went to see donkey and lee ranaldo and leah singer at issue project room last night, what do you think i will say? it was great. lee this time did not play the guitar, he stayed in the back of the room and manipulated loops (piano chords/spoken word poetry/ noises) and utilized the issues speaker system (which are pods suspended under ceiling, all around the room, so you could really manipulate the spatial aspect of the sound, a true surround sound experience). Leah used some new footage, like clips from their recent china tour, in addition to old footage which we've seen before. the images that came back that i liked especially the tree on fire from the setting sun, im assuming thats what it was towards the end. also that little film clip from the country home with the double bunk beds and the trees outside, and sun coming in. well i could go on and on, the bottom line is this is something you have to see for yourself. also i was thinking about this on the way home, the fact lee this time was not in front of the screen, that makes you really focus on the visual and the audio, so i think i like it.
donkey opened, a noise/electronics/experimental project of hans fjellestad amd damon holzborn, their cds are on accretion label, i picked up their donkey/stone cd which was recorded live at the stone in november 2006, great cd its not in the catalog but i think thats because it was just released, here is the link you can listen to some samples there for free: http://www.accretions.com/artists/donkey.asp
also like it was mentioned before, this is it for the issue, they are closing at the end of the month but moving to a new location and will keep on doing what they are doing. it was a great place to see a show and great bunch of people.