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Ruins Alone (w/Yoshida from RUINS), Bronze, Bill Orcutt
Hemlock Tavern
San Francisco, CA
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Ruins Alone (w/Yoshida from RUINS), Bronze, Bill Orcutt
Ruins Alone (from Japan, w/Yoshida from RUINS), Bronze, and Bill Orcutt live at Hemlock Tavern.

"Japan's Ruins became RUINS ALONE. Like syrup or strong alcohol, Ruins make music that makes you grimace. Ruins is a lab of the Tatsuya Yoshida stamp, a direct interface between his brain and his drumsticks. You could get 15 rock records out of one Ruins album, just by adding a bit of fizzy water. Each composition could be developed in many different directions. Tatsuya Yoshida plays in numerous groups; he needs to, to sustain sufficient space for his overflowing creativity.

Tatsuya Yoshida has worked with some of the greatest improvisers on the planet, such as John Zorn, Fred Frith or Derek Bailey. Today, above and beyond the Ruins Alone project, Tatsuya Yoshida is the composer and drummer both in Korekyojinn, an instrumental trio that pushes polyrhythmic complexity to its ultimate limits, and the Koenji Hyakkei ensemble, a quasi-orchestral formation that bridges the gap between prog rock and contemporary music. In his time out from music, Monsieur Yoshida compulsively photographs stones. He travels the world in search of the mineral beauty of monumental statues and the millennial energy of rocks."


Bronze are a three piece outfit of electronics, drums and vocals from San Francisco. They bring pulsating hypnotizing synth grooves to the dance floor, but have more in common with German kraut heroes Can than any slew of disco-obsessed post-punk bands. - Fecal Face


Many influences behind Bill Orcutt's acoustic guitar music are easy to guess-- the raw blues of Lightnin' Hopkins and Fred McDowell, the abstract improvisations of Derek Bailey and Cecil Taylor, Orcutt's own attacking bent in 1990s noise outfit Harry Pussy. But there's at least one that nobody could've deduced: "tic videos." As Orcutt told The Wire, he's fascinated by clips "made by people... who have these involuntary physical and verbal tics, and they actually document their symptoms and put the videos up on YouTube." It's an odd inspiration, but one that says a lot about his playing style, which Orcutt himself likens to hiccuping. His wiry plucks and messy note clusters come in exhilarating fits and starts, so fast and impetuous that his guitar strings seem hard-wired to his firing neurons. His obsessive repetition is less about creating studied mantras than capturing the primal power of involuntary impulse. - Pitchfork



Hemlock Tavern (View)
1131 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
United States


Music > Experimental
Music > Spiritual

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No


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