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Pop Levi at Cabaret du Musée

Posted by Jade / March 11, 2007

20070310_poplevi.jpgPop Levi is his own, self-contained hype machine—not in a negative sense at all—but combine his sometime bass-playing for Ladytron, the full backing of Ninja Tune Recordings, a personality that begs to be interviewed (some Pop Levi phrases to watch out for in 2007: “Musical sadist.” “Audio scryving” Really, it’s a journalist’s dream come true), and okay, let’s admit it, the best name ever, and what you get is ‘the next big thing.” It’s hipster bait.

So when he played last night at Cabaret du Musée Juste Pour Rire, I was inclined to be skeptical. What a joy then when the man comes out with his backing band Woman (“Are they triplets? They look like the goth Beatles!” said a girl next to me) and launches immediately into a seven-minute long rendition of Sugar Assault Me Now. Channeling a bit of Prince, a bit of Led Zeppelin, maybe some T.Rex, Pop Levi jerked, grooved and stared out at the audience like a man possessed. With a striking falsetto and the ability to turn a two-syllable word into a seven-syllable one, there’s no denying that Pop Levi has the cult of personality down. He’s not out to make friends (his onstage banter consisted only of introducing the name of the next song), he’s out to make out like a rock star.

The music itself was danceable—it’s rock music with a solid foundation in electro—but like the best electro, the beats defied simple head-bopping with changes in rhythm, skips and jumps. Highlights for me included the short, high-charged Pick Me Up Uppercut and his encore, Dollar Bill Rock, performed sans guitar allowing for a full-body Pop Levi dance experience (which is something to be seen).

If I have a complaint, it comes from my own inability to listen to a song longer than five-minutes. I’m plagued with a short-attention span, which keeps me from appreciating the jam session (I’m told it’s good. To me, it feels like running on a treadmill, but hey, I’m just one person). I tuned out a bit in the middle when it felt like the music was just getting repetitious, but there are enough surprises in Pop Levi to keep you coming back.

I can’t keep my eyes off the man, which I think fits in nicely with his plans for 2007.

Discussion

10 Comments

Paul / March 12, 2007 at 09:55 am
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Nice review, nice show. Unfortunately I was too far back, and a little too lazy to move up, and didn't get to witness his pelvic thrusts. I'm told they are hypnotic.
jade / March 12, 2007 at 05:33 pm
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The pelvic thrusts are also quite small--not visible from the back certainly. They are the understatement of the pelvic thrusts. So little belying so much I'm sure.
chikimonkey / March 12, 2007 at 05:59 pm
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At the back you couldn't see his magical little dancing booties, either. Which is why I was right at the front, catching Pop Levi's every baby step on the road to rock superstardom.
jade / March 13, 2007 at 03:44 pm
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the journey of a 1000 miles begins with 1000 babysteps. by the way, if anyone ends up reading this, any reactions to simon finn?
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