Looks like '87's gonna be a very good year Dave. Those are some great albums. The Swans played here just a few months ago. Two nights, one at a Masonic temple in Brooklyn and the other in the lower east side. I couldn't make either one. Meant to put that one in the 'what bands did you miss' thread.
On Monday I went to see Crocodiles in Nuremberg, unfortunately they had technical difficulties and could only play 5 or so songs. Regardless, I can't recommend them enough, esp. to fans of JAMC, Spacemen 3, Echo & the Bunnymen, ... they're currently on tour: www.myspace.com/crocodilescrocodilescrocodiles
Saw Geoff Berner in Utrecht Synagogue on Thursday, listening to his new CD now.
Hard to recapture the intensity of a live performance. There may have been about 40 people there. It is so good to be close to a performer, who talks to you directly rather than shouting some bland "how are you?" into a faceless mass.
Berner's introductions to his songs, his icy wit and charm and the intimacy of a three piece band (accordeon, violin and drum) made it an unforgettable experience. Songs like Facher, Maginot Line and Rabbi Berner Finally Reveals His True Religious Agenda are great fun, but he delves deep for Mayn Rue Platz, One Shoe and Volcano God. THis is where he becomes chilling.
So some of the audience decided to quit before the end, as he obviously doesn't shy away from his more controversial bits in a religious house. Good for him.
Glad to take two CDs off him. Ridiculously cheap as well. How does this guy make a living?