Thursday, May 11, 2006

get it while it's hot.

since first seeing them last summer, i've gotten really into phosphorescent. i own all three of their cds, and i think they're all great records.

but the recent live performances have taken it up another notch. as many of you probably know, the "band" kind of imploded a few weeks ago. only matthew, the singer/writer/mainstay remains. he has performed two sets since then, alone.

a few weeks back, phosphorescent followed dark meat at the caledonia. for those who missed it [which includes, i believe, every other 4KS staff member], you may have heard that he played only two songs, and that the first, a new one, centered on construction of a layered 30 second loop and lasted around 40 minutes. you may react to that with skepticism. well let me first assure you that i abhor jam bands as much as any reasonable person. then allow me to attest that the performance was noisy, dark, pretty, and brilliant.

last nights performance [which followed a stellar reading by our dear friend The Poet] was stylistically very much a departure. matthew sang, guitared, pianoed, and harmonicaed his way through fifteen or so numbers, including a couple covers, with no distortion or feedback. it was equally enthralling.

i have many documented vices, but don't think that hyperbole is one of them. i'm generally very much the skeptic. that said, if i may quote my ladyfriend SM, "i think he's a fucking genius". i don't claim to have the most expansive knowledge of music on the block, and i'm aware that by saying this i'm going to sound as silly as those reviews i cited last august, but i really believe the guy is an oldham/tweedy type talent. all i can say is that i encourage everyone to check out any incarnation of phosphorescent you have the chance to see.

ps- does sauce have a new girlfriend?


Blogger mcsquared said...

i liked matthew's show the one time i saw him, with band...question: what do you mean by an "oldham/tweedy type talent?"

5/12/2006 7:33 PM  
Blogger mcsquared said...

actually, you don't have to answer that. i misread what you wrote...and yes, sauce does seem to have a new lady.

5/12/2006 7:37 PM  
Blogger Huevos McGringo said...

pss- it has been confirmed: the answer to my previous postscript is yes.

5/23/2006 2:24 PM  

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