June 27, 2011

Buke & Gass J-j-jam with Reggie Watts & Glenn Kotche from Wilco

A few weeks ago the very awesome radio program Radiolab presented a fun concert at New York University including a performance by our friends & your favorite new band, Buke & Gass. If you want to cut to the chase and hear the podcast, go here.

Now, the fact that the band appeared on this extremely popular NPR podcast is, weirdly enough, no big deal. They've already appeared on the show twice in the past. This time, however, host Jad "complicated last name" Abumrad also invited along drummer Glenn Kotche of Wilco, and the one-and-only Reggie Watts.

Since we've already started paraphrasing their description of the event we'll let them take it from here: "Their performances were recorded live at our Curious Sounds concert earlier this month in NYC. Radiolab is a deeply musical show--from Jad's scoring and sound design, to the way we tell stories. So we decided to devote a night to three musical acts who all share a sense of musical adventure and curiosity--and the ability to rock the rafters of any stage they step on. Genre-bending duo Buke & Gass kick the podcast off with a live performance of 'Your Face Left Before You'...a raucous song featuring Arone Dyer's fierce vocals, bass ukulele, and 'toe-bourine' (check out the picture below), and Aron Sanchez's driving, homemade guitar-bass. Up next, percussionist Glenn Kotche of Wilco performs 'Monkey Chant,' his retelling of the ancient Hindu epic the Ramayana--using different instruments in his drum kit to convey different characters. And after explaining how he once wrote a string quartet on the drums, he plays one more composition: 'Projections of What Might.' And finally, Reggie Watts...musician, comedian, stand-up-surrealist-beat-boxer-force-of-nature...takes command of the stage."

At the end, everyone got together for a big ol' jam. See a picture of the group hug that followed, above. Listen to the show below.

And, last but not least, here's a picture of the packed house right below that. New York rules sometimes, right?

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