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Cex / Aloha / Weather

Cex / Aloha / Weather: live in Chicagolive in Chicago (2004)
Jade Tree Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5


Contributed by: JesseJesse
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Well, half of you are going to hate me for missing the opening band, and the other half are going to hate me for not staying entirely for the headliner. Well, to be honest, it's just as much the fault of the Blue Line for its schedules as it is mine. But I digress. Let's start from the beginning. .


Well, half of you are going to hate me for missing the opening band, and the other half are going to hate me for not staying entirely for the headliner. Well, to be honest, it's just as much the fault of the Blue Line for its schedules as it is mine. But I digress. Let's start from the beginning.

So I missed Weather, which is a shame, since, according to the promo poster for this show that I saw when we were leaving halfway through that Cex posted by the door, Weather is ex-Milemarker. Milemarker was pretty good. Oops. My bad for terrible time management and underestimating the time it takes to ride the Blue Line out to Addison. Yeah, I know. Completely my fault, not the train's fault, blah blah blah. Next.

We arrived just as Aloha was setting up, and that's when I started getting excited. They took a lot of time setting up all their equipment, which included drums, guitar, bass, three keyboards, auxiliary percussion, and vibraphone. They took a long time to get everything precisely how they wanted, but I found out why soon afterwards. See, Aloha has rich layered music with lots of auxiliary percussion and layered melodies. And they didn't miss one thing. They were so precise as to switching instruments in the middle of songs just to get it all to sound right. Amazing. They played one or two songs off of Sugar and then played nearly the entire length of Here Comes Everyone. Seeing them play most of this record live made me bump it up to "Best of 2004" status from the "Honorable Mention" status that it currently resided at. Take that, Velvet Teen. You're not as special anymore.

Then it was time for Cex. Now, I knew he wasn't going to be rapping in a dress and combat boots with an iBook anymore, but I guess not a lot of people did. Or maybe they just have never heard of Cex before. Either way, people were getting confused when a girl came on stage with a bass that had a stick shoved up its ass, was filed down on the top of its body, and only had two strings. She was holding it like an upright bass, and played it with a bow, too. Cale Parks from Aloha sat down at the drums for Cex. And, well, Cex himself had a huge rig of pedals, effects, samplers, and synths. And he proceeded to play the craziest experimental electronica I've heard in a long time. I guess it sounded a lot like Wolf Eyes if Wolf Eyes was instead melodic instead of screamy. I thought it was really good and interesting to say the least, especially seeing it live, but my girlfriend had a killer headache, so in her best interest we left early. Okay, I'm lying. I just didn't want to make her sit through it because I could tell she wasn't enjoying it. It's some weird shit.

So yeah. The score is mostly for Aloha, who killed it. Killed it dead.

 

 
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Anonymous (January 24, 2005)

yes xmidipunkbastardx what the fuck are you talking about

bizzlebrizzle (January 23, 2005)

"Aloha was putting me and my friends to sleep though."

wouldn't this imply that you are dead right now?
if not, then pardon my bad english

in other news: cex > everything

WTF are you talking about?

xmidipunkbastardx (January 23, 2005)

"Aloha was putting me and my friends to sleep though."

wouldn't this imply that you are dead right now?
if not, then pardon my bad english

in other news: cex > everything

bizzlebrizzle (January 20, 2005)

Wow, people on here seriously hate this Jesse character. When I said he listens to faggy music I was only joking, I mean seirously, faggy music is Britney Spears and show tunes. So what if he likes relaxing music? Not all of can be awesome like me and find music that makes you wanna smash a brick in to someone's face audibly pleasing.

Aloha was putting me and my friends to sleep though.

Anonymous (January 20, 2005)

Milemarker is on a break. They have an album coming out in late 2005.

Anonymous (January 20, 2005)

did milemarker break up?

Anonymous (January 19, 2005)

Milemarker is far better than "pretty good"

Jesse (January 19, 2005)

Sex.

Anonymous (January 19, 2005)

is cex pronounced like kex or sex?

Anonymous (January 19, 2005)

It would probably be in your best interest to stop writing reviews. They're terrible. You sound like what I'd picture an angry fourteen year old in a Linkin Park shirt and bondage pants trying to write a review to be like. What a shame.

Anonymous (January 19, 2005)

your reviews are full of excuses and reasonings. blah

Anonymous (January 19, 2005)

jesse did you see brighteyes lastnight?

bizzlebrizzle (January 19, 2005)

Weather sucks ass.

We saw this in Cincinnati.

Weather and Cex were late.

We missed Cex because it was too late and my friend who drove didn't want to stay any longer.

Weather sounds like music for women with Sandy Vaginas.

Aloha was good but made us sleepy.

Jesse (January 18, 2005)

I have to say, that was the best insult I've ever read on this site. Hands down. Not once were the words "faggot" or "gay" used, and I wasn't threatened or anything. You, my friend, are far too concise for Punknews.org.

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

jesse sucks.

Anonymous (January 18, 2005)

I might have to go to this show now, if only for Aloha.

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