Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir at the Times Change(d) Cafe, Winnipeg

Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir

Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir.

Review – Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir at the Times Change(d) Cafe, July 17 2009

– review by Eugene Osudar

raging hard
bluesy and ballsy
waging sins
that we of mortal
flesh, carnal desires
and wild, burning
bush and burning
stick, temptations
willing and falling to
the pulsating prick of
The Falling Place
there’s a kiss
an abyss
an arrow and quiver
receiver and giver
we need to play in
we need to feel the heat
we need to stray in

a burning desire
furnace,fire

Buried Them In Water
The Boig
Nehemiah’s Misfortune
Come Alone
Special Rider
Motherless Child
Stop and Listen
Go Back Home
Oh Sorrow
Death Don’t Have No Mercy
Neighborhood Butcher
Cool Drink of Water
Empire State Express
Table O’ The Lord
Yez M’am
Preaching Blues

10,000 Years
Bob’s new song
(there were a couple of new songs)
La Vaise De Balfa
Rainstorms In My Knees
St. Hubert
Dumb It Down
Taking It Out
Not Too Bad
J/R
Stop/Thing
Damn
One Sin
Fourteen Faces
John The Revelator

two sets
two and half hours
of aching,throbbing
rocking blues
and raunchy
Tom Waits howls
yells and stomps
and scowls

this is my Tom Waits Weekend,

Tom Fun Orchestra at The Park

Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir
at Times Changed

the influence
the homage
is clear
the raw power
and performance
of the music
the themes
of the songs
it’s poetry
it’s Tom Waits
it’s Downtown Train
it’s Swordfish Trombones
it’s wild it’s fire
it’s storm
it’s tornado
crescendo
it’s noise
it’s hips swaying
hips thrusting
it’s songs about f#cking
(Big Black)

Peter Balkwill
pounding drums
like a symphony conductor
it is performance
it’s hitting the helmet
the iron
the will
the big round drum

Bob Keelaghan
guitars and vokes
sliding shot glass
on strings
sipping 12 year old
liquor
savoring
the flavoring
holding it in his mouth
as he sings
these f#cking songs
these songs of sin
these songs of desire

Judd Palmer
banjo
like E Brood
electric and vital
and core deep into your spine
guitars, harmonica
voice
Immense
Tom Waits Voice

Vladimir Sobolewski
on the upright bass
trying to remain
standing after
so many rounds of
12 year old liquor
and more and more beer
and he’s leaning on the bass
upright
barely
standing tall
plucking the strings
as he nearly topples
ripples
triples
cripples
falling to temptation eyes
hearts
souls

this is rock n roll blues
on the mountain

this is passion

this is sin

these agnostics
these sinners
these fallers,
timber!

they’re calling!

these choir masters

Judd howls,
“who’s that calling?”

and we the corrupted choir
answer,

“John The Revelator!”

Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir
Times Change
July 17&18.

About Eugene Osudar

“born, august 16, 1963. i’m 45, and yes, i’m getting too old for this. bring out the rocking chair. my first concert, november 1978, elvis costello and the attractions. i was 15. their blisteringly brilliant 65 minute set only served somebody to affirm my new direction in the musical parallel universes, new wave punk alternative, oh sanctity oh celebration (!Freedom!) college radio! i’m old, i’m used up and i’m free. i see 50something Full sets of music every month and dance most of them. and when i dance, i mean to say, I Dance and Celebrate, 2/3/4 hours a night. The Gaslight Anthem. The Boss. The Weber Brothers. The Wind Ups. i’ll dance with Los Campesinos. i’ll move to The Long Winters. The Replacements. Husker Du. The Pogues. oh elvis costello, oh Clash! i could go/go/go Gogol Bordello forever. L(eonard) Cohen. come, Dance With Me (Old 97s) wherever you may be, sincerely, eugene

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