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Plural, Via Satellite, and Ilya at the Casbah, 2003-10-09 [Oct. 11th, 2003|01:45 am]
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[music |Chandeen - Echoes]

As I mentioned a few days ago, I was looking forward to the show yesterday. It was a pretty good time; both the opening bands were pretty good, I had a fun conversation with some random guy, and they serve excellent beer.

One beef I do have with The Casbah is that they don’t open their doors until 8:30 even on weeknights, and the music often doesn’t start until 9:30 or 10:00. Maybe I’m simply not their target demographic, but it’s pretty brutal to try to make it until 1:30 or 2:00 in the morning, then be chipper the next day to continue my corporate wage slave job. (And it’s not just them -- I’ve been to a few weekday shows in L.A., and they had the same late hours. I don’t remember it being this bad in Denver; weekday shows would have doors at 7:00, bands on by 8:00, and usually done by midnight.)

The first act was Plural, a pretty-good “emo” / hipster band. Of particular note were some really fun harmonies, and great big tom-tom drumming.

Mid-act (is that a word? it is now...) was Via Satellite. Their lineup that night was three guys: the drummer (on a pretty minimal kit but with some interesting options) and two guys, each of which had a guitar, a few keyboards, and one had a computer. Some big waves of sound came out of all that gear. A slightly punked-up version of Sigor Rós, maybe.

It was after Via Satellite that I chatted with one Randy for a good while. He’s currently driving around the nation, staying places for a few weeks at a time. He claimed to have a solar-cell-powered, 16-channel recording rig set up in his VW van, which sounds like a really cool rig. He has spent a bit of time recently recording and mixing work by a couple of members of Planet Drum, the result of which should be Afrika Heartbeat. He also did some work with a quartet of didgeridoo masters in a long tunnel to help create The Eternal Presence. Both of which sound really cool, and I will have to get my paws on a copy of them. :)

Finally, Ilya started up. They played a few songs I didn’t recognize, which was great. Other than a few audio glitches, and the set being far too short, it was another fantastic performance. Whew. After their set, I was finishing off my last beer, and I was able to help them with a bit of their loadout. (“Us men may not be good for much, but we can sometimes lift heavy things...”)

I also managed to set a new record for myself — five pints of the Arrogant Bastard Ale. I had paid special attention to drink at least that much water, and I was feeling really really good by the end of the night. I’ll plan for a ride home more thoroughly next time; flagging down a cab at 1:40 in the morning isn’t as easy as I might have wished.

Special to the Gainesville, Florida, folk: Ilya is coming your way, November 4th at Common Grounds. Go see them. :)


[User Picture]From: deliriumdreams
2003-10-11 06:49 am (UTC)
I still hate you. :-D
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2003-10-11 10:02 pm (UTC)

Gainsville Connections

I don’t have any particular connection (for better or for worse). I believe I picked up rocket_grl when she made some comments on jwz’s journal. You made some comments on her posts, and so it grows. :)
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