Friday, July 31, 2009
Love and Rockets Tribute Album Release Party at Space 15 Twenty
A couple of days ago, I dropped by Space 15 Twenty for the release party of New Tales To Tell A Tribute to Love and Rockets. Shepard Fairey was on the decks for a DJ set along with performances by Astra Heights, Vex and Sweethead. Ironically, the last time I saw Shepard DJ was at the Glass House for the Love and Rockets warm up show prior to Coachella.
The bands involved in contributing tracks happen to be some of my favorite bands including Film School, A Place to Bury Strangers, Puscifer, Sweethead, and Black Francis.
Blaqk Audio (featuring members of AFI) had the prized slot by adding a synth feel to "No New Tale To Tell". Black Francis gave "All In My Mind" his characteristic edgy slant with rambling guitars. "Holiday On The Moon" gets deconstructed to a pulsating electronic minimalist groove with Maynard James Keenan's trademark floating vocals. Film School dials up their astounding wall of sound for a space fuzz take on "An American Dream". The squeals of feedback and pulsating drums of "The Light" by A Place To Bury Strangers might be my favorite interpretation with its haunting overtones.
A Bubbleman did make a roving appearance during the evening and I did spot Daniel Ash on the premises. I was busy catching up with some friends so I didn't catch too much of the performances. It is no coincidence that this is currently featured on the front of the itunes page in the column "What We're Listening to". At least someone has good taste at itunes.