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Plastic Crimewave Sound, Marble Sheep, Great Society Mind Destroyers Critic's Choice Free Member Picks Recommended The List (Music) Soundboard

When: Tue., Nov. 3, 9 p.m. 2009
Price: Free
Ordinary sheep take pretty well to pens, but MARBLE SHEEP turn out to need lots of room to roam. This freewheeling Japanese band began in 1987 playing noisy garage rock, veered into heavy psych a la White Heaven, and more recently developed a taste for sinuous, dreamy space jams. In ’86 founder and leader Ken Matsutani briefly played in an early version of White Heaven (he just missed Michio Kurihara, who came aboard right after he left), and both Kurihara and Ghost mastermind Masaki Batoh have passed through Marble Sheep over the years. Matsutani is also a big-time fanboy and has channeled that energy into his Captain Trip label, whose catalog includes stacks of reissues and rarities from Cluster, Circle, Damo Suzuki, Neu!, and many others—among them a box set of live post-Lou Reed Velvet Underground recordings that I’d really like to know where the hell he found. Marble Sheep have prepared a limited-edition DVD, Tokyo Live 2009, specifically for this extremely rare U.S. visit, and it neatly summarizes their current brand of good-natured madness: they might seem to be staring into the void, but they’re very alert. They’re also finishing work on a pair of self-titled albums that may be ready for the public in time for this show. Their covers are very similar (except for their color), but the music isn’t on the band’s MySpace blog. Matsutani explains, “Purple album have very rock taste and green have psyche­delic/progressive taste.” Plastic Crimewave Sound and the Great Society Mind Destroyers open. —Monica Kendrick



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