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nels cline singers
[with scott amendola and devon hoff]
01.03.28
tuva space
berkeley, california

REMEMBER THIS:
more people at tuva space than i've ever seen before or since (especially since the show was barely advertised; the power of the internet?)

The band was billed as the Nels Cline Trio, but at the outset, Nels announced that he had come up with a name for this new outfit, the Nels Cline Singers. Big laugh, of course, because we all knew there would be no singing. What there was was an amazing set of music that defied easy categorizing. Who needs "genres," anyway?! These three guys pulled off a great debut performance, stretching the old guitar-bass-drums form into new shapes. Luckily for us, Nels keeps coming up from LA to play in the Bay Area, and since Scott and Devon live here, we have many opportunities to see them, too, but when the three of them get together, it's special. The debut album will be out in early 2002.

THE SINGERS

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very superstitious
[delectric, she mob, dj ouchy]
01.07.13
house of zoka
oakland, california

REMEMBER THIS:
did he just make up a song about my hair?

If you haven't set up a band to play in your house you should quit reading this and do that.

We fetishize it, make it seem unaffordable or scary or unlistenable or actionable in the eyes of neighbors, but it's a primitive urge, no?

I mean: Were they shushing each other in the Caves of Altamira?

Two trios and a dominating clown charmed us for hours with skiffle and punk and lounge, contemplations ranging from cold stoves (neither) to polyamory to Munchausen Syndrome by proxy to bullwhips to an astonishing transition using an esoteric Was (Not Was) track.

Rump shake and hat passing, cold beer and goldfish, older but not wiser, but no matter, you're with friends.

ABOUT 35 PEOPLE WERE WITH ME.

WALKING UNDER LADDERS