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Jarboe @ Santos Party House (6/27/2009)

The Atmospheric/Ambient styling of Jarboe, formerly of the band Swans would perform at a new club called Santo’s Party House in NYC this weekend and I was there to observe and report on what would transpire. The interesting night also found me catching the bands Cult Of Youth and Bloody Panda, one a Celtic Rock act while the other was Doom Metal crushing. Jarboe was continuing to support her latest album “Mahakali” and should you want to learn and see more about the show, just keep on scrolling.

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Artist: Jarboe
Venue: Santos Party House (New York, NY)
Opener: Bloody Panda, Cult Of Youth
Date: 2009
Label: The End Records

Having been left curious and scratching my head just a bit after hearing the two Jarboe CD’s that I’m in possession of, I had to admit that there was enough of a feeling of intrigue in my musical mind to find me open enough to catch her doing her thing in concert. It’s been documented that the singers “J2” CD left me wanting but I had enjoyed enough of its follow up “Mahakali” to find myself at a place called Santos Party House this evening. The interest level arose quite a bit when the prospect of examining a new venue would also be a part of the musical treats this evening and as I arrived at the oddly named venue down on Lafayette Street I realized that it was right around the corner from a favorite restaurant of mine – Nha Trang. For those who are not too clear on Jarboe or what it is she does, well, she is formerly the singer for a band called Swans which was considered a leading Post Punk band. Here is how the event went down this evening.
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PiercingMetal’s “Best Of” 2008: The Videos and Concerts

Hello again, we are back with the rest of the years “Best Of” for 2008. In an earlier installment I posted all of the albums that blew me away and now its time to showcase the videos and concerts along with a few other quick items. Please take a look down below and get ready to share your own favorites with us.

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The Best DVD’s of 2008:

Various Artists “Roadrunner United” (Roadrunner Records): Filmed concert with Heavy Metal’s finest celebrating the record labels 25th anniversary. Lots of fun stuff here.

Opeth “The Roundhouse Tapes” (Peaceville Records): Filmed during the “Ghost Reveries” tour and a follow up to the CD released last year.

Twisted Sister “Live At The Astoria” (Demolition Records): The SMF’s from NYC remind London and the world about why they are a Metal super power to this very day.

Within Temptation “Black Symphony” (Roadrunner Records): A stunning live concert performance that pairs the Dutch sensations with a full orchestra. This is an amazing show. Audio CD included.

Iron Maiden “Live After Death” (Universal Music): Never before on DVD this classic Iron Maiden show from the “Powerslave” tour, this release was loaded with extras and is listed as required Metal.

Lamb Of God “Walk With Me In Hell” (Epic Records): This documentary took the viewer on a three year trek with the band and was insightful, entertaining and sometimes jarring in its honesty. Great job guys.

Dimmu Borgir “The Invaluable Darkness Tour” (Nuclear Blast Records): The giants of Norwegian Black Metal have their tour captured on DVD for more to enjoy. A great set with a ton of features.

Blackmore’s Night “Paris Moon” (SPV Records): A great concert from the Renaissance Rockers. Bonus CD included.
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“J2” by Jarboe/Justin K Broadrick

Artist: Jarboe, Justin Broadrick
Title: “J2”
Label: The End Records
Release Date: 3/18/2008
Genre: Art Rock/Avant Garde Pop
Rating: 1.5/5

Where do I even begin on this one? Perhaps it’s best to line out the creators of the project to get a little better understanding about what this actually is. “J2” is the resulting piece of “music” that comes from the talented if not unique minds of singer/songwriter Jarboe (former of Swans) and Justin Broadrick (Jesu and Godflesh) who together have released a rather confusing and difficult listen for those who are unfamiliar with the roads that Ambient and Experimental music often takes. As the CD begins with the song “Decay”, we find Jarboe cooing in a sort of airy, dreamy and hypnotic manner but that is all she does while a deep bass tone strums over it. I felt this could have been dealt with had it not been over seven minutes long because when it ended I felt a sigh of relief and hoped that change would come fast. “Decay” was a lot like Bjork with its weird vibe. “Let Go” serves up something more along the lines of an actual song and it sounded like Portishead to me but that’s ok since some of their stuff is rather interesting. The steam picks up a little bit more with the very Gathering like tune “Magick Girl” and I felt the album would have snared me instead of scared me had they chose to open it with this one. This song is a deep and brooding piece musically and runs almost nine minutes long. Jarboe has a lot in common with Anneke on this one as well, and it is potentially the best selection on the release. More weirdness comes into play with the tunes “Romp” and while the riffs sounded appealing and moody to me there was a lot of stuff happening with the vocals that I felt was taking away from it. These effects and samplings of numerous vocal styles and explorations can really leave the listener scratching their head sometimes.
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