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!!! at Bonnaroo 2008

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Uploaded on Dec 2, 2009

This remains one-of my all-time favorite sets, anywhere, ever. To my mind — and you might laugh at this — they epitomized what a jam band should sound likeI know that sounds weird, but anyone who was at that set will attest to the fact that they were seriously trucking through all kinds of rhythms, from nervy, we-got-the-bus-on-the-road-full-speed-ah­ead Dead-style windings through Latin percussion and synth grooves, with lotsa straight-up knob-twittled squelchy, dancey, funk-slash-digi-funk. Im looking forward to singer Shanon Funchesss full-length and live dates as A Rose Parade, with Gerard Smith from TV On The Radio. I had to include a hardworking roadie who had been keen to get shit done quickly sos he could lively up himself in the pit, which he did, and lead singer Nic Offer feeds off of his energy as they both bust some earnest moves. Another dude working the gate cracked me up, griping that hed missed his chance at a beer run because he had to hang back and escort the fuckin Olson Twins in to what M.I.A. dubbed her last show ever! — which it wasnt, thankfully. By way of The Fates adding insult to injury to the Mr. Pissed-off Gatekeeper, when he finally made it to Wal-Mart much later to get beer, he was mocked further by the presence of Olson twins merch everywhere.
Im posting !!!s set as a celebration of what the drummer brings to a band. Performing here is drummer Paul Quattrone, of whom who I think the irreplaceable Gerhardt Fuchs would approve. Fuchs who also died tragically this year, wasnt at Bonnaroo 2008 because, as a gifted in-demand muso, he was seemingly everywhere at once playing in multiple bands, including mainstay The Juan MacLean. Now, he really is everywhere at once. Looking back at this footage now, it kinda feels like Offer is the bands Shaman, howling with both pain of loss and celebration of rhythms spirit as well as its future ghosts, and when it all ends with a slo-mo of Joe Everyfest being hoisted skyward by his peers, well, that just feels like a wish to defy gravity symbolically in the service of never letting any one else fall if only.

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