photos by Julie Schabel
The free construction and dub production of Shabazz Palace's music might make them seem like a headphones-only proposition. Not remotely so. The duo didn't give themselves much space to move--Maraire stood behind a pair of congas and at one point played a large thumb piano, as Lazaro switched between mike-stand effects box, waist-high laptop, and a couple other machines...That review, and the pictures in this post. come from Shabazz Palaces' headlining appearance at SOBs on April 13th (did you get in with your SOB's pass?), where the crew teamed up with Lavish and Malitia Malimob one day before Shabazz Palaces played a sold out Brooklyn Bowl to complete their two night run in the city.
But the group had a nice little repertoire of choreographed moves (the best one was a high-five-on-the-backhand-side), and generated a lot of compressed energy, something the room returned in kind. The space filled up fast--zero to sixty in the 45 minutes between my 10:15 arrival and the headliners going on...
The show finished with "Recollections of the Wraith," whose chorus goes, "Clear some space out so we can space out," and by that point it was hard to move around at all--which, of course, isn't the same as the music being hard to move to. That was no issue at all. -[Capital NY]
Make sure to head out for Record Store Day on 4/21 to pick up your copy of the new Shabazz Palaces Live at KEXP 12". Culled from a live session on KEXP (no doy), the limited-to-2000 release comes on purple vinyl.
More pictures from SOB's are below.