Thursday, November 26, 2009

Much more than just reading...

Had the excellent fortune to see The Books at the Cultch last night.  Firstly, how much do I love the Cultch?  VERY much.  Such a beautiful venue, and a staff that let everyone in early because of the crap weather.  What's not to love??

I missed the Books the last time they were here (work-travel nonsense of some sort) so I was super happy to have another chance.  They are an odd band, but one that remains in high rotation in the Bunklelife play list - somehow, their weird combination of vocal samples from tapes and videos they find second hand and some truly beautiful cello/guitar/music samples is just...right.   And when you mix it with the all-important visuals (as you can on their DVDs as well), it just comes together so very very well.

The video above isn't mine for once - there was no way I was going to brave filming, or break the spirit of the night, by pulling out my camera.

For anyone interested in the band, check this out - the vocal samples are from a tape they found of a brother and sister talking (?!)  on tape.  Some classic moments of graphic kid violence in there...
I know I will find a way of using  "by cutting your toes off and working my way up towards your brain" in conversation at some point...

2 comments:

Chris said...

Wish I went to the show. Sounds great. Oh well - there's always Patrick Watson to look forward to.

Bobby B said...

A friend of mine has been telling me to check these guys out for a while now but I haven't since our musical preferences don't always see eye to eye. That video is awesome though. Looks like it's time to do some investigating!!!