Monday, May 15, 2006

Acid Mothers Day

Saturday night I saw Acid Mothers Temple. I've seen them twice before, and I always forget how thoroughly amazing they are live. It doesn't always show on their albums, but they're all totally amazing musicians. I stood right in front of bassist Tsuyama Atsushi and watched in awe as he unleashed some of the most thunderous bass work I've ever seen.

Not only is he a great bass player, he's also a truly amazing singer. He's an accomplished throat singer, as well as a forest ranger (it's true!) and a complete goofball. In honor of playing here in the Windy City, he led the band through a thoroughly insane version of "25 or 6 to 4." A thoroughly weird time. They played several concert mainstays as well, including "La Novia," "La Le Lo" (a ripped-up version compared to the album version--I really hope they record it like this), "Dark Star Blues", and a particularly extended version of their signature tune "Pink Lady Lemonade." They played for 2 1/2 hours and it was a great, great night. If you get a chance to see them live, by all means do so!

The only unfortunate thing about the evening was that I was on the opposite side of the stage from Kawabata, so I was unable to get any decent pictures of him. I did get this image of him from somewhere in "La Novia" (I think), when he unstrapped his guitar, held it up in the air, and flailed at it. Rock and roll, man. Rock and roll.

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