So, last night at The Spazzatorium in Greenville NC, I got to see Alexis Gideon perform Video Musics for the second time.
For those who haven’t seen him, he plays a kind of eclectic Hip-hop/rock opera based on Hungarian folk tales and mythology, while projecting spaced-out animation onscreen behind him to illustrate the story. All that serious sounding subject matter isn’t dry, though, it’s sung so lightheartedly that it reminds me of how fun Beck used to be, when he wasn’t so depressed(or mature, take your pick).
It’s all pretty hypnotizing to watch the video with the sound performed live along with the visuals. I’m not sure exactly how the timing works, but it’s fun to watch. Being live, lyrics can get lost, but even if you can’t follow the story, it’s interesting to watch visually, with the animation varying from computer textures to crude drawings to claymation(all done by Alexis Gideon himself). Check them out here:
The only one of these Video Musics that is on youtube is not on his DVD, but it looks like an outtake since it features one of the characters, liophant.
[edit: I think this is actually a song from an older album, available at http://www.sickroomrecords.com/]
The fake falsetto in “Sock Hop” kind of reminds me of Beck on Midnight Vultures.
And since we’re talking about Beck…
Bonus MP3 from the Sonic Youth/Beck split that was released exclusively on Record Store Day:
Alexis Gideon here:
See Alexis Gideon here:
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