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Weird Al Yankovic

Weird Al Yankovic – Jesus Christ, what a strange billing. Obviously Weird Al has made some pact with Satan to remain youthful and unaged. Unfortunately, as penance, Al has made it his mission to inflict his one joke musical parodies on the world. The show started promising with a video mashup of American TV and a brake neck polka medley of chart songs. When it came to his pastiches, they consisted of the pretty weak formula of substituting a word in the title with something amusing, or not depending on your state of misanthropy. Much like the Barron Knights did in the 70s. Classy.
I remember watching The Two Ronnies in the early 80s doing a skit on Culture Club. Ronnie Corbett, an even less convincing transvestite than Grayson Perry, minced around singing “Do You Really Want to Squirt Me?”. That in a nutshell was the level of sophistication of Weird Als humour. I think I lasted half hour before coming to my senses and realising that life is too short to waste on this shit sandwich.

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Mahjongg

I think that Mahjongg were the first band I saw on Sunday. I’d not heard any of their stuff before – live they were a strange mix. Most songs had layers of busy percussion, sometimes funky and reminiscent of Talking Heads, sometimes hard and a touch industrial. The interplay of overtones reminded me a little bit of Konono No 1 at times. At times the vocals were vocodered, oither times they sounded like early Spandeau Ballet or Duran Duran. That sounds pretty horrific on paper but live it worked and they gave a blistering performance. One of my faves of the weekend I think.

Mahjongg – Tell The Police the Truth

Mahjongg – Tell The Police The Truth by freemusicarchive

NoMeansNo / The Ex

Nomeanso played Reds after midnight (I think, the times are a little hazy). They played new material, a handful of tracks off Wrong and “The Day Everything Became Nothing” (natch). They were jolly good too, lots of gear changes in tempo and time signature and they had some good banter with crowd. They seemed to be having a great time, which considering they’ve been around for 3 decades is impressive.
I saw The Ex afterwards. I have to confess I know nothing about this band but I enjoyed the beautiful dissonance of the guitars and the muscular drumming. I guess I need to try to find some of their recorded output.

The Tindersticks played the Pavillion stage in the early evening, I thought they were good but maybe they would have been better in a slightly more intimate venue. They played “Marbles” which is one of my favourites but at times there sound seemed to be a little lost in the cavernous space of the Pavillion.
Special mention ought to go out to Oneida who performed a 10 hour jam throughout the entire day. We would dip in and out of it through the course of the day. Towards the end of the evening it was like gatecrashing some esoteric ritual, the guys on stage appeared to be in their own world, the different instruments fading in and out of prominance, the lines slowly shifting and mutating into new forms. The trance like atmosphere was enhanced by the tie dyed visual projections and gently billowing sheets enclosing the audience area.

These were the first act I saw on Saturday. Amazing lithe drumming writhing around Flower’s “Japan Banjo”. Loose, euphoric and focussed, very nice.

GY!BE were the main draw for the festival, they played 3 times over the weekend. I’ve got their albums and EPs and they’re rather magnificent. Live, they recreate that urgent, stirring sense of cataclysm. However, in a close to two hour set the dynamic of slow start and an invetible build up to a symphonic crescendo became a little blugeoning and repetitive. They sounded amazing but there were no suprises or mystery to their performance 😦

The last act I saw was Tim Hecker. Tim layered loops with really, earth trembling sub bass oscillations. Your whole body vibrated while your ears were caressed with softer, musical movements. The experience was pleasantly physical and stimulating, it’s an experience well worth seeking out if you get the chance to see him perform.

Tim Hecker – Apondalifa

These were the first act saw. They were ferociously loud, and I enjoyed their skronky rubbery rhythms. For a band that basically stood behind desks they were visually stimulating as they pounded out their racket.

Just got back from the ATP weekend curated by Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Not suprisingly I had a great time, despite being billetted in a rather grotty, run down part of the site. Not so much a festival site, it was more like an abandoned Soviet labour camp.
I was looking forward to see Throbbing Gristle, an all time favourite group of mine. Unfortunately a few weeks ago Genesis announced he was no longer touring but it looked like they would still play under the moniker of X-TG. Even sadder news was Peter Christopherson passing away in his sleep last week. Needless to say the show did not go ahead. Instead the organizers played Throbbing Gristle tracks on the Pavillion PA at the time slot they would have played. It was sad to hear their music whilst the stage remained empty and unlit.