in blogland over the past year or so. And speaking of Jesus and Mary Chain-- these guys are up to their ears in Psychocandy, but thankfully, that isn't all their up to. You'll hear quite a bit of late 80's Wax Trax in their sound, as well as some later period Primal Scream, which sort of sounds like krautrock gone metal if you haven't heard it. For those not attending Magnetic Fields, this is a highly recommended alternative. Oh, and I was able to catch Sian Alice Group twice during SXSW, and they were fantastic both times.

Cool Out (The Cavern)

Young Doc Gooden (Hailey's)


Anonymous mc said...

I am with you stondranger. Eye heart Holiday like nothing else in his catalog. Also, do yourself a favor and don't ever interview this guy in person or by phone unless you are really just yearning for a case study in holier-than-thou. And if you ever mention the term synth-pop around him ....

5:08 PM  
Anonymous chad said...

bbbbbuuyyyyyyy ssttttoooooccckkkk iiiinnn rrrrrrooosssseeessss

top MF -

1. Holiday
2. Distortion
3. The Wayward Bus

Haven't been this excited about concert in a loooong time. Shame to hear he is leaving the fuzz box at home :( So can I smoke a j in the majestic or what?

5:20 PM  
Anonymous fastlassie said...

I like how they are so not helpful with details on the website/ticket/venue website.
It drove me bonkers all day.

except their myspace has a blog post saying micheal heart is opening?

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

late '80s Wax Trax???? I don't think so, dude!

5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

get serious.
their best is charm of the highway strip.
no discussion needed.

5:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Land your nose on my air strip. . . .

5:35 PM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

331, I'm pretty sure, bro. Have you heard any of those Wax Trax bands? Have you heard APTBS?

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can someone suggest a good electronic based band in dallas or austin? please email johnis AT paradeofflesh DOT come

7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you write that because they have Ministry on their myspace influences? good call!

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


11:05 PM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

No. I wrote it because it's true.

12:39 AM  
Anonymous dtc said...

APTBS was SICK AS FUCK tonight. probably the loudest show ive seen since lift to experience.

12:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the magnetic fields were about 10 times better than i expected. i was also disappointed originally that they were going to bust out full stacks and holy grail reverb pedals for the distortion tour, but after seeing them could you imagine any of those guys 'rocking out'? i'm still trying to piece together in my mind what that looked like in the studio. tonight was a treat, and hands down the best thing i've seen all year.

1:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

APTBS were awesome. Sian Alice Group were also very impressive. Best show I've been to in a while. Red Monroe were awful and played for an excruciatingly long period of time. They shouldn't have been on the bill. Whoever the fuckwad is who added them to open should be anally raped.

2:39 AM  
Anonymous parade of john said...

even the security guards were all like what the fuck was that shit (regarding red monroe), when is it going to end etc.

FACT: APTBS, WERE NOT IMPRESSED with red monroe NOR HAD ANY SAY IN PUTTING THEM ON THE SHOW. (as red monroe claimed in the weekly shows of note thread)

7:26 AM  
Anonymous me said...

FACT: you have spent precious time on RM. thanks for wasting your time on us, we're honored.


8:05 AM  
Anonymous fastlassie said...

the magnetic fields were so great last night, i've developed long term memory loss and can't remember any other band i've seen this year.

so that means last night was the show of the year.

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

who is this bury band, explain.

9:33 AM  
Anonymous parade of juan said...

FACT: The security guards at the Loft have awesome taste in music.

10:42 AM  
Anonymous parade of juan said...

FACT: The security guards at the Loft have awesome taste in music.

10:51 AM  
Anonymous parade of juan said...

FACT: The security guards at the Loft have awesome taste in music.

10:57 AM  
Anonymous logins suck said...

Jeff stick to a much shorter set like one or two songs and no one would be bitching. This is probably the most press rm has ever had on this site

11:47 AM  
Anonymous zak said...

I would have to agree that there is certainly an element of the Wax Trax!/PIAS sound in APTBS. Definitely don't sound like every Wax Trax band on the label and certainly not like the classic EBM bands on the label but they do remind me quite a bit of the more guitar oriented bands present back then.

I wanted to go to the show but the Magnetic Fields and my g/f won out on that one. Great show though at the Majestic.

11:59 AM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

Zak, exactly.

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sian Alice Group sucked too. To leave that out of a description of last nights show would be folly. APTBS was very very good. Didnt see Red Monroe. All i know is I walked in and a girl was trying really hard to imitate Grace Slik (spelling?) while a bunch of way-too-skinny british dudes played on one chord. Also... you hipster shitheahds - nobody here has mentioned that the girl played a fucking cowbell!!!! hellO?

3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

she also played a triangle. .. how does this group of bloodthirsty hipsters not pick up on that?

3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"bloodthirsty hipsters...hipster shitheads"--how bitter are you about not being able to fit into that pair of skinny jeans?

3:49 PM  
Anonymous parade of jean said...

red monroe broke up suckas

3:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard they broke up too

4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we can only pray! kneel fuckers...

7:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you're right, my dick is too big to cram into skinny ass is too big

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shut the fuck up fat ass. My dick is tiny and so is yours.

9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

true. Good point. I concede to you.

8:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was some good fact checking. Hope you don't pay that department much..

3:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know I'm late to the party, but I wish I would have gone to any other show that night other than the Magnetic Fields. Jesus they are obnoxious with their whole NPR/academia/our humor is so dry vibe.

Add to that every 3rd guy in the place being "that guy with the cool hat" and I was pretty stabby.

I love the MF's music, some of their songs are some of my favorites, but ugh. Try having just one ounce of fun up there.


10:45 AM  

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