Thursday, September 11, 2008

EVENTS: Sept 17, Wed: AI ASO, YUZO IWATA, HELENA ESPVALL


WED, SEPTEMBER 17th at 8pm:

AI ASO
YUZO IWATA
HELENA ESPVALL

AI ASO
"When Ai Aso sings solo there's a special fluctuation that I never hear when she plays with her band. This is real songform. She creates an amazing sense of psychedelic space that I never hear in other singers." - Hideo Ikeezumi (P.S.F. Records)

Ai Aso is part of the well loved Michio Kurihara/Boris/White Heaven stable of Japanese psych/rock/folk artists, here making her touring US debut, and her only East Cost appearance. Her album Chamomile Pool, released last year on Pedal Records, was a masterpiece, blending fragile psych folk, pop, and even prog rock (also showcased on her covering of "Islands" by King Crimson on her split 7" with Wata from Boris). -Pedal Records


YUZO IWATA
"...a sweet slab of blasted and wandering psych de-tunage with a musical thrust that orients this more toward a species of Byron Coley-endorsed American loner psych action (think: Bob Bannister) than toward his contemporaries in the Japanese underground." -Mutant Sounds

HELENA ESPVALL
"...rank(s) right up there with Joelle Leandre and Eugene Chadbourne, as far as wild passionate and extremely diverse playing goes. Spooky, dark, dissonant, often psychedelic. -Mufaor, KZSU

2 comments:

Will said...

Feeling like a sucker for not going to this one. How was it? I love Ai Aso's records.

9 more days until I move to the city and can start LIVING again.

Brickbat said...

The Hideo Ikeezumi quote about Ai kind of hit it on the head. Gorgeous stuff. Yuzo sounded like a man with about twenty years of ideas and only twenty minutes to live. Helena (and a surprise (to me)appearance by Brooke Sietinsons) performed a wonderfully bracing
cello and electronic set. A deeply psychedelic evening in the best sense. (There are a couple of ltd. cd-r copies of Yuzo's out of print LP available at the shop. aRCHIVE has a DVD of an Ai Aso performance that has just been released and is also available at the shop. Helena has a batch of new stuff available from various labels.)