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Sleepytime Gorilla Museum @ Highline Ballroom (8/17/2007)

When it comes to the avant garde or experimental aspect of music there are few who probably do it as well as the band Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. I could not risk missing the chance to enjoy their display of musical prowess even though I had attended the all day Ozzfest 2007 affair the day before so I headed down to the Highline Ballroom to see what was going on. Their The End Records label mates Tub Ring would be direct support along with a new band called Made Out Of Babies. If you want to learn more about this show, just scroll past the logo below.

Logo - Sleepytime Gorilla Museum

Artist: Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
Venue: Highline Ballroom (New York, NY)
Opener: Tub Ring, Made Out Of Babies
Date: 8/17/2007
Label: The End Records

I have to be brutally honest in saying that I was not really planning on hitting this show because I had attended Ozzfest the previous day and that was an all but draining experience based on the amount of running around I was involved in. Yet when it comes to any of the artist roster of The End Records one is advised to recoup their strength as best as possible, for even if they are aware of the bands music in the audio sense, you really cannot be totally prepared for what is in store for you at a live show. This would be the case as Sleepytime Gorilla Museum returned to NYC for a performance at recently opened Highline Ballroom. Joining them were label mates Tub Ring and an independent group by the name of Made Out Of Babies.
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“There Be Squabbles Ahead” by Stolen Babies

Artist: Stolen Babies
Title: “There Be Squabbles Ahead”
Label: The End Records
Release Date: 10/3/2006
Genre: Dark Gothic Cabaret
Rating: 4/5

Come with me dear readers on a journey deep inside the depths of the beer halls where the insane come to mingle. For the price of entry and a two-drink minimum, I ask that you join me at a table off to the side of the stage where tonight’s performers are the Stolen Babies. TSB is an Avant-Garde/Gothic/Metal Cabaret group that is led by Dominique Lenore Persi who is the bands singer/screamer and accordion player. Ms. Persi has a voice that is beautiful and melodic in one second and then the raving screams of a lunatic at the others. She is quite the dynamic performer and the rest of her group is no different. They are indeed a fascinating, interesting and very mystifying unit and their debut release on The End Records will leave you scratching your head even after several listens. It is really one of the most eclectic and curious groups that I ever had the pleasure of listening to. The four-piece ensemble has a very strong visual presence but sadly you lose this on an audio CD – the photos on their website and by the included video for “Push Button” prove that they are a “must see” type of band and come off like a cross between the weird kids in the school band mixed with Alice Cooper ala Torch Singer with a dab of Metal. Confused? Good, because I have listened to it four times and I am still like “hmmmm”. The winning tracks like “Push Button” and “Lifeless” show the levels of diversity that is possessed by the group while the opening track “Spill” is simply a throttling Metal number. The groups association with the members of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum leads to appearances of that band on the recording and it helps add a little more to the overall strangeness of the piece. We have Dan Rathburn from SGM doing tuba and vocals while Carla Kihlstedt adds violin. Rounding out the lineup of The Stolen Babies are Rani Sharone (guitars), Ben Rico (keyboards) and Gil Sharone (drums).
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