An Asymmetrical Rendezvous With Otherworldly Oscillations: Notsuoh on a Tuesday
Image by Tex Kerschen
Notsuoh, January 5
Hastening to Notsuoh Tuesday night to catch Distant Worker, Illicit Relationship, and 404 Not Found, I didn’t much puzzle the odds of hearing the Pain Teens back to back with Rusted Shut on KTRU on the radio (xo Kirston), because that’s just a part of the Houston that I carry around in my head. Happily, as Internet metrics suggest, like attracts like. It was cold outside and in, and the show was running on Houston time, which is to say, the first band of four didn’t start until half past ten. Jim Pirtle and the tall Art Guy were well into a chess game to the right of the stage, bathed in the ambient light of zentai projections, when Distant Worker abrupted the relative quiet with their set of clattering house, beatnik toasting, and generally undone dub. And there’s something to be said for solid-state amps, the high relief in which they place a well-scratched or whirred guitar string, that got me thinking about the Pop Group, the Raincoats, and Big Black.
1.SHOW REVIEW: DISTANT WORKER, ILLICIT RELATIONSHIP, 404 NOT FOUND
Apologies to Open Marriage, playing last, but certain forces in my life won’t stand for sleeping-in or any sign of lethargy, draggedness, or weakness.
Photo by Tex Kerschen
2. FESTIVAL OUTLOOK: BAD ASS WEEKEND IV
Whether it’s a growth spurt or a disgusting puke-splashed metamorphosis a la Cronenberg’s The Fly, we’ve recently discovered that Houston is now in fact a festival town. And festival season begins February 25-28, when Bad Ass Weekend returns to Houston for the fourth time.
Unlike festivals like Austin’s ACL, described by Blackmagic Rollercoaster as a “festival for people that have heard of music and think that they might like it, but aren't sure yet...” and more like festivals like Austin’s now-defunct Chaos In Tejas, Bad Ass Weekend promises to turn Houston’s downtown and East Side into a virtual re-boot of The Warriors, crawling with enthusiasts of metal, grindcore, punk and noise, and their various emblems, customs and heraldry.
If one is to say that Ed Sheeran, Adele, and The Weeknd represent the top tier of pop music, then it can be said that Bad Ass Weekend makes a bold case for the bottom-feeders. It featuring some really rare and heavily-anticipated appearances from Skullflower, Flipper with David Yow, Eugenics Council, Total Abuse and Protomartyr as well an incredible showing of local heavy-music advocates and troublemakers, including the re-forming Homopolice, Black Leather Jesus, Rusted Shut, PLF, Cop Warmth and a who’s who of Houston’s new-ish punks. Bad Ass Weekend takes place at Walters Downtown, the House of Creeps, East Down Warehouse, Vanguard Performing Arts, and Donkey Paw. Tickets and complete information via badassweekend.net.
3. GRAMMY NODS, CLASS OF 2015
Snooty Garbagemen’s self-titled LP on 12XU was name-checked in NME’s "Best 15 Debuts of 2015." NME, that’s in England, where they like to make lists. And Grammys are coming up. Do the math.
4. GRAMMY NODS, CLASS OF 2015
Hell-hammering away at the new technology, Thundertank will be un-boxing a new cassette, Heaven is for Pussies, at a party tonight at Walters with Malevolent Force, STRESS33, and Crawl.
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