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At this point Naked Raygun shows aren't all that special anymore, since the band's been reunited for years, but this set is different: it was to feature the group's best-known early lineup, with singer Jeff Pezzati, bassist Camilo Gonzalez, drummer Jim Colao, and guitarist Santiago Durango. Only Pezzati is in the currently active version of the band. (Durango and Gonzalez were also members of Silver Abuse, arguably the city's first real punk band, and Durango later joined Steve Albini's Big Black.)
This was the 1983 lineup responsible for the classic Basement Screams EP, released by Albini's fledgling Ruthless label. Durango split shortly thereafter, but the singular sound developed during his tenure dominated the band's brilliant debut album, Throb Throb, which also included two of his songs. Guitarist John Haggerty expertly took the reins, but he could never match Durango's lacerating, scuzzy tone.Touch and Go reissued these classics, along with four subsequent Naked Raygun albums, back in 1999.
Unfortunately, a few weeks ago Colao broke his arm in a biking accident, so he's unable to play tomorrow night. Eric Spicer, who's been the band's drummer since Colao split not long after Throb Throb, will fill in. He obviously knows the Naked Raygun repertoire, but he's a much more conventional player. I can't help but be disappointed that I'll miss Colao.
Various artists, Cumbia Beat Vol. 1: Experimental Guitar-Driven Tropical Sounds From Peru 1966-1976 (Vampi Soul)
Forest Jackson, Cymbalism (Mosz)
Ryu Hankil, Becoming Typewriter (Taumaturgia)
The Real Latinos, Good Groove (Jazzwerkstatt)
Christian Wolff, Long Piano (New World)