Northern-Spy_Records on 01/04/2011 at 09:31AM
1) William Basinski's performance of 'Vivian and Ondine' at 110 Livingston (Brooklyn, NY)
The significance of this gig was already apparent before the lights dimmed and William Basinski stepped behind his table for a performance of the 2008 composition 'Vivian and Ondine'. The first sound he made was accidental - the apple computer start-up sound. Drawing chuckles from the crowd, it was a harsh, sharp attack opposite his cathartic, glacially unraveling tape loops. Behind Basinski, the Joshua Light Show 'liquid lights' highlighted the beautiful interior of the 110 Livingston building, Issue's future home.
2) Sir Richard Bishop at Zebulon (Brooklyn, NY)
During his 4 week residency at Zebulon, Rick performed a mixed bag of exotic, instrumental guitar songs and classic, surreal story-songs from the SCG catalog. I attended 3 out of 4 of the shows including one in which he was accompanied by the incredible Bill Orcutt. To be frank, it was too hot and sweaty to enjoy that one. I believe it was his opening night that Bishop played 'Eyeball in a Quart Jar of Snot'. INCREDIBLE! He asked if there were any requests to which I quickly shouted "play Nancy" drawing a smirk and a "NO".