Friday, November 23, 2018

Beaucoup d’État

Here comes the second of two consecutive posts, this time to mark the 19th anniversary of a great show by a great and undersung band.
I was introduced to them in the 2000s, when I lived in a house with a friend who swore by their music.
Something like a cross between The Velvet Underground's Pale Blue Eyes and Halleluwah by Can -- with occasional, vaguely obscured Marxist polemics for lyrics -- their sound was defined by two female vocalists weaving their memorable style of harmony around each other.
They made a whole slew of essential albums in the 1990s and were gaining steam commercially when horrible tragedy struck.
One of their singers was killed when she was run down by a motorist whilst riding her bicycle in late 2002.
They continued for a few records without her, but the void was too great and they ended up fading from view into other projects.
Today we recall them with an absolute burner of a performance from their heyday, when Mary Hansen was still alive and they were firing on all cylinders.
The Fillmore
San Francisco, CA

01 Miss Modular
02 Infinity Girl
03 Escape Pod
04 The Free Design
05 Op Hop Detonation
06 Metronomic Underground
07 Des Etoiles Electroniques
08 Blips, Drips and Strips
09 Strobo Acceleration
10 Analogue Rock
11 Blue Milk
12 The Seeming and the Meaning
13 crowd
14 banter
15 Come and Play In the Milky Night
16 Low Fi
17 John Cage Bubblegum

Total time- 1:23:32
disc break goes after Track 08

Tim Gane - guitar, keyboards
Lætitia Sadier - vocals, keyboards, percussion, horns
Andy Ramsay  - drums
Mary Hansen- vocals, guitar, percussion
Morgane Lhote - keyboards
Simon Johns - bass

DAT master recorded straight from the mixing desk by Teddy Ballgame
This one was taped right across the pond from here in San Francisco, and is easily the deepest and funkiest Stereolab show I have ever had the pleasure of hearing.
And!! It was recorded 19 years ago tonight!! When the dates line up for kickass bands, I must comply.
I will be back in a couple of days, but you should definitely check this monster Stereolab set while you are waiting for my next move!--J.