Photos of the Halou / Laughing Stock / J Boogie show are up. Halou were fantastic, as always. Why are they not huge? They should be huge. They've now played here four times, which is more than any other band. They told me that they got a write-up somewhere that called them "the closest thing to a house band that DNA Lounge has." I said, "but we do house all the time!"
The opening band was also great: Laughing Stock are two guys, one playing drums, and one singing and playing a Chapman Stick (which means he sounded like three people.) It's a really odd instrument: basically it's half guitar and half bass, and you play it by tapping and holding the strings instead of plucking, playing one part with each hand. I hadn't seen someone use one of those up close and personal before.
The next night, Martin Atkins from Pigface DJed at Affliction. That was fun, because I got a chance to say hi and chat with him afterward, since he wasn't wrangling the 20+ person Pigface entourage like the other times he's been here. (Hmmm, you know, there might be individuals from the Pigface collective who have performed here more than four times, if you count their various bands...)
And finally: ladies and gentlemen, we have a new winner in the ongoing Classiest Flyer Ever contest: Compression on August 31. It readily displaces the previous two champions from way back in 2001: Naughty Christmas, with Santa grabbing the stripper's ass, and Stompy, with whatever-the-hell-that-is. Let's have a round of applause. Nice work.