I saw Negativland's current True/False tour last night at the TLA in Philadelphia. All I can say is if anyone has *ever* had an interest in Negativland, looping, or audio and video manipulation you will hate yourself if you do not see this show. There was a team of about 8-10 members either running things offstage or on. they used multiple film projectors, a bank of four radio carts, dual cd players (playing custom sounds), a turntable (processed at times), and sprinkled guitar, bass, thermin, synths, and more over the top. The stage setup had a TV monitor for an extended talking head bit (which was 100% coordinated by the band onstange in realtime maniacally flipping video and audio loops as the video projection told the story). The background was a huge white screen which they used for projecting all the stage video as well as three machines from the audience. The did a bit of old stuff (the encore was a very clever and fun (and copyright free!) rendition of their most infamous single), and had a ton of new stuff broken down into two complete sets for a total of a 2.5 hour showtime. I have been doing tape manipulation and found/noise collage stuff for years and have never seen a group work so hard in such a coordinated manner in my life. The sheer magnitude and set up of this show is only matched by the fact that they are using archaic technology along with bits and pieces of new stuff to make their point even more entertaining and true. The final loop segment in set two was an achingly beautiful reminder of how an artist can capitalize on old technology and turn it into something unique. Did I mention they had a puppet show and chopped up the Sound of Music into the most perverse song Julie Andrews never uttered? Trust me, if you've ever been the least bit curious of what multimedia manipulation can be in it's rawest and more polished form you do*not* want to miss this show. Forget the hype of them as media masters, this show is fun as hell on top of everything else. Full info at: http://www.negativland.com/ This next part of the tour is not completely solid yet, but will be starting it on the 3rd of May. Wed. May 03 '00 --- NYC --- Irving Plaza Thu. May 04 '00 --- Washington DC --- 9:30 Club Fri. May 05 '00 --- Poughkeepsie, NY --- Bard College : Multipurpose Room Sat. May 06 '00 --- Boston --- Copley Theater Mon. May 08 '00 --- Chapel Hill, NC --- Carrboro Arts Center Wed. May 10 '00 --- Atlanta --- Variety Playhouse Fri. May 12 '00 --- Clearwater, FL --- Club More Sun. May 14 '00 --- New Orleans --- Howlin' Wolf Mon. May 15 '00 --- Houston --- Rice University: Hammond Hall Tue. May 16 '00 --- Austin --- Stubb's BBQ Thu. May 18 '00 --- Tulsa --- The Other Side Sat. May 20 '00 --- Denver --- Bluebird May '00 --- San Diego --- TBA Wed. May 24 '00 --- Los Angeles --- El Rey Sat. May 27 '00 --- San Francisco --- Palace of Fine Arts May '00 --- Palo Alto --- TBA ----------------------------------------------------------------------- HELP WANTED PRODUCTIONS - Http://www.voicenet.com/~legion "Bringing you the best in Organic Electronic music since we started..." Home of the Unusual Instrument and Recording Gallery with pictures and info of Tube recorders, Omnichords, weird guitars, Casios, and more.