Soulwax Live in SF, CA (10/27/11)

I saw Soulwax live recently at The Independent in San Francisco and they were pretty awesome, to say the least. Definitely exceeded my expectations in regards to recreating their crunchy distorted synth sound live. Great stuff.

I am also at a general lack of words right now so I’m just going to post the videos I took below. I’m also not that familiar with song titles for these Soulwax tunes so if you know any for sure, leave me a comment here or on the youtube video and I’ll be sure to update everything. Enjoy!

Also, Goose opened for Soulwax and I managed to catch a song of theirs on video below. They’re a pretty solid begian electro dance band if you aren’t familiar. Worth a watch.

Yuck Live in SF (07/26/11)

A while back I got to see the young UK indie band Yuck thanks to my friend Canary who scored me some free tickets to their show at The Independent in San Francisco on July 26th, 2011.

I hadn’t heard much of them before but I thought their set was pretty decent and after later listening to their 2011 self titled debut album, I liked them a bit more. I also definitely see the comparison to 90’s noisy indie rock (as has been mentioned by critics) but I find it a bit refreshing given that music’s absence from the modern indie scene.

At the show I took a few videos (of songs “Get Away”, “Milkshake”, “Georgia”, and “Rubber”) from the balcony. Check them out below.

 

 

Pantha Du Prince Live (09/18/10)

Pantha Du Prince (aka Germany’s Hendrik Weber) finally made the long (awaited) trek out to San Francisco on his 2010 US tour in support of Black Noise. Long story short the show was good, Pantha managed to mix in a solid variety of tracks from his past two stellar records while creating some interesting (and effect heavy) sounds live to add over the top (ranging from a half full glass of water to an array of small metal objects); nonetheless, (to me) the venue didn’t quite seem to fit for his style of ambient/minimal techno music.

People standing and watching a concert isn’t exactly the right fit for Weber’s unique sound, but neither is treating him as a dj at a club…It’s somewhere in the middle where I feel Pantha Du Prince would really excel. Maybe at the end of a long night at an outdoor electronic music festival or something of that sort (Coachella 2011, I’m looking at you). His music is relaxing yet mentally stimulating and before you realize it you’ll probably be pulsating to the beat wondering if you’re stuck in some sort of trance or are reaching a new level of sonic nirvana.

For a better idea on how Pantha Du Prince is live, check out the videos below of “Saturn Strobe” and “Satellite Sniper” (where you can especially see his use of everyday objects to create ambient noises towards the end). Pretty cool stuff. I look forward to seeing him again in the future in a more fitting setting.

Caribou & Toro Y Moi Live (5/23/10)

This past Sunday May 23, 2010 Dan Snaith and his Caribou ensemble came to San Francisco to play a show to a sold out crowd at The Independent, opened by Chaz Bundick’s Toro Y Moi.

Unfortunately I only caught the last few songs of Toro Y Moi’s set (which were solid) before Dan and the rest of the Caribou live band came out and played a lengthy set which ran through the majority of his stellar new album Swim while adding a few choice songs from the rest of his catalogue, going as far back as “Up In Flames” from his Manitoba days.

For those who don’t know, Dan Snaith formerly recorded music under the moniker Manitoba before changing the name to Caribou in 2004 after being threatened to a law suit by The Dictators frontman Richard “Handsome Dick” Manitoba. But I digress…

Anyways, I was able to record a couple of videos for your viewing and listening pleasure below. Check out Caribou playing “Leave House”, “Found Out/Bowls”, “Skunk”, and “Barnowl” live as well as Toro Y Moi finishing their set with potentially a new song (or maybe an old song or a cover song I don’t recognize). Either way, enjoy some tunes from an overall great concert and make sure to mark your calendars next time either one of these groups come through to your town.