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some pics from Friday night's fantastic Microchip League (MCL)/Robitiko Rejecto/Moskwa TV w/ Special guest UK Vision . .


And shame on Austin for not turning up. those that did show had a great time. UK Vision performed a very short (3 song) set, but it was the first time he's played live in 35 years - and he sounded incredible (and I made sure to tell him that). The new singer is a dead ringer vocals wise for the original singer, and I hope they continue to work together, it was so good.


It really was their 1st performance - the singer had an IPad taped to the mike stand for lyric reminders. But Houston is gonna *love* them tonight they were so good.


And MCL was also great, 1st time ever playing live in USA - opening with the well known version of New York (and closing the set with a different mixed version of the same song - which sounded good, but I prefer the original version). As expected with a "band" like Microchip League, it was mainly them behind a table toggling switches and mixing, rather than actually "playing" instruments. . but live vocals for most songs. and I giggled like hell (and loved it) when they played Moskwa TV's hit "Generator 7/8" using the vocal track of the singer from that band as an extra switch to toggle -- so they basically were "DJ ing" for that song. was still great tho.



and since I see mainly industrial/alternative/Darkwave/Dance bands from the 80's that y'all aren't familiar with, I always like to link to some of the big "hits"



here's UK Vision's club hit:




MCLs biggest his (as Razormaid remix)




Same guy, different band: Robitiko Rejecto




and again, same guy, different band, Moskwa TV was a little less industrial and more melodic and dancey:





UK Vision (you can see the ipad taped to the mic stand if you look close)


me and UK Vision. . they really sounded great


MicroChip League on stage


me and the guys in MCL/Robitiko Rejecto

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Caught both Oh Sees shows in Seattle while visiting friends last weekend. I may have suffered some slight hearing regression, but seem okay today. lol


Going to their show in Cleveland on Saturday...does this make me a groupie now?

I caught them on Friday 10/12 at Thalia Hall in Chicago- they absolutely flattened the place. This was the fourth or fifth time I've seen them, and it was definitely the best so far.


Also saw Black Tiger Sex Machine at the Concord Music Hall last night.

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^ My friend and I went and saw them again in Cleveland on Saturday night and yeah...they definitely kill it live. I have to admit that Timmy's Organism (opening band) was pretty fucked up/weird.


Love the disco ball. lol


Waaaay more crowd surfing/stage diving at this show than in Seattle.


Two drummers up close and personal give a unique (and very loud) sound in person.

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Emily is obsessed with Game of Thrones. They have a music tour from the composer of all of the music from the show. I wasn't really looking forward to it, but she wanted to go, so I was a good sport about it and 'acted' like I wanted to do it. I actually had a great time. I'd never been to any kind of symphony and I found the music really beautiful and I paid attention to the complexities. I hit a home run with Emily, since she said she thought it was one of the best events she's ever been to. We're not big concert people.

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Been to two concerts in the past month.

1. I saw Fleetwood Mac at Van Andel Arena on the 8th. Literally a last minute thing as I got a text from my sister a few hours before show time saying she was able to get really good tickets for a good price. Almost as soon as she sent it, I was on the road bound for Grand Rapids. It was a really good show! The Mac is a band with many hits and played most of them in the set.


2. On the 20th, my sister, her classmate from high school, and I went to Notre Dame Stadium to see Garth Brooks. This one was really good, but different as it was being taped for a concert special to air on CBS in December. What was remarkable is that the stadium was very full (plus floor seating) despite it being cold and rainy most of the day (the rain eventually stopped just as Garth came on stage).

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crazy busy since last Thurs (we had to go to Houston for the weekend for a wedding), so just now getting around to posting. .


but saw a FANTASTIC set (even without a couple of songs I would have loved to hear) from Public Image Ltd (PIL) - the band Johnny Rotten formed when the Sex Pistols imploded


Johnny might look a bit rough these days, and it was odd he was using an "old skool teleprompter" (ie: a stand with a book of lyrics on it).. .but he *sounded* absolutely amazing, and the current members of the band kept up with him seamlessly.


the 1st encore of "Public Image" sounded absolutely fantastic, as did the jungle beat of "Flowers of Romance"


it really was a career retrospective, and I'd guess someone told Johnny not to bring up politics (he's a big Trump supporter) in liberal Austin, for this sold out crowd.


one of the best shows I've seen in a long time -- tho we see Simple Minds on Friday, and that might top this one.


as usual, some songs for those not familiar:








anyways, some pics:











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Ok, pics from last week's stellar Simple Minds show.


we were balcony, center stage, row D, so had fantastic view, and the sound was amazing. Moved down later to right at the front near my friend Jennifer, who (of course) got the Set list.


at least the only song I'm not a fan of, Dolphins, had the best stage/lighting


No opening act - only Simple Minds in 2 1/2 hours (with a 10 minute break between sets), with a career spanning set.


but I think my absolute favorite part of the show was early in set 1, when a heckler yelled out to Jim :


"Chrissy Hynde loves you!!"

(which is a dick as hell move, when he's onstage with his girlfriend)


but Jim Kerr's response?


"I know she loves me. . but now I get to eat cheese!"





here's some pics. if you get a chance to catch them on this tour, it's well worth it.















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Ween @ Aragon Ballroom


Was that the Hallo-Ween show, Ed?


I got to see them twice this past summer and they killed both shows (Cleveland and Buffalo). Such a great live band...hope they do more in the future!


It was, and I will definitely see them again when they roll around next time (first time seeing them)- they were very impressive!

A cool tidbit about the show is that I got to see Phish cover Roses are Free a few days earlier when they came through town, so I was pulling for it going into the Ween show, and I got it!

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I went and saw Bring Me The Horizon and Thrice in Orlando last Friday, what a fun show that was. The Fever 333 also played but I dind't make it in time for their set (oh well haha). Bring Me The Horizon's new album released that same day so that was kind cool seeing some new stuff live for the first itme. I'm not really a massive fan of either band but do know quote a bit of their material, but they both killed it, just a party from start to finish.


BMTH is playing a rock festival here in town in May and I'll definitely be catching their set there.

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Went last night to see Peter Murphy & David J on the Bauhaus "Ruby Anniversary" tour at the sold out Paramount in Austin.


It took about 40 minutes for folks to rush the stage, and start standing up to dance, but eventually the old goths started shuffling to the music


as usual, took a ton of pics in hopes of getting some decent ones, think I succeeded somewhat!




• Double Dare

• In the Flat Field

• A God in an Alcove

• Dive

• Spy in the Cab

• Small Talk Stinks

• St. Vitus Dance

• Stigmata Martyr

• Nerves

• Burning from the Inside

• Silent Hedges

• Bela Lugosi's Dead

• She's in Parties

• Kick in the Eye

• King Volcano

• Kingdom's Coming

• Severance

(dead can dance cover)


and pics:














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Last night, FANTASTIC set by Spear of Destiny (the band Kirk Brandon formed after leaving Theater of Hate).


They had a couple of minor US hits in the late 80's (videos below), but were much more popular in the UK.


first tour in many years, and only a smallish number of stops - but included Austin.


not many folks came out to support them, but just a fantastic sounding show - guitars clear as a bell, and his vocals are as great as they ever were. Interestingly, they are touring as a 4 piece, since the Bass player is ill, but they made due with keyboard bass, and it wasn't even noticeable. . course that could be why the guitars were so great sounding.


really, really good set, and of course got to hang out with Kirk and chat after the show.

sounds like we might be getting a full on Theater of Hate reunion tour sometime in 2019. .so really looking forwards to that.


if you're not familiar with Spear of Destiny (or Theater of Hate). . I'd describe them as a nice mix of Post-Punk & Folk music.


good stuff, and they put on a fantastic show.






here's their biggest USA "hit". . but they did NOT play it - which I thought was brilliant:







but after the smallish crowd begged for one more song, they broke out the Brilliant "Liberator". .which they hardly ever play live, and haven't been playing on this tour.

When it really kicks in around the 2 minute mark, the whole club was just bouncing










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Deicide in Manchester, NH. Got to kick off a bucket list entry.


The Absence: KINDA the odd band out on the bill, but they played a lot of their heavy songs. Also absolutely killed it, with tons of energy and crowd engagement. A lot of people clearly didn't know them, but they won over the crowd by the first song.

Jungle Rot: Definitely a "see 'em live" band, but they were fun. Dunno what Jimmy did to his leg, but he had a BAD limp.

Origin: It's Origin. 'Nuff said. Tore the place apart and had the best set of the night.

Deicide: Didn't move too much (aside from the new guitarist), but they were clearly enjoying themselves onstage, and people were losing their minds for them. I liked the setlist, too; plenty of old-school songs, but just enough stuff from the new album and songs from their good modern albums to keep things fresh.

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Spring Awakening Music Festival (6/9)

Dead and Company - Wrigley Field (6/14)

Phish - Blossom Music Center (6/19)


First time catching a show at Blossom Music Center (Cuyahoga Falls, OH). What a tremendous venue.

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my next show is Thursday: Berlin, OMD, & B-52's


followed in ~2 weeks by lots of shows at Dragon*con (but mainly Cruxshadows)


then on 9/16: Pop Will Eat Itself




9/19: Nitzer Ebb


so my live music Summer slowdown is ramping back up . . finally!

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