Well, I got those CDs from Greg Walker (except the Dün, damn), and having given each of them a very cursory listen each, I think I can safely say that I like them all so far. Score!
I went to see Dismemberment Plan play last night, at the Tune Inn Cafe, a club no more than three or four blocks from where I live. Solid show. I had some issues with the sound - the guitars sounded rather wall-of-noisish, without much definition (very, very different from the clear sound on the album I have, Emergency & I), and the keys were mixed too low, and the vocal mic was pretty shitty-sounding. But the band managed to do a good show even despite these problems. “A Life of Possibilities” shredded. They also did, from Emergency & I, “What Do You Want Me to Say”, “You are Invited”, “Gyroscope”, “The City”, “8 1/2 Minutes” (which apparently they rarely do live), and “Back and Forth”. There were some older songs I didn’t recognize and wasn’t that keen on, but they also did three new songs that were very good.
The opening bands were two I’d never heard of; one was tolerable, the other was absolutely fucking terrible. I mean, as in one of the worst bands I’ve ever had the displeasure of seeing live. Mother of God, it was bad. For their opening number, which was four or five minutes long, the drummer literally played the same beat on the same drum at the same tempo for the entire song, without playing a single fill, roll, or anything of the sort. The guitarist and bassist were doing similar things, playing the same chord really fast over and over again. But that doesn’t even scratch the surface of why they sucked… I’m afraid words can’t describe.
Kid Koala’s scratch-fest Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is intruiging me. At first it struck me as rather… irritating, but it doesn’t really annoy me that much any more. I’ll have to give it another few spins (so to speak) before I figure out exactly what the hell I think about it. It doesn’t help that I have absolutely no familiarity with this type of music. And how exactly do you categorize the sound of a guy fucking around with a couple of turntables? It was in the “dance” section of Cutler’s, but whoever dances to this shit is seriously messed up.