this is a listing of live event reviews.. if you go to a noise or experimental show and wish to review it for CAUTION, we would love to include it.. we love to show pictures of events as well. when we an get them... this issue of CAUTION includes reviews of the following events:
Acid Mothers Temple/Farflung/Instagon, Silverlake,CA / 05-31-99
Girlsong Event, San Francisco, CA / 01-31-99
Solid Eye/Primal Riviera, San Pedro, CA / 01-17-99

May 31,1999
The Fold @ Silverlake Lounge,Silverlake,CA
This was the first time I was able to check out The Fold at their new location at the Silverlake Lounge (in a somewhat seedy part of town as opposed to a very seedy part like the Chorus Club). Good location, I think. Decent acoustics, spacious and a nice dive-y feel. As for the bill, I was psyched (no pun intended) to be able to check out a Japanese psych legend, guitarist Makoto Kawabata and his family/congregation Acid Mothers Temple. A six-piece that includes a very cute female synth player/singer, these folks seem to be true disciples of late 60ís/early 70ís hippie acidrock/cult mentality to the point where it felt like they were being beamed in from another dimension. Weird folk (?) touches (including what appeared to be a variation on Tuvan throat-singing ) were blended with heavy, heavy acid psych jamming that at times bordered on a psycho kind of free jazz but most often was solidly based on the influences of forefathers like Blue Cheer and Amon Duul II. But this was no retro rubbish here. These folks have the real spirit in them in a way that it seems that only the Japanese can pull off. The finale was a kind of Little Richard-meets-Blue Cheer piece of insanity that climaxed with Makoto going nuts and ripping strings out of his guitar and playing it at the same time. Absolutely amazing. Why donít we have bands like this in the U.S.? Simple: because the Japanese have been able to carry on a musical spirit and state of mind that we have for the most part lost. How do they do it? Youíve got me, but kudos to whoever brought Acid Mothers Temple out here. In July Makotoís other band Mainliner is touring (YEAH!!) so if youíre considering committing suicide you may want to put it off for a month and a half.
As for the openers, local space rockers Farflung delivered what I thought was kind of a lackluster, overlong set that never seemed to hit a groove. Iíve seen them play before and play damn good when theyíre tight and emphasize their heavy side but tonight I felt like they were kind of meandering. Oh well, maybe next time.
Instagon, they of the never-the-same-twice line-up, tonight featured on synth my former bandmate E.J. Nervo and five other dudes (including Lob, of course). Instagon, what with their no-prior-rehearsal policy, is generally only as good as how the group of musicians Lob gathers happen to work together. Tonight they were definitely on, as they were all following each other well enough so it didnít become aimless; and the last number, which hit a On the Corner-era Miles Davis kind of feel, was really killer. Iíd say that they should stick with this line-up but of course this is Instagon and well... -- [Ron K.]
An Evening of Experimental Music with Sweetness & The Christian Endeavors, Handmaiden America, and Down River
January 31, 1999
The Lab, San Francisco, CA

Our story begins with a story. A story, as told by Sweetness (performance artist Tim Craig), of life in the country. Where daddies run away and little girls fall in love with strange men who drive big shinny trucks. A tale of betrayal, forgiveness and a simple but truthful understanding of human relationships. Overhead stock photography allows us the view of a country side. Backed by the Christian Endeavors (Dennis Bevelacqua, Kurt Hausman, La La Hulse, Adam Stein, Kevin Hausman, & Kristi Jendry), Sweetness sings all of your country/western favorites by Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and others I can't remember. If C/W music needs anything it's a man in drag.

Handmaiden America took the stage next, marching out single file. Chanting and enchanting. This group of seven women delighted the crowd with Bulgarian chants. When though this is an acapella group, African hand drums were used along with an electric guitar. Members include Shana Kingsley, Gina Darnell, Gabrielle Ekedal, Michelle Menard, Rossanna D'Anillo, Kristi Jendry, and Paige Weber (Van Gough's Daughter).

Last and most impressive was Down River. A collaboration between Carolyn Ryder Cooley and Anah-K Coates. Playing organs, guitar, vocals and various found instruments these women filled the room with a haunting dream. The film they showed probably describes their music best. The pair (one playing an accordion) riding a carousel where all the horses have been blindfolded as if for execution. At one point, one strapped on an accordion and they both played it while dancing. This must be seen to truly understand the sensuality of it all.

This event was presented in conjunction with The Secret Language of Girls exhibition. -- kenny
Janurary 17, 1999
Sacred Grounds, San Pedro, CA
my partner Jay Truesdale (Ecomcon), and i arrived at the show early.. we got great seats right up in front of the stage area in big cushy comfy chairs...Jay mentioned that these were great seats.. and that the venue had nice speakers (big JBL's on the PA) Finally the show started.. there was no dimming the lights, only the house music was cut off and PRIMAL RIVIERA began thier set.. PRIMAL RIVIERA is a 2 piece unit consisting of Lisa, playing synths and knob twisting, and Bill playing Cello with effects on it.. their set started with Bill doing this growling thudding like meandering with his cello..while Lisa added space like inertia and swirly effects from her KORG.. thier second piece was more of the same but with alot of plucking on ther Cello strings and odd percussive time signatures with the sound droppings.. thier show was about 30 mins long.. it was very errie in it's texture.. sorta like LUSTMORD with strings.. thier set very much came off as a recital more than a show..i paticularly liked the Cello making sounds very close to a digereedoo.. there was a photographer from the L.A. Times in the room shooting photos of Primal Riviera, and he felt it necessary to ask Bill how to spell his last name IN THE MIDDLE OF THIER SET.. very uncool.. who trains these people for the newpapers? From what i can gather this was Primal Riviera's debut performance in this incarnation. Next came SOLID EYE.. a Los Angeles based experimental ensamble that i have heard tons about but never got to witness.. i was not let down.. the trio that makes up SOLID EYE are brilliant in their efforts are audio collage artists.. their are inresting characters.. RICK POTTS looks like a cross between Stephen King and the guitar player for PHISH, and is fun to watch tweak thru a set playing with toys, a saw blade, a beautiful Fender guitar..and a special guitar witha bendable neck and a shoe mount.. JOSEPH HAMMER looks like GEEZER BUTLER from Black Sabbath...kneeling on the floor fiddling with cd's and making live samples with an OLD beautifully cased reel to reel machine.. while behind them, playing 2 keyboards.. the calm smug surfer called STEVE THOMSEN add tones and samples of his own.. added for this night on the soundboard..mixing thier levels into the PA was help from thier friend DON BOLLES. This show was supurb..SOLID EYE played for nearly an hour.. throwing out layer upon layer of sound and noise.. combining wierd and funny sounds with odd voices and low end drones.. making nearly an "audio cartoon" twisted and silly noise inspired by Spike Jones or Raymond Scott but put thru the John Cage or Steven Stapleton school of how to do it.. i would recommend SOLID EYE to any noise or experimental music fan.. i will definatly go seem them again. ---[LOB]

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