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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Erykah Badu and the Cannabinoids - And the Swamp of Bass

Posted by on Sat, Sep 29, 2012 at 1:33 PM

  • T. Moorman

The bass in mix for Erykah Badu and the Cannabinoids at the Paramount Theater was overpowering, and there were 17 laptops onstage. Actually I counted seven, with one of the Cannabinoids regularly pressing the “wind chime” button. On the floor, toward the rear of the Fabergé confines of the Paramount, the sound was a swampy mess. Reports from the balcony were that the bass overpowered up there as well. Her vocals were completely indiscernible, washed in realms of reverb and delay, but she still owned it powerfully. In the live context of her show with the Cannabinoids, Badu’s voice slots in more as an instrument, so understanding every word isn’t what I think she’s going for anyway. Highpoint was a Flying Lotus number off Until the Quiet Comes out October 2 in the US. Occasionally she palmed at a drum pad (hello bass) to her left, (with a brain to her right) sometimes topping off the plain of the song with a hand-tied 808 flurry. Projections sailed through seas of animated ganglia and Tron-world dolly shots of the pyramids. Songs mostly stayed on their own mid to down tempo flight paths with few key changes, and when they touched down, for my ears, the bass just overtook too much. It was one of those shows that seemed to drain, not charge. I love Erykah Badu, though; she can do no wrong. Maybe I should have been stoned. (Brain picture after jump.)

  • T. Moorman


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reverend dr dj riz 1
high does not make a bad time better..that said.. i LOVE erykah seen her probably a half dozen times here,. the sound was beyond disappointing ( fie on the paramount ) and yet.. everything else was weirdly on point. the cannbanoids were as stripped down a band as one would put up with for erykah ( i missed the background singers mightily, so i just sang the backgrounds myself ), but she still managed to shine through in spite of it all..
.. trent.. i am sorry you missed her 2:45 am dj set though.. girlfriend opened with zappa , drifeted to tweet ( 'ooooh there goes my shirt up over my head, oh my') and then back and forth through all of our favorite wu-tang, biz markie tribe etc..singing some and thne closing with the doobies..and yes weed was SMOKED !
Posted by reverend dr dj riz on September 30, 2012 at 10:45 PM · Report this
I missed all the Badu for Decibel. I'm an idiot.
Posted by Even if there was too much bass on October 1, 2012 at 12:04 AM · Report this
Anna Anna Anna 3
Swampy mess is correct. Maybe 3 too many laptops.
Posted by Anna Anna Anna on October 1, 2012 at 4:12 PM · Report this

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