Tower Control Records CD Release at the Beachland Ballroom

This past Friday was an event that I’d been look­ing for­ward to for sev­er­al months. Tower Control Records’ CD Release Party for The X Bolex and Jerk. 12 bands, $5 cov­er and free food pre-show. It was su­per-well or­ga­nized, no chance to miss a band’s per­for­mance and just enough time in be­tween them to snag a smoke if you swung that way. I def­i­nite­ly did my du­ty drop­ping bills on the lo­cal mu­sic scene re­leas­es. I had the in­tent of get­ting video of every band but many of the sets were too dim for ef­fec­tive tap­ing. What I did man­age to cap­ture fol­lows:

I’m a dum­b­ass and thought Shawn Flowers was Theodore Vril when I first start­ed hang­ing out with the­se folks a cou­ple of years ago. Yeah. Dumbass. This was a good open­ing set, but nec­es­sar­i­ly short due to the fact that 11 oth­er bands were play­ing.

Low Lamps aka Brian Straw was a dif­fer­ent per­for­mance than I’m used to see­ing from him; but one well-ap­point­ed to this noise-ori­ent­ed show. He does some crazy and in­ter­est­ing things with his gui­tar in this clip.

Pardon the worth­less­ness of view­ing this video, but the joy that is Giants of Gender shouldn’t be tossed aside due to lack­light. I don’t know much about this trio, but I’m guess­ing they’re con­ser­va­to­ry stu­dents. Improv sax/​clarinet, vi­o­lin and vi­bra­phone.

This is the first song off of The X Bolex’s new record, so it is called Mastodon. Their funky jazz-jam riffage and time-change col­laps­es have made them a fa­vorite around here for awhile and I was hap­py to pick up their disk, so I can have ‘em with me every­where.

It was great see­ing Neptune again af­ter last year’s re­cock­u­lous show at The Church. I bought their newest re­lease, on 220g or­ange vinyl. They made the trip out from Boston for just this one show and hit the road back to play a Saturday show. Thats some se­ri­ous re­spect for them to make the trip for TCR. I’m even more con­vinced that Neptune is what heavy met­al should have be­come.

Altogether a great night. I was sup­posed to go to Fear of a Black Planet at Touch the next night to see TMIBH, Muamin and The New Surah Orchestar, but I fum­bled on that play.

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