November 22, 2003
Three words: Kaiju Big Battel. Just got back from it, at the Warsaw in W'Burg. I've no idea how to convey how amazing it was, so let me just use keywords.
Dr. Cube, Poison Dog Food, Anvil From Heaven. Hello Hell Monkey. Mung-Wun the Thai Fly. Silver Potato. J-Pop "Peel Me Now," Los Platanos, Kung-Fu Chicken Noodle. If you don't get the picture, just try to catch them the next time it happens. Wear something you don't mind staining, there's toxic waste involved.
Posted by kevin slavin at November 22, 2003 12:06 AM
Damn, Damn, Damn. I have been meaning to see this and had no idea it was in town again.
My jetlagged girlfriend proclaimed it "rubbish." She's German, though, and doesn't have the same relationship to cans of noodle soup that have arms and legs and a killer roundhouse kick.
Also? Essl is in the house.
Fella told me you had a blog. So I added you to my daily reading. Long time fan first time poster, as it were.
And just so you know, Essl is always in the house!!!
No offense to the jetlagged girlfriend, but it was far closer to sublime than to rubbish. What's interesting: why does a certain kind of sublime translate from Japanese into English just fine, but not into German? Also, it must be said that my experience of the whole thing was vastly enriched by the unexpected companionship of a stout, stern 11-year old boy who had seen it all before, and then some.
Well, the German part was just to make a nonsequitur. Plenty of people around me make no sense of it all. And I can now say for sure that there's a fucking lot of stuff that the Japanese find sublime that makes no fucking sense to me at all. I can make a long list. A slideshow.
And true that my experience of the thing was enhanced by the unexpected companionship of potato pierogi, as opposed to Silver Potato, who also kicked ass.