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Friday, April 18, 2008 

No turntables and two microphones

The opening act for Hot Chip were Free Blood, who were pretty goddamn fantastic; not only did some of their songs sound kind of like live attempts to make songs that already sound like 12" remixes from the heyday of the form (which is impressive and fun in the way a live dub band is, i.e. hugely), and not only does John do a killer falsetto, but I was one of the few around me who kind of dug the screaming/atonality when they went there; it's nice to see a band who's comfortable playing around with the thin line between ecstasy and frenzy. All they've got out right now is some vinyl, but I'm eagerly awaiting a full-length.

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