It’s been too long since I’ve reached out to my tens of Destroyed By Madness friends out there. OK, so tens might be stretching it a little. Most readers happen across my blog by typing in some seriously strange keywords in Google. The most common is a variation of the words princess, disney, and whore. That’s right, whore. The variations sound a lot like, well, I’ll just take today for example. We have slutty disney princesses, whores disney princess, and of course real disney princess slutty. Another major term that is used to find my blog is the word mohawk. There is no doubt that in either case, I have a more than slightly disappointed reader at the other end of the terminal. One that is either sitting in a dark room wearing nothing but his underwear and a mickey mouse hat, or one with a wallet chain, both left unsatisfied and disappointed with Destroyed By Madness.

But that’s not what this post is about. It is about CocoRosie, and the amazing show I saw the other night at the Belly Up in Solana Beach. They played a variety of songs from all their albums, focusing mainly on their newest release, Grey Oceans. You can find my initial review here of that album. I gave it 3.5 stars. I’m fully willing to change that to 4 or 4 and a half after seeing them do it live. The combination of one sister, Sierra, a classically trained opera singer, keyboardist, and harpist, with Bianca Cassidy, the freak folkist, manipulating many different kinds of electronic, usually toy, instruments (see Circuit Bending), and they work perfectly together. Although not engaging with the crowd through words, you really could feel the passion in their music. It was a perfect showcase of everything that I love about smaller crowds with an ideally eclectic band.

The cherry on top had to be the near show-stopper, human beat-box named Tez. He is a guy that does things I never thought possible using only his voice. The bass, you can feel in your bones, and his beats are perfectly shaped rhythms that move your body. If you are at work, beware of the f-bomb drop. Check out a little something I found on YouTube…

So the point of my rambling is that that if you are ever presented with the opportunity to go see CocoRosie, don’t be a slouch. You can be confident that you are in for a wild ride.

CocoRosie presented another wonderful thing to me as well. I know you are saying “WHAT!? The show sounded like some kind of overwhelming awesome that another wonderful thing is just TOO MUCH!” I do understand what you are saying, but nevertheless, it’s true. Near the end of the show, the one and only Jen came up to me to say “hi.” I was awkward, and weird when she did as I was caught completely off-guard. But what that “hi” has evolved into has been coffee, dinner, swing dancing, and a lot of long overdue great conversation. So if you are reading this, Jen, thanks for the “hi.” Seriously.

Earlier that afternoon, I had a feeling that I would see Jen. I usually don’t get premonitions, and when I do, if I do, I usually don’t notice them. But this one hit me like a ton of bricks. I know, you’re saying that it’s a no-brainer, going to see a mutually enjoyed band later that night, you might run into her. But I say nay to that. NAY! I did not know the CocoRosie concert was that night until about 8:30 pm when I decided to go on an impulse. In fact, I was supposed to go to a Devo concert with my roommate which I reluctantly turned down.

All in all, it was a fantastic night filled with great live music, human beat-boxing, and coffee with an old very special soul.

Maybe I should start listening to those premonitions more often….

2 Responses to “CocoRosie In Concert”
  1. Welcome back to the world’s greatest blogger! I love the google-search results. How about an update on the circuit bending? Hope all’s well!

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