Slowdown is back to normal after a rather messy weekend. Bar owner Jason Kulbel confirmed that things got a little out of hand at last Friday night’s Girl Talk show. Some geniuses decided it would be fun to shove rolls of toilet paper into the toilets and back up the plumbing. Slowdown personnel and plumbers worked on the problem overnight and figured they had it all fixed the following day. They didn’t find out until after show time Saturday that they still had a problem, and had to cancel after it started. Needless to say, the beer was flowing again on Sunday. Good thing, too, because Slowdown will be finishing this week strong with Deleted Scenes, Noah’s Ark Was a Spaceship and the last-ever show by Sleep Said the Monster on Friday, Box Elders on Saturday and M83 on Sunday (I’m surprised it hasn’t sold out yet).
I missed Girl Talk mainly because it had been marketed as a “dance party.” And while I love dance music, everyone is better off if I just kept my dancing to myself. GT’s mash-ups are a lot of fun, though they border on novelty (kind of like Dickie Goodman’s “Mr Jaws,” but without the narrative — fun the first few times through, but then the joke gets old). I spent Saturday night hanging out at The Saddle Creek Bar, where I heard a dirty set of punkish rock by The Fu*ken Snakes, and what can be described as “ear-piercing experimental noise collage with a static beat” by headliner El Diablos Blancos. Show draw: Maybe 30, not including the performers. I had fun…
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