Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Concert Review: Black Moth Super Rainbow 8/3/09

Black Moth Super Rainbow continued with another night of psychedelic folk-pop in their east coast tour of the US at Carrboro's very own Local 506. Opening for BMSR was Chicago experimental hip hop duo, Serengeti and Polyphonic. Their performance wasn't really something to write home about. Due to Serengeti's sloppy composure on stage, there was no ebb and flow to the songs and resulted in a 20 minute set with very little crowd reaction. This was a bit of a let down because some of the recorded stuff I listened to before the show wasn't too bad.

After a break longer than the opener's set, Black Moth Super Rainbow were introduced by a video on a projection screen in front of the band. The first part of the video is an interview with Tobacco discussing the sound of Black Moth Super Rainbow, his passion for Creed, and other tid bits along the way. The second(start at 26 second mark since this is a different show) part of the video calling BMSR fans douche bags then an appearance from Eric of Tim and Eric Awesome Show to reclaim the pride of said fans. Following this were several trippy videos of melting people, quirky puppets, and various animal carcasses for tracks including Melt Me and Sun Lips. The band was revealed after several songs and continued to get down to business throughout the night. The beginning of this show was fantastic, but BMSR lost some of their flow midway through the show shortly after playing Twin of Myself and never really gained it back completely. An encore followed with Tobacco sweetly bitching at aggressive fans, Mariah Carey covers, and people grooving on stage to bring the night to an interesting close. All in all it was a very entertaining in quality show even though there were lapses in flow along the way.

Black Moth Super Rainbow - Born On A Day The Sun Didn't Rise
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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Sunday Shuffle: August 2nd

This Sunday shuffle is brought to you by Blue Scholars, a hip hop duo from Seattle, Washington. The group is a pairing of Philippine-American Geologic and Sabzi of Iranian descent. The two create a mix that puts out thoughtful and personal tracks with a modern touch of soul. They aren't the hippest kids on the block, but they get down with intellectual lyricism and mellow beats. Blue Scholars have five official releases since their creation in 2002 and have announced an upcoming EP entitled OOF! due out August 25th.
The track for today, 50k Deep, is one of the more personal tracks off Bayani in memory of the WTO protests from 1999. For those less aware of this moment in history, there is a lot of controversy behind what all went down. Free speech was being compromised in the name of free trade and there was a big level of public outrage. Unfortunately most of the coverage was provided by independent media sources because the national perspective had a very large corporate influence. This track is a pretty mellow reflection of this event with one of the sexiest beats ever (yes, sexy is the appropriate adjective). Check it out.

Blue Scholars - 50k Deep
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