(Warning: There is no guarantee of any pog trading at this show.)
The fact that Joel Hunt’s production company (or whatever you’d define it as) is named The Other Side of Life is appropriate, given his propensity to assemble interesting shows that, when possible, are in interesting locations. Tonight’s affair is no different as David Daniell & Douglas McCombs are joined by local rockers State Champion, and weirdo music Flanger Magazine. A few notes about that last sentence. First, I hate saying “local rockers,” because it makes me sound like some piss-poor WDJX dj or something, but in this case it’s absolutely true, and you need to just go with your heart (awww). Second, “weirdo music” is a term of affection. How could you name your band after a Flanger and not get lumped into a stranger category?
That Daniell and McCombs met through Rhys Chatham speaks to their mindset. I hesitate to call them either avant-garde or experimental, as I see that as a misnomer that suggests a particular motive behind the music that I am unwilling to ascribe. I can, however, say that their past experiences as collaborators of Thurston Moore or Greg Davis (to name a few), and as a member (ex or otherwise) of Tortoise and The For Carnation (to name a few) respectively are positive encouragement that this will be something well worth your time. The duo is touring in support of their new album, which again should merit at least your consideration. I’m telling you that as a command. I’m also telling you to go to the show tonight, but only if you appreciate something different. Otherwise, I figure you probably hate diversity. Don’t hate diversity everyone.