Thursday, January 27, 2011

Review: Beaten By Them- Invisible Origins

Video of Beaten By Them recording sessions from 2009.

Rock and roll isn't rocket science. In the case of Beaten By Them, however, it actually is. Two of the band's members met while working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Along with three band mates, the pair make foreboding but never sterile instrumental music. Imagine a heavier version of the Feelies or a really cranky Brian Eno. The prominent use of a cello allows even the most industrial moments to radiate a sort of classical aesthetic. The forthcoming album Invisible Origins would provide an ideal soundtrack for a remake of the lonely deep space film Silent Running. A free download of Signs of Life, a 2007 title originally released by Thrill Jockey, is available at Bandcamp.

Thinking about Beaten By Them compelled me to listen to "Hocus Pocus" for the first time in years.

"KC icon" Tony DiPardo has died.

Charlie Louvin has died. Here's a photo I took of Louvin at the Grand Emporium in 2007.

Bobby Poe has died.

A video of Mac Lethal speed-rapping has racked up 600,000 views in five days. I don't get it. He uploaded Dazed and Confused (in 120 seconds) this morning.

Another new song by True Womanhood is available at RCRD LBL.

Kansas City Click: Trouser Mouse hosts Mary Bridget Davies on Thursday.

Jim Mair appears Friday at Cascone's in Overland Park.

Radu Lupu performs Saturday at the Folly Theater.

The Wild Women of Kansas City return to Jardine's on Sunday.

(Original image by There Stands the Glass.)


Anonymous said...

nice to finally find a kc blogger!

Jess said...

Do you have an e-mail address that I can send press releases to? I'd love to work with you on a few touring bands coming through town, if you're interested.

Happy In Bag said...

Sure, Jess- happyinbag(at)