Sexy transmissions - Page 2

Sublime Frequencies issue more transcendent sounds — and images — from across the pond
|
(0)

Produced by Rob Millis of the Seattle group Climax Golden Twins, the video documents a three-day festival in the northern Thai region of Isan, near the border with Laos. This region is the home of the hypnotic, droning molam style featured on the aforementioned Thai Country Groove CD, and there's plenty of that music to be heard here. There's zero narration and Millis doesn't employ any fancy production tricks, but none of that is needed, as the costumes, dancing, and music are colorful enough on their own. In addition to the religious-occult focus of the festival, there's also apparently a fertility ritual at work, judging by the vast assortment of phallic symbols on hand: handheld penises, wooden penis puppets with movable parts, you name it. One particularly bizarre scene involves two men trying to repair the damaged member belonging to one of the giant costumed mascots.
The incredible music here ranges from giant percussion ensembles composed of ordinary villagers to full-on electrified combos rolling down the street on the back of flatbed trucks equipped with generators and huge stacks of speakers. At one point, a nasty fuzz-tone keyboard sound surfaces amid the din, but before you can ask, "Where did that come from?" it turns out to be nothing but a Casio being run through a couple of battered PA cones on the back of a moving pickup truck. This scene, like the entire DVD, embodies the sort of low-budget mayhem at the heart of the label's seat-of-the-pants aesthetic. You won't find this stuff at Starbucks. SFBG
SUBLIME FREQUENCIES PRESENTS
PHI TA KHAN: GHOSTS OF ISAN AND SUMATRAN FOLK CINEMA
Fri/14, 8 p.m.
Artists' Television Access
992 Valencia, SF
$5
(415) 824-3890
CLIMAX GOLDEN TWINS WITH
HERB DIAMANTE, POREST (MARK GERGIS), AND SEA DONKEYS
Sat/15, 9:30 p.m.
Hemlock Tavern
1131 Polk, SF
$8
(415) 923-0923

Also from this author

  • Firestarters

    Mutant dance met no-wave noise in the hands of Toy Killers

  • Hater aid

    The Year in Music 2008: I Hate New Music, but does new music suck?

  • Industrial strength

    Few bands inspire as many different reactions as Slovenian collective Laibach

  • Also in this section

  • Soul power to the people

    Sharon Jones kicks cancer and hits the road with the Dap-Kings

  • On the Rise: Avalon Emerson

    A playful combination of house and techno, preferably listened to on a big club sound system

  • On the Rise: Friction Quartet

    Post-classical determination