Thursday, March 20, 2008

Pere Ubu Performs in Atlanta

Stooges: TV Eye (outtake)
Chrome: TV as Eyes
Le Shok: TV in My Eye

Pere Ubu will perform a live "underscore" to accompany the 1963 film X: The Man with X Ray Eyes at 9:30pm on Tuesday, March 25 at the Plaza Theater in Atlanta. Pere Ubu will also accompany a screening of the film in Charlotte on Monday.

X: The Man with X Ray Eyes was directed by Roger Corman, and starred Ray Milland (as well as a young Don Rickles.) Ray Milland also directed and starred in Panic in Year Zero, a title that Pere Ubu adapted for their first EP release (thirty years ago!) Here is a press release describing Pere Ubu frontman David Thomas' interest in performing music to accompany films. Tickets for the Atlanta show are available from Ticket Alternative.


At 3/20/2008 5:44 PM , Blogger Nathan Nothin said...

Glad to see you've put up another posting. Even though it's been a month since the last post, QUALITY not quantity!

Pere Ubu is one of my all-time favorite bands. I've seen them at least twenty times in their many years. I'm originally from northwestern Pennsylvania, not far from Cleveland, so I got to see them on numerous occasions in their early days. Nowadays I try & see them if they are playing anywhere near where I am. The last time I saw them was last fall in San Francisco. Right before, I had been back to PA to visit family still there. In preparation for the upcoming Ubu show, I took photos
of "I love that highway, US 322, yeah, yeah, yeah. 6 miles south of Meadville. Aw, there's cinder blocks Moose Lodge 2505" from 'Slow Walking Daddy' of St. Arkansas. I gave them to David & it was a good time we had.

I highly recommend anyone who can go, do so, you will not be disappointed.

Keep the great blogging rockin'.

At 3/21/2008 10:44 AM , Blogger jonderneathica said...

I'm not sure about the quality of my last couple of posts, but thanks for the encouragement. Haven't felt much like blogging lately.

That is a great story about meeting David Thomas. I have a letter from him somewhere. I had written to him when I was a teenager, and he was kind enough to write back. But I've never seen Pere Ubu, and I foolishly missed Rocket from the Tombs both times they played Atlanta. Ubu inspired me to read a lot of Alfred Jarry when I was a college freshman.

Nathan, you may already know this, but Pere Ubu's album Cloudland is named for Cloudland Canyon in northwest Georgia, a place I have long wanted to visit (along with Providence Canyon in SW GA).

At 3/22/2008 12:59 AM , Blogger 2fs said...

They've always been good with correspondence: sometime in the '80s I wrote the band, too - I forget now what the hell it was about, but I did get a reply. I'm sure it's buried away somewhere. Nowadays, it's all e-mail...but they do answer. Eventually.

There's now a band called Cloudland Canyon. Don't sound anything like Ubu though - one track I've heard (pretty good one) is explicitly an homage to Kraftwerk (it's called "Krautwerk"...).

At 3/24/2008 3:55 PM , Blogger grigorss said...

It sounds like you're likely to attend this showing anyway (more for Pere Ubu's appearance than the film itself, I'm sure), but if you haven't seen X: The Man With X-Ray Eyes it's one of Roger Corman's better directorial efforts. Mind you, it's corny as all get out -- but it's good corny; enjoyable for the whole family.

At 3/24/2008 6:05 PM , Blogger jonderneathica said...

Now I have two reasons to look forward to it!


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