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Jamming on Hump Day with Michel Gondry @ Amoeba

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Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 12:28 PM

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click to enlarge Money Mark rocks the 'tronics. - NICOLE CAMPOS
  • Nicole Campos
  • Money Mark rocks the 'tronics.

Once Gondry arrives, he and his small band of trip-meisters (including the great Mia Doi Todd on vocals) launch into a short but delightfully spacey set of funky beats and synth soundscapes, some completely unintentional (That's the most feedback we've ever heard from an upright bass -- ever) but in the end, it somehow just adds to the charm. There are unexpected cover versions (A plucky, torchy "La Vie en Rose" is excellent; a slightly droney "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)," less so) and a litany of bleeps, bloops, chirps and tweets that unfurl in waves over the drums Gondry pounds out with a look of intense concentration. You think he clears his head when he's drumming, or does he come up with his best and most cracktastic ideas when he's pounding the skins? Somebody should ask him; better get in line quick, though, there are a lot of DVDs waiting to get inked by the master.

click to enlarge Certain people require more colors of Sharpie than your average human.  Gondry is the textbook example. - NICOLE CAMPOS
  • Nicole Campos
  • Certain people require more colors of Sharpie than your average human. Gondry is the textbook example.

click to enlarge You're almost to the front of the line.  Decision time, kid, you only get one signed. - NICOLE CAMPOS
  • Nicole Campos
  • You're almost to the front of the line. Decision time, kid, you only get one signed.

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