21 June 2006

Beg Yr Pardon #2

The second Beg Yr Pardon party was held last night at The Delancey. Kicked ass once again? You bet. Were you there? Did you go to see Telenovela Star, Planes For Spaces, Takka Takka, Higgins...or perhaps for DJ Travisson Business, or the free Moonshot beer? Personally, I was there because I had such a blast at the first one and because I totally trust the BYP crew to bring the goods. Oh and they did. The goods were GREAT. Do I mean the baked goods? No. Well sure, I mean those were excellent. So much so that they were all consumed last night and then an unruly mass of people started marching across the Williamsburg Bridge with torches demanding more. Okay no, that's not true. But everyone did seem to really like the free baked goodies, myself included. Seriously Tina, those brownies are superb. What I am referring to, however, are the 'goods' that were the four excellent bands (plus one great DJ) last night.

Telenovela Star
The first band of the night was Telenovela Star. I am seriously sad that I got there late and was only able to hear their final two songs because the ladies in this band seemed to rock something fierce. A smart rock too, not all over the place but actually rather well put together in a manner that reminded me of Elastica. Then again, I had far too brief an experience with them so I will most certainly have to see Telenovela Star sometime in the not-to-distant future.

Listen: "blmhyl improv" by Telenovela Star

Planes For Spaces
Next up, Planes For Spaces. They came all the way from Milwaukee Minneapolis to play Beg Yr Pardon and I think I speak for all of the BYP'ers there last night in saying thanks to Planes For Spaces for making the trip and thanks for making me envision one of your band members having sex with a senior citizen. According to Joe January, the band has been an evolving cast of characters but he's clearly the heart of what Planes For Spaces is about. Last night, they were about rocking some faces with the classic small venue raw set-up of one guy on drums, one on guitar.

Listen: "Dream Number One" by Planes For Spaces

Takka Takka
Last night, D told me that Takka Takka is used to refer to foosball in Chile. Mmmm foosball. Well, I really love foosball and, so it seems, I also love the band Takka Takka. Even if their name is a reference to a painting (is that what it was? by which artist? stupid lack of memory skills... thanks D - the painting is by Roy Lichtenstein) and not to the game I love so much. Takka Takka reminded me of Velvet Underground/Lou Reed, and Bob Dylan a bit too, but their music veers much more towards the pop side of those artists. Check them out next time you get a chance and go see what Village Indian just recently said about them...me, I'm going to go listen to the CD they gave me last night that came in its very own felt CD case sleeping bag.

Listen: "We Feel Safer At Night" by Takka Takka

Higgins
I say Higgins, you say "rules"...Higgins, RULES...Higgins, RULES! Shit yeah man. I had never heard anything about this band before last night (truth be told, I sometimes try and keep it that way so that my first experience with a band is a rather pure one) but from the moment they jumped into their set I was thinking Beatles, Beatles, Beatles. That's not to say I didn't hear other influences in their songs, it just means that I found myself loving how much Higgins obviously loves the Beatles. I tend to go through phases where I'm all of a sudden listening to the Beatles again for the first time in years and I'm in the midst of one now, so last night was a perfect time for me to see a band like Higgins. Don't go away thinking their sound is old news, this is a band that needs to be heard by more people. They've got a great balance within the band, great balance from rocking songs to more quiet ones, and a great drummer who seemed more Keith Moon than Ringo. Very glad I stayed for their whole set.

Listen: "Drop Off" by Higgins

So, there you have it. Some kind of a recap of last night's Beg Yr Pardon party. It was, once again, a really great time. If you haven't gone to one of these yet, wake up. The next one is Thursday, June 29th so if you really must go see a show other than the first Ear Farm Presents... show, I HIGHLY recommend going to BYP#3.

Read more about BYP#2 on Subinev, the BYP site, and elsewhere soon I'm sure. Let me know if you've written about the show or have pictures.

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3 comments:

d said...

it's takka takka & the painting is by roy lichtenstein & I hope to god I spelled his name right! (it's been a long time since art history class &/or my last trip to the MOMA)

I will try to do my own brand of ridiculous byp #2 re-cap after my brain returns to normal since higgins melted it.

Matt said...

cheers for the spelling help AND for the painting info. both have been adjusted in the post. seems i should've waited for MY brain to return to normal, but then that might never happen.

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