Originally posted on November 12, 2008
Listening to Victrola music at Galapagos Art Space was quite a different experience as compared to The Stone performance reviewed here in November. A much bigger venue with a noisy bar area, the Galapagos stage is not ideal for the more intricately shaded music featured there last Friday (Twi the Humble Feather and Redhooker also performed). Floating over the audience area, the floor of which is punctuated with small pools of water surrounded by metal railing, Victrola’s set sounded otherworldly, gradually convincing the closest audience members to quit conversation and listen, rapt. “I’m Coming for My Things” was mesmerizing, and “A Song for Arthur Russell” was rocking enough to quiet down the bar, if only temporarily. The violin and double bass shredding at the end of the final song, “India Whiskey Tango,” was particularly vehement at this performance.
note to readers: as of Jan 09, Victrola is now called Victoire
thanks to Wil for the photo