Sound Artist and Noise Enabler Bob Bellerue at Dangerous Curve
A release came across my desk today for a new event at Dangerous Curve, Downtown. They often have good, high-quality shows, but this one particularly knocked my socks off. Bob Bellerue–known to many of you local rock snobs as the dude who keeps Il Corral open for the noise-rock kids and who really helped midwife the scene in 2005–is bringing his own performance art / experimental music / soundscaping to Dangerous Curve on the night of the 13th. In a hybridization of various other shows I’ve seen around LA that I’ve loved–Christian Ristow‘s giant clattering robots, Jeff Boynton’s circuitbending, and pretty much everything done at Machine Project, plus a Long Beach event called SoundWalk (for the love of the Lard, Flood, bring it to LA!)–Bellerue uses found and repurposed objects to make some seriously…
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Photo courtesy brilliant photog Aaron Farley from Get The Fuck Up Radio.
…awe-inspiring and cathartic sound. His “The F*cking Piano” is a piano sound board that he plays from inside; “Old Faithful” is an industrial-scale floor drain that becomes a massive gong / amplifier from hell in his hands. And “The Beast” is a massive sheet of steel that he bows, beats, and variously attacks to create some seriously heavy-duty sound. Using area mics to pick up the weird ambient resonance and tones created by these unconventional instruments, he also incorporates their own feedback, plus horns and speakers. All this sonic aggression from a guy with a background in punk/acid rock, Balinese and Javanese gamelan, and Tibetan Buddhism. Talk about multidisciplinary. Oh, he’s also just a really nice guy.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Live Artist Residency Series Performance: Bob Bellerue/halfnormal with “The Beast and Friends”
1020 East Fourth Place
(500 Molino Street #102)
Los Angeles, 90013
Lola: “The Rememberlings” at Thinkspace
Lola came up out of the LA Lowbrow, Cannibal Flower scene, and my friend Laura is a crazy slobbering fan. Laura drew my attention to Lola’s work–I’d tuned out of the Cannibal Flower shows for a while, which was my loss–and I’m thrilled she did. Lola combines a delicacy that reminds me of the original Surrealists and even Bosch with a fairy-tale, furry sort of lowbrow that reminds me of Camille Rose Garcia and seems to deal with similar themes: animals as a mirror for elements of ourselves, the fragility of humans and nature, etc. She’s got a solo show this Friday the 12th at Thinkspace Gallery.
4210 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Also, tickets for the Moz, playing the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 1st (Thursday), 2nd (Friday) and 3rd (Saturday), go on sale this Saturday at 10 am, or so says morrissey-solo.com. Woo!