When artists switch media, the results can be mixed: though Miles Davis
and William S. Burroughs
might have really enjoyed painting, you’d have to search long and hard to find anyone who’d say that they were better at it than they were at playing or writing. But the analog electronic music that Sea and Cake singer-guitarist Sam Prekop introduced on his 2010 solo record, Old Punch Card
(Thrill Jockey), not only sounds unlike anything else he’s done, it also has virtues that you’ll find nowhere else in his discography. (Coincidentally, he’s also a painter.) The rippling blips, bursts of static, and sputtering rhythms on “The Silhouettes,”
for example, have a playfulness that’s miles from the Sea and Cake’s slick, purposeful pop. Onstage Prekop’s synth music is more unpredictable, but it retains enough of his pop-rooted commitment to catchiness to make it accessible. Prekop tops a six-act bill (note the early start time) put together by the local Hausu Mountain
label. —Bill Meyer Bitchin Bajas headlines; Mind Over Mirrors, Sam Prekop, Quicksails, Good Willsmith, and Sugarm open. Brownshoesonly provides live video art during and between sets.