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Wed, May. 20th, 2009 10:13 am
Never got the memo

It's always amusing to see what the local press says when you play a rock show. The Bostonist's live music editors told the paper's readers that "we heard a lot of Momus in college, when we hung out with architecture students. He's been recording since the mid-80s and never got the memo when postmodernism went out of fashion."



I find this a bit ironic, since I not only got the memo (from Nicolas Bourriaud in person) but blogged for a week about the thing that succeeded postmodernism, the altermodern. Anyway, the paper doesn't seem to mind my pomo retro -- they end the preview "he's a dandy. Mysteriously likeable."

The crowd for the Boston show was a bit sparse -- the venue is between Harvard and MIT, but the students are out of town just now -- but I enjoyed myself uproariously, doing silly synchronised dance moves with a kuroko-clad Aki Sasamoto.

I chatted afterwards with some kids who have a music show on college radio. They told me they'd pulled Ocky Milk out of the music library entirely at random, but had developed a sort of cult around the song "Belvedere". I can sort of see why; there probably aren't many songs out there about a kid's TV show which encourages its viewers to throw their parents screaming from "the great mountain of death" or "touch other children's genitals for pleasure". I obviously didn't get the memo that catchy pop songs can't say stuff like that.

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(Anonymous)
Wed, May. 20th, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)

You did finally get the memo, but at least 10 years after everyone else. You were still pomo-partying like it was 1985 well into the noughties:

http://imomus.livejournal.com/2004/10/29


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(Anonymous)
Wed, May. 20th, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)

Couldn't ha said it more well, Bourriaud? Pssht, if he sent the memo it was already at least 15 yrs outta date (rough rule of thumb estimate o' course is generous to dear old deluded Nickie B) my friend.


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(Anonymous)
Wed, May. 20th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)

Couldn't ha said it more well, Bourriaud? Pssht, if he sent the memo it was already at least 15 yrs outta date (rough rule of thumb estimate o' course is generous to dear old deluded Nickie B) my friend.


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(Anonymous)
Wed, May. 20th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)

Happy travels across the state! Looking forward to your Northampton show immensely...!


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(Anonymous)
Wed, May. 20th, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
too late for boston

I remember begging you to come to boston a few years ago on this very blog, back when I actually lived there. I introduced you (not personally of course) to a good sized group of people who all no longer live there either. If only you had come on time! Then the size wouldn't have been so sparse for sure!

Now I'm waiting for you to visit Atlanta, the last time you came here I was 2 months too young to go. And if I end up moving soon I'm sure that you will come by with haste.

Will I ever see you in concert??


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oldermusiclover
oldermusiclover
Wed, May. 20th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)

It would be nice to get a list of everything played.
did you play anything from hippopotamomus, not that I recognized. but great to hear Bishonen, Sexual Jealousy, Homosexual and Hairstyle Of The Devil amongst others. would have loved to hear the cabriolet. why don't you offer people coming to the other three shows chances to discuss songs to play and why.
(BTW please delete my previous reply where I forgot to log in)


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, May. 20th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)

I did play Marquis of Sadness off Hippo.

I considered posting a set list, but it takes a little surprise out of the shows. I give people their choice of songs (if available) for the encore.


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(Anonymous)
Wed, May. 20th, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)

No setlist is fair enough so long as we can expect a Momuthon in the UK....

miles


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oldermusiclover
oldermusiclover
Wed, May. 20th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)

I suppose that is the sadness of the internet age, immediate reviews offer up complete information immediately leaving us expecting to know everything rather than see what develops.
I must admit I like having a set list before hand making sure that I pull out lesser known tracks so I don't come off like a complete ignoramus , rather like missing Marquis of Sadness being from hippo. I always preferred the immediacy of Hippo, bluestockings and ventriloquists but as the performer my guess is those songs can quickly start to grate, though looking back at your musings as you gave the album away you did seem to like these songs too.
All in all a nice night though I wish I had the stamina of either of you performing for such a long time.


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(Anonymous)
Thu, May. 21st, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)

ha ha!


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(Anonymous)
Wed, May. 20th, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)

"The crowd for the Boston show was a bit sparse -- the venue is between Harvard and MIT, but the students are out of town just now -- but I enjoyed myself uproariously"

You couldn't be more different than the guys in Anvil but, with that one comment, you echo most of their life as it appears in the recent documentary.


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(Anonymous)
Wed, May. 20th, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)

You two looked to be having a great time, and I regret not staying for the whole show to chat. I started feeling the cold that is now in full-force, and headed out to give myself some rest and keep viruses away from traveling performers. Hope to see you again in the states soon...


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(Anonymous)
Thu, May. 21st, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)

bald old sad trying


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(Anonymous)
Thu, May. 21st, 2009 02:16 am (UTC)
Last Night's Middle East Performance

Hi Nick,

I assume you've read my post regarding our adventure in the city last night at your show. I'm glad you liked the photo enough to repost it here.

Though my wife and I had to leave an hour earlier than we would have liked, we still had a great time and enjoyed your performance very much. Thank you for being a significant part of an exciting night.

Best of luck with the rest of the Momuthons,

Take Care,

-Andy (Yedna)
http://meowblogger.blogspot.com/


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Thu, May. 21st, 2009 11:28 am (UTC)
Re: Last Night's Middle East Performance

Yes, I did enjoy your blog piece ( though not, obviously, the parking misfortunes related therein). I would have linked and credited for the picture, but it's incredibly fiddly on an iPod Touch with no copy / paste. It took me about half an hour to get the photo in -- I had to take six photos of different parts of the file name and transcribe it in sections!


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tropigalia
tropigalia
Dewy-Eyed Disney Bride
Thu, May. 21st, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)

hey bro i still like you

and that's all that matters


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(Anonymous)
Thu, May. 21st, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)

momus I'm going to have sex with you, someday. I'm 19 now.


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(Anonymous)
Thu, May. 21st, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
RE: momus I'm going to have sex with you, someday. I'm 19 now.

Not if I get there first dammit (I'm a 46 year old male)


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halfelectronic
halfelectronic
Thu, May. 21st, 2009 08:22 am (UTC)

hello Nick

wouldn't it be great if we sent them a memo saying

'you have been officially outdated for your ignorant wish of classifying people as outdated'

it'd surely make me laugh a lot.

cheers from brazil
thiago


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