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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Tonight in Music: Beach House and Buckethead

posted by on March 18 at 10:19 AM

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Beach House plays tonight at Chop Suey. The band’s new album, Devotion, got a three-star review from Eric Grandy in this week’s paper. An excerpt:

Their sophomore album, Devotion, opens with the Western-sauntering slow dance of “Wedding Bell” and the fainting spell “You Came to Me” before getting to lead single “Gila,” the most immediately arresting song here. Its reverberating guitar-twang melody is eerily familiar but impossible to place—I’ll figure out what it reminds me of five years from now—and its nearly wordless chorus is benevolently haunting. “Some Things Last a Long Time” is a lovingly faithful cover that—prepare for critical embarrassment—I initially misidentified as a Built to Spill original (apologies to Mr. Johnston).

Also tonight, if you feel like punishing yourself:

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Buckethead, That 1 Guy
(Neumo’s) Tonight unites two of the most irritating solo acts in the history of, well, everything—including theater, which is saying something. But let’s accentuate the positive, shall we? Exhibit A: Buckethead may be a thrash-metal guitarist who wears a KFC bucket on his head, makes records with Viggo Mortensen, and, when he grants interviews, answers all questions via a hand puppet named Herbie. HOWEVER! Buckethead once auditioned to be the guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers without having heard any of their songs, which is marvelous. Exhibit B: That 1 Guy is a cheap Tom Waits knockoff who thinks improper use of numerals is cute and named one of his (awful, awful) albums The Moon Is Disgusting. HOWEVER! Um… Actually, I can’t think of anything positive to say about That 1 Guy. BRENDAN KILEY

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Okay, he's not as hip an au courant as Beach House, but you gotta give it up to the guy who Axl Rose fired because he wasnt serious enough about Guns and Roses.

Plus, BucketHead loved Old Dirty Bastard so much that when he died, Buckethead did his own ODB tribute.
And, he has his own amusement park!

But yeah, I would go to Beach House too.

Posted by Ries | March 18, 2008 9:07 PM
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Here's something positive about That 1 guy: he has an album called "Songs in the key of Biiaatch!" And, his girlfriend told me that he took her to a Rush concert and she was the only girl there. I don't know if that's a positive thing, though.
Plus, he set up midi ports on a homemade pipe instrument, and is really good at playing it.

Posted by Jon e. Rock | March 19, 2008 2:59 PM

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