We haven't covered much in the form of live gig-type stuff here on BOTB, so here are two shots from events from the last few days. First off, a Saturday night of Black Metal in Queens featuring all bands flown in from various Latin American locales: Mortem (Peru), Gnosis (Ecuador), Discordia (Mexico), and the amazing Inquisition (Colombia, Real Audio link) were a few of the acts packed into a sweltering Woodside basement. Not even sure of the venue name (it was just marked by an upside-down cross on the window), but people were talking about it being the kickoff of much more in the way of metal gigs in NYC, so here's hoping. Unfortunately, I only made it through a couple bands before lack of air and fear of my bike being ripped off behind the video joint next door took me away, but pictured is the pipe-wielding Gnosis, who preached Peruvian tribal tradition in between making a fuzzed cloud of grimness (and doing so even though their singer was AWOL for a reason unknown to them).
Secondly, in another borough, genuine living-breathing UK legend Kevin Ayers made an in-store appearance at Other Music Monday night. Ayers, a founding member of the Soft Machine, went on to make solo LPs as well as playing with the likes of John Cale, Brian Eno and Nico on the live LP June 1st, 1974. Records like Joy of a Toy (here's a real audio link to "Stop This Train (Again Doing It)", Whatevershesingswebring and Shooting at the Moon are absolute classics, melding understated Velvet Undergoundish simplicity, progressive stylings, lounge, and free jazz with accomplished lyricism in a seamless way. He's in town recording in Brooklyn and doesn't have an official gig scheduled, but he's appearing on WFMU! Dave Mandl's June 22nd show at 8 PM to be exact!