AMODA, Friday, August 29th
I'm gonna make this short and sweet.
Austin Museum of Digital Art held another of it's musical
showcases at the Elysium. Normally I am all about electronic
music in general and Elysium shows in particular. I should
have been wary though, when I got
a phone call from another Rank and Revue writer asking me
to cover the show.
no problem, I'm not doing anything tonight anyway".
should have known something was up, and although the beginning
of the night leading up to the show was going pretty well,
I should've expected the turn that I got.
sitting at the Elysium, which at near 11pm was populated with
only a few handfuls of people, most of them AMODA members.
Listening wistfully to the music floating out of the PA and
filling the club. I use the word
wistfully because I wished I could have made out what it was
Electronic Artists apparently is the phrase used to describe
quiet morose looking people who stand behind a keyboard and
laptop, pushing a random button and twiddling some knobs.
Not that I have anything against knob twiddling performers,
but I demand there be something resembling a melody line to
go with it. Hey look, I like shoe-gazer music sometimes. I
often wrap my head around the whole soundscape approach to
music, that's fucking fine. That wasn't the case at the AMODA
show. There was maybe one out of the five acts that was in
any way salvageable or bearable, the rest turned into a sort
of electronic-pretention-music masturbation., and I was not
you have to ask yourself and the bartender if "the band
is on" while they are in the middle of their set, then
I think you have to reassess what you just spent money on.
If I had actually paid for the show that I got at during this
AMODA event I would have definately asked for my money back.
I can't even tell you who was playing that night because it
all got lost in un-ending waves of suckage.
closing, the night was a bust, and if I get another call again
to cover an AMODA show I will demand hard drugs as compensation.
Otherwise I'm at least gonna ask for the right to inflict
a kick in the nuts on whoever's idea it was to pick me to