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Lustmord live performance review in NY Times
« on: April 12, 2011, 03:30:45 PM »
"Rumbles, thunderclaps and a baleful reading from the Old Testament prophet Amos — “I will slay the last of them with my sword” — opened the set by Lustmord on Sunday night at the Abrons Arts Center..."

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/12/arts/music/lustmord-the-abrons-arts-center-review.html?_r=2

Not a bad write-up. Good to see an artist familiar to most of us written up in the venerable NYT.

I'd love to see Lustmord perform live, though I imagine he just sits there behind a laptop much the way I do when I perform.
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Re: Lustmord live performance review in NY Times
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2011, 08:58:51 AM »
Yeah, missed Lustmord's performance as I couldn't get down in to the city that night...

However, I did see (along with Brian Bienowski) the Friday evening events featuring Alan Howarth, Harald Grosskopf & Emeralds. Howarth was incredible, playing most of the well-known themes he co-wrote & created w/John Carpenter, including Halloween, Escape from New York, They Live, Christine & more. And he actually played the melodic sections (such as the venerable Halloween theme) on a single synth, although certain rhythmic sections were no doubt triggered samples/loops...regardless, he was an affable, personable guy who was embraced warmly by the audience, and justifiably so.

Grosskopf was also fantastic, striking a multi-pad collection of syndrums that triggered other samples, augmented by guitarist Axel Heinhelcker w/other guests on synths, all performing (re)works from Grosskopf's newly reissued classic Synthesist. The man was in great form, laughing, highly-energized, and definitely engaged fully with both sound & venue...marvelous stuff all around.

Emeralds, by contrast, was something of a disappointment, as I like their CDs quite a bit, but live, their synth duo/guitarist reduced thick Moog pulses to dull thuds, coming off as an "indie" band sort of reimagining Teutonic EM from the 70s. When Howarth joined them at the end of the evening, playing the theme from The Thing, it definitely livened the entire trio up, and made for a superb closing performance. All in all, a 2011 highlight for live electronic music.
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Re: Lustmord live performance review in NY Times
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2011, 09:13:09 AM »
I saw Brian's post about going to that show -- it sounds like a lot of fun. Definitely one of the benefits to living in or near a big city is this kind of show.
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Re: Lustmord live performance review in NY Times
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2011, 10:16:14 AM »
I also agree that it is great to see him covered in the NYT. Also, I agree with Darren about a live Emeralds performance. Caught their set at last year's MoogFest and was left scratching my head asking myself "what's all the hoopla?" They did have a huge draw, but certainly came off as, well, overrated perhaps? Maybe I was just to anxious to catch MATMOS coming on next, which was incredible.