Neil (nt) wrote,

From the Mermen mailing list...

"...the last song of the night [last Thursday] was crazy. Crazy and unforgettable. They played Pull of the Moon, an often and gloriously jammed out tune, but ever like this? Toward the end of the thing -- and it must have lasted about 10 minutes or so -- Jim -- after the usual wonderful riffs and runs over the tidal surge and wave crash of Martyn and Jennifer, played his guitar like a pedal steel, laying it flat on his lap and using an oversized shot glass as a slide. After that Jim began -- while still playing and feedbacking -- to methodically de-tune the strings by twisting away at the pegs. This was mesmerizing. The sounds -- and I use the plural because as the strings got more and more out of tune the sound changed and (d)evolved -- were sort of a cross between what you might imagine if Harry Partch made an instrument for a surf band and what Pythagoras' mythical music of the spheres might sound like if it echoed off the walls of some deep canyon sea cave.

And then at the very end -- with the surge and crash of bass and drums still pulling and orbiting -- Jim pulled out a pair of what looked like wire cutters or pliers and one by one cut the guitar's strings. Holy apocalyptic prophecies of electro-amplified skee-rang-buzz-mrkgnao-wow!"

  • (no subject)

    In Calgary, Exploring the Cultural Side of ‘Cowtown’ (link is to The New York Times) Pretty good article, although I've never seen Calgarians…

  • Broken trees

    A few examples of trees broken by the accumulation of snow, as mentioned in my last post. The snow is gone, but the damage remains.

  • (no subject)

    I drove around town today and was shocked at the number of trees that had been damaged by the heavy snowfall earlier in the week. It's too early in…

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic