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Saturday, March 17, 2007

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posted by on March 17 at 2:39 AM

Here’s all I have to say at this hour, and to those of you really paying attention you’ll know that this is a classic moment: Dennis Coffey into Archie Bell. That’s “Scorpio” into “Tighten Up.” Somehow I caught these two cratedigger favorites way down 6th Street at a happening little offbeat spot, and it was great. Totally opposite all the young buck buzz bands I’ve been seeing. Coffey, clipped and greay-bearded, played this weird atonal filtered guitar with a great local backing band. Archie Bell came out and fronted the same band and ruled the crowd. Dude’s gotta be in his 60s, and he did his three songs and of course the PdR, “TIghten Up” — this is an oldschool, protofunk jam from back in the mid-60s with a spectacular bassline. If you don’t know, look it up.

We wandered to Apples in Stereo after that, and the music sorta blended into a haze. They played a dense, intricate type of quintessential indie rock, Weezer style, with upper register vocal harmonies. And they sounded like another classic indie rock band, one known for their intricately measured prog-rock suites: Phish, who in 15 years people will recognize for the influence that they were.

It’s late and I’m gonna pass out.

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Two of the nastiest, filthiest, funkyest songs ever written, performed back-to-back by the original artists??? That is so awesome.

Posted by laterite | March 18, 2007 1:53 PM


Posted by lar | March 19, 2007 12:01 PM

holy funk! i thought archie bell was dead!

Posted by gforce | March 19, 2007 5:50 PM

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