Earlier that day, I was with my buddy Abdul catching the self-described king of Bubu music, Janka Nabay play a set at the Avant/Garde Diaries in SoHo. And although we were surrounded by models and other beautiful people, I had to run to catch my dear friend and colleague Natalie Hamingson at Tammany Hall for eMusic.com’s New Music Seminar Festival showcase.
And to be honest, it was a bit of a frustrating show, as well as one of those shows where I felt increasingly curmudgeonly and old. Hooray for Earth was probably the most accomplished sounding of the two set we caught but my main problems with their set was that their sound was largely unoriginal. They sounded much like a dozen or more bands with a power pop sort of sound that you’d hear on Music Choice’s Alternative Music Channel. Amanaguchi is a chiptune band – a band that has some component of their material based on using modified video game systems and cartridges. In some way, it brings back a bit of cheesy nostalgia but it also makes it kind of hard to take the genre seriously – mainly because it makes the music sound kind of childish. The band’s use of projections didn’t add much to actual performance, and made it feel as though the audience were watching YouTube. I quickly found the whole thing annoying and wanted to leave as quickly as possible (which we wound up doing).
Hooray for Earth
For these photos and the rest of the photos for this night of music, check out the Flickr set here: