It List: Wednesday
Brightblack Morning Light/Bill Daniel (Hailey's): Unsurprisingly, Brightblack Morning Light is significantly more popular than when I reviewed them about a year and a half ago. I remember liking some of the Fender Rhodes parts, but what I remember most is the marathon-like nature of their set combined with an unabashed hippie-ness that they wore on their tattered paisley sleeve. Though there is a certain effectiveness to the singular concept of their sound, as well as their willingness to stretch it to an almost punishing length, I am often baffled by these groups and their straight-faced claims that they are mainly influenced by soul music like the Staple Singers; a claim often supported by critics. In just about every case, rather than Mavis, Marvin, or Mayfield, one is often left with another soulfully anemic indie rock band.
God Equals Genocide/Rocket For Ethiopia/Orange Coax/Negaduck (1919 Hemphill): God Equals Genocide plays predominantly catchy downstroke-punk, with occasional lapses where they segue into bouncy little passages reminiscent of This Bike Is A Pipebomb, complete with shouted guy/girl vocals. Rocket For Ethiopia and Orange Coax are two of our favorite local acts, though they are very aesthetically dissimilar. Rocket For Ethiopia are great for their perfectly messy take on Reagan-era hardcore, while Orange Coax has honed the classic No Wave duo of chaotic drumming with over-enthused sax, while the singer tries to keep up. It actually sounds like various elements from some of the best records from Skin Graft's golden age, a little over ten years ago. I don't know anything about Negaduck, but I like the ridiculous Darkwing Duck reference. I'm more of a Liquidator kind of guy myself.
Dub Explosion with Blixaboy/Juan Solo (The Lounge): Ex-Thorazine Dreams member Juan Solo will assist Wanz tonight, their respective sets chronicling the diverse and complicated history of Dub. Wanz leaves to St. Louis next week to play with Glenn Branca's guitar orchestra. I wish I could read music.
Taxi Fare (Zubar)