When Stereogum first saw Fool’s Gold open for Cat Power a little over a year ago, Amrit noted the LA collective’s “love for benga (Kenya-based), juju (rooted in Nigeria), and the Congolese genre called soukous (mother of kwassa kwassa, maybe you’ve heard of it).” At last night’s packed IAMSOUND showcase, I was reminded most of “Regatta”-era Police and early Talking Heads. Or maybe Dave Grusin. All excellent things to be reminded of. Having come from UnderwaterPeople’s chill Plato’s Retreat in rural “Manchack” — props to Woodsman, Air Waves, Splinters, and especially Ridgewood’s Big Troubles who gave me a ride back to Austin soundtracked by Fleetwood Mac’s Greatest Hits (A/V TK…) — it was refreshing to start St. Patrick’s Night with this remarkably tight eleven piece. “Surprise Hotel,” AKA bloghouse Jam Of 2009, came early in the set. Here’s some amateur video I shot of “Poseidon” and you may get exhausted just watching Luke pogo. Photos from the thoroughly spectacular (Suckers! jj! Salem!) IAMSOUND event are forthcoming.
They’ve got a bunch more stops here at SX…
3/18 1pm Cedar St. Courtyard (Filter)
3/18 5pm Beauty Bar Annex (Spaceland/Echoplex)
3/19 6:45pm Levi’s/FADER Fort
3/19 11pm Emo’s (Windish)
3/20 2pm Waterloo Park (Mess With Texas)
…then, after a string of gigs overseas, will play Sasquatch! 5/29 and Hollywood Bowl (with Yeasayer) 6/20. Do not miss a chance to see them.
I followed IAS with Suzanne Vega’s hit-filled, percussionless performance at St David’s Historic Sanctuary on E 8th. “Left Of Center” > “Blood Makes Noise” was a highlight along with “The Man Who Played God,” the Dark Night Of The Soul track SV co-wrote with Sparklehorse and had not performed since Mark Linkous’s suicide earlier this month. I was a fanboy and asked her to sign a setlist:
After I met Brandon for Haunting The Chapel/Decibel/Action! PR’s brutally awesome and loud High On Fire tour kick-off, where I found myself in the awkward position of breaking yesterday’s devastating news of Alex Chilton’s passing to Torche’s Steve Brooks. You can read Brandon’s in depth coverage of Wednesday’s metal scene in Haunting The Chapel.
A diverse night of tunes. Good looking out, Austin.