I have a small confession to make.It may come as a bit of shock to you (specially the ones who know me well), but it is time to say it...
I adore music!
...there, I said it!
As far as drawing is concerned, I found that drawing in the dark, or while dancing (which in my case, as a new-wave era veteran, is more of a series of semi-random-music-driven spasms) is fascinating, the energy of the music moves the pencil (like the way old records were made, if you like).
So, after last week's success of the reggea concert (even my wife liked it!), and after the VU post and the Pamelia Kurstin and Bill Frisell one, I invite you to a concert on a boat, follow me...
|La Batofar, drawn in coffee.|
I can assure you the videos bear no resemblance to the shows, Rhys is an oh-so-funny musician, while David Thomas (Ubu) is heart wrenching, Rhys's music is flowing, Ubu's is tight, and David Thomas sips his juice from a flask while sitting on a small stool when he is not singing. but they are both true to their art, and they both make noise that, (with the steady rocking of the boat) makes it hard to stand still.
So, there you go, hop right in...
If you want some sound accompaniment to this post:
A Pere-Ubu radio show
A Rhys Chatham Radio interview
|Rhys: Should I start w a trumpet or a guitar?|
|Rhys lays loop over loop, while the drummer battles the growing wall of noise|
|Wall of sound still growing|
|Standing close to the amp, soundwaves shake my pen.|
About two years ago I had tickets to Pere Ubu, but missed the show...
This time I didn't!
|David Thomas doesn't have it easy.|
|Tons of noise, and David in a total let-go w his little bottle.|
|Sheet music |
(wonder if they bought it, so they can learn how to play Pere Ubu music :)
|The band includes a Theremin/ KB/ whatever player, a Base player girl, the drummer a guitarist and David, |
You can think of a resemblance to the pixies, but (seeing both), well... yo'll see me w Ubu nextime!
|As you can read in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pere_Ubu, they belong to the avant-garage movement which consists of a single band (not surprising, since David coined the term)|
|David plays the role of a grumpy, alcoholic, women hating grandad, (one of their discs is called "Why I hate women", Explaining the title, David Thomas wrote "Why I Hate Women is based on the Jim Thompson novel he never wrote but would have." (thx, WIKI!)|
|He makes sound come out of sawed half trumpet, small electronic whatevers, and his sawed voice-chords and mind.|
|A rock star's life sure is glamorous! (kids: don't try this at home!)|
|A quote (Wiki): Rock music is mostly about moving big black boxes from one side of town to the other in the back of your car.|
|Shoutinging thru the half trumpet.|