various-live-reviews-including-the-orb-vapourspace-autechres-debut-and-megadog-11th-december-1993

By the beard of Zeus! These 2 pages of live reviews are the fucking motherlode of IDM (sorry for terrible genre moniker) it’s seems incredible that all this happened within the same week. Where to fucking start?

Well probably best to hi-light the smallest, most shoddily written review of Autechre’s debut live performance first cause it’s easily missed. I know hindsight is a marvellous thing and all that but given given that Incanubula (A STONE COLD FUCKING CLASSIC – DOWNLOAD!) had already been released they’re not given nearly enough prominence on the page. If you were there please comment!

Reynolds gets the dream ticket of Vapourspace, Aphex Twin, Moby (before he wrote music to sell cars) and Orbital. Reynold’s nails the description of Vapourspace’s Gravitational Arch of 10 (another STONE COLD FUCKING CLASSIC – DOWNLOAD!) as “cyber-Bach variations that make your flesh ripple” and that’s before the E kicks in.

Push takes on The Orb at Brixton Academy and makes me smile with “As The Orb journey further into the fourth dimension, several members of the audience enter the fifth” and continues in the same playful manner at the Megadog, “because the bar shuts fours hours before the close of play – extra curricular activity is ordained. In the name of duty, in the name of investigative journalism; in the name of…oh, sod it, you only live once.” Too right matey!

There’s 3,000 people inside but a thousand have been turned away at the gates by the time Trans Global Underground take to the stage. A thousand! A fucking thousand that didn’t get in! Does any club get even a thousand people inside it these days?

“It’s six am and Megadog comes to a blinding, light-up halt. We smile in unison with the sweaty bodies that surround us, knowing that we’ve just experienced the very best club in the world. Ever”

Those were the days. Those were the fucking days.

Vapourspace – Gravitational Arch of 10 (this is the radio edit – get the long version)

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Beck live at New York Irving Plaza November 1994

Beck live at New York Irving Plaza and other live reviews. Taken from N.M.E. 19th November 1994. Photo by Derek Ridgers.

Review of an early live performance from Beck. I saw him play the Town & Country Club around the time of Mellow Gold but I think before Odelay. Either way it was an ok gig as I recall. Remember he handed out the mic to someone in the crowd to beatbox and then sang over the top. He also did a whole section with just an acoustic guitar. Predictably the crowd went nuts for Mutherfucker. Only found out recently that he’s a Scientologist. Better be careful what I say or the aliens will come and get me but SHAME ON YOU Beck!

Also on reviewed on this page Vapourspace a.k.a. Mark Gage. Gravitational Arch of 10 is a record that I have very fond memories of. Here’s the edited track but the original goes on for 20+ minutes. Classic.

An amusing review of Harry Connick Jr too. Compared to Jamie Cullum I think we got off lightly.