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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Red Remains Release and Roup Swap

In the middle of October the Dead Refrain played a show.  It was announced as the first "Roup Swap Event."  It was a fun show, but there could have been more swapping.  This album was also released:

The Red Remains by the dead refrain
 
The show started with an RJ Myato set on the floor.  He played for much longer than usual; I think people became bored as he went on and on.  RJ suddenly stopped after seemingly realizing that he had played for maybe over 20 minutes.


Afterwards we waited around for more swappers to show up.  In the meantime a new episode of Bread Purchases occurred.  I guess Bread Purchases is something where rouper Seth talks about what bread he bought recently; roupers Seth and RJ also helped out with the funnies.


After the strange segment of comedy Brian DiSanto continued the show.  His set started off with a singing of happy birthday for Ross Hardy, even though his birthday had happened a few days ago; it was midnight.  Brian's set was very energetic, even for him, using chairs and audience members for props.  He sang songs from his new album Pink Flamingo Fanfare and missed his wig from Little Italy Days.  "Temporary Magic Carpet" and "Fuzzy Bicycle Babydolls" proved to be intense sing-alongs.  Brian declined to sing a love song for Thurston and Kim; he's a real rebel.


We slowed down next for Burnout Warcry, Jim Storch's percussive improv project.  He hit cans and scraped drums, blew whistles and rattled beads.  His set was great and a weird follow up to Brian DiSanto.  The occultish sounds fit very well the lighting and atmosphere of the room.


Continuing on and in a similar vein was the still fairly newish Poor Kitty.  Seth played tapes of whirling machinery and music box sounds while Lucy told a story of a conversation between two people; a communal box of nails and tools served as the rhythm.  The beating on the box and the rattling of metal grew more and more intense as Poor Kitty's set went on.  By the end of the noir story there were nails covering the floor.


The Dead Refrain played last.  He started off with the excellent "Crook of My Arm" and went on from there.  Joe's new songs sounded good, but made me very sleepy; it was past midnight.  His set was considerably more folk and less noise than everybody else, some songs even with a country sort of twang.  Afterwards he handed out the new Red Remains album to everyone there.  It's really great, especially the song "Beast."


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