Known for his work as producer/engineer on a staggering list of landmark recordings (Sonic Youth, Brian Eno, John Zorn, Kramer, Alice Donut, Material, Helmet, Unsane, Cop Shoot Cop, the Dresden Dolls, Herbie Hancocks Rockit, etc, etc.), Martin Bisi has only recently begun to concentrate on his own material. For this rare live appearance, Bisi (pronounced BC) works off his 2008 album, Sirens of the Apocalypse. A playful sendup of female stereotypes, Sirens sees Bisi addressing his own romantic woes and a wider range of social issues simultaneously. He even takes some lighthearted jabs at some of the musical movements he helped midwife in the studio. Over an illustrious 27-year recording career, Bisi earned his reputation on a willingness to take chances, but moved away from experimentation in his own music towards a more straightforward rock sound. Thankfully, his definition of straight still falls pretty far left of center. With the Purrs, Bill Horist, the Family Curse. Photo courtesy Alexandra Sarkozy.
Thu., June 18, 9:30 p.m., 2009