Posted in music | pictures on August 10, 2010

photos by Benjamin Lozovsky, words by Andrew Frisicano

Hallogallo

Michael Rother and friends performed an entrancing set of music by Neu! and associated acts at Lincoln Center Damrosch Park Friday night (8/6), after a Maxwell's set earlier that week. With support from Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley and Tall Firs bassist Aaron Mullan, both dependably on track, Rother's buzzy guitar cut through the atmospheric haze, as the pieces, each about 10 minutes, entered slowly, built up and faded. The maestro worked with a number of sounds, from a shred-worthy roar to subtley layered harmonics. Under that, a backbeat of laptop clacks and synths (and something that sounded like a gurgling faucet) drove along the pieces. Only a few minutes into the opening number Shelley burst into the late Klaus Dinger's trademark 'motorik' beat, to cheers from the crowd.

With the rhythm up front, the music was infinitely danceable. But nearing the one hour mark, frankly, the scene was a bit dire. The crowd, many of whom were just passing by, or attending for the night's curious opening act, Brazilian jazz fusion bandleader Hermeto Pascoal, seemed to be leaving in swarms. And many that stayed were vocal about their ambivalence ("And now for something completely different" heckled one senior, in reference to the Hallgallo's steadily-paced songs. "It's not unpleasant," said another before shuffling off into the night. Others just conversed loudly on about their day, or the Arcade Fire show the night before. Before the show, Steve Shelley explained to one clueless inquirer: "Neu! is this band from Germany...they were very influential to what would become indie rock, and bands like Sonic Youth and Stereolab." [pause] "Oh maybe, I'll stay," she said, clearly not intending to.)

It was also right around the one hour mark, during the set's extended last jam, that a small crowd started gathering near the front of the stage and down the aisles. A few pogoed, some bounced around, and even more just joined the group to make their presence felt, an appropriately warm gesture to end the night.

Michael Rother and band are done with this round of shows (until ATP NY in September) but they'll be on WFMU Tuesday (today), 3-6pm on the Brian Turner show. Guitarist Bill Orcutt visited the same show on August 3rd, and performed in WFMU's 4th Floor bathroom. His full set is up at the Free Music Archive, and a video of it is below.

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Bill Orcutt performing in the 4th Floor bathroom at WFMU Radio, Jersey City NJ, for Brian Turner's radio show

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Comments (14)

An amazing show. Hallogallo was perfect outdoor, urban nocturne music.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2010 11:53 AM

we would have gone if we knew about the show...a 5 minute walk- wheres the advertisement on this shit BV?

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2010 11:58 AM

Wish I made this or the Maxwell's show. Luckily ATP is soon.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2010 12:05 PM

shit, I missed this...

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2010 12:11 PM

Nice photos!

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2010 12:49 PM

It was a curious double-bill, for sure...

For every Hermeto Pascoal fan who wandered away during the chilled-out Hallogallo set there there was probably at least one Neu! fan who wished they had that option during the opener's flurry of latin-via-Zappa jazz.


Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2010 12:54 PM

Hermeto Pascoal é o cara!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2010 12:58 PM

the best drummer there was selling merch for Rother: Awesome Allison.

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2010 1:03 PM

GREAT show. perfect for a summer Friday night

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2010 2:18 PM

where is the rest the the ATP line-up???

Posted by Anonymous | August 10, 2010 3:30 PM

Posted by Douglas Q. Smith | August 10, 2010 4:02 PM

Funny, from your description it sounds like the HalloGallo set was a tepid experience... then you see the photos of the crowd and they don't look even remotely bored and the crowd does not look like a "small gathering."

I was at the show and HalloGallo was fantastic (the set was way too short, though)!

The first band was fit for the World-Music-Moca-Latte crowd who need to be in bed by 9.

Posted by jimmy | August 10, 2010 5:36 PM

"the first band was fit for the World-Music-Moca-Latte crowd who need to be in bed by 9"

lol Hermeto is far hipper than what you think you are. Get your entry level hipster attitude together man!

Both groups were great for different reasons.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2010 5:28 PM

Jimmy, if your Moca-Latte comment is all you gleaned from Hermeto Pascoal's performance you probably were just yakking with your compadres, or checking your messages. EZ listening it ain't. Complex, dissonant and joyful it is.

Posted by dbgoren | August 15, 2010 5:04 PM

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