Game on: 8-BIT OLD SCHOOL RAVE PARTY at Klesh Kafe on November 9
AND ONE (November 11, Tochka, 19:00) is a German synth-pop band inspired by DEPECHE MODE. Now you know.
Avant garde jazz/ funk/rock/ experimental guitar god MARC RIBOT (November 12, Dom, 20:00) makes what seems to be his hundredth visit to Moscow this fortnight. Although he loses points in my book for playing with hippies MEDESKI, MARTIN AND WOOD, his cred point more than make up for it: he's collaborated with JOHN ZORN, TOM WAITS, LOU REED, and ELVIS COSTELLO among many others.
I always thought MARILYN MANSON (November 13-14, B1 Maximum, 20:00) to be more of a joke act designed as something for "outcast" teenagers to use to piss off their parents, but I have to admit that their early stuff was genuinely eerie and alright. Manson has since become more of a video-friendly act. I can't imagine seeing them live.
In the realm of black metal, Norway's MAYHEM (November 14, Tochka, 20:00) is probably the blackest of them all. In the early 90s, the band's vocalist shot himself in the face to make his stage name, Dead, a reality. A couple years later, bassist VARG VIKERNES murdered guitarist EURONYMOUS over a contract dispute (Vikernes was also infamous for burning down churches). Even though the original core of the band was gone, after the controversy over the deaths increased the band's profile, original bassist NECROBUTCHER formed a new version of the band, which is what we get today.
After what was apparently a massively disappointing gig at B1 earlier this year, house pioneer A GUY CALLED GERALD (November 15, Shanti, 20:00) returns to play a small Asian restaurant.
And speaking of people playing other people's music, you could check out HOWIE B (November 15, Ikra, 22:00), a Scottish producer who has worked with MASSIVE ATTACK, BJORK, U2 and others.
The Czech Republic's SUNSHINE (November 16, Apelsin, 20:00) are best known around the world for their split with American post-hardcore heroes AT THE DRIVE-IN. Although little known in their native land, Sunshine's combination of post-punk and new wave found popularity in Western Europe and North America, especially after numerous tours with indie heavyweights MURDER CITY DEVILS and the (INTERNATIONAL) NOISE CONSPIRACY. The band has been around for 13 years and only just released its first album on a major label, suggesting their peak is already behind them. But given that the only other early option this night is Sweden's ACE OF BASE (November 16, Rai, 20:00), I think you know where my sympathies lie.
The only time I've ever seen a fight at Ikra was when Brazilian by way of Canada DJ AMON TOBIN (November 16, Ikra, 21:00) spun last summer. The World Cup was being shown downstairs, so maybe it was something to do with soccer, I dunno. In any case, Tobin had magic in his crates and turned the house upside down, and I am looking for the same this time.
But if you think Tobin is the end of the fortnight, you're wrong! He's just the beginning of an electrofied weekend. Next up is German electronic musician APPARAT (November 17, 16 Tons, 23:00), who is one of the partners in the influential Shitkatapult record label. Although Apparat started out in dance-floor techno, he has since moved to glitch and IDM, and has said he is more interested in designing sounds than beats. This time around, a full band is playing, so we'll see how that fleshes things out.