This Little Undershirt
[This is a guest post by Phil Longo. I have edited it for punctuation and spelling only, and added random bolding, a la Orlando Weekly. Hopefully, I can talk Phil into making TLU a recurring feature here at Orlando Music News.]
Bao Le-Huu is a voyeur, a sniper at the gates of a local musician’s dream. He is also a studio hermit rarely ever performing live, so you can imagine my excitement and perverse curiosity when i learned he was to perform on stage for the first time. The event was local musician/shoegaze music expert Tierney Tough‘s birthday extravaganza (Will’s Pub, Oct. 13th).
Having followed his career path for several years, I was keenly aware of his well-documented grit and venom and I couldn’t wait to see the man finally “lay it on the line.” With my known passion for two-piece music critics I was initially dismayed to learn he was to be performing solo. My concern was almost to prove correct when the artist’s legendary performance anxiety almost got the best of him. After being carried to the stage, the set immediately got off to a rough start. The sound was a little muddy and Bao seemed to lack focus at first, several times singing far away from the mic or choosing not to sing at all.
While his performance lacked physicality, I feel it carried a restrained emotive weight and there was a marked “non-performing” style I found refreshing and lacking from most local artists of this genre. Although his eyes betrayed the silence like optical sumamis [sic, and, WTF?] which paralyzed this critic, we will have to wait and see if Bao can translate this vibe into a visceral live show. I personally can’t wait to find out. Welcome to the party, sir.
Also bringing it was local opener Cory (of Will’s Pub fame) with his Silver-Jews-meets-Steven-Wright-narrating-a-YouPorn-clip take on pop music. Well done, well done.
From WPRK’s website, here’s a rundown of the ten most-played local artists for the last week.
Well, this was a little unexpected, but two videos for Pauses‘ songs – “Go North” and “Hands Up” (both shot by John Deeb and Deeb Studios) – were selected for admission into two different film festivals. The Illinois International Film Festival selected “Hands Up” (which you can check out for yourself up ^^^^ there), and the Red Rock Film Festival picked “Go North” (below) as an Official Selection.
Just as a reminder, the Pauses head out on a CMJ-pointing East Coast tour Saturday with the Great Deceivers, but you can catch them Friday at Back Booth with Royal Bangs and Bear Hands. And, if you’re feeling truly rambunctious, you can come to Will’s tonight to celebrate the birthday of Pauses bassist Tierney Tough, with sets by A.T.T.I.C., Dark Sea of Awareness, a ridiculous attempt at DJ’ing by yours truly, along with cake, karaoke, and a disco dance party. The cover’s only $2, with the money going to keeping the Pauses gassed and fed while they’re on the road.
You’ve donated to In Curses‘ Kickstarter project, haven’t you? If you haven’t, you’ll probably want to after watching this.
You don’t know who In Curses is? Here’s the deal:
Once upon a time, recently, in a land not too far away at all… In Curses began. Alexandrah (lead vocalist of Solillaquists of Sound) and Sean Kantrowitz decided to move in together. It wasn’t long before the music coming from Sean’s room caught Alexandrah’s attention, and the idea to start a group was formed. After months and months of writing, rehearsing, and finding the talents of Aaron Mellick and Robby Copeland, the four members began recording their debut album, ‘Reaching Field.’
Total. Fucking. Devastation.
Again, for those who don’t know, but should, Mr. Pussy is Max Green (Great Deceivers), Eric Pitman (VRGNS), Andrew Lacour (Khann), and the almighty Phil Longo (your favorite band, at some point or another).
Real quick: I’ve launched a fundraiser (via FundRazr on Facebook) to augment the reward currently offered by Polk County law enforcement, who are looking for information that leads to the arrest of the
scumbag perpetrator who shot and killed Ralph Ameduri in an act of senseless violence last weekend in Winter Haven. (For more info, please check out Jim Abbott’s coverage at the Sentinel here and here and information on the sheriff’s reward here. Do yourself a favor and don’t read the comments on that last one.)
HERE IS THE FACEBOOK LINK TO THE FUNDRAISER . Please consider a huge donation. And please make it quickly so we can catch the sonofabitch who did this.
AND, if you don’t want to go through all the Facebook rigamarole just to donate to this, just click on the “Make A Donation” button above. It’s set up for donations to this site, but nobody ever uses it (ahem), so I’ll know that any donations that come through it in the next few days will be for this reward fund.