3:00 PM Serious Business
Ventured into SoHo for a Live Studio session with Sunglasses. They were Southern gentlemen who brought toys, lights, and a projection screen. I wish more bands would bring props and makeshift sets. Cardboard cutouts of coconut trees and sandy spots.
For two skinny gents, these guys know how to shake a floor. Seeing this also led to the revelation that the Serious studio is built on a bed of springs. Either that, or I’m really gullible.
6:00 PM Vanessa’s Dumplings, 118 Eldridge St.
I knew I’d be back.
“No man! I’m gonna listen to music tonight!”
Uttered by one passionate intern to a friend on the phone trying to convince him to play basketball in Brooklyn.
7:39 PM The Living Room
Octant is on stage with a Rube Goldberg machine as his backing band, except these moving parts serve a purpose. Tiny iron elves banged a tambourine and rotating wood blocks that mimicked a xylophone. Metal joints shook sleigh bells and maracas. A bright orange tub from Home Depot doubled as a robotic kick drum. Certainly less egos to deal with.
Buke and Gass have a ukulele that’s been modified into a bass and a steel guitar that looks like it might have been David Lee Roth’s ashtray. I wonder why this band isn’t as popular as Sleigh Bells.
9:36 PM Cake Shop
Only caught one song from Light Pollution, but I like that the keyboard player had a PBR and a tin of altoids on his Casio.
Drawlings makes my party want to leave. I have to oblige.
11:03 PM Glasslands Gallery
Fabulous Diamonds have a work drum beat. I can picture a room full of people rolling copious amounts of cigarettes to this music.
Air Waves is a great way to end the night. Airy tunes that are cozy and familiar. Snuggled in, I wonder how Nicole Schneit sounds so good while bouncing throughout her songs.
When I tell my friend that Air Waves relocated to Austin, which I think is a pretty cool place, she responds with, “People say that, but it’s still Texas!”