That’s right, guys. I just turned 12! or 16, or 22, or 99…who knows.
On December 13th, the Pape Space became like a Chuck E. Cheese’s, playing host to a little girl’s birthday party. But boy, were there some sophisticated jams!
Sea Fox played for her second time, and, just like at the very first show, all were silently attentive. Her voice is unrefined and genuinely unique, which are rare qualities to find in a voice so captivating. The heart-wrenching beauty in the room was palpable. Hopefully she’ll have recordings for us soon. For her last song, Leah Pape (certainly not the author of this blog?) and Shannon Lee joined her on “stage”, thus forming the hippest new folk trio, Kittens! It was their debut performance of a song that Keri wrote, entitled “Dig Four/Cabin Fever Song”. They were well received, judging by the gratuitous applause and compliments. Look out for them at CCC Christmas, Part 2. ;]
Then, Trestin Eeling of Practice Room Records (Kenny Korb) played his second CCC show, another much loved and longed for follow-up to our first show. He played an as of yet unreleased song that was at least ten minutes long. The passion in Kenny’s musical persona is unmatched by any other I’ve heard, and completely unexpected based upon his social interactions. He never ceases to amaze. New material to come in the spring!
The big spectacle of the night, what we all really came to see: Incorporated Village of Ghost. An incredibly close second to Family Lumber for my official rating of best LI band. We had been wanting these guys for a house show since the beginning, and they came out of hibernation just for us! They played three new songs, one of which they were performing for the first time. A six-piece ghost rock band beloved by many from Babylon to Brooklyn, now diving into the world of sea shanties. The lyrics have a whimsical storytelling quality similar to the Decemberists; the instrumentation contains post-rock complexities and another key ingredient that I just can’t put my finger on…thus is the non-corporeal nature of IVOG.
Unfortunately, our little ghosty pals were stopped three songs in by none other than THE MAN. It was 11:09pm, just past the wimpy town’s noise curfew (to be fair, IVOG is very, very loud). It was just enough to get the audience hot and bothered and wanting more, those sexy bastards. I bet they planned it all along…
Regardless of the prior catastrophe, Beach Moon/Peach Moon took the stage! The rock stops for no man. Unlike his debut performance at our first show (pattern here?), Dr. Robbie da Bobby was accompanied by the ever-so talented Peter DeMaio (Golden Wave, The Phantom and The Fox) on lead guitar, and Travis Giorgione (Golden Wave, Soft Talk) on drums. And lo, what a difference it made. His parallelism to Sparklehorse fell by the wayside, making room for an experimental freak-folk trippy-dippy sound. It was even danceable at times. It was they’re full-band debut, and they could not have had a warmer reception. People surprised themselves by loving it, despite its blatant peculiarities.
There was no drum circle this time around, and no baked-goods. But what it lacked in warm fuzziness it made up for in hard rockery and sex appeal. We don’t play around. (Except that’s really all we do.)
(Photographs by Andrew Sliwoski. Final BM/PM photo edited by Shannon Lee.)