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björk and matmos
01.10.17
the paramount
oakland, california

REMEMBER THIS:
not many people can pull off wearing a swan dress

A great spectacle, even aside from the swan outfit (and the big red ball gown for the second set). Well, there was Zeena Parkins on electric harp, the local electronics duo Matmos (who also opened the show with a solid set of their original soundscapes), a 50-piece orchestra, and an 11-member women's choir from Greenland. But of course, the main attraction was the Icelandic elf's amazing voice, which was in fine form that evening. I preferred the second set, which was made up of old hits, while the first set was filled with songs from her new album, Vespertine. Overall, though, it was a great show, in a great restored theater.

EVERYTHING YOU COULD EVER WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THIS SHOW

THAT DRESS

oka


sound tribe sector 9
01.02.03
the fillmore
san francisco, california

REMEMBER THIS:
la la la la la la la la.
bee ba be la doo wah la la.
ECSTATIC VOCALIZATIONS FROM THE GUY BEHIND US GOD LOVE HIM

How many years have I been lamenting the lack of rump shaking in the grateful dead diaspora? How many? How many times have i irritated david gans by saying that all that grateful dead material needs is drums and bass, and we will be rich rich rich rich? how many? awwww, doesn't matter. at least the kids have a place to go now that the parking lot has been shut down.

One bad set of glow sticks, two silver shirts, three tea dance tweakers, four people of color, five greying deadheads, six pretty bad visual artists exhibiting (although the work created en scene was perfectly adequate, from a synaesthesia perspective), seventy people in their early thirties, eight hundred college students: ladies and gentlemen you are witnessing the intersection of jam band and rave cultures.

and that's a good thing.

Although, I must be honest: my fantasy is to replace the guitar player with robert fripp, the drummer with stewart copeland, the percussionist with dj olive, the keyboard player with david shea, and then hear the entire show again.

ABOUT 1000 PEOPLE WERE WITH ME.

SECTOR NINE FROM OUTER SPACE

LUB DUH EARF