Posted in music | pictures on September 28, 2010

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Xiu Xiu @ LPR
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Xiu Xiu are on the road and intersected with Japanese noise artist Merzbow and Gentle for a show at Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday night (9/26). Ecstatic Sunshine, who was originally scheduled to play, had to bow out of the show due to illness.

The show was one of three NYC gigs scheduled for Merzbow. The noise terrorist also attacked Issue Project Room twice on Thursday (9/23).

Merzbow, a/k/a Masami Akita, has been making noise since the late 1970s and last night he gave a more than 45-minute cacophonous performance. He performed with long hair swaying across his sunglass-clad face, sometimes sitting, sometimes hunched over his instruments with their "Meat is Murder" stickers, unfurling sonic textures so intense the guy next to me had his head in his hands. Indeed, that's what his music does--it's so oppressive that the room shakes and you start to hear echoes inside your brain. But listening to the music is only one-part of the noise experience. Coming out of the performance clear-headed and stronger than when you entered is just as integral.-[Village Voice]
Xiu Xiu's tour will loop back to the NYC area on 10/15, when the avant/experimental band will hit Maxwell's. Tickets are on still sale.

More pictures from LPR, and a video of Merzbow at IPR, below...

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Merzbow - Le Poisson Rouge 9/26/10

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Comments (10)

just three shots of merzbow? the man is a legend. looks like a very sparse crowd...

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 11:26 AM

Yeah 11:26 is right, where are the picture of Merzbow eating hummus??????????????

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 11:50 AM

MEHbow

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 12:07 PM

that IPR show changed me for good.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 12:27 PM

there were more people there than these pics would make it seem. at least 200.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 1:44 PM

Xiu Xiu - probably the worst, most annoying band i've ever seen in my life. GOd the vocals were so bad I wanted to stab myself. Fucking terrible. Had to wait outside until it ended.

Merzbow was excellent, of course.

Posted by Anonymous | September 28, 2010 2:38 PM

Xiu Xiu was on that night. They played a largely different setlist than their last show at Bowery, including a harrowing "Sad Pony Guerilla Girl" and a vicious, electric version of "Fabulous Muscles".

Posted by Paul G. | September 28, 2010 4:29 PM

To paraphrase Mark Kozelek,

"how many pictures of a guy standing over a laptop do you need?"

Posted by THE MASKED FAUXHEMIAN | September 29, 2010 11:48 AM

Xiu Xiu was a really soft, whiney and just annoying. Come on, The Mighty Merzbow deserves a better opening act. I felt totally douched out...

Posted by Balzass Mcgillacutty | October 11, 2010 11:48 PM

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