10 - The MichiganDaily Friday, November 10, 2000
Iliphenom revs up variety show
By Dustin Siebert
Daily Arts Writer
It's that time again for another I.T.D.E.A. production.
The 1ith Annual National Society of Black Engineers
Variety Talent Show is back in full effect, featuring even
more well-respected Michigan students embarrassing the
hell out of their mommas on stage. From legit singers and
dancers to those feigning any real talent, the show is a
competition for an as-yet-undetermined prize and standing
as the, well, NSBE Variety Show champion. Somebody
call the folks at the Tony Awards.
The highlight of the show promises to be the perfor-
mance from IllPhenom, an up-and-shining hip-hop duo
representing the North Campus side of things. The duo
consists of emcees Aesop and B.I.Z. (Black Infinite
Zenith), hailing from their respective hometowns of Detroit
and Grand Rapids. These brothers cater to the eclectic ear
with a blend of musical styles complimenting their prolific
Those of you who were at the Sigma's Cafe Blue show
last Friday were treated to their stylings with such gems as
"The Introductionist" and "Sister Love" to the tune of a live
band. Trust me when I say that Illphenom represents true
hip-hop, and Friday's performance should confirm their sta-
tus as a force on campus to be reckoned with. They came in
second place last year, so their yearning for the crown this
time around should make them fierce competition. Now if
only they could drop an album on the masses...
Regardless, the show will prove to be interesting in the
least - take my word for it, something interesting
ALWAYS happens at these things.
- The NSBE Varietv Show is at 7p.m. at Pierpont Com-
mons on North Campus. Admission is $4.
Courtesy of the Ghettobillies
You can take the band out of the hood, but you can't take the hood out of the band.
FROM THE GHETTO
By Luke Smith
A bawdy comedy by Aristophanes
When women say
NO to Sex and
YES to power.
Adapted and directed
by Malcolm Tulip
(for mature audiences only!)
Butt shaking grooves collide with
bluegrass guitars and three part vocal"
harmony all awash in quirky lyrics
when the Ghettobillies honky tonk
into the Blind Pig tonight.
Touring in support of their second
release Butterface this four piece is
an outfit simply defying the norms of
music. Tonight's rockshow at the
Blind Pig is their second in under a
month in the Ann Arbor region.
Bassist Jason Church and guitarist
Derek Kramer have known each other
since high school, and are room-
mates. Second guitarist Robbie Con-
way has known Church and Kramer
since high school as they were in a
rival band. The loan personnel dis-
pute in the band was when the first
drummer didn't show for a show, and
the band played on. Which wasn't a
big deal at all, because they had been
playing without a drummer before the
no show. Their second drummer is
known simply as Sebastian leaving
his last name up in the air, even to his
Outlandishly clever and exceeding-
ly dorky lyrically, Butterface catches
itself singing about anything and
everything from the prospects of a
score with that tall leggy blonde in
the Abercrombie and Fitch catalog
(you all know the one) to the Social
Distortion cover "Social Snake."
The Ghettobillies' sound is
acoustic guitar driven heartland
soul, part funk and the chiding
irony leaves the listener laughing as
well as bouncing a head to pop
melody. Butter/ace cruises slick
with production and displays the
talents of the three vocalists in the
band. At the conclusion of "Another
Song," there is a three-part harmony
postlude that gives a nod to "And
Your Dreams Come True" by the
Soulful funk and musical wit bub-
ble over on Friday night when the
Ghettobillies take the stage at the
Blind Pig with openers The Original
Brothers and Sisters of Love.
By Joshua Gross
Daily Arts Writer
Badly Drawn Boy: He's the guy that
nobody believed in in high school.
While his musically inclined compa-
triots glammed it up, wore the flashy
rock star clothes, spit at reporters
(demonstrating their rock star attitude).
made pretentious,^mock-poetic declarA
tions, smashed guitars, smashed TVs,
smashed everything, Damon Gough
(the Badly Drawn Boy) probably sat in
the corner on a plain wooden stool, tun-
ing his guitar and humming a sweet
melody. In his musty wool hats, crum-
pled jeans and rag-tag sweaters, who
could help but vote him Least Likely to
Succeed as a Musician.
But through his disheveled appea
ance shines an unforeseen talent, lik -
jewel glimpsed at the bottom of a
swamp. Gough molds heartfelt, person-
al lyrics around acoustic, subdued
instrumentation, unafraid to prelude
songs with two or three minutes of sym-
phonic amalgamations. He catches the
average listener off guard by using
French horns, fugelhorns, vibraphones,
megaphones, oboes and violins in the
most unlikely places.
His restrained, relaxed tone fore
comparison to contemporary to-fi rock-
ers Elliot Smith and Radiohead, as well
as bearing a striking resemblance to the
angst-filled pop of Belle and Sebastian
and Smog. Some songs sound like jaz
guitar licks, pulsating lounge funk .an
Yanni-like organ-isms filtered togethe
through a coffee grinder; others like. hip
introverted commercials, complete wit
catchy jingles ("Be Be Ba Ba Be
Baaa") and claustrophobic harmonics
Badly Drawn Boy has just released a
album (The Hour of the Bewi/derheas
which has instigated a feeding-frenzy c
paise from all sides; Rolling Ston<
.pin, Billboard, and Melody Maker ai
all tearing at each other's larynxes t
promote his. germinating caree
Although based in England, Gough,
currently touring the US. Toiiight ,h
will be making at stop in our bclove.
Detroit on Friday night to share s4
beard stubble, unbrushed teethan
blissful, soul-quenching music.
- Badly Drawn Boy appears at
p.m. tonight at the A fagic Bag.
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